Certainly Dr. J.R. Stockton could benefit from a little history lesson highlighting the Romans, namely King Numa Pompilius and Julius Caesar, but let's give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he was being snidely metaphorical. A lot of us know that March is just as bad, climatologically speaking, as February, with the added bonus of being even longer. We might say, even, "March is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until April."
But I digress. (Big surprise.)
My point, and I do have one, is this: February has some Image Problems, and being The Home Of Valentine's Day doesn't solve them; ask almost any male in A Relationship. Thankfully, I have an Excellent Readership here at the Dept., and because of their inspiration, we can not only help February, but also survive it.
Dear Reader Shirley from gfeeasily commented earlier that she is "one of those girls who just throws everything in the mix and cheers for it all", a trait that I find both useful and endearing. It sounded somehow familiar to me, and then I realized why. It complements perfectly a sentiment that Dear Reader J. over at Thinking About has shared often: "Life can be really hard sometimes, so celebrate when you can."
To that end, I present to you a list of Holidays in February far beyond what we usually associate with the month. Here is where you can discover the Origin of each of the Holidays, but personally, I don't care. To paraphrase Shirley and J., February sucks, so I'm just going to mix them all up and celebrate whatever the hell I want.
February is also known as:
American Heart Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Black History Month
Canned Food Month
Creative Romance Month
Great American Pie Month
National Cherry Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Weddings Month
Here are the
Official February Holidays:
1 National Freedom Day
2 Groundhog Day
3 The Day the Music Died - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959. We will commemorate, not celebrate.
4 Create a Vacuum Day--I'll just run the one I have, thanks.
4 Thank a Mailman Day--I will set out a nice card!
5 National Weatherman's Day--Grrrrrrrr.
6 Lame Duck Day--Do I send President Obama a note, or do I increase awareness about gimpy waterfowl?
7 Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - first Saturday of month--I may have to add a scoop to my coffee.
7 Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day--I think not.
7 Send a Card to a Friend Day--eCards do count; I give you permission and the environment thanks you.
8 Boy Scout Day
8 Kite Flying Day--Maybe where you live...?
9 Clean out Your Computer Day - second Monday of the Month
9 Toothache Day
10 Umbrella Day--I feel like this should be in April, really.
11 Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day--Oddly, I like this.
11 Make a Friend Day--I'll let all the FB people do this.
11 White T-Shirt Day--My standard for jammies, so every day is this.
12 Abraham Lincoln's Birthday--I always read The Gettysburg Address. Often aloud.
12 Plum Pudding Day--In February? Have any of you had this?
13 Blame Someone Else Day - first Friday the 13th of the year--I choose...republicans.
13 Get a Different Name Day--I will always choose Samantha.
14 Ferris Wheel Day
14 National Organ Donor Day--All of us at the Dept. are donors!
14 Valentine's Day
15 Candlemas - on the Julian Calendar
15 National Gum Drop Day--Absolutely celebrating this one!
15 Singles Awareness Day--Kraft American for grilled cheese.
16 Do a Grouch a Favor Day--DOING THIS!
16 Presidents' Day - third Monday of month
17 Random Acts of Kindness Day--I feel like no one ever has randomly performed an act of kindness toward me.
18 National Battery Day--Check your smoke alarms again!
19 Chinese New Year - Year of the Goat. Don't trust goats.
19 National Chocolate Mint Day--St. Patsy's favourite ice cream. I might take her some.
20 Cherry Pie Day--I will take a trip to the pie shop for this.
20 Hoodie Hoo Day--NOT even saying this. Ever.
20 Love Your Pet Day--This is every day. Come on.
21 Card Reading Day--I used to cast and read rune stones. Don't judge. But not cards. I'll read your business card or greeting card!
22 George Washington's Birthday--GW never did it for me. I don't find him as fascinating or compelling or wonderful as AL or even TJ.
22 Be Humble Day--Humility is admirable any day if it is genuine. Don't fake it just for the day.
22 Walking the Dog Day--Never could do this yo-yo trick well. Real dog--Zydrunas is too strong for me to walk him; he is dog-reactive.
22 International World Thinking Day--Primarily to think about global women's health issues. I will fit it in while humbly walking the dog.
23 International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day--I appreciate how slipping my Dog Relatives these speedily ingratiates them to me.
23 Tennis Day--Very hard on my knees, this sport. Plus, why must the women wear skirts? Quite sexist.
24 National Tortilla Chip Day--Pass me the guacamole.
25 Pistol Patent Day
26 Carnival Day
26 National Pistachio Day--These are too pricey and worky for me. More for you.
26 Tell a Fairy Tale Day--Once upon a time the republicans listened to reason...
27 Polar Bear Day--I remain an avid Polar Bear enthusiast and supporter.
27 No Brainer Day--Sadly, an everyday holiday for so, so many.
28 Floral Design Day
28 Public Sleeping Day--Celebrated in classrooms daily.
28 National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22--What? Santa Claus, a major International star/celebrity, gets ONE holiday a year. The Tooth Fairy gets TWO?
There is no February 29th this year, so we are spared an extra day of winter. Next year we have Leap Day, which some people also call Sadie Hawkins Day, Opposite Day, Backwards Day, or any other sort of clever Anything Goes kind of classification. I never understood any of that, but I did know someone born on February 29th who delighted in dividing her age by four and alternating between February 28th and March 1st for her birthday celebrations. In most other areas of her life, she was quite joyless and plodding, so this tiny bit of capriciousness was a rare charm.
Which of these Holidays might you celebrate? Are you embracing the new February Philosophy?