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FEBRUARY 11, 2014 – NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY – NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY – NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY

11 Feb

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NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY

Always celebrated on February 11th, National Make A Friend Day,  is a wonderful opportunity to meet someone new and make a new friendship.  Friends serve a very important role in everyone’s lives.  They are one of life’s most valuable assets.

It is very easy in the busyness of today’s world to miss out on spending time with our friends.   Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the importance of friendship.  We need to take a break from our hectic lives and spend time with our friends and today, let’s take that time to make a new friend.  Where ever you are, whatever you are doing, say “hi” to someone, start up a conversation, and make a new friend!  You will be glad that you did.

 A World Happiness Database study found that people with close friendships are happier. (Wikipedia)

Within many different types of friendships, there are certain characteristics such as: affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings and make mistakes without fear of judgement.

Friends often tend to share common backgrounds, occupations or interests and have similar demographics.

 

*  Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.  (Helen Keller)

*  Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.  (Unknown)

NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we are unable to find the creator of National Make A Friend Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL SHUT-IN VISITATION DAY

A visit to a shut-in can make a positive difference in that person’s life. February 11th celebrates National Shut-in Visitation Day and each year on this day, many people across the nation take time to make a difference.

Due to physical, mental and/or emotional reasons, there are people that are shut-ins that may feel lonely, isolated, sad and cut off from the rest of the world.  Sometimes these people do not have family and friends available to visit and spend time with them and they lack companionship.

We often take for granted our freedom to be able to go outside each day, take a walk around the block, drive to the mall, eat lunch at a restaurant, go to the gym, walk through the park and enjoy the scenery or the sandy beaches of the ocean.  These are things that shut-ins are not able to experience on any day.  A visit with them would brighten their day and we could share our experiences with them.

National Shut-in Visitation Day is a “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY

National Peppermint Patty Day, also known by some as National Peppermint Pattie Day, is celebrated each year on February 11th.

There were many chocolate-covered peppermints that had been made before the well known York Peppermint Pattie , which was first produced in 1940 and launched nationally in 1975.   The York Peppermint Pattie dominated the market because of it’s firmness and crispness while the others were soft.  A former “York” employee remembered that the final (sample) test of the pattie before it’s leaving the factory was called a “snap test”.  If the candy did not break clean in the middle, it was a second.

Celebrate National Peppermint Patty Day by trying one of these “tried and true” recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peppermint-patties/

http://candy.about.com/od/fondantcreamfillings/r/peppatties.htm

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/03/peppermint-patty-cake/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peppermint-patty-brownies/

https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=5196&name=Peppermint-Pattie-Cookies

HAPPY NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY

NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Peppermint Patty Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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RESOURCES:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/?s=february+11&submit=Search

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Peppermint_Pattie

 

 

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