Monthly Archives: January 2021

Happy Epiphany Day!

Today, we celebrate the last day of the Christmas Season, Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, as is known in some cultures. This is also the 12th day of Christmas. Epiphany celebrates the day Jesus was visited by the three kings (or three wiseman) who had observed a star that foretold he was king of the Jews. The story is not told in Luke but in Matthew…

They set out; and there ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word whcih means something that is manifested. In France and now in the United States, some celebrate this day with a golden-crowned King Cake in which is concealed a trinket or small baby Jesus. The tradition is that whomever finds the trinket is given the crown and is “king” for the day. The French galette de rois is a flaky, delicious pastry and can be purchased at French bakeries, including La Madeleine.

And so ends another Christmas. It was a difficult year but there is always hope. I hope next Christmas we will no longer be in a pandemic and can resume the in-person joys of the Christmas season.

Epiphany marks the final post of the year on The Cool Yule Blog. It is has been my pleasure to celebrate the winter holidays with you. I wish you excellent health and happiness in 2021. Please join me for articles on goal-setting and self-care on my Best Life blog. I begin writing about fall and Halloween celebrations in September at Autumn in Virginia. I hope to see you back here in November for new articles and events posted on the Cool Yule Blog. Take care and thank you for reading.

 

Craft Class Video: Northern Lights Painting

Photo by Ksenia Chernaya on Pexels.com

Here is a Michael’s crafts video class that will walk you through, step by step, how to create a winter scene painting. If you try this, let me know how it goes in the comments!

If you don’t have these materials, you can order them online from Michael’s. The supplies you need are

  • Arches 8×10 Cold Pressed Block or Watercolor Pad OR Winsor & Newton 7×10 Professional
  • Watercolor Block
  • Masking Tape
  • Derwent Inktense Blocks (72 or 36 set)
  • Derwent Inktense Paint Pan Travel Set
  • Derwent Waterbrush 3 Tip Set OR Variety of watercolor brushes include thin pointed tip, medium round, and flat
  • Liquitex® Professional Acrylic Gouache Paint, 2oz. OR any acrylic white paint
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Cup of water and towel

Top Ten Resolutions for 2021

Have you written your resolutions yet? If you haven’t, maybe you’d like to know what the most popular resolutions in the U.S. are. Is popular the word I want? This is what people most resolve to do!

Fill your 2021 calendar with these self-care dates

Happy New Year! Are we having fun yet?

If you read my post on January self-care, then you know that today is the day for filling up your new 2021 calendar with events and special days. Planning happy times to look forward to is a wonderful form of self-care!

Make sure you don’t miss thse self-care days in 2021…

Jan. 8
National
Bubble Bath
Day
Jan. 9
Vision Board Day
Jan. 24
Compliment Day
Feb. 28
Intl. Hygge Day
Mar. 6
National Day of Unplugging
Mar. 15
National
Napping Day
Mar. 19 World Sleep DayMar. 20
Intl. Day of Happiness
Mar. 26
Self-Confidence Day
 Apr. 7
National
Walking Day
Apr. 9
ASMR Day
Apr. 21
World Creativity Day
Apr. 25
Crystal Day and National Mani Pedi Day
May 1
World Laughter Day and
National Fitness Day and Therapeutic Massage Day
May 21
Meditation Day and
UN Intl. Tea Day
Jun. 21
Intl. Day of
Yoga
Jul. 24 Intl. Self-Care DayAug. 1
National Planner Day
Aug 2
Coloring Book Day
 Aug. 15
National Relaxation Day
Sep. 6 National Read a Book DaySep. 12 Mindfulness DaySep. 13
Positive Thinking Day
Sep. 14
Coloring Day
Sep. 19
Intl. Declutter Day
Sep. 21 World Gratitude DayOct. 10
World Mental Health Day
Nov. 3
Stress Awareness Day
Nov. 13
World Kindness
Day
Nov. 27
Aura Awareness
Day
Dec. 4
Candle Day

Fun dates for your 2021 calendar

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Happy New Year! Are you ready to delve into your new calendar, datebook or planner? Here are some fun dates to look forward to while we remain safer at home, for the present. There are always days to celebrate, even if you are at home alone. Check in tomorrow for a list of the year’s self-care days! And the day after that for foodie days!

January

Jan. 2 National Introverts Day (hello!)

Jan 2 – 3 Quadranids Meteor Shower is tonight!

Jan. 4 Trivia Day. Here is a trivia question: what is the January birthstone?

Jan. 6 Epiphany. Eat a King Cake!

Jan. 23 Poirier and McGregor face off in a UFC match. I hope McGregor loses, that son of a bitch. Oh, sorry. Quarter in the cuss jar.

Jan 28 Lego Day! I have never played with legos so I don’t have anything funny to say about it. But I have stepped on them. Soooo painful.

Jan 31 Grammy Awards. Trevor Noah is hosting, how cool is that?

February

Feb. 2 Groundhog Day. You’re going to watch the movie, aren’t you? Again!

Feb. 7 Superbowl 50! The Weekend is performing for the half-time show!

Feb. 12 Chinese New Year! It is the Year of the Ox. A good year to be strong!

Feb. 13 Celebrate pre-Valentine’s Day with your girlfriends on Galentine’s Day!

Feb. 15 It’s New York Fashion week. What wild ensembles will we see?

Feb. 16 Mardi Gras! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Feb 25 Pokemon Day and the 25th Anniversary!

Feb 28 Golden Globes are on tonight. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting.

March

There’s going to be a Friends reunion! Could I BE any more excited about it?

Mar. 6 National Day of Unplugging! Can you go a WHOLE day without electronics? I’m not sure I can but I’m going to try.

Mar. 12 The 1 year anniversary of the Covid-19 Pandemic (as declared by WHO). The good news: if you are reading this, you are alive and not on a ventilator. Count those blessings and stay safe!

Mar. 14 Pi Day! What does it mean? I don’t know, I’m a blogger, not a mathematician.

Mar. 16 Yay, it’s my birthday! Happy Birthday to meeeeeeee! Last year, we went on lockdown so the bar is pretty low, I mean, almost anything this year will top last year’s birthday.

Mar 20 The Cherry Blossom Festival begins. I hope we can go see the cherry blossoms this year.

Mar 22. World Figure Skating Championships start!

April

Apr. 1 Major League Baseball opening day! No fooling! Go Nats!

Apr. 9 Unicorn Day! Are unicorns still in?

Apr 18. Country Music Awards are today!

Apr. 21 Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th Birthday! And look for the Lyrids Meteor Showers!

Apr. 23 The Apple Blossom Festival kicks off in Winchester, God willing.

Apr. 25 The Academy Awards are on! Why not have an Oscars party at home? Taye Diggs is hosting.

May

May 1 Today is the Kentucky Derby! Wear a big hat and drink a julep. Oh and horses run really fast.

May 2 It’s International Harry Potter Day, wizards, muggles and witches!

May 4 It’s Stars Wars Day so may the Fourth be with you! And uh oh, more meteor showers tonight!

May 5 Aye, caramba, it’s Cinco de Mayo!

May 7 Marvel’s Black Widow premieres!

May 8 Yay, it’s National Train Day! Also Miniature Golf Day!

Mid May I’m sorry to tell you this but we are going to be invaded by swarms of cicadas (Brood X) so bad, you’ll think it’s 2020 or something.

May 15 It’s the Preakness! Bet on your favorite horse!

May 16 Today is National Classic Movie Day! Have you seen Bringing Up Baby? (hint: there is no baby in the movie)

May 21 Talk Like Yoda Day it is.

May 25 Today is Geek Pride Day! Let your Geek Flag fly!

May 26 Ooh there is a lunar eclipse today and it’s a full moon, a super moon and a blood moon. Dang. Hang up some garlic.

May 29 Oh, joy, it’s a Mercury Retrograde!

June

June 1 Atlantic Hurricane season begins. Is it me, or are these hurricanes coming earlier and earlier?

June 3 Happy Birthday, First Lady Jill Biden!

June 30 Today is National Beach Day! Hopefully, there will not be a hurricane!

July

July 2 Today is World UFO Day! Maybe the aliens will save us.

July 3 Today is Drop a (painted) Rock Day. Maybe paint an alien on it!

July 10 Today is Teddy Bear Picnic Day. No matter how old you are, pack up and head out.

July 17 Today is World Emoji Day. What did we do before emojis? Oh, I remember. We drew little smiley faces.

July 23 The Summer Olympics start in Tokyo today!

July 28 Even more meteor showers! Delta Aquarids

August

Aug. 5 Oooh it is Blogger Day! That means you are supposed to send me flowers and gifts 🙂

Aug 8 Even better, today is National Tiki Day! Let’s have a luau!

Aug. 11 Well, yes, even more meteor showers! Thse are the Perseids and if you lie on your back late at night, you will see them. Ants will also crawl in your shirt and bite you, but you can’t have everything.

Aug. 14 It is National Bowling Day! I am astoundingly good at bowling which is weird, considering how much I bump into walls and doors.

Aug. 16 It is National Roller Coaster Day. You can cut in front of me. ALL of you can cut in front of me.

Aug. 21 It is Hawaiian Shirt Day! Aloha!

September

Sept. 8 It is Star Trek Day. Live well and prosper.

Sept. 9 It is National Teddy Bear Day. That means you take your teddy bear to work and on the Metro and everything.

Sept. 19 Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrr!

Sept. 20 The lovely Harvest Moon shines tonight.

October

Oct. 1 Guess what? Walt Disney World is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary today!

Oct. 2 Today is Name Your Car Day. My car is almost 15 years old. Her name is “Atta, Girl.” Every time she starts up, I pat her on the dashboard and murmur, “Atta, Girl” affectionately.

Oct. 4 Today is the Day the Church Blesses the Animals.

Oct. 20 Happy Birthday, VP Kamala Harris! Oh, it also International Sloth Day.

Oct. 30 Tonight is Her-o-ween, a holiday I made up. It’s like Galentine’s Day, only for Halloween.

November

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions are this month! I think it’s going to the B52s!

Nov. 5 Marvel’s “The Eternals” premieres. Are they like the Avengers? I don’t know.

Nov. 10 Today is Sesame Street Day! I grew up on Sesame Street which explains so many things.

Nov. 20 Happy Birthday, President Biden!

December

Dec. 4 There is a total solar eclipse today!

Dec. 18 Today is Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day! What’s your favorite color?

Dec. 23 Today is Festivus, a time for feats of strength and airing of grievances.

Dec. 24 Happy Birthday, Dr. Fauci, and God bless you

And it’s almost 2022!