You know how social media tends to be filled with really odd holidays and observances? “Today is National Siblings Day,” a post will read, accompanied by a picture of sisters. “Love ya, sis!!!”
I don’t know about you guys, but my reactions are usually mixed. Yes, there are adorable posts and I can appreciate that these types of holidays make us appreciate one another. But, I also have to wonder, who invented things like Fall Hat Month and Make Your Bed Day?
(Probably PR pros, to be honest.)
Well, today, I spent a little while perusing a large book filled with holidays, anniversaries and birthdays. I was looking for pet-related events, relevant to my client, eventually coming across things like National Mutt Day. While I was scanning my enormous book, I happened to find a few really odd events that I just had to share.
Here are some of the best (or worst?) for December.
(Note: These are coming from the 2013 edition of a book, so some dates may change for 2014.)
December 7: Chester Greenwood Day Parade
Who is Chester Greenwood, you may be wondering? Well, he invented the earmuffs! Quite an accomplishment, if you ask my ears. So, this earmuff-themed parade and flag raising attract about 2,500 people on a cold December day in Farmington, Maine.
December 9: America’s First Formal Cremation
Oh, no, this isn’t morbid at all. In 1792, the first formal cremation of a human body in America took place in Charleston, SC. Who was cremated? Henry Laurens, colonial statesman and signer of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War. In his will, he specified that his son should wrap his body in 12 yards of tow cloth and burn it until “entirely consumed” and then deposit his bones “wherever he may think proper”.
December 12: National 12-Hour Fresh Breath Day
Brush your teeth, rinse with some fluoride and don’t forget your mints! No one enjoys bad breath, especially on this day. I’m just imagining elementary schools giving out goody bags filled with dental products…
December 20: Underdog Day
Not at the top of your game? Don’t worry, there’s a day for you, too! I feel like this day has potential – if marketed as a celebration of the unsung heroes that support the more well-known stars. But, it could also be interpreted as, you know, a day to acknowledge underdogs. Still better than remembering the first cremation in the U.S., I suppose.
December 21: Humbug Day
Conveniently taking place four days before Christmas, Humbug Day is a day for all those Scrooges out there to vent their frustrations. Traffic! Crowds! Snow! Ice! Expensive gifts! Bah! Humbug!
To this, I say, it is the holiday season! Throw on some tunes, burn a yummy seasonal candle and spend time with loved ones.
December 21: Elvis Meets President Nixon: Anniversary
You read that right. This is literally the anniversary of the day when Elvis met President Nixon. Apparently, the photo of Elivs and Nixon shaking hands is the most requested photo from the national Archives – more than the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution. So… there’s that.
I met Hunter Hayes last weekend… I doubt people will be putting that in books in 45 years. Just saying!
December 30: Falling Needles Family Fest
Well, Christmas has been over for five days. Which means that you’ve probably stopped watering the tree. Which meeeeeans, that the tree’s needles are probably falling.
So, why not sit around and watch them fall?
That’s actually, really seriously, what this fest is. “Gather the gang around and watch the needles gently fall one by one.” I actually have a pretty hilarious visual of my family sitting around our old tree, watching the needles fall. I may have to make this happen. Sounds like a good giggle opportunity.
So, that is all for this month. Mark your calendars – I’m sure you won’t want to forget to celebrate the day that Elvis met Prez Nixon! How embarrassing would that be!
How does one create a “Day” or a “Festival”? If I decide that tomorrow is National Sleep In Day, does that mean I can turn off my alarm right now?