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GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT – Thursday Before Thanksgiving


Each year on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout.

This is an annual social engineering event to encourage Americans to stop tobacco smoking. The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for 24 hours with the hopes that this decision will continue forever.

There are benefits to 1 day without cigarettes. After just 20 minutes without a cigarette, the heart rate drops. So does the blood pressure. Twelve hours later, the body will cleanse the carbon monoxide from the last cigarette from the body.

That’s a great start. If you make it past 1 day, your risk of heart attack begins to decrease along with heart disease and stroke. After just 1 day – keep it up.

After 2 days, things start tasting and smelling better. That’s because your nerves are healing from the smoke damage.

Day 3 may be tough. The nicotine is leaving your body and symptoms of withdrawal may occur. But you can do it.

By 1 month, you may notice you can breathe better. The coughing is less. Your lungs may be clearer.

Do you want to find out more? Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more.

HOW TO OBSERVE #GreatAmericanSmokeout

Join millions of other smokers and do not smoke for the day. Support your friends and family who are trying to quit smoking. Find tips and support at the American Cancer Society. Use #GreatAmericanSmokeout to post on social media.


Evolving from a series of small-scale initiatives, the first Great American Smokeout was held on November 16, 1977, in San Francisco’s Union Square.

  • 1970 – Randolph, Massachusetts – Arthur P. Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes for a day donating the money to a local high school.
  • 1974 – Monticello, Minnesota – Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times promoted a “Don’t Smoke Day”.
  • 1976 – November 18, The California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day.




National Gingerbread Cookie Day on November 21st encourages us to grab the rolling pin and cookie cutters. The baking will warm the home and decorating will inspire us to design tasty cookies while making memories!

National Gingerbread Day takes place on June 5. A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was usually molded into images of saints.

Gingerbread cookies make sturdy walls for houses (perfect for National Gingerbread House Day on December 12) and tasty gingerbread families that can be decorated by the children in your home.

 HOW TO OBSERVE #GingerbreadCookieDay

Invite friends to help you bake and decorate.  Get the children involved and continue family traditions.  Read the story of the gingerbread man.  Use #GingerbreadCookieDay to share on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this holiday cookie celebration.



On November 21st, National Red Mitten Day represents Canadian Olympic Pride!

National Red Mitten Day encourages Canadians to wear their Red Mittens in support for Canadian athletes! Red mittens represent the pride, generosity, and excellence of every Canadian.

Every Canadian from the sweetest newborn to the most experienced family member, wear your mittens with pride and support each athlete as they pursue their dreams!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRedMittensDay

Wear your red mittens or purchase a pair. For every pair of $15 CDN mittens purchased at Hudson’s Bay or at thebay.com, $3.90 CDN will go to support Canadian athletes. Money raised from the Red Mittens helps provide Canadian Olympians and next-generation athletes with access to elite coaching, equipment, sports medicine, nutrition and other high-performance resources that make up a world-class daily training environment.

$3.90 from the sale of each pair of Red Mittens goes to support Canadian athletes. To date, the Red Mittens alone have raised more than $30 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

Use #NationalRedMittensDay to share on social media.


Hudson’s Bay founded National Red Mitten Day to encourage Canadians to show their support for Canadian athletes and share their national pride through the tradition of wearing the company’s Red Mittens. Their goal on November 21st is to sell 25,000 Red Mittens to support Canadian Athletes in pursuing their dreams.

Since its launch ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Hudson’s Bay’s Red Mittens have become the nation’s most iconic symbol of Canadian Olympic pride. From every sale of a pair of Red Mittens, $3.90 goes to support Canadian athletes. To date, the Red Mittens alone have raised more than $30 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Red Mitten Day to be observed annually beginning November 21, 2017.



November 21st is an ideal day for National Stuffing Day with Thanksgiving right around the corner. Since we are already thinking about the delicious turkey stuffing that is a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner.

Some cooks choose to stuff the bird with crusts of bread, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Others prefer to prepare a similar dish alongside the turkey using the drippings to moisten the dish. Either way, each preparation is personal preference or family tradition. The difference is the first is called a stuffing, but the latter is referred to as a dressing.  

The usual turkey stuffing consists of bread cubes or crumbs combined with onions, celery, salt, and pepper. Further spices and herbs such as summer savory, sage or poultry seasoning add flavor and variety.  Other recipes include adding sausage, hamburger, tofu, oysters, egg, rice, apple, raisins or other dried fruits.

The first known documented stuffing recipes appeared in the Roman cookbook, Apicius “De Re Coquinaria.”  Most of the stuffing recipes in this cookbook included vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts and spelt (an old cereal). Some recipes also included chopped liver and other organ meat. 

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of poultry and fish, various cuts of meat are often stuffed once deboned and having a pouch or slit cut in them.  A few examples of other meats frequently stuffed include pork chops, meatloaf, meatballs, chicken breast, lamb chops, and beef tenderloin.

Stuffing isn’t limited to the butcher block. Vegetables are excellent containers for stuffing. Peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and cabbage are just a few of the shapely veggies that make stuffing a fabulous part of your meal. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStuffingDay

Test your stuffing recipes before the big day. Give your stuffing some holiday flair with this classic stuffing recipe. Use #NationalStuffingDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this food holiday.

NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY - Third Thursday in November


National Rural Health Day focuses on the medical resources rural communities offer and how it impacts the small towns and citizens. The third Thursday in November each year highlights the varied opportunities rural health offers and the benefits it brings to these modest hubs of economic vitality in the heartland.

Around the nation, over 60 million Americans live and work in rural communities. In these thriving centers of industry, health clinics and hospitals provide much-needed care to a varied population.

Healthcare improves not only the life of the citizens but the livelihood, too. Increased economic opportunities are just one of the many reasons for maintaining healthcare close to small towns. Emergent care and urgent care increases the timely treatment of critical ailments and injuries. When nursing care is available, grandparents remain near their familiar settings. Primary care provides a remedy for chronic and routine conditions. Other facilities that may be available in some small communities include dental, chiropractic and vision care.

Altogether, these facilities keep a community running smoothly and healthily. It’s something to celebrate!

HOW TO OBSERVE #RuralHealthDay

Get involved. Celebrate National Rural Health Day by letting a local healthcare professional know you appreciate their care. Learn more ways to celebrate at the National Organization of State Offices of Rural.  Share your ideas and learn more by visiting the powerofrural.org website. Use #PowerOfRural and #RuralHealthDay to share on social media.


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural set aside the third Thursday of November to observe National Rural Health Day annually.

On Deck for November 22, 2019

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter Fudge
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4 dozen


 2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 – 1/3 cup peanut butter
1 – 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme


Butter an 8-inch square pan and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

Pour into prepared pan.

Let set until firm.

Cut into squares. 

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