For a while now I’ve been intrigued about all the random “Today is…” posts that show up on social media. Some days you’ll have everyone posting about a significant international day, and then there will be nothing for some time until the next popular topic comes up.
Well, back in late-October I decided that I would look at this more closely, with a focus on our “National Days” here in the USA. We will see if I can last a whole year of this, but so far it’s been quite interesting. Already we’ve had several very important days for us to remember. Days that have been established for decades and have great meaning for us to contemplate, while others have only been created within the last few years, and some of which are quite ridiculous.
Depending on which list you refer to, there are over 1,500 official National Days and with simple mathematics you can quickly conclude that some days cover multiple topics, especially when you consider the additional world days that I have reviewed occasionally. On days where there are choices I’ve picked one that speaks to me the most whether it was for fun or for fascination to learn more. Somedays I find it a struggle to pick only one, and then there are days I wish I wasn’t doing this as there seems to be nothing of worth to discover.
I have yet to answer, and probably will never get to the bottom of…Why do particular ‘topics’ get chosen over others? And who cares?
So instead, I step back each day and think about how this day will influence my family. What positive attributes can I discuss and apply with my girls, what heartache can I pause for and learn from, and what silliness will I stumble across and quickly move on with my day?
Let’s begin with 30 days in November, all of which I added to my daily stories in Instagram, and will continue to do so each month:
November 1: Family Literacy Day
Having a day to remind us of the importance of reading together as a family is wonderful. There are so many proven benefits to this, so let’s make this an everyday event and see what a difference it makes to your family lifescape. They say “families who read together succeed together”.
November 2: Deviled Egg Day
I’ve never actually made deviled eggs before. They look like a lot of work to only give a hard boiled egg a ‘fancier’ look. I like plain eggs, it’s what I grew up on. However, it’s guaranteed that a deviled egg will make a showing at any ‘bring a dish’ event, so I finally gave in one day and gave them a go. I can now see why they are so popular. They can be quite tasty. But I have yet to come across a recipe that warrants the effort to make these without a special occasion. Do you have one to share?
November 3 – Daylight Savings Time Ends
At first thought this sounds likes a wonderful idea. Let’s give everyone an extra hour. But whoever decided to make this change-in-time happen, obviously didn’t have little children. Children don’t understand: “yay, you get an extra hour in bed”. So instead of the household getting into their groove at 6:30am, we’re all raring to go at 5:30am. And that type of early morning energy only lasts a few hours. Shall we just say that by bedtime, it’s not a pretty sight. There is a positive though. I get to bring their bedtime back to a much earlier time. Well, the sun as gone to bed, so it must be bedtime. And yes, I get my evenings back!
November 4 – Color The World Orange Day
The first Monday in November is now painted orange. This day is dedicated to bringing awareness to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS). I hadn’t heard of this before, where sufferers experience high levels of nerve impulses to affected areas of the body, which the nervous system is responsible for. So next time you see a group of people all dressed in orange, they’re probably trying to raise money to support those with CRPS.
November 5 – Love Your Red Hair Day
I may not have red hair, less than 2% of the population does; although my natural hair as a youth had auburn highlights amongst my dark brown locks. But what a great color hair to have naturally – that’s beauty, which should be loved everyday! However, isn’t it the case that we tend to want what we don’t have, and don’t want what we have been given? Learning to love ourselves no matter our physical appearance is so important to teach our little ones. Comparison will only set us up for failure, instead why not embrace our uniqueness.
November 6 – Stress Awareness Day
With three little girls the value of having a stress free day is priceless! Some stress can be good for us, but it is now considered an epidemic in our society and at such high levels it has a negative impact on our health. These essential oil beauties have saved my day multiple times: Stress Away, Frankincense and Peace & Calming. Of course there is so much more to say on this topic, but we’ll save that for another day.
November 7 – Men Make Dinner Day
It took a while for my knight in shining armor to appear, but when he finally did he was the full package! Yep, to have a husband that not only can cook, but actually loves to cook is such a blessing. Quite often, when he’s not working, you’ll find him taking over my kitchen – this is one way he shows his love to me. But men… no matter your culinary skills, you’ll have the woman in your life swooning with your offer to cook dinner.
November 8 – Parents As Teachers Day
It doesn’t matter whether your children are in school or not, we have the responsibility as parents to teach them from the day they are born. What’s great is that we have plenty of support online these days to help us do this. Remember, every moment is a teaching moment.
November 9 – Louisiana Day
I made my first trip through Louisiana in October and our family had a blast, especially as we explored New Orleans. Yummy beignets and jazz music filling my heart. My feet couldn’t help but start dancing in the street. Next time we do want to explore more of its history and homes throughout the state.
November 10 – Forget Me Not Day
Can you believe this all started back in 1921 to raise funds for returning injured soldiers? The Forget-Me-Not flower has so much meaning…Remembrance. What a great natural reminder to the importance of passing down history to future generations.
November 11 – Veterans / Remembrance / Armistice Day
This is a day to remember. It doesn’t matter what you call it, or where you live. It all started with Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, and marks the end of World War I at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. But in the United States this day of remembrance evolved into Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces.
November 12 – Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day
I’m not a fan of anchovies anyway, so this works for me. Fish does not belong on a pizza. But here’s something controversial…Please don’t hate me… I choose pizza with ground beef, sweetcorn and pineapple. In my world….Yum!
November 13 – World Kindness Day
All I have to say: “Shouldn’t it be a day of kindness everyday?”
November 14 – World Diabetes Day
Diabetes was never something I thought about on a daily basis. But then I married into a family where a high proportion are suffering from it whether they like to admit it or not. When Micheal, my husband, was officially diagnosed it finally hit home. Depending on the type you have, lifestyle choices can have a big impact, and with over 400 million adults being affected internationally this is something for our children to be aware of now.
November 15 – Empty Your Refrigerator Day
Now this is an annual reminder that Thanksgiving is waiting around the corner. It makes sense to clean your refrigerator before it’s filled to the max, but with a growing family it is rare that my refrigerator is allowed to get too empty. And unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention and went shopping the day before. Food and family go hand in hand, so who’s ready for extra quality family time?
November 16 – Button Day
I was shocked when I learned that there has been a Button Society since 1938. But it shouldn’t be that surprising. With an item that is easily collected, and passed down through the generations, surely everyone has a stash somewhere in their home.
November 17 – Homemade Bread Day
This is a great National Day for the family! Your home will smell wonderful and the whole family will flock to the kitchen. Warning…You may want to stock up on butter first!
November 18 – Princess Day
Apparently we all have a princess inside of each of us. The one thing about little girls is all they have to do is put on a pretty dress and a tiara and they’ve checked all the boxes. It’s not until we’re a little older that all the mannerisms are expected too.
November 19 – Play Monopoly Day
Monopoly is one of those games that you would catch my brother and me play every Sunday afternoon. I knew every property and associated rents, and even which locations had the highest probability of being landed upon. That was then. Now I get to learn a whole different set of properties in the US version; although the rules are still the same. I get to go back to the basics as I teach my own children despite their current favor toward Uno and Sorry. What family game was your childhood favorite that you want your own children to enjoy? Who needs electronic games when you can play these family games instead?
Child’s Day has been set aside to inspire parents to give their children the education and the tools to dream and learn to their fullest potential. Again, every moment is a teaching moment, but also an opportunity to head toward turning their dreams into reality.
November 21 – Gingerbread Cookie Day
Yummy, it’s Gingerbread Cookie Day. I should really make the girls some gingerbread men like I had as a child. Think of the decisions you had to make. Which extremity would you eat first? As a child that can be quite a dilemma. So what’s your favorite recipe to fill your home with this welcoming fall aroma?
November 22 – Cranberry Relish Day
The meaning behind National Cranberry Relish Day is to remind us to dig out our recipes and get ready for next week’s Thanksgiving. What’s that one ingredient you always forget to pick up from the store before they all close?
November 23 – Adoption Day
There’s so much love and meaning for so many on National Adoption Day. This is a day to celebrate a family for every child, but I can’t help to stop and think of all those children that are still waiting for a family and families still waiting for a child.
November 24 – Sardines Day
Why? Why would you have day dedicated to sardines? I’ll eat them, and my girls love them, but they’ll always be my second choice over salmon.
November 25 – Shopping Reminder Day
Why would anyone need to be reminded to spend money? Maybe this is reminder to step back and reassess. Our lives are busier now than ever and we have a habit of leaving things to the last minute. Maybe a quick look at our calendar and added reminders daily will keep us on track and avoid unnecessary stress. Isn’t it true that time travels fast the closer we get to deadlines?
November 26 – Cake Day
Say YES, it’s National Cake Day! There are countless cake recipes out there to enjoy, but you’ve guessed it…I’ll have chocolate cake please. Hmmm, maybe I should start baking my mum’s recipe with my girls more often and build those fond memories together.
November 27 – Jukebox Day
Am I the only one who hasn’t played a jukebox before? I find it too stressful to pick out a tune that’s pleasing for the rest of the room. I could never be a DJ. But maybe next time I see one I should give it a go. If a song shouldn’t be played, then it shouldn’t be an option.
November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving today is centered around cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. However, it used to have religious significance, and who knows if they even served today’s popular turkey at the first feast in 1621. We all have traditions in our individual families, but do we know where they are came from?
November 29 – Day of Listening
The National Day of Listening was established to encourage us to record our family history and preserve our stories. It ties in with several other days in November where remembrance is key, and what a perfect time to do so when our families are gathered together. Listening in itself is a skill set that the majority of us need to improve upon, so let’s all practice today.
This day after Thanksgiving is normally associated with Black Friday, but along with many I’m sure, I question why so many rush to the stores and have no shame in fighting others to get the best deal in the store. Obviously everyone has already forgotten about “Kindness Day” that was only a little over 2 weeks ago. Does spending all this extra time with family bring out their inner craziness? What was laced in their turkey?
November 30 – Mississippi Day
The last day of November is a day for Mississippi, which happens to the be the last state we explored as a family in October. It’s a state with a history full of death and pain. But it’s a state that has beauty and fun too. Our favorite was spending time in Vicksburg along the Mississippi river, where we were filled with history, jazz music and fun memories.
Well, November was packed full of interesting days, and I’m looking forward to seeing what December 2019 brings.