Category: November 23

  • WOLFENOOT – November 23


    Every year on November 23rd, Wolfenoot celebrates both the spirit of the wolf and kindness. It’s also a day that encourages people to be kind to animals, especially dogs as they are descendants of the wolf.

    Many people in the United States are gearing up for Thanksgiving. There are also many other holidays around this time, which include Kwanza, Hanukkah, and of course Christmas. But one holiday you may not have heard of yet is called Wolfenoot (pronounced wolf-a-noot). This holiday revolves around a wolf-like Santa clause that brings presents to humans. This “spirit of the wolf” especially likes those who are kind to dogs.

    It’s hard to believe but the founder of this day was only 7 when he came up with the idea. His mom, Jax Goss, helped him develop the idea and turn it into an annual event. Her son is an animal lover who has been exposed at a young age to various conservation efforts. Within 24 hours of posting the new holiday on social media, people around the world were already jumping on board.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #Wolfenoot

    Every year, in the weeks leading up to Wolfenoot, the creator of the day posts a kindness challenge. Past kindness challenges have included:

    • Spend time hanging out with a kid
    • Make something for someone
    • Spend time with an animal
    • Plant something
    • Do something for yourself
    • Volunteer your time
    • Feed someone

    The day also focuses on being kind to animals. Each year, those who celebrate this day raise money for local animal shelters. It’s also a day when the “spirit of the wolf” hides small presents around the house for humans. The ones that are nice to dogs get the best presents. On this day, the family also gathers to a feast of roasted meat, which is something that wolves like to eat. Another way to observe the day is share a dog photo on social media with #Wolfenoot.


    The first Wolfenoot was held in 2018. The day was created by a 7-year-old boy in New Zealand. The young and imaginative animal lover told his mom that the idea for the day, “came from my brain.” Wolfenoot is held on November 23rd as this is the anniversary of “The Great Wolf’s Death.” Those who celebrate this day are called Wolfenati.


  • FIBONACCI DAY – November 23


    Every November 23rd, Fibonacci Day honors Leonardo Bonacci, one of the most influential mathematicians of the Middle Ages. The date corresponds to the first numbers of the Fibonacci sequence  – 1 1 2 3.

    Fibonacci is an Italian mathematician who is also known as Leonardo of Pisa and Leonardo Fibonacci. Some say Fibonacci invented the Fibonacci sequence. This pattern of counting means that each number is the sum of the previous two. (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13, etc.) Computer data storage and processing uses this number sequence today. The sequence is also useful in the trading of stocks and architecture. Another unexpected place we find the sequence is in nature. DNA patterns and hurricanes contain patterns showing this sequence. Math and science classes refer to the Fibonacci sequence as “nature’s secret code” or “nature’s universal rule.” Additionally, the number sequence is tied to the golden ratio and the golden triangle.

    The Fibonacci numbers were published in his book, Liber Abaci in the year 1202. Fibonacci’s book introduced the Western World to the Hindu-Arabic numeral system we use today. This numeral system writes numbers as 1,2,3, etc. instead of Roman numerals I, II, III, etc.

    Fibonacci was born in 1170. As a young boy, he traveled with his father, an Italian merchant named Guglielmo. During his travels, he learned about the Hindu-Arabic numeral system. As he traveled around the Mediterranean Coast, Fibonacci met with merchants and learned their arithmetic systems. In the 19th century, the city of Pisa erected a statue of Fibonacci. Today it stands in the western gallery of the Camposanto.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FibonacciDay

    Math and science classes around the world hold a variety of fun activities utilizing the Fibonacci sequence. To participate:

    • Watch a video showing the Fibonacci sequence in nature or a video discussing the magic of Fibonacci numbers.
    • Look for items in your home or nature containing the Fibonacci sequence.
    • Learn more about Fibonacci or other famous mathematicians, including Archimedes, Newton, and Gauss.
    • Learn about other math holidays like Pi Day, Pythagorean Theorem Day, Math 2.0 Day, and Mole Day.
    • Bake Fibonacci spiral cookies, a perfect dessert for the upcoming holidays.
    • Do some fun Fibonacci exercises.

    Make your friends think you’re a math genius by sharing this day on social media with #FibonacciDay


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this math holiday.




    Get the pure coffee essence on National Espresso Day! Whether you sip one cup or keep buzzing all day long, November 23rd is the day. 

    The word espresso (/ɛˈsprɛsoʊ/; Italian pronunciation: [eˈsprɛsso]) in Italian means ‘quick in time.’ Before the advent of the espresso machine, espresso was simply a coffee expressly made for the person ordering it. It was also made with recently roasted and freshly ground beans. The cup was brewed shortly before serving. In the late 1800s, this practice was commonplace in cafés and restaurants.

    While today’s espresso maintains the freshness quality, it has undergone a transition in meaning. We’ve come to know espresso as a highly concentrated brew served in smaller quantities. We may also use espresso as a base for other delicious coffee creations.

    We can thank the espresso machine for this modern view of espresso. In 1901, Italian Luigi Bezzera invented the first successful espresso machine. The newer technologies produced a smaller, more concentrated cup more quickly than traditional coffee brewing methods. Additionally, this thicker, more intense brew created a creamy foam on top called the crema. The richer flavors and aromas of an espresso create delicious lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and many café creations.

    Beyond the range of beverages, the intense flavor of espresso lends itself to baking. Where coffee may become lost when blended with other flavors, espresso remains vibrant. Blend it with cream cheese, sugar and flour for a cheesecake. Add it to ladyfingers and make tiramisu. Many desserts call for espressos such as ice cream and crème brûlée.  

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEspressoDay

    This holiday calls for the perfect cup. Whether you brew it at home or visit a local cafe, you know how you like it. Will you enjoy your espresso one of these ways?

    • Order through the local drive-through and pay it forward (backward?) by also paying for the customer behind you in line.
    • Pick up extra espressos for everyone in the office.
    • Have espressos delivered to front-line workers at the hospital, fire station, police station, or ambulance bay near you. 
    • Send a gift card to your favorite teachers for National Espresso Day, letting them know just how much you appreciate them. 
    • Step out of your comfort zone and try your espresso in a new flavorful latte or cappuccino. 
    • Realize you’ve never tried baking with espresso and break out the mixer you got for your birthday.
    • You’re a traditionalist when it comes to espresso. You only drink espresso. You don’t add flavors. It’s espresso. Don’t mess with the espresso. 

    Enjoy a cup of espresso and use #NationalEspressoDay to post on social media.

    Be sure to order our Celebrate Every Day® coffee beans to help you celebrate every coffee holiday. We offer 4 roasts, including decaf. 

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    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this caffeinated holiday.

    Espresso FAQ

    Q. How do you say “espresso”?
    A. The word “espresso” is pronounced like this: ess-press-oh.

    Q. Can I make espresso at home?
    A. Yes. There are a few ways to make espresso at home, including using an espresso machine. If you do not have an espresso machine, you can use a French press. There are a few things to keep in mind when making espresso with a French press:

    1. Pre-warm your press with hot water.
    2. Coarsely grind your beans, about 2 tablespoons.
    3. Use hot, not boiling water to your coffee grounds. Heat the water to just below 212F.
    4. Add a small amount of hot water to the grounds to allow them to bloom before adding about a full cup of water. You will see a few bubbles.
    5. Allow the coffee to steep. Four minutes should be sufficient.
    6. Be a patient plunger. Press it down slowly with equal pressure.


  • NATIONAL TIE ONE ON DAY – Day Before Thanksgiving

    NATIONAL TIE ONE ON DAY – Day Before Thanksgiving


    National Tie One on Day might confuse people with its name. However, it is not at all about going out, getting crazy, and drinking too much while others are at home, working hard preparing for tomorrow’s big Thanksgiving Day meal.

    The day celebrates the apron as well as the past generations of women who wore them and it was also created as a day to bring joy to the life of someone in need and celebrate the spirit of giving.

    “Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel

    Through the years, aprons have served many purposes. They’ve protected hands from hot items coming out of the oven. In a moment of sadness, they’ve wiped tears away. Generation after generation, they protect our clothes while we cook. Though, they also protect shy, young children as they hide from strangers. During moments of haste or even humor, they handily swat away unwelcome kitchen visitors (cats, flies or cookie snatchers). They’ve carried eggs, vegetables, toys, and even the catch of the day. Aprons fan us as we wait for cakes to finish cooking and on cool mornings, they’ve warmed hands waiting for children at the bus stop or for the postman. Occasionally, they even make us feel a little more adept in the kitchen, too. 


    As part of National Tie One on Day, buy an apron, bake something, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket of the apron (or pin it on it). Wrap the baked good in the apron and give it to someone in need on Thanksgiving Eve.

    Use #TieOneOnDay to post on social media.

    When you take a break from cooking, explore these 7 Kitchen Innovations to Be Thankful For.


    Best-selling author, Ellyn Anne Geisel, created National Tie One on Day. She’s also the author of the book titled, The Apron Book.

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    Apron FAQ

    Q. Is it ok to wipe my hands on my apron if I get something on them or after I wash my hands?
    A. Cooking can be messy. But the apron is there to protect your clothes, not as an easy place to wipe our butter or flour-covered hands. And though it may be tempting to wash our hands and then dry them on our apron, that too is frowned upon. Our clean hands should be dried on a clean towel before returning to our cooking. Imagine if raw chicken juices splattered up on the apron and then you dried your hands. The potential for contamination is real. 

    Q. Where does the word “apron” come from?
    A. The word apron originally began as the French word “naperon.” However, when it was translated to English, the phrase “a napron” gradually separated into “an apron” giving us an accidental word.

    Q. Are aprons only worn in the kitchen?
    A. No. Many professions use aprons for protecting clothing and person. People who work with wood, leather, and other crafts, use a variety of aprons. Some are made of leather, like those worn by welders. Hospital and hotel workers wear aprons to provide protection while they clean.






    On November 23rd, National Eat a Cranberry Day encourages us to take a bite of the bright red cranberry. But brace yourself!

    Found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, or trailing vines, that grow up to 7 feet long and 8 inches high. Their stems are slender and wiry, and they have small evergreen leaves.

    The cranberry flowers are dark pink with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward. The fruit of the cranberry plant is a berry that is larger than the leaves and is initially white but when ripe, turns a deep red.

    • Cranberries’ acidity overwhelms their sweetness. 
    • They’re a major commercial crop in  Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. 
    • However, Wisconsin leads in cranberry production with over half of U.S. production.
    • We mostly find cranberries processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, or sweetened dried cranberries.
    • Cranberry sauce is considered an indispensable part of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal.
    • Due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities, raw cranberries are marketed as a superfruit. 
    • There are three to four species of cranberry, classified into two sections.
    • Producers make white cranberry juice from cranberries harvested after they’ve matured but before they turn their characteristic dark red color. 
    • Some producers make cranberry wine in the cranberry-growing regions of the United States.
    • Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects.

    The word cranberry comes from “craneberry”;  first named by the early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx, and petals resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EatACranBerryDay

    Anyone celebrating this holiday will need to incorporate cranberries with other foods. Since cranberries have such a pungent flavor, they hold their own when baked, sauteed, boiled, blended, or pureed. This list will give you ample opportunity to eat a cranberry and explore a variety of ways to enjoy them, too!

    • Bake them. Try this Cranberry Lemon Scone recipe. The sweet and tart combination will be a perfect start to your morning.
    • Get your health kick-started. A Cranberry Smoothie may not meet the definition of “eat a cranberry” but we’ll let it slide. This sounds too good to pass up.
    • Add sun-dried cranberries to your oatmeal, yogurt, popcorn or trail mix. The tart berries will offer a morning or mid-day pick-me-up that traditional snacks don’t. It might also put you in a holiday mood.
    • Bring cranberries to the savory side by making a marinade. Before serving it to your guests, make sure you know who’s in charge of doing dishes. That’s right. Not the cook.

    Share all your favorite ways to enjoy a cranberry and use #EatACranberryDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this berry sweet holiday.

    Cranberry FAQ

    Q. Are cranberries good for the urinary tract?
    A. A component in cranberries called A-type proanthocyanidins (say that three times fast with a cranberry in your mouth) prevents bacteria from forming on the bladder lining. So, yes, eating cranberries or drinking their juice could prevent or help alleviate a urinary tract infection.

    Q. Will I get sick if I eat a raw cranberry?
    A. If you can get past the bitter and astringent taste of a raw cranberry, you will likely not suffer any adverse reaction. That said, eating too many cranberries, like many other berries, can result in an upset stomach. Also, if you’re sensitive to tannins, the compound that gives cranberries their notoriously bitter flavor, you might develop a migraine.


  • NATIONAL CASHEW DAY – November 23


    A favorite snacking and party nut is recognized each year on November 23rd during National Cashew Day.

    The cashew nut is a seed harvested from the cashew tree. The tree originated in Northeastern Brazil. However, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.

    With leathery leaves arranged spirally, the evergreen cashew tree grows as tall as 32 feet high and often has an irregularly shaped trunk. The flowers are small, starting out pale green then turning reddish, with each one having five slender, acute petals.

    The largest cashew tree in the world covers about 81,000 sq. ft. and is located in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

    Cashew Facts
    • The cashew tree has a fruit called the “cashew apple.”  Its fragile skin makes it unsuitable for transport.
    • Latin Americans make a fruit drink from the cashew apple. 
    • The Cashew causes fewer allergic reactions than other nuts or peanuts.
    • Although native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565.  From Goa, it spread throughout Southeast Asia and, eventually, Africa.
    • We often see peanuts, pecans, walnuts, and other nuts sold in the shell.  Due to the toxic nature of the cashew nut’s shell, this is not possible. 
    • Speaking of the shell, the Cashew is not a true nut. They do not develop a hard wall around the seed as hazelnuts or walnuts do. Cashews instead have a lining around the seed that is filled with a caustic fluid.
    • This nut is an excellent source of antioxidants.
    • It’s also a source of dietary trace minerals: copper, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous.
    • Cashew oil is a dark yellow oil for cooking or salad dressing pressed from cashew nuts.
    • Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.

    There are so many ways to enjoy this fabulous nut. How will you be celebrating?

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCashewDay

    Cashews inspire several ways to celebrate. You can begin by breaking out the cookbook. Whether you make cookies, bars or another baked good, you won’t go wrong. You can also top your salads and soups with cashews. But that’s only the beginning. May we suggest these other ideas to help you celebrate the day?

    • Bundle up cashews to give as gifts for the holidays. Friends and family will thank you.
    • Top your pasta dishes with chopped cashews. They will add texture and crunch to your meal.
    • Roast cashews with a variety of seasonings. You can make them savory or sweet, whichever you prefer.
    • Add chopped cashews to your ice cream sundae. Drizzle a little caramel on top and you will think you’re dreaming.

    What are your favorite ways to enjoy cashews? Use #NationalCashewDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this snack food holiday.

    Cashew FAQ

    Q. How long do cashew trees live?
    A. On average, a cashew tree can live up to 60 years, but some live even longer. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s largest cashew tree is estimated to be over 100 years old.

    Q. How many years does it take for cashew trees to reach maturity and begin producing nuts?
    A. A cashew tree begins producing around three years after its planted, but peak, harvestable production may take up to 8 years.

    Q. Can you make milk from cashews?
    A. Those with lactose intolerance, milk allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan rely on nut milk for nutrition. Some people prefer the flavor, too. Cashew milk is another option to add to the growing list of available nut and grain milks out there. You can even make it at home.


    November 23rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


    Louis Glass and William S. Arnold install the first jukebox in the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, CA. The Edison Class M Electric Phonograph with an oak cabinet included a coin-operated mechanism.


    The U.S. Patent Office granted patent No. 594,114 to John Lee Love of Fall River, MA, for the invention of a portable pencil sharpener.


    President Warren G. Harding signs the Willis-Campbell Act restricting physicians from prescribing beer or liquor to their patients, further restricting the means by which people could obtain alcohol early in the Prohibition Era


    The first-ever episode of the Doctor Who series airs on the BBC. William Hartnell played the Doctor in “An Unearthly Child,” and it was directed by Waris Hussein.


    IBM releases Simon, a personal digital assistant. The device, with its touch screen and interface, is considered the first smartphone.

    November 23rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Donald Deskey – 1894

    The graphic and industrial designer launched the design firm Donald Deskey Associates in the mid-1940s. His art deco designs won him the design competition for Radio City Music Hall’s interiors. He also created several designs for products such as Crest, Tide, and Clorox.

    Rachel Fuller Brown – 1898

    In 1948, the chemist collaborated with microbiologist Elizabeth Lee Hazen on the antibiotic nystatin. In 1975, the American Institute of Chemists honored both women with the Chemical Pioneer Award.

    Vera Simons – 1920

    In 1949, Vera and her husband Otto founded Winzen Research, Inc. During her career, she perfected balloon construction and obtained several patents. Simons also organized several balloon projects around the world.

    Betty Everett – 1939

    The 1960s soul singer gained popularity with her hit single “Shoop Shoop Song” from 1963. Another popular hit for Everett was a duet with Jerry Butler, “Let It Be Me.”

    Rick Bayless – 1953

    The award-winning chef is known for his Mexican cuisine and is the owner of several restaurants. He hosted a PBS series in 1978-1979 and is the founder of the Frontera Farmer Foundation.