Kickoff in One Week

Less than one week until August 1st and the official kickoff of the Year of Celebration. Okay, so we’re doin’ this.

This whole thing kind of went public before I was fully prepared.  The original plan would be to get a few posts in the can (is that an acceptable blogger expression?) and then put it out to the universe.  But because I wasn’t paying full attention when I linked my Facebook account to the site, my last post automatically posted to my Facebook page and suddenly I was out there for all to see. If that’s the way the universe is going to play this, I can only play along.  So hello world, it’s me Dan.

Lola also shared my post too which proved to be a positive ego boost.  We know a lot of fun people who seemed to be very supportive of this endeavor. That feels good (and thank you).  Lola is of course my biggest supporter and I am lucky to have her with me on all this.  She’s a fun person to celebrate with.

As I gear up for this to begin, I am getting a little consumed by where this will go.  I really don’t know.  Plus I have questions too:

  • Do I get a Mulligan or two?  365 days is a lot.  I may need a break.  But if I take a Mulligan, I am more apt to take more (which makes me a bad golf partner).
  • Is celebrating someone’s birthday on a day a celebration or do I stick to celebrating the “official” holiday?
  • On my traveling days for work, how the hell am I going to do this?

I’ve looked ahead and I have a pretty good idea on how I’m going to celebrate days 1 through 4.  It’s an aggressive start, but a good start, I think.  Does anyone have a Raspberry Cream Pie recipe they recommend? This is the leader in the club house so far: Raspberry Cream Pie.

Oh yeah, I have a Facebook page now for this.  You can follow along HERE.


Ground Rules

I guess before I begin, I should lay down the ground rules.  Here goes:

1.     I must celebrate every day.  My source material for holidays will be two websites, both with moderate reliability.  The first one is National Day Calendar.  They have holidays listed for every day and also every week and month.  You can also register to create your own holiday there, so I guess they have taken on the rofollow-rulesle of presider over holidays.  I’ll take them for their word. The other site is Days of the Year.  This site is visually more pleasing but I think they have a lot of English and International holidays, so I always take their days with a grain of salt.  But those will be my source for holidays – the map from which I will celebrate.

2.    There are days that have multiple holidays on the same day.  I will only require myself to celebrate one holiday per day.  I can do more than one, but keeping it to one is ok.  Somedays, you’ll just get the bonus double-header.

3.     If there is a day without a holiday or a holiday I can’t really celebrate (National Kiss the Queen Day or National Pet a Great White Shark Day (I made those up)), I will celebrate either the National Week or Month Celebration.  Not ideal, but a good back up plan.

4.    Ok, so I don’t want to set myself up for failure and say I have to post every day.  That may not be possible.  However, I will celebrate every day and then post about it.  At the end, there should be 365 individual posts of celebration.  Just giving myself a little leeway.

5.     I’ll do my best to include others in my celebration.  I’m not the most outgoing person, so that may be pushing outside my comfort zone.  But, it’s all for the cause.  Also, if you know me and you want to share in the good fortune of my celebration, let me know.  That just means that if it’s National Fudge Day and I decide to make Fudge to celebrate, I’ll share the goods with you.

That kind of covers me.  I’ll keep a fancy spreadsheet to see how much this costs too.  It will be interesting to see at the end.

How will I celebrate?  I guess it depends on the day.  For any food items I can either hunt down a particularly good specimen (who has the best Raspberry Cream Pie in RI?) or make it myself.  I’m not an expert cook but I’m no stranger to the kitchen.  I like the challenge of making something new.  There are other holidays too that don’t involve food.  I guess I’ll have to get creative there.

The countdown begins – 12 days until August 1st!



Let’s start with an idea.


I had an idea.

Yep.  A genuine, out of the blue thought that popped right into my head.  That’s not that unusual.  I think of lots of ideas at random times.  They usually float away after a few minutes of reflection. But this idea started to bore into my brain.  It festered.  It took root, so I had to figure out what to do with it.

The idea is simple.  It came to me from the routine of my life and from the randomness of the internet (which are oddly intertwined).  It’s about holidays.

Every day is a holiday.  Not sure if this is a new phenomenon or just an effect of the world wide web, but every day is now officially a holiday.  National Ice Cream Day.  National Corn Fritter Day.  National Yoga Day.  National Grab Some Nuts Day.  Every day a National Day of Celebration. It’s a thing.

What if I celebrated them?  What if I celebrated every day for an entire year? Could it be done?  Would it make me more happy?  Would I be oozing festiveness?  Would it be possible?

That’s the idea.  Dedicate a year to celebrating something every day.  And that’s what this blog will be about – documenting that journey.  I was going to wait until the first of the year to begin this, but, because I am not one of great patience and because my birthday is just a few weeks away, I am officially making the start date of this journey to be August 1, 2016 (which is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day and National Girlfriends Day – hmmm, I may need to set some ground rules with Lola first).

So that’s the plan.  We’ll see where it goes.  But I’m ready to have the celebration begin.

(Up next: some ground rules and structure before we begin)