National Awareness Month Awareness Week

Mike Crissman

Seeing NFL players wear pink cleats, wristbands and gloves the past two weekends to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has brought something important to my attention: There are too many awareness months.

Sure, things like Black History Month and Women’s History Month may have some merit. As much as we might not like to think so, African Americans and women are still not treated exactly the same as white males. It wasn’t that long ago that both groups were denied the right to vote. We have certainly made giant strides toward equality in the past few decades. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re pretty darn close.

For the most part, awareness months that bring attention to any kind of inequality or disease are all right in my book. However, even though there are only 12 months in the year, there are literally hundreds of awareness months (many of them ridiculous). It’s the plethora of absurd ones that, in my opinion, devalue and make a mockery of the worthy, serious ones. The following is a list of some of the more silly commemorative months (celebrate them at your own discretion):


National Clean Up Your Computer Month

National Prune Breakfast Month


Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month

National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month


Sing With Your Child Month

National Frozen Food Month


National Straw Hat Month

Mathematics Awareness Month


National Good Car-Keeping Month

National Correct Posture Month


National Bathroom Reading Month

National Candy Month


Family Reunion Month

National Vehicle Theft Protection Month


National Water Quality Month

Get Ready For Kindergarten Month


Hug a Texas Chef Month

National Library Card Sign-Up Month


Country Music Month

National Toilet Tank Repair Month


National Inspirational Role Model Month

National Vegan Month


Safe Toys and Gifts Month

National Write a Business Plan Month