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Count Your Buttons Day

Sometimes the celebrations we talk about are direct and easy to explain. Other times, like with Count Your Buttons Day, we’re left questioning how humanity comes up with such bizarre ideas. Nevertheless, none of us can deny just how important buttons are in our lives. From keeping our pants up to getting stuck in the bend of the vacuum cleaner, it’s time to finally pay the humble button the respect it deserves.

Where Did Count Your Buttons Day Start?

After an immense amount of hard work and research, we can say, with full confidence, that we have no idea. What we had much more luck with was research towards the origin of the button, so that’s what we’re going to take a look at.
The very first of what looked like buttons weren’t actually used as fasteners. Instead, they were more ornamental, serving as seals for important cultural references. Believed to originate in what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan circa 2700 BC, these were originally cut from stone, seashells, or, later, were forged from bronze.

Some of the first illustrations of buttons as fasteners have been found in Egypt, dating no later than the 5th century AD. These were used to hold closed the necks of tunics and, presumably, make their wearers look really cool. More commonly, modern takes on buttons would appear in Germany in the 13th century, after which their popularity has never waned.

So, You Count Your Buttons to Celebrate?

If you like? While this approach might prove useful if you’re a tailor during stocktake, most of us might not keep enough buttons around for this approach to be worthwhile. After all, a daily celebration should take a whole day, and if it takes you seven seconds to count all of your buttons, you probably aren’t making the most of your time.

One much more realistic suggestion could be to finally get around to reattaching or fixing all the buttons that have broken off your clothes in the last year or two. This is something we all put on the backburner, but going through with it can help put a bunch of your clothes back into regular rotation, which is worth the effort in itself.

You also might consider directly replacing the existing buttons you have on clothes with better ones or ones that more accurately reflect your style. This doesn’t take very long, and it can be a great way to give extra life to an old outfit.

Those feeling a pull from the arts could also use buttons to create a fun little project. This can be a great way to spend an afternoon with family and friends for the likes of paintings, papier-mache, and even scrapbooking if you have buttons from different important times in your life.

Buttons can be flexible, and while this is rarely literally true, it means there’s a lot of different paths you could walk on Count Your Buttons Day. Whether you want to go all out, start a new project, or get frustrated trying to thread a needle, there aren’t any wrong answers. Just like many things in life, buttons might be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important, or that they shouldn’t be appreciated.

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