Begin with something bangin’!

Prepare for an adrenalised start to your week, as Monday 9th December is Techno Day. The music style originated in Detroit, USA, but I’m going to take this opportunity to recommend endoflevelbaddie, an artist from my hometown of Hull, UK (City of Culture for 2017 – woo!) Try out Come On Y’all for starters; it’s my personal fave.

We’re all human; we’re all different; we’re all the same; we’re all entitled to the same basic liberties. Human Rights Day on Tuesday 10th December is when we need to focus on something that we may forget from time to time, especially during the festive season: that many are far less fortunate than ourselves, and that each of us can make a positive difference to someone else’s life.

The United Nations, what would we do without them? Forget to fully appreciate mountains is possibly at the top of the list, as it’s the UN that established Mountain Day on Wednesday 11th December, highlighting the importance of the natural elevations from both an ecological point of view (where else would mountain goats live?) and an economical one (imagine Switzerland without ski resorts!).

Thursday 12th December commemorates the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1851. “Who?” I hear you ask. He’s the guy who discovered the beautiful red-leaved poinsettia, you botanical philistine! Now go out and buy one for your granny’s mantelpiece as part of Poinsettia Day, and don’t let me hear you being ignorant about plant history again!

Do you know a person who sells things for a living? This type of sales-orientated person is commonly known as a salesperson, and do you know what Friday 13th December is? That’s right, it’s Salesperson’s Day! Time to pay attention to your favourite one, and maybe you could do it in a music shop as it’s also Violin Day. Personally I’m going to visit my local branch of Waterstones and hug the bajesus out of a bookseller.

Ever heard the expression “monkey see, monkey do”? Well on Saturday 14th December you can act like a monkey wherever you are and actually get away with it! Monkey Day is an opportunity to eat bananas, screech at inanimate objects, and yes, even fling your poo at passersby. If only it came more than once a year. (Oh, it’s also about raising awareness of animal rights and evolution, so make sure to do that too.)

Are you a crazy person who owns two dozen cats and feeds them prime rib whilst you chew your own filthy hair? Then Sunday 15th December is for you! Actually, no, sorry… Cat Herders Day is actually dedicated to those who feel that daily life is one big struggle, to the extent that it’s akin to trying to herd cats. Why not help them out in some way, even if it’s just by giving them a cardboard box to play with. *chortle*

Thanks for reading. Now go seize the day!


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