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Written by Carol N., Sprout Contributor

June 12: Red Rose Day
Red Rose Day is a time to enjoy and appreciate America’s favorite flower…..the red rose. A red rose signifies love. A June setting for Red Rose Day is very appropriate, as this is by far the most popular month for weddings. And, they are in bloom in the gardens across America this month.

In addition to being the most popular cut flower, roses are also the most popular flower in flower beds and around the foundations of houses, garages and sheds. They are easy to grow, producing a bounty of sweet scented flowers from June up to the first frost.

Did you know? Each rose color sends a different meaning to the recipient. Make sure you send the right message.

Celebrate Red Rose Day by:

  • Buying red roses for someone special or for you.
  • Planting roses around your yard. Buy Rose Bushes
  • Learn more on how to grow roses

June 13: Sewing Machine Day
Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention —– the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn’t until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. What a great invention. Prior to its creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand… stitch by stitch.

People who know how to use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. Our mothers and grandmothers had a sewing machine in the house. They used it, too. But, look around your house. Do you have a sewing machine? Chance are, the answers is no.

If you have a sewing machine, enjoy today by making things with it. If not, consider picking up sewing as a hobby.

June 14: Flag Day
Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation…..one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon.

As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Properly Display Our Flag
There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:

  • The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
  • In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
  • The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
  • After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land, and “half mast” on a ship.
  • When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field, or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
  • The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
  • The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
  • Never let your flag touch the ground, never… period.
  • Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
  • When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried.
  • Please do not throw it in the trash.

Did you know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see. Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.

June 15: Smile Power Day
Smile Power Day is today. Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big, friendly, “I like you” smile. You never know, you’re warm smile just might turn someone’s day right around…for the good!

Love may make the world go round, but a smile makes the world a happy place. A smile is a powerful thing. Best of all, it’s contagious. However, we do note that in order to be effective, a smile must be sincere. People can see right through phony or forced smiles.

Spend the whole day with a big, bright smile on your face. Flash a toothy smile to everyone you encounter.

A smile is so powerful, that it can:

  • Add years to your life
  • Make you a happier person
  • Make someone else a happier person
  • Improves relationships
  • In business, it sends a great customer service message

June 17: Fresh Veggies Day
Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies for every meal, and for a snack, too. Better still, be a vegetarian for a day. Your body will like it.

Fresh vegetables are tasty, far better tasting than canned or frozen vegetables. They are also healthy and highly nutritious. This makes it easy to add fresh vegetables to the menu at every meal, and for snacking. This time of year, there are plenty of fresh vegetables at your local grocery store, or in your backyard vegetable garden.

So relish Fresh Veggies Day with a bountiful supply of fresh picked veggies.

June 18: Go Fishing Day
Today is Go Fishing Day. Now, this is my kind of day! It’s a day to go out and bring home a healthy, tasty, meal for the family.

Fishing is hard work. The pressure to bring home a “mess of fish” to feed the family is almost unbearable. After all, as the “Hunter-gatherer” of the family, you need to bring home the meal, or the family might starve. The wife doesn’t appreciate the difficult task of fishing for long hours under all sorts of weather conditions. The wife thinks we’re just out having fun….yeah, right.

Celebrate today, on the shore or in a boat, with a fishing pole in one hand, and your favorite beverage in the other. And, don’t go home until you have caught your limit!

June 18: National Splurge Day
It’s National Splurge Day, oh yeah!

There are certain dates on the calendar that you look forward to with great excitement. You mark the date and wait in eager anticipation. For me, National Splurge Day is one of those very special days.
National Splurge Day is a day to treat yourself excessively, to anything you want. Isn’t that a great thing? Maybe, you’re on a diet, and that special dessert is too many calories. Maybe, you want to buy a steak, and the budget is a little tight. Toss out the reservations, and go for it today.

Celebrate this day to the fullest degree. Treat yourself to whatever you want – and to excess. For this is a day to splurge. Do so without worry or concern…until tomorrow.

June 19: Father’s Day
A day to honor Dad. NO. Better still, it is a day to enjoy time with Dad and appreciate all he does for you. What Dad really wants are healthy, happy and successful kids. And, he wants you to spend a few moments with him on Father’s Day. Today’s lifestyle is busy for both dads and kids. So, a little time with dad on Father’s day is just what he wants.

A Father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us. It is the man who helps to set the standards, the family values and the example. So add to this group, step fathers and other men who willingly and eagerly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, if he is your father figure, give him some recognition today and don’t hesitate to call him “Dad”.

Did you know? The first Father’s Day celebration was in Spokane, WA. On May 18, 1910.

June 20: Ice Cream Soda Day
Ice Cream Soda Day is a great summer cooler. It’s hot. It’s muggy. And, an Ice Cream Soda is a flavorful way to cool off.

The flavor of Ice Cream Soda is your choice. Any will do. Chocolate and vanilla are the most popular. But, don’t shy away from being creative with the flavor of ice cream or soda.

BTW: If you happened to notice, there are numerous “Ice Cream” days this month. We think you will agree that the ice cream manufacturers have done a splendid job of promoting their product.

June 21: Go Skate Day
Go Skate Day (GSD) is a nationally recognized day for skateboarding. It is a day to hop onto your skateboard and have some fun.

Many skateboard groups hold events on this day to promote the hobby. Hopefully, you can get involved as a participant or an observer.

June 22: National Chocolate Eclair Day
A Chocolate Éclair is a sugary, sweet way to start your day. It’s a sweet, tasty way to end your day, too. Éclairs are a light, crisp pastry filled with a pastry cream. They are most often eaten as a dessert. They can be eaten at every meal, or as a snack.

We hope that you are not on a diet, or watching calories, carbohydrates or sugar. Because participating in this day, means consumption of high calorie, high carbohydrates, and high sugar éclairs.

Did you know? Éclairs originated in France.

June 23: National Pink Day
It’s National Pink Day, a day where everything should be basking in pink splendor!

It’s especially a day for the ladies, as pink is a girl’s favorite color. Guys, you can participate in National Pink Day, too. Just get in touch with your feminine side, and display a dash of pink. Note: the girls will love you for it!

It’s easy to enjoy and to participate in National Pink Day. Bring your pink elephant out of hiding. Wear pink, and show off everything you have that’s pink, from clothing and shoes to other possessions. Be creative. Use food coloring to make pink meals. Pink frosting on a cake or cookies will be a big hit today.

June 23: Take Your Dog To Work Day
Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. And, we’ve just gotta ask “Why!?”

They say every dog has it’s day. Well, that day has arrived. Today, your dog gets to join you at work. Of course, this assumes that your (wonderful) boss will allow it.

Once he arrives at work, your dog can tag along, following you on all of your work chores. He’ll be at your side all day long. He’ll frown at those dog eared papers on your desk. He’ll end the day happy, but dog-tired.

Now, that’ we’ve had our chuckle, it’s time to recognize that this is a serious holiday for “Man’s Best Friend”. It is sponsored by Pet Sitters International. The objective is to recognize the importance of dogs in our lives as both companions and protectors. The organization also encourages you to help homeless dogs. One way to do so, is to adopt a dog today!

Question for the day: Once your dog has arrived at your work…now what? What do you do with him? Will there be organized activities and a luncheon in his honor!?

Sorry, but equal rights has yet to arrive in the pet world. We have not found a “Take Your Cat to Work Day”, or a “Take Your Parakeet to Work Day”, or …..

June 24: Swim a Lap Day
Swim a Lap Day is good for your health. And, it’s a fun day, too!

Summer has arrived. It’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer, including plenty of time in and around the pool. What better way to enjoy the early days of summer, than by taking a lap or two (or three) around the pool. In addition to the fun, it’s great exercise to help keep you fit.

It’s likely to be sunny and hot today. Find a few friends and swim a couple laps in the pool. Then, let the pool party begin!

June 25: National Catfish Day
It’s National Catfish Day. It’s a day to enjoy some tasty, fried catfish. Or, enjoy catfish cooked with your favorite recipe……yummy.

You should have no doubt what to do today. Enjoy a plateful of catfish, cooked anyway you want. Chances are, you will eat farm raised catfish, which supplies the vast majority of catfish to the U.S. market. But, wouldn’t it be much more fun to fish in the morning, and catch the catfish you will eat?

June 26: Forgiveness Day
Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. The world will be a better place for this day.

Global Forgiveness Day began in 1994. It was created and is sponsored by the Christian Embassy for Christ’s Ambassadors. It originated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

International Forgiveness Day was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation. According to their website: “International Forgiveness Day is dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide.” The founder is Robert W. Plath, from Mill Valley, California.

June 26: Beautician’s Day
Beautician’s Day is your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning.

Beauticians include your hair stylist, as well as manicurists. Their talents and training transforms the everyday you into the beautiful woman you always knew was inside of you. They make you glow, and feel great about yourself. The guys appreciate your Beautician, too. Proof positive is when they turn to watch as you go by.

It’s fair and fitting that you show your appreciation to your Beautician today. But, we also found some reference to suggest that Beauticians consider this a day for them to show their appreciation to their patrons. Now, that’s a novel and admirable concept

June 27: Sunglasses Day
Sunglasses Day is a shady day for your eyes.

Summer is in full swing. The sun is high in the sky. It’s blindingly bright. A pair of UV protection sunglasses are definitely in order.

Why do people wear sunglasses? There are lots of reasons, including:

  1. You want to be a movie star and they all wear sunglasses.
  2. You’re looking to hide behind a big, dark pair of sunglasses, and travel unseen through the streets.
  3. A little espionage, eh!?
  4. You want to make a fashion statement.
  5. And, Oh yes…. A few of us wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.

Did you know? Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Your Optician will tell you that sunglasses with UV protection will help to avoid cataracts. They also report that UV rays can be stronger in the winter, as the sun’s rays hit you on the way down….and as it is reflected back up from the snow.

Enjoy Sunglasses Day with a shady, mysterious and fashionable pair of sunglasses.

June 28: Paul Bunyan Day
Paul Bunyan Day is a giant of a day. Paul Bunyan was a gigantic lumberjack of American Folklore. According to folklore, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox “Babe” lived and travelled around the country. He is best known for his logging feats.

Paul Bunyan is “credited” with many deeds. Among his more legendary feats:

  • He created logging in the U.S.
  • He scooped out the great lakes to water Babe, his ox.
  • He cleared the entire states of North and South Dakota for farming.
  • He trained ants to do logging work. They were, of course, Carpenter Ants.
  • Babe’s large footprints created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

Celebrate Paul Bunyan Day in a giant way. Learn more about Paul and his tales. Spread the tales around. They are best told by word of mouth around a campfire.

Note: The correct spelling of his name is “Paul Bunyan”. Some references have him spelled as Paul Bunyon.

June 29: Camera Day
Camera Day is best celebrated with pictures. Pictures are invaluable memories of our lives and of the world. They tell stories. Our memories and stories are captured by a camera. With digital technology, using a camera has never been easier. Cameras are now built into cell phones, so you always have a camera with you, ready to record the moments of your life.

To many people, a camera is a vital tool to record important events in the family and in the world. It captures the moment…..forever. It creates the memories that we share and look back upon. From the birth of a baby, to high school graduations, people take pictures at a fast click. Year after year, the camera records family vacations, holidays and Christmas. The camera takes pictures of good times, and occasionally bad times.

George Eastman is the “Father of Photography”. He didn’t invent photography. He made many photographic inventions, and created the mass production that brought cameras into everyday use by millions, if not billions of people. His most famous slogan “You take the picture, we do the rest.”

Celebrate Camera Day today in a memorable way. Use your digital camera and click the day away!

June 29: Hug Holiday Day
Hug Holiday Day encourages us to give hugs to those who need them. On this day, people go out and give hugs at senior citizen centers, hospitals, and other places. The focus is upon the elderly, the sick , invalids, lonely people and anyone who needs the warmth, cheer, and love that a hug provides.

Celebrate Hug Holiday Day today by:

  • Giving hugs to those who need one
  • Joining Hugs for Heath
  • Making a donation to this or another group

June 30: Meteor Watch Day
We sure hope that the weather in your area calls for clear skies tonight. Today is Meteor Watch Day, a time to look to the skies for meteor showers. Will you be lucky enough to see meteors streaking across the night sky? We sure hope so.

Meteors are space dust and ice that enter the earth’s atmosphere. Meteors can be as small as specks of dust. As they enter the atmosphere at high speeds, they burn up, producing light as they streak across the night sky. Sometimes, you see them streak across the sky and disappear at the horizon. Other times, they end suddenly, burning out right before your eyes.

With a little luck, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. But, the best times to see meteors are during a meteor shower. There are a number of them each year. The best annual show is the Perseid Meteor shower each August.

Enjoy Meteor Watch day as you scan the night skies in search of meteors. We sure hope you see some tonight!