Happy Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Surprised? I just found out today myself. I wasn’t even planning on any type of holiday today, just a regular Friday but, now knowing it’s Winnie the Pooh Day I must plan something, shouldn’t I? Maybe we could watch the 2018 Disney movie “Christopher Robin” tonight for family movie night. For a review of this August 2018 Disney movie read Richard Brody’s August 6, 2018 review in the New Yorker – “Disney’s Pleasantly Abrasive Spin on Winnie-The-Pooh”.

During our Christmas holiday we watched the Disney movie “Christopher Robin” with my daughter’s family for family movie night. Watching that movie last month made me think back to childhood when we all loved and adored Winnie the Pooh. How many of us had a Winnie the Pooh stuffed bear? How many of us read A.A. Milne’s wonderful stories? How many of us were inspired by the Disney version of Winnie the Pooh made in the 1960’s to cuddle up with Pooh and reread the books? Countless children and adults love Winnie the Pooh so it is only fitting that he be honored with a day all to himself.

But, sadly he is not. January 18th is also National Peking Duck Day, National Thesaurus Day, and National Michigan Day. How do I know these things? I found them in a list on line.

With a little Google search I found this year long list of all the National Days dedicated to observances and holidays on a website called the National Day Calendar. On this website you can look up any day in particular or just scroll through the list to see the coordinating National observance of some rather unusual days such as: July 14 – National Tape Measure Day(now there’s a day not to be missed!), September 10 – National TV Dinner Day(I don’t think they even make TV dinners anymore), November 15 – National Clean Out your Refrigerator Day(a sensible day the week before Thanksgiving), and don’t forget the most wonderful day in just a few days January 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day(gives me something to do in the winter).

In addition to listing the more than 1500 National Day observances, this website gives a short blurb about how that particular day came about and happily for us, they continue to add to the list as new and unusual National Day observances come to light.

It’s a fun site to play around for a while. We have a snowstorm predicted for this weekend; maybe I can surf the site and find some other National Days to write about. Check out your birthday and find out what National observances honor your special day. Mine? National TV Dinner day….quite a disappointment.


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