MARCH 11, 2019 | NATIONAL NAPPING DAY | NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY | NATIONAL JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY | NATIONAL PROMPOSAL DAY | NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND MORTICIAN RECOGNITION DAY | NATIONAL OATMEAL NUT WAFFLES DAY
National Napping Day is observed annually the day following the return of daylight saving time. National Napping Day provides everyone with the opportunity to have a nap and catch up on the hour of sleep they lost due to the spring forward time change.
Mid-afternoon naps are an integral part of most cultures, and scientifically proven to be good for you.
A needed rest can make you feel better and also improve your mood. After having the extra amount of sleep, a person will notice that they will be more productive and energetic.
Numerous studies have shown that short 10-20 minute naps are the most effective when midday fatigue hits. Improvements in alertness, productivity and mood have all been shown to improve with this type of snooze.
Though there are some of us who are just not the napping kind, if you can reap those benefits, find a cozy spot for 10 minutes or so on National Napping Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take a relaxing nap and use #NationalNappingDay to post on social media.
William Anthony, Ph.D., a Boston University Professor and his wife, Camille Anthony, created National Napping Day in 1999 as an effort to spotlight the health benefits to catching up on quality sleep. “We chose this particular Monday because Americans are more ‘nap-ready’ than usual after losing an hour of sleep to daylight saving time,” Anthony said in B.U.’s press release.
NATIONAL WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY
March 11th is National Worship of Tools Day. This is a day to go out into the garage, the tool shed, the storage closet or wherever it is you keep your tools. You can clean them, reorganize them, make something new with them or maybe go to the store and buy a new one.
It is hard to imagine the world without tools as they are a part of our daily lives. From the hammer, the screwdriver and the wrench to the most sophisticated tools, they are necessary. Upon their use, they sometimes get rusty and need to be shined, they get dirty and need to be cleaned, they get dull and need to be sharpened.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Spend some extra time shining up your tools or fixing them if they needed it. Taking care of your tools helps them to last longer, which in turn is a benefit for you. Use #WorshipOfToolsDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Worship of Tools Day.
NATIONAL JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY
On March 11th we remember a man who made apple (and pear) trees bloom across the nation. National Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates a kindly legend who lived by sage teachings and labored to bring the shade of fruit trees across much of the United States.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana in Johnny Appleseed Park there is a grave marking the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests.
He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.
Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and eventually as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.
In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader whose books he would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted.
Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom, his broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. There was always a place at the table if Johnny Appleseed were to come visiting.
There are many stories told that the man would travel many miles to nurse an ailing orchard when word would reach him of its poor condition. Bringing the trees back to health would be his chief endeavor while dispersing wisdom, care and kindness as he did.
Across the Midwest, landmarks pepper the countryside honoring the man that brought fruit to the frontier. Warren County, Pennsylvania lays claim to Johnny Appleseed’s first tree nursery.
Mansfield, Ohio honors the man with a monument in South Park. The last known Chapman tree still lives! In rural Ashland County, Ohio, the tree struggles to survive but half of it still manages to bloom in the spring.
In his hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts there is an entire park named after the man who nurtured the land and made apple trees bloom across a young nation.
Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on either March 11 or September 26. The September date is Appleseed’s acknowledged birth date. The March date is sometimes preferred due to the planting season. While there is some vagueness concerning Appleseed’s death and burial, it is known he became ill in early March and passed soon after.
National Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated in many elementary schools across the country.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy an apple and use #JohnnyAppleseedDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Johnny Appleseed Day.
NATIONAL PROMPOSAL DAY
The day for high school students across North America to craft their unique invitation to the event of the year has arrived. National Promposal Day is March 11th, and it has been officially established with the idea of getting the ultimate question asked. “Will you go to prom with me?”
Prom takes a lot of planning. That includes finding the right tux, the right dress, shoes and accessories. Does mom teach you how to dance or do you take a dance class? Do you borrow dad’s car or rent a limo? Those are just a few of the details. But that’s getting ahead of the plan. First, ask the question on March 11th, National Promposal Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get creative about asking someone to prom and capture the special moment on video. Join Men’s Wearhouse, social media star Brent Rivera and other Promposal artists as their stories unfold on social media: #NationalPromposalDay #MyUltimatePromposal @menswearhouse on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.
National Promposal Day was submitted by Men’s Wearhouse and was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016. For more information please visit menswearhouse.com
NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR AND MORTICIAN RECOGNITION DAY
National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day on March 11 reminds us to thank the professionals who thoughtfully consider every need during the most difficult time in a family’s life.
Funeral directors and morticians dedicate their lives to helping families and loved ones celebrate the memories and accomplishments of someone they’ve lost to death. They help them with every step of planning a funeral. While the news settles in among family and friends, these experts understand how emotional and stressful the process may be.
The combination of compassion and excellent organizational skills make funeral directors the perfect people to bring together numerous people on short notice. The more the better to celebrate someone we loved dearly. People who lose a loved one share a lifetime of memories, so being a good listener is another quality that funeral directors have in spades.
They work hard to attain their skills, too. Both morticians and funeral directors study mortuary science attaining at least an associate degree or higher. Their degree is followed by a 1-3 year apprenticeship. Funeral directors must be licensed.
Beyond their training, it’s how funeral directors make those who are bereaved feel that matter the most. They act as guides and help to fulfill the wishes of our loved ones. When the pain and suffering are over, the mortician and funeral director provide a sense of peace and unity at a time that can seem chaotic even at its best.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you’ve ever needed the assistance of a funeral director or witness the work of a mortician, take time to thank them for their time and consideration. Use #FuneralDirectorMorticianAppreciation to share on social media.
In 2008, Congress passed a resolution designating March 11 as National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day.
NATIONAL OATMEAL NUT WAFFLES DAY
National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day is observed each year on March 11th. This is a day to celebrate a healthier version of the classic waffle. Whole grain oats and chopped nuts mixed into a waffle recipe is a delicious, healthy way to start your morning.
A waffle is a batter-based or dough-based cake cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a distinctive size, shape and surface impression. There are many variations based on the type of iron and recipe used.
Waffles have been around for centuries, and there are many varieties of them around the world. The Oatmeal Nut Waffle is another flavorful addition to the family for us all to try!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this recipe for Banana Oatmeal Nut Waffles.
Use #OatmealNutWafflesDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day.
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