Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holidays for December 18th 2013

Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day

It's Christmas time, and time for giving gifts. To purchase gifts, however, you need money which usually comes from a job. For the unemployed, this can be a difficult time. With the Nation’s unemployment rate reaching 7.0%, there are many people in a tough financial state. For those wanting a new job, it might be a good idea to wait till the end of the year before furthering your job hunt at this point simply because Christmas time typically brings about Christmas bonuses and parties that make work fun. One such levity that is shooting through the Facebook and Twitter world like viral marketing is Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day - December 18.

Who is Buddy the Elf? If you've seen the movie Elf, you don't have to ask that question. You're probably already lying on the floor laughing at the thought of answering the phone like Buddy the Elf. The idea is to pick up the phone on December 18 and answer:
Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?
A quote that comes straight from the movie. If you are an receptionist, phone operator or administrative assistant, you may want to think twice before answering your business line this way. But, among friends, this is simply a festive act of fun. Buddy is an innocent Elf who loves Christmas cheer.

But, maybe you feel more like Hermie - The elf on Rudolph. This is the elf who felt out of place and wanted to be a dentist. Finding no fulfillment in his work making toys, he proclaims:
I am not such a misfit - You can't fire me, I quit!
Perhaps you have felt this way and have found yourself unemployed or desiring to find a job that better suits you. If this is how you feel, maybe it's time to enjoy the Christmas festivities and then visit and find a job in your area that fits your desires and skills so that this time next Christmas you'll be celebrating International Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day filled with Christmas cheer.

National Bake Cookies Day

December 18th is National Bake Cookies Day. This comes at a wonderful time, because winter holiday celebrations are in progress. This gives everyone an opportunity to bake cookies. Cookies can be made from ready-made dough or from scratch.

When deciding to bake cookies from scratch you may be at a loss for ideas. I suggest you visit your local library and pick up a few books on baking cookies. The joy of cookies by Sharon Tyler Herbst, The Christmas cookie book by Judy Knipe and Barbara Marks,Christmas cookies: 50 recipes to treasure for the holiday season by Lisa B. Zwirn, or Southern living best loved cookies: 50 melt-in-your-mouth Southern morsels are all wonderful books with excellent recipes for baking cookies.

If you are more of a visual learner then check out Martha’s favorite cookies DVD, the DVD features thirty-three of Martha’s best cookie recipes. These are just a few of the wonderful items that are available to help make National Bake Cookies Day a success.

Other ideas for National Bake Cookies Day are to have a Cookie Swap Party, make cookies for your local school, fire station or police station. I just can’t wait for December 18th. I can smell the cookies already, can’t you? My favorite cookie is the classic chocolate chip cookie, but I also like ginger snaps, lemon bars and oatmeal cookies without the raisins.

Tell me your favorite cookie and/or post your favorite recipe.

International Migrants Day

The United Nations' (UN) International Migrants Day is annually held on December 18 to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide.

Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to observe International Migrants Day by distributing information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms. People are also invited to share their experiences and contribute to designing action plans to ensure their protection. Organizations actively involved in promoting the day include:
  • “December 18”, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the UN.
  • Radio 1812, an initiative that brings together radio stations to celebrate the day.
  • Amnesty International.
  • The International Organization for Migration.
  • The National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights.
Many organizations and communities celebrate the day through various activities to alert the general public on facts about migrants, problems with human trafficking, the lives of migrant workers’ children, the plight of refugees and ways in combating racism. Websites, such as, gives people the opportunity to have a virtual experience of what it is like to come from a migrant background. Lobby groups may also use this day as an opportunity to pressure local public officials to look at issues concerning legalization, immigrant enforcement and migrants’ human rights. Special films and documentaries about migrants are also screened or broadcast on this day.

According to a Global Commission on International Migration report in 2005, the number of international migrants increased from 75 million to about 200 million in the past 30 years and migrants could be found in every part of the world. The report also found that the migration could accelerate due to the growing developmental, demographic and democratic disparities that existed between different world regions. Moreover, migration is driven by powerful economic, social and political forces that governments need to acknowledge as a reality.

On December 4, 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants. On that day, a decade earlier, the assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Earlier celebrations of the day can be traced as far back as 1997 when some Asian migrant organizations marked December 18 as the day to recognize the rights, protection, and respect for migrants.

The UN emblem may be found in material promoting International Migrants Day. The emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN flag.

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

Today is National Roast Suckling Pig Day! During the hectic holiday season, it is difficult to imagine that anyone would actually have the time to roast a pig. It typically takes two days to fully prepare the pig and then to roast it. Nevertheless, roast suckling pigs are an iconic holiday dish, often depicted as the centerpiece of a massive feast.

A suckling pig is a young piglet that has not yet been weaned from its mother. Young piglets are considered a delicacy because their meat is very tender compared to older pigs. A suckling pig can range anywhere from 9 to 20 pounds, depending on how many people you intend to feed.

There are various recipes for suckling pig that can be traced back to Ancient Rome and China. Today, pig roasts are a popular tradition in cultures all around the world. To celebrate National Roast Suckling Pig Day, start gathering the necessary ingredients for the roasted pig centerpiece of your holiday feast!

National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day

Get Your Plunger Ready…

...'cause December 18th is Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day. No, I am not making that up. I'm sure someone did, because there's mention of it all over the web, but I never did find any origins for it. Just giddy celebrations of it.

in honor of this day's encouragement of rather unorthodox plunger use you too, can get in on the fun of Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day. I did a little research to help you get started (you're welcome), and here are some of the more interesting choices:
  • If you are the card-sending type, send ecards to friends and loved ones to mark the date., for example, is happy to be of service.
  • If you are the fashionista type, perhaps this headgear will do: the Plunger Hat. As stylish as it is functional, it's just the thing for preventing those annoying head-bobs when you're trying to sleep on the train:
  • If you're the multi-tasking type, might I suggest combining holidays? December 18th is also Bake Cookies Day. Plunger-shaped cookies, anyone?
  • If you're a literalist, then by all means, when you're getting ready for the day tomorrow, plunk a plunger on your noggin. Although I would highly recommend using a new and heretofore unused plunger, to avoid any unfortunate name calling...
If none of these options suit your fancy, then by all means be creative and think up your own original way to celebrate the day. And please, drop me a clean comment (family show here, remember) telling me what you came up with.

Have a very happy Wear a Plunger On Your Head Day!

Flake Appreciation Day

Flake Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on December 18 in the United States.

Hey hey hey snowflake... my pretty little snowflake... the change in the weather has made it better for meeee-

Flake Appreciation Day is a fun day created to encourage us to take notice of snowflakes and to be mesmerized by each icy one that falls.

I found recognition from calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. Some sites ask the question is this holiday talking about a person being a "flake" or is it talking about the snow flake? In my research most everything points to this holiday referring to the snowflake itself.

Definition of a snowflake
The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation. Wikipedia encyclopedia tells us "Snow crystals form when tiny supercooled cloud droplets (approx 10μm in diameter) freeze." "These droplets are able to remain liquid at temperatures colder than 0°C because in order to freeze, a few molecules in the liquid droplet need to get together by chance to form an arrangement close to that in an ice lattice; then the droplet freezes around this 'nucleus' : etc.

"The individual ice crystals often have an hexagonal symmetry." "Although the ice is clear scattering of light by the crystal facets and hollows/imperfections mean that the crystals often appear white in colour due to small ice particles are diffuse reflecting of all spectrum of light."

"Ice crystals formed in the appropriate conditions can often be thin and flat." These planar crystals may be simple hexagons, or if the supersaturation is high enough, develop branches and dendritic (fern-like) features and have six approximately identical arms, as per the iconic 'snowflake' popularised by Wilson Bentley." "The 6-fold symmetry arises from the hexagonal crystal structure of ordinary ice, the branch formation is produced by unstable growth, with deposition occurring preferentially near the tips of branches."

"The shape of the snowflake is determined broadly by the temperature, and humidity at which it forms." "Rarely, at a temperature of around −2 °C (28 °F), snowflakes can form in threefold symmetry — triangular snowflakes." "The most common snow particles are visibly irregular, although near-perfect snowflakes may be more common in pictures because they are more visually appealing."

"There is a widely held belief that no two snowflakes are alike." "it is extremely unlikely for any two macroscopic objects in the universe to contain an identical molecular structure; but there are, nonetheless, no known scientific laws that prevent it."