Out With The Old – In With The New

Jan 1st

Here we are at the end of 2012.  The decorations from Christmas are still up, but ready to be put away until next year, and there’s the sad feeling of it all being over for another year.  It doesn’t have to be though!  Every day there is a reason to celebrate just being alive, so I have decided to do just that.  Celebrate Every Day.

A couple of years ago I stumbled on an intriguing site – www.holidayinsights.com.  Whoever set up the site went to a lot of effort and time to seek out and document little known, but registered holidays.  Sometimes they were able to find out the history behind the holiday, sometimes they weren’t, but they are all open to the interpretation of the people who are celebrating, which is what I intend to do.  Every month at the end of the month I will post the overview of the coming special days, and break them down into month long celebrations, weekly celebrations, and individual daily celebrations.  It’s not feasible, either with time and schedules, or finances to literally celebrate each and every listed holiday, but I will pick and choose the ones to actually do, and talk about the rest to give them acknowledgement.  Someone, somewhere in time, thought it was important to actually register these days as holidays, and as such they deserve to be given at least an honorable mention.  Some are silly, some are serious, and some are downright inspiring.  Join me in a daily adventure to Celebrate Every Day.

January 2013 brings us these wonderful days to look foward to:

For the Month Long Celebrations we have some very good things to celebrate, honor or become aware of in terms of safety and health.

National Bath Safety Month – It only takes a few seconds for someone to become injured or drown from a bathroom related accident.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, on an average, 370 people of all ages suffer bathtub or shower-related injuries each day in the United States. Drowning is the leading cause for unintentional injury deaths of children age 4 and younger, and in children 14 and younger, drowning is second leading cause for unintentional injury fatalities.  The National Center for Health Statistics in 1987 reported that about 10 percent of all people over the age of 65 have difficulty bathing and according to a 1985 national report, drowning deaths, for those over age 60, were primarily due to having fallen in the tub. Bath safety for people who are elderly or have disabilities is further complicated by issues such as medication side-effects, reduced physical ability, and diminished vision.

National Blood Donor Month –  Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have. Every day, around 44,000 pints of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, cancer patients and more.  January can be an especially challenging month to collect blood donations because of inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

National Braille Literacy Month – January was chosen for this celebration because it is the birth month of Louis Braille, the inventor of the system of raised dots that made it possible for people who are blind to read and write for themselves with independence and freedom.  I looked up a few ideas for celebrating this and found a couple of good ones . . . check out a braille book from the library and see if you can learn to read a sentence or even a word.  Learn to write your name in braille.  Talk to your children about blindness and what it means to be blind.  Put on a blindfold or close your eyes, and make your way through your home. Can you do it without bumping into anything? Definitely makes organization and having everything in its place important!

National Hobby Month – What better time of year is there to take up a new hobby, activity, exercise or routine than January?  We all have resolutions this time of year  and taking up a new hobby, or picking up an old one again, is a great one to have.

Hot Tea Month – Did you know there’s a National Tea Association? I guess it stands to reason, but I never thought about it.  What a great month to grab a nice hot cup, or pot of tea, and enjoy the health and emotional benefits that it offers.

National Oatmeal Month – More Oatmeal is eaten in January than any other month of the year.  Not only is it a healthy addition to anyone’s daily diet, it is comforting in every way – and it’s not just for breakfast! More on this lovely grain later on throughout the month.

National Soup Month – National Soup Month is a holiday celebrated annually in the United States. Although this is an American holiday; this holiday celebrates all soups from around the world, and Soup Month is gaining momentum in other countries as well. Why? Because everybody loves soup and every country is famous for their own soups.

Letter Writing Week is the 2nd week of January – this is a good one to celebrate in this world that has gone to texting and email as the primary way of communicating in writing.  It feels SO good to receive a letter in the mail, so this would be a great time to give that feeling to someone you love.

The Daily Celebrations are as follows – and each day ON their day I will explain them better and how I am choosing to acknowledge them:

New Year’s Day
2 Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day 3 Festival of Sleep Day 3 Fruitcake Toss DayHumiliation Day 4 Trivia Day 5 National Bird Day 6 Bean Day 6 Cuddle Up Day 7 Old Rock Day 8 Bubble Bath Day 8 Male Watcher’s Day 9 Play God Day 10 Houseplant Appreciation Day 10 Peculiar People Day 11 Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend’s Day 12 Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day 12 National Pharmacist Day 13 International Skeptics Day 13 Make Your Dream Come True Day 14 Dress Up Your Pet Day 15 National Hat Day 16 National Nothing Day 17 Ditch New Years Resolutions Day 18 Thesaurus Day 18 Winnie the Pooh Day -The Birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne 19 National Popcorn Day 20 National Buttercrunch Day 20 Penguin Awareness Day 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday  , celebrated on the third Monday 21 National Hugging Day 21 Squirrel Appreciation Day 22 National Blonde Brownie Day 23 National Pie Day 23 National Handwriting Day 23 Measure Your Feet Day– we only ask….”Why!?!” 24 Beer Can Appreciation Day 24 Compliment Day 25 Opposite Day 26 Spouse’s Day 27 Chocolate Cake Day 27 Punch the Clock Day 28 Fun at Work Day 28 National Kazoo Day 29 National Puzzle Day 29 National Cornchip Day 30 National Inane Answering Message Day 31 Backward Day 31 Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

I hope you join me on my quest to discover the joy of following this interesting calendar of holidays, have a few laughs, share your own holiday discoveries and spread the happiness that comes from Celebrating Every Day.

Until Tomorrow . . . Karina

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