Today's first strange holiday/celebration caught me off guard. It's Memento Mori 'Remember You Die' Day. My first thought was 'like we need to be reminded of that?' But after some investigation, I discovered that memento mori is a Latin phrase that means "remember you are mortal." Often, people don't want to think about death and dying, but take it from someone who has had a loved one pass away unexpectedly, it is a topic that needs to be discussed.
On a lighter note, today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. Try this recipe for the classic holiday sweet.
And finally, for all you book lovers, it's Tolkein Day in honor of the Lord of the Rings trilogy author.