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Cuddle Up Day

cuddlykittensBaby, it’s cold outside. Lucky for you that January 6 is Cuddle Up Day! Time to get cozy. The origins of this day for snuggling seem to be unknown, but who cares! The history of this day isn’t important – the only thing that matters is that you take today to sit back, unwind, and get some good old-fashioned cuddling action going.

The word “cuddle” was first recorded in 1520, though we’re fairly certain that the action of cuddling has existed forever, even in the animal kingdom. Cuddling is technically defined as tenderly hugging or closely embracing someone, but even if you don’t have a special cuddle buddy to nestle up next to, you can still enjoy this day. If you’ve got a pet, you can snuggle up with them! Animals enjoy being close and comfy just as much as we do. Even if you don’t have a animal counterpart, you can get cozy by yourself in your favorite chair, on the couch, or in your bed. Spoon with a soft stuffed animal friend (come on, we know you’ve got one – we do too). Stay warm under the covers with a good book, and perhaps some hot chocolate or other comforting beverage or food? Pop in a movie you love and let yourself melt into relaxation. Forget all your responsibilities and stresses and plump up that pillow. You deserve it.

However you decide to cuddle, just make sure you’re comfortable and your mind is at ease. Happy Cuddle Up Day!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Days of the Year, World’s Special Days

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Festival of Sleep

sleepingbeautiesJanuary 3 is known as the Festival of Sleep! Though this unofficial holiday’s origins are unknown, we all know how to celebrate it. Unlike other holidays that typically revolve around some sort of active celebration, today is all about doing nothing but resting. The holidays are over, and it’s time to get over the exhaustion they’ve left you with and get some much needed shut eye. Put on those comfy pajamas, cuddle up under the covers, and don’t worry about setting that alarm clock.

Though it seems a bit ironic, sleeping is an important part of living. Your brain and body need to shut off from the world for a while to retain longevity. While you sleep, your body repairs damaged cells, improves your concentration skills, and aides memory formation. Severe lack of sleep can have several negative effects on your health like increase in development of infections, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Getting the proper amount of sleep will help you to be more alert, reduce your risk of depression, and may even prevent cancer! In the time you spend sleeping, your brain sorts and stores information, solves problems, and replaces chemicals your body needs.

481_NAPSMissing out on sleep is sure to make anyone grumpy, but too much lost sleep can cause much worse side effects like hallucination. In severe cases, your body will stop taking direction from your brain altogether. Humans can live longer without food than they can without sleep!

Whether you’ve been traveling and need to get rid of that jet lag or need to rest up before you head back to school or work, there is no better day than today to catch up on those Z’s! A word from the wise though – if you’re already back at your job or in the classroom, you had better wait to get recharged until your next day off. We wouldn’t want you to wake up to an angry boss or teacher!

Happy Festival of Zzzzzzzz…

Sources: Holiday Insights, Sleep Compass, Wiki How

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Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

December 30, the day before the last day of the year, is known as the Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.

The new year is approaching fast. Are you worried you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to this year? Do you want to make your resolutions for next year before it’s too late? Today is a day dedicated to making those big changes before the year comes to an end! Spend the day reflecting on the past year(s) and making those positive life changes a reality.

Is there anything you resolved to do in the past year that you didn’t quite get to? You’ve got two days until the new year – do your best to make it happen! If two days isn’t enough time to take the leap and make those big changes in your life you’ve been meaning to, then spend the next two days planning out your resolutions for next year. Don’t wait until midnight on New Year’s Eve to decide on those important changes that will make you feel better about the life you’re living. If you’re pondering what you can resolve to do in the New Year, but are coming up blank, we’ve got a few ideas to get your resolution juices flowing:

  • Get healthy. Whether this means eating healthier, exercising, or doing anything else that will make you a healthier person, this is your year!
  • Get inspired. Go on adventures, challenge yourself, create! Do whatever you can to inspire yourself and those around you!
  • Go green. Show some love to the environment you live in!
  • Get organized. Get rid of those stacks of paper on your desk, make a schedule, and clean up that messy life you’ve been living!
  • Learn a new language. Expand those linguistic skills and make another language less foreign to you!
  • Laugh more. Tell a joke, watch a funny movie, and spend more time with those who bring a smile to your face!

Since today is a “festival,” it makes sense to let your friends and family know about the importance of today. Celebrate together by all coming up with New Year’s resolutions or accomplishing what you haven’t before the year is over!

Sources: Zany Holidays, Giftypedia

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National Flashlight Day

Flashlight-Tag-GameDecember 21 is National Flashlight Day! Today also happens to be the Winter Solstice which is the longest night of the year. Though we are not sure if these two days coincide on purpose, you won’t be left in the dark!

Flashlights first became a tool for exploring the darkness at the end of the 19th century. The first dry cell batteries were invented in 1896, which allowed electronic devices to become portable because they used an electrolyte paste instead of liquid, preventing spillage. David Misell, an English inventor who worked for the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company, obtained a patent for the first flashlight in 1899.

Misell created an “electric device” which consisted of “D” batteries arranged front to back inside a paper tube with a light bulb and brass reflector attached at the end. Some of the devices created by Misell were given to the New York City Police Department and were met with approval from officers. Because of the zinc carbon batteries used in these early devices, they could not provide a steady current and needed to “rest” periodically to continue working. The lights thus could only be used for short intervals, hence the name “flashlight.”

We’ve come up with a couple of ways you can celebrate National Flashlight Day:

  • Make shadow puppets on the wall.
  • Play a rousing game of flashlight tag.
  • Plan a nighttime scavenger hunt.
  • Stay up reading a book under the covers.

Today is also the perfect day to make sure your family knows where your flashlights are in the case of a power outtage or other situation which may cause you to need your trusty flashlight to find your way. Be sure to test all your flashlights and make sure the batteries are all working.

Happy Flashlight Day!

Sources: Giftypedia, Holiday Insights, National Whatever Day

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Square Dance Day

squaredanceNovember 29 is Square Dance Day, so grab your partner and get ready to dosey doe! Square dancing usually involves four couples, or eight dancers, who all face each other in a square shape, with one couple forming each side of the square.

Square dancing originated in Europe in the 17th century, and was brought to the United States by Irish, Scottish, and English settlers. Square dancing has evolved into many different forms over the years, some including more dancers and a “caller” to call out cues and steps to dancers. One thing all square dances have in common is that they are all lively and energetic dances, and square dancing has been linked by medical studies to having many health benefits. A half hour of spirited square dancing can burn 200 to 400 calories.

This spirited dance is still largely popular in the Western and Southern United States, and gained recognition with its association with the romanticized version of the American cowboy. Lloyd Shaw began heavily promoting the Traditional Western Square Dance in the 1930s by gathering traditional dance steps from callers all over the country so the dance could be standardized, preserved, and taught to anyone willing to learn. Since the 1970s, the International Association of Square Dance Callers has promoted this standardization, making it easy for anyone to learn the traditional dances. The Square Dance has been named the official state dance of 19 states in the United States.

If you would like to learn how to square dance at home, check out this video!

Sources: Wikipedia, Enfield Patch, Holiday Insights

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Go For a Ride Day

hotairballoonNovember 22 is Go For a Ride Day! As we approach the start of the holiday season, Go For a Ride Day provides  us with a chance to relax before the stress and pandemonium of the holidays seep into our souls.

We’re not exactly sure why this day was designated as Go For a Ride Day, but there are a few historical events that took place on this day that could have led to the creation of this unofficial holiday. On November 22, 1904, Mathias Pfatischer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received a U.S. patent for the first direct current, interpole, electric motor. On November 22, 1927, Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin patented the snowmobile. On November 22, 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.

We realize that you “go for a ride” every time you get on or into your everyday transportation. However, the point of Go For a Ride Day is to go for a ride for the sake of going for a ride. Don’t worry about destinations or schedules. Enjoy the scenery. Discover places you’ve never been to or seen before, whether a park, a coffee house or the other side of town.

A ride is even more relaxing when someone else is doing the work. If possible, find someone else to take over the steering, pushing, pulling or pedaling so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Don’t limit yourself to a car, city bus or bicycle, though these types of transportation are completely acceptable for today’s celebrations. Today could be a day to branch out and go for a ride in a new in different way. Why not take a peaceful ride in a horse-drawn carriage? Or how about racing around some go-carts with friends? Get a bird’s eye view of the world from the basket of a hot air balloon or grab a mechanical bull by the horns! Today is a day where even the strangest forms of transportation are acceptable. If you would rather stick with more normal forms of transportation and you feel like taking a longer trip, hop on a train or take off in a plane. If it’s snowy where you are, sled down the steepest hill or if you’re near a body of water, go for a boat ride. Wherever you are, take advantage of the scenery and explore the outdoor world.

We advise to not worry about where you’re going today – just enjoy the journey!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Examiner, Yahoo

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G.O. H.A.R.D.

51117_cover“G.O. H.A.R.D.” is the acronym for Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day which is celebrated today, November 20! G.O. H.A.R.D. was inspired by a Facebook event called, “National Hug a Cross Country Runner Day” created by Michaela McGuigan on November 20, 2009. The Facebook event showed a whopping 42,000 attendees.

Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, running aficionados and creators of Run the Edge, took inspiration from Michaela’s event and ran with it (pun intended)! They created Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day to include runners all over the world of all ages, sizes, genders, ethnicities, speeds, and styles of running. The first annual G.O. H.A.R.D. took place 2 years after the original event on November 20, 2011 and has been going hard ever since. With the motto “Share the Sweat,” Goucher and Catalano have even created a Hug a Runner Day training guide which includes the following:

  • Interval Hugging: Try both long and short intervals and don’t forget to change leads with your hugging partners so everybody gets a chance to set the pace. We recommend starting with 10 X 40-second hugs with ample recovery. More experienced huggers may want to cut down on the rest between hugs.

  • Long Slow Hugs: This should be a staple of your training program. Set aside time twice a week to share a hug lasting several minutes. Up to 20% of your weekly hugging time can be spent in a single hug. Be sure to choose your LSH partners carefully because this kind of training might scare off newcomers.

  • Speed Hugging: Don’t overdo this especially if you are not already an experienced hugger. Speed training is important but can lead to injury if huggers try to do too much too soon.

  • Hug Visualization: To be at your best you must prepare mentally. In order to be ready for anything, make sure to visualize hugging runners of all sizes, genders, ages, and ethnicities. Unlike in running, we do not recommend hug visualization (HV) while engaged in interval hugging (IH), speed hugging (SH), or Long Slow Hugging (LSH). Leave hug visualization to moments when you are alone.

  • Cross Training: Running couples may want to engage in some “cross training” activities. In fact some of the above workouts (especially the LSH) can lead to cross training. While not necessary, these activities can add a little spice to the day-to-day grind.

If you would like to celebrate Hug a Runner Day, make sure you hug as many runners as possible or organize a group hug with some of your running buddies. Also be sure to join the Hug a Runner Day Facebook event on the Run the Edge Facebook page and check out the pages they suggest to follow for special Hug a Runner Day giveaways!

Sources: Run the Edge, Facebook, headinthegame.net

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Have a Party With Your Bear Day

Charlie Bear Plush - CALENDARS.COM

Charlie Bear Plush – CALENDARS.COM

November 16 is Have a Party With Your Bear Day! Though the origin of Have a Party With Your Bear Day is unknown, we speculate from our research that the date came from when a cartoon featuring President Teddy Roosevelt (whom the Teddy bear was named after) refusing to shoot a bear on a hunting trip was published in The Washington Post on November 16,1902. Today is not the only bear holiday out there. Teddy Bear Day was September 9, Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day was October 11, Teddy Bear Picnic Day was July 10, and lest we forget one of the most famous bears out there – Winnie the Pooh Day was January 18. It’s about time we celebrated our bear love again!

If you would like to have a party with your bear today, we’ve come up with a few different ways you can!

  1. Throw a special tea party just for your teddy bear. Time to make that little guy the guest of honor.
  2. Watch some television shows or movies featuring of your favorite celebearties together – Winnie the Pooh, Fozzie Bear, or Yogi Bear, just to name a few!
  3. Listen to and dance to Elvis’ “Teddy Bear” with your teddy bear!

This day isn’t just limited to celebrating your stuffed friend though! You can also:

  1. Visit your local zoo or animal sanctuary and see some real life bears.
  2. It’s football season, so if you’re a Chicago Bears fan, take a look at their schedule and celebrate by watching a game!

However you decide to celebrate, we hope you have a bear-y good day!

Sources: Wikipedia, Holiday Insights, A Year of Holidays

 

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Chaos Never Dies Day

Organized Chaos 2014 Softcover Engagement Calendar

Organized Chaos 2014 Softcover Engagement Calendar

November 9 is Chaos Never Dies Day!

Is your work schedule insane? Do you wish you had a live-in maid to take care of those piles of dirty dishes and laundry? Is your school work never ending? Is there never enough time in your life to do everything? Do you just want to curl up in fetal position and cry sometimes? …Us too.

Life is a crazy mess filled with task lists that never seem to end, unexpected disruptions to your daily schedule, last minute changes of plans, and moments of relaxation that are all too fleeting. Today is the day to accept it all and realize that chaos never dies. It’s everywhere, all around us, and always will be. As bleak as that seems, such is life.

Why is this day in particular connected with chaos, you ask? On this day in 1965, 30 million people in the Northeastern United States and Ontario were tossed into a chaotic state when a massive electric power failure left them without power. This completely chaotic blackout was caused by human error.

You can “celebrate” today by forcing some order back into your life. Assess what makes your life most stressful and do whatever you can to help quell those feelings. Don’t get discouraged – relax and breathe! Chaos may be an ongoing state, but moments of serenity are what make life worth living. We wish you a peaceful and calm Chaos Never Dies Day!

Sources: Yahoo, Holiday Insights,  Days of the Year, Examiner.com, The Year of Living Unofficially

 

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Haunted Refrigerator Night

hauntedfridgeOctober 30 is Haunted Refrigerator Night! As a precursor to one of the spookiest nights of the year, Haunted Refrigerator Night was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat to find, “what evil lurks in the refrigerators of men… and women… and venture unto the realm of the lower shelf, rear.”

When was the last time you gave your fridge a good scrub down? We’re going to venture to guess that it’s been a while. Those Asian leftovers behind your quite possibly curdled milk are probably growing some hauntingly hairy mold. If you’re looking for a way to get into the Halloween mood that doesn’t involve the traditional pumpkin carving or ghost story telling, turn off the lights and gather your friends and family around your fridge and find out what’s been lying dormant inside. The results are sure to be terrifying!

To keep your fridge from becoming the scariest place in your home, it’s good to give it a deep cleaning at least once a week. If you don’t always have time to complete such a task, there are a few things you can do to keep your fridge tidy in the mean time. These include: periodically checking for any spoiled foods and throwing them out, wiping condiment bottles before returning them to the fridge, and cleaning up any leaks or spills immediately.

Happy Haunted Refrigerator Night!

Sources: Wellcat, Bookrix, Giftypedia, About.com

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