National Call A Friend Day
It’s a few days after Christmas and fond times in the past reinforce an urge to call old friends. National Call A Friend Day was created to encourage people to pick up the phone and reconnect. It can happen any time of the year. While Mother’s Day is the biggest ‘holiday’ for phone calls made, Father’s Day is the busiest for collect calls, but the day after Thanksgiving wins for most calls.
National Chocolate Candy Day
Many people get a box of chocolate candy for Christmas and this day was set aside to enjoy eating it. Here’s some interesting facts about chocolate candy. Before the pods from cocoa trees were ever used for sweet candy it was ground into a beverage. On average, every American consume 12 pounds of chocolate every year. More than 58 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Valentine’s week. But Halloween takes the top spot as the #1 chocolate candy holiday: 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week.
Milton Hershey of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, introduced the first Hershey milk chocolate bar in 1900. He started his candy-making business at just 18 years old. The Baby Ruth™ candy bar was first sold in 1920, named for President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, not the famous baseball player, as many believe.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
John Legend – Singer – 40 – born in Springfield, Ohio
Danzel Washington – Actor – 64 – born in Mount Vernon, New York