Category: December 22



    National Date Nut Bread Day on December 22nd delivers a baker’s delight to celebrate. Incidentally, some sources also suggest the day is celebrated on September 8th, too.



    Believed to have originated around Iraq, dates have been a staple food of the Middle East and the Indus Valley for thousands of years. They have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BCE.

    In 1765, the Spaniards introduced dates into Mexico and California. 

    Dates provide essential nutrients and are an excellent source of dietary potassium. In ripe dates, the sugar content is about 80% of the fruit. The remainder of the date consists of protein, fiber, and trace elements of boron, cobalt, copper, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.


    Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2. Nuts are also rich in protein, folate fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.

    Several studies have shown that those who consume nuts on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease. (CHD)  It was in 1993 that nuts were first linked to protections against CHD.  Since that time, many clinical trials have found that the consumption of various nuts such as almonds and walnuts can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations.

    When mixing up the batter for quick bread loaves, add dates and nuts and your National Date Nut Day celebration will be ready to go! 


    Date nut bread is best enjoyed fresh from the oven. You can toast it and add a little butter. You can also bake a few loaves for loved ones. They make excellent gifts for the holidays, too. We even have several recipes for you to try!

    Old Fashioned Date Nut Bread
    Date Nut Spice Bread
    Date and Walnut Bread
    1947 Date Nut Bread
    Orange Date Nut Bread

    Use #DateNutBreadDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues munching our way through the origins of this delicious day. However, it remains a nutty mystery. 

    Date Nut FAQ

    Q. Why is the date palm important?
    A. Every part of the date palm tree serves a purpose. It is called the “tree of life,” and in the Middle East, the tree provides many products include fuel, packing material, and rope. The seeds may be used as feed for livestock or ground into flour for baking. Date seed oil is also incorporated into lotions and moisturizers.

    Q. How many varieties of dates are there?
    A. Dates come in more than 200 varieties. One of the largest types of dates is the Medjool date. It is difficult to grow, causing it to also be the most expensive date variety.

    Q. Are there other quick bread days on the calendar?
    A. Yes. National Banana Bread Day and National Zucchini Bread Day are two quick bread celebrations on the calendar.


    December 22nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Long before Clark Griswold connected 250 strands of lights to decorate his house for Christmas, he must thank Edward H. Johnson. Thomas Edison hired Johnson in 1871 and by the time he founded the Edison Electric Light Company, Johnson was named as vice president. One of Johnson’s favorite holidays was Christmas and in 1882, he put his electrical ingenuity to work. He hand-wired a string of 80 red, white, and blue bulbs the size of walnuts to his Christmas tree. Additional lights decorated his ceiling.


    The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, and David Manners premieres. Directed by Karl Freund, the film is the first horror movie to feature a mummy.


    “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” written by Ross Bagdasarian (also known as David Seville) and performed by the animated characters, The Chipmunks, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore reach #1 on the music charts. Released only weeks before, it would become a holiday favorite for generations.


    During a New Orleans Saints versus Tennessee Titans game, Saint wide receiver Michael Thomas set an NFL record for most catches in a season. He made his 144th catch and the Saints went on to win 38-28. The previous record was held by Marvin Harrison set in 2002.

    December 22nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Katharina “Käthe” Paulus – 1868

    The German aeronaut achieved great heights when she invented the first collapsible parachute. During her career, she also invented a drag ‘chute or a small parachute to help drag the main parachute out of the bag.

    Arthur W. Mitchell – 1883

    In 1935, Mitchell became the first African American elected to Congress on the Democratic ticket. He served in the House of Representatives for Illinois over four terms.

    St. Elmo Brady – 1884

    In 1916, Brady became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States. Following his studies, he proceeded to establish curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs at Tuskegee, Howard University, Fisk University, and Tougaloo College.

    Claudia Alta Taylor – 1912

    The 38th First Lady of the United States is better known as Lady Bird Johnson. However, she began her role in Washington as the Second Lady to Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. On November 22, 1963, Mrs. Johnson and the Vice President were in the car behind President Kennedy and the First Lady when the shots were fired. That day, Mrs. Johnson’s life also changed.

    Barbara Billingsley – 1915

    The actress is best known for her role as June Cleaver on the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver.

    Jerry Pinkney – 1939

    Throughout his career, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated some of the most beloved children’s classics. His work has been recognized by numerous awards including five Caldecott Honor Medals and five Coretta Scott King Awards.

  • FOREFATHERS’ DAY – December 22 (Unless on Sunday, Then Following Monday)


    Each year, Forefathers’ Day commemorates the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21, 1620. The Old Colony Club of Plymouth, Massachusetts, introduced the observance in 1769. The town observes the holiday on December 22nd (unless on Sunday, then on the following Monday).


    Carrying on the traditions established in 1769, the Old Colony Club recognizes the forefathers with several events. The celebration begins at 6:00 AM with a march by members to the top of Cole’s Hill next to Massasoit’s statue. Next, they read a proclamation honoring the forefathers, followed by a ritual firing of the club’s cannon.

    The Old Colony Club and the Mayflower Society both include a succotash dinner as part of their celebration. Sauquetash was recorded as a part of the first celebration. Unlike later versions of succotash, in Plymouth, succotash is served as a broth containing large pieces of fowl and meat that are sliced at the table. And the Old Colony Club did not call the Forefathers “pilgrims” either. The name didn’t come along until much later. 

    Well into the 1800s from New England to Los Angeles, churches and other organizations celebrated the day with meals they called “New England” dinners. Speeches reflected on the lessons the years since the Plymouth settlers arrived. Others recounted their history. 


    Learn more about your forefathers. Find out about the pilgrims in your history and the history of the country. Discover the story behind the Mayflower and more. Use #ForefathersDay to post on social media.

    While the day remembers the forefathers who helped establish colonies on the continent, there were many women who did their part, too. Discover some of their names and stories by reading 5 Foremothers Who Helped Shape The United States.


    Descendants of the Mayflower formed the Old Colony Club and established Forefathers’ Day on December 22, 1769, “to honor the forefathers.” When adjusting the date to the Gregorian calendar, the anniversary of the landing was mistakenly calculated to be December 22nd instead of December 21st. 

    Two noted celebrations occurred 100 years apart. The first in 1820 when the Pilgrim Society held its first celebration at First Parish Church. Daniel Webster spoke movingly about the pilgrims. It was Webster’s moving speech that put Plymouth Rock into the patriotic spotlight. On Forefathers’ Day that year, he made it a landmark like had never been before.

    The largest Forefathers’ Day celebration took place in 1920 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as Pilgrims’ Day on December 21st, reflecting the more accepted conversion to the Gregorian calendar.

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