And so it ends…

For 365 days, foods, hobbies, countries, events, people and in adamant objects have been roasted and toasted through The Everyday Holiday Experiment! I, Kelsey Ploeger, have done my best to recognize and celebrate both the significant and the ludicrous over the past year. Did I get streamers out everyday? Did I raise shouts of joy from rooftops frequently? Did I make foods from many lands that I struggle to pronounce? Well, not exactly.

I started this daily journey, and I in fact end this daily journey, on my mother’s birthday. See adorable snapshot below:

ImageOne of my hobbies (besides celebrating the seemingly insignificant) is buying birthday presents. I typically do my best b-day shopping several months before a friend or family member’s birthday. For example, I have a set of corn cob holders (you know, those nobby things you stick on corn on the cob to avoid buttering and burning your hands?) and a sticker with a pithy saying on it set aside for a friend’s birthday, months in advance (wouldn’t you like to know who!).

Since the anticipation of an event is usually better than the even itself, I shop early. I celebrate early. And I decided that August 17,2011 through August 17, 2012 would never go without a reason to celebrate.

Although I do not claim to have reinvented the wheel (but maybe the axel at least), I hope to have spread just a tiny bit of joy. Over the course of the last 365 days, I’ve reconnected with old friends and made a few new ones. For every person who’s fetched a free donut with me, for every friend who’s taking an interest in a particular holiday, and for every well-wisher at my half marathon (since I never posted pictures, another shameless plug):


Thank you so very much!! I’ve been a little more observant, a little more spontaneous, and a little more crazy over the course of these continuous celebrations.

I suppose it’s time to answer the question that is, no doubt, burning in the minds of everyone reading: “what’s next on the horizon?” Well, I’m open to suggestions. Thoughts I’ve had:

  • A word of the day (to quench my love of verbiage)
  • A new song everyday (although I listen to music about as frequently as I breathe air)
  • Read a news article everyday
  • Encourage a different person/friend everyday

Whatever the task, whatever the opportunity, it’s all about the little things. And the little things, when strung and pieced together, become the big things. So who knows what’s next? To pour on a little sap, everyday is truly a gift, and I’d still like to be the type of person who shops early.

Cheers to the coming year and the inevitable joys, sorrows, challenges, and celebrations along the way!


ImageP.S.–Today is Vanilla Custard Day, just to tie up any loose ends.

One thought on “And so it ends…

  1. Laura says:

    How about a daily random act of kindness? (To follow the thought pattern of encouraging someone everyday.) Write about your otherwise anonymous acts here…and give everyone else ideas of what acts of kindness they can perform too.

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