Didn’t you get the memo? It’s Boss's Day! Bosses aren’t generally celebrated so much as rather grudgingly respected. But every October 16 the water cooler warriors of the world come together en masse to enshrine their employers in office-related swag. This is perhaps the biggest day of the year for purchases of coffee mugs, staplers and sharpies which are showered on the management sector far and wide in hopes that those bosses will be a little less bossy. But hey, bosses are people too. And if you take a little time out to think of them with a present or a card, they’ll certainly appreciate it, and you’ll certainly breathe a bit more easily during your quarterly reviews.
Much as it might seem like some hare brained self-congratulatory scheme from an eccentric Michael Scott type of boss, Bosses Day was actually created by a happy employee. Patricia Haroski, an administrative assistant for an insurance company in Illinois, was pleased enough with her boss to get the idea for a national holiday celebrating bosses; perhaps it helped that her boss was also her father. She submitted the holiday to the US Chamber of Commerce in 1958; four years later it was officially inaugurated in her home state by Governor Otto Kerner, who was unbothered by the nepotism because he was too busy taking bribes to notice. Despite being ushered in by such a bad boss, the holiday can easily be applied to the thousands of decent bosses around the country and world. And while it’s a bad idea to give your boss the same kind of gifts that Kerner was getting, there’s nothing wrong with gift or card on Bosses Day to your management. And who knows, your boss might even lighten up around you once in awhile.
This is your opportunity to show the "sweet" special in your life that you care by sending a few sweetest day cards. The holiday started in Ohio in 1922 by Herbert Birch Kingston. As a philanthropist and candy company employee he wanted to bring happiness to the less fortunate. He got famous actors to distribute candy and other small gifts to remind the children that they were not forgotten. So browse the Card Gnome selection of Sweetest day cards and do like Herbert Kingston did and share your happiness with others.
It’s that time again. Time to dust off that witch’s cap or that set of Frankenstein neck bolts, time to practice that Vincent Price voice or give your best rendition of “Fly My pretties!” And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up some dry ice and brain-shaped lollipops at the supermarket, along with a Halloween card to send to a friend. It’s Halloween! While one might think at first that mixing scary movie imagery with excessive amounts of candy would be a recipe for disaster, Halloween has turned out to be one of America’s most beloved pastimes. Arriving every October 31st, Halloween is a time for kids and adults alike to dress up as something scary – though the grown ups generally prefer costume parties to trick or treating. But no matter how old you are, it’s a good time to think of friends and perhaps send them a gift, some candy or a Halloween card. Just remember not to send any fake blood, it might give the wrong idea.
The history of Halloween dates back to medieval England, since any country that can produce someone like Henry VIII is bound to have a scary side. While candy is the primary way to show your holiday spirit, sending Halloween cards has become more and more popular. The traditions of Halloween result from a mixture of a Roman seed planting festival and the Celtic festival honoring the end of summer; the end of summer being such an awful thing for the Celts that it’s no surprise it ended up being associated with monsters. But the name itself comes from the fact that Halloween comes immediately before All Hallows Day. As far as trick or treating goes, it emerged as a tradition for children and adults alike to ask for a blessing on their souls; today, it serves the equally important purpose of getting the kids out of the house for a while. There are plenty of other important traditions on Halloween as well, such as pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and trying to get the leaves off your front lawn so you can put up that giant tarantula decoration you love so much. But don’t forget to look out for the well being of your fellow spooks this Halloween; a Halloween card, poem or gift for loved ones will keep them from frightening you with a petulant reaction later on.
It’s a holiday as epic as the Ramayana. Diwali, a holiday celebrated by three of India’s major religions, brings a monsoon of merriment during the autumn months. Diwali is known as the festival of lights, and many people choose to observe it by hanging light displays from their houses; some displays are so ornate that even the six-handed Hindu god Ganesh would have trouble putting them up. The celebration lasts five days, and is filled with games, entertainment, and gift giving. It’s also a time for families to get together and share the holiday; along with the ceremonial light displays there are special Diwali recipes and other Diwali-specific traditions. And for family members who can’t make the festival, it’s common to send greeting cards to let them know that you’re thinking of them, and to tell them to be careful putting up all those lights.
Diwali traces its origins back to the story of Rama, who defeats the beast Ravana to rescue his significant other Sita. It is viewed as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, which is a pretty good reason to celebrate in general. The actual date of Diwali is calculated each year by the Hindu calendar, on the Western calendar the dates fall between mid-October and mid-November. Each of the five days of Diwali celebrates a separate event in Hindu mythology, and in addition the holiday has significance for believers in Sikhism and Jainism. The holiday is also recognized by Buddhists, however their celebration of Diwali consists of five days of stoic meditation, which is usually what Buddhists do anyway. Diwali closes with the day of Yama Dvitiya, a day in which it is customary for brothers to pay a visit to their sisters, though this generally doesn’t happen as much with younger children since they still think their siblings have cooties. There’s no doubt that Diwali is an important and exciting holiday, so if you can’t spend it with your family it’s a good idea to send them a greeting or card for Diwali. And for those with family in India, sending a Diwali card means you don’t even have to worry about the time difference.
It’s a holiday that’s done its duty. That’s right, it’s Veterans Day, a day to honor our former fighters with flags, Veterans Day cards, parades, and strangely enough, ravioli. Veterans Day happens every year on November 11, but don’t worry, you’ll still get your day off even if it happens on a weekend. It’s a day for all former soldiers to come out in public to be appreciated, and for they themselves to appreciate that they don’t have to fight anymore. There are many ways to honor our former troops: reviewing our history, poems, songs, and quotes for Veterans Day are all very common, and recently, sending greeting cards has become more and more popular. So don’t forget to also take some time out to show some appreciation for military friends or family members with Veterans Day cards or greetings. They’ll probably appreciate it even more than going to a parade, especially since they don’t have to leave the house.
Veterans Day wasn’t always a time to sit with grandpa or send him a Veterans card. It actually began as Armistice Day, named in honor of the armistice that ended World War I. Eager not to have anything like that happen again, President Woodrow Wilson came up with the idea of a holiday honoring all veterans of the war, a holiday which was later made official by Calvin Coolidge. It was at this time that the tradition of eating ravioli during this holiday was born as well, stemming from an abundance of pasta in the White House kitchen. Unfortunately, a couple decades later there was another even worse world war, and in the aftermath of World War II the holiday changed to being in honor of all war veterans. The name officially changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954, just in time for the arrival of veterans from the Korean War. But the tradition of eating ravioli remained. Today, make sure you don’t forget to honor the veterans in your life with a tribute, some amateur poetry, or a Veterans Day card - because even if they are no longer active in the military, they’re still active in our hearts.
It’s time once again for family gatherings and fattening meals, with more turkey than you can gobble gobble. Thanksgiving! Dust off those decorative pilgrim caps and horns o’ plenty, as well as that high quality silverware you usually only use if your boss is coming over for dinner. Thanksgiving is certainly one of the most important holidays to Americans; in addition to its ceremonial and culinary preeminence it has also ensured that we all know what “tryptophan” is, as well as giving rise to the equally American tradition of shopping way too much on the following day. But in addition to all the fun and frivolity of our favorite four-day weekend, Thanksgiving is also a time of, quite literally, giving thanks. It’s often a time for families to get together and, if they’re not too busy playing Frisbee or giving each other noogies, showing their appreciation for one another. And for those family members who can’t make it, it’s a great time to send heart-felt Thanksgiving cards to show that you really do care. Just make sure not to drop the card in the cranberry sauce before you send it.
As we have learned countless times from elementary school pageants, Thanksgiving in the US dates back to the Pilgrims in what is today Massachusetts. In 1623, the settlers had intended to hold a harvest festival, but unfortunately, they didn’t have enough food for half of the people there. But they were famously then helped by a contingent of Native Americans who gave them seeds to plant and taught them how to catch local fish – proving that if you want to be invited to a party, it helps to offer to bring something to eat, as sending thanksgiving greeting cards probably didn’t happen then. However, there were also several “Thanksgiving” celebrations held in other colonies in the New World – most notably Virginia, where they sadly forgot to show an appropriate level of Southern hospitality to the local Native Americans. It took a revolutionary war to wrap all of these competing Thanksgivings into one official celebration. But regular celebrations took even longer to come about; Thanksgiving was proposed as a regular holiday to be held every fourth Thursday of November by Lincoln, in hopes that a nice turkey dinner would help preserve the Union. Today, Thanksgiving is widely celebrated with sending greeting cards, crafts, poems, decorations, readings of history, and of course, food and recipes unique to Thanksgiving. But in the midst of all the commotion, don’t forget to give some thanks to friends and family with a Thanksgiving card with a saying or message. Because nothing beats getting a nice “you’re welcome” card after Thanksgiving.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) (also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)) is a month long annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
As well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease, BCAM is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection.
We would explain this ourselves, but the quote below from Barack Obama's national proclamation is better than what we can come up with.
"Entrepreneurs embody the promise that lies at the heart of America -- that if you have a good idea and work hard enough, the American dream is within your reach. During National Entrepreneurship Day, we renew our commitment to supporting the entrepreneurs who power the engine of our Nation's economy. These intrepid individuals translate their vision into products and services that keep America strong and competitive on a global scale, and build opportunity and prosperity across our country.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 14 through November 20, 2010, as National Entrepreneurship Week. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this week with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 19, 2010, as National Entrepreneurs' Day."
Its the time of year to celebrate the deliciousness that cookies bring to our lives.
We're pretty sure a cookie manufacturer made this up to sell more cookies but haven't been able to prove it. This shouldn't stop you from fully embracing this celebration. Watch your back though, the cookie monster is out in full force.
Go hog wild. Eat country ham. October has been declared National Country Ham Month by the National Country Ham Association (NCHA), an organization made up of suppliers, processors and others connected with the country ham industry.
For more than 200 years, Americans have been curing and eating country ham. The custom of curing that began in the state of Virginia continues today in Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. Each region has its own style of curing -- all similar, but none exactly the same.
October is International Drum Month. Sponsored annually by the Percussion Marketing Council the intent of International Drum Month is to promote programs that bring increased awareness of drumming. It is thought that by doing so it will make more people want to become drummers.
Here at Nudgems, we've brought some tickets to some concerts and an extra few pairs of earplugs to celebrate.
Here at Card Gnome we celebrate this year-round. In honor of this holiday, for which there is absolutely no information or origins to be found, we will be celebrating even harder.
Don't know what Sarcasm is? Wikipedia describes it dryly as: “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt.”
This holiday should be more than just stuffing ourselves with seafood. Although that's exactly how we at Nudgems celebrate it.
Unfortunately, as of now, it doesn't seem that the industry takes this seriously enough. Even Red Lobster, which is normally all over this kind of cheap promotion, isn't doing anything. Let's start the wave, people!