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National Religious Freedom Day - Ep16

Ep16 - National Religious Freedom Day - Show Notes Today’s featured holiday is, National Religious Freedom Day. The roots of RelIgious Freedom Day extend back to January 16, 1786, when the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was signed into law. The statute was introduced by Thomas Jefferson. This Virginia law was the model for the Establishment Clause of the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, that clause reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...

Duration: 00:03:19

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Ep15

Weird, Wacky, and Traditional Holidays - Ep15 Show Notes Today’s featured holiday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Let’s begin with a question asked by Dr. King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Dr. King. asked this question of everyone in the United States and beyond. We’ll return to this question in a moment, but let’s first explore how Dr. King’s birthday become a federal holiday despite fierce opposition by some of our elected...

Duration: 00:05:28

Dress Up Your Pet Day - Ep14

Today’s featured holiday is, “Dress Up Your Pet Day” - Ep14 - Show Notes At the top of our conversation about Dress Up Your Pet Day, I suggest you refrain from bringing your cat to the party unless you and your kitty have had a serious conversation about what your feline will tolerate. I knew a cat 40 years ago who was fine with his owner dressing him up in doll clothes and taking him for a spin in a baby carriage. Having interacted with hundreds of cats in my lifetime, this is the ONLY...

Duration: 00:03:58

National Vision Board Day - Ep13

Show Notes: National Vision Board Day - January 13 Today’s featured holiday is National Vision Board Day. This holiday came to be when the Registrar of “National Day Calendar” proclaimed that the second Saturday of every January would be National Vision Board Day. It’s hard to believe, but the film, “The Secret” was released nearly 12 years ago on March 26, 2006. One of the results of that blockbuster film was a huge increase in the popularity of the Vision Board as a way to engage the, “Law...

Duration: 00:03:05

National Pharmacist Day - Ep12

Ep 12 Show Notes: National Pharmacist Day Welcome to episode 12 of the Weird and Wacky Holidays Show”. I’m your host, Stephen Carter. Today’s featured holiday is National Pharmacist Day. Each year January 12 is set aside to honor the 293,000 men and women who are professional pharmacists. We normally associate pharmacists with retail stores such as CVS, Walmarts, supermarkets, and so forth. But licensed pharmacists also work in hospitals, medical and surgical clinics, nursing homes, prisons,...

Duration: 00:03:17

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - Ep11

Show Notes: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day - Ep11: Today’s featured holiday is, “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day”. In 2007, the United States Senate designated January 11th as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day”. Human trafficking is a huge global scourge. Experts estimate there are 20 to 30 million people in slavery around the world. The U.S. State Department estimates there are 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Eighty...

Duration: 00:05:02

Houseplant Appreciation Day - How it Came to Be - Ep10

Houseplant Appreciation Day - Ep10 Show Notes: Today’s featured holiday, started by the Gardener’s Network, is, “Houseplant Appreciation Day”! The end of year holidays are behind us. Decorations are all back in their appointment storage containers and - if you observe Christmas and put up a real tree - the Christmas tree needles are all vacuumed up. Those decorations certainly made your home look festive, but things are looking a touch barren and sparse. What to do? How about sprucing your...

Duration: 00:05:33

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - Ep9

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - Ep11 Shownotes Today’s featured holiday is, “National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”! As a former police officer, trainer, and Chief of Police, this day is near and dear to my heart. Across the U.S. alone there are more than 800,000 sworn police officers serving communities large and small. When we add in federal, military, and special police, we have more than a million men and women working to protect us. In addition to sworn law enforcement...

Duration: 00:05:11

Bubble Bath Day - Ep8

Ep8 - National Bubble Bath Day Today’s featured holiday is, “National Bubble Bath Day”! While the exact date when the bubble bath was born, we know it extends back to the 1930s. Bubble bath photos appeared with the marketing of a product called Dreft in 1933. A bubble bath scene was in the 1936 production of a play called, “The Woman. According the statistics site, “Statista”, the leading bath fragrance bubble bath brand is Dr. Teal’s Bath, followed by private label brands, Village Natural...

Duration: 00:04:08

Say Something Nice Day - Ep7

National Say Something Nice Day - Ep7 Today’s featured holiday is National Say Something Nice Day! When I looked at the various holidays celebrated on January 7, none of them called to me as worthy candidates for you and I to celebrate. Those holidays are: Old Rock Day; National Bobblehead Day; and, National Tempura Day. When during meditation I asked my subconscious what should we celebrate, the answer came to me loud and clear: celebrate National Say Something Nice Day. Never mind there is...

Duration: 00:06:06

National Cuddle Up Day

Show Notes: National Cuddle Up Day - Ep6 Today’s featured holiday is National Cuddle Up Day! For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, January typically is a cold, snowy month. Keeping with the cold weather, January is National Soup Month and National Hot Tea Month. So it’s no wonder someone came up with the idea for Cuddle Up Day. While there’s no reliable source to identify the genesis of this unofficial holiday, we know it’s a wonderful and worthy day to slow down and...

Duration: 00:05:28

National Whipped Cream Day - Ep5

Show Notes: Episode 5 - January 5th - National Whipped Cream Day Welcome to episode 5 of the Weird and Wacky Holidays Show”. I’m your host, Stephen Carter. Today’s featured holiday is National Whipped Cream Day! Before tasting today’s special item on the menu, I would like to revisit an item I mentioned in an earlier episode. January is “National Blood Donor Month”. I encourage you to schedule a blood donation appointment to give the gift of life. Blood is always needed, but donations drop...

Duration: 00:05:23

National Spaghetti Day - How It Came to Be Ep4

National Spaghetti Day - How it Came to Be: January 4th, Ep4 Welcome to episode 4 of the Weird, Wacky, and Traditional Holiday Show: How They Came to Be”. I’m your host, Stephen Carter. With each daily episode, we identify at least one of the official or unofficial holidays celebrated that day and explore how that day came to be. Today’s featured holiday is, well, I gave it away already, National Spaghetti Day! Here are a few fun facts about pasta in general and my favorite food in...

Duration: 00:04:43

National Fruitcake Toss Day - How it Came to Be

Today’s featured holiday is, “Fruitcake Toss Day”. Year’s ago comedian Johnny Carson, host of the “Tonight Show” frequently quipped he believed there was only one fruitcake in the world and people simply passed it around because nobody wanted it. A little research tells us that Carson’s take on fruitcakes wasn’t totally right. There is more than one fruitcake in the world. He was, however, right in asserting that nobody wanted one. So, a little more research tells us the first Fruitcake Toss...

Duration: 00:02:51

Motivation and Inspiration Day

January 2 - Motivation and Inspiration Day: Welcome to episode 2 of the Weird, Wacky, and Traditional Holiday Show”. I’m your host, Stephen Carter. With each daily episode, we identify at least one of the official or unofficial holidays celebrated that day and explore how that day came to be. Today's featured holiday is Motivation and Inspiration Day. Before we explore the details of Motivation and Inspiration Day, a word about one of the featured activities for the month of January. January...

Duration: 00:04:13

Why the New Year Begins on January 1 - Ep1

Why do we celebrate the beginning of the new year on January 1? We can thank Julius Caesar who in 45 BC proclaimed the Roman Empire would adopt the Julian Calendar, which identified January 1st as the beginning of the new year. By the time Julius Caesar assumed office, it was clear the traditional lunar based Roman calendar in use since the seventh century BC no longer was sufficient. Caesar enlisted help from a renown Alexandrian astronomer who urged the adoption of a solar based calendar....

Duration: 00:05:26

Weird and Wacky Holidays - How They Came to Be

Preview of coming attractions for this new show about the weird, wacky, and traditional holidays. This show will entertain, inform, and bring smiles. You’ll be saying, “wow, I didn’t know that!”.

Duration: 00:03:18