Though the origins of spaghetti are disputed—whether it was Marco Polo bringing back culinary invention from the East, and Arab trade-route delicacy, or a home-grown Sicilian treat dating back to the 12th Century—we can all agree that a cold night with a big bowl of noodle-y, saucy goodness is balm for the soul. So join us on January 4th as we celebrate National Spaghetti Day with this amazing dish!
Here's a little-known fact: Jan. 4 is National Trivia Day! The trivia craze has been a part of popular culture for many decades. One of the first established systems for trivia debuted on the 1940s radio program “Take It Or Leave It” and not too long after Jeopardy!, arguably America’s most iconic televised quiz show, appeared in 1964.
It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day on January 14, and we want you go to all out. Celebrate by dressing up your furry family member in comfortable pet clothing — maybe even get matching outfits, if you want to get crazy. If it were any normal day, people would be staring at you at your dog in the street. However, on National Dress Up Your Pet Day, matching outfits are not only accepted, but also encouraged! Who’s the angel responsible for this holiday? National Dress Up Your Pet Day was started in 2009 by celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige. It celebrates pets and helps to support the pet fashion community. The chance only comes once a year to wow the neighbors and to unleash the inner diva of your favorite pooch, so make sure your dog is dressed for the occasion!
Hats, hats, hats … where do we even begin? There are so many varieties in so many different styles! Where would a cowboy be without his hat? Wouldn’t baseball players look really weird without headgear? Hats have been worn as uniforms, fashion accessories, and protective gear. They’ve been worn because of religious reasons, to protect from the sun, to provide warmth, or even to indicate social status. And did you know that they date all the way back to 3,300 BC? That’s right, that’s older than both your parents put together. So get out your favorite hat (we know, sometimes it can be really hard to decide) and celebrate National Hat Day this January 15!
Would you believe that humans have been eating popcorn for over 5,000 years (and some historians believe longer)! While it was always a popular snack, popcorn "popped" to consumption levels during World War II when sugar rations made candy and other snack food very hard to come by. Since then, with movies and the microwave, popcorn is well-ensconced in American culture as an often healthy and fast treat! Join us on January 19th as we celebrate National Popcorn Day.
Have you ever wondered how the first human discovered cheese? We’ve wondered that too, and we’ll probably never find out. All we know is that it was love at first bite; when the first human tasted the salty, tangy, delicious goodness of cheese, they were hooked. And we can definitively say that human history was forever changed. Cheese might have had mysterious beginnings over 7,000 years ago, but it’s insanely popular today. In the U.S, one-third of all milk produced in this country goes into cheese production. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry! We’re ready to celebrate it. On January 20th, get ready to ‘havarti’ a ‘gouda’ time, because it’s National Cheese Lover’s Day!