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DECEMBER 12, 2020 | NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY | GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY | NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY | NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY

NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY – December 12

NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY

National Ding-a-Ling Day on December 12th encourages us to reconnect with people we once talked to often. 

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? Many people slip out of our lives who would love to hear the ding-a-ling of a call from you. Why don’t you join the Ding-a-ling club and call someone this year?

HOW TO OBSERVE #DingALingDay

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

NATIONAL DING-A-LING DAY 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 a while 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 12th, millions of people will call those individuals dear to them.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY – December 12

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY

Gingerbread House Day on December 12th recognizes a family tradition for many around the country. 

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

We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for a gingerbread house, though. Through their tale of Hansel and Gretel, they introduce an evil witch who lives in a house made of gingerbread. It didn’t take long for the German gingerbread guilds to pick up the idea. Soon, they put gingerbread houses to a more festive use making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat.

Today, we can spend the day baking, cutting, and building to our heart’s delight. Kits take some steps out of the process so we can get right down to constructing our winter wonderlands.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GingerbreadHouseDay

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

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GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this cookie engineering day.

NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY – December 12

NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY

Each year on the 12th of December, people across the United States celebrate one of the most recognizable plants of the holidays on National Poinsettia Day.

In 16th-century Mexico, the connection between the poinsettia plant and the Christmas season begins. According to legend, a girl wanted desperately to celebrate Jesus’s birthday. Worried, the girl feared she would have no gift to offer because she was so poor. An angel tells her to give any gift with love. After gathering weeds from alongside the road, the young girl placed them in the manger. Miraculously the weeds bloomed into beautiful red stars.

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

However, it wasn’t until the early 1920s that the poinsettia started taking root in American culture. Paul Ecke, a second-generation farmer in California, discovered a grafting technique that caused the seedlings to branch. Hawking their Christmas flower at a roadside stands, Paul Ecke Jr. later advanced sales of the poinsettia through shipping and marketing. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPoinsettiaDay

Check out your local greenhouse or florist and fill your home with the beautiful poinsettia. While you’re there, order one for your neighbor or co-worker. Brightening someone’s day another way to #CelebrateEveryDay. Don’t forget to offer a shout out to the florist for their outstanding service. Use #NationalPoinsettiaDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL POINSETTIA DAY 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.

NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY – December 12

NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY

Right in the middle of the holiday season, National Ambrosia Day brings a refreshing salad to the celebration table. On December 12th, bring ambrosia to your holiday dinner or celebration and go home with an empty bowl. 

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.

The earliest recipes for ambrosia salad appeared around the 1800s. The recipes called for citrus fruit, coconut, and sugar. However, those who find coconut disagreeable leave it out of the recipe. We must note that if you omit coconut, a forceful objection could be heard from a true southerner.

A genuine ambrosia salad is served the same day it is prepared. However, more modern recipes suggest overnight refrigeration of the dish. Other ingredients often added to the salad include pineapple, nuts, cherries, apples, bananas, whipped cream, or yogurt.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAmbrosiaDay

Ambrosia accompanies many family dinners and pot lucks. The dish’s light and fresh flavor offset some of the more heavy recipes we encounter over the holidays. Ambrosia adds just a little bit more flair than traditional fruit salad. Some hostesses even have trouble deciding whether to put it with the desserts or the side dishes. No matter how you choose to celebrate, be sure your ambrosia with others. We Celebrate Every Day better when there’s a crowd to ooh and ahh over this sweet dish!

Need a recipe? Try these Ambrosia Salad recipes:

Ambrosia Salad

Mama’s Ambrosia

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NATIONAL AMBROSIA DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching this fresh and delightful food holiday. 


On Deck for December 13, 2020

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December 12th History

1899 

George F. Grant, the second African American to earn a dental degree, also gained a love of golf. As a dentist, he also had to be inventive. His inventiveness carried to his love of golf, and in 1899, Grant obtained patent No. 638,920 for wooden golf tee dated December 12, 1899.

1901 

The inventor Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio signal to Percy Wright Paige. Marconi transmitted the Morse code for the letter S from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Page in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1953

Flying the Bell X-1A, Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to exceed twice the speed of sound.

1961

On the anniversary of Marconi’s first transatlantic radio signal, the U.S. military launched the first privately built satellite into orbit around the Earth. OSCAR1 – short for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio – hitched a ride aboard a Discoverer satellite that was launched into orbit by a U.S. military Thor-Agena rocket. The payload orbited the Earth for 22 days sending the message “Hi” by Morse code to approximately 300,000 amateur radio operators tracking OSCAR1.

Recipe of the Day

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Coconut Avocado “Cream”

Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  50 minutes
Total Prep:   60 minutes
Servings:  6-8

Ingredients:

Coconut Avocado “Cream”
1 avocado
1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp lime juice
Pinch salt and pepper
2 tbsp water
¼ tsp chopped cilantro (optional)

Black Bean Soup:
1 tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
225g mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp cumin
3 cans (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 chipotle, finely chopped with 1 tsp adobo sauce (add more for a spicier soup)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 14.5oz diced tomatoes
3 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Coconut Avocado “Cream”

Combine all ingredients for the Coconut Avocado “Cream” in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and put in the fridge.

Black Bean Soup:

Heat oil on medium heat in a large stockpot.

Add the onion and garlic and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are translucent.

Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms have released their liquid and reduced in size, about 6 minutes.

Stir in cumin and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add black beans, chipotle, adobo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.

Transfer about half the soup to a blender and puree.

Combine the puree with the remaining soup.

Serve immediately with a generous dollop of Coconut Avocado “Cream.”

INSPIRATION FROM The Coconut Coalition of the Americas.

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December 12th Birthdays

Henry Wells – 1805

In 1850, the American businessman established the American Express Company. Soon after, he also helped to establish Wells, Fargo & Company. He was also an advocate of higher education for women and due to his personal struggles with stuttering, opened schools with a focus on curing the affliction.

Edvard Munch – 1863

The expressionist painter is known for his dark and evocative art. One of his most recognized works of art, The Scream, is on display at National Museum in Oslo. Munch painted The Scream in 1893. He also created a lithograph of the piece which The Munch Museum holds.

Frank Sinatra – 1915

One of the most influential big band singers of the 1940s and 1950s, Frank Sinatra crooned his way into the limelight. A member of the Rat Pack, he not only dazzled on stage, but he was also equally at home on the big screen.

Robert Noyce – 1927

The physicist is one of the scientists who made significant contributions to the establishment of Silicon Valley. In 1957, he and seven other engineers founded Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation. There he developed one of the first integrated circuits. In 1968, he co-founded Intel Corporation and the company released the first microprocessor in 1971.

Helen Frankenthaler – 1928

The Abstract Expressionist painter is credited with developing a direct to raw canvas staining technique.

Toshiko Akiyoshi – 1929

The classically trained pianist discovered a love of jazz at a young age. During her six-decade career, Toshiko received 14 Grammy nominations and is the first Japanese musician to receive the NEA Jazz Master Award.

Dionne Warwick – 1940

The pop singer rose to fame in the 1970s with songs like “Walk on By” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”

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