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Mom always said that most of your body heat is lost through the top of your head, insisting that you wear a hat in cold weather. On Jan. 15, typically a cold day in the most of the U.S., take mom’s advice and wear a hat – it could be a “bowler," an “ascot cap” or a “zucchetto” – whatever keeps that head warm! Make it fun and unique to make the most of Hat Day.
- Eccentric Hat Party, Red Hat Party
From the time we’re children, we’re told to keep “moving forward.” Jan. 31 is a day to take a break from all of that forward-thinking, and go backward! Wear your clothes backward, write and speak backward (you can try, anyway), walk backward and turn all of your (or a co-worker’s) desktop accessories backward. Just don’t try driving backward unless you’re backing out of your driveway.
- Backwards Party
Spunky Old Broads Day
We all know a spunky old broad who constantly reminds us that getting old doesn’t have to mean becoming boring. Do something nice for the spunky old broads in your life today.
- Red Hat Party
Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday is, of course, the day of the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), when the two best football teams in the U.S. compete for the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy. With huge numbers of people viewing the game at sports bars and often at parties at home, Super Bowl Sunday also has the distinction of being the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S., behind Thanksgiving.
Charles Dickens Day
Charles Dickens is recognized as the greatest author of the Victorian period, and is best-known for his novels “The Adventures of Oliver Twist,” “A Christmas Carol” and “David Copperfield.” Born on Feb. 7, 1812, his books related to the poor, working class and social issues and sought to bring about positive change through his writings. If you’ve never read Dickens, today is a great day to start.
- Poets & Authors Party
Day of the Ninja
While real ninjas probably wore regular, everyday clothes in order to blend in with the populace, today is a day to honor the ninjas of TV and film – in all black. Participants typically showcase their skills at being “stealthy.”
- Ninjas, Heroes & Villains, Black & White Party
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
This holiday is only for those who aren’t afraid to look, shall we say, unusual in public. Participants dress as if they are from the past or the future and stay in character all day. Those from the “past” may appear to be afraid of new technology. Travelers from the “future” may appear to be from a post-apocalyptic time. Too shy to play-act in public? Stay home and watch a “Dr. Who” marathon or the “Back to the Future” movies.
- Poets & Authors, Heroes & Villains
Popularized by a 1997 episode of the sit-com “Seinfeld,” Festivus is a way to celebrate the holiday season without the commercialization and pressures that go along with traditional holidays. Festivus includes an “airing of grievances,” when everyone at the dinner table describes how another person at the table has disappointed him or her over the past year; feats of strength; and the plain, aluminum “Festivus pole.”
- Festivus Party, Ugly Sweater Party
Christmas, celebrated by millions of people around the world, is a celebration of giving and togetherness that has deep roots that go back to Saturnalia in ancient Rome and Yule in Germanic and Scandinavian traditions. We all know about the Christian traditions, and we know of the legendary St. Nicholas and his reindeer, but most aren’t aware that Christmas has historically had a fun theme of social role reversal. In Roman times a pauper was made King for the day, in Victorian times servants were served by the masters, and in modern times, Christmas is the season where children are elevated above the grown-ups. Whatever Christmas means to you, there’s no denying the special warm spirit of togetherness and generosity that is unique to the Christmas season.
- Chinese Christmas Party, Ugly Sweater Party
Honoring African heritage in the U.S. and Canada, Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration that ends with a feast and gift-giving. It focuses on seven core principles, unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
Card Playing Day
There are probably as many card games out there as there are players. On Card Playing Day, gather a group of friends or family members and just play! The timing is perfect, as Christmas is over and most people want to simply relax and spend time with loved ones.
Typical New Year’s Eve celebrations start sometime before midnight on the last day of the year and go until the wee hours of the morning on the first day of the New Year. Champagne is a traditional beverage for these events, and often fireworks are set off. New Year’s Eve is celebrated the world over, often in huge public parties, but perhaps the most famous and well-attended party is in New York’s Times Square, featuring the “ball drop” and various TV specials.