Category: January 02



    World Introvert Day on January 2nd serves as an opportunity for people around the world to better understand and appreciate introverts.

    An introvert is best defined as someone who focuses on internal feelings rather than external sources of stimulation. The opposite of an introvert is an extrovert. There are less introverts in the world than extroverts. It is estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of the population are introverts. They are often described as being quiet, reserved, and introspective. Instead of receiving energy in social situations like extroverts do, introverts expend energy.

    Are you an introvert or extrovert? Here are some ways to tell if you’re more introverted:

    • Introverts may feel exhausted after spending time with people and need to retreat to a quiet place afterward.
    • It’s not unusual for an introvert to enjoy spending time alone. However, they don’t want to be alone all the time.
    • Having a small group of close friends is more common for introverts than a large group of friends.
    • Others described introverts as quiet and hard to get to know.
    • Too much stimulation is distracting for introverts causing them to become unfocused.
    • Introverts understand themselves quite well. They know their ticks, motivations, and insecurities.
    • They prefer to have a job where they work independently than with other people.

    There are many benefits to being an introvert. Most introverts are good listeners, they think before they speak, they are very observant, and they make loving romantic partners.

    If you are an introvert, you’re in good company. Many world-famous scientists, philosophers, and artists are introverts. Some of the most famous introverts include J.K. Rowling, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Courtney Cox, Albert Einstein, Laura Bush, Rosa Parks, Warren Buffet, and Roy Rogers.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldIntrovertDay

    If you’re an introvert, this day is just for you. If you’re not, talk to an introvert so that you can better understand their world. Other ways to participate include:

    • Download the free ebook, Happily Introverted Ever After, written by the founder of this day, Felicitas Heyne.
    • Learn more about famous introverts.
    • Watch movies with introverted main characters including How to Train Your Dragon, The Hobbit, The Avengers, and Dead Poets Society.
    • Think about the people in your life and try to determine whether they are more introverted or extroverted.

    If you’re an introvert, you probably don’t want to spend this day socializing with other people. You can still share it on social media with #WorldIntrovertDay.


    The first World Introvert Day was held on January 2, 2011. The day was created by psychologist and author, Felicitas Heyne. He felt January 2nd was the perfect date as the holidays, which can be agonizing for introverts, are finally over. They are no longer forced to socialize and make plans. Introverts can simply recharge and enjoy the peace and quiet. This isn’t something introverts simply enjoy doing, it’s something they need to do.


  • NATIONAL THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY DAY – First Monday in January


    National Thank God It’s Monday Day encourages us to celebrate the first Monday of the new year with vigor and energy.   


    Not only does the observance focus on the first Monday in January, but on every Monday throughout the year. Mondays are often full of new beginnings. New jobs often start on Mondays. Couples usually marry on weekends and a Monday represents the first work week of their new lives together. Many federal holidays take place on Mondays and therefore special occasions frequently take place on Mondays throughout the year. 

    Besides the scheduled events, many random events occur on a Monday. When Monday repeats between 52 and 53 times out of the year, important things will happen. It’s 1/7th of our life. Blaming Monday for our woes (traffic) doesn’t improve our personal track record in life (being late). Stop shaming Monday and look at what Monday has to offer.

    • Freshly brewed coffee to keep us perky
    • Opportunity for a bright future
    • 52 chances to see a beautiful sunrise
    • A new week share your talents with the world
    • 52 opportunities to teach someone a new skill that will better their lives
    • Each Monday offers the potential of meeting new people


    Enjoy the first Monday of the year. How will you use your Mondays? Let us know by using #ThankGodItsMondayDay to post on social media.

    If you need more reasons to celebrate a Monday (any Monday) check out these 16 Events That Happened On A Monday.


    National Day Calendar continues to research this day in praise of Monday. But we’re taking advantage of Mondays to find out more. 

    Monday FAQ

    Q. How did Mondays get such a bad reputation?
    A. Most people’s workweek begins on a Monday. Going back to work after a relaxing weekend can be a struggle. That is, unless you love your job, then Monday is Marvelous!

    Q. How did Monday get its name?
    A. Monday derives its name from an Anglo-Saxon word “mondandaeg” meaning “moon day.”

    Q. How many Mondays are in a year?
    A. There are usually 52 Mondays in a year. However, if a non-leap year starts on a Monday, there will be 53 Mondays in that year. Leap-years that begin on either a Sunday or a Monday, there will be 53 Mondays.

    Q. I don’t like Mondays. Is this day for me?
    A. Yes. This day is very much for you. It’s a way to improve your outlook, not just about Mondays, but every day of the year.



    National Cream Puff Day on January 2 is for dessert and pastry lovers alike to celebrate this delicious French creation all day long.


    Originating in France, cream puffs are also known as profiterole and choux a la creme. Cream puffs are a French dessert pastry filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, ice cream or custard. They may be served plain or can be decorated with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or dusted with powdered sugar.

    Borrowed from the French, the word “profiterole” has existed in English since 1604. The “cream puff” has been found on United States restaurant menus since around 1851.

    To prepare cream puffs, a pastry chef pipes a choux paste through a pastry bag or dropped with a pair of spoons into small balls onto a pan, then baked to form hollow puffs.  After cooling, the cream puffs are injected with a filling using a pastry bag and narrow piping tip or by slicing off the top, filling the puff, and then reassembling.


    Depending on your resolution status, you may do the following:

    1. Visiting the bakery and buy cream puffs. Then, eat them.
    2. Make cream puffs using the recipe below. Eat them.
    3. Stare longingly at said cream puffs in bakery case or recipe. Buy some and eat them anyway.
    4. Cream puffs? No idea, the tray was empty when I got here.

    You may also try the divide and conquer approach. Share those cream puffs with co-workers and friends. Use #NationalCreamPuffDay to post on social media.


    While National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this tasty holiday, we’re going to keep on snacking. Resolutions? What resolutions?



    On January 2nd, National Buffet Day recognizes a popular dining destination for Americans. The buffet restaurant offers a variety of selections, making it possible for every member of the family to find what they want to eat. 


    A buffet system serves several food choices in a central location. Patrons easily view and select the food to serve themselves. Buffets are useful for feeding large groups of individuals at one time. Consequently, hotels, restaurants, and conventions offer buffets as a convenient way of providing services to their customers and hosting events. Nevertheless, buffet lines work well in a home setting, too. 

    Initially, during the middle of the 16th century, the buffet table comes from the Brannvinsbord – Swedish schnapps (shot of alcoholic beverage) table. The custom peaked during the early 18th century and then developed into the more modern buffet around the beginning of the 19th century. During the expansion of the railroads throughout Europe, the smorgasbord buffet increased in popularity.

    Originally, the smorgasbord table was a meal where guests gathered before dinner for a pre-dinner drink and was separate from the formal dinner that followed.

    In 1939, at the New York World’s Fair exhibition, the Swedes displayed a smorgasbord. It showcased the best of Swedish food to a large number of visitors attending the fair. During the second half of the 20th century, after the Swedes had popularized the smorgasbord in New York, the word buffet became popular in the English-speaking world.

    The term buffet originally referred to the French sideboard furniture where food was served from, however it eventually became applied to the serving format.


    Head out to your favorite buffet-style restaurant. Today, our choice of buffet styles have changed, too. Many buffets cater to a specific cuisine. Check out these styles of buffets:

    • All pasta buffets – pesto, marinara, and Alfredo galore. Pass the cheese, please!
    • A salad lover’s delight includes every topping imaginable and several selections of greens.
    • Seafood buffets offer crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and more.
    • Pizza buffets provide pizza lovers with all the standards, but they will also make your favorites on request.
    • Asian buffets offer up noodles, rice, kung pao, General Tso, pad Tai, egg rolls, won tons, soup, and tea.
    • Sushi buffets provide freshly made sushi so you can mix and match to your delight, wasabi and ginger included.

    What’s your favorite style of buffet? Let us know by using #NationalBuffetDay to post on social media.


    We were going to start our diets today, but instead, we’re searching through a smorgasbord of buffets looking for the origins of this day. 

    Buffet FAQ

    Q. I’m hosting a buffet meal. How do I keep the hot food hot?
    A. There are a couple of different ways to keep food hot on a buffet. Slow cookers, electric roasters, and chafing dishes are a few of the options available.

    Q. How do I keep cold foods cold on a buffet spread?
    A. Place dishes of cold salads, desserts, and other chilled food on another container filled with ice. There are several products on the market designed to be frozen or to hold ice for just this purpose.



    National Personal Trainer Awareness Day kick starts the year on January 2nd with a day to appreciate the professionals who help us to keep our resolutions, one step at a time.


    With getting in shape as one of the biggest resolutions each new year, personal trainers know they will be in high demand. Their jobs are not only to motivate us but also to make sure we learn how to work our bodies safely. Injuries due to misuse of equipment or not properly warming up our muscles keep us from keeping our resolutions just as much as lack of motivation.

    Personal trainers play a crucial role in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.

    Personal trainers design customized programs for their clients. The plan should fit their current physical fitness and goals. They will teach correct techniques with the equipment and tools available. Additionally, personal trainers encourage, motivate, and help to hold you accountable for your physical fitness. They help you to learn how to track your goals and guide you to your next step of physical fitness. All along the way, they will challenge you and make sure you continue to use proper form to prevent injury while also aiming toward your best health.


    Give a shout-out to your personal trainer. Do your resolutions include physical fitness? Maybe a personal trainer is right for you. Exercise your best judgment and let a personal trainer design a program just for you.  For excellent tips on finding the right personal trainer, visit WebMD. Use #PersonalTrainerAwarenessDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar resolves to discover the origins of this personal fitness day. While we do, we’re going to work out a way to #CelebrateEveryDay, too.

    Personal Trainer FAQ

    Q. Are there any drawbacks to hiring a personal trainer?
    A. A personal trainer comes with many benefits, but they are not free. If you’re on a tight budget, affording a personal trainer can be one of the biggest drawbacks. Another drawback is finding the right fit. Personality, skills, and several other factors may make finding a personal trainer that fits your lifestyle more difficult.

    Q. Do personal trainers come to my home?
    A. Personal trainers work in a variety of settings. They may work at your local fitness center, through online portals, places of business, and at home.

    January 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    Louis Daguerre captures the first photo of the Moon


    President William Henry Harrison appoints the first woman to the role of presidential secretary. Alice Sanger’s impeccable qualifications as a skilled stenographer and typist gained her an introduction to Harrison two years prior.


    The Soviet Union launches Luna 1, the first spacecraft to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull. Intended to impact the Moon, the unmanned rocket overshot the Moon and entered orbit around the Sun.


    The first African American woman elected mayor of a major city and the first Mayor of the District of Columbia is sworn into office. Sharon Pratt Kelly ran for the office on the Democratic ticket against Maurice T. Turner, Jr.

    January 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 

    Oscar Micheaux – 1884

    In 1919, Micheaux became the first African American filmmaker. During his career, he produced more than 44 films including The Homesteader, Within Our Gates, and The Betrayal.

    Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander – 1898

    A woman of many degrees, Mossell Alexander was also a woman of many firsts. Some of her achievements include becoming the first African American in the United States to earn a PhD. in economics, the first African American woman to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and the first woman to serve as secretary of the National Bar Association.

    Isaac Asimov – 1920

    The prolific science fiction writer is best known for his Foundation series. Asimov’s works have been developed into films such as I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man.

    Jack Hanna – 1947

    The zoologist is known for hosting several wildlife-themed television shows including Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown. His expertise transformed the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in the 1980s into a zoological park.



    National Science Fiction Day promotes the celebration of science fiction as a genre, its creators, history, and various media, too. On January 2nd annually, millions of science fiction fans across the United States read and watch their favorites in science fiction. 


    The date of the celebration commemorates the birth of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.  An American author and Boston University professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov on January 2, 1920. He is best known for his works of science fiction and his popular science books. Isaac Asimov, whose works are followed by many, died on April 6, 1992.

    National Science Fiction Day is recognized by the Hallmark Channel and the Scholastic Corporation. 

    Considered a master of hard science fiction, Asimov, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. Many regard the Foundation Series as Asimov’s most outstanding piece. His other major series are the Galactic Empire Series and the Robot Series.

    Some of the successful television shows recognized by science fiction fans include Star Trek-The Next GenerationThe X-Files, Battlestar GalacticaDoctor Who, and The Twilight Zone.

    As we look back at some older science fiction in our current technology-infused world, how close do the writers come to imaging our futures? Long before Asimov created his first work, humans imagined machines that allowed them to soar like birds. Another man, Leonardo Di Vinci, looked to the future, too. He designed contraptions worthy of the science fiction in his time.

    Science fiction impacts life in ways we may not even consider – even those who don’t enjoy reading or watching science fiction. 


    The day encourages reading or watching science fiction. However, consider exploring science fiction in other ways. For example:

    • Introduce science fiction to an entirely new generation. Offer to read excerpts from your favorite science fiction author to a youth group at a library. 
    • Explore the authors of science fiction you’ve never read before.
    • Study the history of science fiction and how it has impacted modern culture.
    • Share your favorite science fiction story or character. 
    • You can also explore these 9 Books to Unleash the Time Traveler in You.

    Use #ScienceFictionDay to post on social media.


    Since at least 2011, science fiction lovers have been honoring Isaac Asimov and other science fiction contributors. In 2013, published a guest editorial by Ed Finn. The writer talks about doomsday predictions while also looking toward the future – all moving toward the true meaning of National Science Fiction Day.