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Two Days Left of Celebrations in December! ~~ Dec 30

Yeah, not much  of a title I know. I was going with another one, but thought it would have been too misleading, so went with boring instead. Oh well. I’m tired as I have been running around town like crazy today. I wanted to get everything done that I needed to do so I can bunker down inside and let the crazies have the roads for the next couple of days. 

So now I’m tired and I just ate, so I want a nap. hahaha! As I never take naps that would be a new thing. I just don’t want to get in the habit of taking naps, I have way too much to do to sleep. As I’m running late all ready, I’ll bypass the rest of the small talk and get right to the celebrations of the day!

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Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Day ~~ Wow, what a mouthful! A festival? Really? New Year’s Day is just two days away. Do you have your resolutions ready? If not, then the Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute could be the perfect holiday. How many years have we made our New Year’s resolutions on the spot during the heat of the New Year’s Eve moment while under the spell of the bubbly? Or, the next morning while recovering from its spell? This is the holiday that encourages us to plan ahead. To review the past year(s) unrushed with a clear mind to think about the life changes we’d like to make with the clean start of the coming year.

It’s curious that this holiday refers to itself as a festival. Does this imply that we should invite a few friends and family to help us in our brainstorming of the enormous changes that we should make? Might be a little too much honesty going on for that to work out well. Perhaps, the festival meaning is that many of us will be simultaneously performing this activity on our own. I think I’ll go with the latter interpretation.

Falling Needles Family Fest Day ~~ This one was created by Now that the Yuletide tree’s been up for weeks and hasn’t been watered since a couple of days before Christmas, gather the gang around and watch the needles gently fall one by one. Live it up! Dance barefoot. 

Now I’m not sure about the dancing barefoot part. Have you ever stepped on a dead pine needle! They don’t call them ‘needles’ for nothing! How about instead the family dances that dead tree right out the door and to a recycling center? Sounds better don’t it? Oh and don’t forget your shoes!

No Interruptions Day ~~ Hang up your “Do Not Disturb” sign on No Interruptions Day. Minimize distractions at work by letting calls go to voice mail, taking breaks from your email and turning your phone on vibrate, ignoring the constant stream of texts. Finish your work projects, cross that last item off your to do list and leave the office with a sense of accomplishment.

At home you can silence and shut down all devices that interrupt you so you can devote yourselves to your families or to yourselves. This is a day for quiet and/or focus. It is a day to renew your energies to prepare yourselves for the new calendar year ahead.

Well I all ready screwed this one up! Oh well, I’ll remember it for next year.

Bacon Day ~~ This day should not be confused with International Bacon Day which is held in the US the Saturday before Labor Day. This day is to celebrate bacon in all its fried, crispy glory.  Eating pork that’s been cured, smoked and salted dates back to ancient times according to Food Timeline (and we’re all still here!). Unless it’s against your religious or ethical beliefs, indulging in a few slices of bacon on a rare occasion isn’t the end of the world.

If you didn’t have enough ideas on how to use bacon, here’s 7 more for you. ( 7 ways to enjoy bacon)

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day ~~Today is the day we celebrate baking soda, or bicarbonate of soda (same thing). Sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda) is used in baking, cooking, de-odorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.

(Via Wikipedia) The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of Natron, a mixture consisting mostly of sodium carbonate decahydrate, and sodium bicarbonate. The natron was used as a cleansing agent like soap. In 1791, a French chemist, Nicolas Leblanc, produced sodium carbonate, also known as soda ash. In 1846, two New York bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, established the first factory to develop baking soda from sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide. This compound, referred to as saleratus, is mentioned in the famous novel Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling as being used extensively in the 1800s in commercial fishing to prevent freshly caught fish from spoiling.

On this link I found a place that tells you 75 ways of using baking soda, I think some of them will surprise you! 


That’s all for today folks, come back tomorrow for the final day of December celebrations!