Happy National Fluffernutter Day?
Have you ever wondered where we get these crazy national days? Just who exactly is making this stuff up?
A quick google search tells me that today is National Fluffernutter Day. Apparently that's a thing? It also happens to be "American Touch Tag Day" as well as "National Pierogi Day". Ok then.
In 1957, the Chase brothers started the Chase's Calendar of Events (2019chasescalendarofevents.com) which is an American publication. It includes special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries, and more unusual celebratory traditions. That first edition, published in 1958, was 32 pages and contained 364 entries. Today's editions are 752 pages and contain more than 12,000 entries!
In addition to the Chase publication, online sites like National Day Calendar (nationaldaycalendar.com) and Days of the Year (daysoftheyear.com) are available to find a quick search of what day it is. There's even a food specific holiday website called Foodimentary (foodimentary.com) where you could probably plan every meal based on what Food Day it happens to be.
So just who is it that actually makes up these holidays?
Sometimes a "national day" is made by a presidential proclamation or a resolution in the House or Senate. For example, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5119 on July 9, 1984, declaring National Ice Cream Day. He said ice cream is a "nutritious and wholesome food". Can't argue with him there!
Other national days may come from history and traditions. We shared last year on National Doughnut Day that the holiday stemmed from the Salvation Army serving doughnuts to the soldiers on the front lines during World War I. I'm sure the soldiers enjoyed those "doughnut lassies". There are quite a few nationals days that are invented by companies and organizations looking to drum up business. All it takes is a social media wave sharing your hashtag and you're on the map! And yet there are a large amount of these days that are simply made up by random people. Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, a Chicago woman who calls herself "America's Premier Eventologist." has come up with 1900 national days!
I've never had a Fluffernutter, but I guess today is a great day to try one. Maybe I'll make a grilled Fluffernutter and banana sandwich while I sit back and dream up some new national days. I wonder if National Hug A Realtor Day is already taken?