March 26: Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, Legal Assistants Day, Spinach Day, Seward's Day

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Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

There's one for mothers, fathers, Pi and even leftovers. If you've always wanted to claim a day as your own holiday, you can on March 26. It's another fun holiday idea from the folks that love to make up their own odd holidays, Wellcat. "This is a day you may name for whatever you wish Reach for the stars!" Wellcat advises.

Tips on creating your own holiday:

* Make it "official" by giving the holiday its own blog or website.

* Celebrate the holiday with special foods, activities, games or decorations.

* Have fun and invite friends and family to celebrate with you.

Legal Assistants Day

"Paralegals -- also called legal assistants -- are continuing to assume new responsibilities in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. Helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. ... They also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Show the legal assistant in your office some appreciation on Legal Assistants Day by:

* Extending your legal assistant's lunch hour.

* Giving your paralegal a gift certificate to a local restaurant or spa.

* Saying "Thank you."

Seward's Day

Although the purchase agreement between the U.S. and Russia was ratified by the Senate on May 28, 1867, and the state of Alaska was formally transferred between the countries on Oct. 18, 1867, March 26, 1867 is Seward's Day. On Seward's Day, we observe the anniversary of the signing of the purchase treaty.

Spinach Day

Toss it into the sauce on homemade pizza, mix it with your salad greens and enjoy one of the healthiest foods on Earth, spinach. It's rich in vitamins K, A and C as well as folate, iron, magnesium and calcium, according to World's Healthiest Foods.

Spinach has a solid place in the U.S. even if it's never been the most popular vegetable. The leafy green was a year-round crop in colonial Williamsburg, Va., and the governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony (1631) bought seeds for "spynadge," according to "The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink" although it had a reputation for being "sandy."

Celebrate this mild, healthy green in:

* Spinach and strawberry salad

* Warm spinach-artichoke dip

* Sesame noodles with spinach and salmon

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