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DECEMBER 15, 2018 | NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY | CAT HERDERS DAY | BILL OF RIGHTS DAY | NATIONAL CUPCAKE/LEMON CUPCAKE DAY | NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PEARLS DAY

NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY

Observed annually on the 3rd Saturday in December, National Wreaths Across America Day is a movement to cover all Veterans grave markers with a Christmas wreath.

Remember. Honor. Teach.  This is the mission of Wreaths Across America.  By coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and other veterans cemeteries around the country Wreaths Across America strives to remember our fallen heroes, honor those who serve and teach our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Volunteer or donate by visiting www.wreathsacrossamerica.org. Use #WreathsAcrossAmericaDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

In 1992 Morrill Worcester and his business Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, had a surplus of wreaths toward the end of the holiday season. Years before as a young boy, Worcester had visited Arlington National Cemetery in our nation’s capital. The experience had reminded him through his life of the sacrifice some had made in order for others, including himself, to succeed and flourish.

Plans were made to lay the wreaths in honor of our Veterans at an older, less visited section of Arlington National Cemetery. Volunteers stepped forward to help deliver and place the wreaths.

In 2007, the Wreaths Across America non-profit group was founded. The event has expanded to all 50 states to lay wreaths at veterans cemeteries to remember our fallen heroes, honor those who serve and teach our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families.

Wreaths Across America traditionally lays wreaths on the second Saturday in December.  Beginning in 2016, wreaths will be laid on the third Saturday in December.

CAT HERDERS DAY

Cat Herders Day is observed annually on December 15. 

This holiday is for those of us whose life or job is like herding cats. 

They seem cute, adorable and innocent. How much trouble can they cause? In general, when describing our lives or our jobs, are they that difficult?  No matter how organized we try to be, errant kitties get away. While we are focused on bringing three or four tasks into line, another spills the milk or creates an avalanche of problems.  Before we know it, chaos ensues. 

In the employment world, we might describe a position challenging to keep filled “like herding cats.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share how your life might be like herding cats. Use #CatHerdersDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Cat Herders Day was created by Thomas and Ruth Roy from Wellcat.com.

BILL OF RIGHTS DAY

Bill of Rights Day (by Presidential Proclamation)

Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate December 15, 1941, as Bill of Rights Day.  And I call upon the officials of the Government, and upon the people of the United States, to observe the day by displaying the flag of the United States on public buildings and by meeting together for such prayers and such ceremonies as may seem to them appropriate.

To view the official proclamation – http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=16046

The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution make up the Bill of Rights.  Passed by Congress on September 25, 1789, these rights place limits on government power.

Did you know?

  • The bill was introduced by James Madison. He later became the 4th President of the United States.
  • The Bill of Rights initially had 12 proposed amendments. One concerned the number of constituents for each Representative. The other addressed compensation of Congressman. Neither were ratified.
  • In 1992, compensation of Congressman was ratified 203 years later and is now the 27th amendment.
  • The Bill of Rights is displayed in The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.
  • There were 14 copies of the Bill of Rights; one for each of the 13 states to sign and one for the federal archives. Only 12 copies survive today.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Display the flag of the United States on public buildings.  Read the Bill of Rights.  See if you can pass a quiz about the Bill of Rights.  Use #BillOfRightsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated Bill of Rights Day on December 15 in 1941.

NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY

Each year, December 15th also recognizes National Cupcake Day.  The cupcake was originally known as the 1-2-3-4 cake because the recipe called for 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, 4 eggs and also 1 cup of milk and 1 spoonful of baking soda.

The single-serve cake makes it convenient for serving and sharing.  Today there are a variety of recipes and just as many flavors to choose from.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Bake a batch of cupcakes and share them with a friend or two.  Try one of these recipes:

Use #NationalCupcakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Cupcake Day.


NATIONAL LEMON CUPCAKE DAY

Celebrated annually on December 15th, National lemon Cupcake Day is for those who enjoy this refreshing baked item.

The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796 when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.  The earliest documentation of the term cupcake was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this  Lemon Cupcakes recipe.

Use #NationalLemonCupcakeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we did not find the creator of National Lemon Cupcake Day.

NATIONAL WEAR YOUR PEARLS DAY

The beautiful result of nature’s design, one irritating grain of sand can cause an iridescent pearl to form.  National Wear Your Pearls Day on December 15 reminds us that when life throws dirt our way, we all have value in the end.

Just as pearls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so do people and the kinds of trials thrown into our lives.  We create our own beauty from the tragedies of our lives but often do not see it.  We devalue ourselves and as a result, lose motivation to be a part of life.  Like pearls, we develop a process to protect ourselves from further damage, layer by layer becoming stronger and more resourceful.  Recognizing the collective value of our strengths is like wearing our pearls.

HOW TO OBSERVE

When life throws dirt your way, put on your pearls as a reminder that you have value regardless of your current circumstances.  Use #NationalWearYourPearlsDay to share on social media and on December 15 wear your pearls.

HISTORY

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Best-selling author and motivational speaker, DeAnna Bookert, founded National Wear Your Pearls Day because pearls represented the story of her life and how she struggled with depression.  “I wear pearls as a reminder that I have purpose and value.”  The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved National Wear Your Pearls Day in 2015 and its inaugural year is December 2016.


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