Archive | February, 2011

National Banana Bread Day – February 23rd

Sliced banana nut bread, November 2008Today is National Banana Bread Day, so put those forgotten, over-ripe bananas in your fruit bowl to good use by making a loaf (or two) of banana bread.

Need a recipe? Here are a few that we thought looked bananalicious.

Best Ever Banana Bread (Your basic banana bread recipe.)

Fat-Free Banana Loaf (A delicious AND nutritious snack!)

Banana Bread (A healthy banana bread recipe for the kids.)

Chocolate Banana Bread (For the chocolate lovers!)

Banana Nut Bread Baked in a Jar (The most creative banana bread recipe ever!)


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Washington’s Birthday – February 22nd

Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of George WashingtonWhat is Washington’s Birthday?

First celebrated in 1880 and made an official holiday in 1885, Washington’s Birthday celebrates and honors the life of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Although legally designated as Washington’s Birthday, this federal holiday is also known and, in some states, officially celebrated as President’s Day, a day to honor all past U.S. presidents.

When is Washington’s Birthday?

Originally held on February 22, the date of Washington’s birth, Washington’s Birthday has been celebrated on the third Monday of February since 1971.

How do people celebrate Washington’s Birthday?

As a federal holiday, schools and some workplaces close in observance of Washington’s Birthday. Many stores celebrate Washington’s Birthday by holding or starting sales, typically called a “President’s Day Sale.”


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We’d love to see what your workspace looks like. Send us a picture of where you pump out quality work day after day.

What does your desk look like? Send it our way!

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Send pictures of your desk to and we’ll put it right on this page.  Bonus brownie points** if we see a calendar in the picture!

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Misty, one of our very own, may very well have the unofficial world record for most calendars at a single desk. We counted 21.

**Brownie points in modern usage are a hypothetical social currency, which can be accrued by doing good deeds or earning favor in the eyes of another. The origin of the term is unclear. (s)

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Singles Awareness Day – January 15th (or 14th or 13th)

What is Singles Awareness Day?

Singles Awareness Day is a humorous holiday that serves as an alternative to Valentine’s Day for people who are single. While some singles may celebrate Singles Awareness Day purely out of spite for Valentine’s Day or to commiserate with fellow singles about their relationship status, Singles Awareness Day is a day to celebrate being single and to remind couples and singles alike that you don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to celebrate life and love.

When is Singles Awareness Day?

February 15 of each year.

How do I celebrate Singles Awareness Day?

Send yourself flowers, treat yourself to a massage or a day off for some much needed you-time, exchange gifts with friends or get together with other singles to mix and mingle.

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Valentine’s Day

Candy-heartsCandy hearts, bouquets of red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, greeting cards gushing with red and pink hearts, more chocolate…Yes, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so cuddle up with your sweetheart and find out how this day of love began.

What is Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is a day to express feelings of love, affection, appreciation and friendship for all of the loved ones in your life in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine – a Roman priest who may have performed forbidden marriages, or died for helping Christians escape Roman prisons, or fell in love and wrote the first valentine letter while in prison…It’s all a little murky, but we’re sure glad that St. Valentine inspired this sweet holiday, however he did it.

Click here for more Valentine’s Day history.

When is Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day falls on February 14 each year.

How do people celebrate Valentine’s Day?

People celebrate their affection by exchanging Valentine’s Day cards, going out for a romantic dinner or giving gifts of chocolate, flowers or jewelry. Click here to find more Valentine’s Day activity, entertainment, dinner and gift ideas.


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International Darwin Day

Darwin - John G Murdoch Portrait restoredAlthough we typically observe February 12 in honor of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most popular and beloved presidents in U.S. history, Honest Abe shares a birthday with the man who changed how we think about the natural world when he introduced his theory of evolution in his controversial book, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”: Charles Darwin.

What is International Darwin Day?

International Darwin Day doesn’t just celebrate the life, discoveries and work of Charles Darwin. Darwin Day is a day to celebrate science and humanity as a whole, along with the human curiosity and knowledge that have contributed – and continue to contribute – to advancements in both science and humanity.

When is International Darwin Day?

Darwin Day falls on February 12 of each year but may be celebrated on or around the 12th.

How do people celebrate International Darwin Day?

There are a variety of ways to celebrate Darwin Day, whether you throw a birthday dinner party in honor of Darwin, read “On the Origin of Species” or participate in a science fair. Visit the International Darwin Day Foundation website’s event page to register and event or find an event in your hometown.

Click here for more information on Charles Darwin.

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Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12th

Abraham Lincoln head on shoulders photo portraitOn February 12 of each year, the U.S. celebrates the birthday of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, also referred to as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, is most remembered for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery, for his Gettysburg Address and for being the first U.S. President to be assassinated.

Learn more about Abraham Lincoln by clicking here.

Lincoln’s Birthday is only a public holiday with government office, school and business closures in Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Red Lanterns for Chinese New Year KK 5What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of the New Year according to the lunar calendar. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, was a time to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors and to gather with family for elaborate feasts. Although the Chinese typically celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1 ever since China’s adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese New Year is still widely celebrated and remains an important social and economic holiday in China.

When is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year.

How do people celebrate the Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions focus on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the coming of Spring. Celebrations and traditions include family gatherings, gift giving, festive meals of symbolic foods, festive decorations and honoring one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, depending on the year – 2011 is the year of the Rabbit.

Find Chinese New Year crafts, recipes and decoration ideas here.

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Groundhog Day – February 2nd

It’s Groundhog Day! No, it’s not a celebration of the 1993 film starRK 0808 278 Marmota monaxring Bill Murray. On Groundhog Day, we find out if we’ll have an early spring or if we’ll face the cold for a few more weeks.

What is Groundhog Day?

A tradition dating back to 1887, thousands travel to Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2 to await Punxsutawney Phil’s, the official Groundhog Day groundhog, winter weather prediction. As the legend goes, the groundhog awakes from his winter hibernation and pops out of his burrow on February 2 to look for his shadow. If he sees his shadow, there will be another six weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

The Groundhog Day tradition stems from German roots and similar traditions associated with Candlemas Day.

When is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day falls on February 2 of each year.

How do people celebrate Groundhog Day?

Punxsutawney is the official site of Groundhog Day celebrations and events, including the Groundhog Day ceremony – Phil’s arrival. Visit Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s website for more information about Groundhog Day celebrations.


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