‘National Days’ to remember for the whole year

Customers have a choice of greeting cards for all occasions. Dan Watson/The Signal
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If it seems like every other day someone, somewhere is posting about some ‘National Day,’ you’re not alone. 

Over the past few years, national days have become not only more and more frequent, but also more ridiculous. 

While there are hundreds of holidays that Americans celebrate each year, such as Halloween, Fourth of July and Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds more that often go unnoticed:

January

What better month to show your love for bubbles and some of the lesser appreciated animals than January?

Not only is Jan. 8 National Bubble Bath Day, but later in the month, you can also celebrate National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day on Jan. 29. If there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s bubbles of all kinds. 

You also can’t forget to commemorate birds on Jan. 5, penguins on Jan. 20 and squirrels on Jan. 21.

February

February brings National Tortilla Chip Day on Feb. 24, which is perfect for those of us who only go to restaurants that serve free chips and salsa. 

“Tortilla chips are a staple in my house,” Castaic resident Patricia Alder said, adding that her fridge can often be found stocked with various salsas and dips. “I didn’t know this existed, but now that I do, you can guarantee, I’ll be celebrating it.”

Greeting cards for all occasions. Dan Watson/The Signal

March

For those who tend to dwell on the negative, March 9 celebrates National Get Over It Day.

“I really like that one,” Saugus resident Jenny Staples said. “I always find myself focusing on what has gone wrong instead of the good stuff, so maybe every day needs to be National Get Over It Day.”

March 25 is not only Pecan Day, but also Waffle Day, so mark your calendars for the perfect day to commemorate both at once with a pecan waffle at your favorite breakfast spot.

April 

Tacos get all the love with every Tuesday dedicated to those crunchy shells, while burritos get just one day a year. As Californians who are known for their delicious Mexican food, many of us should be celebrating National Burrito Day on April 5.

While somewhat stinky, garlic has many good qualities, including health benefits and the perfect tool to warding off vampires, so be sure to get garlicky for National Garlic Day on April 19.

May

For all those socks who have disappeared somewhere the hamper and washing machine, May 9 is a national day to mourn the loss of a perfect match, and the single socks left behind — National Lost Sock Memorial Day.

“We actually celebrate this at my house every year — not in May, but at the end of the year when it comes time to clean out our closets,” Santa Clarita resident Tina Olson said. “Every year, my kids and I have a ‘sock funeral’ for all the socks we haven’t been able to find pairs to throughout the year.”

Greeting cards for all occasions. Dan Watson/The Signal

June

National Ballpoint Pen Day on June 10 marks the anniversary of the patent filing for the first pen in 1943. The ballpoint pen debuted as the first pen to hold ink, and before then, anyone wanting to write a note had to use a fountain pen or pencil.

July 

The popularity of this fruit has seemed to grow tremendously over the years, so National Avocado Day on July 31 shouldn’t surprise many.

“I can admit I’m obsessed with avocados,” Alder said. “When avocado toast became popular awhile ago, it was like a dream come true. I always had made my own at home, but now I could actually start ordering it when I go out.”

August

On Aug. 10, take advantage of the one day a year that you can do absolutely nothing and be completely unproductive without feeling bad as you celebrate National Lazy Day. 

September

As the only day that’s internationally recognized on the list, International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept. 19 must be honored. 

In fact, September’s SENSES Block Party, which brings live music, food trucks and themed activities in Old Town Newhall every third Thursday from March to October, was pirate-themed in honor of the holiday.

The “Pirates of Santa Clarita” SENSES Block Party celebrated with a treasure hunt down Main Street, leading to a pirate party.

Greeting cards for all occasions – get well and friendship. Dan Watson/The Signal

October

With this article being published for the Oct. 27 edition, it only seems right to include National Tell a Story Day, which you can celebrate this weekend.

November

Nov. 3 takes a day to commemorate one of the more underrated foods, but a favorite nonetheless — the sandwich. Whatever the filling, there’s something special about them sitting between two slices of bread. 

On Nov. 19, avoid Fanta and Sprite and instead drink a Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper for National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day. 

“Why does it have to be so specific,” Santa Clarita resident Todd Pulmer asked, chuckling. “These ‘holidays’ always crack me up. To be fair, I mostly only drink caffeinated sodas, but I’ll be sure to stay away from Sprite on (Nov. 19).” 

December

As the holiday season comes into full swing, it’s no surprise that Dec. 18 is Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day. To participate, answer the phone by saying, “(Insert your name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” 

“My office started doing this a few years back during the holidays, and it’s been really fun,” Canyon Country resident Paul Meyers said. “We can tell when the call is coming from within the office, so we know when to do it and when to answer normally. One time, I did it without checking and my client and I had a good laugh.”

While the new year typically brings about various New Year’s resolutions, many spend December thinking up new ideas. Dec. 31 is your last chance to decide, so naturally, it’s National Make Up Your Mind Day. 

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