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December 21, 2014 – NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY – NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY – NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY – CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY – WINTER SOLSTICE

20 Dec National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day - First Day of Winter
National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day - First Day of Winter

National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day – First Day of Winter

NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY

National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day is observed annually on the first day of Winter.

Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council have sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day to bring attention to the plight of the nation’s homeless population and to encourage the public to act on their behalf.
Local groups across the country are encouraged first to determine the number of homeless persons in their community who died in the previous year and then arrange a ceremony to remember them. Candlelight marches, vigils, graveside services, plays and performances, religious services, and public policy advocacy are the suggested ways of remembering.  Some groups have read publicly a list of names of the deceased. Because media attention to such issues increases during the holiday season in December, National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day was in part created to garner a public forum for this issue, and local groups are encouraged to seek out and work with their local media outlets to publicize the event.
CONTACTS:
National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-462-4822; fax: 202-462-4823

National Flashlight Day same day as winter soltice

National Flashlight Day same day as winter soltice

 NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY

National Flashlight Day is on the same day as Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.

It was around 1899 that the invention of the dry cell and miniature incandescent electric light bulbs made the first battery-powered flashlights possible.

Today the flashlights that we use, are mostly incandescent lamps or light-emitting diodes and run on disposable or rechargeable batteries.  Some are powered by the user turning a drank or shaking the lamp and some have solar panels to recharge a battery.

In addition to the well known, general-purpose hand-held flashlight, other forms have been adapted for special  uses.  Head or helmet-mounted flashlights designed for miners and campers leave the hands free.  There are special flashlights that can be used underwater or in flammable atmospheres.

January 10, 1899 – British Inventor David Misell obtained U.S. Patent No. 617,592, assigned to American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company.  This electric device designed by Misell was powered by “D” batteries laid front to back in a paper tube with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end.  The company donated some of these devices to the New York City police, who responded well to them.

 

National French Fried Shrimp Day December 21

National French Fried Shrimp Day December 21

NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY

National French Fried Shrimp Day is observed annually on December 21

Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood.

The word “prawn” is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp”.   Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.

Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves the removal of the head, shell, tail and “sand vein”.  There are many ways to cook shrimp.  Common methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing  frying and grilling.

 

Cooking time is delicate for shrimp and they are at their best when not over cooked.

A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3s, calcium, iodine, and protein.  Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system.   *The preparation of the shrimp does impact the caloric count.

Happy National French Fried Shrimp Day

Enjoy one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/french-fried-shrimp-479317

http://southernfood.about.com/od/shrimprecipes/r/bl31010h.htm

National French Fried Shrimp Day History

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National French Fried Shrimp Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Flashlight Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
Crossword Puzzle Day December 21

Crossword Puzzle Day December 21

CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY

Crossword Puzzle Day is celebrated annually on December 21.

According to Wikipedia, a crossword is a word puzzle that normally takes the form of a square or a rectangular grid of white and black shaded squares. The goal is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving clues which lead to the answers. In languages that are written left-to-right, the answer words and phrases are placed in the grid from left to right and from top to bottom. The shaded squares are used to separate the words or phrases.

 

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossword

 

WINTER SOLSTICE

The Winter Solstice is observed  annually on a day between December 20 and December 23.

According to Wikipedia,  Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Winter solstice occurs for the Northern Hemisphere in December and for the Southern Hemisphere in June.

The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the planet’s daily rotation keep the axis of rotation pointed at the same point in the sky. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the same hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. Because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along the planetary pole, as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer.

More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere’s winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.  The winter solstice itself lasts only a moment in time, so other terms are used for the day on which it occurs, such as “midwinter”, or the “shortest day”. It is often considered the “first day of winter” or the “start of winter” (Lidong in the East Asian calendars), although in meteorology winter spans the entire period of December through February. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates differ from winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth’s elliptical orbit (see earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but many cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

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December 20th, 2014 – NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY – INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SOLIDARITY DAY

19 Dec National Sangria Day December 20
National Sangria Day December 20

National Sangria Day December 20

NATIONAL SANGRIA DAY

 

Across the nation each year on December 20, punch bowls and pitchers are filled full and ready as people gather to begin celebrating National Sangria Day with friends and family.

According to Wikipedia, Sangria is a typical beverage from Spain and Portugal. It normally consists of wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. Chopped fruit can include orange, lemon, lime, apple, peach, melon, berries, pineapple, grape, kiwifruit and mango. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7 Up may be added. Sangria is steeped while chilled for as little as minutes or up to a few days.

 

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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SOLIDARITY DAY

International Human Solidarity Day is observed annually on December 20th.

The United Nations General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, by resolution 60/209 identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century, and in that regard decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day.

By resolution 57/265 the General Assembly, on 20 December 2002, established the World Solidarity Fund, which was set up in February 2003 as a trust fund of the United Nations Development Programme. Its objective is to eradicate poverty and promote human and social development in developing countries, in particular among the poorest segments of their populations.

More information can be found at http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/

December 19th, 2014 – NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY – NATIONAL OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY – NATIONAL UNDERDOG DAY

18 Dec National Hard Candy Day December 19
National Hard Candy Day December 19

National Hard Candy Day December 19

NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY

A favorite of young and old alike, National Hard Candy Day is celebrated annually on December 19.

Hard candy became popular in the seventeenth century as sugar prices dropped.  Previously, hard candy was something that only the well-to-do could afford.  By the mid-1800s, over 400 companies were manufacturing this popular treat.

In 2013, Werther’s Original was the best selling hard candy follow closely by Jolly Rancher.  Other popular hard candies include Dum Dum Pops, Life Savers, Tootsie Roll Pops and Charms Blow Pop.

 

National Oatmeal Muffin Day December 19

National Oatmeal Muffin Day December 19

NATIONAL OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY

National Oatmeal Muffin Day is celebrated annually December 19th.

Known for it’s healthful benefits, millions of people start each day with an Oatmeal Muffin.

The American muffin is similar in size and shape to a cupcake.  Recipes for Oatmeal Muffins began to appear in American cookbooks in the mid-1800s.  Oatmeal Muffins are often complimented by raisins, bananas, blueberries and other healthy fruits.

National Underdog Day Third Friday in December

National Underdog Day Third Friday in December

NATIONAL UNDERDOG DAY

National Underdog Day is observed annually on the third Friday in December.

America loves underdogs.  In sports, people tend to rally around the person or team that is not favored to win.

According to Wikipedia, an “underdog” is a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose.  The party, team, or individual expected to win is called the favorite or top dog. In the case where an underdog wins, the outcome is an upset. An “underdog bet” is a bet on the underdog or outsider for which the odds are generally higher.

The first recorded uses of the term occurred in the second half of the nineteenth century; its first meaning was “the beaten dog in a fight”.

National Underdog Day was first observed in 1976.

December 18th, 2014 – FREE SHIPPING DAY – NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY – ANSWER THE TELEPHONE LIKE BUDDY THE ELF DAY

17 Dec National Re-Gifting Day Thursday Before Christmas
Free Shipping Day

Free Shipping Day

FREE SHIPPING DAY

Free Shipping Day is an annual one-day event held in mid-December.  On this promotional holiday, consumers get to shop from large and small online merchants that are offering free shipping with a guarantee of delivery by Christmas Eve.

This year Free Shipping Day will be held on December 18, 2014.   There will be up to 1,000 participating merchants offering free shipping on in-stock items in the Continental USA.  Merchant is responsible for delivery promise.

For more information and a list of participating merchants, see: http://www.freeshippingday.com/

 

 

National Re-Gifting Day Thursday Before Christmas

National Re-Gifting Day Thursday Before Christmas

NATIONAL RE-GIFTING DAY

Each year on the Thursday before Christmas people across the United States celebrate National Re-gifting Day.  This day was chosen in honor of office parties and the unique Christmas gift exchange that they do.  This particular December Thursday appears to be the most common day for companies to hold their annual employee/company Christmas party.

As a method of recycling, approximately 14%, of those surveyed, believe that re-gifting is becoming more popular, for that reason alone.

 

Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf in the 2003 Movie "Elf"

Will Farrell as Buddy the Elf in the 2003 Movie “Elf”

ANSWER THE TELEPHONE LIKE BUDDY THE ELF DAY

Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day is celebrated annually on December 18th.

Simply answer the phone and say “(Insert your Name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color”.

Buddy the Elf was played by Will Farrell in the 2003 movie “Elf”

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