November 30th is Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. We all need a break, and it’s nice to take it when we healthy and can enjoy it. That said, if everyone in the working world took the same day to stay home because we were well, chaos would ensue.
We all need time alone. It’s essential to disconnect from our daily routines. Sometimes we have a checklist of things we would do. Others have no idea what we’d do left to our own devices.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StayHomeBecauseYoureWellDay
This holiday has no agenda other than to spend a healthful day at home. What you do with it is up to you.
We do have some suggestions if you are having trouble deciding what to do.
- Catch up on some reading.
- Take a walk.
- Get started on your Christmas cards.
- Follow a toddler around all day. You do feel well, remember?
- Take a friend to lunch.
- Get your 2017 calendar up to date.
- Try a new recipe and make extra to share with someone who wasn’t feeling well today.
- Take a nap
- Plan your next vacation.
- Make a list of all your single friends and match them up as potential mates.
- Organize all those photos on your phone.
- Work on an art project.
- Clean out your closet and donate.
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STAY HOME BECAUSE YOU’RE WELL DAY HISTORY
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day was created by Thomas & Ruth Roy Wellcat Holidays.
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Thanksgiving Day is observed each year in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, amid the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
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In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity. Communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.
Parades have also become an integral part of the holiday in cities and towns across the United States. Presented by Macy’s department store since 1924, New York City’s Thanksgiving Day parade is the largest and most famous, attracting some 2 to 3 million spectators along its 2.5-mile route and drawing an enormous television audience. It typically features marching bands, performers, elaborate floats conveying various celebrities and giant balloons shaped like cartoon characters.
Beginning in the mid-20th century and perhaps even earlier, the president of the United States has “pardoned” one or two Thanksgiving turkeys each year, sparing the birds from slaughter and sending them to a farm for retirement. Several U.S. governors also perform the annual turkey pardoning ritual.
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THANKSGIVING DAY HISTORY
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England. The ship carried 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship. They suffered from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived. When the remaining settlers moved ashore in March, they received an astonishing visit. An Abenaki Indian greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American named Squanto.
Squanto was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe. The alliance would endure for more than 50 years, and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.
In November 1621, after the first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast. He invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians suggest that many of the dishes likely used traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.
This history of Thanksgiving provided by www.History.com. For more information on Thanksgiving, go to http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving
The Next Thanksgivings
Pilgrims held their second Thanksgiving celebration in 1623 to mark the end of a long drought that had threatened the year’s harvest and prompted Governor Bradford to call for a religious fast. Days of fasting and thanksgiving on an annual or occasional basis became common practice in other New England settlements as well. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year. In 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. His successors John Adams and James Madison also designated days of thanks during their presidencies.
In 1817, New York became the first of several states to adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday officially; each celebrated it on a different day, however, and the American South remained largely unfamiliar with the tradition.
In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday.For 36 years, she published numerous editorials. The editor sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents, and other politicians.
At the height of the Civil War in 1863, Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request. In a proclamation, he entreated all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” President Lincoln scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November. It was celebrated on that day every year until 1939 when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition. In 1941, the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
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Observed annually on November 29th, Electronic Greetings Day encourages us to send an electronic greeting. At the same time, the day reminds us of how much things have changed.
The convenience and speed of sending an electronic greeting allow more people than ever to participate in this thoughtful process. We all enjoy it when someone remembers our birthdays, anniversaries, and other important life events. While greeting cards continue to be used, electronic greetings are far more cost-effective and mean equally as much.
Since the advent of the electronic greeting, social media, and other messaging systems are expanding our communication methods. We can send a birthday wish through a messaging system and include a favorite memory. If a friend is sick, we show we care by simply clicking a button and sending funny videos. When we miss someone, these days we’re never very far away. We can send them a video message. Wait, we can do better than that. We can pick up our smartphone and video chat live with them! The miracles of technology continue to expand and bring us closer all the time.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ElectronicGreetingsDay
Send an electronic greeting. Send a message using your preferred method of communication – electronically. It may be text, video, live, or pre-recorded. Make it short or long. Maybe it will be on social media, or perhaps, it will be a sweet card through e-mail. However, you send it, Celebrate Every Day® with enthusiasm, and share it using #ElectronicGreetingsDay to post on social media.
ELECTRONIC GREETINGS DAY HISTORY
Not long after the advent of electronic mail (e-mail) in 1993, the electronic greeting came along. Judith Donath created the first electronic greeting card site in 1994 at the MIT Media Lab. It was called the Electric Postcard. National Day Calendar® is continuing research on the source of Electronic Greetings Day.
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This is something that I feel applies today.
This story will be a favorite for everyone for Thanksgiving!
There was this man in Phoenix, Arizona…he called his son that lives in New York the day before Thanksgiving… I hate to ruin your day today, Son but, I have to tell you, SON… that your Mother and I are divorcing… forty-five years of total misery is long enough…I have had it!
POP! What do you mean…what in the world are you talking about… the boy screamed! What do you mean?
WE can’t stand the sight of each other… We are sick and tired of talking about it… so you just call your sister in Chicago and tell her about it!
Franitic the Son hangs up and calls the sister in Chicago and tells her all about it .. the phone call from their Father and she explodes about this on the phone… there’s no way that they are getting divorce, I’m going to take care of this!
She calls Phoenix, immediately and screams… at her Father, You are not getting a divorce… Don’t do a single thing till I get there… I’m calling my brother back, and will get there … we will both be there tomorrow morning, don’t’ do anything till we get there… Don’t do a ting… do you hear me!
The old man hangs up the phone and turns to his wife, and says to his wife, it is all “OKAY” they are coming for Thanksgiving… and they are paying their own way!
Dr. David Jeremiah shares a special message to encourage you to cultivate a heart of gratitude far beyond the Thanksgiving holiday – to live a life of Thanksgiving every day. D.V.
References: Deuteronomy 16:11-17
David Paul Jeremiah (born February 13, 1941) is an American conservative evangelical Christian author, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego.
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On November 25th, National Play Day With Dad encourages fathers to spend the day focused on fun with their kids. It’s a day designed for bonding and memories.
A dad play day allows the children of fathers a focused time to bond. For busy dads, the observance provides an opportunity to get to know one another better. Some dads may choose to make positive memories. Others may want to schedule time to take pictures and capture those new memories as keepsakes. The day also gives men a chance to become the real heroes every child and community needs.
Fatherhood is a grand experience. It even leads to great dad experiences. Investing in our children and their memories and adventures teaches them more than just how much we care. It provides them with a foundation they rely upon for a lifetime. They will continue to grow and build upon those gifts we give them. And someday, we will enjoy the rewards of their happiness and success. Sometimes, that includes the love they share with their children of the next generation.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PlayDayWithDad
Dads, set the day aside. Clear your schedules and focus on your children.
Find out what interests your off-spring and pledge to join the fun.
- Find out what interests your off-spring and pledge to join the fun.
- Play arcade games together.
- Love, hug, smile, dance with your children.
- Have a photo-shoot with your family.
- Play a ball game together.
- Watch your child compete in something.
- Join your off-spring (adult children) while they are working on a project (at work).
- Tell your child stories about your father, and share your family history.
- Ask your child – How can I be a better father?
- Promote positive fatherhood.
- Read a book to your children.
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NATIONAL PLAY DAY WITH DAD HISTORY
Share Our Style Foundation National Play Day With Dad in 2019 to remind fathers that their most important role in life will be to be a hero to their children. Every other role falls to the wayside when children come into our lives. Being a good parent stands out more than anything ever will. When we ace that job, we make the whole world better. Join Share Our Style Foundation in their mission for excellence in parenting.
In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Play Day With Dad to be observed on November 25th, annually.
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This is the big first, for Grandson Alan – all by himself – he baked this extra large and beautiful Turkey and as you can see – this is a very big and tender Turkey and that was not all! Alan went the extra mile – so to speak, he even brought several other side dishes that he prepared, all done up in an extra special way, enough to feed an ARMY!
It looks as if I am acting like the old “Julia Child” beside her guest “COOKS” on one of her old SHOWS – – pointing and giving her guests a few pointers – fingers going- all along with the mouth in motion, asking questions, “Did you do this and that – and what about this – was it done correctly according to be instructions in my BOOK, “Julia Child Cooks!”
Now that I am looking at this PHOTO – “I am wondering how some of the guests felt, when they were preparing food on Julia’s Show – did they think that they were in Kindergarten again, after all the many years of their cooking for hire, all over the Globe.”
“Thanksgiving” that word is backwards – it should be “Giving thanks” because at least this once a year week of “Thanksgiving” is really not enough – we should, give Thanks – everyday of our LIFE – and maybe every hour on the hour – as every minute of the day – we are receiving the BIG TIME GIFTS – from our Almighty Creator! Without our Creator – we would be nothing and therefore, needing nothing!
Never let a full DAY go by – without giving our Creator, “THANKS” – and while we are doing that – give several people we know and or meet with each day, a very cheerful THANKS – with all the gusto and mustered up with some LOVE – giving them them a hug about the neck, and a small pat on the backside – just to let them know – you are sending LOVE from Heaven above to them – and also remember – what you give to others – you receive from the Almighty – by the bucketfuls – if, I say so myself! D.V.
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