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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fun Things to Celebrate in September

I feel like September can get lost in the calendar as one of those months that doesn't have anything special in it to make it stand out from the others. You know, it's not summer anymore but it's before we really start celebrating fall and all the holidays. It's just there passing days. Well, if you'd like this September to stand out here are some things you can celebrate:

  • 1st - Chicken Boy’s Birthday – Chicken Boy is a 22 foot statue of a boy with a chicken’s head, holding a bucket of chicken. Formerly the mascot for the restaurant for which he is named, he was rescued from destruction when the restaurant went out of business by Future Studio of Los Angeles, a graphic design studio. Chicken Boy has since become a pop culture icon.
  • 1st – 30th – National Biscuit Month – To promote usage of biscuits in restaurants and other food service outlets. Biscuits are a classic American food, good at any time of day – morning, noon, or night. They’re great alone and make a perfect partner to all sorts of dishes.
  • 1st – 30th – National Chicken Month – Focuses food shoppers’ and restaurant customers’ attention on chicken as the most healthy, convenient, economical and versatile food available; in short, “America’s favorite.”
  • 3rd – 9th – National Waffle Week – A celebration of the wonderful, crispy breakfast orb and its contributions to American society.
  • 5th - Be Late for Something Day – To create a release from the stresses and strains resulting from a consistent need to be on time.
  • 6th – Do It! Day (AKA Fight Procrastination Day) – Feeling overwhelmed? Too many things left undone? Hard to focus? Today is your day to turn your Do Its into Did Its!
  • 7th - Google Founded: Anniversary – 1998; Sergey Brin and Larry Page incorporated the Internet search engine company Google on this date at Menlo Park, CA. Although still in beta, was receiving 10,000 queries a day at that time. Within a year, the company was doing 3 million searches a day. Before long, Google entered the pop culture zeitgeist by becoming a verb for Internet searching.
  • 8th – Bald is Beautiful – To cultivate a sense of pride for all bald-headed men everywhere and eliminate the vanity associated with the loss of one’s hair.
  • 9th – Potato Day – Celebrate the potato and all that it provides for you and your family. And how useful it is around the house!
  • 9th – Wonderful Weirdos Day – All of us are blessed with one or two wonderful weirdos in our lives. These are the folks who remind us to think outside the box, to be a little more true to ourselves. Today’s the day to thank them.
  • 13th – Fortune Cookie Day – San Francisco – birthplace of the fortune cookie – is the fortune Cookie Capital of the World. Celebrate with a cookie today!
  • 15th – International Sing-Out Day – Break out in song today like they do in the musicals. After all, it is better to break OUT than to break up. Sing out your words in conversations instead of speaking them. You can even add a few dance steps if you like.
  • 15th – Someday – You know all those things you’re going to do “someday” – lose weight, start a business, learn another language, skydive, whatever. Well, someday is here! This is the day to tackle new challenges and experience the joy of accomplishment.
  • 16th – International Eat an Apple Day – To promote the beginning of fall with its vivid color and crispness, celebrate by eating an apple, the fruit of the fall season.
  • 16th – Mayflower Day: Anniversary – 1620; Anniversary of the departure of the Mayflower from Plymouth England, with 102 passengers and a small crew. Vicious storms were encountered en route, which caused serious doubt about the wisdom of continuing, but the ship reached Provincetown, MA, November 21, and discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA.
  • 16th – Wife Appreciation Day – Husbands, show your wives how much you love and appreciate them. Communicate the difference your wife makes in your life.
  • 17th – Women’s Friendship Day – Every woman has special friends she can’t live without; those women to whom she tells everything, friends who will always listen and who know just what to say. Acknowledge the special women in their lives.
  • 19th – Talk Like a Pirate Day – A day when people everywhere can swash their buckles and add a touch of larceny to their dialogue by talking like pirates. For example, “Arr, matey, it be a fine day.” While it’s inherently a guy thing, women have been known to enjoy the day because they have to be addressed as “me beauty.” Arr!
  • 22nd – Dear Diary Day – Put it on paper. You’ll feel better. No need to be a professional writer.
  • 22nd – Elephant Appreciation Day – Celebrate the earth’s largest, most interesting and most noble endangered land animal.
  • 22nd – Hobbit Day – To Commemorate the birthdays of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins and their creator J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • 22nd - Ice Cream Cone: Anniversary – Italo Marchiony emigrated from Italy in the late 1800s and soon thereafter went into business at New York, NY, with a pushcart dispensing lemon ice. Success soon led to a small fleet of pushcarts and the inventive Marchiony was inspired to develop a cone, first made of paper, later of pastry, to hold the tasty delicacy.
  • 23rd – Fish Amnesty Day – Give animals a break by not fishing. Fish are intelligent animals who feel pain just like the dogs and cats who share our homes.
  • 23rd – National Hunting and Fishing Day – Presidential Proclamation 4682, of Sept 11 1979, covers all succeeding years. (Does anyone else think it's ironic that Fish Amnesty Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day are on the SAME day? Who's idea was that?)
  • 24th – Innergize Day – A day set aside for anyone who has said “I don’t have time to do the personal things I want to do for myself.” Today is the day to set time aside for yourself to do anything you want to do.
  • 24th – 30th – National Keep Kids Creative Week – More than ever before, kids today need encouragement to be imaginative. Their busy, task-oriented schedules in home and school give children little room for creative play. Set aside time this week to celebrate the inventive minds of kids. Encourage a child to make up a story, draw, even look for animals in cloud shapes – let their imaginations soar.
  • 25th – Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Kids – Enjoy a meal with your little ones. Studies show that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely the you are to smoke, drink or use illegal drugs.
  • 25th – National One-Hit Wonder Day – Honors the one-hit wonders of rock’n’roll. Anyone who ever had a hit single deserves eternal remembrance.
  • 30th – Pumpkin Day – Learn about the many uses and varieties of pumpkins.

That is quite a list. If I celebrated even 1/3 of those I would be busy all month. But if you're bored and looking for something to do with the kiddos this month you can always make fortune cookies or talk about the Mayflower.

Enjoy your September!

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