Here’s a trio of reasons to love the month of March:
- Weather: “In like a lion, out like a lamb”
- Sports: March Madness
- Celebration: A day when everyone is Irish!
But wait, there is so much more. As we were poignantly reminded during the pandemic, knowing how to create our own meaning and conjure our own fun is a skill that we can draw on at any time. And guess what? Ranging from the significant to the silly and everything in-between, there is something good to honor or indulge in every day of March 2022.
A Family Affair
Here’s my thought: get a jump-start by going out and buying a large calendar or downloading and printing out a template. As you peruse the Days of March, decide which you will have some fun with or spread some special joy on, and mark that on your old-time calendar. Now take things a step further by making it a family affair. When you do, you’ll teach the kiddos a valuable life lesson in how to create meaning and joy. You’ll also make it a March to remember. Spoiler alert: lots of food-related ideas in this rich sampling of days!
Have Some Fun
March 1: On National Pancake Day and World Compliment Day, whip out a pancake dinner and challenge each family member to extend a sincere compliment to one another.
March 2: Celebrate National Egg McMuffin® Day and the start of Mardi Gras by making a trip to the Golden Arches and picking up some fun beads at the local Dollar store.
March 6: On National Oreo Cookie Day! Surprise the kids with a cookies-and-milk snack.
March 12: On Alfred Hitchcock Day, watch a flick together and explore the genius of the timelessly- cool Mr. Hitchcock.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday, giving you a jump-start on the ultimate “green” weekend, so buy a shamrock plant and engage the kids in making a traditional corned beef and cabbage feast.
March 19: Certified Nurses’ Day gives your family the opportunity to honor a nurse in your life. Surprise him or her with a bunch of daffodils, perhaps?
March 20: National Single Parent Day and Spring Equinox may inspire you to lend a hand to a single parent whether you are one or not. Celebrate the arrival of spring by planting flowers or making a special spring dish.
March 22: On National Daffodil Day, buy some daffodils for yourself and then gift a neighbor or teacher in your life.
March 23: Don’t hold back on National Chip and Dip Day. Encourage the kids to help find a healthy (or healthier) chip and dip recipe.
March 26: Switch things up by challenging the kids to find a “fun” spinach recipe. Frittata anyone?
March 29: Go all out on National Mom and Pop Business Owners’ Day. Especially now, small businesses appreciate your support. Make a point of stopping in, thanking them for what they bring to the community, and leaving with goods in tow.
March 30: Get out there on Take a Walk in the Park Day and establish a new family tradition that includes regular walks in the great outdoors.
March 31: National Farm Workers Day may fall on a Thursday this year, but you may be lucky enough to find a local Farmer’s Market to attend. Or, wait until Saturday and head out to a working farm. Be sure to use the opportunity to thank the folks who help to bring healthy, fresh food to your family table!