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14 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in September

Summer might be fading (sorry) but the glimmer of offbeat holidays shines on. Here are just a few of the quirky days you can celebrate in September.

1. SEPTEMBER 2: BRING YOUR MANNERS TO WORK DAY

Whatever it is you do, do it politely.

2. SEPTEMBER 4: NEWSPAPER CARRIER DAY

For those of you who still get a morning paper, today's a good day to celebrate those who bring you All the News That's Fit to Print.

3. SEPTEMBER 5: BE LATE FOR SOMETHING DAY

While a lot of people don't need an excuse to be late, all of you punctual people out there should try to cut loose on this day and be tardy for something for once.

4. SEPTEMBER 11: NATIONAL HUG YOUR HOUND DAY

If you don't have a hound of your own to hug, may we suggest looking at photos of people hugging their hounds?

5. SEPTEMBER 13: KIDS TAKE OVER THE KITCHEN DAY

Just maybe don't eat what they make.

6. SEPTEMBER 16: WORLD PLAY-DOH DAY

Today's the perfect day to do something with your favorite childhood clay! It's OK with us if you mostly just smell it.

7. SEPTEMBER 22: DEAR DIARY DAY

Get reacquainted with your diary, and penmanship, and maybe some feelings.

8. SEPTEMBER 22: HOBBIT DAY

September 22 is the birthday of cousins Bilbo and Frodo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings world. Go barefoot, have a Hobbit party, journey somewhere, and most of all, be brave.

9. SEPTEMBER 22: NATIONAL CENTENARIAN’S DAY

We recognize that the people above probably aren't centenarians, but we bet they'll be just as fun and active when they are.

10. SEPTEMBER 24: NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY

Because how would you be expressive without it???!!!!

11. SEPTEMBER 25: NATIONAL ONE-HIT WONDER DAY

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Get your playlist started now. (We have some suggestions for you.)

12. SEPTEMBER 29: INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

We won't talk to you before you've celebrated this one.

13. SEPTEMBER 29: NATIONAL BISCOTTI DAY

Surely it's no coincidence that this falls on the same day as International Coffee Day, and that's why we love the offbeat holiday gods.

14. SEPTEMBER 30: HUG A VEGAN DAY

While we can't technically verify that these are vegans, we'd have to think a vegan would appreciate a pair of adorable hugging apes.

Holidays found in Chase's Calendar of Events 2016. All photos courtesy of iStock unless otherwise noted.

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Inside the German Town Where Advent Is the Main Attraction
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The German town of Gengenbach takes Christmas very seriously. So seriously that it counts down to the holiday with one of the biggest Advent calendars in the world.

Two decades ago, the town of 11,000 people on the edge of the Black Forest set out to bring in more tourists during the holiday season. So to make its holiday market unique, Gengenbach began turning its town hall into a building-sized Advent calendar.

Now one by one, every night from November 30 to December 23, the windows of Gengenbach’s Baroque city hall light up with artistic creations inspired by a yearly theme. At 6 p.m. each evening, the lights of city hall go up, and a spotlight trains on one window. Then, the window shade pulls up to reveal the new window. By December 23, all the windows are open and on display, and will stay that way until January 6.

Gengenbach's city hall lit up for Christmas
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Each year, the windows are decorated according to a theme, like children’s books or the work of famous artists like Marc Chagall. For 2017, all the Advent calendar windows are filled with illustrations by Andy Warhol.

According to Guinness World Records, it’s not the absolute biggest Advent calendar in the world. That record belongs to a roughly 233-foot-high, 75-foot-wide calendar built in London’s St Pancras railway station in 2007. Still, Gengenbach’s may be the biggest Advent calendar that comes back year after year. And as a tourist attraction, it has become a huge success in the last 20 years. The town currently gets upwards of 100,000 visitors every year during the holiday season, according to the local tourist bureau.

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Amazon Is Offering Free Same-Day Shipping to Prime Customers for the Holidays
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The holidays are arriving early for Amazon Prime customers—along with every gift they’ve yet to order through the online shopping behemoth. Amazon has put all of its Prime members on the “Nice” list this year, and is rewarding them with free same-day shipping from now through Christmas Eve. While that may be cutting it a little too close for some shoppers, the limited-time perk has perpetual procrastinators singing “Joy to the World.”

“We are continually investing in Prime, adding more selection and making delivery faster and more convenient,” Greg Greeley, Amazon Prime’s VP, said in a statement. “In fact, in 2016, the last Prime Free Same-Day order from Amazon.com delivered in time for Christmas was ordered at 10:23 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The order included Venum Contender Boxing Gloves, and was delivered to a Prime member in Richmond, Virginia at 2:42 p.m.—the very same day, for free.

(Whoever received those boxing gloves last year: now you know.)

This year’s holiday shipping schedule will allow gift-givers to push that deadline even further. While two-day shipping is always free for Prime customers, if that were the only option, they’d have to be done buying all their gifts by Friday, December 22. This year’s shipping perk means that you can push your shopping all the way to Christmas Eve, as long as you live in one of Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery zones (you just have to order by 9:30 a.m.). Even better: If Prime Now is available in your area, you have until 9:14 p.m. on December 24 to place your order and still have something fabulous to stick under the Christmas tree.

Of course, zero-dollar shipping costs are far from the $99 service’s only perk: unlimited streaming of Prime Video movies and TV shows—including Amazon-produced series like The Man in High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle, One Mississippi, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—is there for the bingeing. Free Kindle books, photo storage, and grocery delivery are among Prime’s many other benefits.

Not a Prime member? No problem! “Even if you are not currently a member, holiday shoppers can try Prime for free for 30 days and get two-day, one-day, and same-day shipping for free,” says Greeley.

It’s hard to argue with free.

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