I know what you’re thinking – holidays over? They have barely just begun! I do love this time of year, the hustle and bustle, the happy smiles despite stressful times. As much as I enjoy the holidays, when they end I do breathe a little sigh of relief. Then time passes, and I miss the meet ups and seeing friends and celebrating. Here are a few holidays you can celebrate – I think they are a lot of fun!
January 4th is National Spaghetti Day. What could be better on a cold winter night than some pasta, tasty sauce, some meatballs and maybe even some garlic bread? Sounds like a tasty excuse to get together with friends.
You can also celebrate National Pie Day on January 23rd. Pick a house to get together at, each person you invite bakes (or buys) a different kind of pie – with coffee, tea and hot chocolate – you’ll have another nice night with friends and family.
February 4th might be cold, but it doesn’t have to be if you celebrate National Homemade Soup Day. This special day does specify “homemade” but your family and friends might not be cooks, might not feel like cooking – yet they’d want to have some soup. Again, pick a place to get together – everyone brings a different soup. You can add to it by everyone also bringing an add on, an add in – saltines, bread, rolls. Doesn’t a night like this sound fun?
Five days later you and your friends can celebrate National Pizza Day on the 9th. Who doesn’t like pizza? Again, order a few pizzas, get a few drinks and have a party. Or go out and celebrate at your favorite pizzeria. Pizza is good, it makes people happy – some say it should be it’s own food group.
March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. You can celebrate this day in many different ways. Your party can include tea sandwiches cut into nice shapes with different kinds of peanut butter and jelly. Your snacks (healthy ones) can be peanut butter and celery logs. Look online – you will be amazed at all the recipes you can make with peanut butter! And of course, have plenty of Reese’s around. I think they are the favorite candy of many people (at least most in my family).
Celebrate March 19th – National Poultry Day. Chicken tenders, chicken wings, chicken noodle soup. You can even have a small turkey with all the trimmings. With poultry, the possibilities are endless. If there are a lot of recipes on line with peanut butter, wait until you see how many there are for poultry!
Spring is coming, and on the 30th of March gather a bunch of friends and family and meet for National Walk in the Park Day. You’ll have a great time seeing your friends, you’ll get some exercise and some fresh air you haven’t been able to take advantage of during the winter months.
April 11th is National Pet Day. Most of us celebrate our pets every day of their lives. Besides their birthdays, make this a fun day for your cats or dogs. Give them extra loving, extra treats – and maybe even treat them to a more deluxe meal than they normally get. Have a good time spoiling them rotten!
Spring is in the air, and on May 24th – you can plan a Scavenger Hunt! There are all different kinds of plans for these games online. You can do it for fun or for fun and prizes. Don’t forget to have several of the participants taking pictures. They are so funny to look back at.
June 8th is time to celebrate National Best Friends Day. Use this day to do something special with and for your best friend. Something that both of you enjoy. Of course, we always celebrate our best friend’s birthday. This is the day you can celebrate your friendship, and all the good things it brings into your lives.
The 21st of July is the day we celebrate National Junk Food Day. Preparations for this go without saying – think of whatever you, your family and your friends refer to as junk food, and have a party with plenty of it. Of course, this is not healthy – but once a year, a junk-food-pig-out can be a lot of fun!
Celebrate August 25th by enjoying National Banana Split Day. If you’re good with thrifting (finding items in thrift stores) you may even be able to find those specific banana split dishes. Have plenty of bananas, a few different ice creams, some whipped cream, sprinkles and of course cherries. Take pictures of the masterpieces that everyone builds.
Remember and honor September 11th – the victims, their families and friends. Spend part of this day honoring your family and friends in the way that the victims cannot. Realize that we are lucky to have who we have and what we have. Hug your loved ones and do something to make each other happy on this date.
Celebrate on October 27th with a cold one – it’s American Beer Day. Grab yourself some friends, and a Budweiser, a Miller or a Coors Light. Have some good food and good laughs. Enjoy each other! Drink up!
November 16th is National Fast Food Day. No matter which chain is your favorite, make sure you go to a fast food place that day and have your absolute most favorite guilty pleasure!
Find time to celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on the 18th of December. There have been lots of parties celebrating these unique sweaters. Now you don’t have to buy a legitimate ugly sweater at Goodwill – you can purchase new uglies brand new in stores. Again, this is an event that requires pictures. Lots of them!
And there you have it – some reasons to celebrate with your friends. Some will say they are excuses to be silly. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that!