Archive for ‘Holidays’

October 30, 2014

National Candy Corn Day


35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.  That’s enough candy corn to circle the moon 21 times.


February 11, 2014


Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies.


January 6, 2014


The Christian holiday of Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th, the last day of the twelve days of Christmas.  It takes its name from the Greek word epiphaneia, meaning “appearance,” since according to traditional belief, it was on that day, that the Magi (or Wise Men), first saw the baby Jesus.

Source: The Word Origin 2014 Calendar

December 12, 2013

December 12th is National Poinsettia Day!


Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, an amateur botanist and first United States ambassador to Mexico, introduced the plant that became known as the poinsettia to the United States. He discovered a shrub with brilliantly colored red leaves growing by the side of the road in Taxco, Mexico, in December 1828 and sent cuttings home to his plantation in Greenville, South Carolina.
Most botanists at that time dismissed the poinsettia as a weed? Fortunately, Poinsett continued to study and breed this plant in his greenhouse, sharing plants with his horticulturist friends. It soon gained acceptance as a holiday plant, despite its very short bloom time. It wasn’t until the 1960s that researchers were able to successfully breed plants to bloom more than just a few days.


November 18, 2013

nov18If you were to stacked up all the cans of cranberry sauce bought last Thanksgiving if would stand twice as tall as the Empire State Building.


September 19, 2013


sept19September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!


July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!


Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation on earth.


June 16, 2013

Father’s Day


The idea of Father’s Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington, while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.