A celebration for nearly every day


My boys keep asking me what holiday is next. Whose birthday, what sort of feast, celebration, or occasion will mark our days? Basically, when can they expect some cake?

After crawling out of the abyss of what shall henceforth be dubbed The Month of Sickness 2019 (or December, for you more fortunate souls), I’m a bit embarrassed to say I had to check the calendar to see what sort of festivity was next.

On Monday, Jan. 20, Americans will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the day of service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The day dedicated to remembering the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy brings communities together through service opportunities. While my husband and I plan how we will seize the opportunity for important conversations and service of others on Monday with our children, the boys (ages four and six) are just certain there has to be a holiday with cake before next week.

“Hey Google, what holidays are coming up?”

Here’s what’s going down according to the National Day Calendar:

January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day, Stephen Foster Memorial Day, and National Clean Off Your Desk Day (I may need to observe that one).

January 14 is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich and also National Dress Up Your Pet Day (Poor, Perry Boy).

January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (seems like an odd time of year for such), National Bagel Day, and National Fig Newton Day

January 16 is National Religious Freedom Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, and National Nothing Day (a day supposedly dedicated for Americans to not celebrate, observe, or honor anything… so sad!)

The list goes on and on for every day of the year. As you can imagine, having a “National Day” that aligns with a corporation, brand, or nonprofit’s product or service can be a powerful platform to reach an engaged audience of celebrators. The National Day Calendar claims that over 20,000 media outlets source their stories from their website (as I have done here). Big name media and news sources include Fox and Friends, Ellen, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel, and so on.

It’s interesting to me, that while the media seems be focused on disasters and the depressing, it’s obvious so many of us crave these glimmers of good news. I’d argue we are all hungry for The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus.  And friends, He is worthy of celebrating every day.

All this tells me one thing. There’s always a reason for cake.

Neena is a Kentucky wife, mother, daughter, and beekeeper who does life in Owensboro. Her first novel, The Bird and the Bees, is a Christian contemporary romance set to be released in April 2020. Visit her at    


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