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October 16, 2014 – NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY – NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY – NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY – NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY

15 Oct

NATIONAL BOSS’S DAY

Each year on October 16, employees across the United States show appreciation and thankfulness to their boss’s for being kind and fair throughout the year by celebrating National Boss’s Day.  (If the 16th of October falls on a weekend, then this day is celebrated on the closest working day.)

National Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day is a secular holiday that began in 1958.  Patricia Bays Haroski was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois when she registered “National Boss’ Day” with the United States Chamber of Commerce.    October 16 was chosen as it was her father’s birthday.   Patricia was working for her father at that time, therefore making her father, her boss.

It was four years later, in 1962, that Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, backed Haroski’s registration and officially proclaimed Boss’ day.

In 1979, Hallmark Cards introduced Boss’ Day cards to their inventory.

Happy Boss’s Day to all of the bosses out there !

National Boss’ Day is an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY

Today celebrates the countless types and flavors of liqueur as it is  National Liqueur Day, which is celebrated every year on October 16.

The word liqueur comes from the Latin liquifacere (“to liquefy”).

A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage which is made from a distilled spirit that has been flavored with fruit, cream, berbs, spices, flowers or nuts and is then bottled with added sugar or other sweetener.  Typically quite sweet, liqueurs are usually not aged long however, there is a resting period during their production to allow the flavors to marry.

With as many spirits that are available today in flavored form (e.g. flavored vodka), there is often confusion of liqueurs and liquors.  In the United States and Canada, spirits are often called “liquor”.   The most reliable rule of thumb to follow is that liqueurs are quite sweet and are often syrupy in consistency, while liquors are not.  Most of the liqueurs have a lower alcohol content than spirits however, some do contain as much as 55% ABV.

In some parts of the United States, liqueurs may also be called cordials or schnapps.

Liqueurs are historical descendants of herbal medicines; they were made in Italy as early as the 13th century and were often prepared by monks. (Wikipedia) 

NATIONAL LIQUEUR DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Liqueur Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY

National Dictionary Day is celebrated annually on October 16.
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Celebrate today by learning a little bit of dictionary history and Noah Webster:
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It was in the year 1806 that American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.  In 1807, he began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language, which took twenty-seven years to complete.  To help in his writing and to evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English(Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit.
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In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic, and Sanskrit.

Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France at the University of Cambridge.  His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in published dictionary before.

As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex so in his dictionary, he had introduced American English spellings, replacing “colour” with “color”, substituting “wagon” for “waggon”, and printing “center” instead of “centre”.  Webster also added American words such as, “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in British dictionaries.

Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy.  The dictionary sold 2500 copies.  In 1840, the second edition was published in two volumes.

Celebrate today by learning a new word or two !

Today, it would be fun to play the dictionary based game, Balderdash.

NATIONAL DICTIONARY DAY HISTORY

National Dictionary Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and is set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary.  Webster is considered the “Father of the American Dictionary”.   Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of this day.

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO LUNCH DAY

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October 16 is National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day.  During this event, parents will visit their children’s school and have lunch with them in the school cafeteria.

The goal of National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day is to learn more about what goes into putting together a healthy lunch and for parents and school official to open the lines of communication so they can work together to provide kids with the healthiest meals possible.

For more information, see: http://myhealthyschool.com/lunchday#sthash.R2IqpPRL.dpbs

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September 30, 2014 – NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY – NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY – NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY

29 Sep
National Chewing Gum Day

National Chewing Gum Day

NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY

Gum enthusiasts across the nation celebrate National Chewing Gum Day each year on September 30.

People have used chewing gum for over 5,000 years. 

Various forms of chewing gum has existed since the Neolithic period.  5,000-year-old chewing gum which was made from bark tar, with tooth imprints in it, was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland.  The bark tar, from which the gum during that time was made, is believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages.

  • Many other cultures chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree, from plants, grasses and other resins.
  • In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”.
  • Around 1850, a gum made from paraffin wax was developed and surpassed the spruce gum in popularity.
  • December 28, 1869, William Semple filed an early patent on chewing gum, patent number 98,304.

Celebrate National Chewing Gum Day by buying a pack of your favorite flavor of chewing gum and sharing it with your friends.

NATIONAL CHEWING GUM DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chewing Gum Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY

Are you ready for a facial?  A mud pack facial?  Today is the day as it is National Mud Pack Day which is celebrated annually on September 30.

A nice facial with a mud pack will draw out impurities from the pores.  It works well on oily and some “combination” skin types.

Mud packs are used not only for facials but as a full body treatment as well.  The nutrient rich mud is known to clean and remineralize your skin.
Mud packs are also known to be a quick treatment for bee and wasp stings.
To celebrate National Mud Pack Day, why not call a group of friends and have a mud pack party!  Mud packs are available at the health and beauty sections of your local department stores or at drugstores in your area or you can make an appointment and go to a spa for some extra special TLC.

 NATIONAL MUD PACK DAY HISTORY

We were unable to locate the creator and the origin of National Mud Pack Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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National Hot Mulled Cider Day

NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY

Since the fall season has arrived, there is a little chill in the evening air, the trees are turning beautiful fall colors and leaves are starting to drop from the branches, it is the perfect time to celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day.   Join along with the thousands of others that celebrate National Hot Mulled Cider Day each year on September 30.
Hot Mulled Cider is a popular fall and winter drink that is made by heating cider to almost boiling and adding cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves and other spices and then simmering it.

 

Try this “tried and true” recipe and enjoy some hot mulled cider today!

http://www.chow.com/recipes/10718-mulled-apple-cider

NATIONAL HOT MULLED CIDER DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator of National Hot Mulled Cider Day, an “unofficial” national holiday

 

September 23, 2014 – NATIONAL GREAT AMERICAN POT PIE DAY – NATIONAL CHECKERS DAY AND DOGS IN POLITICS DAY – NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY – NATIONAL WOMAN ROAD WARRIER DAY

22 Sep

 

Marie Callendars Pot Pie

Marie Callendar’s Pot Pie

NATIONAL GREAT AMERICAN POT PIE DAY

 Each year on September 23, millions of people celebrate National Great American Pot Pie Day.

A baked savory pie, with both a bottom and a flaky top crust is served often to a hungry bunch.  Be it frozen store bought or home-made, it is sure to please those taste buds.  The filling of a pot pie varies from many different ingredients, some of which are; beef, chicken or turkey,  gravy, mixed vegetables, (potatoes, carrots, green beans and peas).  To celebrate National Great American Pot Pie Day, enjoy a delicious pot pie today!

National Great American Pot Pie Day History

National Great American Pot Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created in 2002 by the pot pie and frozen food company Marie Callender’s.

NATIONAL CHECKERS DAY AND DOGS IN POLITICS DAY

 National Checkers Day which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day, is observed annually on September 23rd.

On September 23, 1952, Vice President candidate, Richard Nixon, gave a speech that was called the “Checkers Speech”.  He had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses.  Wanting to defend himself as his place on the Republican ticket was in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address.  It was in this speech that Nixon stated that regardless of what anyone said, he intended to keep one gift; a black-and-white dog that had been name Checkers by the Nixon children, thus giving the speech its popular name.

The “Checkers Speech” was seen, or heard, by about 60 million Americans, making it the largest television audience to that time and it led to an outpouring of public support.

With Checkers the dog in the speech,  the day also became known as Dogs in Politics Day.

 

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY 
Americans across the nation will celebrate National Voter Registration Day on the 4th Tuesday of September.  As a way to celebrate this day, there is a fifty state effort to register voters before the 2014 Election Day.

More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day of 2012.

There are hundreds of local, state and national organizations that are the driving forces behind National Voter Registration Day and partner organizations will help to coordinate thousands of nationwide events to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections and voter registration.

For more information, see: 

http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/faqs

http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

 

 NATIONAL WOMAN ROAD WARRIOR DAY

National Woman Road Warrior Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Tuesday in September.

September 21, 2014 – Wife Appreciation Day – National Pecan Cookie Day

20 Sep

NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY

Each year on September 21, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day.

This delicious cookie can be (and is) eaten, and enjoyed, morning, noon and night by hungry snackers everywhere.

In relationship to National Pecan Cookie Day,  National Pecan Day is a food holiday celebrated each year on April 14.

“The pecan is a species of hickory.  In the United States pecans are native to Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana  Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.”

“Pecan” is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack”

To celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day, try one of the following”tried and true” Pecan Cookie recipes:

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/764/doris-pecan-powdered-sugar-drops

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/butter-pecan-cookies/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/raisin-pecan-oatmeal-cookies-recipe/index.html

HAPPY NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY!

NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pecan Cookie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

Wife Appreciation Day

Wife Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday in September.  This day is a reminder to a husband to show how much he appreciates his wife.

While the history of Wife Appreciation Day is somewhat obscure, it seems the idea originally was born to honor the women who, while they were married, did not have children.  Wife Appreciation Day was a way to make up for Mother’s Day since they did not qualify for that holiday.  Since wives do so many things to make their husbands and homes happy, this is a day for men to let their wives know just how much they appreciate both the little and the big things they do all year long.  Some popular ways to celebrate Wife Appreciation Day are with a gift of flowers, perfume, jewelry or clothing.  A day at a spa, tickets to a show and dinner at a nice restaurant are also nice ways to show appreciation.  A foot massage and cooking breakfast or dinner at home can also be a very nice way to say, “Thank you for all the things you do every day.  I appreciate them.”

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