Some people love the holidays, and some people don’t. But these holidays, have you ever even heard of them?
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
Ice Cream For Breakfast Day started in the 1960s when Florence Rappaport of Rochester, New York, decided that would be the first meal of the day. This holiday is celebrated on the first Saturday in February.
“It was cold and snowy and the kids were complaining that it was too cold to do anything. So I just said, ‘Let’s have ice cream for breakfast.”
This became a family tradition as her two youngest children would remind her of that special day every year. The family tradition spread when they went to college. Newspaper articles began talking about Ice Cream For Breakfast Day all over the world including Israel, New Zealand, England, Canada, and South Africa. Also, did you know, that eating ice cream at night can help you sleep? Maybe we should all be eating ice cream all day!
Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 21st is a day for squirrels! This day began thanks to Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina. Squirrel Appreciation Day was first observed in 2001 to celebrate squirrels and help people learn more about the species. To celebrate the day, you can put food out for the squirrels, read about them or view them in their habitat.
National Star Wars Day
Nerds unite! And May the Fourth be with you. National Star Wars Day started in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. There were lots of activities that day including an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. To celebrate National Star Wars Day, use #NationalStarWarsDay to post on social media.
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
Every year on May 8th, National Coconut Cream Pie Day is observed. We celebrate Coconut Cream Pie for it’s sweet coconut cream filling and delicious coconut shreds. To celebrate, you can make a coconut cream pie. Share it on social media with #CoconutCreamPieDay.
National Twilight Zone Day
May 11th is the day to observe National Twilight Zone Day. You know, the eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences from the show? Ya, that’s what it’s all about. The show first premiered in 1959 on October 1st. The show was popular, especially for how weird it was. It was a stretch of the imagination and captured its viewers for the 5 years that it aired. Celebrate by watching the show again or posting about your favorite episodes.
Dance Like a Chicken Day
Weird and fun! Let’s dance like a chicken! May 14th is the day to celebrate this weird and quirky yet popular dance. This song is played at weddings, Oktoberfest, and other celebrations alike. This song was written in the 1950s by Werner Thomas and it didn’t make its way to the US until the 1970s. The Chicken Dance can be associated with polkas or oom-pah-pah music. The song was rumored to have been written as a drinking song for Oktoberfest. It was originally translated from Der Ententanz as The Duck Dance, but then later changed to Vogeltanz, The Bird Dance. By the time it got to America, the song got its tell-tale choreography and a new name, The Chicken Dance. And to celebrate, well, do the chicken dance, of course! Post it on media, too. Everyone will love it
National Crossword Puzzle Day
December 21st is the day to celebrate! Crossword puzzles were first published in children’s books in England. These puzzles are now touted for their benefits including aiding people’s minds against dementia. They can help increase your vocabulary, too, and are a healthy way to keep your brain active. Celebrate by completing a crossword, or going online and make your own!
National Make Your Bed Day
This day is celebrated on September 11th, each year. It’s been said that making your bed can help you sleep. It reduces the amount of tossing, turning, and restlessness and is therefore good for your health. To observe, make your bed. Making your bed is a good way to start the day and will fast become a habit.
Which of these weird holidays is your favorite? Let’s all make coconut cream pie and eat it while doing the chicken dance! Happy Holidays!