NATIONAL PIE DAY
Each year on December 1, dessert lovers across the United States enjoy a slice of their favorite on National Pie Day.
This is the 2nd time in a year this national treasure has a day. The first and more popular designation falls on January 23.
While it might be the lesser of the two celebrated PIE days (there is also National Pi Day on March 14), it happens to fall smack dab in the middle of a major pie making season.
Take away ice cream as a dessert choice and most people are either cake people or pie people. Or to put it another way, most people have cake or pie with their ice cream! Combine bumper crops from our gardens and fruit trees with a booming holiday season full of baked goods, cool weather and rosy-cheeked children; it’s time to tie on those apron strings and get baking.
Of course, we aren’t limited to dessert. Savory pot pies provide comfort on a cold winters day and the satisfaction a family cook needs when caring for a family.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPieDay
Bake up your favorite pie or enjoy some leftover slices from the holidays. There are several recipes in the National Day Calendar® pages to choose from, and we offer some others, too. When it comes to pie, or any food really, it’s best enjoyed with others. Invite someone over for your best pie and coffee. Maybe there’s a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Pie starts conversations, and they’re a great way to #CelebrateEveryDay too!
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NATIONAL PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar ® continues researching the origins of the 2nd Pie Day.
ROSA PARKS DAY
Rosa Parks Day honors an American Civil Rights hero. On either February 4 or December 1, the holiday recognizes the civil rights leader Rosa Parks.
On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the ‘colored’ section. As she rode the Cleveland Avenue bus home, the bus began to fill.
The Montgomery city ordinance allowed bus drivers to assign seating. However, it did not permit them to demand passengers give up their seats. Despite this, bus drivers customarily required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when public transportation became full.
When the bus driver asked Rosa Parks to give up her seat, she refused. Police arrested her, and what followed is Civil Rights history. On December 5, 1955, Rosa Parks was found guilty of violating the city ordinance and fined $10 plus a court fee.
African American leaders, including E.D. Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. (see Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the day of Rosa Park’s trial. The boycott succeeded and lasted several months, devastating the transportation system in Montgomery.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RosaParksDay
Learn more about Rosa Parks, that day in Montgomery, Alabama, and her role in the Civil Rights movement. Discover how the Montgomery Bus Boycott affected the bussing system. Several books and films offer insight to this day in history and the Civil Rights movement to follow.
- Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation by Gregory J. Reed and Rosa Parks
- Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks
- She Would Not Be Moved by Herbert R. Kohl
- Boycott (2001)
- Selma (2014)
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ROSA PARKS DAY HISTORY
The California State Legislature created Rosa Parks Day and first celebrated February 4, 2000. California chose to recognize the date of Rosa Park’s birth. Ohio and Oregon celebrate on the day of her arrest, December 1.
NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY
On December 1, National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste.
An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production coming from the USA, apples are widely available.
When it comes to a difference in health benefits between red and green apples, it’s a close call. Both have their advantages. Green apples beat the red apple slightly in fiber content. They also have less sugar and carbohydrates. However, red apples tend to taste better eaten fresh. They’re already naturally sweet and don’t require added sugar. The red apple slightly edges out the green in antioxidants.
Most green apples are reserved for baking and preserves. Since most green apples are tart, the added sugar in recipes brings about a better flavor for eating.
HOW TO OBSERVE #EatARedAppleDay
Sink your teeth into a delicious and juicy red apple. This time of year, apples of all kinds are plentiful. Pick up several and give a few to friends to enjoy, too. They make great snacks with a slice of cheddar cheese or with a small cup of yogurt, too. Sprinkle them with a little cinnamon. However you enjoy, share using #NationalEatARedAppleDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this fruity holiday.
BIFOCALS AT THE MONITOR LIBERATION DAY
Each year, Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day encourages you to free yourself from blurry images. It’s observed annually on December 1.
Freedom comes in the form of an eye exam. Getting your eyes checked is essential to routine eye care. Whether or not you need bifocals, our vision changes over time. Regular eye care includes more than getting glasses. It’s also part of taking care of our overall health. Deteriorating vision can be an early indicator of other health issues. Getting vision exams on a regular schedule helps doctors to identify problems in their early stages.
Another way to recognize the day is to step away from the computer and give your eyes a break. Too much computer time can tire our eyes. Make sure your settings aren’t too bright and there’s no glare coming from a window or other light source. Adjusting font settings on your computer can also reduce strain.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BifocalsAtTheMonitorLiberationDay
Get an eye exam and see clearer. Find a vision provider near you here. If you use a computer throughout the day, be sure to incorporate breaks to give your eyes a rest. Your eyes will thank you.
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BIFOCALS AT THE MONITOR LIBERATION DAY HISTORY
Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com created Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day.
DAY WITHOUT ART
Day Without Art on December 1coincides with National AIDS Day and was started by committee with the Visual AIDS organization in response to the AIDS crisis.
An International Day of Action and Mourning in Response to the AIDS Crisis
The day of mourning recognizes the lives lost to AIDS. The moving visual demonstration of life without art symbolizes the vibrant beauty AIDS takes away from us all. Museums, organizations, galleries, and artists across the country participate in the event. They cover their pieces, shutter their doors, and honor the lives we miss due to AIDS.
Throughout the day, organizations will promote awareness, prevention, testing, treatments, and research. Candlelight vigils will keep the memory of friends and family.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DayWithoutArt
Learn more about the movement. Join in raising awareness and educating the public about HIV and AIDS. Use #DayWithoutArt to post on social media.
DAY WITHOUT ART HISTORY
Visual AIDS launched Day Without Art on December 1, 1989, as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Visual AIDS has initiated numerous projects to provide awareness and education regarding the prevention of AIDS, care of those who suffer, and to celebrate the lives and achievements of those who have been lost to AIDS.
Recipe of the Day
Baby Swiss And Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total Prep: 10 minutes
Slice 4 pieces of Baby Swiss, and 3 or 4 slices of ripened tomato.
Spread one side of each piece of bread with softened butter.
Heating medium fry pan and place 1 piece of bread buttered side down in pan.
Cover bread in layers with two pieces of cheese, sliced tomato, and finally second two pieces of cheese. Place second slice of bread buttered side up.
Turn sandwich occasionally with spatula until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.
About National Day Calendar
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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!
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