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Have you ever been worried about preparing for Thanksgiving? Well, there’s a day just for that. National Tie One On Day is all about putting on aprons and getting your pre-prep going for the big cooking fiasco.

Not only is it about just cooking for that big day, but it’s also about every day where women (and men) put on aprons and being able to give to your family, friends, or anyone food you’ve prepared. This day is about the historical linkage of cooking spirit, so let’s take the time out to learn and appreciate National Tie One On Day, a day of aprons.

History of National Tie One On Day

According to Apron Memories, the holiday was first created by EllynAnne Geisel. When Geisel started, she first wrote about aprons and domesticity back in 1999, and her passion for the apron has led her to curate a national traveling exhibit, author books on the subject, and create vintage-inspired aprons for her company, Apron Memories.

The idea started when back in 2005, as she was preparing for Thanksgiving. According to, a website by Bernina (a company that manufactures sewing machines) she decided not to go with pumpkin pies.

Then, she wrapped a sweet bread in an apron and attached a handwritten card. She then presented this gift to her neighbor, and because of the joy she felt, she created the day so that way all people could experience this joy.

Now celebrated throughout November and on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, National Tie One On Day encourages people to wrap a baked good in an apron, attach a note, and then deliver their offering to a neighbor, friend or organization in their community.

Apron Memories also cooperates with Bernina in an annual apron competition, where a chosen winner will receive gifts and prizes from both Apron Memories and Bernina for the best-sewn apron.

How to celebrate National Tie One On Day

One way you can celebrate National Tie One On Day is by baking a sweet bread, wrapping it in an apron, attaching a card, and giving it to a friend! Here is a recipe for a sweet bread: Blend together 3 eggs, 1 cup canola oil, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp. Vanilla. Then, add 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. Cinnamon, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour (or use 3 cups of all-purpose flour instead of 2), and add 2 cups of whatever fruit or vegetable you would like. Then, pour into two loaf pans of the mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 50–55 minutes. You can also find an apron to sew or buy, create a homemade card, and then you’re all set!

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