So, now that Valentine’s Day is over, now that the chocolate kisses and heart-shaped cookies are out of the way, we’re in the clear until St. Patrick’s Day, right?
Nothing to celebrate until March 17, when we make corned beef and cabbage and raise a mug of green beer, right?
Not so fast.
You don’t mean to suggest that you aren’t going to celebrate National Margarita Day on Saturday?
I didn’t think so.
So that means we’ll all have a margarita and raise our salty-rimmed glasses to our favorite Mexican cocktail.
Then it’s all clear until St. Patrick’s Day, right?
Sure, if you want to ignore National Cherry Pie Day on Thursday, National Sticky Bun Day on Friday, and National Banana Bread Day on Sunday, which also happens to be International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, and leaves me wondering if someone doesn’t need my recipe for banana bread.
Yesterday was crab-stuffed flounder day. Don’t tell my husband; it’s one of his favorite dishes. I don’t make it often and he may be bummed that I ignored it.
I inadvertently celebrated National Oatmeal Month in January and National Hot Breakfast Month in February, just by getting up and having breakfast. Who knew?
How can we possibly keep track of all of these days?
When folks talk about made-up holidays, I think they need to attack National Tortilla Chip Day, which is celebrated on Monday, before they start picking on Valentine’s Day and Sweetest Day.
Tuesday is the double-whammy of National Clam Chowder Day and National Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day, which also is referred to by some as National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day. (You know, the way some folks refer to Memorial Day as Decoration Day.)
I know that you are wondering where all of these days come from, and yes, most of them are proclaimed by the maker/grower/lobbyist for the nuts, clams, dog biscuits and tortilla chips out there.
Some do have a more official nature. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month.
Some are more historic. The legend of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree resulted in February being National Cherry Month and having National Cherry Pie Day on its calendar.
The day before Ash Wednesday is called National Pancake Day because traditionally cooks would serve the batter cakes as a way to use up their oil or butter, milk and flour, before the fasting of Lent began.
Not all of it makes as much sense.
Can someone explain to me why National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month is November, but National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is coming up on March 1?
I was thinking about declaring my birthday in November after my favorite food, but I couldn’t decide between cheese, chocolate or bacon and then, sadly, I discovered that all of my favorite foods already had their own days.
Not only that, my birthday already has been claimed as National Nachos Day. Pass the salsa please.
No, wait, I just realized that today, according to the National Confectioner’s Association, is Chocolate Mint Day.
Somewhere out there, there’s a peppermint patty with my name on it.