Tart Day

Tomorrow is “International Tart Day”.  You should celebrate it. Yes, Christmas is a great holiday, but if you want something truly joyful, try Tart Day.  You might just discover your new favourite holiday.  It might be the best day never noticed.

Here’s the background.  “International Tart Day” is a fake holiday I invented.  It falls on December 26th every year.  I told the triplets everyone has the power to make up an official day of celebration.  My day was going to be Tart Day.  And I got to make sure it would be filled with decadent fun.

The day’s motto is, “It’s not because you want to, it’s because you have to!” Certainly this line refers to eating tarts.  You get to eat as many as you want…  And if someone has the gall to ask if you’ve had enough or infer you are eating too many, you can simply say, “It’s not because I want to, it’s because I have to!” At this point any person not indulging in Tart Day must simply walk away and mind their own business.

As the years went by the kids and I added more traditions into the day.  For some reason we decided to watch, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” as we ate our tarts. Reciting the lines of the movie while putting another tart in your mouth just seemed so festive.  And who doesn’t like watching killer rabbits on an international day of celebration?

This year will be my first “International Tart Day” without the kids here to make it all worthwhile.  It will be heartbreaking, but I’m sure no harder for me than the countless other people facing a holiday without the people they love. I would like to think the kids will notice the day and even if they don’t eat a tart, they will reminisce of Tart Days in the past and the fun we had.

Whether you have butter tarts, lemon or pumpkin, large or even bite size, make sure you have your favourite tart this day.  Give a gift to yourself. You deserve the tart that will make you happy.  Try spreading the happiness by sharing tarts with your friends and neighbours to show you care.

“It’s not because you want to, it’s because you have to.”


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