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DECEMBER 4, 2019 | NATIONAL COOKIE DAY | NATIONAL SOCK DAY | NATIONAL DICE DAY | NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY – December 4

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

National Cookie Day on December 4th serves up a sweet treat. Bakers across the country warm up the ovens for holiday baking, and tins of cookies are given to friends and family all season long. 
 
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.”
Hard cookie-like wafers have existed for as long as baking has been documented. Not surprisingly, 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 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 #NationalCookieDay

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.

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY HISTORY

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 bookThe 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

NATIONAL SOCK DAY

National Sock Day on December 4 recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they manage to find each other, wash after wash, dry after to dry, it’s time to celebrate!

The founders of the celebration turned the tables on other sock holidays. Such individualism generated was out of control. Days like National No Sock Day on May 8th and National Lost Sock Day (for shame!) on May 9th were rebels.

In an effort to promote lasting sock matches, the observance dedicated the day to all pairs, even the tiny baby socks who manage to stay paired. We don’t know if it’s animal magnetism (static cling) or chemistry (something in the detergent), these sock pairs deserve recognition!

The day honors all matches made in laundromantic-matrimony. No color, style or size will be turned away. Argyle to tube socks, knee highs, and fuzzy slipper socks – if they keep finding their mate over and over, this National Day wiggles its toes in their honor!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSockDay

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

NATIONAL SOCK DAY HISTORY

Pair of Thieves founded National Sock Day on December 4th 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. It 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 Judds took the stage for their final concert. For years, the mother-daughter duo had kept country music lovers two-stepping. Following the concert, daughter Wynonna continued a solo career. From time to time, as Wynonna’s career resumed successfully, mother Naomi would join her on stage. However, the Murphy Center concert is still considered the Judd’s final show.

In October of 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the celebration to be observed annually.

NATIONAL DICE DAY – December 4NATIONAL DICE DAY

Each year on December 4th, National Dice Day recognizes and ancient gaming tool. 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 #NationalDiceDay

Play a game using dice. Or hang those fuzzy dice on the rear-view mirror. If you have two die, you might be in pair o’ dice. Use #NationalDiceDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL DICE DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this ancient gaming device. 

NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY – Wednesday after Thanksgiving

NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY

National Package Protection Day encourages homeowners to stay alert during these high delivery times. The Wednesday after Thanksgiving is a time to remind us to protect our homes against package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holidays. 

The internet has made it easier to find deals and have packages shipped straight to our homes. But this has also made it easier for thieves to snatch our deliveries right from our doorsteps. Cyber Monday, in particular, is a big online shopping day where most purchases are shipped directly to the buyer’s home.

With the advent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there became a need for a day that raises awareness of package theft and helps homeowners protect themselves against thieves. And just like that, Package Protection Day was born.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PackageProtectionDay

Spread the word throughout your neighborhood about protecting packages and deliveries. Help your community be alert during the holidays. Whether you’re home or away, protect your packages and more.  

And share your PackageProtection stories and tips using #PackageProtectionDay and #alwayshome on social media.

NATIONAL PACKAGE PROTECTION DAY HISTORY

logo-9c2ba8a93d8882c42f0e558ed4153782Ring.com founded National Package Protection Day in 2016 to alert citizens to protect their valuable purchases, especially during the high-traffic holiday season.  

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the awareness day to be observed the Wednesday after Thanksgiving annually.

On Deck for December 5, 2019

Recipe of the Day

Hot Fudge
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total Prep: 5 minutes
Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups dark cocoa powder
1 cup salted butter

Instructions:

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, continually stirring until the butter melts and all ingredients are incorporated.

Transfer to a container and seal.

Store in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, reheat over medium heat or in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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.

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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