Celebrating Leap Day

Mark Rademaker, The Netherlands, Assen

Every four years February, the shortest month, gets an extra day. These years are called leap years and most people spend their Leap Day just they would spend any other day. Whoa! Wait a minute. Leap Day is an Extra day. Here’s your opportunity to do some things that you never seem to have the time to do!

Corrine Caputo from the Bustle blog has some fabulous suggestions on how to spend your extra day. She says she thinks Leap Day is all about “having the time to do the things you’ve been meaning to do”, whether it is spending time with your family or friends, organizing your pantry or finally getting to do your laundry.

One of her ideas is to have a recipe party where each person you invite makes a dish that they have been wanting to try, and you have a “new-recipe” pot luck meal.

Take a personal day and get “personal”. Book a massage or a mani-pedi or some other self-care appointment. Use this day to catch up on your life and de-stress.

Watch the movie Leap Year starring Amy Adams and just chill.

To read about more ways to celebrate Leap Day, click here.

But What About Some Food?

There are lots of ideas about what to eat on Leap Day. The My Recipes site suggests that since leap year gives you an extra day, you could bake a cake that takes all day to make, or celebrate the number four in creative ways.

There are recipes for marinated chicken quarters and 4 cheese macaroni and four-grain flapjacks. There is also a recipe for a fresh orange wedding cake that will really take you all day to make!

You could host a dinner party for four. There are menus with recipes for dinners for four.

To view the site click here.

Another site called Tasting Table has some very creative ideas for food to eat on Leap Day. They suggest that you take the chance to eat some things you would not normally eat during the rest of the year like gooey cinnamon rolls because calories don’t count on Leap Day!

You could have a bubbly breakfast cocktail called a White Mimosa. There is a recipe for that on the site as well as a recipe for frog legs if you are brave.

There are quite a few cake recipes on this site because Leap Day is the day when women can propose to men, and according to legend, the men can’t refuse. Therefore, some of you are going to need a wedding cake. To get to the site, click here.

Leap Day Trivia

Some pretty historical events have happened during leap years.

  • George Custer fought the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.
  • The Titanic sank in1912.
  • Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning is electricity in 1752.
  • Gold was discovered in California in 1848.

These are some examples of the Leap Year trivia you can read by clicking here.

How ever you choose to observe Leap Day, I hope you have fun!

– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!


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