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December 31, 2014 – NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY – MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY – NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY – NEW YEAR’S EVE

30 Dec
National Champagne Day December 31

National Champagne Day December 31

NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY

National Champagne Day is celebrated annually on December 31st.  While true champagne only comes from France’s Champagne region, there is plenty of bubbly available from Italy, California and even the South of France.  Ringing in the New Year is the perfect opportunity each year to celebrate National Champagne Day.

 

Make Up Your Mind Day December 31

Make Up Your Mind Day December 31

MAKE UP YOUR MIND DAY

Make Up Your Mind Day is observed annually on December 31st.

 

No Interruptions Day. Last work day of the year.

No Interruptions Day. Last work day of the year.

NO INTERRUPTIONS DAY

No Interruptions Day is observed annually on the last work day of the year.  This is a day set aside for getting organized for the new year by cleaning up your workspace without interruptions.  Turn off the phone, ignore your e-mails, close your door and enjoy the peace of no interruptions for a full day.

 

New Years Eve December 31NEW YEAR’S EVE 

New Year’s Eve is celebrated annually on December 31st.  Celebrate New Year’s Eve, safely, with family and friends in anticipation and hope for “peace, health and happiness” throughout the upcoming New Year, along with your own personal wishes.  You may want to be at large celebration with lots of people, party hats and loud music or you may like to be at home by yourself, with a spouse, the kids, or with a friend or two, watching movies and eating popcorn, but either way can be a way to welcome in the New Year.

 

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December 30, 2014 – NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY – FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAY – BACON DAY

29 Dec
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day December 30

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day December 30

NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda day is observed annually each year on December 30th.

According to Almanac.com, here are a few of the many uses for baking soda:

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one-teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour, and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down barrier of baking soda under sink-pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.

Source:  http://www.almanac.com/content/household-uses-baking-soda#

 

FALLING NEEDLES FAMILY FEST DAY

Falling Needles Family Fest Day is celebrated annually 30th.

This day is a reminder for those of us who enjoyed a live Christmas tree over the holidays to clean it up and recycle it.

Here is an excellent article if you are looking for ways to recycle your tree:  http://www.care2.com/greenliving/ways-to-recycle-christmas-trees.html

 

Bacon Day December 30

Bacon Day December 30

BACON DAY

Bacon Day is celebrated annually on December 30th.

According to Wikipedia, bacon is a meat product prepared from a pig and usually cured. It is first cured using large quantities of salt, either in a brine or in a dry packing; the result is fresh bacon (also known as green bacon).  Fresh bacon may then be further dried for weeks or months in cold air, or it may be boiled or smoked.  Fresh and dried bacon is typically cooked before eating. Boiled bacon is ready to eat, as is some smoked bacon, but may be cooked further before eating.

Bacon is a very popular food in the USA.  You can find many items also flavored or scented with bacon including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners and many more.

December 29, 2014 – NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY – TICK TOCK DAY

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National Pepper Pot Day December 29

National Pepper Pot Day December 29

NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY

Having been nicknamed as “the soup that won the war” Pepper Pot has its very own day of celebration.  National Pepper Pot Day is celebrated annually on December 29th.

The winter of 1777 – 1778 was brutal.  The Continental Army was fighting for the newly formed country of the United States of America during the Revolutionary War.  As they were camped at Valley Forge on December 29th, 1777, George Washington ask the army’s chef to prepare a meal that would boost their moral and warm them.  The chef rounded up some peppercorn, small bits of meat, tribe and other ingredients and called it Pepper Pot Soup, also known as Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup.

The meal was well received and it was nicknamed “the soup that won the war”.

You can find a recipe here – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/authentic-pepper-pot-soup/

 

Tick Tock Day December 29

Tick Tock Day December 29

TICK TOCK DAY

Tick Tock Day is observed annually in December 29th.

Tick Tock Day is a reminder that there are only 2 days remaining in the year.  Do you have any unfinished business that needs to be done in this calendar year?  Is there something big you want to accomplish yet this year?  Now is the time to finish up as the clock is ticking!

December 28, 2014 – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CANDY DAY – NATIONAL CARD PLAYING DAY

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Pledge of Allegiance Day December 28

Pledge of Allegiance Day December 28

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY

Pledge of Allegiance Day is observed annually on December 28.

Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance on December 28, 1945.  Thought to have been written by Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance was published anonymously by a magazine for young people, The Youth’s Companion, and was written in celebration of the 400th anniversary, in 1892, of the discovery of America.

The text of the pledge, as originally written and modified a bit by the National Flag Conference in 1923 and 1924, was inserted into this legislation, but without designating it as the official pledge. In its original form it read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The small changes made resulted in this version: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The words “under God” were added by Congress on June 14, 1954, in response to the anti-Communist opinion sweeping the country during the Cold War.

Source:  https://rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/december-28-1945-congress-officially-recognized-the-pledge-of-allegiance/

 

National Chocolate Candy Day December 28

National Chocolate Candy Day December 28

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CANDY DAY

National Chocolate Candy Day is celebrated annually on December 28th.

According to Wikipedia, Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavored, as with vanilla. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste or in a block or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods. Cacao has been cultivated by many cultures for at least three millennia in Mesoamerica. The earliest evidence of use traces to the Mokaya (Mexico and Guatemala), with evidence of chocolate beverages dating back to 1900 BC.  In fact, the majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Mayans and Aztecs,  who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl /ʃoˈkolaːt͡ɬ/, a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter water”. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste and must be fermented to develop the flavor.

National Card Playing Day December 28

National Card Playing Day December 28

NATIONAL CARD PLAYING DAY

National Card Playing Day is annually celebrated, across the United States. on December 28.

According to Wikipedia,  a playing card is a piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, plastic-coated paper, cotton-paper blend, or thin plastic, marked with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.

A complete set of cards is called a pack (UK English), deck (US English), or set (Universal), and the subset of cards held at one time by a player during a game is commonly called a hand. A pack of cards may be used for playing a variety of card games, with varying elements of skill and chance, some of which are played for money.

Some of the top card games include Spades, Poker, Solitaire, Spite and Malice, Hearts, Spoons, Gin Rummy, ridge, Black Jack and Texas Hold’em.  Of course there are thousands of card games, some of which are regional favorites.

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