December 28th - Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 28, 2018 | 0 comments
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Image: Swiss Chocolate, by Annca on Pixabay

December 28th is... National Chocolate Candy Day, National Eat Chocolate Day, Eat Vegetarian Day, National Card Playing Day, National Call-a-Friend Day, National Pledge of Allegiance Day (1945), Make Returns Day, National Quilter's Day, Poor Richard's Almanack (1732), Endangered Species Act (1973), They're Always Changing the Map! Day, Gone-ta-pott Day, Holiday Breather Day, Holy Innocents Day/Childermas/Children's Mass/Feast of the Holy Innocents/Innocents' Day/Dia de los Santos Inocentes

MORE: No Interruptions Day (last workday of the year)

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

Image: How to Make Chocolate Candies: Dipped, Rolled, and Filled Chocolates, Barks, Fruits, Fudge, and More. A Storey BASICS®, by Bill Collins (Author). Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 7, 2014)National Chocolate Candy Day
-- Here are 5 things to know about chocolate:
The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word, Xocolatl, which ironically means bitter water.
The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds. Turin is the city in Italy who can be proud of this accomplishment.
While the US produces the most chocolate and consumes the most pounds every year, the Swiss consume the most per capita, followed closely by the English.
Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world's almonds and 20% of the world's peanuts.
Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars. Source

Read: How to Make Chocolate Candies
-- Whether you like your chocolate gooey and rich, creamy and smooth, or nutty and dark, this Storey BASICS® guide shows you how to make your favorite sweet treats right at home. Bill Collins provides illustrated step-by-step instructions for a variety of chocolate-making techniques, including tempering, thickening, sugar boiling, mold filling, piping, and more. You will soon be showcasing your confectioner's skills in decadent chocolate-dipped fruits, indulgent nut barks, and fudges that melt in your mouth.

Image: KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates Assorted Terrapins, 32-Piece Gift Box, 32.3 ozKOHLER Chocolates Assorted Terrapins -- Move over, Turtles. The elegant Terrapin has arrived! Their gift box offers the ultimate 32-piece selection of Terrapins, original Wisconsin treats reimagining chocolate turtles with exquisite new tastes and textures. Savor all four flavors: Original Buttery Terrapins with milk chocolate, caramel, and pecans; Blackstrap Terrapins with dark chocolate, molasses caramel and walnuts; Java Terrapins with dark chocolate, coffee caramel and pecans; and Cranberry Terrapins with white chocolate, raspberry caramel and peanuts. Lovingly handcrafted in Wisconsin with premium ingredients like fresh local dairy cream and artisanal chocolate.

Moose Toys Chocolate Bar Maker -- Unwrap your creative talents with the new Chocolate Bar Maker. The innovative silicon pods make it safe and easy to use. The deco pen, stamps, and wrappers allow you to creatively personalize your own designs. Give your choctastic creations to friends and family, or eat them all yourself! YUM!

Chocolate Candy Coloring and Activity Books

Image: The Homemade Chocolate Truffle Cookbook: Delicious and Easy Truffle Recipes, by BookSumo Press (Author). Publisher: BookSumo Press (September 7, 2016)
Homemade Chocolate Truffle Cookbook
Amazon Freebies:

Free Chocolate Candy ebooks. No Kindle? Download a FREE Kindle Reading App

Read Chocolate Candy ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited

Free Chocolate Candy apps

Free Chocolate Candy games

Watch Chocolate Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

Listen to Chocolate Candy Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Free Alexa Skills | Chocolate Candy

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Printable Cat Candy Bar Wrappers
Free Printable Thankful Candy Wrapper | Hello Wonderful
Customizable Hershey's Templates
Sweet Teacher Thank You Ideas with Free Printables
Beach Party Candy Buffet | Free Printable Labels
Free Candy Bar Wrapper Template Designs
DIY Candy Bar Wrapper Template
Candy Vs Chocolate - Interactive children book about candies and chocolates
Let's Make a Chocolate Bar Craft | Activitybox
Dewmuffins PaperToy and Papercraft

Eat Vegetarian Day
- If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
♦ 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
♦ 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
♦ 70 million gallons of gas — enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
♦ 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
♦ 33 tons of antibiotics.

National Chocolate Candy Day
- Did you know during the Second World War, the U.S. Government commissioned Milton Hershey to create a candy bar to be included in the soldier's rations? The candy bar chosen was the famous Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar. To celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day, enjoy some of your favorite types of chocolate candy. You can start your diet tomorrow, right?

National Card Playing Day
- The perfect time to spend an hour or so playing cards with family and friends. A day to keep alive games which have survived for centuries as a form of entertainment. We are encouraged to pass on the old traditions of playing cards.

National Call-a-Friend Day
- You know you have been meaning to call for weeks... don't put it off another minute – call your friend today. If you have been avoiding the call because you just don't know what to say – try Hello – it is Call a Friend day, and I thought of you.

National Pledge of Allegiance Day (1945)
- The US Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance on December 28, 1945, and urged its frequent recitation in America's schools. The pledge was composed in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister.

Make Returns Day
– Nearly everyone has exchanges to make after all that holiday gift-giving. Offer to do this time-consuming task for your friend.

National Quilter's Day
- To continue the tradition of quilting through education and service. It can be a day to gather and work on an existing project, or to start a new project. What have you quilted lately?

No Interruptions Day
- Interruptions are a normal part of work life, especially if you are a smart and talented worker or manager. It is natural for your colleagues and staff to want to talk to you if you can help them with their work. That being said, interruptions can also be a tremendous drain and time waster. I would LOVE a No Interruptions Day!

Poor Richard's Almanack (1732)
- The Pennsylvania Gazette carried the first known advertisement for the first issue of Poor Richard's Almanack by Richard Saunders (Benjamin Franklin) for the year 1733. The advertisement promised many pleasant and witty verses, jests and sayings... new fashions, games for kisses... men and melons... breakfast in bed. Originally published: December 28, 1732

Endangered Species Act (1973)
- President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law on December 28, 1973.

Holy Innocents Day/Childermas/Children's Mass/Feast of the Holy Innocents/Innocents' Day/Dia de los Santos Inocentes
- The Massacre of the Innocents is an episode of infanticide by Herod the Great appearing in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:16-18). Matthew relates King Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the village of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi.

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