DECEMBER 26 | NATIONAL WHINERS DAY | NATIONAL THANK YOU NOTE DAY | BOXING DAY | NATIONAL CANDY CANE DAY
NATIONAL WHINERS DAY
If you want to, you are allowed to whine about being too tired, overeating, having to go back to work, having so much to clean up or the long lines in the return aisle at the store. December 26 is National Whiners Day.
There is one thing the creator of this day hoped people across the country would not be whining about; this day is not intended for whining about what you did not get for Christmas and what you do not have but to remember all that you do have.
Many people are less fortunate than others. Some are struggling to put food on the table or a roof over their heads; some may not have family and friends. Another family may not have had one gift under the tree. Others may be fighting disease and illnesses, and some may have coped with all of these. You may want to whine about something (and today you are allowed) but remember to be thankful for each gift you did receive and all that you do have. (And help others when you can).
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalWhinersDay to post on social media.
Rev. Kevin Zaborney created National Whiners Day in 1986 in hopes of encouraging people to be thankful for what they have instead of being unhappy “whining” about what they do not have.
NATIONAL THANK YOU NOTE DAY
National Thank You Note Day is recognized annually on December 26. It is a day to get some note cards, paper, pen, envelopes and stamps to write special thank yous for the gifts you received.
Taking the time to thank family and friends with a personalized message has special meaning. The receiver of the “thank you” will enjoy getting the card in the mail and the message you have written.
Never underestimate the power of “THANK YOU!”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Writing a thank you has become a bit of lost art. We have provided a few tips to help along the way.
Begin your thank you by acknowledging the specific gift and how thoughtful it is. If the gift was delivered, then assure the sender it arrived safely and how much you enjoy it.
If the giver presented the gift personally, mention something you remember from your visit. Then thank them for the perfect gift they took the time to bring by describing it and how ideal it is for you.
Close your thank you by gushing about how kind the giver was for remembering you!
Within a few lines, you will have the knack of writing thank you cards on National Thank You Note Day. Use #NationalThankYouNoteDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Thank You Note Day.
Boxing Day is an annual custom observed on December 26th.
The day after Christmas is traditionally the day for employers to give a gift, a Christmas box, to their employees. The holiday is a primarily British holiday and is celebrated across the world in current and past British held commonwealths.
Boxing day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994 in South Africa. The day also is known by Catholics as St. Stephen’s Day. In Ireland, Boxing Day is celebrated along with the Day of the Wren. December 26 is considered Second Christmas in Germany, Poland, Netherlands and Scandinavia.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #BoxingDay to post on social media.
Boxing Day has been an official holiday in England, Wales, Ireland and Canada since 1871.
There are various explanations regarding the origins of Boxing Day. Some point to the song of “Good King Wenceslas” as the source of spirit, if not the day itself. According to the song, the 10th-century Duke looked out on his land on St. Stephen’s Day (which is celebrated on December 26) and observed a poor peasant. He ordered food, wine and wood for fuel to be taken to the peasant and called for all Christian men to bless the poor in the same way.
In the Church of England, it was traditional during Advent for churches to display a donation box. After Christmas, the contents of the box were distributed among the poor.
Among the aristocrats, it was traditional to give boxed gifts to their servants and employees.
Most of the events on modern Boxing Day have little to do with the charity in the stories mentioned. Popular festivities include eating leftovers, soccer games, visiting and drinking.
NATIONAL CANDY CANE DAY
National Candy Cane Day is observed across the United States each year on December 26.
In 1844, a recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick, which was white with colored stripes, was published. However, some stories tell of all white candy sticks in much earlier times. There are folklore tales of the origin of the candy cane, yet there is no documented proof of its real beginning. It has been mentioned in literature since 1866 and was first known to be mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874. As early as 1882, candy canes have been hung on Christmas trees.
Enjoy these fun candy cane facts:
- The average candy can is 5 inches tall.
- While most candy canes are not sugar or calorie-free, they do not have any fat or cholesterol.
- Striped red and white candy canes were first introduced in 1900.
- The first machine to make candy canes was invented in 1921 by Brasher O. Westerfield. Until then, they were made by hand.
- Traditionally the flavor for candy canes is peppermint, but there are a variety of flavors.
- Alain Roby, Geneva pastry chef, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest candy cane, measuring 51 feet long.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Buy some candy canes and use #NationalCandyCaneDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Candy Cane Day.
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