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National Crayon Day: Color Us Happy!

crayons-nostalgia-diaries“Smelling a crayon takes you right back to childhood, he said. When I need to go back in time, I put it under my nose and take another hit.”
– Randy Pausch

Did you know that today is National Crayon Day? Here at the Nostalgia Diaries, we love fun little holidays like this that evoke memories of our childhood. Who doesn’t remember the smell of a crayon — which is almost better than the crayon itself? Or trying to decide just which color was your favorite? Or the happiness and wonder that a new box of crayons held?

In case you hadn’t heard, Crayola, the most famous crayon maker in the world, had decided that today would be the perfect day to announce the retirement of one its colors. But alas, social media had to go and ruin the surprise: Yesterday, a Target shopper tweeted a picture of a new Crayola box that proclaimed Dandelion was the one they’d decided to weed out of the bunch. Crayola is replacing the happy, golden hue with what seems to be a new blue, and, as they’ve done in the past, they’re letting everyone have a say in naming their newest addition.

So in honor of this nostalgia-inducing holiday that colors us happy, and on the heels of Crayola’s (early) announcement, we’d love to know what your favorite Crayola color is. Share it with us in the comments! 

And if Dandelion just happened to be your favorite, we think that’s the perfect excuse to pick up a box of Crayolas to make some fun, whimsical drawings with (like happy little cows)! Just do it soon: Dandelion will only remain in boxes while supplies last. 



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40 thoughts on “National Crayon Day: Color Us Happy!

  1. Dandelion is not a color that I remember…my favorite was always Cornflower Blue…always the first crayon in the box to meet an untimely death!

  2. WHAT!!!! National Crayon Day?! That’s awesome!!!!
    I have always loved the “cerulean” blue (spelling?). It’s so pretty!

  3. National Crayon Day AND National Happiness Day on the same day…. a coincidence??? I think not!! A new box of crayons was always a highlight of the new school year. I love the smell & I would still love a box to colour with. Think I might make it my payday treat this month!

  4. When I was younger, I was in love with crayons and I simply could not choose what color was my favorite. Was it yellow, was it pink? I never knew, until I found out the color lavender and fell in love with that color, and that color is still my favorite now! 😁

  5. Crayons are so much fun! I remember when Crayola had a contest that let people name a few of the colors, and someone chose macaroni and cheese. Not sure why that sticks out in my memory, but it does. Lol!

  6. Love crayons! I just bought my daughter a huge box of 152 … and now I’m coveting the same for myself. There’s nothing like a brand new, sharp crayon to take you back to being six years old and coloring on the table!

  7. I wish I had known it was National Crayon Day! My daughter has been obsessed with reading the book “The Day the Crayons Quit”. We will have to do some crayon activities next year!

  8. I never heard of crayon day! My niece would love this. My favorite colour is purple and a few years ago I persuaded my husband to let me paint the bedroom purple. 🙂

  9. I was worried it would be a pretty one. Dandelion is ugly. I am not a huge ylleow fan anyway, but yellow with a hint of brown, not thanks!

  10. I just heard they are retiring dandelion! As a kid, I think my favorite color was always magenta. I don’t remember if there was a specific name for it. Love this post!

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