google doodle

Valentine’s Day

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Today, the Google Doodle features six sweethearts. Each of the hearts tells a different story about love; “Mr. Right,” “First kiss,” “4ever yours,” “puppy love” and “blind date.” A radio-show entitled This American Life inspired this feature. It’s mostly audio but there are some delightful illustrations accompanying each story.

Listen to First Kiss— the story is just like mine and Matt’s.

tick-or-treat

smell my feet, give me something good to eat

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas, but it is the beginning of the holiday season…well, at least in my mind. I love Halloween. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I have fond memories of Halloween, October and harvest. My childhood was filled with dressing up in costumes, decorating, craving pumpkins and drinking hot apple cider. I know, I am a little over the top.

Today, I wanted to talk to you about trick-or-treating. What a crazy weird idea, eh? Trick-or-Treating is now a billion dollar industry. As an American custom, trick-or-treating wasn’t always part of Halloween. A little over 60 years ago, many Americans had never even seen a trick-or-treater. It is something everyone, both parents and kids alike, look forward to every year. It doesn’t matter if you are in it for the costumes, the party, seeing everyone dressed up or just the candy–everyone is in it for something. 

When I was a kid (and yes, still now) I dressed up. I had the most elaborate costumes: Dorthy, Pippi Longstockings, a Christmas tree, a graduate, a princess, Raggedy Ann. Often times my mom would make them, but my favorite part of my costumes was a bag I got to carry around with me that looked like a witch. You guessed it, it was my trick-or-treating bag. For years I carried this around with me and come to think of it, next time I am at home, I’m snagging that from my parents for next year. No, I don’t go trick-or-treating now, but I still dress up. To me, dressing up is half the fun of Halloween. It’s the one time of the year it’s societally and socially acceptable to be someone you aren’t. For one night, you get to go out and embrace that.

I was curious to know more about the history on trick-or-treating and this is what I found. Take a look at this article. It’s an interesting read. We’ve come a long way. This holiday has boomed into something uncontrollable, but I don’t see anyone complaining about it.

Go out, dress up and live in the moment. Enjoy Halloween. Be safe and be smart. Happy Halloween!

sweetest day

a Midwesten holiday

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First and foremost, Happy Sweetest Day!

This holiday is mainly celebrated in the Great Lakes region, and parts of the Northeast United States, and every third Saturday in October we celebrate! The first Sweetest Day was pronounced as October 8, 1921 in Cleveland.  The Sweetest Day in the Year Committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks, and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio.

People say that Sweetest Day is a Hallmark Holiday, though it was not invented by Hallmark. This is the real deal people. I will agree that Sweetest Day makes Valentine’s Day much more appetizing (whether you have a significant other or not). Unlike Valentine’s Day, this holiday is not nationally recognized.

It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an “occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember not only the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed.” Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a “concocted promotion” created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of sweets.

With an interesting fact, Sweetest Day commonly involves women giving their husband or boyfriends candy and acknowledgment.  So here’s to my amazing boyfriend, Matt, Happy Sweetest Day! I wish we were together to celebrate.

For the celebration

Friends, family, and significant others often will give each other candy, flowers, and cards on Sweetest Day.  This holiday is much like Valentine’s Day; the Sweetest Day is associated with heart-shaped boxes, and the colors pink and red. Statistics show that 80% of Hallmark’s greeting cards designed for Sweetest Day are romantic.

Sure Sweetest Day is a Midwestern holiday, predominantly celebrated in Cleveland, but that doesn’t mean I still can’t celebrate it now living out on the East Coast.