Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Holidays for November 12th 2013

National Young Reader's Day

Celebrate National Young Reader's Day on the second Tuesday of November. National Young Reader's week is November 8-14. Reading is a fundamental learning process.The earlier a child has a love for reading, the better. In the Philadelphia area there are plenty of places to celebrate reading.

Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress established National Young Readers Day to remind people how important it is to read to young people.

Ways to encourage children to read
The Book It Program is sponsored by Pizza Hut. It offers students rewards for how many books a student reads. Their web site suggests that it's great to read aloud with your children at least twenty minutes per day.

Start reading to your child as early as possible. Some people start reading when the baby is still in the womb. Children typically love hearing stories. Not only read at bedtime but try other times throughout the day.

Products to encourage reading
Give your children a choice in what they read. Join a local library. Philadelphia has a huge free public library. Joining a library is a cost effective way to encourage your child to read. Lots of variety and fun.

Electronically, there are excellent applications on the ipod touch or ipad that helps with reading skills.

Franklin has put out an outstanding toy to help readers. It is the Anybook Reader allowing parents to record up to 60 hours of books for a child to read along to. Your child will hear your voice for any book you choose to record.

National Pizza with the Works (Except Anchovies) Day

It’s National Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day! Today is the official day to order your pizza with the works (anchovies not required). Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread people made before the advent of the oven. Neolithic humans would build a fire on a flat rock to create a hearth. When it was piping hot, they brushed away the coals and laid a layer of dough across it. The baked bread was then topped with seeds or spices.

National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day celebrates all of the different toppings you can put on your pizza to suit your tastes and preferences. Although having fish on a pizza isn't the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors. Order your pizza today with all of your favorite toppings, but keep it anchovy-free!

Happy Hour Day

If you’ve been feelin’ a little blue lately, it’s time to get happy. November 12 is Happy Hour Day! While the origins of this annual "holiday" are unknown, today is the day to raise your glass and make a cheer to a great tasting beer or beverage of your choice!

"Happy hour" is a marketing term for a period of time in which a restaurant or bar offers discounts on alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine and cocktails.

Typically it is in the late afternoon Monday through Thursday, sometimes Friday, usually taking place at some point between 4 PM and 7 PM. This promotion is intended to boost business on what may otherwise be a slow day. In most cases the "happy hour" lasts longer than a single hour.

In some European countries like the Netherlands, the price of an alcoholic drink is regulated and selling them at half price is prohibited. During happy hour, a customer gets double the amount of drinks instead.

The term originated in the United States Navy. In the 1920s, “happy hour” was slang for on-ship performances. “Happy” in this context meant slightly drunk.

The idea of drinking before dinner has its roots in the Prohibition era. When the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act were passed banning alcohol consumption, citizens would host “cocktail hours”, also known as “happy hours”, at a speakeasy (an illegal drinking establishment) before eating at restaurants where alcohol could not be served. Cocktail lounges continued the trend of drinking before dinner. "Happy hour" entered civilian use around 1960, especially after a Saturday Evening Post article in 1959. Happy hour has become a tradition for many workers, white and blue collar alike.

Order of Fools

On 12th November 1381, the above association is said to have been founded by Adolphus, Count of Cleves, under the title of 'D'Order van't gaken Gesellschap.' Though bearing a designation savouring so strongly of absurdity and contempt, the members of which this order was composed were noblemen and gentlemen of the highest rank and renown, who thus formed themselves into a body for humane and charitable purposes. We should be doing these gallant knights a grievous injustice were we to connect them with the Feast of Fools, and similar absurdities of medieval times. They were, in fact, not greatly dissimilar to the 'Odd Fellows,' "Foresters,' and similar associations of the present day, which include within their sphere of operations benevolent and useful as much as convivial and social objects.

The insignia borne by the knights of this order consisted of the figure of a fool or jester, embroidered on the left side of their mantles, and depicted dressed in a red and silver vest, with a cap and bells on his head, yellow stockings, a cup filled with fruits in his right hand, and in his left a gold key, as symbolical of the affection which ought to subsist between the members of the society.

A yearly meeting of the brotherhood of Fools took place at Cleves on the first Sunday after Michaelmas-day, when a grand court was held, extending over seven days, and all matters relating to the welfare and future conduct of the order were revolved and discussed. Each member had some special character assigned to him, which he was obliged to support, and the most cordial equality everywhere prevailed, all distinctions of rank being laid aside.

The Order of Fools appears to have existed down to the beginning of the sixteenth century, but the objects for which it was originally founded seem, as in the case of the Knights Templars, to have gradually been lost sight of, and ultimately became almost wholly forgotten. The latest allusion to it occurs in some verses prefixed to a German translation of Sebastian Brand's celebrated Navis Stultifera, or Ship of Fools, published at Strasburg in 1520.

Akin to the Order of Fools was the 'Respublica Binepsis,' which was founded by some Polish noblemen about the middle of the fourteenth century, and derived its name from the estate of its principal originator. Its constitution was modelled after that of Poland, and, like that kingdom, it too had its sovereign, its council, its chamberlain, its master of the chase, and various other offices. Any member who made himself conspicuous by some absurd or singular propensity, received a recognition of this quality from his fellows by having assigned to him a corresponding appointment in the society. Thus the dignity of master of the hunt was conferred on some individual who carried to an absurd extreme his passion for the chase, whilst another person given to gasconading and boasting of his valorous exploits, was elevated to the post of field-marshal. No member could decline acceptance of any of these functions, unless he wished to make himself an object of still greater ridicule and animadversion. At the same time, all persons given to lampooning or personal satire, were excluded from admission to the association. The order rapidly increased in numbers from the period of its formation, and at one time comprised nearly all the individuals attached to the Polish court. Like the German association, its objects were the promotion of charity and good-feeling, and the repression of immoral and absurd habits and practices.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

When it comes to non-traditional holidays,November 12 is all about getting happy. Not only is it Happy Hour Day, it’s also Chicken Soup for the Soul Day!

This annual holiday, created by the Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, celebrates you. It’s a “celebration of who you are, where you've been, where you're going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!"

The popular Chicken Soup book franchise was created by inspirational speakers, Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield. After years of speeches, Hansen and Canfield asked the general public to submit inspirational and extraordinary tales and after 101 submissions, “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was released in 1993. To date, more than 112 million books have been sold.

And speaking of chicken soup, what could be more comforting than a steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup to fill your belly and your soul?