By Suzanne Sparrow Watson
I’m going to guess you were unaware that today is National Color the World Orange Day or that last Saturday was National Deviled Egg Day. Really. I wasn’t aware of it either until I saw a random post on Facebook about it. Had I known I would have whipped up a batch to snack on. Or not – they’re a pain in the neck to make and by the time I load in heaps of mayonnaise I’m not sure the nutritional value is all that great. But it dawned on me that we seem to be celebrating some obscure item or event every day. Turns out, there actually are “National Day” calendars that will keep you up on date on what you should be feting on any given day. As one might expect, some days are better than others. National Cupcake Day, for instance, beats the heck out of National Sauerkraut Day. Frankly, I have enough trouble remembering the real holidays, you know, like President’s Day and Labor Day, without throwing deviled eggs into the mix. But I find this time of year when I have already been bombarded with Christmas decorations everywhere I go, perhaps a little diversion isn’t a bad thing. So here are some upcoming “days” that might be worth marking on your calendar.
November 14th is National Family Pajama Day. Frankly, I think the timing of this day is a bit suspicious. After all, lots of families buy matching pj’s for Christmas and ordering them mid-November allows for delivery before the Christmas Tree goes up. I suspect the pajama industry is behind this one. November 22 is National Cranberry Relish Day, followed by Eat A Cranberry Day on the 23rd. I think someone didn’t reach too far to come up with those “celebrations”. Perhaps the “day” that makes the most sense is November 27th – National Tie One On Day. It is celebrated each year on the day before Thanksgiving. Anyone who has ever hosted Thanksgiving with battling relatives or, worse yet, people with 87 different food allergies/requirements needs to go into the holiday with as much fortification as possible. Speaking of which, November 28th is not only Thanksgiving Day this year, but according to the “day” calendar it is also “National Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Day“. What the hell is the point of that?
For those of you who work, November 30 is National Stay At Home Because You’re Well day. The theory is if you’re feeling well then you should play hooky from work and go do something enjoyable. My dirty little secret is that I used to do this every July. I highly recommend it. As we swing into December you’ll be happy to know that December 1 is not only National Pie Day but, not so coincidentally, it’s National Eat a Red Apple Day so you can knock out two celebrations in one. December 8th is National Time Traveler Day and I suspect there are many of us who would like to time travel our way right into the middle of January. December 13 is National Make Friends with a Pathologist Day which they recommend observing by making friends with a pathologist or a coroner. Sounds a little creepy to me. For those of you who watched “Seinfeld” you’ll be happy to celebrate December 23rd as Festivus – the holiday for the rest of us.
December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, which seems like it ought to be observed either the day after Thanksgiving or New Year’s Day, but hey, I’m not the one making up the calendar. In fact, the whole “day” calendar thing seems a bit goofy to me I’m sure the trade groups are behind most of them. So I’m going to go on celebrating the traditional holidays and give a nod to just one of the “days” – August 26th is National Love Your Dog Day. Now that’s something worth celebrating!