Friday, October 19, 2012

The Sweetest Day

The honorable sweet of October, candy corn

While today is not the Sweetest Day, tomorrow is, I thought I would give a head up for what may turn out to be a good reason to indulge in sweets. There are two schools of thought on the purpose of the Sweetest Day. One school of thought is this is a promotion by the candy industry to sell more products by inventing a day when we are all sweet or at least like to eat them. The other is promoted as a day to remember all those who have been kind to us and reciprocate with a small gift. I’m going with the latter.


Sweetest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October. It is a day to remind us that sweet thoughts and deeds can make us and others feel good. It doesn’t necessarily mean we have to buy a gift for someone else, but it is a day for a thoughtful gesture to show someone you care. Originally, Herbert Birch, a candy company employee, would bring small gifts to shut-ins and orphans. He was trying to brighten the day of someone who may have had little to look forward to. The tradition began in 1922.

 Aren't they sweet!

It is still celebrated today and I think it is a good reminder of family and friends who do things for us every day. It is easy to forget how much others do for us on a daily basis. We are all wrapped up in our work, school, kids and other obligations and sometimes forget that we are getting a helping hand. So say thank you to the neighbor who brings in your mail when you’re out of town. A thank you to that friend who brought chicken soup when you were sick and anyone who has helped you without you’re asking.


Tomorrow is the day to maybe acknowledge all of those who give a hand and maybe offer them something sweet. You can bake cookies if you are so inclined. You can buy a small box of candy. You can offer kind words to one in need. For all those who work retail you might want to bring in a box of chocolates to share. This last one is my particular favorite, who doesn’t like chocolates and an excuse to eat them? So go out and enjoy the Sweetest Day of the year.
Okay now I may have a tummy ache from the sugar

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