APRIL 16, 2020 | NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY | NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY | NATIONAL ORCHID DAY | NATIONAL BEAN COUNTER DAY | GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY | NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY
NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY
Each year on April 16th, National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day allows us a reprieve after meeting a late-night deadline shuffling receipts and adding columns to file our taxes.
While some people call this day “the best holiday of the year,” it was created for fun. Wearing pajamas to work creates a laid back and relaxed atmosphere especially for those accountants, tax preparers and last-minute filers. Wearing pajamas offers a little relief from the nailbiting and stress that often comes with filing taxes. The day helps to let go of the anxiety and offers a few more minutes of sleep for those who pushed the deadline to the limit.
Appropriate styles of pajamas would include tops and bottoms, of course. Wear the cozy flannel or snazzy silk. Cotton always breathes so well, too. Cartoon characters are always fun. But, be sure to cover your feet, too. Slippers or other footwear are required.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay
Wear your favorite pajamas to work. Make a party of it and coordinate with coworkers. Don’t forget your fuzzy slippers and robe. Award prizes to the one who wears it best. Give a gift of pajamas to your tax preparer to show your thanks, even if that person is your dad or a close personal friend. If you work from home, this is a prime opportunity to wear your pajamas and invite the rest of the world to enjoy the comfort dressing down for the day. Take group photos and post them use #WearYourPajamasToWorkDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS TO WORK DAY HISTORY
In 2004, Pajamagram launched a campaign celebrating Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day as a reward for the late nights working on taxes.
NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY
Each year on the third Thursday in April, we observe National High Five Day. This is a fun day where you can “High Five” everyone that you see.
Folklore fills the hallowed halls of sports stadiums concerning the origins of the high five. From the basketball to the volleyball court and baseball stadium, the sports metaphor has been well worn on this topic.
The two most well-known claims take place in less than a two-year time span.
During the last 1977 regular season Dodgers’ game, Dusty Baker hit the home run that made the team the first in history to have four players with at least 30 regular-season home runs each. As Baker rounded third and headed home, Glenn Burke waited at home plate to congratulate him. In a moment that is Dodgers history but never televised, Burke greeted his teammate by raising his hand, and they slapped hands in a victorious high five.
On the Louisville Cardinals basketball court during the 1978-79 season, the team switched up their regular low-fives thanks to Wiley Brown and Derek Smith.
Out of all the triumphant sports gestures, such as the fist bump, fanny slap, fist pump, end zone dance, and chest bump, the high five stands in a class all its own.
The #High5Challenge provides arts and athletics for kids impacted by chronic illness through an amazing organization called: http://www.nationalhighfiveproject.org/
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHighFiveDay
Celebrate with a high five! See if you can find all the fives in the High Five hidden picture. Once you’ve tried, check out the key. If you’re looking for ways to get children involved in sports, check out Project Play which encourages sports activities for all. That’s a High Five in our books!
Use #NationalHighFiveDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY HISTORY
In 2002, college students at the University of Virginia, Conor Lastowka (San Diego, CA), Sam Miotke (Corvallis, OR) and Wynn Walent (New York, NY) together created National High Five Day.
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY
National Healthcare Decisions Day educates and empowers the public and healthcare providers to take part in important advance care planning.
In the absence of an advanced directive, medical personnel rely on family members to determine what a patient’s wishes might be. Family members also often struggle to make these difficult decisions. However, many of these difficult decisions can be avoided with advanced planning.
The observance emphasizes the importance of advance directives, and national, state and community organizations come together in a collaborative effort to promote the day. These entities are working together to ensure the availability of the information, opportunity, and access needed to document health care decisions.
While advance care planning seems like a difficult discussion, the alternative leaves family members struggling to make the decision for you. Completing an advanced directive removes the burden from our loved ones. It also frees us to have more pleasant conversations in the future.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HealthcareDecisionsDay
Plan ahead for your important healthcare decisions. Find the documents you need now, complete them, and put them where they are easily accessible. Discuss your decisions with your loved ones. Let them know where your documents are in the event you have a healthcare event, too. Encourage other family members to complete an advance directive, too. Don’t place the burden of these decisions on your loved ones. Use #HealthcareDecisionsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY HISTORY
Nathan Kottkamp, McGuireWoods LLP, founded National Healthcare Decisions Day to help educate the general public about advance directives. To learn more, visit The Conversation Project.
NATIONAL ORCHID DAY
Each year on April 16th, National Orchid Day recognizes one of the world’s diverse and widespread family of flowering plants. The orchids’ often colorful and fragrant blooms grow in abundance around the world. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species. Not only are they prolific, but they range in size from the 2.1 mm wide Platystele jungermannioides to broad-bloomed Grammatophyllum speciosum.
While some find the orchid challenging to grow, others find pleasure in their pleasant fragrance and uncommon beauty. With so many varieties to choose from, the beauty can be enjoyed from home or by visiting botanical gardens around the world
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOrchidDay
Enjoy the beauty of an Orchid. Share photos of beautiful orchids you grow. Give an orchid to someone with a green thumb. You can also download and print this orchid coloring page.
Use #NationalOrchidDay to share on social media. Facebook:www.facebook.com/nationalorchidday Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nat_Orchid_Day
Visit the official www.nationalorchidday.com site.
Also, check out the Humble Bumbles Honey Facebook page:
Visit the inspiring orchid sanctuary Orquideas Moxviquil.
And also, check out Chadwick and Son Orchids Inc.
NATIONAL ORCHID DAY HISTORY
Orchids are beautiful and extremely special. The creators of National Orchid Day, Mike and Faith Young, volunteered at an orchid reserve in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, in 2010, and the experience changed their lives forever. So much so, the Youngs decided if they were ever to have a daughter, they would name her Orchid. On April 16, 2014, sadly, they lost their precious daughter during labor. They named her Orchid Faith. Since then, they have been desperately trying to find ways to honor her life.
Creating National Orchid Day
After discovering that no National Orchid Day existed, the Youngs set out to secure the day in honor of their daughter, Orchid Faith. On the year anniversary of losing their precious little girl, they created a Kickstarter campaign. They offered pre-orders of their backyard honey (The Humble Bumbles Honey) with the goal of designating April 16th as National Orchid Day through the Official National Day Registrar. Within the first day, they met their goal, and the campaign brought in over $1,500. Thanks to the generosity and kindness of many friends, family, and supporters, April 16th will now forever be National Orchid Day in honor of their daughter.
For the rest of their lives, Mike and Faith say they will be caring for and spreading awareness about orchids. They feel that having a National Orchid Day dedicated to the beautiful life they lost, orchids will be appreciated a little bit more, and their little girl will feel the warmth of those that think of orchids that day. They feel as though all orchids are a representation of their little girl and hope that this special day will inspire those who come across orchids to think of their daughter, Orchid Faith, too; she is alive within you and all of us.
Radiant Faith Orchid
Also, for Mother’s Day 2015, Mike designated and named a Cattleya orchid ‘Radiant Faith’ through Chadwick and Son Orchids, Inc. The International Orchid Register of the Royal Horticulture Society in England officially recognizes and recognizes the Radiant Faith orchid. The Youngs were inspired by the color company Pantone’s color of the year for 2014 (the year they lost their daughter) – Radiant Orchid. Information on the Radiant Faith orchid can be found here: http://apps.rhs.org.uk/horticulturaldatabase/orchidregister/orchiddetails.asp?ID=982975
In 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Orchid Day to be observed on April 16th, annually.
NATIONAL BEAN COUNTER DAY
National Bean Counter Day on April 16th is every accountant’s favorite day of the year. After the flutter and the flurry of preparing taxes right up until the stroke of midnight, these diligent number crunchers are well past due for a day off.
The term “bean counter” hasn’t always referred to our reliable accountants. Like many phrases, it was much more literal before it morphed into the idiom we use today. Not unlike, meeting a customer at the deli counter or fabric counter to complete their order, clerks met consumers at the bean counter. However, over time, the phrase became attributed to accountants who watched each and every penny (or bean) that went in and out of the business.
Once April 16th rolls around, it’s time to give the accountants a break. All the receipts have been tallied. All the various tax forms in duplicate and triplicate have been submitted. The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of debits and credits. It is time for all bean counters to take a well-deserved break. April 16th is the accountant’s day to turn off the phone and return to a more normal routine.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeanCountersDay
Don’t call, text, e-mail or visit your accountant on National Bean Counter Day. If you are a bean counter, take the day off! If you happen to see one, send a “thank you” his or her way and use #NationalBeanCounterDay on social media.
NATIONAL BEAN COUNTERS DAY HISTORY
Kevin Wenig, a CPA from Trumbull, Connecticut founded National Bean Counter Day to insure April 16th as an official day off for accountants everywhere.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY
Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October).
When businesses get to know your customers, you also get to know more about what you need to grow. Remember when Main Street businesses were locally owned and operated? The owners knew you by name and knew your shopping habits. Additionally, they typically knew what you wanted to buy. Not surprisingly, if they didn’t have it, they were willing to get it in for you.
With the advent of the Internet and big-box stores, unfortunately, much of the personal attention has gone by the wayside. Get to Know Your Customers Day is a day to turn that around. Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Most importantly, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day.
Tips to Knowing Your Customer:
- Ask your customers questions. Find out what services and products they need.
- Use social media. Get the word out about your specials and new product. Social media is a great tool to find out what your customers like and don’t like about your store. It’s important to respond as quickly as possible. When you do, it will be noticed. remember, fixing a negative customer experience in a positive way can show you stand by your word. In turn, it could transfer into future multiple sales.
- Follow up on a purchase. Ask your customers how their purchase or service worked for them. Not only will you find out about your product, but you will learn more about your customer and the services they need.
- Network with other business. Learning and sharing best practices for getting to know customers from other successful businesses will also grow your business.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay
Grow your business by taking the time to get to know your customers. In doing so, you’ll be planting a seed that will flourish! Use #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay to post on social media.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY HISTORY
We have been unable to find the creator of National Get to Know Your Customers Day.
NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY
On April 16th, National Eggs Benedict Day celebrates a long favored breakfast or brunch dish. Eggs Benedict consists of poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon or ham on English muffin halves.
There are two different stories as to how Eggs Benedict came to be.
- In 1894 stockbroker Lemuel Benedict ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a side of Hollandaise” at the Waldorf Hotel. They were so impressed with the dish that they put it on the menu substituting ham and English muffins in place of the bacon and toast.
- In the early 18th century, Pope Benedict XIII liked an egg dish so much that he requested it time and time again. It is also believed that Pope Benedict XIII had an illness which added to his desire for this particular egg dish, hence the name Eggs Benedict.
Some restaurants serve their own versions of Eggs Benedict. Mix it up by substituting the ham for salmon or corned beef. Add sliced tomatoes or steamed asparagus. Replace the English muffin with thick, crusty toast or thin, crisp bagels. There are so many ways to be creative in the kitchen. The important elements with Eggs Benedict are properly poached eggs and a perfect hollandaise sauce. When the yolk and sauce blend with all the other ingredients, this meal is divine.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEggsBenedictDay
Treat yourself to a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict at home or your favorite breakfast restaurant. Learn how to poach the perfect egg. Then whip up a delicious hollandaise sauce, too. It’s one of The Seven Mother Sauces used in cooking. Find out more about the types of sauces used and how to make them. Try making the recipe below or share one of your own.
Use #NationalEggsBenedictDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EGGS BENEDICT DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this delicious food holiday.
On Deck for April 17, 2020
- National Crawfish Day *
- International Bat Appreciation Day
- National Cheeseball Day
- National Ellis Island Family History Day
- National Haiku Poetry Day
- National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day – Third Friday in April
Recipe of the Day
Easy Bacon Cheese Ball
Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
- Servings: 12
2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese (softened)
2-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 small pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup finely chopped pecans or veggies.
In a medium bowl, smooth cream cheese. Mix and blend dressing mix, cheddar cheese and bacon into cream cheese. Shape mixture into a ball shape. Roll into nuts or veggies until covered. Chill at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers.
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