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There are more holidays to celebrate this fall than just Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The autumn season is an exciting time of the year in the United States. Students are returning back to school. As Major League Baseball heads into the postseason, football at every level is starting back up. The days are getting shorter and cooler. Nature begins to sport shades of red, orange, and gold in tree foliage. This season also includes several of the most popular fall celebrations, including activities related to holidays such as Labor Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. There’s a lot about the fall that is familiar, but there are also plenty of new traditions to explore. Here are some autumnal holidays you probably haven’t heard of.

National One-Hit Wonder Day

The history of pop music is full of one-hit wonders, which are recording artists or acts with one song or performance that eclipses the rest of their work. Music journalist Steve Rosen declared September 25, 1990, to be National One-Hit Wonder Day to acknowledge and celebrate forgettable acts with memorable songs. These hit singles help complete the soundtracks of our lives, instantly taking us back to special times and places. On the next September 25th, show some love to one-hit wonders by enjoying playlists with classics such as Devo’s “Whip It,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” or Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?”

National Coffee Day

Someone once said coffee was the “best part of waking up.” Millions of people enjoy a cup of this beverage on a daily basis, so why not have a day acknowledging coffee? Although there’s an international coffee day observed in early October, September 29 is National Coffee Day in the United States. In many countries, many businesses offer coupons for free or discounted cups of coffee. Besides celebrating this popular beverage, national coffee day is also conceived to promote fair-trade coffee and bring awareness to issues facing coffee growers worldwide.

Homemade Cookies Day

While you never need a special reason to enjoy a tasty cookie, a day for baking cookies may become one of your favorite fall celebrations yet. The first of October marks National Homemade Cookies Day. Bakers, home cooks, and cookie lovers now have a day specifically for serving up sweet, home-baked creations. Celebrate the day by baking up a batch for a bestie or family member. Try your hand at new cookie recipes, or come up with a new creation altogether. Consider hosting a baking contest among friends, co-workers, or neighbors.

Family PJ Day

Who doesn’t love a set of comfy pajamas? Many families will pose wearing matching pajama sets for Christmas postcards. You don’t need to wait until December 25 for some family pajama fun. November 14 is National Family PJ Day. This holiday was started in 2019 by Soma, an apparel company, in honor of Sleep Comfort Month. People from various backgrounds wear pajamas for sleeping and lounging at home. If possible, take a break from the usual attire and rock your favorite PJs while hanging out with your favorite people. 

Other Fun Fall Celebrations 

Get into these other quirky celebrations:

  • Escapology Day, September 21 - Honor the art of professionally escaping from restraints such as straitjackets, handcuffs, and cages.
  • National Do Something Nice Day, October 5 - Perform acts of kindness for strangers and loved ones.
  • National “I Love Lucy Day”, October 15 - Celebrate this iconic television classic starring comedy legend Lucille Ball.
  • World Vegan Day, November 1 - Enjoy a 100% vegan meal or two, prepared at home or at a local eatery.
  • National Mousse Day, November 30 - Treat yourself to a cup of sweet and fluffy deliciousness. 

There’s never a bad time to find something fun to acknowledge or celebrate, but the autumn is full of exciting possibilities. Fall holidays are a great time to gather and connect with family and friends. These are just a few fall celebrations around which you can build new connections.

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