The first National Donut (or Doughnut) Day was a fundraiser held by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise money for residents struggling through the Great Depression. The organization chose to promote donuts as a way to honor the Salvation Army nurses who served donuts to soldiers behind the front lines of World War I. National Donut Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June, and many bakeries and donut shops offer special deals in honor of the holiday.
There’s no denying that donuts are delicious, but the tasty treats also hold extra meaning for our year of living unofficially. Last June one of our co-workers brought several dozen donuts to the office to celebrate National Donut Day. Flexing my willpower to avoid all of the tempting sweets that magically appear in our lunch room has become par for the course. But something about eating donuts on National Donut Day just seemed right. After that holiday, without us even realizing it, a seed had been planted. Over time we started wishing that every day had some special meaning, and eventually that yearning developed into the plan for this year-long blog project.
So, to celebrate this “especially special unofficial” Chris and I awoke extra early so we could fit in a pre-workday stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts by our office. We ordered three dozen donuts (Glazed, Boston Cream, Bavarian Cream, Jelly, Chocolate, and Crullers), plus Chris took advantage of the National Donut Day deal — a free donut with the purchase of a beverage. We toyed with the idea of honoring this “unofficial” with an extreme celebration, eating nothing but donuts all day, but I’ve been trying to watch what I eat and visit the gym on a regular basis (I’ve gained a few extra pounds as part of the fallout of so many food holidays). Still, in honor of today’s holiday I enjoyed a wonderfully sweet cruller with my tea and breakfast. Chris capped out at two donuts — one jelly and one chocolate. Our co-workers were appreciative of the surprise, and we all felt that National Donut Day was the perfect way to end the truncated work-week. As sinfully good as donuts are, I wish I had the restraint to hold off on eating any more until National Donut Day 2012. But let’s get real — there’s no way that’s going to happen!
We’re planning on burning off some of our donut calories tomorrow afternoon with a beautiful hike — it’s National Trails Day!