NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY
National Plan for Vacation Day, on the last Tuesday in January, reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The early bird gets to pack their bags and fly away to a little fun and relaxation!
With the frigid temperatures and growing snow piles, it’s easy to start daydreaming of sunny skies. Who else is dreaming of sandcastles and the vacation days to come? But, for many Americans, those vacation dreams turn out to be just that: a dream.
Each year, Americans leave more than 600 million vacation days unused. Our work martyr attitudes combined with a culture of silence in the workplace is keeping workers at their desks instead of using their time off.
To change this, National Plan for Vacation Day reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. When it comes to taking a vacation, it is the planners of the world who get the job done. According to Project: Time Off, planners are more likely to take all their vacation time in a given work year and take more extended vacations than non-planners. They are also happier with their jobs, relationships, and health. So don’t knock the planners who get out the door to vacation! Get planning!!
HOW TO OBSERVE #PlanForVacation
Three Easy Steps to Planning a Vacation
Planning a vacation does not have to be a monumental task. Here are three easy steps to make it happen:
- Determine how much time off you earn. Look up the number of vacation days you earn by checking with your finance or HR team. Don’t forget to make a note of any office closures.
- Coordinate calendars. Use Project: Time Off’s vacation planning tool to plot out your year—enter the number of days you earn, put your vacation dreams on the calendar, and use your custom link to get your family and friends involved in the planning.
- Share your plans. Once you have your days determined, use the calendar to export your plans to Outlook, Gmail, or other electronic calendars to share with your boss, co-workers, and family.
As we close out a month of resolutions, make this the year you focus on your bucket list—not your to-do list.
Visit Project: Time Off/Plan for more vacation planning tips and ideas. Get ready to plan your vacation and use #PlanForVacation on social media.
NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY HISTORY
National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Launched by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project: Time Off initiative in 2017, National Plan for Vacation Day provides an opportunity to come together at a single moment to rally around the importance of planning for a vacation. In its inaugural year, more than 600 organizations, representing all 50 states, came together to encourage Americans to plan for vacation. Learn more at ProjectTimeOff.com/Plan and join the conversation online with #PlanForVacation.
The registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Plan for Vacation Day to be observed annually in 2018.
About Project: TimeOff
Project: Time Off has uncovered an alarming trend over the last 40 years: Americans are taking fewer and fewer vacation days. To reverse this trend, we aim to prove that vacation travel is valuable and necessary for strengthening personal relationships, inspiring creative thinking, improving professional performance, and promoting better health.
NATIONAL SPOUSES DAY
National Spouses Day on January 26th each year celebrates the bond between two people and sets aside time for couples to show each other gratitude.
Dedicated to recognizing spouses everywhere, the observance reminds us to take time for our mate. From being thankful for the fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship to the boost of morale and well-being provided by spouses, there are many reasons to celebrate. This day is a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he or she does for you and the home.
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Life gets busy, and we can often take for granted how our spouse improves our life. Pay a heartfelt thank you or compliment to the love of your life. Since the day is a non-gift giving day, spend time together and reconnect. Don’t forget to say, “I love you.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpousesDay
If it has been a while since you have expressed appreciation to the one with whom you are married, now is your chance. Again, this day is not about giving gifts but spending time together, enjoying each other, and appreciating each other. Use #NationalSpousesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SPOUSES DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origin of this holiday. However, it has been observed since the mid-1980s.
NATIONAL GREEN JUICE DAY
The holidays may be over, but the New Year celebration and commitments to our resolutions continue with National Green Juice Day on January 26th. Every year, the celebration encourages people to stick to their health and wellness resolutions by drinking a green juice.
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There are several veggie-centric ways to celebrate and inspire health and wellness habits in the New Year.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGreenJuiceDay & #GotMyGreens
- Grab a bottle of cold-pressed green juice for a simple way to get more nutrients from green vegetables in your daily diet.
- Start off your morning by making your own green juice at home using Evolution Fresh’s Morning Greens Smoothie recipe.
- Share photos on social media using #NationalGreenJuiceDay and #GotMyGreens.
NATIONAL GREEN JUICE DAY HISTORY
After finding that more than 50 percent of Americans break their New Year’s resolutions by the end of January*, Evolution Fresh founded National Green Juice Day in 2016 as a way to empower people to press ahead with their wellness resolutions by drinking a green juice.
*Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Evolution Fresh among 1,001 American adults age 18+ using an email invitation and online survey in December 2015.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be celebrated on the 26th of January, annually.
NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY
National Peanut Brittle Day is observed on January 26th. A hard, flat candy confection, peanut brittle is enjoyed throughout the United States.
Peanut Brittle includes caramelized sugar or corn syrup. Nuts are added to the molten sugar and then poured onto a flat surface such as granite or marble and smoothed into a thin sheet. The candy cools into a hard, brittle treat that is broken into smaller pieces. Some of the best brittles are hand-stretched into a thin, easily cracked candy that melts in the mouth.
The history of peanut brittle is uncertain, though one legend says it was all a mistake. The story goes that a southern woman was making taffy and instead of using cream of tartar, she used baking soda by accident.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PeanutBrittleDay
Make up a batch of peanut brittle to share with that person you just know loves it. Since the candy keeps well, give it as a gift. You might also teach someone to make your favorite recipe, passing on the tradition. If you don’t have a recipe, we’ve found one for you to try.
Use #PeanutBrittleDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY HISTORY
It’s been a brittle search, but so far National Day Calendar hasn’t been able to break through to the origins of this sweet holiday.
On Deck for January 27, 2021
January 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
In a letter dated January 26, 1784, Benjamin Franklin writes to his daughter Sarah (Sally) Bache expressing his dismay that the eagle is chosen as an American symbol. Were he to chose, the turkey would be a more appropriate bird.
The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 159,028 to George F. Greene of Kalamazoo, Michigan for an “electromagnetic dental tool,” the first electric drill designed for dental work.
Frederick Wells discovers the world’s largest diamond at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa. Measuring 3,106 carats, the gem is named the Cullinan diamond.
At North Island, San Diego, California, Glenn Curtiss completes the first successful takeoff and landing of a hydroplane.
Recipe of the Day
Baked Pears Recipe
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
1 cup sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
grated rind and juice of 1 orange
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°
Slice in half and core
Place on baking sheet
In a small bowl, combine sugar, lemon and orange rind and juices
Pour over pears
Dot with butter
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Bake for 1 hour
January 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Julia Boggs Dent – 1826
As the 19th First Lady of the United States, Julia Grant was noted for opening the White House to the public on Tuesdays. Following Ulysses S. Grant’s presidency, the couple toured the world.
Douglas Macarthur – 1880
During World War II, the U.S. general commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre and led the Allied occupation of Japan.
Bessie Coleman – 1893
In pursuit of becoming a pilot, Coleman traveled to France after being denied the opportunity in the United States. In France, she learned to fly, returning to the United States as the first female African American and Native American pilot.
Maria von Trapp – 1905
In 1949, the step-mother of the seven von Trapp children wrote her memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. It inspired the musical The Sound of Music and the film starring Julie Andrews.
Paul Newman – 1925
In the award-winning actor’s five decades of performances, he has recorded some unforgettable roles. Some of those include Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Eddie in The Color of Money.
Eddie Van Halen – 1957
In 1972, the singer-songwriter co-founded the rock band, Van Halen. Some of their best-known songs include “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Dance the Night Away.”
Ellen DeGeneres – 1958
The host of the self-named talk show, DeGeneres, began earning comedy creditability in clubs in the 1980s before landing her own sitcom. Her Emmy winning daytime talk show began in 2003.
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