Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 30: Chewing Gum Day

On September 30, 1861, the chewing gum king William Wrigley Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Besides creating one of the biggest chewing gum companies (Juice Fruit, Wrigley’s Spearmint, Orbit, etc.), he’s also famous since the Chicago Cubs play on Wrigley Field.

So, pick your favorite flavor or try out a new one and start chewing! You can pass out any extras to all your friends when you wish them a happy Chewing Gum Day.

“Let them give glory to the Lord
and proclaim his praise in the islands.”

Isaiah 42:12

September 29: International Coffee Day

Mmmm. Smell that? It’s International Coffee Day, and, man, it smells delicious!

No one seems to know why September 29 was chosen as International Coffee Day, but, then again, no one seems to mind. So grab your mug, and settle in. Just remember to start celebrating early enough that you can still sleep tonight!

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Romans 12:13

September 28: Ask a Stupid Question Day

What do we celebrate on September 28?

Ask a Stupid Question Day!

The day was created by educators in the 1980s to encourage students to ask more questions in class.  Thus, we have the (rather stupid, in my opinion) catchphrase: “There are no stupid questions.”

Nevertheless, today is the day to ask whatever you want to know, no matter how many people might laugh at you.

“Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.”

Job 38: 2-3

September 27: Ancestor Appreciation Day

It’s time to call your grandparents! September 27 is Ancestor Appreciation Day.

Obviously, I suggest starting your celebration by letting your parents know how great they are for having you and thanking your grandparents for dunking you in such a great gene pool.

However, Ancestor Appreciation Day involves a much longer list of people, and today is a great day to start finding out as much as you can about them. (Here are some ideas from about.com to get you started.)

I know I’ve got plenty of both Scottish and Irish ancestors, as well as at least one Cherokee great great . . . grandmother. I also have an incredible diary kept by another 3x (or is it 4?) great grandmother as she traveled west on the Oregon trail.

And I’m rather distantly related to the Dalton Gang – some Wild West outlaws!

What’s your family story?

September 26: National Pancake Day

Pass the syrup! September 26 is National Pancake Day!

I think we all know how to celebrate this day, with a delicious stack of pancakes. If getting up early enough to actually cook breakfast is a bit intimidating (Most of my hot breakfasts are cooked within two minutes in my microwave or toaster oven!), we all know pancakes make a delicious lunch and dinner (and that’s why places like IHOP exist!).

If you’re feeling adventurous, try out a different kind of pancake. As far as I’m concerned, nothing can beat a French style crepe with Nutella – the kind that gets folded up in a paper holder where you have to lean forward to avoid dripping that
chocolatey goodness down your front. However, there are a great many other versions I haven’t tried yet, both sweet varieties with fruit and other sweet fillings and “savory” versions with bacon, ham, or even mushrooms.

For a double celebration, make your pancakes with apples and celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day too.

“Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.”

Proverbs 24: 13-14

September 25*: Yom Kippur

*Just like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is based on the Jewish calendar (the 10th day of Tishrei) and occurs on a different day each year in the Gregorian calendar. In addition, the Jewish day goes from sundown to sundown, not midnight to midnight. Thus, in 2012, Yom Kippur begins at sunset September 25 and ends the next day at the same time.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Also known as the Day of Atonement, the Torah gives instructions for its celebration in Leviticus 16.

In Ancient Israel

On this day, and this day alone, the high priest would purify the temple and enter the Holy of Holies. (This is what Zechariah was doing when the angel told him that he and Elizabeth would have a child – John the Baptist.)

Many sacrifices were made on this day in ancient Israel, but there are two that stand out. First, one goat would be sacrificed for the sins of the people. Then a second goat would be prayed over and then driven into the wilderness, taking the sins of the people with it (the original scapegoat).

In addition to many sacrifices, the Day of Atonement calls for fasting and a complete Sabbath, where the faithful do no work (unless there is a severe emergency).

For Modern Jews:

After the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, many of the old observances were no longer possible. In fact, only one type of animal sacrifice is still observed, and not everyone participates. (If you’re interested, look up Kapparot. It’s fascinating!)

Nevertheless, Yom Kippur is still celebrated with a complete Sabbath rest, fasting, prayer, and multiple synagogue services. In Israel, it’s a state holiday where all businesses are closed and even the radio and television stations stop broadcasting.

I know this is one of my longest posts ever, but I got fascinated by this. If you want more information, you might check out these sites:

Yom Kippur on Chabad.org – lots of articles on different aspects from a Jewish perspective

Yom Kippur on Hebrew4Christians.com – a very detailed explanation of both ancient and modern observances, written for those of us who didn’t grow up celebrating it and don’t recognize all the terms

“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.”

Leviticus 16:34a

September 24: Punctuation Day

September 24 is Punctuation Day. Since we all know what punctuation is, I think today is best celebrated by sharing the hilarious gaffes that sometimes result from improper use. So, without further ado, I give you punctuation errors and other grammatical mistakes:

“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.”

Proverbs 20:15

By the way, I really hope I didn’t make any punctuation mistakes in this post!

🙂

September 23: Checkers Day

September 23 is Checkers Day, aka Dogs in Politics Day. On this day in 1952, Richard Nixon made his famous Checkers speech.

At the time, Nixon was just the Republican vice presidential candidate, and in a lot of hot water over an $18,000 campaign contribution. The money was actually all proper and legal, but not everyone believed it. Then, on September 23 Nixon delivered a thirty minute television and radio speech – one of the first televised political speeches ever – and the rest is history.

At the end of an emotional speech laying out his financial situation and trying to show his family as a normal, everyday household, he told everyone there was one gift they had received which they weren’t giving up: Checkers, a black and white cocker spaniel.

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.”

Psalm 145:21

September 22: Hobbit Day

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit upset because I just found out that today, September 22 is the last day of Tolkien Week*! I’m going to have to do something extra special to make up for missing the rest of it, even though I did have fun on Tolkien Reading Day in March.

This is Hobbit Day because both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins have their birthday on September 22. (Actually, diehards debate this, since the date is given in the Shire  calendar, and is difficult to convert into ours.) The Fellowship of the Ring begins with a large celebration for Bilbo’s 111th birthday.

There are many ways to celebrate Hobbit Day. Besides reading (or watching) one of Tolkien’s great stories with hobbits, you can also wander around barefoot (and the hairier your feet, the better!). You can also throw your own Hobbit Day party, with plenty of music, food and games like Bilbo’s birthday party. Fireworks may be a bit difficult to pick up at the last minute, but they’d definitely fit in!

For more Hobbit Day party ideas, check out Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” facebook page.

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do.”

 Ecclesiastes 9:7

*Tolkien Week, according to the American Tolkien Society is held every year on the calendar week (Sunday to Saturday) containing September 22, Hobbit Day.

September 21: Miniature Golf Day

I recognize that September 21 is Miniature Golf Day, but . . . who says that? Mini golf, sure, and putt-putt, of course. (Although, I just found out that Putt-Putt is a registered trademark of Putt-Putt Fun Center, and is a more specific word than mini golf. It seems I’ve been using it wrong all my life!)

Anyway, whatever term you use, today is the day to go whack a ball with a stick (but not a baseball!). One of my favorites near us has a huge pirate theme, with all sorts of stuff about Blackbeard and Calico Jack. I hope they have special prices to celebrate the day!

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.”

Psalm 28:7