CELEBRATION OF LIFE DAY
Celebration of Life Day on January 22nd honors the children and grandchildren who bring joy to our lives. The day is a reminder that each child and each life is to be held as a precious gift with the highest respect and dignity.
Children grow up so quickly. They’re constantly learning new things and changing daily. Each day they delight us with their simple wisdom and observations. By spending time with children and demonstrating the care and love they deserve, we celebrate their life.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CelebrationOfLifeDay
Celebrate the children in your life. Share the day with a child, grandchild, niece or nephew. We’ve provided several suggestions.
- Read a book with a child.
- Get down on the floor and put a puzzle together.
- Build something with your child.
- Invite all the cousins to play board games.
- Bake cookies and decorate them. Even the smallest child will learn something.
- Make popcorn and watch a movie.
- Tell the story of how Grandma and Grandpa met.
- Get out the art supplies and create.
- Visit a museum.
- Show a teen how to change a tire.
- Give a driving lesson.
- Paint your fingernails together.
- Everybody give the dog a bath.
- Go swimming.
- Make balloon animals.
- Sing Karaoke
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CELEBRATION OF LIFE DAY HISTORY
NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY
National Blonde Brownie Day on January 22nd recognizes a treat often referred to as blondies.
Almost everyone knows that a blonde brownie is similar to a chocolate brownie. In place of cocoa, bakers use brown sugar when making this delicious brownie, giving it a sweet-tooth-satisfying molasses flavor!
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Most people like to add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies or other things like nuts, toffee, or butterscotch. Blonde brownies are usually prepared unfrosted as the brown sugar flavor tends to be sweet enough. These blondies are sometimes served in sundaes, often topped with caramel sauce.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBlondeBrownieDay
While enjoying a blonde brownie would count toward celebrating the day, that may be much too simple. Blonde brownies also make a delicious addition to a layered trifle dessert. Add a scoop of ice cream to a freshly baked blonde brownie and top with your favorite syrup. If you prefer the lighter side, serve a blonde brownie with a serving of fresh fruit. Pineapple, cherries, or apricots seem appropriate.
Serve your blondies with tea, coffee, or hot cocoa. And of course, you can’t enjoy them alone. You must extend an invitation to a friend or two. They’ll happily help you finish off a few blondies while catching up on the new year. You can make them for church, school, or work occasions, too.
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NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY HISTORY
There is no found documentation of the beginning of National Blonde Brownie Day. It is known, however, that this light-colored treat was actually invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Recipes for blonde brownies can be found in recipe books dating back into the 1940s and maybe even earlier.
NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY
On January 22nd each year, National Sanctity of Human Life Day recognizes the value of every human life. The day celebrates human life from the moment of conception and is set on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision.
In 1973, the court ruled that the United States Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. The ruling was a 7-2 decision in favor of Roe.
Leading up to and following the decision, pro-life and pro-choice groups advocated their positions.
In 1984, President Reagan supported restrictions on abortion. Several Supreme Court Cases in the late 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s have since challenged Roe vs Wade. Additionally, states have taken action in the event Roe v. Wade is ever overturned – either writing legislation that mimics Roe v. Wade or setting limits or restrictions on abortions.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SanctityOfHumanLifeDay
Many churches hold prayer vigils around the country. They also collect items for newborns and new moms to support them. Donate items such as formula, baby clothes, cribs, blankets, and toys to support these causes. Some organizations offer resources for baby care classes, daycare, job training, and adoptions, and more. Use #SanctityOfLifeDay to share on social media.
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY HISTORY
President Ronald Regan first proclaimed National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 1984 to be observed on the Sunday closest to January 22nd. The first observance took place on the 11th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. In his proclamation, Regan spoke of 15 million unborn children due to legal abortion.
Since 1984, Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald J. Trump have proclaimed the day during their presidencies.
January 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Harry S. Truman signs a directive creating the Central Intelligence Group, the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency.
The sketch comedy television show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, premiers on NBC. Comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin hosted the show for five years.
During a Super Bowl XVIII commercial, the Apple Macintosh computer is introduced. It is the first home computer to utilize a mouse and graphical user interface.
Aboard the space shuttle Discovery, the first Canadian woman and first neurologist launched into space. Dr. Roberta Bondar began her training in 1984 with the Canadian Space Agency.
The United States Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female United States Secretary of State. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Cabinet position, and she served until January 20, 2001.
Recipe of the Day
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50-60 minutes
Pie Crust – Homemade or bought.
3-4 cups rhubarb, chopped
3 cups strawberries, sliced
1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
1 Egg White
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a large mixing bowl, add chopped rhubarb, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well.
Spoon mixture into pie pan containing pie crust.
Place top crust over mixture and pinch outer edges to seal.
Cut vent slices into top crust, brush on egg white over top and place in oven.
Bake 50 – 60 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping. Enjoy!
- Tax Identity Theft Week – Fourth Work Week in January
- National Catholic Schools Week – Last week in January Sunday through Saturday
- National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week – Last full week in January
- Meat Week – Eight Days beginning last Sunday in January
- National School Choice Week – Last Week in January
- National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week – Cancelled for 2021, but has virtual events the entire month of January
In the Classroom
January 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Justina Laurena Carter Ford – 1871
Shortly after earning her medical degree from Hering Medical School in Chicago, Ford became the first African American woman to obtain a medical license in Colorado. However, since all the hospitals in Denver denied her privileges, she opened her own practice.
Willa Brown – 1906
In 1938, Brown became the first African American woman to earn a pilot license in the United States – 17 years after Bessie Coleman earned hers in France. A year later, Brown obtained her commercial license.
Rose Kushner – 1929
The breast cancer survivor, author, and journalist became an advocate who helped changed the standard of care for breast cancer treatment.
Sam Cooke – 1935
The gospel singer earned the title “father of soul” in the 1950s. Some of his most popular songs include “Twistin’ the Night Away,” “You Send Me,” and “Chain Gang.”
Beryl Swain – 1936
In 1907, the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy race commenced. At the time it was a 15-mile race on the Isle of Man – an island between Ireland and England. Today, it is considered the world’s most dangerous motorcycle race at 38 miles and is known as the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race. In 1962, Beryl Swain became the first woman to compete in the race. She completed the race 22nd out of 25 racers.
Elvis Stojko – 1972
The Canadian figure skater is a three-time world champion who took home two silver medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.
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