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Every year for as long as I can remember, my parents have given my sister and me a calendar as a Hanukkah gift.  A real calendar, you know, the type you hang on the wall and actually use a pen to mark things down.

Over the years as we’ve become more digital and calendars now exist in Outlook, Google or any other online application, there really isn’t much need for the hard-copy calendar.  Yet, I love getting it each year for a few reasons.

  1. My folks really take their time to find just the right calendar for each of us.  Over the years, I’ve gotten calendars with my favorite musicians (yes, Donny), puppies, funny sayings and even one with family pictures.
  2. It’s nice to glance through the year and see what day of the week my birthday falls on each year (October 13 is a Saturday this year).
  3. It offers me a fresh slate.  Nothing is on the new calendar, which means I can dream about all the possibilities the year has to offer.

So yes, I live and die by my Outlook calendar and don’t see that changing any time soon.  But thanks to Mom and Dad, I’ll always know when to celebrate such holidays as Australia Day (January 26), Waitangi Day (February 6), Mothering Sunday (March 18), Passover (April 6 this year), Victoria Day (May 21), Diamond Jubilee (June 5), Ramadan (July 20), Picnic Day (August 6), U.N. International Day of Peace (September 21), Columbus Day (October 8), St. Andrew’s Day (November 30) and Human Rights day (December 10), among many many more.

Happy New Year!


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  1. Stephanie Lough says:

    Judging by those holidays, you’ve got yourself an Australian calendar! Although I do expect to celebrate Diamond Jubilee (still obsessed with the Royals).

    Even though I use Outlook and have it synced to every electronic device I own, I love my giant wall calendar. It is much easier to turn my head than to stop what I’m working on to pull up Outlook. Plus, it double as decoration! If I didn’t have a giant calendar, my office would look like Kendra’s!

  2. Hold the phone. Can I really sync Outlook to my (vintage) Blackberry? I use my Outlook calendar, a planner for school/work/sorority obligations, and another hangs on my wall and is always blank.

  3. A calendar becomes even more neccessary when you can no longer read the date on your watch.

  4. I live and die by my Outlook calendar, but I do have two “hang up” calendars as well – more for family birthdays and random silly things. One is from the North Shore Animal League, Howards Stern’s charity of choice. He got really into photography and took photos of his wife, Beth O, with various animals up for adoption. Cleverly, he made the calendar himself and North Shore Animal League is able to “give it away” with a $20 donation to the charity. So, I had to donate. It is sitting proudly on my desk. My other is at home – as “cat people,” we have a baby kitten calendar in our laundry room.

    Also, every year, my aunt would make my grandma a family calendar from Kodak. I still have the one from the last year she was with us – which was just after my wedding so it was 12 months of wedding photos. That’s in the bedroom – although the days are quite off for 2012!

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