NATIONAL FAMILY DAY
On the fourth Monday in September, National Family Day encourages everyone to gather around the table and enjoy a meal together.
The old saying goes, “Families who eat together, stay together,” but did you know they may also be reducing the risk of addiction? According to the National Center on Addiction, families who eat three or more meals a week together reduce a teen’s risk of using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
That’s a fantastic outcome on its own. Family bonding is just a bonus. However, there are more benefits. For example, families who eat together also learn healthy eating habits, eat smaller portions, and are less likely to stress about food.
And back to the bonding – when parents engage with their children over a meal, their relationships are better. They learn responsibility while helping to prepare the meal and cleaning up. Children feel like they are a part of a unit, a team. They connect with the people who mean the most to them and who know them the best. Parents become and remain the people they turn to when the significant problems crop up.
Look forward to conversations about grades, dating, borrowing the car, and moving away. Don’t forget the debates about politics. Our children won’t always agree with us – and that’s ok. Why? Because we raise them to be independent thinkers and to express themselves effectively. These conversations start at a dinner table. They shouldn’t begin when our children’s world turns upside down.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFamilyDay
Have a meal with your family. It doesn’t have to be fancy. But it does have to include food and your family. Gather everyone and set the table. Talk to each other. Find out about everyone’s day. Then, commit to having another meal together before the week is out. Take a family photo and share it using #NationalFamilyDay.
NATIONAL FAMILY DAY HISTORY
The National Center on Addiction declared National Family Day in 2001 as a way to combat substance abuse among teens. Their research showed that teens who ate meals with their families were less likely to fall into substance abuse. They also tend to do better in school and eat healthier.
NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY
National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th creates an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better. This day acknowledges and celebrates the importance of a good neighbor.
It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand, and are there for advice when asked. Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes, and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GoodNeighborDay
Being a good neighbor isn’t all that difficult. Starting with kindness is always the first step.
- Offer a kind word. Even a small compliment goes a long way to creating a bond or breaking down barriers.
- Bring extra bounty from your garden or baked goods.
- Invite them to join an informal celebration in your home.
- Introduce them to your pets or offer a gardening tip.
- Ask who they recommend for a service such as taxes, painting, or car care. You will earn their respect, especially if the question is something they have first-hand experience with.
Use #GoodNeighborDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY HISTORY
In the early 1970s, Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana created National Good Neighbor Day. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601:
“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
The date changed in 2003 from the fourth Sunday in September to an annual observance on September 28th.
NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY
National Drink Beer Day toasts that malty elixir on September 28th, annually. Just as the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, the day reminds us to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.
Beer lovers have more selection than ever before in the ale and lager market. An explosion in the craft beer industry keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors seasonally. Beer connoisseurs quench their thirst with flavors drastically different from their grandfather’s beers. Rootbeer to raspberry, caramel, and hints of herbs all tickle the palate when it comes to artisanal beers.
When is National Beer Day?
However, you don’t have to drink a special brew to celebrate the day. Drink your favorite stand by or branch out – whichever you prefer. Around the country, and from around the world, a wide assortment of beers offers plenty of ways to celebrate. Whether you call your mug full of brew a barley pop or cerveza, the day is worth celebrating.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DrinkBeerDay
The best way to celebrate is by enjoying a glass of beer. As always, celebrations are better when surrounded by others who celebrate with you. So, invite friends, family, coworkers, too. Join them at a local pub or tavern. Or invite them to your home.
Another way to celebrate includes recognizing your servers, bartenders and brewers. Celebrate them with a toast as you take your first frothy sip.
No matter how you #CelebrateEveryDay, drink responsibly and use #DrinkBeerDay when posting on social media.
NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this delicious beverage holiday, it’s interesting to note it lands on the birth of Arthur Guinness, the founder of Guinness Brewery. However, if you’re looking for more ways to celebrate, we have you covered.
- New Beer’s Eve
- American Craft Beer Week
- National IPA Day
- National Lager Day
- International Beer Day
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
Each year on September 28 strawberry lovers get to enjoy their favorite fruit in the form of pie on National Strawberry Cream Pie Day.
Even though strawberries are out of season, the grocers always make sure to stock up on frozen and canned so we can make pies. How else do we keep making fruit pies all year long? Those of us who planned ahead preserved strawberries just for this occasion. And of course, some fresh are still available here and there.
When is National Apple Pie Day?
Strawberry cream pie can be made in many different ways. Some recipes use a custard or pudding base with strawberries either folded in or on top. Others are made with cream cheese or whipped cream. Whichever you prefer, the strawberry cream pie is a delicious treat.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StrawberryCreamPieDay
Invite friends and family for a taste of sweetness. Sharing a delicious recipe is truly the only way to celebrate its goodness. And, it’s the only way to #CelebrateEveryDay, too! The more the merrier. Pick up a strawberry cream pie from your favorite bakery. Be sure to give them a shout out, too. That’s how you include them in the celebration! Or, bake your favorite recipe at home. Give these sweet ones a try:
Use #StrawberryCreamPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet pie holiday.
In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them.
There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL NORTH CAROLINA DAY
As we near the end of the original 13 colonies, National North Carolina Day recognizes the 12th state to join the Union.
They were the first state to vote for independence from the British at the first Continental Congress. Before the Civil War, North Carolina resisted secession from the Union. As a whole, the state was vehemently against dividing the nation even after other states had signed agreements to secede. Eventually, public opinion changed and the state was swayed to join the Confederacy.
The state is filled with beauty from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Cape Fear and up to Kitty Hawk. Along with the beauty, you will find mystery buried in history and nature. Explore the sites of the first powered flight, the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists and with them the first English child born in the New World.
North Carolina is also home to the 82nd Airborne, blue fireflies, and the lavish Biltmore Estate. Studios find the state ideal for filming on location, so don’t be surprised if you recognize places from TV shows or films you have seen. And don’t forget, both the Carolinas are home to NASCAR.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NorthCarolinaDay
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate North Carolina’s mysteries and history. Explore all the epic vistas and ocean views. There is an adventure in every corner! Use #NorthCarolinaDay to share on social media.
September 28 History
After developing a safety razor, inventor King Camp Gillette along with William Emery Nickerson founded the American Safety Razor Company.
A group of aviators with the U.S. Army Air Service circumnavigates the globe by air for the first time.
When Alexander Fleming examines the Petri dishes of bacteria in his lab, he discovers a mold growing in one of them that had killed off the bacteria. The discovery would lead to the world’s first antibiotic, penicillin.
Making drinking from a straw more flexible, Joseph Bernard Friedman receives a patent for a drinking tube. Patent No. 2094268A describes a flexible drinking straw that bends without reducing the diameter of the straw.
Marvin Gaye receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of those present for the ceremony include Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Natalie Cole.
Marina Bay Street Circuit hosts the first-ever Formula One night race. Fernando Alonso won the race.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total Prep: 40 minutes
6 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar + 3 tablespoons
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
16 ounces whipped cream
Placed sliced strawberries in a bowl with 1/2 cup of sugar.
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until dough forms small pea-sized pieces. Add milk, cream, and vanilla. Stir until just blended.
Heat oven to 425°F. Drop large spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until the shortcakes are golden brown.
Let cool slightly. Place each shortcake onto a serving plate. Slice the top off of each shortcake, dividing the cake in half. Place spoonfuls of strawberries on the bottom layer and top with whipped cream. Add the second layer of shortcake and top with remaining strawberries. Add a final dollop of whipped cream and serve.
September 28 Birthdays
Arthur Guinness – 1725
The brewer founded the Guinness Brewery 1759 in Dublin, Ireland.
Frances Willard – 1839
The educator and reformer founded the World Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1883. She would be the organization’s national president from 1879 to 1898.
Kate Douglas Wiggin – 1856
In 1903, the educator and author published her novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. While the novel became the author’s best-known work, she also published numerous other works of children’s literature. Some of them include the short story collection The Arabian Nights and New Chronicles of Rebecca.
Elizabeth Anderson – 1865
After being denied entry to medical school in Britain, she pursued her education in France. In 1870, Garrett obtained her medical degree – the first woman in France to do so and also the first British woman to earn a medical degree. She would later co-found the London School of Medicine for Women.
William S. Paley – 1901
When Isaac and Leon Levy purchased Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System, Paley was named president of the network. The company was renamed Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
Seymour Cray – 1925
In 1972, the electrical engineer found Cray Research, building high-speed supercomputers.
Ben E. King – 1938
Before going solo, King sang with the group Five Crowns and later the Drifters. He’s best known for his solo hit, “Stand By Me.”
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