Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12, Poinsettia Day, Gingerbread House Day, more

December 12th, 2012, is 12-12-12, Poinsettia Day, National Ding-a-Ling Day, Unmentionable Thoughts Festival, Bonza Bottler Day, Virgin of Guadalupe Festival, Neutrality Day (Turkmenistan), Independence Day (Kenya), National Ambrosia Day, and Gingerbread House Day.

Today is 12-12-12, a great day for number geeks and OCD types. (I'm one of them!) Don't miss today's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, the world's largest music event, to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

UPDATE: Today is World Hoop Day, promoting "peace, community and healthy living." People on six continents are hula-hooping for fun and exercise.

Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12th, marking the death anniversary of politician Joel Robert Poinsett, for whom the flower is named. The holiday also honors Paul Ecke, Jr., the father of the poinsettia industry. Surprisingly (to me at least), poinsettias are the best-selling potted plant in the U.S. and Canada. That's a lot of holiday cheer!

National Ding-a-Ling Day is probably a tribute to Chuck Berry and his famous 1972 song, "My Ding-a-Ling." The lyrics mention two bells on a string, along with a lot of innuendo.

The Unmentionable Thoughts Festival is mentioned on many holiday sites, but with no details given. Too unmentionable, I suppose.

The twelfth and final Bonza Bottler Day of 2012 is here at last, celebrating the orderliness of a matching month number and date - 12/12.

The Virgin of Guadalupe Festival honors the patron saint of Mexico. Thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, and fiestas are held throughout Mexico.

Turkmenistan observes Neutrality Day on December 12th.

Kenya observes Independence Day today, celebrating independence since 1963.

Ahhhh....the food of the gods! Even the well-known Sims of simulation game fame enjoy their ambrosia. Gather your citrus, chill your cream, celebrate National Ambrosia Day.

Today is Gingerbread House Day. Some are quite elaborate, as at the White House in Washington, D.C. Since most gingerbread houses are used more as decoration than as dessert, feel free to begin your construction project today, thirteen days before Christmas. Alternatively, do as I do - buy a kit or set up a ceramic gingerbread house display.

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