The Holidays are Almost Upon Us, Not Those Holidays

During my research on National MFG Day I found out about the MOST important and under celebrated holiday in the universe. National Doughnut Day. Once I read about it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I was sure you would want to learn more. So, I Googled for more information.

National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June. Many doughnut shops give away free doughnuts on this date. I love doughnuts. I want a doughnut right now. While I’m sure I heard about it in June, somehow, I didn’t mark my calendar. I can’t believe, especially for anything as important as doughnuts! Damn it. As I read, I realized that there are TWO, yes that’s right, TWO National Doughnut Days. The second date is right around the corner on November 5.

The history of this day is fascinating. The June National Doughnut Day was started by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to honor women who served up doughnuts to service men in France during World War I. The 250 “doughnut girls” fried up seven doughnuts at a time in the helmets of the returning service men. This allowed these women to raise awareness and money for the Salvation Army. I read much of this information here.


The November National Doughnut Day is thought to have been created by a shrewd retail marketer. Unfortunately, sad to say, based on my research, most doughnut shops only give free doughnuts away in June.

All of this makes me wonder what other important holidays we are missing. Research located a daily food holiday list on Google. Check out the website. Unbeknownst to me, November 5 is not only National Doughnut Day, it’s also National Chinese Take-Out Day. Which means you can get Chinese for dinner, then stop at a doughnut shop for dessert. Yummy. 

I live in a cubicle, so I decided to create a sign to advertise different fun holidays. I used a Cubicle Keeper (a Velcro-backed sheet holder) that I typically use for phone lists and the like. I grabbed a free image off and placed it in a Word document, overlaid it with my text, and viola, I had my poster. I can change it whenever I want, depending on which holiday I want to publicize.

I created two National Doughnut Day posters above. I’m doing a poll: Which do you like best—the one on the right or the one on the left?

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