Monday, December 30, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-25 Christmas Day

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It's Christmas Day.  As Lucy Van Pelt once told her boyfriend, Schroeder said, "Ho, ho, ho and mistletoe and presents for pretty girls." Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love that once a year we make an attempt to be cheerful and to wish peace on Earth goodwill toward men. Tell your Sweet Baboo that she's the best present you ever received for Christmas with this downloadable free printable Christmas card.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the winter sun.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 

© 2013 by Tom King

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-24 National Egg Nog Day

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National Egg Nog Day
. Since my wife and I moved 2300 miles from our home in East Texas, I miss having rum free Egg Nog every year with my daughter. It got to be something of a tradition with us since her mom and brothers didn't care much for Egg Nog. It was something she and I used to share and it was probably more special to me than her. She used to go shopping with her mom and they'd get a bowl of chili together just before Christmas. Egg Nog is a seasonal holiday drink and is usually available premixed between Thanksgiving and New Year.  Christmas Eve is the night the most Egg Nog is consumed. Nobody know who created National Egg Nog Day. For that matter no one really knows who invented Egg Nog but it may have originated in East Anglia, England. It likely developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk. The "nog" part of its name may come from the word noggin, a Middle English word for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcoholic beverages.  The English version was called an Egg Flip. English barkeeps used to flip the mixture between two pitchers to mix it up. 

Egg Nog was popular among the upper crust in England in the 1700s - those who could afford milk, eggs, sugar and rum. During the early1800s it crossed the Atlantic to America during the 1800s and became a popular holiday drink. Egg Nog even caused a riot at the US Military Academy on Christmas Eve 1826 when cadets smuggled a whole bunch of whiskey into the barracks to make egg nog. Things got out of hand and 20 cadets were expelled.

Tell your sweetie she's puts the Egg in your Nog with this free printable, downloadable National Egg Nog Day card.  Just click on the caption below the picture of the egg nog.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

Greeting Card Campaign: December 23 Roots Day

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December 23 is the made-up holiday "Festivus" (for the rest of us). Actually, it's a depressing holiday made up by the TV show Seinfeld as a sort of anti-Christmas. So I'm going with something else. A nice holiday is a genealogy celebration. It's Roots Day, a great day to celebrate your heritage. It's a good holiday for the Christmas season since Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays draw families together to celebrate.

Digging up your roots is a lot of fun. Many local libraries have genealogical materials and host genealogical societies. The Mormons have a huge database of church registers around the world. There are several geneological websites like Ancestry.com and tribalpages.com that have all kinds of resources. Discovering your ancestors can be fun. You may find you are related to famous people. Sometimes you find relatives you never knew and they have their own research on whole long branches of your family. 

Some of you kinfolk inevitably find some quirky relatives like my Great Great Grandfather Horatio Benjamin French, a circuit riding preacher who outlived five wives and baptized more than half the Adventists in Texas during the first 30 years of the 20th century. There was also his son Alonso, the special effects pioneer, who found him praying about the Second Coming in the hayloft one day and decided to create the effects of hell being kindled by lighting the haystack. 

Creative genes run in my family. 

The origins of Roots Day is shrouded in the mists of history, but, hey, what a nice thing to celebrate at Christmas time.  Tell your wife or loved one you are happy to have joined your family tree to hers and celebrate the cooling shade your life together has created with this free downloadable Roots Day card

For your card, just click on the caption below the picture of the family tree. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King


Monday, December 23, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-22 Winter Solstice

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Light a candle it's the Winter Solstice.  Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs in December in the Northern Hemisphere on the 20th through the 22nd depending where you are.  The solstice is the moment when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky of the winter months. It's the shortest day and the longest night of the year. If you're in the southern hemisphere (which most of my readers are not), it occurs in June while we're having the Summer solstice and Midsummer's night. Since the actual solstice is about the height of the sun, it usually is marked as midwinter or midwinter's night. Several ancient and modern pagan festivals were built around solstice including the Roman Saturnalia a week long debauch as if the Romans needed and excuse for debauchery. Wiccans have their own festival as did the ancient Norse who called the festival "Yule". Stonehenge and other neo-lithic monuments were designed to mark the winter and summer solstices and the equinoxes and pagan peoples built festivals around those seasons. Today's neo-pagans still like to throw the odd shindig as well. The rest of us pay no attention because we're too busy with Christmas.

One thing good that happens at solstice is that the days star getting longer. Celebrating that probably helps with the mass seasonal depression that is common at times of year when sunlight is restricted. Tell your sweetie she makes your days brighter with this free downloadable Winter Solstice Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the winter sun.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Greeting card campaign: 12-21 Bah, Humbug Day

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December 21 is Humbug Day, a copyrighted holiday brought to you by the folks at wellcat.com. Apparently, the folks at Wellcat think we all need a day to vent our frustrations in order to cleanse our emotional palate before Christmas, but that any profits from the celebration of Humbug Day should go to them.  Boy now do I really wish I'd copyrighted Christmas when I had the chance.  Despite rather convincing evidence that pitching and moaning about perceived wrongs is actually psychologically detrimental to your mental health, the grouches of the world continue to embrace their inner Scrooge and use today as an excuse to let out their frustrations in a very public way. 

I prefer to celebrate Humbug Day by being the anti-Scrooge. I will send my beloved a downloadable, printable Bah Humbug Day card which assures my sweetheart of my undying affection. Unlike Scrooge I plan to avoid winding up a rich old miser with no friends or family to care whether I live or die. I want people to flat out weep when I am gone. So, as weird as this may sound, Have a happy Humbug Day. Just don't do anything that makes money based on the holiday. It's copyrighted you know. Now if you call it Bah, Humbug Day, as I do, you might be legal to print up some t-shirts to sell at the Humbug Day festival in your home town. What are they going to do?  Sue me? 

My kind of humbug....
For your card, just click on the caption below the picture of Scrooge. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Friday, December 20, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: December 20 Go Caroling Day

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December 20th is Go Caroling Day.  A lot of groups and communities have caroling traditions that have grown out of traditions like wassailing in England. Lately, choirs, orchestras and even the US Air Force band and chorus have begun doing surprise Christmas flash mobs during the holiday season. Caroling was more popular 30 or 40 years ago, but is enjoying a resurgence with the flash mob trend.

Plan a caroling expedition to celebrate the holidays. Think nursing homes and senior citizen centers. Just call the managers to arrange a date and time. Finish your, caroling event with snacks, hot chocolate and cookies. Tell your sweetheart she makes your heart sing with this free downloadable, printable, Go Caroling Day card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the carolers. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-19 Look for an Evergreen Day

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December 19 is Look for an Evergreen Day. If you want a fresh Christmas tree in time for Christmas, today is the day to set out to find one. Maybe you don't want to kill a whole tree, but want the scent of fresh pine or fir to capture the spirit of the holidays. About now with the winter storms coming on, you can probably find plenty of pine or fir boughs that have fallen and still have plenty of green needles left on them. Make a wreath or bedeck the fireplace mantle with them. Nothing smells or looks quite as good as the real deal. If you buy one, try to get one from the tree lot's most recent shipments. Whether you go for firs, spruces, cedars or pines, long or short needles, it's all good and today's the day to get the boughs of fir and holly set up. 

Don't forget to tell your sweet Baboo you love her today with this free downloadable Look for an Evergreen Day card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the evergreen tree.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.  

 © 2013 by Tom King

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-18 Bake Cookies Day

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December 18th is Bake Cookies Day, a celebration of our favorite ceramic decorative jar stuffer - the humble cookie.  This is certainly a good time for it, since it's getting close to Christmas.  You can dedicate all day today to baking your Christmas cookies. I just know you've already had "Bake Fruitcake Day",  "Make the Christmas Fudge Day" and "Wrap and Mail Tom's Presents Day". All that's left then is to get those cookies in the oven.  Though tomorrow is not officially "Eat Cookies Day", I suggest that it will be an ideal day to hit the old cookie jar with a will.

Cookies are like the utility Christmas treat. They store well. You can freeze them. You can even refrigerate the dough and bake a few at a time. You could bake a different cookie every day of the year and still not run out of recipes.  And tell your favorite cookie how much you love her with this free downloadable Bake Cookies Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the cookies.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 


© 2013 by Tom King

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-17 National Underdog Day

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December 17th is National Underdog Day!  Originally founded in 1976, the day celebrates the second bananas of literature, movies, theater and bedtime stories, the guys who back up favorite heroes.The word underdog comes from shipbuilding. Planks of wood that covered the hull of wooden ships were called “dogs.” The supervisor (or top dog) stood above while the plank was put in place while a second man (the underdog) stood down below where it was sooty, thick with sawdust and dark and cut and fit the boards in place.  The guy up top always got credit for the quality of the work, but it was the underdogs that made sure the boards fit together properly and the hull didn't leak.  

Here's a couple of ways to celebrate. First, you can download this Match the Hero With His Sidekick Game. Second, send your sweetheart a free downloadable National Underdog Day cardJust click on the caption below the drawing of Cisco and Pancho.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.


© 2013 by Tom King 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Greeeting Card Campaign: 12-16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day and Beethoven's Birthday


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Today we celebrate two notable holidays:  Beethoven's Birthday and National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.  In effect, we have a holiday two-fer here.  I suggest we celebrate by covering a bust of Beethoven in chocolate sauce. It would certainly make Beethoven more acceptable to modern women.

Celebrate by sending your sweet-as-chocolate lady friend this free printable downloadable Beethoven's Birthday and National Chocolate Covered Anything Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of chocolate covered Beethoven. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-15 National Cat Herder's Day

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December 15th is National Cat Herder’s Day!  This one had to come from California, which it does.  A California couple created National Cat Herder’s Day for people whose lives or jobs feel as if they are constantly herding cats - which is ever bit as difficult as it sounds. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, outnumbered and faced with too many impossible tasks, then this might be the holiday for you.  If you do want to herd cats, though, here's how to do it - outnumber them like these Corgi pups do in this video.  And while you're at it tell your sweetie she's your very favorite cat-herder with this free, downloadable printable National Cat Herder's Day card.

 Just click on the caption below the picture of the exasperated cat-herder. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-14 Monkey Day

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December 14 is Monkey Day. this obscure holiday has rather recent origins, starting out as a joke by artist Casey Sorrow. Back in 2000, she drew Monkey Day on the square for December 14 on a friend’s calendar. She then just started celebrating the holiday with other Michigan State University art students. Strangely enough, Monkey Day caught on and is now celebrated in six countries that we know of - Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and the United States. So get in touch with your inner Cheetah (Tarzan's chimpanzee sidekick). Celebrate primate world dominance on Monkey Day!  While you're at it tell your monkey girl that you are "ape" for her with this free downloadable, printable Monkey Day greeting card.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the monkey. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Friday, December 13, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-13 Ice Cream and Violins Day

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Okay, this one's confusing. It may be Ice Cream Day and Violins Day or it may be both together.  December 13 is widely accepted as Violin Day. Apparently, rock violinist Ben Lee, 1/2 of the electric violin duo FUSE, on Dec. 13, 2010 broke the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Violin Player by playing at over 14 notes per second. 

There is also a second Ice Cream Day which is firmly on December 13. The July one is third Sunday of the month of July.  On Sept. 13, 1903, Italo Marchiony applied for a patent on an ice cream cup molding machine.  The U.S. Patent Office didn't grant the patent till Dec. 15. Some sources got confused and thought the date was the 13th, apparently confusing it with the earlier application date. So to add to the confusion every year, an increasing number of people simply break out the ice cream and so somewhere to listen to Christmas music with violins.

This is how we wound up celebrating Christmas in December when Christ was likely born around the end of September. People get confused and mix their holidays up - probably all that eggnog. Anyway, you should probably download this free printable Ice Cream and Violins Day card for you sweetie to tell her you love her. A bowl of ice cream would probably help sell the effect - maybe some violin music on the CD player. 

Just click on the caption below the picture of the violin player.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. © 2013 by Tom King

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-12 National Ding-A-Ling Day

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For those of you Little Drummer Boys out there that march a little out of step with everyone else, then today's your day.  December 12 is National Ding-a-Ling Day, an annual celebration of all those scatterbrained or eccentric sisters, brothers, cousins, uncle and aunts that show up to family reunions in moo-moos and bermuda shorts with black knee socks. There is some disagreement over the origin of this holiday.  One legend has it that the Ding-a-Ling Club sponsors this special day to promote ding-a-lings, the “wonderful, loving, intelligent, friendly, and the most desirable kind of person to know…a real bellringer!”  Another version says the day honors the Salvation Army Christmas Bellringers who get out there regardless of rain, sleet, snow or hail to raise money for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. A third theory goes that National Ding-a-Ling Day honors the scurrilous Chuck Berry song, My Ding-A-Ling, which has been banned in Boston, Philadelphia and on all Clear Channel radio stations. The song is, as you can imagine, not for children. Sadly, its Chuck's only number one song of his career.

Tell your favorite ding-a-ling she really rings your chimes with this free, printable, downloadable National Ding-A-Ling Day greeting cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the bellringer. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-11 National Noodle Ring Day

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Okay, here's the day we've all been waiting for.  It's December 11, National Noodle Ring Day. Okay, maybe we haven't been waiting for. The fact is, most of us probably have no idea what in the world a noodle ring. There are a lot of recipes out there for Noodle Rings.  Somebody out there must really love noodle rings because he or she started a holiday for lovers of noodle rings. At any rate, send your lovely noodle ring loving sweetheart this romantic, downloadable free National Noodle Ring Day card.


Just click on the caption below the picture of the noodle ring.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 

© 2013 by Tom King

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-10 Alfred Nobel Day

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Today's the day the Nobel Committee gives out the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics and for the Peace Prize.  All of the Nobel Prizes except the Peace Prize are presented in Stockholm, Sweden, at the annual Prize Award Ceremony on the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, who established the Nobel Prize Foundation in his will. The Peace Prize is awarded at ceremonies held in Oslo, Norway the same night.

Each Nobel Laureate receives the prize from the hands of the King of Sweden. The Peace Prize recipient receives his or hers from the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of the King of Norway. Nobel, the Swedish inventor patented hundreds of inventions during his life, but is best known as the inventor of dynamite. His idea for the Nobel awards came after his brother died and a French newspaper accidentally published an obituary of Alfred Nobel under the headline "Merchant of Death Dies!"  Nobel decided he wanted to be remembered for something besides blowing stuff up, so he revised his will and created a foundation to offer annual prize for physics, chemistry, medicine, peace and literature. The Foundation added an additional prize for economics in 1968.  The Nobel Prize has been awarded 555 times to 856 people and organizations.


Celebrate Alfred Nobel Day with this free, downloadable, printable Alfred Nobel Day card and tell your sweetie that if there were a Nobel Prize for incredible women, she'd be a shoe-in for the prize.  Just click on the caption below the picture of Alfred Nobel. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King


Monday, December 09, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-09 Christmas Card Day

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Okay, I admit it, I'm a Christmas junkie.  December 9 is Christmas Card Day, honoring the inimitable Sir Henry Cole (1818 - 1874), an English printer who created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. Up until recently, everybody sent each other Christmas cards through the mail at Christmas time. While sending cards through the mail continues to be very popular, many people have started sending free Ecards. You can customize them and give animated Ecards as well as electronic traditional cards. Besides, it's a lot of fun. Today is also a really good day to send your Christmas cards if you're going to mail them.  This was probably the date, Henry Cole marketed his first commercial Christmas cards, but I'm not sure about that.


Today's a good day to send your favorite Christmas card recipient this free, printable, downloadable Christmas Card Day card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the Christmas card.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 

© 2013 by Tom King

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-08 National Brownie Day

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National Brownie Day is December 8. This is one food day that most of our wives, girlfriends and even our Moms can get behind. For some reason many, if not most, women have a deep and abiding need for chocolate. There may be some as yet undiscovered nutrient in chocolate that causes this. Some nutritionists believe that eating chocolate makes you feel good, because it increases levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter secreted in the brain that helps you feel good and enhances your mood. One thing we do know is that many women experience lowered serotonin levels in the 7 to 10 days prior to their menstrual periods. This could explain why often have powerful cravings for chocolate. To most men, however, chocolate is a snack food rather than a religious experience.  The chocolatey, chewy brownie is, perhaps one of the more ideal chocolate delivery systems there is.


Tell your sweetie how much you appreciate her with the gift of chocolate today and this downloadable, printable, National Brownie Day Card. Just click on the caption below the picture of a chocolate Brownie. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-07 National Cotton Candy Day

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As if you weren't already preparing for new fun with dentistry with the Christmas season in full swing, along comes December 7 - National Cotton Candy Day. Cotton Candy is usually associated with summertime, but apparently the stuff is so popular it's been given two holidays about six months apart - one in June and one in December. Not sure why the December celebration date, but it's probably somebody's birthday or the date the process was invented or patented. The Cotton Candy machine, itself, was patented in 1899 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, who brought it to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, where it was quite a hit. A lot of junk food really got a boost at that particular fair including hamburgers and hot dogs. Cotton Candy has, in the past century, become a staple junk food at amusement parks, circuses, fairs, and sports events.  Originally called fairy floss because it is made from Flossine sugar, it comes in different colors and attempts have been made to give it flavors - as though sugar wasn't a flavor. 

Tell your "sweetie" that you think she's as sweet as cotton candy with this printable, downloadable and always free National Cotton Candy Day greeting card!

Just click on the caption below the cotton candy picture.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-06 St. Nicholas Day

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December 6 is St. Nicholas Day.  The day commemorates the death in 345 or 352 A.D. of St. Nicholas and has been commemorated for centuries. Born in Greece in the latter half of the third century, Nicholas became a priest, and later, a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. Nicholas (later St. Nicholas) gave up all of his belongings and was well known for giving to needy people, especially children. One Christmas practice that originated with Saint Nicholas is the practice of hanging up stockings. According to the legend, Saint Nicholas would throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor people's homes. One bag accidentally into the stocking of a child. When it was found, news around and kids began hanging up their stockings, at first by windows and later by by their chimneys hoping for a visit by St. Nicholas.

In American in the 1800's the legend of St. Nicholas evolved into the creation of Santa Claus, helped along by the popular Clement Clarke Moore poem and an editorial by New York Sun editor, Francis Pharcellus Church, in answer to Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to the Sun asking whether there really was a Santa Claus. In becoming Santa Claus, St. Nick evolved into a secular character bringing presents to children and huge Christmas sales numbers to U.S. retailers.

Send your wife, girlfriend or favorite female person this free, downloadable, printable card to tell them how much you love and appreciate them. You may even want to use this opportunity to find out what they want for Christmas this year. 

Just click on the caption below the picture of St. Nicholas. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-05 Walt Disney's Birthday

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December 5, 1901 was the birthday of Walter Elias "Walt" Disney - or Uncle Walt as I like to think of him. Walt was born in Hermosa, Illinois. He had three brothers and a sister. Walt built upon his early interest in drawing and did pioneering work in the field of animation. With his brother Roy, Disney co-founded Walt Disney Productions and the rest is history. During his lifetime, he won 22 Academy Awards, founded Disneyland and began work on Walt Disney World. The Disney entertainment empire is still a growing and powerful company making films, building amusement parks and continuing to pioneer in the fields of motion picture and television production, the travel and vacation industry and nearly every field of entertainment. Most of us grew up with Walt's gift for engaging a child's imagination and sense of wonder. He never quite lost that sense of childlike wonder. Not a bad example for the rest of us.

Wish your sweetie a "Happy Walt Disney's Birthday", crank up your favorite Disney movie on the TV or go out and see one. Either way there should be popcorn involved (and a free, printable, downloadable Walt Disney's Birthday Card - not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, of course).

Just click on the caption below the old public domain picture of Uncle Walt and his old pal Mickey.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

You can also make your own free Disney cards too at this website.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: December 4 - Santa's List Day

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December 4 is Santa's List Day.  Today's the day when Santa apparently puts out the Naughty and Nice Lists.  We trust the Naughty List is shorter, but who knows.  How about you. Which list do you think you made?  And tell your sweetheart you've got your own Naughty and Nice Lists and she's on both of them!  Remind her to keep up the good work with this free printable, downloadable Santa's List Day card. 

Just click on the caption below the picture of Santa. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-3 Two's Company Three's a Crowd Day

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December 3rd is "Three's a Crowd" Day, celebrating the aged cliche' "Two's company; three's a crowd". Today's a good day to celebrate the joy of life in pairs.The origins of this holiday are perhaps a little grisly.  On December 3, 1979, an out of control crowd at a Who concert at Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum crushed 11 people to death. Whoever came up with this holiday, should have picked a better date, perhaps, but there's no reason we can't celebrate something positive on this day.

Tell your Sweet Baboo that you love her company today with this free, downloadable, printable, Three's a Crowd Day card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the pie.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

©
2013 by Tom King

Monday, December 02, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-2 Mars Landing Day

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December 2nd celebrates the first successful Mars landing by the Soviet spacecraft Mars 3 (Mars 1 went missing on the way and 2 crashed). Mars 3 managed to soft land, but was damaged and only managed to transmit for 14.5 seconds. No usable pictures were went.  Despite the failure of the landing mission, some data was gathered and, as Mars 2 and 3 were the first to touch down on Mars, we celebrate the date as Mars Landing Day. Seven Mars landing since then have been successful counting the limited success of the Soviet Mars 3. The rest of the successful landers have been American ventures which included, Viking 1 and 2 in 1976, Pathfinder/Sojourner in 1997, Opportunity and Spirit in 2004, Phoenix in 2008 and Opportunity in 2012. A spate of failed missions by the Soviets, NASA, the Japanese, Chinese and British have darkened the history of Martian exploration, but there have been a number of successes as well. Currently there are no spacecraft en route to Mars, however, virtually every space agency has some plans to make another try for Mars, including a couple of private companies, one of which is recruiting a crew for a one-way trip to Mars to establish a permanent colony there.

Tell your sweetie she is out of this world with this free downloadable printable Mars Landing Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of Mars. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-01 National Pie Day

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December 1 is National Pie Day. I know we've been doing pies and dessert day a lot lately, but given the season and the fact that I like pie, we're going with National Pie Day.  Pie is, at least in my opinion, the perfect food.  It has that lovely flaky, buttery crust filled with fruit, vegetables, meat, or even gravies. Long ago pie type shells were used to carry food on a long journey - the pie served as a carrying case more or less. The first pie recipe recorded was a Sumerian chicken pot pie. The Egyptians, Romans and other ancient civilizations had their own versions.

Pie can be made with a top crust only, top and bottom or bottom only. I even saw a crustless one once. Cake does not hold a candle to a pie.  Celebrate the day by eating yourself some pie and by telling your sweetie pie how much you love her too with this free downloadable, printable National Pie Day CardJust click on the caption below the picture of the pie.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

©
2013 by Tom King

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-30 National Mousse Day

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Mark Twain, whose birthday is today, had little respect for European food frippery. He once said, “A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.”  Twain was likely talking about such insubstantial dishes such as the French mousse which was a French restaurant specialty during the 1800s.

Just three years after Twain's birth the conflict over French cuisine spread to Mexico in 1838's Great Pastry War. The war was a brief conflict began between Mexico and France that broke out after a French pastry cook claimed some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government, having no respect for any type of cooking which did not utilize jalapenos refused to pay for the damage and the French, who have no sense of humor about pastry declared war. It lasted till dinner, then everyone went home - the French to enjoy a nice chocolate mousse and the Mexicans to wrap something up in a tortilla.

So enjoy National Mousse Day if you are fond of desserts made from egg whites and cream. The very word “mousse” is French for “foam”? It’s a good name for something that's the consistency of soap bubbles. There are many different flavors of mousse, including chocolate, nut, and various fruit flavors.

Tell your own fluffy delight how much you enjoy her company with this downloadable, printable free National Mousse Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the moose above. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-29 Square Dance Day

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November 29 is Square Dance Day. While we're not sure where Square Dance Day actually came from, we do know where square dancing itself has its origins.  Square dancing was brought to America by English, Irish, and Scottish settlers in the form of circle dances, reels and various country dances that involved groups of four or more. In America, we added a caller to the version that became square dancing to help dancers stay in step. The caller actually changes the order of the steps from dance to dance to make the dance more challenging.  Suqre dancing is especially popular in the south and southeast and in western rural communities and among senior citizens.

It's also a good way to have some fun and get some great aerobic exercise in the process. If you'd like to "Swing your partner" today, try sending her an invitation tucked inside this free, downloadable, printable Square Dance Day Card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the square dancers.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: Thanksgiving

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Today is Thanksgiving Day this year (2013). In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday has its roots in a celebration in around 1621 when the Pilgrims and Puritians celebrated their first decent harvest. Days of Thanksgiving were common in England  and were carried to the New England colonies as a religious celebration.  The tradition was continued in later years by the colonial governors and eventually a regular holiday until the late 1660s.

A variety of royal governors and church leaders would make the annual Thanksgiving proclamations. During the Revolution General Washington did it one year as did the Continental Congress. George Washington became the first US president to make a nation-wide day of  thanksgiving proclamation, marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".

Traditions have grown up around the holiday such as the annual official proclamation and the pardoning of a turkey by the president. The "pardon" is supposed to insure the turkey lives out its life running around the farm without fear of its life. There are some nasty rumors that some past presidents went ahead and ate the bird on the sly on the grounds that it was only a one day pardon, I suppose. Sounds like something Taft would have done.
  
So today is the day to thank your Pocahontas that her favorite big old turkey is thankful for her with this downloadable free printable Thanksgiving Day card.  Just click on the caption below the picture of the turkey above. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet. 

© 2013 by Tom King






Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-27 National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

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November 27th is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day. Probably named for the German province of Bavaria, the Bavarian Cream Pie is a  delicious chilled cream pie made of layers of custard and whipped cream in a pie shell, then topped with even more whipped cream. The Bavarian cream pie dates back to the early 1800s. It first appeared in U.S. cookbooks toward the end of the 19th centurey and became even more popular with the invention of better methods of extracting cornstarch and with the concurrent rise of refrigeration technology.  The Bavarian cream pie led the way to other popular custards and cream or pudding pies.

Tell your sweetie pie that sweet pies make you think of her with this downloadable Bavarian Cream Pie Day card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the Bavarian Cream Pie.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

Also, here are some good recipes for a nice Bavarian Cream Pie.


© 2013 by Tom King

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Greeting card campaign: 11-26 National Cake Day

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November 26, 2013 is National Cake Day, a day to celebrate one of the world’s most popular desserts.  Cake evolved from early kinds of leavened breads. The breads were originally sweetened with honey, fruit, and nuts. The name for sweetened “cakes”  comes from an Old Norse word, “kaka”. The name eventually came to mean a baked flour confection? There are all sorts of flavors of cake nowadays including vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, carrot, pineapple-upside-down and other varieties. Wish your sweetcakes a happy National Cake Day with this downloadable National Cake Day card.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the cake. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.
© by Tom King

Monday, November 25, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-25 National Parfait Day

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November 25th is National Parfait Day. Parfait is a French word that literally means "perfect". We don't know who came up with National Parfait Day or even if it's official at all, but having one would be the perfect way to celebrate.  It's likely the day was dreamed up by marketing folk at Dairy Queen, the master maker of parfaits and sundaes.  A parfait is different from a sundae in that it consists of swirled layers of ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, syrups, candies and fruits. Chocolate is a favorite swirl ingredient, but the fancier ice cream stores will swirl you one out of anything they have in the toppings tubs behind the counter.

Let your best girl know she's a swirl of delicious ingredients herself with this National Parfait Day card that you can download for free.  Just click on the caption below the picture of the parfait.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.
© 2013 by Tom King


 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-24 Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

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November 23 is Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day! Where this holiday came from is anybody's guess. Probably started by someone without any visible talent who wanted other people to help him find his.  Seriously though, everyone has some unique talent or skill.

There are nine basic types of human intelligence (there used to be seven, but apparently some people felt left out so they added a couple of gimmes).  and all of us have a few types at which we're above average and some that are at average levels and some types of intelligence that we really suck at.  Einstein was a genius mathematician whose social skills were so poor he had to have help to dress himself and who married his cousin in order to get that help. Verbal and Math skills are the only two skills the standard IQ test measures there are others. The nine types of intelligence are:

1. Verbal skills - Writing, poetry, reading, analysis, research
 
2. Mathematics - Physics, accounting, teaching algebra.
 
3. Body/Kinesthetic skills - (understanding of how to manipulate objects and use physical skills to movement in 3 dimensional space) Basketball players, marksmen and gymnasts
 
4. Musical Intelligence - Singers, musicians, composers 
  
5. Interpersonal Intelligence - (understanding social interaction) Diplomats, counselors, speakers, comedians
 
6. Spatial Intelligence - (the ability to think in three dimensions) Graphic artists, sailors, pilots, sculptors, painters, and architects
 
7. Intra-Personal Intelligence - (the capacity to understand oneself and one’s thoughts and feelings) Psychologists, spiritual leaders, and politicians
 
Here's where they used to stop, but there were two groups who consider themselves highly intelligent and extremely important.  They have apparently been successful got these two types of intelligence added along the way:
 
8.  Naturalist Intelligence - (the ability to discriminate among living things and "sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations) Farmers, botanists, eco-warriors, environmentalists and television nature documentary filmmakers.  
 
You've got to love this one it includes not only the hunter-gatherers of the ancient past, but this intelligence also helps us choose the best car, sneakers, kinds of makeup and fashion. So knowing whether to buy White Diamonds or E'sprit or whatever the latest trendy perfume happens to be is a type of intelligence?
9. Existential Intelligence - (the sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why do we die, and how did we get here). At last a place for philosophers, gurus and other such layabouts.
 
So today is the day to embrace those quirky abilities and show them off to everyone else! In the meantime, send your sweetie a "Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day" card to let her know you think she was smart for picking you.  Just click on the caption below the picture of the multi-talented individual above. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King

Friday, November 22, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 11-23 National Cashew Day

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November 23rd is National Cashew Day. Today's the day to go nuts eating cashews. Eat 'em any way you want - plain, salted, chocolate covered or mashed up and made into cashew butter.  All you have to do to participate  in  National Cashew Day is eat some cashews. Don't know who came up with National Cashew Day, but I'm with them on this one. 

Tell that sweet little nut you love that she's as addictive as cashews with this downloadable, printable free National Cashew Day cardJust click on the caption below the picture of the cashews.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 

© 2013 by Tom King