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National Day of Listening / National You're Welcoming Day / National Flossing Day

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NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING

On the day after Thanksgiving, National Day of Listening encourages you to gather your family and friends and record family history and stories for preservation. The program, created by StoryCorps, reminds us of the value our stories hold. 

” …every life matters equally, every voice matters equally, every story matters equally…” David Isay, founder of StoryCorps

Have you ever wondered what Grandma’s favorite memory is, or how your father got that scar on his brow? What’s the story behind a friend’s nickname? Recording stories and sharing them gives breath to them. When we’re gathered with family and friends, we often reminisce. And while not all memories are pleasant, they hold a power over us that need to be released. Telling them and sharing them lets our friends and families learn some of the lessons, some of our culture and heritage.

We’re made of many experiences and the experiences of those who’ve gone before us. Spend the day listening to their stories. Record them. Share them. Interview someone close to you or someone new to you. Let them become an indelible part of your life. 

 NATIONAL YOU’RE WELCOMING DAY

You’re Welcomegiving Day is observed annually on the day after Thanksgiving. Conventionally when someone thanks us for a kindness or service, we respond by saying, “You’re Welcome.” So, it was inevitable that someone would suggest the day after Thanksgiving we should remember to say, “You’re welcome.” 

The phrase “you’re welcome” covers a variety of thank yous in English. Whether the appreciation is coming from an individual or a group, “you’re welcome” works. It can be said while giving a hug, a handshake, or a smile. When we really mean that our effort was meant with care, “you’re very welcome” goes a long way. Our tone and facial expressions say a lot, too.

However, in other languages, “you’re welcome” doesn’t translate so well. The plural and singular “you” is part of the problem. Also, in some languages, the phrase is unknown altogether. Variations of a response to a show of appreciation exist all over the world, but “you’re welcome” as a polite social necessity seems to only exist in English. 

Other similar responses in English exist, but they don’t seem as automatic making them more sincere when spoken. Try these examples out the next time someone thanks you:

·        It was our pleasure.

·        I was honored to do it. 

Our home is your home. After enjoying a grand meal, National Flossing Day reminds us to take care of our teeth and gums. This health observance takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving!

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve the best results for oral health. Daily flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth where a toothbrush is ineffective. Plaque can turn into calculus or tarter so it is important to floss daily. Flossing is also an important step in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

Taking care of our teeth and gums is an important health practice that helps us enjoy many Thanksgiving dinners to come. There are a variety of flossing products that help us take care of teeth. We can use waxed or unwaxed floss. Minty wax gives our gums a fresher breath. The floss removes food particles and prevents plaque build-up between cleanings.

·            I was happy to (fill in the blank).

·        It was a delight having you.

·        I hope someone will do the same for me if I’m ever in the same predicament.

·        We enjoyed (fill in the blank).

·        This is our favorite thing to do!

 NATIONAL FLOSSING DAY

 After enjoying a grand meal, National Flossing Day reminds us to take care of our teeth and gums. This health observance takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving!

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve the best results for oral health. Daily flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth where a toothbrush is ineffective. Plaque can turn into calculus or tarter so it is important to floss daily. Flossing is also an important step in the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

Taking care of our teeth and gums is an important health practice that helps us enjoy many Thanksgiving dinners to come. There are a variety of flossing products that help us take care of teeth. We can use waxed or unwaxed floss. Minty wax gives our gums a fresher breath. The floss removes food particles and prevents plaque build-up between cleanings.

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