Category: December 11



    On December 11, National Stretching Day is dedicated to educating people on the numerous benefits that come with practitioner assisted-stretching.


    Flexibility is one of the most significant components to leading a healthy lifestyle. When most think about stretching, it is in relation to one or two stand-by stretches that are held for a few seconds and released. However, this isn’t the most efficient form of stretching.

    There is a way to stretch that can make you feel a difference. On National Stretching Day, we are bringing awareness to why incorporating practitioner assisted-stretching into your everyday routine will make your movements more efficient. In fact, your stretching movements will be more effortless and pain-free on a daily basis.

    Importance of Stretching

    Why is stretching important? Stretching improves our lifestyle and helps us live a better life. When we stretch daily, we increase our mobility and keep our muscles flexible and strong. Due to sedentary lifestyles of growing older or over stressed muscles, people develop excessive resting muscle tone causing everyday movement to be difficult, cumbersome, or painful. Our independence becomes compromised, partially due to a greater inability to move.

    Daily stretching exercises or getting regularly stretched by a certified practitioner will keep joints moving efficiently as we age. This will keep our body healthy. A few additional key benefits to stretching:

    • Relieves stiffness and soreness in your joints.
    • Increases and maintains your active range of motion.
    • Improves circulation and blood flow.
    • Mitigates muscle imbalances that can lead to poor posture. Strengthening and stretching specific muscle groups can assist in promoting proper alignment.
    • Re-establishes a more ideal resting muscle tone and optimal muscle extensibility making movement easier and more efficient.
    • Supports injury prevention, enhances athletic skills and improves your ability to do daily activities.
    • Helps with stress reduction, calming the mind and decreasing tension headaches.
    • It makes you feel lighter and younger.

    Stretching Benefits

    Being stretched by a professional on a regular basis helps to relax your muscles while at the same time improves your active range of motion and ultimately your daily motor skills.

    The main goal of practitioner assisted-stretching is to be able to move further efficiently and effortlessly. Over time, a persons tolerance to stretch systematically increases. Eventually, your muscles will freely extend further to ultimately make life better. Practitioner assisted-stretching enables you to regain the ability to do what you once enjoyed doing and continue to be active for the rest of your life.

    Stretching Truths

    Research shows that the limiting factor to increase lasting apparent muscle extensibility is not the length or viscoelastic properties of the muscle. You cannot truly ‘stretch’ a muscle because muscles are not very elastic do not ‘stretch’ to a longer length. Instead, muscle extensibility depends upon the muscles’ sensitivity to tolerate the stretch.

    Muscle length does not profoundly change despite what the word stretch implies. In truth, muscles extend further and further by increasing their “tolerance” to a stretch. Regular stretches at the right intensity and frequency builds stretch-tolerance and apparent muscle extensibility. Studies also show stretching one or two days per week was adequate to maintain range of movement (ROM) gains. Stretching three or more days per week allows you to attain further ROM gains.


    • Develop a new daily stretching routine and stick to it.
    • Learn about the short and long-term benefits of stretching.
    • Join a Yoga class.
    • Play a nightly game of Twister with your family and have fun stretching.
    • Volunteer at a retirement facility and engage residents to practice daily stretching techniques.
    • Join a stretching class.
    • Document your stretching journey and watch your progress.
    • Learn about the Stretch Zone Method.
    • Share your photos of your stretching routine on social media using #NationalStretchingDay.


    National Day Calendar is pleased to welcome Stretch Zone to the National Day Calendar Founder Family. Beginning in 2022, we will celebrate National Stretching Day on December 11 and each year after.

    Stretch Zone was founded in 2004 by Jorden Gold after watching diabetes deteriorate his Pop-Pop (grandfather) and seeing him become immobile as a result. Gold believed he could apply a proprietary stretching method to help individuals increase their mobility, while reaping the many benefits that proper stretching offers. This became known as the Stretch Zone method and led to the creation of the world’s first and largest stretching franchise.

    The Stretch Zone method uses a patented strapping system and principles of neuromuscular behavior. A 30-minute practitioner-assisted stretching session at Stretch Zone delivers a life-changing stretch experience that follows specific methods and protocols. It is designed to improve circulation and create a more ideal resting muscle tone.

    Make a Pledge to Stretch on December 11

    If you’ve never been properly stretched or even if you have, use National Stretching Day an opportunity to take advantage of a free 30-minute stretch from a certified practitioner at Stretch Zone. Once you’ve been stretched, give a free stretch to someone else! Visit Stretch Zone National Stretching Day to find more ways on how you can celebrate National Stretching Day with Stretch Zone.

    A few other easy ways you can observe National Stretching Day are:

    • Use the hashtag #NationalStretchingDay on social media to show how you stretch and/or how stretching changed your life.
    • Learn about the short and long-term benefits of stretching.
    • Document your stretching journey and watch your progress.
    • Learn about the Stretch Zone Method.
  • UNICEF BIRTHDAY – December 11


    Each year on December 11th, the world celebrates the UNICEF Birthday commemorating the day it was created in 1946.

    Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee. Since its founding, UNICEF has provided humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Around the world, UNICEF responds when emergencies arise. Their mission provides services in war-torn countries, during the aftermath of natural disasters, and when contagious diseases break out.

    UNICEF also saves children’s lives by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, and nutrition. Along with saving children’s lives, UNICEF defends the rights of children. The humanitarian organization believes children have the following rights:

    • grow up in a safe and inclusive environment.
    • survive and thrive
    • learn
    • fulfill their potential

    UNICEF currently works in over 190 countries and territories. The organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965. UNICEF also received the Indira Gandhi Prize in 1989 and the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord in 2006.


    UNICEF relies entirely on contributions from governments and private donors. Making a donation is one of the best ways to celebrate the UNICEF Birthday. When giving, you’ll be glad to know that UNICEF is ranked among the best charities to donate. Less than 3% of every dollar spent goes toward administration costs. An independent monitor called Charity Navigator has given UNICEF the highest rating of four stars for financial accountability and transparency.

    With donations UNICEF has been able to:

    • Treat 4 million children in 73 countries for malnutrition
    • Help provide 18.6 million people with clean and safe drinking water
    • Prevent and respond to violence against children in 154 countries

    Encourage others to donate, too. Share on social media with #UNICEFBirthday


    The United Nations General Assembly created UNICEF on December 11, 1946. Initially, UNICEF provided emergency assistance to children devastated by WWII. Ludwik Rajchman, a Polish bacteriologist, is regarded as the founder of UNICEF. He served as the organization’s first chairman until 1950. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System. While the name was shorted from the original United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, it continues to be known by the popular acronym based on the previous title.


  • NATIONAL APP DAY- December 11

    National App Day on December 11th encourages us to explore all the possibilities apps afford us.


    The word “App” was listed as the word of the year in 2010 by the American Dialect Society.   

    Short for Software Application, apps quickly appeared when our mobile devices incorporated smart technologies. As the power of our phones increased with processing chips, internet connectivity, and touchscreens, so did the apps that became available.

    Since that time, apps continue changing how we work, live, and play. They offer opportunities, too, by creating thousands of new companies, millions of new jobs, and billions of dollars in revenue.

    Apps accelerated in growth with the advent of Apple’s iPhone in 2007. In 2008, Apple introduced OS 2.0, which included approximately 500 apps and allowed third-party app generation. Over 3 million apps on both the Apple and Android platforms offer a plethora of options for business, productivity, entertainment, organization, security, news, and so much more. And every, programmers introduce thousands more.

    Not only do apps keep us connected and organized, but through customization, apps fit our busy and changing lifestyles.


    What apps keep you connected and up-to-date? Is there one app that has revolutionized your life? We want to know! Post your favorite app on social media. Share how apps make your life easier, too. Beyond games, what tools do you use to save money and time?  While you expound on your favorites, explore new apps, too. What kinds of apps do you predict for the future?

    Join the conversation using #NationalAppDay, and be sure to include why you couldn’t imagine life without your favorite apps. Click here to read the 2018 press release from the founder of App Day.


    Platinum Edge Media and its founder CJ Thompson created National App Day in 2017 to celebrate the importance of apps as they change our collective culture by organically promoting creativity and innovation.

    In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National App Day to be observed on December 11th, annually

    App FAQ

    Q. What does “app” mean?
    A. App is short for application.

    Q. How do I download an app to my phone or tablet?
    A. Download new apps on Apple products from the App Store and on Android products from Google Play.

    Q. Do smart TVs have apps?
    A. Yes. Most of the apps on smart TVs are for streaming movies, TV shows, music, and videos. Though some of the apps allow you to do much more.

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    December 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    The British and French governments and associated airlines reveal the first prototype Concorde in Toulouse, France. The supersonic jet takes its maiden flight on March 2, 1969.


    Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt become the 11th and 12th people to land on the moon. Their Apollo 17 mission began on December 7, 1972. Ronald Evans remained with the command module and performed a spacewalk during the mission.


    The Oliver Stone directed Wall Street premiered. Starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, the film won an Academy Award for Best Actor.


    Scientists reported in the journal Science that they had deciphered the entire genetic blueprint of the nematode worm. It was the first complete genetic code of a multi-celled animal. In 2003, the Human Genome Project completed mapping the human genome.

    December 11th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Annie Jump Cannon – 1863

    The American astronomer spent most of her career at Harvard College Observatory cataloging and creating a system for classifying the stars in the sky.

    James Lewis Kraft – 1874

    The innovator and entrepreneur founded the Kraft Co in 1920. He also developed a process for pasteurizing cheese.

    Walter Knott – 1889

    In the late 1920s, Knott and his family established a fruit stand in California that they grew into an amusement park known as Knott’s Berry Farm.

    Mildred Cleghorn – 1910

    The educator, advocate, and dollmaker became the first tribal leader of the Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache tribe in 1976.

    Willie Mae Thornton – 1926

    Also known as Big Mama, the blues singer, and songwriter performed with acts such as Muddy Waters and B.B. King. She also recorded the songs “Hound Dog” and “Ball ‘n’ Chain” that became big hits for Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin.



    National Noodle Ring Day on December 11th recognizes recipes made with pasta into a delicious round casserole. While baking up your favorite recipe, maybe use round pasta noodles to really punctuate the ring in the day. 


    While the day could possibly be about the little round pasta noodles, it would be a fun way to celebrate. They make up a delicious pasta salad or several other pasta dishes. They also are popular with kids (of all ages) to use in different craft projects, maybe even one that results in a beautiful snowflake for the holidays.

    However, the day celebrates the pasta dish formed in an 8 or 9-inch ring mold or bundt pan. Usually made from noodles, flour, breadcrumbs, cheese, eggs, and other seasonings, this dish is quite versatile. When baked, recipes call for the noodle ring to be removed from the mold and served on a plate giving it an elegant appearance.


    Test your skills by making a noodle ring. Invite family and friends over for a taste-testing. We’re sure they will enjoy it. We provide a few different recipes to use:

    Baked Noodle Ring
    Picture Perfect Noodle Ring
    Noodle Ring

    Use #NationalNoodleRingDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this tasty pasta day. 

    Noodle Ring FAQ

    Q. Do noodle ring recipes include desserts?
    A. We looked, and yes, there are sweet versions of noodle rings.

    Q. How many people will a noodle ring serve?
    A. Depending on the size of the recipe and ingredients, a noodle ring can serve between 6-12 people.

    Q. I don’t have a Bundt pan. Is there another way to make a noodle ring?
    A. You can use a tube pan or an angel food cake pan. If those aren’t available, you can use a round cake pan or a casserole dish, but then, is it a noodle ring?




    Every year on December 11th, International Mountain Day aims to increase awareness about the importance of mountains. The conservation of mountains is a key factor in sustainable development.

    Mountains cover 27% of the earth’s landmass. According to the United Nations, 15% of the world’s population lives in the mountains. The mountains are also home to one-quarter of the world’s land animals and plants. Additionally, across the globe mountains provide freshwater to half of the world’s population. Another role mountains play is providing food resources. Six of the world’s most important food crops grow in the mountains.

    As you can see, mountains are extremely important. Sadly, however, climate change and over-exploitation threaten our majestic mountains. As a result, the livelihood of those who live in the mountains is also under threat. Mountain people are among the poorest in the world. These threats to their home make it even more challenging to survive.

    One of the best things you can do to help conserve mountains is reduce your carbon footprint.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMountainDay

    Mountains are found in many countries around the world. Countries relying on their mountains for food, water, tourism, and habitats host various events on this day. The Albanian Alps Alliance chairperson has given an interview discussing the importance of mountains in his country. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada convene each year on this day to discuss mountain ecosystems and the need to preserve these environments. Hiking excursions, film festivals, bonfires, and photo concerts are also held.

    To participate:

    • If you live near the mountains, go camping or hiking.
    • Reflect on a trip you took to the mountains. What impact did it have on you?
    • Challenge your friends and family to name as many mountains as possible.
    • Learn about the importance of mountains and the threats they face.
    • Set a goal of climbing one of the world’s most climbed mountains including Mt. Fuji, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Kilimanjaro.
    • Listen to songs about mountains including “High on a Mountain Top” (Loretta Lynn), “The Mountain Song” (Jerry Garcia), “One Tree Hill” (U2), “Mountain Music” (Alabama).
    • Share a beautiful picture of a mountain on social media with #InternationalMountainDay.


    In 1992, the UN held the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). As part of the CSD, the UN adopted a document called “Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development.” Due to the emphasis on the importance of mountains, the UN declared 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains. In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly designated December 11th as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is responsible for leading the observance of this day. Recent themes have included:

    2019: Mountains Matter for Youth
    2018: Mountains Matter
    2017: Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, Migration
    2016: Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity
    2015: Promoting Mountain Products for Better Livelihoods