Name Yourself Day
If you've ever wished you had a different name, welcome Name Yourself Day with open arms. Try on a new name for the day. Maybe your new name matches better with your married last name. Or perhaps your given name never really fit. You may want to consider legally changing your name, or using your first initial and middle name. Expect resistance from family (especially parents and grandparents), kids, siblings and your co-workers. Rely on your our friends to support your decision.
"By the time most people reach adulthood, they have made peace with their name or changed it. ... Whether people swoon over-or even disdain-our name is beyond our control. Ultimately, self-esteem and the esteem of the world dictate the degree to which we hold our name dear" according to Psychology Today.
Chinese Almond Cookie Day
If you love almonds, chances are you've enjoyed them in cookies. Almonds have universal appeal and are incorporated into cookies from different cultures. Find almonds in Russian or Swedish tea cake cookies, Mexican wedding cookies, sand tarts, butter balls and Chinese almond cookies, according to Food Timeline. Some almond cookies are rolled in powdered sugar and rely on chopped almonds for crunch and flavor. Chinese almond cookies are round, flat and adorned with an almond sliver. Check your pantry for the basic ingredients you need to make these buttery, delicate cookies.
Civil War Ends Anniversary
After four years and approximately 500,000 deaths, the Civil War ended. "It would be useless and therefore cruel," Robert E. Lee remarked on the morning of April 9, 1865, "to provoke the further effusion of blood, and I have arranged to meet with General Grant with a view to surrender." (Library of Congress) Generals Lee and Grant met at the Appomattox Court House where Lee surrendered. A more formal surrender occurred that same year on April 12.
White House Easter Egg Roll
Easter Monday brings happy, chocolate-filled children, a day off of work for some, and the 134th White House Easter Egg Roll. Your family might not have been chosen through the online ticket lottery to attend the event, but you can download and print the White House Easter Children Activity Book. Children roll eggs across the lawn using long spoons. Games, food, live entertainment accompany the annual event, which dates back to 1878, according to the White House.