Happy Leap Day! February 29th only shows up on our calendars every four years, just like the Summer Olympics and the presidential election, so it’s definitely a special day – and worth mentioning.
Why do we even have leap years?
I actually had to look this up, and here’s what I found. A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but the Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. So leap seconds – and leap years – are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons. So there you go.
You could look at it as an inspiring day to get ourselves aligned…
You could also see it as an extra day in the year to do something awesome or different…
And if leap day itself wasn’t enough, this particular month is extra special for these reasons. February 2016 will have:
- 4 Sundays
- 4 Mondays
- 4 Tuesdays
- 4 Wednesdays
- 4 Thursdays
- 4 Fridays
- 4 Saturdays
This happens once every 823 years. It obviously won’t happen again in our lifetime, which adds another level of uniqueness to the day. (A special thanks to my dad for sharing those stats with me!)
So…what’s everyone doing to honor the day?
I was curious and hopped over to Google to see what a search would pull up. Before I even typed a word, these precious bunnies hopped onto the screen…
Then a quick search pulled up mostly images of leaping frogs, which is why I was so pleased with Google’s choice of bunnies – different and much cuter, IMO. There was also plenty of explanation about the reason for the day, which made me feel better about not knowing in the first place.
Next I headed over to my inbox. It was leaping with messages, and here are three that caught my attention:
Today Ebates is offering double cash back on tons of retailers. If you haven’t joined Ebates, yet, this would be the time to leap to it. It’s a super easy way to get paid for shopping online at pretty much all of your favorite stores. For example, I bought some clothes for the girls at oldnavy.com and got 29% off in addition to 4% back in cash through Ebates! #winning
Blitsy, an adorable crafting site, let me know they’re offering 29¢ items throughout their site on this 29th day of February. And it’s cute stuff, too. Look at these cardboard die-cuts. I love the colors, and they’d be a fun addition to our spring break scrapbook. P.S. We head to the beach in three weeks!!
From: American Red Cross
American Red Cross sent a note suggesting we make a leap toward helping others. I thought this was an interesting request, and it made me stop and think about how I choose to spend the day. If we look at the day as a gift, are there ways to share and help make it a special day for others?
How will you choose to spend this “extra” day?
Since it’s a Monday I’ll be at work, but I plan to squeeze in a few activities that are fun, adventurous and meaningful. I’d love to hear what you’ll be up to!