December 21, 2020 – Crossword Puzzle Day | Humbug Day

Has The Word “Humbug” Crossed Your Mind Lately?

Welcome to December 21st, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate beating cabin fever and a change of heart. 

The first crossword puzzle was published in 1913 in the New York World Newspaper.  Created by Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, this amusement using riddles and clues is still enjoyed by millions today. Hey, Marlo what’s a five letter word for feud? And an eight letter word for ice globe? If you need some help fighting feeling cabin fever, spend the shorter, winter days with a pastime that’s been around for more than a century on Crossword Puzzle Day.

The word humbug dates back to the 1750s when it was used to describe anything false or deceptive.  Charles Dickens assigned this phrase to Ebenezer Scrooge, who scoffed at anyone who would find good cheer in a world full of poverty and misery.  We all know that ghosts turned his attitude around, but perhaps it’s wise to acknowledge our frustrations, just for a moment. The holiday season can be as stressful as it is joyful, and we may find ourselves at our wits end in the midst of all the preparations.  No one wants to be Ebenezer Scrooge, but sometimes we need to step back from the hustle and bustle to take time for ourselves. On Humbug Day, give yourself room to pause and reflect about what makes you crabby and what actually brings you joy. You may be surprised by your own transformation into all things bright and beautiful. 

If you’d like to know more, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day! 

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