Category: December 26

  • NATIONAL WHINERS DAY – December 26


    As the year starts to wind down, National Whiners Day on December 26th allows an opportunity to complain about just roughly anything. If you want, you are allowed to whine about being too tired, or overeating. Maybe you want to whine about having to go back to work or all the cleaning up you have to do. Are the lines long in the return aisle at the store? You can whine about that, too. The possibilities are endless. 


    However, two essential parts of the day to remember are:

    1. No whining about what you did not get for Christmas or do not have
    2. And remember what you do have

    Many people are less fortunate than others. Some are struggling to put food on the table or a roof over their heads. Others have no family or friends. Families without a single gift under the tree may simply be thankful to have each other. Others may be fighting disease and illnesses, and some may have coped with all of these. You may want to whine about something (and today you are allowed) but remember to be thankful for each gift you did receive and all that you do have. (And help others when you can).


    Whine about the dishes, the snow, or the laundry. But just for the day. Then pick yourself up and carry on. Tackle each problem, one by one. Use #NationalWhinersDay to post on social media.


    Rev. Kevin Zaborney created National Whiners Day in 1986 in hopes of encouraging people to be thankful for what they have instead of being unhappy “whining” about what they do not have.

    Whiner FAQ

    Q. All I got for Christmas was a bottle of wine. Can I whine about that?
    A. Better a winer than a whiner.

    Q. Why did the bad comedienne tell only one joke?
    A. She was a one-whiner.

    Q. Where did the quarterback go when he complained about the referee’s call?
    A. The no whine zone.



    National Thank-You Note Day on December 26th recognized the time-honored tradition of thanking people for their gifts, hospitality, and generosity. It is a day to get some note cards, paper, pen, envelopes, and stamps to write those special thank-yous.


    Taking the time to thank family and friends with a personalized message has special meaning. The receiver of the “thank-you” will enjoy getting the card in the mail and the message you have written. Personal messages also convey to friends and family a deeper, more intimate sentiment. These handwritten notes, however brief, carry a tactile expression of thanks that verbal communication often lacks.

    Never underestimate the power of saying “THANK YOU!”


    Writing a thank-you has become a bit of a lost art. We have provided a few tips to help along the way. 

    Begin your thank-you by acknowledging the specific gift and how thoughtful it is. If the gift was delivered, then assure the sender it arrived safely and how much you enjoy it.  

    If the giver presented the gift personally, mention something you remember from your visit. Then thank them for the perfect gift they took the time to bring by describing it and how ideal it is for you.

    Close your thank-you by gushing about how kind the giver was for remembering you!

    Within a few lines, you will have the knack of writing thank-you cards. Share your tips using #NationalThankYouNoteDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar will send a personal thank-you note to the founder of this correspondence day when we hear from them. 

    Thank-You Note FAQ

    Q. Besides Christmastime, what other times are important to remember thank-you cards?
    A. Not every gift requires a written thank-you note. However, sending a thank-you note for those occasional, unexpected gifts will be appreciated. Other times when you should send a thank-you card include:

    • Wedding gifts
    • Shower gifts (baby and bridal)
    • Patrons of your business
    • House warming gifts
    • When you’ve been a houseguest
    • When someone completes an exceptionally difficult task or provides a service on short notice
    • Birthday gifts, especially if they are mailed to you or were given during a party, large or small
    • After receiving a promotion

    Q. When do I use a hyphen in the phrase “thank you.”
    A. The phrase “thank you” appears with and without a hyphen for a couple of different reasons. First, the only time the phrase “thank you” is without a hyphen is when the word “thank” is used as a verb. Typically that happens during the act of thanking someone. “I thank you for your kind words.” “Thank you for caring for your donation.” We add a hyphen when the words “thank” and “you” modify a noun or if the phrase is a noun. Examples are provided below:

    • “I picked up thank-you notes today.” (modifies “notes”)
    • “I received a thank-you card from Alice in the mail.” (modifies “notes”)
    • “Will you be sending thank-yous, or shall I?” (noun)
    • “Don’t forget to send a thank-you.” (noun)

    December 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The U.S. Patent Office issued U.S. Patent No. 51741 to James H. Nason Franklin, MA for a coffee percolator.


    Beatlemania begins with the release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” in the United States. Originally, the songs were to be released in conjunction with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance in early 1964, but their success in the United Kingdom led to the early release in the United States.


    Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, celebrates the first Kwanzaa.


    For the first time, Time Magazines honors a non-human as The Man of the Year. In fact, it’s not even a living being. The magazine recognizes the personal computer for its annual award.

    December 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 

    George Dewey – 1837

    During the Spanish American War, the Commodore of the Asiatic Squadron led an attack in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. With only a single casualty and no loss of his ships, Dewey’s already respected reputations grew. In 1903, he was named Admiral of the Navy, the only U.S. sailor to attain the rank.

    Charles Pathé – 1863

    A pioneer of the French film industry, Pathé founded Pathé Frères of France which grew to be the largest film equipment and production company in the world.

    Jean Toomer – 1894

    The author and poet is best known for his novel Cane which was published in 1923.

    Evelyn Bark – 1900

    The British humanitarian earned the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and became the first woman to receive the Order of St. Michael and St. George. At the outbreak of World War II, Bark joined the British Red Cross and continued to serve her country through a Foreign Relations or Internal Affairs capacity for years beyond the war.

    John Walsh – 1945

    In 1981, the father of four became a victim rights advocate when his son Adam disappeared and was murdered. John Walsh launched the television shows America’s Most Wanted and The Hunt with John Walsh. He also co-founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The database helps law enforcement, families, and missing persons.

    Ozzie Smith – 1954

    The backflipping “Wizard of Oz” played for 18 years in Major League Baseball. In 1978, Smith made a promising start with the San Diego Padres. Then in 1982, the shortstop flipped to the St. Louis Cardinals and earned a World Series Championship. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.



    National Candy Cane Day on December 26th gives candy lovers a day to celebrate the red and white striped candies found abundantly during the holidays. 


    In 1844, a recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick, which was white with colored stripes, was published. However, some stories tell of all-white candy sticks in much earlier times. Folklore tells of the origin of the candy cane, yet no documented proof of its real beginning. Literature begins mentioning the candy cane in 1866, and it was first known to be mentioned in connection with Christmas in 1874. As early as 1882, candy canes have been hung on Christmas trees.

    Fun Candy Cane Facts:
    • The average candy cane is 5 inches tall.
    • While most candy canes are not sugar or calorie-free, they do not have any fat or cholesterol.
    • Striped red and white candy canes were first introduced in 1900.
    • The first machine to make candy canes were invented in 1921 by Brasher O. Westerfield. Until then, they were made by hand.
    • Bob McCormack and his brother-in-law & priest Gregory Keller brought the candy cane to the masses. What started out as candy-making for McCormack’s friends and family turned into mass production when Keller invented the machine that enabled Bob’s Candies to go big time.
    • Traditionally the flavor for candy canes is peppermint, but there are a variety of flavors.
    • Alain Roby, Geneva pastry chef, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest candy cane, measuring 51 feet long.


    Do you have candy cane traditions? Enjoy one from your stocking or pluck one from the tree. Share a candy cane with your sweetheart, neighbor or child in your life. However you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalCandyCaneDay when posting on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues to enjoy our candy canes while researching the elusive origins of its first celebration.

    Candy Cane FAQ

    Q. How many calories are in a candy cane?
    A. A standard, 6-inch candy cane contains two servings with approximately 50-60 calories per serving.

    Q. What kinds of flavors do candy canes come in?
    A. Candy makers develop various candy cane flavors. Some of the more common ones include cherry, sour apple, blueberry, watermelon or orange. However, some brands take their flavor choices a step further. How does pickle, bacon, mac and cheese, or rootbeer flavored candy canes sound to you?

  • BOXING DAY – December 26


    Every year on December 26th, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and other Commonwealth countries celebrate Boxing Day. This annual custom began in the United Kingdom in the 19th century under Queen Victoria.


    It’s not certain why the day after Christmas in these countries is called Boxing Day. Some say it’s because in Britain a Christmas present is called a Christmas box. On the day after Christmas, servants received a Christmas box from their master. Others say the holiday refers to using a box to collect money for the poor. These boxes were placed inside churches on Christmas Day and then opened the next day.

    South Africa renamed the holiday to Day of Goodwill in 1994. Catholics know the day as St. Stephen’s Day. Ireland celebrates Boxing Day along with the Day of the Wren. Also, December 26th is considered Second Christmas in Germany, Poland, Netherlands, and Scandinavia.


    In countries observing the holiday, government buildings are closed. Many businesses close for the day, too. However, in many countries, Boxing Day has grown in popularity. Many people exchange gifts or buy merchandise at reduced prices. Because it’s a holiday, many stores close early on this day. For those who aren’t out shopping, they are spending the day with family and friends. It’s a great day to eat the leftovers from Christmas dinner.

    More adventurous types take part by wearing a fancy dress and jumping into the North Sea. In other parts of the world, traditional Boxing Day Dips raise money for charity.

    Participate in the holiday in several ways:

    • Give to charity.
    • Attend sporting events or watch on television.
    • Leave a larger than average gratuity. 
    • Provide a special gift for employees.
    • Save by shopping sales.

    Use #BoxingDay to post on social media.


    Since 1871, England, Wales, Ireland, and Canada officially celebrate Boxing Day annually. 

    A variety of explanations arise regarding the holiday’s origins. Some people point to the song “Good King Wenceslas” as the source of spirit, if not the day itself. According to the song, the 10th-century Duke looked out on his land on St. Stephen’s Day on December 26th and observed a poor peasant. He ordered food, wine, and wood for fuel to be taken to the peasant and called for all Christian men to bless the poor in the same way.

    In the Church of England, it was traditional during Advent for churches to display a donation box. After Christmas, churches distributed the box’s contents among the poor. Aristocrats also traditionally gave boxed gifts to their servants and employees. 

    Most of the events taking place during the modern Boxing Day have little to do with the charity in the stories mentioned. Popular festivities include eating leftovers, soccer games, visiting, and drinking.