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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.

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For more information, please contact:

Michelle Veilleux
Public Relations Director
Hudson’s Bay

NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY – Saturday Before Thanksgiving


National Adoption Day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care. Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the day focuses on children waiting for permanent, loving families. Not only does the day aim to find homes, but National Adoption Day also helps the dreams of many children and families come true.

In 2015, many courts and communities came together to finalize nearly 4,000 adoptions of children from foster care. More than 300 events are held annually during this observance. They celebrate as dreams become a reality. In total, more than 58,500 children have been adopted from foster care on this day.

There are many reasons families and individuals choose adoptions. Sometimes they are unable to conceive. Others choose adoption simply to give a child who doesn’t have one a loving home. Many begin as foster parents. 

When placing a child for adoption, the decision is often difficult. This emotional journey requires patience, guidance, and support. The support comes from the surrounding community, adoption organizations, social workers, child advocates, families, and friends. Placing the needs of the child first, National Adoption Day celebrates the successful collaboration that brings families together all across the nation. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAdoptionDay

Support those on their journey of adoption. Educate yourself about adoption. If you’re considering adoption, reach out to the several organizations that guide and support families through the process. Learn about the types of adoptions. Help a family come together. 

Explore these 7 Historical Figures Who Were Adopted.

Celebrate with a family you know. Use #NationalAdoptionDay to post on social media.


A Coalition of national partners including The Alliance for Children’s RightsChildren’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation, and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption started National Adoption Day in 2000.  In November of 2000, the sponsors worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates, and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions in nine jurisdictions nationwide.

  • 2001 – 17 jurisdictions participated
  • 2002 – Casey Family Services and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute joined the National Adoption Day Coalition, helping 34 cities across the country finalize 1,350 adoptions and celebrate adoption.
  • 2003 – Courts and community organizations in more than 120 jurisdictions across the nation finalized the adoptions of 3,100 children.
  • 2004 – More than 3,400 children were adopted from foster care in 200 events in 37 states after courts and community organizations finalized the adoptions.
  • 2011 – More than 300 court and community events were held during the national observance.

    NATIONAL STUFFING DAY – November 21 


    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 a 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

    Who makes the best stuffing in your family? Some families debate this question and never settle the question. That’s why they end up with multiple versions on the table at the big meal. No one complains, though! How do you like your stuffing? Challenge yourself to try a new recipe. See if you can get the family to agree to breaking with tradition. Better get in the kitchen and test those 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 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.

    Host a gingerbread design contest. While everyone is decorating, be sure to provide plenty of supplies. This is still important even if you’re hosting an online gingerbread design contest. You don’t want your home team to run out of icing or sprinkles just for zoom team B to zoom ahead with an abundance of supplies. One way to keep your gingerbread designs moving is by setting up stations. Start with icing, followed by sprinkles, edible glitter, and decorative piping. Then set up a drying station. Once everyone finishes, assign bragging rights to these categories:

    • Most colorful
    • Cookie most likely to be mistaken for a Salvador Dali
    • Neatest icing and sprinkle usage
    • Best use of icing
    • Best repair job
    • Most original design

    Everyone should enjoy a good laugh and savor their hard work with a glass of milk and a tasty cookie! There are many other ways to celebrate the day, too. Share your ideas and join us using #GingerbreadCookieDay to share on social media.


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

    Do you need more cookie days to celebrate? We have them right here!

    Oatmeal Cookie Day
    Peanut Butter Cookie Day
    Sugar Cookie Day
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
    Pecan Cookie Day
    Oreo Cookie Day
    Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
    Spicy Hermit Cookie Day

On Deck for November 22, 2020

November 21 History


Brothers Jacques-Étienne and Joseph-Michel Montgolfier launched Dr. Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and François Laurent up in the first successful untethered hot-air balloon flight. The brothers’ cloth balloon took their passengers aloft 5.5 miles over Paris.


The Philadelphia Athletics squared off against the Kanaweola Athletic Club at the Maple Avenue Driving Park in Elmira, New York for the first-ever professional football night game. The final score was 39-0 in favor of the Philadelphia Athletics.


Albert Einstein publishes a paper in the journal Annalen der Physik that leads to his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc²


The first woman appointed to Senator takes the oath of office. On October 3, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton was appointed by the Georgia governor to fill a vacancy. She served only 24 while the Senate was in session, as Democrat Walter George was elected shortly before the next session was convened.

Recipe of the Day

Apple Butter Meatball Subs


1 cup apple butter
1 cup BBQ sauce
16 ounces of frozen meatballs
6 hoagie rolls
12-18 slices of provolone cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions


Mix apple butter (we used a homemade spicey apple butter) and BBQ sauce together. Add meatballs to crockpot and pour the sauce over top, coating all the meatballs well. Slow cook on high for 4 hours.

Lightly butter and toast the hoagie rolls. Divide the meatballs evenly between the rolls. Top with cheese. Garnish with green onions. Serves 6.

November 21 Birthdays

Hetty Green – 1834

From a young age, Green’s shrewd understanding of money earned her a ruthless reputation in the world of finance. She died one of the richest women in the world.

Dorothy “Mickey” Maguire – 1918

As a catcher, Mickey played seven seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. During her career, she played on two World Champion teams. 

Georgia Frontiere – 1927

In 1979, Frontiere became 70% owner of the Los Angeles Rams. She was the second woman in NFL history with majority ownership of a team.

Etta Zuber Falconer – 1933

As one of the few African American women with a Ph.D. in mathematics, Falconer set out to change that. She established several science programs designed to encourage women to continue their educations in math and sciences.

Henry Hartsfield – 1933

As a NASA astronaut, Hartsfield flew on three shuttle missions including as the commander of the space shuttle Discovery’s maiden voyage. He also logged a total of 483 hours in space.

Ken Griffey, Jr. – 1969

The left-handed center fielder played 22 years in Major League Baseball. He was known for his exceptional hitting ability as well as his solid fielding.

Inspirational Role Models Month - November


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