April-Did You Know?

When we think of April the first thing that may come to mind is April Fools’ Day. The day we all gather around playing tricks on each other, or open up our web browsers to discover Apple/Google/or some other web giant has invented a scratch and sniff app, only to scratch and sniff our screens and realize how much of a complete moron we look like for smelling our phones seconds after the act has already happened.

The history of April Fools’ Day is somewhat sketchy.  The “holiday” could be derived from a number of sources. One being the change of the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar which moved the New Years celebration from the end of March-first of April to January 1. Those few people who were behind the times still celebrating on the first of April were called April Fish and sent fake presents. (That would be me!)

And there is also the believe that April Fools’ Day started as more of a prank from Mother Nature as her weather is so unpredictable in the spring. Is it hot? Is it cold? We never know. Stick your hand outside and find out.

But, besides the celebration of April Fools’ Day, Arbor Day, the beginning of baseball, and the blooming of beautiful flowers, April is also known to be named for Aphrodite, or the Goddess of Love. Said to be born from the castrated genitals of the Sky-God Ouranos (I bet she didn’t tell many people where her birthplace was), she represents romance, love, flirtation, seduction, and beauty. What better month for a romance writer? So, I declare April should also be known as Read a Romance Book Month! Maybe it’s a trend we can start. Who’s with me?

Erin Bevan

Weird National Holidays

A week's worth of weird National Holidays you might want to celebrate!-2
Everyone talks about the disappointment of January. For three months we’ve been surrounded with the glitz and glamor of the holidays then comes January. A month full of cold weather with not much else to look forward to.

But rejoice! There is some good, and some reasons to celebrate in January, and I’m going to share them with you now. Granted, these “holidays” are for the United States, but if you are reading from another country, have no fear! We won’t mind sharing our special “holidays” with you as well!

So, without further ado, here is a reason to celebrate everyday this week!

Monday, January 23– National Pie Day. That’s right. Cut yourself a piece, it’s a holiday after all and a Monday. You deserve it!

Tuesday, January 24– National Compliment Day. You look fabulous, sitting there, reading this blog. You should do it more often!

Wednesday, January 25– National Opposite Day. I’m not really sure what you would do on this day. Maybe wear your socks on your hands? I don’t know!

Thursday, January 26– National Spouse’s Day. Spend a little extra time with your honey today; they deserve it.

Friday, January 27– National Punch the Clock Day. That should really be on a Monday, so how about we celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day instead! Yeah, I think that’s a better idea. Besides, it’s Friday. Relax a little. You’ve had a hard week. You deserve a piece of cake.

Saturday, January 28– National Data Privacy Day. You think Google and Amazon got the memo?

Sunday, January 29– National Puzzle Day AND National Corn Chip Day. How about celebrating by working a puzzle while eating corn chips. Best of both worlds right there!

So, see! There are some good things to January besides cold weather and crazy political rants on television. Go out, have a great week, and eat some cake! You deserve it.

Erin Bevan