Happy Magna Carta Day!

Magna Carta Day is celebrated on June 15. The Magna Carta (which means “Great Charter”) was signed on June 15, 1215 by King John of England. The document outlines the rights of the common people and limits the power of the monarchy. Basically it guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws.

For the past 800 years, the Magna Carta has been used as the basis for civil liberties around the world, advancing the cause of liberty, constitutionalism and parliamentarianism. The American constitution was strongly influenced by the Magna Carta. (Source 1 and Source 2)

How to blog about Magna Carta Day:

  • Historian: Describe how the Magna Carta influenced the structure of the American government.
  • Constitutional Expert: Explain how the U.S. Constitution is being tested by recent political events.
  • Therapist: Share the value of creating a personal declaration.
  • Calligrapher: Explain how documents were created prior to the invention of the printing press.
  • Costume designer: Describe the clothing that King John would have worn for the Magna Carta ceremony.

Happy Corn on the Cob Day!

Corn on the Cob Day is celebrated on June 11. It’s definitely a holiday that I can celebrate, because I love corn on the cob. Here on Long Island, we’re lucky to have roadside farm stands where we can buy fresh-picked, local corn. In my family, we buy a dozen ears of corn, then lather on the butter and salt and make it an entire meal.

How to write about Corn on the Cob Day:

  • If you can, buy corn at a roadside stand or local farmer’s market. Describe how you prepare it.
  • Do you have any traditions around corn on the cob, such as planning (or attending) a corn roast?
  • Share a memory about eating corn on the cob.

Happy National Cellophane Tape Day!

National Cellophane Tape Day is celebrated on May 27. Cellophane tape (also called Scotch tape) was invented in 1930 by 3M Company employee Richard Gurley Drew. Cellophane tape was originally invented to seal cellophane packages in grocery stores. It was replaced by heat-sealed cellophane, while the tape became popular to wrap gifts. (Source)

How to write about National Cellophane Tape Day:

  • What is your favorite use for cellophane tape? I use them to seal envelopes, since I’m gluten-free (due to celiac disease) and the sticky adhesive on envelopes contains wheat.
  • Do you enjoy wrapping gifts? I don’t. My gifts usually look like they were wrapped by a 5-year-old. However but my husband and daughter love wrapping gifts and do a great job.
  • Where do you keep your cellophane tape? That may sound like a stupid question, but the rolls in our house are always disappearing!

Happy National Pack Rat Day!

Pack Rat Day is celebrated on May 17. Everyone in my household is guilty of being a pack rat, so I thought this holiday was appropriate. You can use National Pack Rat Day to either celebrate your treasures or to clean up your act. (Source)

How to write about National Pack Rat Day:

  • Are you a pack rat? If so, what do you collect? My vices are books and quilting fabric!
  • Do you like the state of your living space? Do you feel that you need more or less stuff?
  • If you’d like to downsize, discard a box full of your treasures and write about the experience.
  • If you’d like to add to your collection, choose today to add something. Describe your purchase and where it was from.