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DECEMBER 4, 2018 | NATIONAL COOKIE DAY | NATIONAL SOCK DAY | WORLD TRICK SHOT DAY | NATIONAL DICE DAY

National Cookie Day - December 4
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NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

National Cookie Day is observed annually on December 4.
 
We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills and tulips.  The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake.
There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented.  This is because they traveled well, however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards.

The origin of the cookie appears to begin in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region.  They were then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors. 

Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century.  Macaroons andgingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies.

In most English-speaking countries outside of North America, the most common word for cookie is “biscuit.”  In some regions, both terms, cookies and biscuits are used.

Cookies are classified into different categories, with the most common ones being:

Bar cookies – Drop cookies – Filled cookies
Molded cookies – No bake cookies
Pressed cookies – Refrigerator cookies
Rolled cookies – Sandwich cookies

HOW TO OBSERVE

Pick up some cookies at your local bakery.  Remember to share some of your cookies with your family and friends! Try one of the following cookie recipes:

First Place Coconut Macaroons
Gingerbread Cookies

Use #NationalCookieDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

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In 1976, Sesame Street included National Cookie Day on its calendar for the first time on November 26.  The Cookie Monster also proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in the 1980 book The Sesame Street Dictionary.  

Then in 1987, Matt Nader of the Blue Chip Cookie Company out of San Francisco created Cookie Day celebrating it on December 4.

 

National Sock Day - December 4
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NATIONAL SOCK DAY

National Sock Day on December 4 recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they manage, wash after wash, dry after to dry to keep finding each other through all the chaos, a celebration is certainly in order!

The founders of National Sock Day turned the tables on holidays that brought attention to such individualism like National No Sock Day on May 8th and National Lost Sock Day (for shame!) on May 9th.  In an effort to promote the sock couples who remain together, whether animal magnetism (static cling) or chemistry (something in the detergent), National Sock Day is dedicated to highlighting even the tiny baby socks who manage to stay together.

We honor all matches made in laundromantic-matromony.  From Argyle to tube socks, knee highs and fuzzy slipper socks, if they keep finding their mate over and over, National Sock Day wiggles its toes in their honor!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share your rare pairs of socks by using #NationalSockDay on social media.

HISTORY

Pair of Thieves founded National Sock Day on December 4 to warm our toes with the commemoration of two toe-tapping historical events that happened on this day.  In 1954, the final curtain fell on the first revival of the Broadway musical On Your Toes.  The Rogers and Hammerstein production first made its debut in 1936 and was unique in that it incorporated ballet with a traditional musical genre.  The popular musical was revived in 1984. 

The second historical event occurred in 1991 on the stage of the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The final concert for the mother-daughter duo known as the Judds took place ending a chart-topping country career that kept toes two-stepping and filling boots for a long time to come.  Daughter Wynonna continued on a successful solo career, and while mother Naomi joined her from time to time, even on a year-long tour in 2010, the Murphy Center concert is still considered the Judd’s final show.

National Day Calendar declared National Sock Day in October of 2016.

World Trick Shot Day - First Tuesday in December
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WORLD TRICK SHOT DAY

Are you secretly a trick shot master? Then get ready for World Trick Shot Day on the first Tuesday of December. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, the originators of the trick shot, bring this celebration to give enthusiasts a chance to showcase their most impressive shots.

The Harlem Globetrotters made their first shot in 1926 and have been leading innovators in the world of sports and entertainment since. They gained popularity with their on-court antics and amazing abilities on the basketball court. Today, the Harlem Globetrotters hold numerous world records for their feats and continue to push the limits of the game. They recently added a 4-point line, an innovation that is the first of its kind.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Record a video of your best trick shot and post it on social media using the hashtag, #WorldTrickShotDay – We will be watching!

Share your #WorldTrickShotDay moves with the Harlem Globetrotters and find theirs on these social media channels:
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/HarlemGlobetrotters/
Twitter- https://twitter.com/Globies
Instagram-  https://www.instagram.com/harlemglobetrotters/
YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_HgtI1WieWXTJu-EWHGr9w

HISTORY

The Globetrotters created World Trick Shot Day to give fans all around the world the court and celebrate with them all the amazing shots they too are capable of developing and performing! The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared World Trick Shot Day in November of 2016.

National Dice Day - December 4
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NATIONAL DICE DAY

Each year on December 4th, people across the United States observe National Dice Day.  Many games incorporate dice as a way to add random challenges or obstacles to the objectives.  

Players typically throw dice onto a flat surface from their hands or a cup. The value of the throw is determined by the uppermost face of the die after it has come to rest.  One popular dice game is craps where wagers are made on the total value of the throw of the dice.  Frequently used in board games, dice are used to randomize a player’s moves, commonly by deciding the distance a piece will move on a board. Favorite board games using dice are backgammon and Monopoly.

The origin of dice is uncertain. However, it is known that they have been around for thousands of years.  At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.

Dice were originally made from the talus (ankle bone) of hoofed animals. Ivory, wood and plastics are other materials used in making dice. They also come in many shapes and colors. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalDiceDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Dice Day.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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