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Douglas Jefferson

How do I celebrate Douglas Jefferson Day?

Douglas Jefferson day is celebrated on the first Saturday of October every year. According to tradition, there are only three rules one must follow.

Three rules:
1) Douglas Jefferson Day must be celebrated in a Public House of the District of Columbia, in the company of good friends
2) A gift must be given to a friend. One must not have exchanged money for the gift, and it must be “no larger than a baker’s loaf.*”
3) In the spirit of Douglas Jefferson Day, you must buy a drink for a stranger.

*According to diary entries from the time, gifts included “a half-used shaker of salt,” “one dead snail,” “a handful of grass clippings,” and “thirteen flivrums.” What a flivrum is and why anyone would need thirteen of them has been lost to time.


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