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Silly Celebrations for July via www.RaisingLifelongLearners.com

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In June I shared some fun {and very silly} holidays that I came across. I enjoyed my kids’ delight so much, that I decided to make these unique celebrations a part of our everyday. I mean, who can resist celebrating Sidewalk Egg-Frying Day {July 4th} or  Teddy Bear Picnic Day {July 10th}.

Will you choose to weave some of these fun traditions into your routines this July? Make sure you pin this post so you can find it again each year as you prepare for your silly celebrations.

Month-Long Celebrations

  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month

 

Day-Specific Celebrations

  • First Sunday – Build a Scarecrow Day…I figured a day like this would be celebrated in the fall because that’s when people tend to decorate with them. But it makes sense, right? The whole point of scarecrows is having them in your garden to scare away the birds. Make one today—protect those veggies! 
  • Third Sunday – National Ice Cream Day…Have you bought an ice cream maker yet? There are so many great days to celebrate ice cream this month, that you really should think about picking one up. My favorite is the Cuisinart ICE-20.
  • Fourth Sunday – Parent’s Day…I think everyday should be Parent’s Day, though I daresay my kids wouldn’t agree.
  • Second Friday – Cow Appreciation Day…Invented by the fabulous folks at Chik-Fil-A, this is the day to don your cow outfits and go out to lunch – for free. Anyone wearing full cow-gear gets a combo meal. Guess where my large family is eating today? 
  • 1 – Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day…Hmmm… can you think of some fun flavors to try? I ‘m thinking of making Lavender Honey ice cream today. 
  • 1 – International Joke Day…What kiddo doesn’t like to tell silly jokes? Can you get your hands on a few joke books? Try to speak in jokes and riddles today. 
  • 2 – I Forgot Day…After the year I’ve had, this is a holiday I need! Today is the day that you get to remember all of those things you forgot earlier in the year. Forget your anniversary? Your sister’s birthday? No problem. Send an apology and a card today. Problem solved!
  • 2 – World UFO Day…Today is the day that people around the world unite and turn their heads towards the sky in a unified effort to, um, search for UFOs. Want to participate? First, get your hands on The Ultimate Guide to the Roswell UFO Crash by Noe Torres. Then, if heading to the UFO Festival in New Mexico is out of the question, set up camp in the backyard and search the skies.
  • 3 – Compliment Your Mirror Day…So, should we compliment the actual mirror? Or the reflection within? I’m voting for that beautiful mom {or dad} staring back, and will be reminding myself that I am special and beautiful, and encouraging my kids to look at themselves in the mirror and compliment their reflections as well.  
  • 3 – Stay Out of the Sun Day…Let’s be creative with this one – how about setting up different areas of shade in the backyard with silks and tents? Go from house to yard holding umbrellas over your head to block the sun. My kids will love the silly challenge of this day. 
  • 4 – Independence Day…Have a family picnic, see some fireworks, and try out some fun and festive patriotic recipes
  • 4 – National Country Music Day…I love classic country music like Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Tim McGraw {swoon}. I may need to dig out an old pair of boots, my cowboy hat, and crank up the stereo to do a little boot scootin’ at our holiday picnic this year. 
  • 4 – Sidewalk Egg-Frying Day…We are definitely trying this one. My husband’s aunt might think we’re crazy as we interrupt the 4th of July picnic to try frying an egg on the driveway, but it’s all in the name of family fun, right? This one sparked Trevor’s curiosity and I’m planning on running with it! 
  • 5 – Workaholic Day…So, how do you think workaholics actually celebrate this day? By working more? If they took it off, they’d be defeating the purpose of the holiday itself, right? 
  • 6 – National Fried Chicken Day…I’m looking forward to trying out Zaycon Foods chicken later this fall. Have you heard of it? You can preorder 40 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts {or ground beef} at a huge savings and pick it up during one of their “events.” You can sign up for free and see if there are any events coming to your area. In the meantime, I’ll be frying up some of the yummy birds I get at our summer Brunty Farms CSA. There’s nothing like farm fresh chicken.
  • 7 – Chocolate Day…This is a day made for me. I think we’ll have to have chocolate for each meal of the day today. 
  • 7 – National Strawberry Sundae Day…Some of my leftover chocolate from yesterday drizzled over vanilla ice cream with strawberries would be perfect for this holiday celebration. 
  • 8 – Video Games Day…Trevor is angling to start playing Minecraft, though I haven’t gotten it for him yet. Maybe I’ll surprise each of the kids today. Trevor can get his game, Molly can get a new DS game, and I can get Logan something for her LeapPad
  • 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day…I love my old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It’s my standby, and has a great sugar cookie recipe in it. We’ll be baking today. 
  • 10 – Teddy Bear Picnic Day…Gather your favorite stuffed bears, make some PB&J, shake up some lemonade, pull out some teddy bear books, and head to the park for a picnic in the shade. Memories… 
  • 11 – Cheer Up the Lonely Day…I love this holiday! What a fabulous excuse to get your kids thinking about someone else. Make some cards, bake some cookies, and head over to the local nursing home to visit someone who needs cheered. Call before you go and ask if you can be referred to someone who needs a visit most. 
  • 12 – Different Colored Eyes Day…Did you know that actress Jane Seymour has heterochromia? That’s the condition of having two different colored eyes, and the focus of today’s celebration. I think this would make an interesting mini study, so we’ll look it up and maybe notebook what we learn. 
  • 12 – Pecan Pie Day…I’ve loved Kentucky Pie {chocolate and pecan} since I waitressed at a little café that served it warm with vanilla ice cream. This recipe sounds easy, so I think the kids and I will need to try this out to celebrate today.  
  • 13 – Barbershop Music Appreciation Day…Why not try a music appreciation activity today and adapt the SQUILT music curriculum {you DID buy it, didn’t you?} and apply it to listening to a barbershop quartet CD
  • 13 – Embrace Your Geekness Day…If you’re a geek like I am, embrace it today – peruse the newest technology magazines, drool over the latest tablet, do some research just for fun, then tackle the science of baking a cake while experimenting with different butter temperatures.   
  • 14 – Pandemonium Day…Honestly, this is just every day in the Kessler house, but we might as well enjoy our chaos on this day.  
  • 15 – Tapioca Pudding Day…Do you like tapioca? I have to admit that I’ve never tried it, and think I’ll have to this month. Now to find some good recipes…
  • 17 – Peach Ice Cream Day…We’ll be breaking out our Cuisinart ice cream maker again and making fresh peach ice cream today – Brian loves peach ice cream! 
  • 17 – Yellow Pig Day…Created by mathematics students at Princeton University when studying the properties of the number 17, this weird holiday has been celebrated across math campuses since the 1960s. Do a little research, it’s interesting, but remember this was created by college guys and the “Yellow Pig Day Carols” you’ll come across are not necessarily for all ears. I’ll be playing with number properties and eating yellow pig cupcakes with my brood in true Princeton Math Department fashion.
  • 18 – National Caviar Day…Time to improve the palates of my little ones. We’ll have to try some caviar today. Or maybe sushi with caviar. We may just have to read a book or two to get them in the mood. 
  • 19 – National Raspberry Cake Day…I’ve never made a raspberry cake before, and never imagined that there was a day totally dedicated to this confection. I think I’m going to try to make this one
  • 20 – Moon Day…Celebrate Neil Armstrong’s historic first lunar steps by reading some books, making some moon crafts, and taking a telescope outside to cap off the day by looking up at our satellite.   
  • 21 – National Junk Food Day…Time to break out the corn dogs, hamburgers, french fries, candy, gum, ice cream, and chips. Have a junk food day {and remind your kids – when they’re sick tomorrow – why you only do this once a year}! 
  • 22 – Hammock Day…Since we moved, we don’t have our hammock anymore, but I think I’m going to set up my comfy baby wrap under the kitchen table for the kids to take turns laying in. They can each have some reading time and enjoy the relaxing snugness of our makeshift hammock.  
  • 22 – Rat Catcher’s Day…Why wouldn’t we have a day to celebrate rat catchers? Grab some nets and hide some plastic toy rats in the yard and have your kids go hunting.   
  • 23 – National Hot Dog Day…Hot dogs roasted over a bonfire on sticks – delish! I love the crusty outside and dribbly centers of dogs cooked over an open fire. Try it! 
  • 23 – Vanilla Ice Cream Day…My little Logan loves her ice cream plain, and only ever orders vanilla. This is the perfect day for her. 
  • 24 – Amelia Earhart Day…I highly recommend the book, Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride to capture the spirit of Amelia Earhart. Read it with your kids, and wonder along with them, what really happened. 
  • 24 – Cousin’s Day…Gather all of the cousins and have a backyard camp day. Play outdoor games, eat frozen fruit bars, and run through sprinklers. Give your kids and their cousins a chance to really get to know each other.  
  • 25 – Culinary Day…Get messy in the kitchen today with your kids. Have them read through their own cookbooks and decide on recipes to make. I like cookbooks by Mollie Katzen for my littlest ones.  
  • 26 – Aunt and Uncle Day…Take some time today to acknowledge your aunts and uncles, and encourage your kids to do the same. Make cards or design small gifts. Call them on the phone and thank them for being there while you were growing up.  
  • 27 – Take Your Pants for a Walk Day…Weird, but okay… put on a pair of pants and take them for a walk. You’ll get some exercise too.  
  • 28 – National Milk Chocolate Day…I love Dove Milk Chocolate Promises, and I think I’ll indulge today. But, after thinking about eating chocolate all day long earlier in the month, I thought about making my own chocolate bar concoctions with the kids. We’ll be melting down milk chocolate, and putting it in chocolate bar molds. Each of us will add our own mix-ins to create our perfect chocolate bar. {Toffee Pretzel Crunch for me!}
  • 29 – National Lasagna Day…We love lasagna here and usually make a few extra for the freezer when we’re going to the trouble of making one. I’m thinking about having a breakfast lasagna, veggie lasagna for lunch, and meat lasagna for dinner. Maybe we’ll try a chocolate lasagna for dessert. This is going to be a great day! 
  • 30 – National Cheesecake Day…It’s been a long time since I’ve made cheesecake. I think I need to experiment with some different recipes in preparation for this day.
  • 31 – Mutt’s Day…My father-in-law just got a new dog, and named him Jack. It’s a funny black mutt that sits by his chair, rides in the truck with him wherever he goes, and looks him right in the eye. They’re “getting to know” one another, and I know that my father-in-law hopes that he can form a connection as strong as the one he had with the dog he lost a few months ago. On the 31st, I think the kids and I will take a ride out to visit Jack, play with him a bit, and welcome him into the family. I know my father-in-law will appreciate it.

So, which of these fun holidays will you celebrate with your kids this month? Let’s commit together to make this a fun summer and be more purposeful in our attitudes towards our children and the activities we share with them. This list can be a fun start to that promise.

Let me know what you plan!

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Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.