Category: November 29

  • NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY – Wednesday after Thanksgiving

    NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY

    National Package Protection Day encourages homeowners to stay alert during these high delivery times. The Wednesday after Thanksgiving is a time to remind us to protect our homes against package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holidays. 

    The internet has made it easier to find deals and have packages shipped straight to our homes. But this has also made it easier for thieves to snatch our deliveries right from our doorsteps. Cyber Monday, in particular, is a big online shopping day where most purchases are shipped directly to the buyer’s home.

    With the advent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there became a need for a day that raises awareness of package theft and helps homeowners protect themselves against thieves. And just like that, Package Protection Day was born.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PackageProtectionDay

    Spread the word throughout your neighborhood about protecting packages and deliveries. Help your community be alert during the holidays. Whether you are home or away, protect your packages and more.  

    And share your PackageProtection stories and tips using #PackageProtectionDay and #alwayshome on social media.

    NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY HISTORY

    logo-9c2ba8a93d8882c42f0e558ed4153782Ring.com founded National Package Protection Day in 2016 to alert citizens to protect their valuable purchases, especially during the high-traffic holiday season.  

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the awareness day to be observed the Wednesday after Thanksgiving annually.

    DATES:
    30 November 2022
    29 December 2023
    4 December 2024
    3 December 2025
    2 December 2026
    1 December 2027
    29 November 2028
    28 November 2029
    4 December 2030
    3 December 2031

     

  • NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING – #GIVINGTUESDAY – Tuesday after Thanksgiving

    NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING – #GIVINGTUESDAY

    National Day of Giving encourages giving back. It takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

    We’ve just spent the weekend shopping and searching for the best possible deals. National Day Of Giving reminds us to give to those in need. Whether we look to our favorite causes or charities, it is a great reminder to lift others up during a generous time of year. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GivingTuesday

    Quite simply, take advantage of all the holiday deals to add to your charitable giving. Combined with your family, friends, local and national organizations, and through the power of social media, Day of Giving can become a tradition worth passing on.

    Try these ways to give: 

    • Set up a collection for non-perishable food at work. Deliver the collection to a local food pantry.
    • Donate gift cards to a shelter.
    • Collect new toys and donate them to children spending the holidays in the hospital.
    • Make blankets for those receiving cancer treatment.

    Also on this #GivingTuesday, Nashville’s Rick Monroe shares the single “God’s Ear” as a special message.

    God's Ear, Rick Monroe, music, song, Giving Tuesday

    Share your giving ideas and us#GivingTuesday to post on social media.

    NATIONAL DAY OF GIVING HISTORY

    In 2012, 92nd Street Y in New York City created Day of Giving to bring focus to the charitable season in the wake of the commercialized Black Friday and Cyber Monday. More commonly referred to as #GivingTuesday, National Day of Giving harnesses the power of social media to give back around the world and throughout the year.

    Giving FAQ

    Q. My budget is tight this year, but I still want to contribute. What are some great ways to give on a budget?
    A. That’s the spirit! Generous people look for ways to give, even when they cannot afford to do so. Here are some great ways to be giving when you’re on a budget.

    • Put your talent to work. Do you bake or create? Donate a class or an item to a fundraiser.
    • Use your muscles. Help a neighbor rake leaves or fix a door.
    • Run errands. Whether it’s for a charity or someone in your neighborhood, your efforts will help.
    • Can you give a $1? It may not seem like a big deal, but charities have figured out how to do a lot with a dollar. So if you can spare $1, give that.

    Q. How do I choose where I give?
    A. You want your donation to have the biggest impact. A couple of websites provide evaluations of charities to help you navigate the thousands upon thousands of charitable organizations. Some of them include:

    • BBB Wise Giving Alliance
    • Charity Navigator
    • CharityWatch
    • GuideStar

    Another way to make sure your donation is used to its best advantage, give locally. The money you give goes to support local causes such as shelters, youth programs, and health programs.

    DATES:
    29 November 2022
    28 November 2023
    3 December 2024
    2 December 2025
    1 December 2026
    30 November 2027
    28 November 2028
    27 November 2029
    3 December 2030
    1 December 2031

     

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE – November 29

    International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - November 29

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

    Every year, November 29th marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. It’s a day to remember that the Palestinian people have not yet attained certain inalienable rights, including national independence and sovereignty.

    More than 8 million Palestinian people live in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. This territory has been occupied since the six-day war in 1967, when Israel defeated Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The occupied territory consists of East Jerusalem in Israel, neighboring Arab states, and refugee camps. More familiar terms for these areas include the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. This occupation is the longest in modern history.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SolidarityWithPalestinianPeople

    Government officials, educators, and civil society organizations hold a variety of events demonstrating solidarity with the Palestinians on this day. These include the issuance of special messages, meetings, dissemination of publications, and film screenings. A special meeting is held each year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna host meetings on this day.

    To participate:

    • Learn about the history between Israel and the Palestinian people
    • Sign a petition to end the occupation of Palestine.
    • Donate to a charity that is helping children in Palestine.
    • Watch movies about the six-day war including In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem, Six Days in June, and Azimuth.

    When spreading the word about this day on social media, use #SolidarityWithPalestinianPeople.

    HISTORY

    On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (II). This resolution became known as the Partition Resolution. It called for the establishment of a Jewish State and an Arab State in Palestine. The partition plan was never fully implemented and civil war broke out shortly after the adoption of the resolution. Following that, Israel became a country in 1948. An Arab state was never formed.

    In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly called for an annual observance of the resolution on the partition of Palestine. The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People serves as a reminder that the question regarding the Palestinian people and Palestine has yet to be resolved.

     

  • ELECTRONIC GREETINGS DAY – November 29

    ELECTRONIC GREETINGS DAY

    Observed annually on November 29th, Electronic Greetings Day encourages us to send an electronic greeting. At the same time, the day reminds us of how much things have changed.  

    The convenience and speed of sending an electronic greeting allow more people than ever to participate in this thoughtful process. We all enjoy it when someone remembers our birthdays, anniversaries, and other important life events. While greeting cards continue to be used, electronic greetings are far more cost-effective and mean equally as much.

    Since the advent of the electronic greeting, social media and other messaging systems are expanding our communication methods. We can send a birthday wish through a messaging system and include a favorite memory. If a friend is sick, we show we care by simply clicking a button and sending funny videos. When we miss someone, these days we’re never very far away. We can send them a video message. Wait, we can do better than that. With our smartphone or computer, video chats keep us connected, too. The miracles of technology continue to expand and bring us closer all the time. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ElectronicGreetingsDay

    Send an electronic greeting. Use your preferred method of communication – electronically. It may be text, video, live, or pre-recorded. Make it short or long. Maybe it will be on social media, or perhaps, it will be a sweet card through e-mail. Gather the family together for a group discussion or play a game online. However, you send it, Celebrate Every Day® with enthusiasm, and share it using #ElectronicGreetingsDay to post on social media.

    ELECTRONIC GREETINGS DAY HISTORY

    Not long after the advent of electronic mail (e-mail) in 1993, the electronic greeting came along.  Judith Donath created the first electronic greeting card site in 1994 at the MIT Media Lab. It was called the Electric Postcard. National Day Calendar® is continuing research on the source of Electronic Greetings Day.

    Electronic Greeting FAQ

    Q. What is another word for “electronic greeting”?
    A. Other words for “electronic greeting” include:

    • e-greeting
    • e-card
    • e-mail
    • electronic card
    • digital message

    Q. Do I have to use e-mail to send an electronic greeting?
    A. No. These days there are a variety of ways to send an electronic greeting.

    • video
    • text
    • instant message
    • voice mail
    • electronic billboard
    • the big screen at the sports arena
    • digital message board

    Q. Should I send my electronic greeting to all my contacts?
    A. No. Do not send an electronic greeting to all your contacts, especially at the same time. While it might be efficient to send an e-card to all your contacts at once, it is certainly frowned upon. This includes group texts.

    Q. Should I sing a song?
    A. Whether or not you can sing, songs are an appropriate choice for an e-card.

     

    November 29th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

    1942 

    During World War II, coffee rationing begins due to growing demand. Coffee drinkers reduced their intake by pouring less into their cups. They also stretched the coffee they had by reusing the grounds and making a weaker brew. Another method to stretch their supply included grinding chicory root into their coffee grounds before they brewed their coffee.

    1961

    The NASA Space Program launches its first animal into space. A chimp named Enos orbited the Earth aboard the spacecraft Mercury-Atlantis 5 and returned to Earth safely.

    1972 

    Atari launches the video game, Pong. The popular arcade game became the first commercially successful video game.

    1994

    Mary J. Blige releases her second studio album My Life. It would be named the 1995 Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album.

    November 29th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Louisa May Alcott – 1832

    The American novelist and short-story writer is best known for her colorful characters in the novel Little Women, many of whom she drew from her real-life family. She wrote several other novels, including Little Men, Jo’s Boys, and Good Wives.

    C.S. Lewis – 1898

    The British author of several books on Christianity is best known for his children’s series, the Chronicles of Narnia. The series follows the four Pevensie children as they discover the magical world of Narnia.

    Emma Morano – 1899

    Emma Morano was born in Civiasco, Italy, and lived to be 117 years and 137 days. Until her death, she was the last person still living who was born in the 1800s. In her lifetime, Morano saw the invention of motion pictures, the fortune cookie, the crossword puzzle, television, penicillin, the jet engine, Teflon, the microwave oven, the internet, and so much more.

    Joe Weider – 1919

    In 1946, Joe and his brother Ben Weider founded the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.

    Joseph Shivers – 1920

    Shivers was a chemist for Dupont in the 1950s who developed a polymer to replace rubber in textiles. In 1958, Dupont patented Spandex under the brand name Lycra.