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DECEMBER 12, 2018 | NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY | GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY | NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY | NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY

NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY

National Ding-a-Ling Day is observed across the United States each year on December 12.

Ding-a-Lings on this day call the people they haven’t heard from in a while.  It may be an old classmate, co-worker or neighbor from years ago.  Or perhaps a call will go out to the child who used to mow the grass during the summer.  How about that couple who carpooled for soccer.  What was their name? There are all sorts of people in our lives who manage to slip out of our lives who would love to hear the ding-a-ling of a call from you or me.  Why don’t you join the Ding-a-ling club and call someone this year?

HOW TO OBSERVE

Call someone you haven’t heard from in a long time and use #NationalDingALingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

In 1972, Franky Hyle placed a free ad in Chase’s Calendar of Events with his PO Box Number in Melrose Park, IL stating that for $1 you can join the National Ding-A-Ling club.  The club, with 871 original members, would call friends and relatives they haven’t heard from in awhile every year on December 12. In a 1975 Lakeland Ledger article, the idea for the club developed during a discussion among friends about people being friendlier and led to the meaning of the term ding-a-ling.  After looking up the word, they found it meant “One who hears bells in his head.”

From this evening discussion, Hyle created the National Ding-A-Ling club. The tradition grew and on December 12 millions of people will call those individuals who are dear to them.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY

Gingerbread House Day is observed annually on December 12.

A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was often molded into images of saints.

We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for the idea of a gingerbread house through their tale of Hansel and Gretel. It didn’t take long for the German gingerbread guilds to pick up the idea and put it to a more festive use making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Gather the family together, bake up some gingerbread and start building and decorating your very own gingerbread house.  Give the recipe below a try.

Gingerbread House

Use #GingerbreadHouseDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of Gingerbread House Day. 

NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY

A variation of the traditional fruit salad, ambrosia has its own special day, and it is celebrated annually on National Ambrosia Day.

Ambrosia, according to Greek mythology, is the nectar of the gods, endowing strength and immortality to those who eat it.

The term itself can mean something especially delectable to taste or smell.

A simple ambrosia salad from the late 1800s, when the earliest recipes are found, was made with citrus fruit, coconut and sugar. There are those who abhor coconut and would leave it out. Should this occur, a forceful objection would be heard from a true southerner! 

A genuine ambrosia salad should be served the same day it is prepared, though more modern recipes suggest overnight refrigeration of the dish.

Other ingredients often added to the salad are pineapple, nuts, cherries, apples, bananas, whipped cream or yogurt.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try these Ambrosia Salad recipes:

Ambrosia Salad

Mama’s Ambrosia

Use #NationalAmbrosiaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Ambrosia Day.  

NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY

Each year on the 12th day of December, people across the United States recognize National Poinsettia Day.

The poinsettia plant’s connection to the Christmas season dates back to 16th-century Mexico. Legend tells of a girl who worried she had no gift to celebrate Jesus’s birthday because she was too poor.  An angel tells her to give any gift with love. The young girl gathered weeds from alongside the road and placed them in the manger.  Miraculously the weeds bloomed into beautiful red stars.

The poinsettia first came to the United States by way of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist and the first United States Minister to Mexico. In 1825, he sent cuttings home to Charleston, South Carolina.

It wasn’t until the early 1920s when Paul Ecke, a second-generation farmer in California, discovered a grafting technique which caused the seedlings to branch, that the poinsettia started to take root in American culture. The family hawked their Christmas flower at roadside stands. Paul Ecke Jr. advanced the sales of the poinsettia through shipping and marketing.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Check out your local greenhouse or florist and fill your home with the beautiful poinsettia on National Poinsettia Day.  Use #NationalPoinsettiaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The House of Representatives in 2002 created Poinsettia Day to honor the father of the poinsettia industry, Paul Ecke.  The date of December 12 marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the man responsible for bringing the plan to the United States.

On Deck for December 13, 2018

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