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Discover some fun facts and historical trivia about all your favorite national days of the year.

Who Invented Chocolate Milk? – The History of Chocolate Milk

Are you a chocolate milk lover? If so, you’ll be interested in the history of chocolate milk! We will go over who invented chocolate milk, and where it was invented.  Chocolate milk is a popular childhood drink. When you were a kid, did you ever find yourself wondering how chocolate milk came to be? Believe …

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Tea Facts – 10+ Interesting Facts About Tea & Must Have Tea Accessories

No matter what kind of tea you like, iced or hot, these tea facts are for you! Some are downright unbelievable, but they really are true! Below you’ll learn answers to questions like “what is the most expensive tea?”, “is herbal tea really tea?”, and more. Let’s get started! At Always the Holidays, we love …

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Super Bowl Facts – History, FAQs, Roman Numerals, Recipes and More!

It’s that time of year again, the Super Bowl is here! Read on to brush up on your Super Bowl facts. We’ve got FAQs, recipes, history and more! If you believe that the commercials don’t have to be the best part of the game, then this page of Super Bowl facts is for you. Let’s …

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Chinese New Year Traditions and Celebrations | Printable Couplets | Updated

Even though New Year’s Day is behind us now, Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations are still to come. From special food, to firecrackers and couplets, this special day in the Chinese calendar is full of wonderful activities. Chinese New Year is associated with many traditions, myths and customs. Read on to find out more …

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Chinese Zodiac Signs & Elements – Order – Traits | Years | Characteristics

The Chinese zodiac features 12 animal signs which happen in order over a 12 year period. These Chinese zodiac signs date back more than 2000 years. They are commonly featured in Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations. These zodiac signs play a role in Chinese today’s culture and many people feel that the traits of …

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National Carnation Day – Facts About Carnations and History of the Day

What do carnations and US presidents have in common? Read our post on National Carnation Day to learn the answer, plus more carnation facts! Whether you love learning fun facts about history, or you just love how beautiful carnations are, National Carnation Day is for you. Let’s dive in and learn about this special day. …

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Year of the Ox Traits – Facts – Fortunes – Chinese Zodiac 2021

Year of the Ox traits are characteristics that are common for those born under the sign on the ox in the zodiac calendar. Are you reliable, conscientious and strong? If so, you may be an ox! The Year of the Ox happens once every 12 years. It played a part in the Chinese New Year …

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How To Keep New Year’s Resolutions – Best New Year’s Resolution Tips

Successful New Year’s resolutions rely on two things: making the best New Year’s resolution & discovering how to keep New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s Eve is wonderful opportunity to reflect and reset for the coming year. According to a recent study, 74% of Americans set resolutions. However, a much smaller percentage actually follow through on …

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The History of Gingerbread – Cookies, Houses, and Everything in Between

The history of gingerbread spans many centuries and continents. Read on to learn about the evolution of this traditional Christmas treat. Did you know that the second Saturday in December is set aside each year for National Gingerbread Decorating Day? It is one of many gingerbread themed National Days that we honor each year.  If …

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Guy Fawkes Day – Bonfire Night – Firework Night – A Brief History

Guy Fawkes Day is also known as Bonfire night and Firework night.  It is an annual celebration, observed on November 5, in the UK and a few other places. History of the Gunpowder Plot – Bonfire Night and Firework Night The history of the celebration began in 1605, when Guy Fawkes was arrested for guarding …

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Candy Apple vs Caramel Apple – What’s the Difference and Which is Better?

It’s time for the debate, candy apple vs caramel apple, what’s the difference and which is better? Let’s learn their histories and attributes. Like gingerbread cookies, candy and caramel apples are traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season each year. Both of these desserts are served in the fall, and feature apples on a stick with …

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History of Vinyl Records – Complete with a Timeline and Fun Facts

The history of vinyl records is a very important chapter of music history. Keep reading to learn how vinyl records have changed over time! Vinyl records have undergone many changes over the years, but no matter how they have evolved over time, records have always been a vital part of music history. Would you believe …

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Pina Colada Origin – History and Facts About The Popular Tropical Cocktail

Have you been curious about the Pina Colada origin? Keep reading to find out the history behind the drink and learn some facts about how this popular tropical cocktail came to be. The Pina Colada Origin  There’s some controversy as to whether pirates or bartenders invented the cocktail, so let’s start from the beginning.  Research shows …

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History of the Bikini – Bikini Atoll – Origin of Two Piece Swimsuits

The modern bikini has a long and controversial past. It is even associated with nuclear testing in the USA! Read on to find out more about the history of the bikini and the origin of early two piece swimsuits. The word bikini is generic term for a two-piece swimsuit that comes in many different cuts, …

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The Irish Coffee Origin Story – Its History & the Irish Coffee Original Recipe

Did you know, Irish coffee wouldn’t exist without flying boats, a humorous chef, & bad weather? Read to learn the Irish coffee origin story! Both Ireland and America have played a part in Irish coffee history. There’s even a national day dedicated to Irish coffee called National Irish Coffee Day. Let’s learn all about what …

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National Johnny Appleseed Day – March 11 and September 26 – Apple Recipes

March 11 is National Johnny Appleseed Day.  The legend follows a true life character with a love of apple trees. The national day for him is also celebrated on September 26, the day of his birth. More people celebrate the day in September than in March, and this seems to make sense because of fall …

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The History of Mistletoe – The Kissing Plant

We all love to kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas.  But have you ever wondered why we do this during the holidays? The history of mistletoe actually goes back centuries.  What a month this is going to be!  Did you know that there are over 150 National Days in December to celebrate? December 1st is National Mistletoe …

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The Many Faces of Winter – Cold and Snowy Winter Photos

These snowy winter photos show the majesty of the cold months. For me, winter is a time of reflection. I think back on the year that has passed and ahead to the one which is yet to come.  As the days get shorter and so much colder, I hunker down and do things that I …

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The Traditions of Christmas Greenery

Each year during the festive season, our homes get decorated with all manner of holiday greenery. Believe it or not, there are documented traditions of Christmas greenery that have been passed on through the years. Whether it be holly and ivy, Christmas trees of fir or spruce, Mistletoe balls and sprigs, or other forms of …

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