Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, Celebrate Holiday readers. Here we have a bona-fide holiday, one of the most popular in the year.

How popular, you ask? Very! Americans will spend almost 3 billion dollars on Halloween costumes, decorations, and party supplies. However, I’ll leave it to you to compare that to the $210 that are spent on the winter holidays.

I am in a holiday-oriented retail business, so I know first hand of what I speak. However, big money or no money, I hope that your Halloween and holiday’s are a wonderful as they should be.

Here’s a joke from my kids- you have to remember Charlie Brown’s It’s the Great Pumpkin cartoon, though.

(kids comparing trick-or-treats = kids comparing geography assignments)

Lucy: “I got Italy!”

Schroeder: “I got Japan!”

Charlie Brown: “I got Iraq.”

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Trick or treating never was so pitiful... (image via

Okay, okay- these are the kind of jokes you get when your kids are ridiculous and gifted, what can I say?

At any rate:

Have a SpOoKy HaLloWeeN!

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Belated Happy Birthday in honor of Emily Post

In doing my research for today’s Celebrate Holiday post, I came across an article that claimed that today, October 30th was the anniversary of Emily Post’s birth. Upon further research (you didn’t think I double checked this stuff did you?) I confirmed that her birthday was actually on October 27th and so today I dedicate this post to honoring her birth belatedly.

emily post institute

click here to visit the Emily Post Institute's website

If you didn’t already know, Emily Post’s name is now synonymous with proper etiquette and courteous manners.   Many of Emily’s descendants continue her legacy in the 50 years since Emily’s death in 1960. They write books, magazine articles, blogs, and run the Emily Post Institute.

We at Tiny Prints, and especially for Wedding Paper Divas, take etiquette for our stationery very seriously. Many of Emily Post’s and her family’s books are regularly referenced in our pursuit to ensure perfection for our customer’s invitations and announcements.

As a mother to two young boys and a former preschool teacher, I truly believe that good manners are a gift we must give to our children.

Knowing common courtesy helps people feel comfortable moving and working in the world with others.

So much of our stress and awkwardness  in our lives comes from not knowing what to do or how to act in daily situations- manners and courtesy can relieve that tension.

So here’s to a lifetime of working towards good manners for all and a legacy of great courtesy. Thank you, Emily.

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National Oatmeal Day!

October 29, 2009 1 comment

What do cholesterol, office snacks, and Wilford Brimley have in common?

I’ll bet you didn’t guess it was oatmeal.  Today is National Oatmeal Day, let’s celebrate!

National Oatmeal Day

Celebrating National Oatmeal Day with a bowl of instant oats!


Yes, this nutritious grain is very popular and useful. It is  ingested to combat rising cholesterol levels. Our office goes through instant oatmeal packets like they are candy- rummaging through the huge Costco box for our favorite flavors and always ending up with way more Apples ‘n Cinnamon left over. And if you can’t remember Wilford Brimley’s commercials for Quaker Oats, you should probably go ask your parents for permission to read my blog.

So go forth and indulge in a scrumptious oatmeal cookie (my favorite is from Specialty’s!), or cook up a batch of the fancy  steel cut oats (you can freeze it and reheat a serving later, you know!), run your self a soothing oatmeal bath, or join me in mixing hot water with a packet of instant in my bowl at my desk.

Oatmeal is all good, and good for you.  Enjoy!

National Chocolate Day

My good friend at Tiny Prints sent me a tweet this morning that today is NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY! Rejoice, brethren, for today we eat of the chocolate With Purpose. After all, it would be irreverent to not celebrate National Chocolate Day, for goodness’s sake. And we at Celebrate Holiday are not irreverent. At least, not about chocolate. And NOT today.

Chocolate has been used as a currency, an aphrodisiac, a bribe, a pacifier, you name it. Luckily, I have a box right here, a wonderful gift from my husband’s company for my birthday last week.

I am going to enjoy, I hope you do as well!

Box of Chocolates for National Chocolate Day

Birthday box of chocolates


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International Stuttering Awareness Day

What do James Earl Jones, Marilyn Monroe, Winston Churchill, and Carly Simon have in common? Or Even Tiger Woods, Emily Blunt, and Bruce Willis?

Well, fame, and something much less obvious- stuttering. Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day, always celebrated on October 22nd.



Even my new favorite Charger Darren Sproles is someone who has had a stutter. He,  along with many other famous and talented people have had a stutter and are featured on the Celebrity Corner of The Stuttering Foundation’s website.

Stuttering, also referred to as stammering, is a communication disorder that affects the speech of over 3 million Americans, probably more than 1% of all people worldwide.

Apparently nine times out of ten, addressing this disorder in childhood can help a child to grow up to speak fluently as an adult. The cause of stammering needs more research so that more effective therapies can be developed. Which is why International Stuttering Awareness Day supporters want to raise both awareness and funds.

Listen to the eloquent speech on what it is like to stammer by Leys Geddes, chair of the on The Stuttering Student’s Blog. He notes that over 10 million pounds a year are raised to help abused donkeys, while only 1 million pounds  are donated to help research & develop therapies for people who stammer.

I have a friend at work who has a stutter.  She’s pretty awesome and funny, with the greatest funky style, and an amazing work ethic.  When I am talking with her,  I have to be patient sometimes and there is occasionally this urge to finish her sentence.  Of course, that is the totally wrong thing to do because she usually says clever things that I wouldn’t think of.  Plus, it’s rude.