Today’s holiday was created in 2005 by “family and pet lifestyle expert” Colleen Paige to encourage people to adopt a mixed breed dog from a shelter. National Mutt Day on December 2 should not be confused with Mutt’s Day on July 31 (but I’m certain it will be).
If you can’t adopt a dog today, don’t worry. The National Mutt Day website recommends donating time or money to your local animal shelter, taking a mutt for a walk, etc. Have fun!
“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.”
There are actually two dates that share the title of Rosa Parks Day. The first is February 4, the birthday of the Alabama seamstress who became a civil rights icon. The second is December 1, the day she refused to give up her seat.
Rosa Parks was not the first person to resist the Jim Crow laws, but her arrest sparked a year long bus boycott in many major cities, which only ended when the buses were desegregated according to the 1956 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. This page on the History Channel’s website has loads of information about Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the civil rights movement in general.
There are plenty of places throughout the country where you can learn about these things as well. Personally, I think the best way to learn about it is to talk to someone who remembers.
However, if you’re near Detroit, you can also have a lot of fun at The Henry Ford, where you can listen to an interview of Rosa Parks while sitting in the bus where it all started. It’s an expensive museum, but, if you’ve got the time, it’s worth it.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
November 30 is National Mousse Day, and, just to clear up any confusion, this day is for the pudding-like dessert, made fluffy with egg whites or whipped cream. If you’re digging out your hair products, take a breather (ditto, if you were looking for a small mouse or a large moose!).
The most popular mousse flavors are chocolate, coffee, and different fruits, but I found out something new today. Apparently, there are some recipes for non-dessert mousse – made with pureed fish, foie gras, vegetables, or other “savory” ingredients. You can call me boring, but I think I’ll be sticking to my plain old chocolate. I just can’t quite picture seafood mousse!
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Do-si-do! Now, promenade! November 29 is Square Dance Day, so break out your wide skirts, bolo ties, boots, or whatever style of clothing you want, and grab your partner!
There doesn’t appear to be any real definition of square dancing. In general, a square dance is formed by four couples who start the dance in a roughly square shape, all facing each other, but there’s plenty of variety within square dancing.
Although Modern Western square dance is probably the most popular type in the United States, there are a great many other versions throughout the world, such as Appalachian style old time square dance or the English Country Dance. The great thing about square dancing is that anyone can do it, because each step is announced by the caller.
“You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”
I love French toast. Waffles are good, pancakes are better, but French toast is delicious.
November 28 is French Toast Day, but don’t worry if you didn’t get up and make any this morning. After all, this 2012 November 28 falls on a Wednesday, and leisurely breakfasts don’t often work out during the work week. Thankfully, there’s no reason to limit breakfast foods to breakfast times, and if you add a little eggs and sausage or bacon for the protein, French toast can be a pretty good meal.
Most local diners serve French toast all day, as do some of the big chains like IHOP and Denny’s, so you don’t have to cook it up yourself if you don’t want to. If you do, there are (roughly speaking) a bajillion variations, but here’s my personal favorite:
Easy Peanut Butter French Toast Sandwiches
- Beat together an egg (about one per sandwich) and some milk in a shallow bowl or pie pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon. My husband likes to add in some vanilla flavoring, but I tend to think that’s a bit (dare I say it?) overkill, since you’re going to be adding peanut butter and syrup later.
- Spread peanut on a piece of bread (old, stale, or frozen bread is just fine, as long as it’s not moldy) and top with a second piece of bread to make your sandwich.
- Grease your griddle, then dip each side of the sandwich into the egg mixture, and immediately place on the hot pan. Flip with spatula when the bottom looks done. If you like cinnamon, you can sprinkle more while they’re cooking.
- Serve hot off the stove with plenty of hot syrup.
Happy French Toast Day!
“Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot.”
Happy Pins and Needles Day!
This is one of many holidays where the origin has been almost forgotten. The day began as a commemoration of the opening of the musical revue “Pins and Needles.” The play consisted of several comedic pro-labor skits where members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (which was striking when it opened) spoofed all sorts of groups. The play was a surprise hit, and the actors eventually quit their day jobs as garment workers in order to run a full schedule of shows from its opening in 1937 to closing night in June 1940.
Today, however, most people view the day as a nod to nervousness, to sewing, or possibly to that weird feeling you get when your foot goes to sleep.
So, whether you’re excited about the garment workers revue “Pins and Needles,” are trying not to poke yourself while you sew or alter clothing, or are actually on pins and needles yourself, make sure to wish everyone you see a happy Pins and Needles Day!
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
No, today’s holiday has nothing to do with the stages of grief. Instead, it has everything to do with a little boy in a yellow shirt who never, ever, manages to kick the football. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and all the Peanuts characters, was born on this day in 1922. He passed away in 2000, but November 26, 2012 would have been his 90th birthday. Now, Good Grief Day celebrates Schulz and the whole Peanuts gang.
This year, I’ll be celebrating by looking at some of his comic strips and maybe watching one of his television specials (It’s after Thanksgiving, so no one can shame me for watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” now!), but one of these days I’m going to explore the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. I’m afraid I just don’t have time to squeeze in the 2,500 mile trip (one way) tomorrow. 🙂
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”