Guess what today is? January 17th is Betty White’s 91st birthday, and a few years ago I made a decision to celebrate it as Betty White Day (creative, huh) because (a) I have been watching the The Golden Girls since I was a little kid, and (b) I really like Betty White (and the rest of the cast). I would say that I liked her before she was cool, but hell, she’s been cool longer than I’ve been alive!
Since every holiday needs traditions, I’ve had to make those up too. Here is how I celebrate Betty White Day:
- Eating a Piece of Cake. Normally this would be a piece of cheesecake, but it can be hard to find good slice in the store, so any delicious cake is just fine. Maybe if I had 3 other girlfriends to chat with all night I would bake a cheesecake, but I haven’t made any plans this year so it’s best that I don’t have an entire cheesecake at the ready. But if I were to go to the trouble to make one, I would make a lemon-ricotta cheesecake, finished with a fresh raspberry puree drizzle. Because I don’t have that much time, I’ll probably just make this chocolate mug cake instead. Discussing my problems (and my childhood in St. Olav) is optional, but traditional
- Donating to an Animal Charity. Betty White is known for her love of animals, so in honor of her I make a donation to an animal charity. This year, I’m choosing the ASPCA because I just watched like 5 hours of that show Animal Rescue. (Seriously, every five minutes I’m like, “I’ll save you, animals!! Nooooo!”) If you’re strapped for cash, that’s OK, here’s a Live Kitten Cam you can look at instead.
- Watching an Episode of The Golden Girls. I know this holiday is very Golden Girls-centric for me, but what can I say, I’m a fangirl. So I make sure to watch at least one episode today (like I haven’t seen every episode at least 10 times). Plus it airs all the time on the cable channels. (Trivia: Did you know that Joss Whedon’s dad wrote for the show?) If you wanted, you could probably catch some Hot in Cleveland or Mary Tyler Moore. Or any of the other million shows that Betty White has been on.
If you have any more traditions to add, please let me know. Also, are there any fun holidays that you made up to celebrate?
And because I am an internet link-scourer, here are some posts about The Golden Girls from other sites that I would like to share with you:
- 7 Things You Might Not Know About The Golden Girls – From mental_floss (also one of my favorite magazines).
- Four Old Women Share an Apartment – The genius (and feminism) behind the show.
- 10 reasons we love Betty White – The best story is the one where she sent Rue McClanahan (Blanche) an anti-Get Well card that said something like, “Dear Rue, I hope you hurry up and die so I can be the last Golden Girl left. NOT KIDDING.” We share the same sense of humor.
The point of Betty White Day is to have fun and enjoy some good food in honor of one of my favorite actresses (and shows). I’ll leave you with one of the funniest clips from the Golden Girls (transcript below):
[Scene: the women are in the therapist's office because they are having problems getting along.]
Therapist: Rose, what do you think of Blanche saying these things?
Rose: I think she’s a gerkannenaken.
Therapist: Well what exactly does that mean?
Rose: Literally, it’s the precise moment when dog doo turns white.
Blanche: [gasps, look of horror]
Rose: But in general, it refers to the kind of person you don’t want to share your huegenkagels with.
Dorothy: ROSE, if you say ONE MORE of those stupid words, I’ll–
Rose: OH BLOW IT OUT YOUR TUEBENVERBAHLS!