Sunday, January 3, 2016

Festival of Sleep Day

It's Festival of Sleep Day!  Yes, this is really an occasion; however, a quick google research attempt did not yield a source or year of origin.

What a perfect time for this festival.  The holidays are over, many have overindulged in food and drink, perhaps trying travel was experienced, and it's back to work on Monday.  Today in Chicago, it was cloudy and cold - perfect weather for a sleep.

Archie had no problem sleeping the day away.  When he's in winter long coat mode, I sometimes have to do a doubletake before locating his face.  There was a bit of snoring and some leg twitching, so I thick he enjoyed his quiet day wrapped in his Shark Attack! Pet Blanket

I do wonder if there are official events planned for the Festival of Sleep Day.  With some planning, I'd think a successful, yet quiet, festival could take place.  I imagine comfortable couches loaded with comfy pillows and cozy quilts and afghans, people dressed in their most comfortable lounging outfits, cuddly cats and dogs who are eager to snuggle up to take a nap, and dimmed lighting.  Classical music in the background lures people to sleep.  There's an option to join in the reading of bedtime stories.

When it's time to wake up, festival goers awake to the smell of bacon frying, cinnamon rolls baking and coffee brewing.

What a soothing festival!  Look out Jan 3, 2017.

Bed bugs are not typically thought of as desirable in any situation, but I think there's a clear case to be made that this sleepy knitted bed bug would be a cute festival gift.

The pattern is from one of Anna H's Mochimochi Land books.  Over the years, I've learned a lot about knitting cute little animals, people and food replicas from a number of sources, including Anna's adorable books.

Throughout 2016, I look forward to exploring obscure occasions as well as celebrating the classics.  During this journey, there will be lots to learn and enjoy.  For a peek at what Occasions by sonjabegonia already offers to celebrate occasions, check out my Etsy shop -- Occasions by sonjabegonia

Now I must sign off for tonight because Downton Abbey is beginning -- hot tea is awaiting me for the premiere!

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