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Nutty as a…

“Time to nut up or shut up!” — Zombieland, 2009

That’s right — it’s National Nut Day!

No doubt most of you have the day off from work, gathered with your family and friends, celebrating all those great National Nut Day traditions.

Um…any idea what those are?

Don’t feel bad.  No one really knows how National Nut Day got on the calendar…or if it was, in fact, originally dedicated to the food category of nuts as you might first expect.

Perhaps the founder created National Nut Day to pay tribute to all those crazy, kooky characters that make our lives more interesting — the ‘nuts.’

They act like nuts.  They drive us nuts.  Their brains are full of nuts.  And seriously — without them, wouldn’t life be a whole lotta boring?

(I think I prefer this version.  I’m going with it.)

There’s no data on when National Nut Day was added to the calendar, either.  So you have to wonder if the founder was thinking about real-life nuts — family, friends, wacky neighbors who borrow tools and don’t return them…argh! — or if he was including nuts from television and movies.

(I think I prefer this version.  I’m going with it.)

Then National Nut Day could pay tribute to Senor Chang from “Community.”  And pretty much everyone in the “Anchorman” and “Hangover” movies.  Gosh, there are so many nutty fictional characters.  Oh!  The original nuts — Chip ‘n’ Dale!

I’m sure you have your favorites as well.  And I hope you’ll salute them during your day off.

That’s right — during National Nut Day!

Discarded holidays

Isn’t there a saying about how Americans rush to our entertainment…and then rush just as quickly to leave it?

I thought about that this week during my walks with Rory in the neighborhood.

Even in the days preceding Christmas, trees already lie abandoned on the edge of the sidewalk, awaiting our three-days-a-week garbage pickup.

How quickly we rush to Christmas, many people putting up their trees before Thanksgiving…and then scurry again to take them down once the presents are opened and faraway family and friends have returned to their homes.

When I was a child, we put the tree up a mere week before Christmas.  I imagine that tradition was fueled in part by my mother’s fear of fire, since we always had a real tree.  Watering it every day was my job, as was turning off the lights should the tree ever be unattended.

I carry my mother’s caution — and tradition — about live Christmas trees with me to this day.

When I do put up a tree, it’s usually five days or so before the holiday, but I like to leave it up until New Year’s Day,  if it’s not too dried out. There’s something especially magical about a Christmas tree after all the hubbub is over, and you can simply sit and enjoy it’s color and sparkle.

It reminds me of the best of my childhood.  And I’m in no rush to forget it.