Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holidays and Observances for December 16 2014

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

When it comes to non-traditional holidays, December 16 ranks right up there! It is Barbie and Barney Backlash Day! According to the Wellcat website, "It's the one day each year when mom and dad can tell the kids that Barbie and Barney don't exist!" What!? Barbie and Barney don't really exist? Bah humbug!

Love 'em or not so much, Barbie and Barney still are popular today. But they have had their critics over the years. Between Barbie's super-slim figure and never aging looks that some say have contributed to negative body images for young girls and Barney bashing from near-and-far, it's important to remember these American icons are popular children's characters that have brought smiles to millions of children all over the world and sparked children's imagination.

And speaking of imagination, a visit from one of the world's most beloved and iconic symbols is now only days away. In less than two weeks, the big guy will be flying high in the sky with his merry reindeer on his annual mission visiting the lucky children who made the "nice" list this year. Yessir, Santa Claus is comin' to town and will soon be squeezing down your chimney spreading all kinds of holiday cheer this year. Now that's imagination!

Boston Tea Party Day

In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

The midnight raid, popularly known as the "Boston Tea Party," was in protest of the British Parliament's Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny.

When three tea ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor, the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England. After Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused, Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the "tea party" with about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group. The British tea dumped in Boston Harbor on the night of December 16 was valued at some $18,000.

Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 16th is yet another of those days that celebrate specific food items. The history of national chocolate covered anything day will involve a lot of research as it is not particularly well known. However, it is certainly a day for all you chocoholics out there!  You need not feel guilty about eating the addictive stuff on chocolate covered anything day.

National chocolate covered anything day is literally a day for binging. While you can definitely have your fill of chocolate chip encrusted cookies, cakes and pies on the national chocolate covered anything day, you are also at liberty to slather the yummy chocolate over anything and everything that takes your fancy.

History of national chocolate covered anything day does not really give you too many details apart from the fact that you can celebrate the day in December, a month well known for days dedicated to quirky food items.  The chocolate covered anything day must have been formulated by a candy or a confectionery based company initially but whatever be the history behind it, the day has turned out to be a hit especially among the chocolate addicts who just cannot forgo the bitter sweet extract of the cocoa beans.

Pouring liquid chocolate over raisins, nuts and waffles are common place and dipping a variety of berries into a twirl of dark chocolate just before popping it into the mouth is a delicious way of celebrating the national chocolate covered anything day too. Adding chocolates to the breakfast cereal might help your kid to finish it off fast on the day designated as the chocolate covered anything day and you can certainly have loads of fun by experimenting with strange variations like the chocolate covered sushi dish. However, it is better to refrain from chocolate covered ants on the national chocolate covered anything day as the insects have a day dedicated to themselves.

While we love the creativity of this ridiculous, made-up holiday, the truth is that there are some things that just do not need to be covered in chocolate. There are some things that shouldn't even be dipped in chocolate. In fact, there are some things that shouldn't even know chocolate exists for dipping/covering.