TICK TOCK DAY
Tick Tock Day, observed annually on December 29th, reminds us to complete any unfinished business that might need addressing before the end of the year.
As the end of the year approaches, many items call for our attention. Unfinished business usually needs to be wrapped up before the end of the calendar year. Things like larger business purchases and charitable donations for the tax year may need to be transacted before December 31st.
Another thing to consider is your medical plan. Does your deductible start over? Do you have a Flexible Savings Account with funds to use? Some employers offer annual benefits that will be lost if they aren’t used by the end of the year. Time is running out.
Tick Tock Day may also be a day to look at personal goals. Did you finish reading that book? Bucket lists call our names. Where do we want to travel? We may still need to explore some exotic foods, too. Maybe your goals are grander or simpler. Whatever they are, tick-tock.
HOW TO OBSERVE TICK TOCK DAY
The clock is ticking. The count down has begun. Check your list. Get that unfinished business completed. Share your tips for checking off unfinished business. If you’re not sure what needs to be completed consider these timely items:
- Check the tags on your car.
- Schedule a routine physical exam.
- Change the filter on your furnace.
- Update your virus protection on your computer.
- Did you miss your last wedding anniversary?
- Order a National Day Calendar!
- Plan your vacation.
- Wind your clocks.
- Complete a honey-do list.
No matter how chose to wrap up unfinished business, be sure to use #TickTockDay to post on social media.
TICK TOCK DAY HISTORY
Thomas and Ruth Roy at Wellcat.com created Tick Tock Day.
Tick Tock FAQ
Q. What does onomatopoeia mean?
A. Onomatopoeia is a word that forms the sound associated with it. Tick tock is an onomatopoeia describing the sound of a clock.
Q. What do other languages call the sound of a clock?
A. In many languages, including French, Spanish and Italian, they use the phrase “tic-tac” for the sound of a clock.
Q. What is the world’s largest clock?
A. The Makkah Clock Royal Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is home to the world’s largest clock face. It is part of a series of seven hotel skyscrapers called Abraj Al-Bait. It measures 43 meters in diameter or 141.076 feet.
December 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Retired sea captain Thomas Valentine Sullivan establishes the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Boston, MA. He modeled the organization after the YMCA created by George Williams of London, England. Sullivan opened the Boston YMCA in the Old South Church, where volunteers coordinated its operation.
The 7th U.S. Cavalry kills between 150-300 Lakota Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
The ragtime tune “The Entertainer” by the classically trained musician Scott Joplin is registered with the U.S. copyright office. He also registered two other songs: “A Breeze from Alabama” and “Elite Syncopations.”
Sonotone began selling the first hearing aid with a transistor.
December 29th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Charles Goodyear – 1800
On June 15, 1844, the U.S. Patent Office issued patent No. 3633 to Goodyear for his process for vulcanized rubber. The chemist spent years of experimentation studying rubber until Goodyear developed a rubber that withstood the elements.
Andrew Johnson – 1808
Johnson served as President Abraham Lincoln’s second Vice President. Following the President’s assassination, the southern Democrat from Tennessee swore the oath of office and became the 17th President of the United States. Even though his home state had seceded, Johnson remained in Washington and loyal to the Union. However, during his term as president, tensions over reconstruction grew. Following Johnson’s veto of the Tenure of Office Act, Congress brought articles of impeachment against Johnson. He was the first U.S. president to be impeached.
Annie Alexander – 1867
In 1908, the explorer, naturalist, and paleontological collector founded the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.
William “Billy” Mitchell – 1879
Mitchell’s military experience in the Army Signal Corps led to numerous achievements. While the aviator is considered the “Father of the United States Air Force,” Mitchell’s forthright opinions earned him a career-ending court-martial before he ever saw the fulfillment of a separate Air Force.
Mary Tyler Moore – 1936
The American actress is best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Ted Danson – 1947
Some of the actor’s most notable roles include Sam Malone in Cheers, Jack Holden in Three Men and A Baby, and Michael in The Good Place.