Happy Labor Day, Happy Birthday Dad and Some Really Odd Celebrations!

Sep 2nd

Good Morning Everyone!  I hope all of my readers are enjoying a wonderful 3 day weekend.  I’d like to start out the day with a message to my Dad:  Happy Birthday Dad!  I know you read daily, so I wanted to be sure to let you know how much I love you and I hope your birthday is wonderful.  We’ll be down later with your pie and present! 

Labor Day – Today is a day in honor of the worker – and is also appropriately called “the working man’s holiday” – dedicated to the worker in appreciation for the work we do in or outside of the home, union or non-union, big company, small companies or government.  As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you!  Well, unless you work in retail, at a restaurant, an emergency service worker like a police officer, or on duty in the military.  Those places are awfully busy today! That’s a lot of folks still working while the rest of us sit on our duffs!  The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 and started by the Central Labor Union in New York City.  In 1884 it was moved to the first Monday in September where it is celebrated today.  Labor Day became popular very quickly, and one state after another voted it as a holiday.  On June 28, 1894 the US Congress voted it a National holiday.  Today we have come to view Labor Day as the official end of summer.  Though the Fall Equinox is still a couple of weeks away, kids go back to school and summer vacations are over, so this is a good way to mark the end of the season.  Many people celebrate this weekend with one last picnic or camping trip, then close up the pools and put away the boats.  As for me?  I feel like, especially in the Pacific Northwest, we still have a month of summer to go and often around here it’s the best weather of the year!  Not too hot, not too cold and still time to camp without a lot of crowds out and about.


National Beheading Day  – I actually have to giggle.  We are having a quiet start to our morning, and there’s a movie on that we both like to giggle at – “Sean of the Dead” – and since it’s National Beheading Day it seems completely appropriate to be watching it!  So . . . WHY?  WHY would anyone set up this day?  There’s no apparent reason for this “special” day at all, and I can’t imagine why someone would create it, but they did, and it’s actually quite prolific all over the internet, so I’ll give it a few words.  Throughout history, beheadings have been a popular way to execute someone.  The list of people who have been beheaded is long, and includes both commoners and Kings.  The most notable king to be beheaded was Charles I of England in 1645.   I have to say, since this is rather obscure as celebrations go, don’t go “losing your head” over it.  OK, I know, that was cheesy, but I couldn’t resist. One thing we can be sure of today, since we don’t know why this day was set up, or WHO set it up, it is NOT a National Day in the true sense.  If Congress or the President had declared this a National day, the public would “have their heads”!  hahaha Oh my goodness.  I suggest celebrating this day the way we are – with a funny zombie movie where only the bad guys are losing their noggins.

Bison-ten Yell Day – Todayhonors the bicentennial birth date of a fictional person. Get it? Bison-Ten-Yell. Bicentennial. hahaha seriously? Someone set this day up as a holiday?  Supposedly, Bison-Ten-Yell invented a set of ten battle yells. Get it? Bison-Ten-Yell. Ten battle yells. The yells were based on a memory aid system.  And that’s all I could find on it.  So do with this information what you will.  It’s at least a little funny and will make you wonder what some people are thinking.

This Day In History

1666 – The Great Fire of London is started      
1945 -V-J Day (This is the day it became official on paper – we celebrated V-J Day as the declaration of the end in August)

Food Celebration of the Day

National Honey Month – Fun fact: It takes 22,700 bees to make enough honey to fill a single jar! That’s a lot of buzz for just one pot, but we’ll happily enjoy the sticky-sweet results.  Honey is incredibly healthy, and it doesn’t go bad!  You can have a bucket of crystallized honey, heat it up to liquefy it, and it will be good many years after the bees made it. Amazing!

No matter how you celebrate your rest from labor, do it with a smile and complete enjoyment of this last day of the official summer.  I’m on my way in to bake my Daddy his birthday pie!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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