Wednesday, January 17, 2018

National Today

Have you ever noticed--especially if you're on Instagram--that there are a lot more holidays than just the usual Presidents' Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, etc? Tons more, actually, and so many of them are food related. I vow to spend more time in 2018 celebrating holidays like National Meatball Day (March 9) and National Coffee Day (September 29, but every day for me). To that end, I’ve partnered with viral holiday website National Today to share the ultimate 2018 holiday celebration calendar. They have a complete list of holidays you've probably never heard of with suggested ways to celebrate each one, along with fun facts and history, too.

Here are some sample holidays, ones I plan to observe in the coming year. They're all food-related, because hey, I celebrate food every day. There are also plenty of non-food holidays like National Lipstick Day (July 29) and National Barbie Day (March 9) on which to be festive. Check out National Today's site and never miss another opportunity to celebrate something.

Incidentally, today (Jan 17) is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Here's my favorite recipe for the drink.


National Cheese-Lovers Day (Jan 20)
Whether you prefer Gruyere or Muenster, this is the day for you.

National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan 27)
I think this holiday should be celebrated more than once a year.

National Croissant Day (Jan 30)
Let's give a cheer for these buttery French crescents!


National Pizza Day (Feb 9)
Another holiday I would celebrate daily, if I could.

National Tortellini Day (Feb 13)
A special day for a special pasta.

National Drink Wine Day (Feb 18)
Not that anyone needs a special day to drink wine.


National Oreo Cookie Day (Mar 6)
America's favorite cookie!

National Meatball Day (Mar 9)
And not just Italian meatballs...makes sure to give Swedish meatballs some love on this day.

National Artichoke Day (Mar 16)
Artichokes don't get enough love, IMHO.


National Burrito Day (Apr 5)
Why not?

National Beer Day (Apr 7)
Like National Wine Day, this could be every day.

National Pigs in a Blanket Day (Apr 24) 
I remember my Mom making these for my childhood birthday parties. A memory worth celebrating.


National Shrimp Day (May 10)
If I wasn't contractually obligated, as a Marylander, to love blue crabs best, I'd call shrimp my favorite crustacean.

National Brisket Day (May 28)
Braised or smoked, brisket deserves a shout-out at least one day a year.

National Macaroon Day (May 31)
Remember, macaroons (mack-a-ROONS) are made with coconut. Those cute pastel colored French sandwich cookies are macarons (mack-a-RONS). And they should have a day of their own.


National Donut Day (Jun 2)
Another day that could really occur 365 without much argument.

National Cheese Day (Jun 4)
Jan 20 celebrated the cheese-lover, while this day celebrates the cheese itself.

National Rosé Day (Jun 9)
Literally, ROSE ALL DAY.


National Ice Cream Day (Jul 16)
Do you like vanilla or chocolate better?

National Chicken Wing Day (Jul 29)
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy chicken wings throughout the year, but this is the only day where they are feted.

National Cheesecake Day (Jul 30)
I like my cheesecake moist and fluffy, not dense. How about you?


International Beer Day (Aug 4)
The US celebrates beer in April, but the whole world celebrates beer on this day. I think I'll join them.

National Rum Day (Aug 16)
A favorite libation that works wonderfully in Summer cocktails.

National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20)
When life gives you lemons, save them for National Lemonade Day.


National Guacamole Day (Sep 16)
Forget avocado toast. Guac belongs on chips.

National Pancake Day (Sep 26)
Have pancakes for breakfast and dinner today!

National Coffee Day (Sep 29)
I celebrate this day every day, though it officially only gets September 29th.


National Taco Day (Oct 4)
This day should run concurrently with National Guacamole Day, don't you think?

National Pasta Day (Oct 17)
Mr Minx's favorite day of the year.

National Bologna Day (Oct 24)
My bologna has a first name.... Actually it doesn't. Who names their bologna?


National Nachos Day (Nov 6)
Who doesn't love crisp chips coated with cheese and other goodies?

National Pickle Day (Nov 14)
Remember: pickle as in the food, not pickle as in getting yourself into trouble.

National Cake Day (Nov 26)
Not just chocolate cake day, though you can eat that on this day, too.


National Gazpacho Day (Dec 6)
I think of gazpacho as a warm-weather food, but I guess it's warm somewhere in the world in December.

National Ice Cream Day (Dec. 13)
I do eat ice cream all year long though.

National Bacon Day (Dec 30)
The most important holiday of all!

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