Keeping the Cold Winter Days Warm and Interesting: National Day Calendar Challenge
February 2: National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
February 4: National Football Hangover Day
February 17: National Random Acts of Kindness Day
Ever had to stretch to find something fun, fresh, and inexpensive to do with your date/spouse/family/friends? We have a challenge for you!
Thanks to modern marketing and technology, the number of “National Days” has proliferated from a few holidays a year, to multiple “Days” every day of the calendar year (including, occasionally, February 29th).
This upcoming March 1st is:
- National Dadgum That’s Good Day
- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
- National Fruit Compote Day
- National Horse Protection Day
- National Pig Day
- National Minnesota Day
- National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
- National Day of Unplugging
- National Employee Appreciation Day
- National Salesperson Day
- National Dress in Blue Day
- National Speech & Debate Education Day
Some of these National Days are easy to manage (for example, if you don’t have a blue shirt, Otero’s got you covered), but if you try to pick at least one National Day to celebrate every day, you can actually find that the challenge is at once educational, entertaining, and great for building relationships.
How does one celebrate “National Worship of Tools Day” (March 11), for example? You get to decide!
Build something complicated?
Buy something expensive?
Rearrange the workshop?
Since most of these holidays are relatively new, there’s lots of room for personal interpretation. And if you’re not super into that holiday theme (or if you’re likely to wind up in the ER trying), you can pick the more educational “National Johnny Appleseed Day,” the yummy “National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day,” or the more obscure “National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day” (also March 11), instead.
And while we can’t promise that your employer will honor your dedicated observance of “National Napping Day” (still March 11), odds are that you can sneak one into your calendar somewhere.
Taking up the challenge of National Days works best as a group, and you can alternate picking which Day(s) you’re planning to observe on any given day. As long as you don’t start on National Procrastination Week (observed during the first two weeks in March, or whenever it’s convenient), you should have a lot of fun.
But wait, there’s more!
If go through the daily list and can’t find an observance for the day that amuses you, you’ve got other options. There are National Months of Observance, International Days, and National Weeks to play with.
Bonus—the more that you get into obscure holidays, the more that you’ll improve your knowledge of random trivia and your roster of genuinely original conversation starters. Inquiring minds want to know:
Does anyone show up to celebrate National Introverts Week? (Third Full Week in March)
Can you really manage an entire International Talk Like a Pirate Day? (September 19)
What the heck is National Scrapple Day? (November 9)
Synchronize your calendars and go find out!
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