Here’s part 2 of our analysis of the special holidays in October. These are all valid holidays (as far as I can tell — at least I can say that I didn’t make them up).
First, let’s look at the week-long celebrations. Week 1 is Get Organized Week. Oh, whoops, I missed that one already! (I reckon I wasn’t organized enough to get this posted in time.) Week 2 is Pet Peeve Week. One of my pet peeves is stupid people, so I’m going to fast from stupid people this week. 🙂
Now we’ll look at the single-day holidays in October, with some custom narration and analysis that you won’t find anywhere else :
- 1 Homemade Cookies Day — It’s already past this one now, but it should still be observed. Better late than never. Besides, it’s Cookie Month, so you should be celebrating cookies all month anyway.
- 2 Name Your Car Day — I could name my truck Budro, but it already has a name : Rolling Thunder. What would you name your vehicle?
- 5 Do Something Nice Day — That’s a good idea. It’s too bad I didn’t get this posted in time to observe this one. Maybe next year…
- 6 Come and Take it Day — This is interesting-sounding, but you won’t be able to take any of my stuff, so don’t even try!
- 6 Mad Hatter Day — This is a day to be silly and celebrate silliness. It’s based on a character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The date 10/6 was chosen because the inside of The Mad Hatter’s top hat it says “10/6”. So be silly this day. (And this blog is a great place for that!)
- 8 American Touch Tag Day — Tag, you’re it!
- 8 Indigenous People’s Day — Hey, that’s me! I’m an indigenous people! (Really, my family has lived in this area of the country for generations.) So we get to celebrate me today!
- 9 Moldy Cheese Day — This is an actual holiday, but I don’t know why. I’m not eating moldy cheese! Although, if you think about it, mold is part of some cheeses, like blue cheese — the blue parts are mold. I prefer non-moldy types, like American, Cheddar, Mozzarella, etc. Mmm… cheese…
- 10 National Angel Food Cake Day — This is more like it. Someone should bake an angel food cake and bring it by the Buffet o’ Blog office.
- 11 It’s My Party Day — If you need an excuse to host a party, here ya go. The baseball playoffs are underway now, which is also a great occasion to host a party. And it’s a good idea to provide food, like pizza and/or cheese dip.
- 11 Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day — I read about this on a website that was giving advice on these holidays, and it said, “We think you know how to celebrate this day. Dress him up for the big event. Plan for a big day. Take your Teddy Bear on a tour of the workplace. Bring Teddy to lunch in the work cafeteria. If your boss allows it, let Teddy do a work-related project.” Hmm… That’s not what I was thinking about, but whatever floats your boat. Just know that some people might not think it’s all cute for you to be carrying your teddy bear around work with you. Some people just wouldn’t understand. I think a better use of this holiday would be to work from home, then you could show your teddy bear what kind of work you do, from the privacy of your own home.
- 14 National Dessert Day — What you should do on this day is obvious. As one website put it, “take an extra helping, or two”. Sounds good to me!
- 16 Dictionary Day — This is in honor of Noah Webster, who was born on this day in 1758. He started writing his dictionary at age 43, and it took him 27 years to finish it. (If he had just put less words in it, it wouldn’t have taken so long.) I’m not recommending you read a dictionary this day, because that’s just nonsense. But I do advocate learning a new “big word” that you can add to your vocabulary. I’ll recommend a few for you : duplicitous, logorrhea, erudition, chicanery, purveyor, debacle (this one comes in handy a lot), fatuous, elucidate, inscrutable, bloviate, juxtapose.
- 27 National Tell a Story Day — This can be from a book or from memory, or you can just make it up as you go. Perhaps on that day we should put special emphasis on our original stories (that everyone is invited to participate in), in the free-for-all-stories category.
- 30 National Candy Corn Day — Ah, what a wonderful treat! Little pieces of candy, made mostly of honey and sugar. One word of warning, though — I’ve seen with my own eyes what can happen if you eat excessive amounts of these just before bedtime. One of my college roommates did this (and drank cream soda with it), and he went to bed while the rest of us were watching TV in the other room. We kept hearing noises that sounded like Cornholio, and it was because that guy couldn’t sleep (and couldn’t relax at all!). It was funny, for us anyway.
- 31 Carve a Pumpkin Day — No surprise here, as it’s also Halloween.
There’s the (partial) list. There’s some more obscure holidays we didn’t list, but hopefully among these you found some you could celebrate and have fun with. We should all make time for having fun, or better yet, have fun with about everything you do (when appropriate). I heard that laughing adds 8 years to your life, so be sure to laugh every day (and then we’ll all live for a long time).