Year: 2021

  • 8 REMARKABLE SHORT FILMS TO WATCH NOW

    8 REMARKABLE SHORT FILMS TO WATCH NOW

    These days, short videos fill our social media streams. They are often spur-of-the-moment or small glimpses into the lives of everyday people. Rarely are they a complete story, nor do they leave us with a lasting impression, positive or negative. However, short films do. Since George Méliès gave us Trip to the Moon in 1902, short films have been entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring audiences. And these 8 Remarkable Short Films do, too.

    The Academy Awards defines a short film “as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.” They include two categories: Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film. However, other organizations expand the time limit to 60 minutes.

    Screenwriters and directors face the challenge of developing characters, a complete plot in a short time frame while also informing and entertaining the audience. Where feature-length motion pictures have a minimum of 41 minutes to do all these things, they also face the challenge of keeping our attention. These 8 Remarkable Short Films fulfill all these requirements in under 40 minutes.

    1500 Words (2014) directed by Andrew Chaplin

    This humorous film takes the topic of brevity seriously. It features a man who has just received the devastating news that his life will end in 1500 words and focuses on how he will spend those last few precious words with his wife. If you had only 1500 words left, how would you spend them?

    Two Strangers Meet Five Times (2017) directed by Marcus Markou

    How many strangers do you meet every day? Did something they say or do change your life for a day, a week, or a year? Would you remember their faces if you met again? Markou’s 2017 film introduces us to two strangers, their encounters and the impact each has on the other’s life.

    Helium (2013) directed by Anders Walter

    In this short by Danish filmmaker Anders Walter, a hospital’s balloon animal-making janitor fills the last days of a dying boy with an imaginary world called Helium. The film is filled with colorful scenes of this fantastical world and poignant moments of compassion for a lost childhood.

    Zion (2018) directed by Floyd Russ

    The only documentary on this list of 8 Remarkable Short Films, Zion shares the story of Zion Clark. In 1997, Clark was born with no legs. The film documents Clark’s strength, struggles, resilience, and victories and provides an inspiring story of determination and love.

    Geri’s Game (1997) directed by Jan Pinkava

    Not to be confused with Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game, this Pixar Animation Studios’ film won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The film features Geri who goes to the park to play chess. Like most Pixar movies, the film is engaging and full of subtle elements that bring the whole story together.

    A Dog’s Life (1918) directed by Charlie Chaplin

    The oldest film on the list stars the pantomiming Charlie Chaplin who plays the Tramp. Living on the street, Tramp’s humorous adventures take a turn when he rescues a stray dog he named Scrap. The film showcases an era of film that has long passed but was instrumental to today’s movie-making.

    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2012) directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

    The award-winning film is the second animated film on this list and tells the story of a book-loving Mr. Morris Lessmore. It is inspired by the real-life publisher, William Morris and drew further inspiration from actor Buster Keaton as well as two films: the 1928 film Steamboat Bill and 1939’s The Wizard of Oz.

    Zamboni Man (2004) directed by Seth Henrikson

    Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Nine Perfect Strangers) plays Walt, a Zamboni driver and keeper of the ice rink. After grooming the ice to perfection, Walt attends to the rest of the facility. Once the rink is quiet, a figure skater practices in the after-hours quiet and under the admiring eye of Walt.

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  • INTERNATIONAL SNOW LEOPARD DAY – October 23

    INTERNATIONAL SNOW LEOPARD DAY

    On October 23rd, International Snow Leopard Day celebrates this endangered cat. It’s also a day to learn more about the snow leopard and how to protect this elusive animal.

    Although called snow leopards, these big cats are more closely related to a tiger than a leopard. Snow leopards live in alpine areas that are 18,000 feet in elevation, mostly in the Himalayas. China and Mongolia have the highest numbers of snow leopards. They also live in Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Russia.

    These cats earn the name snow leopard because they adapt well to the snow and cold. Their wide fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. Snow leopards are often called “ghosts of the mountains” because people rarely see them. One reason for this is they usually only come out at dusk and dawn while it’s still dark. Snow leopards are also well camouflaged, which makes them hard to spot.

    Snow Leopard Facts
    • Their thick fur is grey and yellow-tinged.
    • They have long, thick tails that they wrap around themselves to stay warm.
    • Instead of roaring, they meow, yowl, or blow through their nose with their mouth closed.
    • They can travel over 25 miles in one night.
    • They can jump nearly 30 feet, six times their body length.
    • These big cats have pale grey or greenish eyes.

    A snow leopard’s diet consists of wild sheep. However, wild sheep are also a food source for humans. With the reduced numbers of wild sheep, snow leopards resort to killing livestock. This causes farmers and herders to kill snow leopards. These retaliatory killings are one reason for the low numbers of snow leopards in the wild. Today, there could be as few as 4,000 snow leopards. Due to their low numbers, snow leopards are considered endangered.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SnowLeopardDay

    Conservation groups and zoos worldwide hold activities on this day to educate the public about the snow leopard. To participate:

    • See if your local zoo has a snow leopard exhibit.
    • Watch videos online that feature snow leopards.
    • Donate to a conservation group that works to protect the endangered snow leopard.
    • Encourage your kids to find their own interesting facts about snow leopards.

    Finally, spread awareness for this day on social media with #SnowLeopardDay.

    INTERNATIONAL SNOW LEOPARD DAY HISTORY

    On October 23rd, 2013, the Bishkek Declaration was adopted during the first Global Forum on the Conservation of the Snow Leopard. The forum was held in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. In 2014, to make the one-year anniversary of the Bishkek Declaration, the twelve countries present at the forum declared October 23rd International Snow Leopard Day.

     

  • 8 TIPS EVERY RE-GIFTER SHOULD KNOW

    8 TIPS EVERY RE-GIFTER SHOULD KNOW

    Regifting is nothing new. Keep in mind that regifting is akin to recycling, so it must be a good thing. Right? However, it can lead to some tricky territory. There are at least 8 etiquette tips every re-gifter should know before sailing into these sometimes hazardous waters.

    1. Re-gift only when certain the recipient will enjoy your (unwanted) gift. If at any time you referred to it as junk, clutter, or dust collector, it’s probably not re-giftable.

    2. The gift is brand new (aka unused!) and in its original packaging. No, hand me downs! (Family heirlooms excepted.)

    3. Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. If the gift had special meaning to the original giver, don’t re-gift.

    4. Don’t re-gift if the item is handmade or personalized. If Uncle Joe spent his spare hours whittling that panic whistle, you should keep it.

    5. Be careful not to re-gift something to the original giver. If you aren’t sure who gave it to you, don’t re-gift. Or re-gift it to someone you have recently met.

    6. On that same note, to avoid embarrassment, re-gift only when you are sure the new recipient won’t tell the original giver what they received from you. (Is it starting to feel deceitful yet?)

    7. Re-wrap all gifts and remove any tags that may suggest you didn’t do the shopping for the re-gifted item.

    8. Be prepared to answer questions about the gift. Questions such as “Where did you find this? I’ve been looking everywhere for one!” may give up the secret if you aren’t able to give a convincing answer. (It should really start feeling deceitful, now.)

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  • CLASSROOM – Roots

    National Day Calendar Classroom - December - 2021-2022 - Week 19 - Roots

    CLASSROOM – Roots

    November and December are busy holiday seasons where families gather to celebrate their traditions and each other. It’s an excellent time to explore our family roots in the classroom. Children learn their family’s heritage and beliefs. They learn about what has changed and what stays the same. Use this week’s projects to help students open up conversations and learn more about their families.

    HOW TO OBSERVE in the Classroom – Roots

    Download and print this week’s projects to explore family heritage and history. You can also follow the suggestions below to help your students explore the days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    This week, we have three projects to choose from. Pick one or complete them all!

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  • Shipping Deadline Approaches for National Day Wall Calendar for Holiday Gift Giving! Great Deals as we celebrate Cocoa Day.

    Warm up on Cocoa Day with these Great Deals!

    Shipping Deadlines are fast approaching to get your calendars in time for Holiday Gift Giving!

    Order now and save the disappointment of late delivery of holiday gifts!

    Our Celebrate Every Day Notepads will be the conversation piece at your next meeting.  Also perfect for Journaling.

    Notepads:

    5.5 x 8.5 spiral journal/notebook

    Strong coil bound

    50 – 2-sided pages

     

     

    The National Day Wall Calendar is a perfect gift for the home and workplace!

    At home, your family and friends will use the National Day Wall Calendar to look up what National Days fall on their birthdays and anniversaries.  They will use it when thinking about what to have for meals every day. When they have gatherings, people will use it to look up their special day, share smiles and talk about them.  Bring celebration into the homes of your friends and family!
    At work, the calendar will be used to plan for meetings, social media posts and even promotions to drive more sales.   More Information.

    Our line of Celebrate Every Day items includes Ornaments, T-Shirts, Notepads etc.  

    The 2022 National Day Wall Calendar is a Great Gift that will be used the entire year!

    The 2022 Celebrate Every Day® National Day Wall Calendars are in-house and shipping!  More Information.

    National Day Wall Calendar

    The 2022 calendar, when opened, is 12″ x 24″ and is a colorful addition to any home or office. The calendar offers large squares with plenty of room for appointments, school schedules, and important events. Plus, the calendar is chock full of fun and relevant events all year long, so you’ll always know what National Days we are celebrating.

    Don’t believe us? Watch our founder, Marlo Anderson, unboxing a 2022 calendar showing all the pages.

     

    Order now as quantity is limited. That way, you are guaranteed to have calendars for holiday gift-giving. Unfortunately, we generally run out of stock and may print a second time, but those calendars usually show up after the first of the year.

    This is the most fun you will ever have with a calendar. Look up your birthday, your anniversary. Find new reasons to Celebrate Every Day® with friends and family using the National Day Wall Calendar. The calendar is also perfect as décor in your home or office. There’s no better way to keep track of everyone’s schedules while adding a little fun to every day!

    How does the National Day Wall Calendar help you #CelebrateEveryDay? Well, this classic 12 “x 24” format features an open page with a six-month calendar to end 2021 and get revved up for the new year! But that’s not all! The National Day Wall Calendar:

    • USA Best-selling Calendar title!
    • Printed on high-quality, FSC Certified paper.
    • Features full-color pages throughout.
    • Includes all major public and culturally significant holidays.
    • Full of unusual and unique National Days
    • Perfect in your home, office, or anywhere
    • Great for families, students of all ages, and professionals in any field.

    National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! From humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, National Day Calendar now tracks nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks, and National Months. In addition, the research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days and discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate. So whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake, or pop some corn on National Popcorn Day, stay in the know by signing up for e-mail updates, Facebook and Twitter.

    Don’t find yourself unprepared for National Donut Day or National Siblings Day. Instead, join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!

    For more information or to order, click here.

  • Desktop Calendars no longer available! National Day Wall Calendars are still shipping. Supplies are limited.

    Shipping Deadlines are fast approaching to get your calendars in time for Holiday Gift Giving!

    Order now and save the disappointment of late delivery of holiday gifts!

    The National Day Wall Calendar is a perfect gift for the home and workplace!

    At home, your family and friends will use the National Day Wall Calendar to look up what National Days fall on their birthdays and anniversaries.  They will use it when thinking about what to have for meals every day. When they have gatherings, people will use it to look up their special day, share smiles and talk about them.  Bring celebration into the homes of your friends and family!
    At work, the calendar will be used to plan for meetings, social media posts and even promotions to drive more sales.   More Information.

    Our line of Celebrate Every Day items includes Ornaments, T-Shirts, Notepads etc.  

    The 2022 National Day Wall Calendar is a Great Gift that will be used the entire year!

    The 2022 Celebrate Every Day® National Day Wall Calendars are in-house and shipping!  More Information.

    National Day Wall Calendar

    The 2022 calendar, when opened, is 12″ x 24″ and is a colorful addition to any home or office. The calendar offers large squares with plenty of room for appointments, school schedules, and important events. Plus, the calendar is chock full of fun and relevant events all year long, so you’ll always know what National Days we are celebrating.

    Don’t believe us? Watch our founder, Marlo Anderson, unboxing a 2022 calendar showing all the pages.

     

    Order now as quantity is limited. That way, you are guaranteed to have calendars for holiday gift-giving. Unfortunately, we generally run out of stock and may print a second time, but those calendars usually show up after the first of the year.

    This is the most fun you will ever have with a calendar. Look up your birthday, your anniversary. Find new reasons to Celebrate Every Day® with friends and family using the National Day Wall Calendar. The calendar is also perfect as décor in your home or office. There’s no better way to keep track of everyone’s schedules while adding a little fun to every day!

    How does the National Day Wall Calendar help you #CelebrateEveryDay? Well, this classic 12 “x 24” format features an open page with a six-month calendar to end 2021 and get revved up for the new year! But that’s not all! The National Day Wall Calendar:

    • USA Best-selling Calendar title!
    • Printed on high-quality, FSC Certified paper.
    • Features full-color pages throughout.
    • Includes all major public and culturally significant holidays.
    • Full of unusual and unique National Days
    • Perfect in your home, office, or anywhere
    • Great for families, students of all ages, and professionals in any field.

    National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! From humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, National Day Calendar now tracks nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks, and National Months. In addition, the research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days and discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate. So whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake, or pop some corn on National Popcorn Day, stay in the know by signing up for e-mail updates, Facebook and Twitter.

    Don’t find yourself unprepared for National Donut Day or National Siblings Day. Instead, join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!

    For more information or to order, click here.

  • NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT – Second Friday in June

    NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT

    Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket and your favorite buddy, put away the cell phones and tablets, and then queue up a string of movies for a fun night of entertainment. National Movie Night on the second Friday in June encourages us to start (or restart) a tradition of movie nights with friends and family.

    #NationalMovieNight

    Movies have been bringing people together for over 100 years. The stars, the stories entertain us, connect us and help us create memories. As technology evolves, so does how we enjoy our movie nights. From the theater to reel-to-reel home movies, the VCR, DVD, and streaming, we’ve been enjoying movies on big and small screens. Drive-in movies invited us to enjoy films from the comfort of our cars. Today, our video library is as large as we want it to be thanks to streaming services. We can even enjoy movies in our own backyards projected onto screens under the stars.

    Can you smell the popcorn popping? Start your tradition with friends and family on National Movie Night with new and classic movies at the theatre or in your homes.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Movie Night

    What movie will you watch and who will you invite for National Movie Night? There are so many ways to start a movie tradition:

    • Make a movie night bucket list.
    • Share your favorite movie quotes.
    • Create a group with people who love movies. Plan to celebrate with a night out at the movie theatre.
    • Host a movie night in with the family. Pick a film the whole family will enjoy.
    • Invite friends and family for a movie night BBQ. Hang a sheet or screen to project the movie onto. Wait for it to get dark and then let the entertainment begin.
    • Load up the car and head to the nearest drive-in movie theatre.
    • Create a buffet of your favorite movie snacks and beverages for everyone to enjoy.
    • Ask everyone to write a review and deliver it in their best critic voice.
    • Invite everyone to dress in their red-carpet best for movie premieres and go to the movies in style.

    Don’t forget to share your movie night traditions. Use #NationalMovieNight to share your celebration on social media and follow @movienightjournal. Sit back, hit play, and enjoy the show!

    NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT HISTORY

    Movie Night LogoJennifer and Jayda Borget, a mother-daughter duo fluent in movie quotes and authors of the Family Movie Night Journal, founded National Movie Night to create an opportunity to bring new and old movie night traditions to life. Be prepared to laugh, cry or cringe, but most importantly, to make memories! Need a list of suggestions for National Movie Night? This list at movienightjournal.com will get you started.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Movie Night in 2022 to be observed the second Friday in June and every year thereafter.

  • LUTEFISK DAY – December 9

    LUTEFISK DAY

    On December 9th, Lutefisk Day reminds residents in Norway, Finland, and Sweden to begin preparing their lutefisk for Christmas. The day is also referred to as Anna’s Day.

    In case you’re not Scandinavian, lutefisk is basically cod that gets soaked in lye. After the cod is caught, it’s dried to the point of becoming firm and leathery. To tenderize the fish and bring it back to its former condition, it gets soaked in lye. Once it’s nice and tender, the lutefisk is skinned and boned.

    Finally, the fish is boiled until it reaches a gelatinous consistency. Another way to prepare lutefisk is to season it and bake it in the oven.
    Some say that lutefisk tastes mildly fishy with a soapy aftertaste. Many people would say that lutefisk doesn’t smell so good. To make it more edible, some people coat the fish in beer batter and deep fry it. Despite its taste and smell, many die-hard Scandinavians still eat lutefisk. It is a Christmas tradition, after all.

    Along with those in Norway, Finland, and Sweden, lutefisk is consumed in the U.S by Scandinavian Americans. One place in particular that consumes large amounts of lutefisk is Madison, Minnesota. In fact, this town has been dubbed, “the “lutefisk capital of the world.” The dish is especially popular among Lutherans. Sons of Norway organizations host annual lutefisk dinners. Lutefisk is also consumed in many parts of Canada.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LutefiskDay

    On this day, many people throughout Scandinavia begin preparing their lutefisk so that it’s ready for dinner on Christmas Eve. Even if you’re not Scandinavian you can still participate in this day by:

    • Reading more about the history and folklore that surrounds lutefisk.
    • Looking for lutefisk recipes online and learning how to make it.
    • Learning about the Scandinavian countries.
    • Attending a lutefisk dinner.

    Spread awareness for this food day on social media with #LutefiskDay.

    LUTEFISK DAY HISTORY

    During the days of the old peasant society in Sweden, it took many days to prepare for Christmas. One of the most popular Christmas dishes was fish. However, due to the icy waters, fresh fish was difficult to catch. Swedes had to make do with dried fish. To make the dried fish edible, they would first bathe it in a solution to soften it. This soaking process usually began on December 9th so that the fish would be the perfect consistency on Christmas Eve. For this reason, December 9th is known as Lutefisk Day. Since Anna is a popular name in Sweden, the day is also referred to as Anna’s Day.

     

  • INTERNATIONAL SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH – December

    INTERNATIONAL SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH

    Every year in December, International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month serves as a reminder to follow safety protocols where needles and other medical sharps are concerned.

    In the medical world, sharps are materials or items with sharp points or edges that may cut or puncture the skin. Needle sticks alone account for 400,000 sharps injuries per year. Other items may include:

    • Needles
    • Syringes
    • Lancets
    • Auto injectors
    • Infusion sets
    • Connection needs
    • Scalpel blades

    Punctures and cuts not only create a wound but also introduce bloodborne pathogens into the body. Many safeguards have been put in place that reduces or eliminate the risk of injury by sharp devices. However, they still occur.  Healthcare employers conduct training that is designed to prevent needle sticks and teach employees what to do if one occurs. The observance encourages the review of protocols and training. It’s also a time to assess how injuries occur and implement safeguards to improve outcomes.

    HOW TO OBSERVE

    During the month, sharps injury prevention is the focus. Many healthcare employers will review their protocols and the incidence of sharps injuries. Further steps that can be taken during December include:

    • Reviewing sharps standards in your facility.
    • Eliminating unnecessary use of sharps.
    • Never recapping sharps.
    • Using personal protective equipment.
    • Properly disposing of sharps.
    • Using retractable needles.
    • Reviewing sharp injuries to prevent future ones.
    • Joining or hosting a seminar on sharps prevention.
    • Reviewing articles on infection control.
    • Attending educational events.

    Use #SharpsInjuryPreventionMonth to use on social media.

    HISTORY

    The International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS) founded International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month in 2013 to increase education regarding sharps injuries and reduce their occurrence.

     

  • CLASSROOM – Foreign Language

    CLASSROOM – Foreign Language

    There are many ways to learn a foreign language in the classroom. National Learn a Foreign Language Month encourages us to look at new languages. It’s a great way to learn about other cultures and our own, too! This week, we offer a several ways to celebrate the observance in your classroom even if you are already teaching a foreign language.

    HOW TO OBSERVE in the CLASSROOM – Foreign Language

    Download and print this week’s projects to explore other languages. You can also follow the suggestions below to help your students explore the days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    Learning a foreign language can be fun. Download and print these two projects, plus the Celebration Challenge!

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!