Make the Most of the Shortest Month: February National Holidays

Make the Most of the Shortest Month: February National Holidays

There is a national day to observe every day in February!

February may be the shortest month, but it is still full of things to celebrate! Here is a list of the national days coming up each day this month:

February 1st: National Serpent Day

It's a creepy start to February honoring snakes but some people are into it.

February 2nd: National Groundhog Day

Will spring come early or will winter stay here a little longer? That depends... will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

February 3rd: National Carrot Cake Day

Carrots make it healthy, right?

February 4th: National Homemade Soup Day / National Thank a Mail Carrier Day

Make some homemade soup and give it to your mailman to show your appreciation and kill two birds with one stone.

February 5th: World Nutella Day

It's okay to eat it straight from the jar today... or any day, honestly.

February 6th: National Frozen Yogurt Day

Who cares if it's cold? I'm not going to skip an opportunity to eat ice cream.

February 7th: National Periodic Table Day

This is the day for all of you chemistry nerds out there!

February 8th: National Kite Flying Day

As long as it's not part of a math problem, kites are pretty cool. Hopefully, it will just be windy enough...

February 9th: National Bagel Day / National Pizza Day

Or should we just go ahead and call it National Pizza Bagel Bite Day?

February 10th: National Umbrella Day

I usually hate rainy days, but on National Umbrella Day I will make an exception.

February 11th: National Make a Friend Day / National Peppermint Patty Day

Share a peppermint patty with someone... it will make the friendship more likely!

February 12th: National Clean Out Your Computer Day

It's a dreaded task but it must be done every once in awhile... so quit putting it off and just do it already!

February 13th: National Tortellini Day

I'm sensing a pre-Valentine's Day dinner date Italiano...

February 14th: Valentine's Day / National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

If you don't get a Russell Stover sampler from your loved one, go ahead and buy one for yourself. It's not sad if you are doing it to observe National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day!

February 15th: Singles Awareness Day

All the single ladies (and dudes) out there probably feel pretty aware of the fact that they were alone on Valentine's Day.

February 16th: National Almond Day

Almonds are super healthy for you. There are SO many essential nutrients in them! So don't miss this opportunity to eat some!

February 17th: National Random Acts of Kindness Day

Even if it's just something as simple as holding the door for someone, make it a point to be a decent person today.

February 18th: National Drink Wine Day

Time to get WINE DRUNK.

February 19th: National Chocolate Mint Day

Got any leftover peppermint patties????

February 20th: National Love Your Pet Day

For all you animal lovers, take some time to spoil your little snuggle buddy.

February 21st: National Sticky Bun Day

Who doesn't love a warm, ooey-gooey sticky bun???

February 22nd: National Cook a Sweet Potato Day / National Chili Day / National Margarita Day

Time to get DRUNK (again) and make some sweet potato chili!

February 23rd: National Banana Bread Day / National Toast Day

We are all guilty of buying too many bananas and letting them go rotten. SO instead of throwing them away, use them to make some banana bread! And THEN use a slice or two of that banana bread to make some toast!

February 24th: National Tortilla Chip Day

Are you team salsa, guacamole, or queso????

February 25th: National Chocolate Covered Nut Day

My suggestion? Go to Trader Joe's and buy some dark chocolate covered almonds with sea salt and turbinado sugar. You can thank me later.

February 26th: National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Embrace your inner child and use your imagination to make up your own fairy tale. You can tell it to your kids as a bedtime story... or to your dog if you don't have any kids yet...

February 27th: National Strawberry Day / National Polar Bear Day

I will definitely be wearing my polar bear socks as I eat some strawberries on February 27th.

February 28th: National Floral Design Day

Pull out your favorite floral shirt from the depths of your closet and sport it for the day!

Cover Image Credit: Laura Ockel

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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