22 The Teacher 1-2 (187) 2022 Methods Every day counts - make use of funny and weird holidays Aleksandra Szudy-Sojak A day without laughter is a day wasted. This quotation from Charlie Chaplin set me thinking about giving some fun uplift to everyday classes. For you can make the most of each day by referring to calendars of unusual days. We are all familiar with the BIG and REAL holidays. Christmas, Hogmanay, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Pancake Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Bonfire Night, even Groundhog Day have long been present in CLIL curricula. ❯❯❯ Aleksandra Szudy-Sojak Aleksandra teaches primary, secondary and tertiary students. She is interested in trying out new perspectives on teaching practice in order to boost students’ linguistic confidence. She has written many articles for The Teacher, in which she has shared her ideas, observations and experience concerning language teaching, as well as ready-made lesson plans. In her free time, Aleksandra enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves cooking and riding a bike. She also likes – to her eldest daughter’s amusement – reading dictionaries. Apart from ordinary ones, there are diaries, calendars hanging on the walls or their online versions which include information about UNUSUAL holidays. Why not include the data for improving students’ language abilities by relaxing atmosphere in class? You can have too much of a good thing – true, but mention a hilarious celebration in passing and see the miracle it does.