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November 4: King Tut Day

November 4 is also one of my favorites: Use Your Common Sense Day! Check out last year’s post here.

King Tut's Funerary MaskOn November 4, 1922, British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter made one of the biggest archaeological discoveries of the century. Lord Carnarvon had funded several years worth of digs with very little in the way of results, but he decided to give Carter one more year. Then, they uncovered Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb!

King Tut is really not the most exciting of Egyptian pharaohs. He became king circa 1332 BC at age nine or ten, and died a mere ten years later, probably of natural causes. Nevertheless, his tomb is remarkable. Most tombs were raided for valuables repeatedly over the years, and, unsurprisingly, there’s been some decay in the intervening 2300 years. Tut’s tomb was robbed at some point, but the thieves primarily took perishables such as oils and perfumes, probably within a few months of burial. Then the tomb was forgotten, lost underneath stone chips and sand, left alone for centuries, until Carter, Carnarvon, and others peered through a crack by the light of a candle and saw gold reflecting back.

To celebrate, read more about King Tutankhamen and see lots of amazing pictures at kingtut.org. Or you can just start walking like an Egyptian!

“How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!”

Proverbs 16:16

November 3*: Zero Tasking Day

“Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.”

Psalm 116:7

Happy Zero Tasking Day! What is zero tasking? Unlike the popular multitasking, or it’s well spoken of cousin, unitasking, zero tasking is when you do absolutely nothing.

rocking chairThe holiday was created by author Nancy Christie for the first Sunday of November, in order to coincide with the end of Daylight Savings in the U.S. Christie suggests that we use that “extra hour” to simply relax and breathe. When was the last time you tried that?

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Genesis 2:2-3

P.S. November 3 is always Housewife Day!

November 2*: Sadie Hawkins Day

*Sadie Hawkins Day is officially celebrated on the first Saturday in November, but Sadie Hawkins dances may be held whenever an organization decides.

Al Capp, self portraitFrom 1934-1977, Al Capp produced the Li’l Abner comic strip about the hillbillies of the fictional town Dogpatch, Arkansas. And, in November of 1937, Capp first produced one of his most memorable legacies – Sadie Hawkins Day.

When Sadie Hawkins, the “homeliest gal in all them hills” reached 35 with nary a beau in sight, she, and her father, had had enough. Hekzebiah Hawkins declared a new event – Sadie Hawkins Day. On Sadie Hawkins Day, every eligible bachelor got a bit of a head start before Sadie took off after them. If Sadie caught one and dragged him across the finish line by sundown, he had to marry her.

Li'l Abner coverThe event was so popular with people in the real world and the old maids of Dogpatch, that they decided to make it an annual event. For the next 40 years, the November comics for Li’l Abner always included a Sadie Hawkins race.

Within just a few years, people around the U.S. began celebrating Sadie Hawkins Day, either on the first Saturday in November, the Saturday after November 9, or whatever November date best fit their schedule. However, instead of matrimony, Sadie Hawkins Day usually resulted in women asking men to a dance instead.

“When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!

“Who are you?” he asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.””

Ruth 4:7-9

P.S. Book Lovers’ Day is also held on the first Saturday in November (and on August 9).

P.P.S. November 2 is also Look for Circles Day. Yes, you read that right. Look for Circles Day. If you know why, you are way ahead of me.

November 1: All Saints’ Day

All Saints Day is celebrated by dozens of Christian traditions in many countries around the world. Each different area has its own flavor, but most All Saints’ Day celebrations include some recognition of Christians who have recently passed away. For some, this means a special prayer and moment of silence in Sunday’s service,while others have a family picnic at their loved one’s graves.

 

“For All the Saints” by William Walsham How is the unofficial theme song for this day. Those living in the church today are known as the “church militant,” still fighting the evil one, while the dead saints are known as the “Church triumphant,” their fight over. Pretty cool, huh? Here are a couple of verses:

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14