(Still in Pierce County.) I’ve had a lot of fun sharing Dr. Patt Schwab’s Red Letter Days and I’ve usually added a few days to celebrate here in Pierce County.
But just now I’m waiting for that person who needs to downsize to a very special home – say, my condo here in DuPont. I’ve lived here for 17 years, so now when the perfect person moves in, it will be a red letter day. Funny how the red letter days in our own lives turn out to be what we really remember. https://firstname.lastname@example.org
November’s Obscure Red Letter Days
Fun reasons to CELEBRATE at work, in the classroom, and at home by Dr. Patt Schwab
FYI Researchers Rate November-Born Folks as Most Likely to be: Lefties and Athletes
Nov. 1 – National Fig Week starts. If you don’t give a fig, you’ll miss out on a week of tasty fun.
All Saints Day – still celebrated on 1 November in the Catholic Church. Dia De los Muertos — the 1st Day of the Dead
The Saints and Souls above are associated with the Catholic Church. The slightly different “Muertos” is very popular in Mexico, while also linking with ancient Aztec rituals of death. All create links between life and death. November 1st is reserved for honoring children who have died. November 2nd honors deceased adults.
Nov. 2 – All Souls Day – Honoring and praying for the souls of the beloved dead.
Run Around in Circles Day — If you already do that, now you have an excuse — at least for today.
Nov. 3 – National Sandwich Day The sandwich was invented in1762 by John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. But not because he owned a restaurant; he invented it so he could eat at the gambling table. He won the jackpot at the table, as well as linking his name to a universal form of consumption!
Nov. 4 – Chemistry Week begins – Time to learn about chemistry – or simply to create some with someone else.
Will Rogers, Beloved Cowboy writer, humorist (1879—1935) He’s famous for such wise sayings, delivered while spinning a lariat around his feet, as:
- I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.
- The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
- If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where the dogs are.
Nov. 5 – Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys — Born Leonard Franklin Slye (1911), he was a singer, actor, and television host. He founded the singing Sons of the Pioneers and then, rebranded as Roy Rogers, became one of the most popular cowboy stars of all time, appearing in over 100 films and numerous radio and TV programs, accompanied by his Golden Palomino horse, Trigger, and his wife, Dale Evans. He died July 6, 1998.
Nov. 6 – National Nachos Day — This is one of the few dishes we
can trace from its invention in the Mexican town we can trace to its beginnings. It was created Nov. 6, 1943, of Piedras Negras, just over the border from Texas. The maitre’d of the Victory Club restaurant, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, was locking up his restaurant when a group of hungry American military wives, who had spent the day shopping in the town, showed up. Although his chef had gone home, Nacho didn’t want to turn them away. He created what were to become “Nachos” and served them as an appetizer. The rest is tasty history.
Nov. 7- International Stout Day — You can look “stout” today, drink “stout,” do both. OR simply celebrate.
Nov. 8 – Pursuit of Happiness Week begins(in the middle of the week! Stretch it out if you prefer) Ask yourself: What do I really enjoy doing? Who do I want to be around?
Abet & Aid Punsters Day —Are you Faux real? As James Boswell said: “A good pun is among the smaller excellencies of socio existence.” For example, I was successfully elected to student government offices in both high school and college using the slogan: This Campus Must Stand Patt!
Hard to believe, but true.
Nov. 9 – Guinness World Records Day — Begun by Sir Hugh Eyre Campbell Beaver on August 27, 1955. Check out more than 40,000 wacky and wonderful superlative things at the Official Guinness site. https://guinnessworldrecords.com
Nov. 10 – Education Weekbegins “Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists.”― Thomas Friedman
Forget-Me-Not Day – A day to reconnect with family, friends, loved ones, and the occasional flower.
Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day Celebrated in France and Belgium to commemorate peace between the Allies and Germany. Memorable for doing so at 11:00 am on the 11th day of the 11th month.
Nov. 12 – O.R. Nurses Week begins
National Pizza with Everything Except Anchovies Day Kinda speaks for itself.
Nov. 13 – Children’s Book Week begins
Accountants Day As any accountant knows, to quote Dorothy
Parker, “The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘check enclosed.’”
World Kindness Day – “Life is too short not to do something that matters.”
Nov. 14 – “Around the World in 80 days,” Jules Verne’s fictional record, is broken this day in 1889 by Journalist Nelly Bly who made the trip in 72 days. At her suggestion, she was sponsored by editor Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper. She even stopped off to visit Jules Verne’s whose story was the inspiration for her trip.
National Teddy Bear DayToday you just need to appreciate him, perhaps with a joke: What did the teddy bear say after he finished his dinner? “I’m stuffed!”
Nov. 15 – National Clean Out Your Fridge Day
America Recycles Day — The national recycling rate has increased every year since 1980. Yet the current rate’s only 34%. We gotta do better. If you can’t shrink your waist, at least shrink your waste!
Nov. 16 – National Fast Food Day
National Button Day – Button your shirt, your lip, whatever needs to be buttoned or just buy a buch of pretty buttons and decorate with them.
Nov. 17 – World Peace Day “when Republicans bring soy lattes to share with Democrats during yoga class.” ~ Samir Husni, Ph.D.
Nov. 18 – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse enjoy the same Birthday (November 18, 1928) Mickey Mouse’s First Movie was Steamboat Willie, in 1928.
Nov. 19 – Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address today in 1863.
World Toilet Day Celebrate all the things toilets do for us — like taking away our waste, protecting our health and dignity, quenching our dog’s thirst and letting us file our classified documents.
Nov. 20 – World Children’s Day – ”Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” ~ Dr. Haim Ginott
National Pay Back Your Parents Day – For the record, since
1960, the USDA has been tracking just what you may owe.
They conclude that the average cost of raising a child from
birth to age 17 in 2021, was $233,610. Then there are the other costs: love, patience, advice, etc. It may be time you turned on the charm.
Nov. 21 – World Hello Day -Started in1972, by brothers Michael and Brian McCormack, right after they graduated from college and founded on the belief that: World Peace begins when strangers learn to get along – that conflicts should be resolved by communication, not use of force. Sorta like in a college dorm. Participate by saying “Hello” to 10 strangers today. This event is now supported by over 180 countries
Tie One On Day — Put the “give” in Thanksgiving. Tie on an apron and fix a treat for a needy person.
Nov. 22 – U.S.Humane Society founded in 1954
Go for a Ride Day -Take a breather, go for a destination-less ride on a bike, a horse, a boat, a bus, a broom, whatever is handy. It will make you a more thankful person.
Nov. 23 – National Game & Puzzle Weekbegins
Macy’s First Thanksgiving Day Parade, (1924) store employees marched to Macy’s Herald Square, the flagship store on 34th Street, dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square.. .Wikipedia
Nov. 24 – Elastic Waistband Day – Always the day after Thanksgiving!
Brothers Day – Celebrate if you have one. Celebrate someone else’s if you don’t.
Nov. 25– Sinkie Day for folks who eat over the sink.
Always the 2 days after Thanksgiving
Nov. 26 -Charles Schulz, aka Charlie Brown Day (1922–2000.
His comic strips reached more people than any other cartoons ever. He died in his sleep of a heart attack, the day before his final PEANUTS strip (no. 17, 897), was published, and the planned start of his retirement. His work continues to appear daily in countless newspapers
Nov. 27 – National Jukebox Day – in the USA
Jimi Hendrix, musician and songwriter,(1942—1970) —Although he died at age 27, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame strongly states that he was “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.” Seattle honors this home-town hero with an incredible action statue on Capitol Hill of Jimmy, on his knees shredding on his guitar
Nov. 28 – First Grande Ole Opry Broadcast(1925)
Nov. 29 – National Lemon Cream Pie Day
Electronic Greetings Day – A day to celebrate all the money you save sending e-cards and to forget all the money you spend on WiFi.
Nov. 30 – National Mason Jar Day
National Computer Security Day — Since 1988, techies have tried to keep computers secure by creating ever more exciting hacking challenges. Take time to do your own security check today.
Call in “Well” Day – Hey, it’s worth a try!
That’s All, Folks!
Dr Patt Schwab is the author of The Obscure Holiday eBook Series: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=patt+schwab