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FEBRUARY 20, 2021 | NATIONAL COMFY DAY | NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY | NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY | NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY

National Comfy Day - February 20

NATIONAL COMFY DAY

On February 20th, National Comfy Day gives us all permission to get comfortable! We all deserve a day to get cozy in our favorite spot and relax.

Short for comfortable, comfy is a word we use to describe the places and things that make us the utmost at ease. At the end of the day, we are all connected by a desire to be comfy.  Some are drawn to their favorite blanket. Others define comfy by a sandy beach in the sunshine. Our beloved pets and special hoodie add to our comfy satisfaction, too. Combine a little ambiance and take out, and the comfy level improves even more.

National Comfy Day is all about achieving the perfect level of comfy and celebrating it to its fullest!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalComfyDay

Live the comfy life! That includes giving comfy gifts and wearing all things comfy! Curl up on your comfy sofa and dream comfy dreams. From head to toe, cover everyone in comfort. Let us know how you’re going to celebrate National Comfy day, too! Celebrate with #NationalComfyDay on social media.

NATIONAL COMFY DAY HISTORY

In 2021, “The Comfy Bros” founded National Comfy Day to be celebrated on February 20th, the day The Comfy was invented! Their story starts back in 2017 when Michael and Brian Speciale transformed the way the world stays warm by inventing the world’s first true wearable blanket. Just a month after forming their company, The ‘Comfy Bros’ were invited to make their pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank. With only a prototype in hand, they closed a deal with Barbara Corcoran, and The Comfy went on to become the third most successful product ever to launch on Shark Tank.

Today, The Comfy has expanded to a range of products designed to wrap everyone in a giant warm hug. The Comfy Bros remain steadfast in their mission to bring happiness to all and give back through their Comfy Cares program. The Comfy is available in over 100 countries, has made millions of customers happy, has over 30,000 5-star reviews, and press coverage ranging from Good Morning America to USA Today! So take our advice, get Comfy this National Comfy Day!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Comfy Day to be observed on February 20, 2021.

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY – February 20

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This holiday focuses on giving extra attention to our pets. The day encourages pampering our pets and focusing on the special relationship pets hold in our lives.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.  There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats. Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure. So on February 20th (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoveYourPetDay

Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra-long walk or give them more attention. Other ideas include:

  • Check that their vaccines are up to date.
  • Watch a pet video with them full of cats, dogs and other critters. 
  • Give them a few extra strokes with the brush while grooming. 
  • Practice their favorite commands – sit, shake, rollover. 
  • Play their favorite game or bring out their best toy.
  • Inspect their toys to make sure they’re in good shape. Throw out any broken toys. 
  • Wash their bedding, even if it’s not their laundry day. Let them fluff it up just the way they like it. 

Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets!  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pet-friendly day. While we do, we don’t mind if we snuggle an extra minute with our furry friends, too!

National Cherry Pie Day - February 20

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree. Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.    

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish.” Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryPieDay

As with any baking holiday, it is an excellent opportunity to visit your local bakery. Pick out a delicious pie to share with co-workers or family and be sure to give the baker a shout out, too. You can always bake up your favorite recipes. Give some lessons to the younger generation while dusting up the kitchen. A little flour never hurt anyone. Be sure to try out some new recipes. If you need a few, we list some for you to try. 

Cherry Pie
Fresh Cherry Pie
Perfect Cherry Pie
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

And don’t forget to share your deals and creations with us! We love to see how you celebrate! Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY HISTORY

Pull up a chair and have a slice of cherry pie with us while we continue to research the origins of this pie celebrating day.

National Muffin Day - February 20

NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY

On February 20th, National Muffin Day serves up a delicious celebration packed with flavor and options, too!

Bakeries offer these single-serving quick breads in several sizes. From mini bite-sized muffins and jumbo ones to the favored muffin tops, they also offer a varied nutritional value. Depending on the ingredients, a muffin can be high in fat and calories. However, substituting whole grains, changing a few other ingredients, and limiting the serving size can increase the nutritional quality of a muffin.

Baking with fresh fruits and berries brings a brightness to muffins. It also keeps them from becoming dry as they bake. One of America’s favorite muffins is the blueberry muffin. Another way to add flavor and texture is by mixing in nuts and oats. Bakers often have bits of chocolate and bananas that need to be used. Mixing them into the muffin batter will keep your muffin eaters happy in the morning, too!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMuffinDay

Bake up a batch of your favorite muffins. Running short on time? Stop by your favorite bakery and pick up a half dozen to share. Be sure to give a shout-out to the baker to let them know how much you appreciate their service. And use #NationalMuffinDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY HISTORY

We will continue to research this delicious national food holiday. Until then, we’ll put another batch in the oven and see what cooks up!


On Deck for February 21, 2021

February 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1792

President George Washington signs the Postal Service Act formally creating the United States Postal Service. Before the 1792 act, temporary measures created by the Continental Congress established a postal service and postmaster general to oversee the system. The first person appointed to the role in 1775 was Benjamin Franklin.

1872

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened to the public. Founded by Eastman Johnson, John Taylor Johnston, Howard Potter, and George Palmer Putnam, the museum is the largest art museum in the United States.

1943

Chicago Cubs owner, Philip Wrigley, his attorney Paul V. Harper and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey established the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Racine Belles, South Bend Blue Sox, Kenosha Comets, and Rockford Peaches competed during the 1943 season.

1962

Aboard the Friendship7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth

Recipe of the Day

Mushroom Linguine

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep: 25 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients:

1 lb linguine, cooked al dente, drained
6 tablespoons butter
10 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions:

Prepare Linguine according to instructions.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium skillet.

Add garlic and brown.

Add mushrooms, basil, salt, and pepper.

Cook until the mushrooms become tender.

Stir in the remaining butter and olive oil. Remove from heat.

Toss with cooked linguine and garnish with Parmesan and parsley.

February 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Ansel Adams – 1902

The American landscape photographer and environmentalist became immensely influential in the preservation of the western American wilderness. He also made extensive contributions to the world of landscape photography that are still felt today.

Carl Stotz – 1920

In 1939, Stotz established Little League Baseball and invited the community of Williamsport, PA, to support the organization with managers, uniforms, and places for the young players to compete.

Robert Altman – 1925

The award-winning director, screenwriter and producer is best-known for films such as M*A*S*H, Gosford Park, Popeye, and Prairie Home Companion.

Sidney Poitier – 1927

In 1964, Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field, becoming the first African American to win the award. The dramatic actor is also known for the films A Raisin in the Sun, In the Heat of the Night, and To Sir, With Love, just to name a few.

Buffy Sainte Marie – 1941

In 1983, the singer-songwriter and activist won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Up Where We Belong” from the film An Officer and a Gentleman.

Charles Barkley – 1963

During his 16 years in the National Basketball Association, the power forward played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. Following his athletic career, Sir Charles became an NBA analyst.

Notable Mentions

Benjamin T. Epps – 1888
Karl Albrecht – 1920
Patty Hearst Shaw – 1954
Cindy Crawford – 1966

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