NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY
National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them.
All across our nation, there are many that do not have the things that are necessary to everyday life. They may lack a roof over their heads, enough food to eat, or clothes to wear. For those who have those bare necessities, it may be insufficient.
The day reminds us to appreciate what we have. This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful. So just like Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you do have and always remember, that it is a better feeling than worrying about what you do not have.
HOW TO OBSERVE #RoofOverYourHeadDay
To celebrate, pick a name or two off of a Christmas Giving Tree and make someone’s holiday a little better. Volunteer at or make a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area. Your gift may help someone else be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight. Use #RoofOverYourHeadDay to post on social media.
Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL ROOF HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of the thankful and charitable day.
December 3rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
George Claude introduces his invention of the neon light at the Paris Motor Show. His background in chemistry gave him the knowledge to understand that with enough voltage, the neon would glow. Once captured in a glass tube, the possibilities for an electric display were endless.
Neil Papworth, an engineer for Vodaphone telecommunications, sent the world’s first text message. He typed the message on his desktop computer and sent the message to a collogue’s Orbitel 901 cell phone. The message read, “Merry Christmas.”
Sony released the PlayStation gaming console and games in Japan. Nine months later, the system would be released in the United States.
California Love released by 2Pac. The hip hop song featured Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman and reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.
December 3rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Cleveland Abbe – 1838
The American meteorologist supported time zones and is considered the Father of the Weather Bureau.
Charles A. Pillsbury – 1842
The American manufacturer founded one of the world’s largest milling companies and was based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ellen Swallow Richards – 1842
The first woman accepted to a school of science, Swallow pioneered the science of sanitary engineering and founded home economics.
Ozzy Osborne – 1948
Born John Michael Osbourne, the singer, songwriter rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.