Just Another Day…?


Contributing Editor
Walter W. Pickut

November boasts of more than 120 nationally recognized holidays according to the people who actually archive such things. So, what is a holiday?

According to the 21st Century’s font of (almost) all knowledge, Wikipedia, a holiday is explained like this:

“Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance.”

But really, is there a cultural or religious significance behind November 21 this year? Since 2017 the first day of the third week in November has been dubbed National Odd Sock Day! Who could’ve guessed?

Yet there appears to be a really cool reason to celebrate it. According to nationalday.com, National Odd Sock Day (also celebrated in the UK) is meant to deter bullying in school. They explain it like this:

“The Anti-Bullying Alliance created the day to remind people that it’s good to stand out. Expressing oneself without fear of judgment reaffirms the idea that being who you are is more than enough. If we can appreciate someone else’s odd socks, we can also appreciate each individual’s differences.”

As a result, I’m going to assume there’s really a good reason for all of November’s other holidays. I haven’t looked them up yet, but maybe you would like to look into this treasure trove of other holidays for yourself. Try it out on this sample:

  • Nov. 2 National Deviled Egg Day
  • Nov. 3 Give Someone a Dollar Day (my personal fave!)
  • Nov. 7 National Hug a Bear Day (Carefully!)
  • Nov. 18 World Vasectomy Day
  • Nov. 20 National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

And the rest of this week offers us even more, including National Days for Freckles, Jukeboxes, and Sardines. Amazing!

But as always, these Words of Wisdom have a point. Humorist Dave Barry is here to make it for me, though as Wikipedia would say, it’s more cultural than religious:

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”

Dave’s idea is a call to action. Start your Thanksgiving season this year by giving thanks to our own vibrant, local businesses for keeping our community alive and well. The winter holiday season has begun. Shop locally.

Visit ShopLocalCHQ—Chautauqua County’s own online Hometown Marketplace—for your holiday shopping on November 25, Black Friday, go to local shops and malls on November 26, Small Business Saturday, and especially online on November 28, Cyber Monday.

Oh! And by the way… Thursday, November 24 is Thanksgiving Day in America. The Jamestown Gazette is here to remind us all that Thanksgiving is even more than food, drink, and football (Go Bills vs Lions!). Please also make it a day filled with real gratitude. Then keep giving thanks for every other day—thankful for all that you have.

It has been said that “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”

And your friends at the Jamestown Gazette are especially thankful this year for so many readers who, as always, let us know they “Enjoy the Read.”

Walt Pickut
Contributing Editor

PS: One more holiday to remember—November 29, if your hungry nibblers haven’t already taken care if this, is National Throw Out Your Leftovers Day.

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.