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SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 | WIFE APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL STEP FAMILY DAY | NATIONAL PLAY-DOH DAY | NATIONAL WORKING PARENTS DAY | MAYFLOWER DAY | NATIONAL CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD DAY

WIFE APPRECIATION DAY

Wife Appreciation Day is observed annually on the third Sunday in September.

Since wives do so many things to make their husbands and homes happy, this is a day for men to let their wives know just how much they appreciate both the little and the big things they do all year long.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Some traditional ways to observe Wife Appreciation Day are with a gift of flowers, perfume, jewelry or clothing.  A day at a spa, tickets to a show and dinner at a nice restaurant are also excellent ways to show appreciation.  A foot massage and cooking breakfast or dinner at home can also say, “Thank you for all the things you do every day.  I appreciate them.” Use #WifeAppreciationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

While the history of Wife Appreciation Day is somewhat obscure, it seems event honored the women who, while they are married, do not have children.  Wife Appreciation Day makes up for Mother’s Day when there are no children in the marriage. 

NATIONAL STEP FAMILY DAY

National Step Family Day is observed annually on September 16th.

In the USA, over 30% of the under 18 population live in a step family environment.  Step-parenting has been proven to be very successful with patience over time.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalStepFamilyDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Step Family Day was founded by Christy Borgeld in 1997.

NATIONAL PLAY-DOH DAY

National Play-Doh Day is observed annually on September 16th.  Play-Doh inventor Joe McVicker actually sold it originally as a wallpaper cleaner but the world had another use for his product.  Play-Doh was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Here is an excerpt from the Hall of Fame induction found at http://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/play-doh

Play-Doh modeling compound started out as wallpaper cleaner. Joe McVicker learned from a teacher that kids usually found modeling clay too hard to manipulate. Discovering that the squishy cleaning product he manufactured could substitute, McVicker shipped some to the school. After teachers and kids raved, he offered to supply the product to all Cincinnati schools. More rave reviews followed. McVicker showcased the modeling clay at a national education convention in 1955, and word spread to Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. By 1956, the wallpaper cleaner had become Play-Doh. A year later, the manufacturer offered a softer Play-Doh in primary colors. Kids mixed these to make other colors, ending inevitably in brown. Captain Kangaroo endorsed Play-Doh, and so did Miss Frances from Ding Dong School. Play-Doh Pete appeared on product cans in 1960. The Fun Factory let kids extrude the material into interesting shapes, making mock hair, colorful spaghetti, and pretend ice cream that wouldn’t melt. In the 1980s, Play-Doh expanded its palette to eight colors. Later versions sparkled with glitter, glowed in the dark, or smelled like shaving cream. Recent estimates say that kids have played with 700 million pounds of Play-Doh.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Go find a can of Play-Doh and let your imagination run wild. Use #NationalPlayDohDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The company Hasbro has recognized National Play-Doy Day since 2006.

NATIONAL WORKING PARENTS DAY

National Working Parents Day is observed annually on September 16th.  This is a day to pay tribute to those parents who work to provide for their family.

The challenges of being a parent while working are great, but most feel that along with a means to provide, showing your children the importance of work is a life lesson.

HOW TO OBSERVE

A parent’s work is never done.  Be sure to remember all the work parents do and use #WorkingParentsDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Working Parents Day.

MAYFLOWER DAY

Mayflower Day commemorates the day the ship set sail from Plymouth, England in 1620.

On September 16 of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 souls on board. These colonists- men, women, children, some seeking fortune, some seeking religious freedom – were to be later known as pilgrims.

The colonists’ intended to land at Virginia. However, after 66 days at sea, storms and winds blew them off course and they ended up near modern day Cape Cod, Massachusets on December, 21st.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #MayflowerDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This day commemorates the day the Mayflower set sail for the New World. At the time, William Bradford, the separatist leader whose journal is often referenced for Mayflower history, recorded dates according to the Julian calendar.  At that point in history, both the Julian and the Gregorian (the calendar most often used today) were both in use. There is a 10-day difference between the two calendars, accounting for the different dates across historical accountings of the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England.

NATIONAL CINNAMON RAISIN BREAD DAY

National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day is observed annually on September 16th.  This bread is often one of the most requested in bakeries across the country.  Naturally sweet, the aroma created from baking this bread will make anyone drool.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make or purchase some cinnamon raisin bread to enjoy. Use #CinnamonRaisinBreadDay when posting on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin and the creator of National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day.

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