Wacky Holidays for December

Here are the Wacky Holidays for December 2014!

Do you like being full of Factoids? I do! I did this for the Month of November and I though it was so cool I thought I’d do it again.

December is the Month:

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  • Write a Friend

Listed in order of the days are The Fun Wacky Holidays as well as the traditional ones:

December 1 Eat a Red Apple Day

December 1 World Aids Awareness Day

December 2 National Fritters Day

December 3 National Roof over Your Head Day

December 4 Santas’ List Day – we hope you are on the “Nice” list

December 4 Wear Brown Shoes Day

December 5 Bathtub Party Day (really?)

December 5 Repeal Day – The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition. I’ll drink to that!

December 6 St. Nicholas Day

December 6 Mitten Tree Day

December 6 Put on your own Shoes Day (When is Walk in someone else’s shoes day?)

December 7 International Civil Aviation Day

December 7 Letter Writing Day

December 7 National Cotton Candy Day – would you like some fairy floss?

December 7 Pearl Harbor Day

December 8 National Brownie Day (Like Chocolate or Girl Scouts?”

December 8 Take it in the Ear Day

December 9 Christmas Card Day

Wacky holiday

December 9 National Pastry Day

December 10 Human Rights Day

December 11 National Noodle Ring Day

December 12 National Ding-a-Ling Day

December 12 Poinsettia Day     

December 13 Ice Cream Day

December 13 Violin Day

December 14 International Children’s Day – Second Sunday in December

December 14 National Bouillabaisse Day

December 15 Bill of Rights Day

December 15 National Lemon Cupcake Day

December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17 National Maple Syrup Day

December 18 Bake Cookies Day

December 18 National Roast Suckling Pig Day

December 19 Look for an Evergreen Day

December 19 Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20 Go Caroling Day

December 21 Forefather’s Day

December 21 Humbug Day

December 21 National Flashlight Day

December 21 Look on the Bright Side Day

December 22 National Date Nut Bread Day – or September 8!?

December 23 Festivus – for the rest of us (Isn’t this from Seinfeld?)

December 23 Roots Day

December 24 National Chocolate Day

December 24 National Egg Nog Day

December 25 Christmas Day

December 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day for recipes see Pumpkin Nook ‘s Cookbook

December 26 Boxing Day

December 27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

December 27 National Fruitcake Day

December 28 Card Playing Day

December 29 Pepper Pot Day

December 30  National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

December 31 Make Up Your Mind Day

December 31 New Year’s Eve

December 31 Unlucky Day

For full Wacky Holiday Histories visit: Holiday Insights

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December 2014 – Last Month of the Year!

December is in fact the last month of the year, therefore and because of that it is also the busiest month of the year!

You are the person that love’s December or the person that hates December (Bah Hum Bug!) Either way it is the last month of 2014. December marks the time to spend with family and friends, wrap up your yearly calendars and start setting plans for 2015!  

December is the month when the only thing that slows down are the mail systems. You have to plan your packages and envelopes like the pony express is still in charge of mail delivery. No fault of theirs, they simply have tons more to delivered.

December mail

 

December package overload is not a new phenomenon, it has been happening for years. The thirty plus folks likely remember standing at the post office, hoping their package would be acceptable to the mighty USPS officials or that the officials would be merciful and help you re-pack or re-tape or re-label your boxes so they’d be fit for transport and delivery.  Unlike gifts for friends and family that lived nearby, waiting until the last minute to shop was not an option, there was no option to overnight packages unless you wanted to spend an extra $100 in hopes they’d arrive on time. 

Thankfully, the United States Postal Services is aware of your shortcomings in planning. Visit their webpage to help plan your gift giving.  

December Packages

 

It is my experience as of late, the US Postal Service is staffed with highly trained, meticulous, solutions oriented, often compassionate professionals. They offer assistance, information and quality service for little price compared to the other delivery giants.  

However, I won’t discount the very interesting people you often run into at the post office, some of whom you’d wonder if they shouldn’t maybe be listed on the poster on the wall. 

Thank you to the public servants who make up the US Postal Service. 

 

 

Thanksgiving Day – Family, Food, and Fun

Thanksgiving is a day when you expect to get together with family and friends to eat, but do you expect it to be FUN?

When I was a kid, I loved Thanksgiving. It was a day we’d see a large number of family members all in the same place. I had the coolest family. They all seemed so interesting. Laughing, telling stories, bantering with each other. Looking back I realize they were all holding a glass of beer or wine, but that ‘s fine. 

Each year we’d pick a different location, one year mom’s Irish family, next year dad’s Italian family. Football in every house. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie. Then there was sitting for dinner. Because there was never enough room at one table there was the segregation of “grown up table” and “kids table.” 

There seems to be a part of Thanksgiving that people dread. “I hate the holidays.” Why do you feel this way. I love the holidays. 

Family on Thanksgiving

This is the tough one. You have family members that you love and some you are less than excited to see. Typically we migrate to people who are easier to be around. You forget, at the birth of Thanksgiving, members of two opposing cultures got together to break bread, and they were worried about being killed by one another. Let that put some perspective on your annoying cousin that talks too much. 

Thanksgiving Turkey

For help cooking allrecipes.com

Food on Thanksgiving

This is the easy one. The expectation is Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin Pie. Anything else is just a blessing. 

Depending on whose house you’ve picked and who might show up, will add different side items: sweet potatoes, salad, macaroni, pickles, shrimp, chili, beans, corn, egg rolls. We are the melting pot. You’d never turn away the generosity of a pot of food especially on a day like Thanksgiving.

Fun on Thanksgiving

This is the factor of your day that can create fond memories for all. Find something to do with your family that will be fun. 

Gathering around the mind numbing television can lead to arguments about sports, politics and religion. These topics also exclude some members of your family.

Instead:

Thanksgiving Fun

Find a game to play: Pictionary, sharades, cards, Balderdash, color with the kids.

Get outside: play football, walk to the park, walk through town.

Change your conversation: talk about historical events in your family, remember times, talk about your hopes and dreams.

Let Thanksgiving be a joy to you and your family. Choose to add fun, don’t perpetuate the bad.

Holiday TV Shows – The Thanksgiving Classics

One set of events I truly enjoy every year is the replaying of the Holiday TV Shows! 

I remember when I was a kid (late 70’s – early 80’s, I was a huge tube head. I loved television. It was my escape with the troubles of my childhood. In the winter in Michigan it seemed like it got dark at four in the afternoon. I wasn’t allowed to be out past dark so my play time was limited. I watched after school specials (sometimes kind of scary,) Scooby Doo, re-runs of Leave it to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley. TV was a friend.

In the winter, around the holidays, I would watch for ads for my favorite Holiday TV Specials. Sometimes I would miss a few because TV programming was a bit of a surprise. We did not get TV Guide.

For those of you who look forward to the Holiday TV Shows (the classics) I wanted to list them for you so you can plan to see them.

November 26th 8 p.m. (EST) CBS – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

November 27th 9 a.m. (EST) NBS – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Holiday TV Shows

Then of course NFL Football all day long…

November 28th 8 p.m (EST) ABC – Disney’s Prep and Landing

8:30 p.m (EST) ABC – Disney’s Prep and Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice

9 p.m (EST) CBS – Frosty The Snowman (1969)

Starting December 1st, ABC and ABC Family begin the 25 Days of Christmas, especially for us TV lovers.

I always appreciated when the “grown-ups” thought of us kids and set up the Holiday TV Shows. Football is boring to some kids and the conversation that the grown-ups sometimes have is better when the kids are occupied. It is always good preparation to have devices for them but the classic shows are such for a reason. They are good TV!

If you’d like the full Holiday TV Shows schedule DEN OF GEEK has done the work for you. The list is complete with old and new Holiday TV Shows for basic channels as well as cable and pay channels. 

 

 

Gift Under $20 – White Elephant gifts

What are some gifts I can give that cost under $20?

With all the gift giving that takes place during this time of the year as well as throughout the year, I can’t afford to spend much, especially when you add on the wrapping/bags or cards, which can alone get up to the $10-$15 mark alone. I also want to be thoughtful and get something useful.

Well because I’m thinking about calendars while I blog, that’s the obvious one.

Calendars: There are many options for calendars under $20   

They can be found in great quantity especially this time of year. They are sold on many local stores and malls as well as on the internet. Remember, often when ordering online, if you can package your purchases on one site you can get free shipping.

Calendar under $20

NovaWave Calendar

Plants: So many choices under $20 just at a grocery store!

Gift under $20

At Home Depot.com

I personally love getting plants. At the rate I kill them I wish I had someone giving me plants more often. The other nice thing about buying these items is that they typically come with  “Care For” instructions. Plants add life to someone’s space, be it a home or at the office.  Also, every time they see, water, dust or prune the plant they will think of you. Remember when buying plants, you can often avoid a higher price by excluding the “fancy” pot. 

Coffee Mugs: Shutterfly.com does personalized gifts for under $20.

gift under $20

Personalized Mugs at Shutterfly.com

It is actually incredibly easy to order personalized items these days. Last year for Christmas I ordered a personalized T-shirt from VistaPrint.com for my son with a cartoon character that he had invented and a saying he had imagined. He loved it and was totally surprised.

Often when shopping, we throw in the towel and give a gift card. If you go this route, be thoughtful and choose a store or restaurant that you know the recipient will enjoy. Gift giving under $20 does not have to be without great value.

November 2014 – Mark Your Calendar

Mark your Calendar! The end of 2014 is upon us.

Beginning the day after Halloween, I always feel like I’m in the home stretch of the year. I realize that November will be consumed with preparing for Thanksgiving and then December will be focused on Christmas and the New Year. 

November is National Awareness Month for the following Interests:

Mark your calendar

  • Aviation History
  • Child Safety Protection
  • International Drum
  • Adoption Awareness
  • Epilepsy
  • Model Railroad
  • Novel Writing
  • Native American Heritage
  • Peanut Butter Lovers
  • Real Jewelry
  • Sleep Comfort
  • Special Holidays

 Take the time to become aware of something you’re interested in. Remember is really isn’t about the money, it is about being educated.

The first week of November is Chemistry Week.

The third week of November is Game and Puzzle Week.

Mark your calendar with any of these common or crazy dates to celebrate! 

For explanations and history on all these days visit www.holidayinsights.com

  • November 1 – All Saint’s Day, Book Lovers Day
  • November 2 – All Soul’s Day, Deviled Egg Day, Look for Circles Day
  • November 3 – Housewives Day, Sandwich Day
  • November 4 – U.S. General Election Day, King Tut Day
  • November 5 – Gunpowder Day, Guy Fawkes Day
  • November 6 – Marooned without a Compass Day, Saxophone Day
  • November 7 – Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • November 8 – Cook Something Bold Day, Dunce Day
  • November 9 – Chaos Never Dies Day
  • November 10 – United States Marine Corps Day, Forget-Me-Not Day
  • November 11 – Veteran’s Day, Young Readers Day
  • November 12 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
  • November 13 – Nation Indian Pudding Day, Sadie Hawkins Day, World Kindness Day
  • November 14 – World Diabetes Day, Operating Room Nurse Day
  • November 15 – America Recycles Day, National Philanthropy Day, Clean Your Refrigerator Day
  • November 16 – Button Day, Have a Party with Your Bear Day
  • November 17 – World Peace Day, Take a Hike Day, Homemade Bread Day, Electronic Greeting Card Day
  • November 18 – Occult Day
  • November 19 – Have a Bad Day Day
  • November 20 – Absurdity Day, Beautiful Day, Great American Smokeout, Universal Children’s Day
  • November 21 – World Hello Day, False Confession Day
  • November 22 – National Adoption Day, Go for a Ride Day
  • November 23 – Eat a Cranberry Day
  • November 25 – National Cashew Day, National Parfait Day
  • November 26 – Shopping Reminder Day
  • November 27 – Thanksgiving, Pins and Needles Day
  • November 28 – Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day (Ha!), Make You Own Head Day, Red Planet Day, You’re Welcome Day
  • November 29 – Square Dance Day
  • November 30 – Stay at home because you are well Day

Enjoy your month and don’t forget to start looking for your favorite 2015 Calendar.

 

Calendars – The gift that gives for a year.

A Calendar is a wonderful gift that helps us track the year, day to day and month to month.

As you are noticing, you are nearing the last pages of your 2014 calendar. The clocks “fall back” November 2, 2014, which means another hour of sleep. It means it will get dark seemingly earlier, and as the winter solstice approaches, the days will actually seem shorter.

Gift for a year.

Soon we will be at the end of November, Thanksgiving is not until November 27th this year. Then soon to be followed by the December holidays. I love going into my favorite restaurants and stores and as the employees welcome me with holiday cheer they hand me a gift, a calendar that they printed in bulk to give to special customers.

Now, before you know it, New Years Day will arrive! You are going to put away the 2014 calendar and need a new “day counting device” for 2015. I have to admit the “apps” world is handy for ensuring you have a mini notepad to track your appointments, but there is nothing like a wall calendar, especially one received as a gift,  hanging in your kitchen, bedroom, office, by the front door to remind you where you are in the year. 

NovaWave’s 2015 Calendar is a beautiful, interesting, peaceful addition to your day, with an unusual pattern of days that flow in radial patterns from month to month. Check out our selection.

A Calendar Featuring the Southwestern United States

 A Calendar containing landmark environmental photos from the Southwest US.

New Mexico Calendar

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the World’s Largest Balloon Event.

It’s not like the largest ball of yarn or the largest rocking chair. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is a dynamic, exciting, week long party celebrating an art in aviation that originated November 21, 1783 in Paris.

The Balloon Fiesta  is held every year during the first full week of October. While many contemporary balloons are designed as special shapes, highlighted in the Thursday Special Shapes Rodeo (aka the Glowdeo). Most hot air balloons are color patterns and repeating pattern. As an Albuquerque Native, I have seen many of the special shapes. They are interesting and really cool to see as they defy the laws of gravity; but there is nothing like driving from the foothills into the valley on any given day in Albuquerque, to watch the lifelong hot air balloon pilots, also Albuquerque Natives, show friends, families and visitors the beauty and exhilaration of their passion.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, I took my teenage children, who have been almost every year of their lives. We got green chile breakfast burritos, and Tiny Tim’s Donuts, hot coffee and hot chocolate. Then we stood on the field and watched as the balloons inflated and lifted, listening to cheers from others who woke at 4:00 and 5:00 am to wait in traffic and find a place to park. While the exhaustion may compound the feelings of awe, it’s worth every minute.

New Mexico Calendar Images

 

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is highlighted in several calendars including the NovaWave 2015 Calender. Along with this event our photographs will allow you to visit other beautiful attractions found around our breathtaking country. Visit our Styles page to see what else we have to offer.

History of the Calendar – The Mayan Calendar

The history of the Mayan Calendar is thought to be one of the oldest and most accurate.

 

What was the Mayan Calendar?

  History of Mayan Calendar

 Actually, in Yucatan, Mexico, stands the Pyramid of Kukulkan at Cichen Itza. This pyramid was built around 1050 BC by the Toltecs. This pyramid was used as a calendar, away to measure the passing of time. There are 4 stairway, each with 91 steps and a platform at the top: 91 x 4 = 364, the platform makes 365 days.

It was from this Pyramid that the Aztec Calendar was created. If you think it’s difficult to remember which months have 31 days try reading this Calendar.  This calendar tracks what at the time was the future but is now considered History. This is the calendar that was known to mark the end of time.  

What it Is Not is the calendar that predicted the end of the world. What it Was was a complicated combination of counts that occurred simultaneously. One was a combination lengths of days 18 and 20 at a time. This was the “Long Count” tracking the days since the Mayan Era. Then was the Tzolkin, the days of the week, that were represented by symbols. Lastly was the Haab, this was the civil calendar. 

The Smithsonian offers an article discussing the Mayan Calendar, aka, the Aztec Calendar.

 The History of Mayan Calendars

Webexhibits.org also offers an article on the Mayan/Aztec calendar that is very technical.

There have been calendars over history that look differently, that count differently, that are better for planning, organizing, recording memories. Let you needs dictate which calendar you’d like to have for the coming year. 

View the NoveWave 2015 Calendar, let our calendar be yours.

 

A calendar to collect the memories of your life.

For what do you use your monthly calendar? Appointments, special events, memories?

A calendar is important in scheduling your life and your time each day.  I like to use my calendar to visually plan ahead. I imagine events and appointments by how they are scheduled throughout my month. I like to have a monthly calendar to look at each day so I know how far ahead an event may be. I do countdowns until exciting dates approach. 

You can mark coming events on your monthly calendar.

 

Checking off Calendar events

  • Holidays
  • Birthdays
  • Anniversaries
  • Parties
  • Sporting Events
  • Appointments
  • Due dates for bills
  • Deadlines
  • Some people cross out days as they’ve pass.

A Child’s Point of View

When I was an elementary teacher, I always had a large calendar on the wall. Students enjoyed pinning the dates into place. They asked if they could mark their own special dates. I always found it inspiring how proud they were to share special times with the whole class. Sometimes they’d even share anniversaries that were odd:

  • A year ago today I broke my leg
  • A year ago my grandma died
  • A year ago my moved away from my old school.

A Calendar is to remember events that will set our future memories. It is to capture important dates so we don’t forget; dates that are important and will be important again. Have you ever looked back at an old calendar and thought, “Oh, I remember that.” 

Sometime we just need a place to write, to follow, to plan. We need a place to witness our own life.  

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