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NATIONAL TIE ONE ON DAY – Day Before Thanksgiving


National Tie One on Day might confuse people with its name. However, it is not at all about going out, getting crazy and drinking too much while others are at home, working hard preparing for tomorrow’s big Thanksgiving Day meal.

The day celebrates the apron as well as the past generations of women who wore them and it was also created as a day to bring joy to the life of someone in need and celebrate the spirit of giving.

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” EllynAnne Geisel

Through the years, aprons have served many purposes. They’ve protected hands from hot items coming out of the oven. In a moment of sadness, they’ve wiped tears away. Generation after generation, they protect our clothes while we cook. Though, they also protect shy, young children as they hide from strangers. During moments of haste or even humor, they handily swat away unwelcome kitchen visitors (cats, flies or cookie snatchers). They’ve carried eggs, vegetables, toys, and even the catch of the day. Aprons fan us as we wait for cakes to finish cooking and while on cool mornings, they’ve warmed hands waiting for children at the bus stop or for the postman. Occasionally, they even make us feel a little more adept in the kitchen, too. 


As part of National Tie One on Day, buy an apron, bake something, tuck a note of encouragement in the pocket of the apron (or pin it on it). Wrap the baked good in the apron and give it to someone in need on Thanksgiving Eve.

Use #TieOneOnDay to post on social media.

When you take a break from cooking, explore these 7 Kitchen Innovations to Be Thankful For.


Best-selling author, Ellyn Anne Geisel, created National Tie One on Day. She’s also the author of the book titled, The Apron Book.

BLASE’ DAY – November 25


Blase’ Day is observed annually on November 25th.

This unique observance gives us permission to be blase’ toward just about anything. 

Of French origin meaning to be indifferent or bored with life, unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures.

Unimpressed by pumpkin spice everything? It’s okay to be blase’ about it today. Heard the same pop song for the 4th time today? Be blase’. Nothing on TV tonight? Just be blase’. Bored by your friend’s team winning their 266th game in a row? Yep, you got it. Whether it’s that 20 page Christmas letter, your mom’s constant picture taking or the fifth night of leftover pizza, you can be blase’.

However, there are things we shouldn’t be blase’ about. For example:

  • Contributing to your 401k
  • Making your car payment
  • Restocking the coffee
  • Singing happy birthday with a 2-year-old
  • Being sure to Celebrate Every Day®


There are also several ways to express your blase’ feelings.  Meh.  Yawn. Tune out. Use #BlaseDay to post on social media.


Thomas & Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays created Blase’ Day.



National Parfait Day kicks off breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert just right on November 25th! This versatile dish serves up sweet or healthy in layers of goodness.

Usually served in a specially styled glass, a parfait presents ingredients in appealing layers. Fruit, yogurt, or ice cream provide the basis for transitions between nuts, chocolate, or even whipped cream. 

A French word that literally means “perfect” was originally used to describe a kind of frozen dessert beginning in 1894.

In the United States, most restaurants and ice cream shops serve parfaits in the traditional French style. They use ingredients such as parfait cream, ice cream, gelato, or pudding and layer them in a tall clear glass. To finish the parfait, a dollop of whipped cream is added or even fresh fruit or a drizzle of flavored liqueur.   

The Northern United States expanded on the parfait and began to use yogurt layered with nuts or granola or fresh fruits. Some of the fruits include but are not limited to strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or peaches. The idea spread quickly across all parts of the country, and the yogurt parfait gained popularity as a breakfast item.

When is National Chocolate Parfait Day?

Over the years, combinations changed. Now parfaits are made up of almost any dessert mixture that works well layered in a tall, clear glass. Some popular ingredients include:

  • Cake and cookie pieces
  • Pretzel and cookie pieces
  • Oatmeal, nuts, seeds
  • Gelatin, pudding, cream fillings
  • Coconut, chocolate chips

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParfaitDay

Enjoy a parfait for breakfast or dessert. Invite the kids to help you make them, too. They’re so easy to make. They can get creative and make their own flavors. Set up a parfait bar. Invite friends to join you. That’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! Try these recipes below and share your favorites.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits
Fresh Orange Cream Parfaits
Tropical Tapioca Parfaits

Use #NationalParfaitDay to post on social media.


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


On the day before gathering around the turkey, gather around the nearest jukebox to celebrate National Jukebox Day! As Americans flock to their hometowns for Thanksgiving, many will head out to neighborhood bars and restaurants. They’ll catch up with friends and family and celebrate by playing great songs on their local jukebox.

The name jukebox is thought to originate from places called ‘juke houses’ or ‘jook joints.’ In the early 1900s, people congregated in these establishments to drink and listen to music. In 1889, Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold invented the first coin-operated player in San Francisco. They were both managers of the Pacific Phonograph Co. Formally known as the nickel-in-the-slot machine, the player included a coin operation feature on an Edison phonograph. However, it played a limited selection of songs without any amplification.

Throughout history, the jukebox continued to evolve with the times. When recording artists first crooned into microphones and cut records into vinyl, an aspiring inventor in a Chicago music store worked nights to build a box that would play both sides of the record. While the Blue Grass Boys played to sold-out audiences in the Grand Ole Opry, guys and gals danced the night away by playing their song over and over again on the jukebox at a local pub. With the advancement of technology, today’s jukebox is more versatile than ever before. Touchscreen interfaces respond to the swipe of a finger (or can even be controlled by a mobile app). A vast virtual library of songs includes back catalog jukebox heroes alongside top artists of today.

Throughout each era – from big band and jazz, country and blues to rock & roll, acoustic and electric and everything in between— the jukebox has played it all.


1889: The first coin-operated player was invented in San Francisco by Louis Glass and his partner William S. Arnold.

1905: The “Automatic Entertainer” was introduced by John Gabel and included 24 song selections.

The 1930s were considered the start of “The Golden Era” for jukeboxes as manufacturers including Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., The J. P. Seeburg Corp., The Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. and Automatic Musical Instrument Co., competed to produce them for diners, saloons and other entertainment locations.

1946 ushered in “The Silver Age” for jukeboxes as market demand for the newest and greatest technology soared. Fashionable and sleek, jukeboxes weren’t just music players, they were centerpieces often flamboyant with color and chrome. Neon and sci-fi became a tremendous influence on style as well.

Modern Era

The 1960s was the start of a new modern age for jukeboxes. Designs of coin-operated models went through radical changes, not only because of the availability of new materials, such as plastic but also because of the need to accommodate customer demand for more song selection.

In 1989, compact-disc mechanisms replaced the older record style players as newer technology became affordable and rapidly implemented among the general population. Jukeboxes started to become more of a novelty than a necessity.

In 1998, TouchTunes introduced the next major innovation for the industry with the launch of the first digital networked music jukebox. For the first time, customers could search and browse from a library with 750 digital songs.

In 2010, TouchTunes released the first-ever social jukebox mobile app on iOS and Android. The app allows users to find nearby jukebox locations, create playlists, and queue up songs on the jukebox directly from their phone.

In 2011, TouchTunes once again revolutionized in-venue entertainment with the launch of Virtuo, a multi-application platform designed to appeal a tech-savvy audience. Users could choose from hundreds of thousands of songs available.

In 2014, TouchTunes introduced the next wave of innovation with Playdium,  a smarter jukebox that dynamically updates the user experience to showcase the music most relevant to each location.

In 2016, TouchTunes revamped the mobile app experience to allow music fans to be the DJ like never before. The advanced app offers an intuitive music-first design and improved usability to better control the jukebox.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalJukeboxDay

Hashtag it: Use the #NationalJukeboxDay hashtag on social media.

Be the DJ: Help curate the official National Jukebox Day Playlist with your personal jukebox anthems. Post song recommendations at

Play Another Song on the Jukebox Baby: When you are out on National Jukebox Day, queue up your favorite songs and let friends know how much you love that jukebox! To find nearby jukebox locations, download the TouchTunes app.

Share Your Jukebox Love: Follow TouchTunes on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest jukebox news and access fun social media images to share at


The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest bar night of the year as families and friends gather to reconnect over drinks and load up the jukebox with their favorite songs. Coincidentally, the inaugural celebration of National Jukebox Day lands on November 23, the anniversary of the date the first coin-operated phonograph was installed by Louis Glass in the Palais Royal Saloon bar in San Francisco back in 1889.

TouchTunes founded National Jukebox Day to celebrate the iconic jukebox and the powerful memories it evokes in people. TouchTunes, the largest interactive music and entertainment network in over 65,000 bars and restaurants nationwide and the Registrar at National Day Calendar® have officially declared the day before Thanksgiving to be National Jukebox Day.

National Play Day With Dad - November 25th


On November 25th, National Play Day With Dad encourages fathers to spend the day focused on fun with their kids. It’s a day designed for bonding and memories.

A dad play day allows the children of fathers a focused time to bond. For busy dads, the observance provides an opportunity to get to know one another better. Some dads may choose to make positive memories. Others may want to schedule time to take pictures and capture those new memories as keepsakes. The day also gives men a chance to become the real heroes every child and community needs.

Fatherhood is a grand experience. It even leads to great dad experiences. Investing in our children and their memories and adventures teaches them more than just how much we care. It provides them with a foundation they rely upon for a lifetime. They will continue to grow and build upon those gifts we give them. And someday, we will enjoy the rewards of their happiness and success. Sometimes, that includes the love they share with their children of the next generation.


Dads, set the day aside. Clear your schedules and focus on your children.

Find out what interests your off-spring and pledge to join the fun.

  • Find out what interests your off-spring and pledge to join the fun.
  • Play arcade games together.
  • Love, hug, smile, dance with your children.
  • Have a photo-shoot with your family.
  • Play a ball game together.
  • Watch your child compete in something.
  • Join your off-spring (adult children) while they are working on a project (at work).
  • Tell your child stories about your father, and share your family history.
  • Ask your child – How can I be a better father?
  • Promote positive fatherhood.
  • Read a book to your children.

Share with us how you’re spending the day using #PlayDayWithDad socially. And share pictures of your dad, and tell Share Our Style Foundation about him. Like, Share, Comment your support socially to illustrate positive images of fatherhood.


Share Our Style Foundation National Play Day With Dad in 2019 to remind fathers that their most important role in life will be to be a hero to their children. Every other role falls to the wayside when children come into our lives. Being a good parent stands out more than anything ever will. When we ace that job, we make the whole world better. Join Share Our Style Foundation in their mission for excellence in parenting.

In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Play Day With Dad to be observed on November 25th, annually.



Shopping Reminder Day kicks off an unofficial countdown of sorts. Whether you’re finishing up or just getting started, holiday shopping is a task that either stresses people or excites them.

For those who look forward to holiday shopping, the idea of finding the perfect gift for someone they love tickles them with energy. However, others like the thrill of the hunt for deals. Still, others just love the energy of giving during the holidays. 

On the flip side, those who dread holiday shopping dread the crowds and traffic. Budget constraints and the commercialism drive them indoors. 

Somewhere there must be a balance for all of us. We select the gifts with meaning and fulfill the expectations while keeping those who need the most in mind during this holiday season.

If you have holiday shopping to complete, this day is here to remind you there are only so many days left.  

  • There are 30 days until Christmas.
  • There are 31 days until the start of Kwanzaa.
  • There are 15 days until the start of Hanukkah.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ShoppingReminderDay

Use the reminder to complete what you can. Select the best shopping method for you. We even have a few tips for you to use.

  • Make a list of who you have left to shop for. Be sure to mark them off your list when you’ve finished, otherwise, you’re likely to end up with two gifts. 
  • Be sure to communicate. Many families draw names. Not only does this save money for each family, but the gift-giving takes on a special quality. 
  • Make sure you’re staying within the dollar limit. If your mother sets a $30 limit, don’t go over that limit to outshine an in-law. That’s not what the holidays are about. 
  • While shopping the big box stores online may seem to save you a few dollars, nothing beats the quality of a local craftsperson. Besides, if there is something wrong with the product, you do know who you can speak with to get it fixed. 
  • Many local businesses offer gift cards. If you can’t find the perfect item now or the right item is out of stock, you can give a gift card for a later purchase. 

If you have tips, use #ShoppingReminderDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this string on the finger holiday.

On Deck for November 26, 2020

National Days

Recipe of the Day

Roasted Garlic

Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  30 minutes
Total Prep: 35 minutes


1-2 mediums heads of garlic
1-2 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Slice the top quarter inch off of each head of garlic.

Place each head in foil and drizzle with olive oil.

Wrap the garlic up, place on a baking pan.

Roast for about 30 minutes.

Roasted garlic will spread like butter on bread. It also add wonderful flavor to mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or steamed vegetables. Mix it into mayo or use it as a base for a homemade pizza.

November 25th History


Henri Nestlé registered the Nestlé trademark for condensed milk.


The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted International Cellucotton Products Company the trademark for Kleenex. It’s interesting to note, that unlike Nestlé, the brand name Kleenex became universally used for the type of product Kleenex was – a tissue. The use of such eponyms often happens when a product becomes a household name. For example, we Xerox to make copies, even if we’re not using a Xerox machine. In the winter, we coat our lips with Chapstick but the brand of lip balm we’re really using might be something else. And if you’re Googling an eponym right now, what search engine are you using? Oh, and chocolate isn’t a brand name of any kind and Nestlé never replaced it.


Robert S. Ledley Received patent No. 3,922,552 for what became known as the Automatic Computerized Transverse Axial or first Whole-Body Computerized Tomography Scanner.


The comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles premiered in U.S. theaters. Written and directed by John Hughes, the holiday film follows two unlikely companions as they travel home for the holidays.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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Our Ambassador Program is another way #CelebrateEveryDay®! Whether you become an ambassador or follow one of the savvy ambassadors, their fun videos and posts will keep you prepared for every holiday.

November 25th Birthdays

Andrew Carnegie – 1935

The steel industry made him a millionaire in the late 19th century. Then Carnegie turned his interests toward philanthropy, developing libraries, advancing education and supporting his cause for peace.

Karl Benz – 1844

In 1885 after many setbacks, Benz succeeded in building the world’s first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine.

Carrie Nation – 1846

The radical temperance activist became notorious for attacking bars and taverns, often wreaking havoc with her hatchet on her mission to end alcohol use.

Sybil Stockdale – 1924

The wife of POW Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, Sybil fought for better treatment of POWs.

John F. Kennedy Jr. – 1960

The son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy founded the magazine, George. Kennedy died in a plane accident in 1999 and the magazine folded two years later.

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