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JULY 12, 2018 | NATIONAL SIMPLICITY DAY | NATIONAL DIFFERENT COLORED EYES DAY | PAPER BAG DAY | EAT YOUR JELLO DAY | NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY

NATIONAL SIMPLICITY DAY

Author, naturalist, philosopher, historian, tax resister, abolitionist, development critic, surveyor, and leading transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817.  National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in his honor.  Thoreau was an advocate for living a life of simplicity.

Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)  is well-known by many for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.  

“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~Henry David Thoreau

In our fast, ever-increasingly busy lifestyles, National Simplicity Day is the time to take a step back and begin to simplify our lives. One can start by slowing down, tuning into nature, enjoying the simple things in life, decluttering and striving for balance.  Once you have done this, you can begin to enjoy the many stress-reducing pleasures and benefits of a simple lifestyle.

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.”
– J. Botherton

“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.”
– Cedric Bledsoe

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
– Robert Brault

“It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“The simplest things are often the truest.”
– Richard Bach

HOW TO OBSERVE

Do or stop doing things to simplify your day. Post on social media using #NationalSimplicityDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Simplicity Day.

NATIONAL DIFFERENT COLORED EYES DAY

National Different Colored Eyes Day is observed annually on July 12th.  There are many people out there that have two different colored eyes, and this is their day to celebrate!

Having two different colored eyes is a condition called Heterochromia.  There are three types of Heterochromia:

  • Complete heterochromia – one iris is a different color from the other.
  • Partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia – part of one iris is a different color from the rest of the iris.
  • Central heterochromia – an inner ring is a different color than the rest of the iris. 

The concentration and distribution of melanin are what determines the eye color, specifically the color of the irises.  The affected eye may be hyperpigmented (hyperchromic) or hypopigmented (hypochromic).  The excess of melanin indicates hyperplasia of the iris tissues, whereas a lack of melanin indicate hypoplasia.

Most cases of heterochromia are hereditary, caused by a disease or syndrome or due to an injury.  It is possible that just one eye may change color following certain diseases or injuries.

A few celebrities are known to have two different colored eyes include David Bowie, Christopher Walken, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Seymour and Mila Kunis.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Post on social media using #DifferentColoredEyeDay.

HISTORY

We were unable to locate the creator of National Different Colored Eyes Day.

 PAPER BAG DAY

Each July 12th, we recognize the significance of an invention that we take for granted on Paper Bag Day. Millions of people use paper bags every day. Readily recyclable, paper bags have been around for many years.  American inventor, Francis Wolle, received credit for his patent of the first paper bag machine in 1852. Margaret E. Knight became known as “the mother of the grocery bag” after she designed the square, flat bottom and the machine that would fold and paste them in 1870. Over the years, other inventors have received recognition and patents for their inventions of devices that improve the paper bag or its production.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Consider the convenience of the paper bag or sack and post on social media using #NationalPaperBagDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of Paper Bag Day.

Eat Your Jello Day is observed annually on July 12.

Jell-O, trademarked in 1897 by Pearle Wait of Leroy, New York in 1897, is the novel and fun dessert loved by millions. Francis Woodward, who later purchased the recipe and trademark, eventually made Jell-O a household name.With 21 different flavors, Jell-O satisfies every taste and can be enjoyed in numerous combinations.

Whether it is molded, layered, mixed with fruit or vegetables, Jell-O makes a flavorful dessert or salad that neither breaks a budget or a diet.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Give Jell-O recipes a try such as Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad or this Applesauce Salad. Use #EatYourJelloDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of Eat Your Jello Day.

NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY

National Pecan Pie Day is observed annually on July 12th.  The delicious pecan pie is made primarily with corn syrup, pecan nuts, salt and vanilla flavoring with some variations including sugar syrup and molasses or maple syrup.  Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are popular additions in some regions of the country.  Pecan pie is often served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Pecan pie is considered a specialty of Southern U.S. cuisine.

The attempts to trace the origin of pecan pie have not found any recipes dated earlier than 1897, even though there are claims made of the pie existing in the early 1800s in Louisiana.  Well known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert until 1940.

Pecan pie was significantly popularized by the makers of Karo syrup.  Their company has claimed that the pie was a “discovery” in the 1930s by a corporate sales executive’s wife as a “new use for corn syrup.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make your family’s pecan pie recipe.  Or try this Irresistible Pecan Pie recipe a try. Post photos on social media using #NationalPecanPieDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pecan Pie Day.

 

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