Tuesday, February 26, 2013

National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

Once upon a time there lived a wise, old, creative, god-like creature named Holidae Nationala. He was very imaginative, and longed for nothing more than to create something to look forward to everyday; a reason to celebrate, some might say. For many moons, he thought long and hard about what makes life great. He thought for so long, that by the time he was done 365 days had passed. He was exhausted, but satisfied that his hard work would benefit the masses by providing them with a little bit of happiness everyday. But he was by no means finished. For soon after, he realized that he was missing one more reason - a 366th in fact! Only then was he finished. And what he produced was something magical, something that no other would ever be able to accomplish. For he, Holidae Nationala created 366 National Holidays, conveniently named after himself. Legend has it that, it is because of this innovative creature’s imagination that today is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day!

Fairy Tales are actually “a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments.” Fairy tales were traditionally told orally and date as far back as anywhere from 6th-3rd century BC to 100-200 AD. The written form of fairy tales didn’t appear until the late 1600s, in which they are thought to have originated from Germany. Some of the most popular fairy tales are those of Aesop, and are most often associated as children’s stories. 

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