What’s an “odd-iday”? It’s just our little name for the multitude of slightly strange, but nonetheless official, days that have been claimed on our nation’s calendar.
An “odd-iday” presents a special opportunity for families to create new traditions especially fit for their unique lives! With freedom from the expectations of our more well-known holidays, you can bring both significance and silliness to any month of your family’s year!
Saturday, February 2 – National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
(recognized annually on the first Saturday of February)
Place individual family names in a grab bag and let the member whose name is chosen pick this year’s flavor.
Use your usual breakfast cereals as crumbled toppings and have each child name their creation.
Post the fun to social media and help spread the word about this little known day.
Monday, February 4 – National Thank a Mail Carrier Day
(it’s been a rough winter for the men and women who keep our mail coming – let them know you care about their service)
Work as a family to create a special care package and be very clear about who it’s for when you leave it for pick-up at your home.
Coordinate with friends and neighbors so that several pans of brownies can be taken to your city post office for those working in the building and carriers who come and go through-out the day
Do you know his or her name? Make this the year you find out and make a “We Appreciate You _______!” poster to place near your mailbox or door.
Monday, Friday February 18-22 - Random Acts of Kindness Week
Have a special time of family prayer on Sunday, February 17 and ask God to make you especially aware of opportunities to bless others as you go through out the week.
Encourage sharing each evening at mealtime and hear about the ways your family has been God’s hands and feet.
Fill plastic storage bags with some of small life’s essential items and fast food gift certificates. Keep them in your car so you are prepared the next time your family sees someone begging for food or work on a corner.
Wednesday, February 20 - National Love Your Pet Day
No pet in the family? Take a donation of pet food or toys to your local humane society.
Find a recipe online for a special treat for your dog or cat and work to prepare it together as a family.
Does each of your children have a special picture with their favorite pet? Make today the day you preserve the memory of their special bond by holding an impromptu photo shoot.
Wednesday, February 27 - National Retro Day
Choose a recipe to make out of a recipe book that’s at least 20 years old.
Play a game that was a favorite of dad’s or mom’s childhood
Choose a decade at the beginning of the week and during “Retro Day’s” evening meal have each child share 3 interesting facts they learned while doing a little research on those years.
Stay tuned for monthly suggestions of celebrations and activities sure to bond you and your family and friends all in fresh ways. Pick a day or two each month and let the fun begin!