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Daily Holidays - December 26

National Candy
 Cane Day Created around 1900, candy canes are now big business: Almost 2 billion are made each year for Christmas. The largest one ever created? A whopping 51-feet long. http://www.food.com/food-holidays/candy-cane-day-1226

Boxing Day Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers, in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other Commonwealth nations. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December.

In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. Due to the Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar, the day is known as St. Stephen's Day to Catholics, and in Italy, Finland, and Alsace and Moselle in France. It is also known as both St. Stephen's Day and the Day of the Wren or Wren's Day in Ireland. In many European countries, including notably Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day

National Thank-you Note Day Today is National Thank You Day, the perfect opportunity to pause and express your gratitude for the people in your life. While an email is nice, and a phone call is fine, take five minutes and go the extra length with a hand-written note. It doesn’t have to involve expensive stationery and a fountain pen; even a sheet of binder paper and a pencil will do the trick.

The beauty of a handwritten note is that it’s a tangible and personal expression of your appreciation. It signifies that you took the time to focus solely on them, that you cared enough for the recipient to create something meant only for their eyes. They say that letter-writing a lost art, and like any artist, you are creating something that will last, both on a piece paper and in a person’s memory. http://pencils.com/noteworthy-thoughts-with-thanks/

National Whiner's Day National Whiner's Day is on December 26th, the day after Christmas. It's supposed to encourage people to be grateful for what they already have. http://www.answers.com/Q/What_day_is_National_Whiners_Day


Daily Holidays - December 25

National Pumpkin 
Pie Day Apples get most of the attention, but pumpkins are truly America’s pride! They’re indigenous to North America and have been cultivated for more than five millennia. http://www.food.com/food-holidays/pumpkin-pie-day-1225

A'Phabet Day or No "L" Day A'phabet Day or No "L" Day is a pun on "Noel." Get it? Say "Noel" out loud. Celebrate by speaking or texting without using the letter "L." http://holidaywhiz.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-aphabet-day-no-l-day-grav.html

Christmas Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or Nativity Fast and is prolonged by the season of Christmastide and the Octave of Christmas. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

While the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

Christmas Pudding Day Sweet treats for the Christmas season, including puddings, pies, trifle and cheesecake. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/festive-dessert


When 59 Children Died On Christmas Eve 1913, The World Cried With The Town Of Calumet, Michigan

A little-known piece of history that Woody Guthrie documented in his haunting song, "1913 Massacre."

In July 1913, over 7,000 miners struck the C&H Copper Mining Company in Calumet, Michigan. It was largely the usual issues of people who worked for a big company during a time when capitalists ran roughshod over their workers — a time when monopolies were a way of life. Strikers' demands included pay raises, an end to child labor, and safer conditions including an end to one-man drill operations, as well as support beams in the mines (which mine owners didn't want because support beams were costly but miners killed in cave-ins “do not cost us anything.")

Six months without work left many miner families with little food for the holidays and no money for presents, so the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners held a Christmas party for the kids. 500 children and 200 adults showed up that day, Christmas Eve 1913. It was held on the second floor of Calumet's Italian Hall; the only way in and out was a very steep stairway.

As darkness fell and people began to go home to their family celebrations, some of the children gathered around the stage as presents were passed out — for many, it would be the only gift they'd receive this year. In the middle of this festive celebration, someone — possibly more than one person — opened the door at the bottom of the staircase and yelled, “FIRE!"

Chaos ensued. As everybody headed down the stairs to the exit, the door was blocked from the outside, and children and adults were trampled, then suffocated, by the throng of bodies trying to escape the “fire" — which didn't actually exist.


Daily Holidays - December 24

National Egg Nog Day Today is National Eggnog Day! Eggnog is one of the most popular beverages served during the holidays, so it is very appropriate that this occasion is celebrated on Christmas Eve!

The traditional recipe for eggnog is milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices, and sometimes alcohol. The type of alcohol depends on the country where it is made. In Europe, eggnog is traditionally made with white wine. Americans drink it with bourbon or rum while Peruvians use pomace brandy and Germans use beer.

There are a few theories about how eggnog actually got its name. One story claims that eggnog was first called "egg n' grog," which was eventually shortened to "eggnog." According to other sources, the name comes from the Old English word for strong ale, "nog." This theory suggests that the combination of the words "egg" and "nog" refers to any drink that contains both eggs and strong alcohol.

Regardless of how eggnog got its name, it has been a favorite holiday beverage for centuries! Make some today to toast the holidays and celebrate National Eggnog Day!
(in case anyone hasn't figured it out... I eggnog) and here is a recipe for eggnog pie.


The Feast Of The Seven
 Fishes W hat is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? According to Mario Batali, "It's what Italians do when they say they're fasting." More precisely, the Feast is a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve). In many parts of Italy, the night is traditionally a partial fast, during which no meat should be served. But in true Italian style, this proscription has morphed into something very unfastlike indeed: course after course of luxurious seafood dishes, often as many as 7, 10, or even 13. "No one's quite sure of the significance of the number," says Batali. "Some families do seven for the sacraments. Some do ten for the stations of the cross. And some even do 13 for the 12 apostles plus Jesus."

Regardless of the religious symbolism, for most people the main point of the meal is to gather family and friends and enjoy delicious food. In Batali's Italian-American family, his grandmother used to host the feast, with everyone pitching in. "She would let us kids help her make fresh pasta," Batali recalls. "Then she'd lay it out on towels on our beds to dry for the day." After dinner, they'd open half their presents, saving the rest for Christmas Day. http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/christmas/batalisevenfishes

Christmas Eve 17 Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas
Looking for ideas for new Christmas Eve dinner traditions? Browse our collection of Christmas Eve recipe favorites, including recipes for seafood, lasagna, soup and more.

Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/holiday---celebration-recipes/christmas-recipes/christmas-eve-dinner-ideas#ixzz3MnaBxjDJ


Daily Holidays - December 23

National Pfeffernuesse Day Pfeffernüsse are tiny spice cookies, popular as a holiday treat in Germany, Denmark, and The Netherlands, as well as among Ethnic Mennonites in North America. They are called pepernoten in Dutch (plural), päpanät in Plautdietsch, pfeffernuesse or peppernuts in English, and pebernødder in Danish. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfeffernüsse

Festivus Welcome! "Happy Festivus" is the traditional greeting of Festivus a holiday featured in "The Strike" episode of Seinfeld. The episode first aired on December 18, 1997. Since then many people have been inspired by this zany, offbeat Seinfeld holiday and they now celebrate Festivus as any other holiday.

According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. However many people celebrate it other times in December and even at other times throughout the year. http://festivusweb.com

Human Light Celebration HumanLight is a secular holiday on December 23rd. It’s designed to celebrate and express the positive, secular, human values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope. HumanLight illuminates a positive, secular vision of a happy, just and peaceful future for our world, a future which people can build by working together, drawing on the best of our human capacities.

The 23rd was chosen so that it would not conflict with other existing holidays, but would still be in the thick of the holiday season, when many gatherings of friends and family occur and people might be off from work. We've always said that it can be celebrated "on or around" December 23, in order to avoid any rigid rules about dates. http://americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2012-12-how-to-celebrate-humanlight-a-december-holiday-for-h


Daily Holidays - December 22

National Date Nut
 Bread Day Date Walnut Bread is a very nice tea bread bursting with the flavor of sweet dates and crunchy walnuts. Jean Anderson tells us in her book 'The American Century Cookbook' that the first recipes for this bread began to appear in the 1920s, and it was so popular in the 1930s that it was used to make tea sandwiches. In fact, these tea sandwiches are so delicious you may want to try them. Take two thin slices of your Date and Walnut Bread and sandwich them together with a layer of cream cheese or butter. Then cut the bread into fingers, squares or triangles.

Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/DateWalnutBread.html#ixzz3MbunPTOr

National Haiku Poetry Day This article is about the Japanese poetic form. For haiku poetry written in English, see Haiku in English. For other uses, see Haiku (disambiguation).
Haiku (俳句, About this sound listen (help·info), haikai verse?) (plural: same or haikus) is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:

The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively.
A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.
Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku?) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku. There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku


USS Missouri Buttermilk Pie

This recipe for this creamy, pecan-custard pie takes its name from the battleship Missouri, where it was said to be served to President Harry Truman. When the president requested the recipe, the chief steward refused, but decided to share it after retiring in 1970.

The recipe was submitted by a Columbia, Missouri, reader for a Midwest Living® pie contest. "I fix it a lot for company," says the reader. "Almost everybody asks for the recipe after they try it."


Missouri Botanical Garden

The Japanese Garden at MoBot August 2012

Daily Holidays - December 21

Kiwi Fruit Day here's nothing on earth like kiwifruit. Brown and fuzzy on the outside, green and zesty on the inside — kiwifruit is a festival of flavor for those adventurous enough to try it. One sweet/tart taste of California Kiwifruit, and most first-time tasters become lifetime fans! This is the website for those fans, as well as the people who grow, ship and sell California Kiwifruit. We've put the wild world of kiwifruit at your virtual fingertips. Enjoy your stay and check back often as California Kiwifruit continues winning new converts! http://www.kiwifruit.org

Crossword Puzzle Day Are you among those who enjoy solving crossword puzzles? If yes, have you ever pondered over the history of this game? If you have not, then it would interest you to know more about December, 21: Crossword puzzle day and why it is being celebrated the globally. This wonderful game is known in history to have been invented by a New York journalist, English-born Arthur Wynne in the year, 1913. This man, if still alive, would have been amazed at the tempo that is being generated by the crossword puzzle not only in New York but the whole world. http://www.feinbergconsulting.com/december-21-crossword-puzzle-day/

Forefathers Day In 1769 a club was formed to honor the settlers of New Plymouth. In Thacher's History of Plymouth, Boston, 1835, he states "...seven respectable individuals, inhabitants of Plymouth, instituted a social club...which they called the Old Colony Club for the purpose of solemnizing the anniversary of the arrival of our forefathers." http://www.pilgrimjohnhowlandsociety.org/john-howland/articles/38-forefathers-day-december-21-our-day

Humbug Day About This Holiday
December 21st has been designated as "Humbug Day." Everyone preparing for Christmas is allowed to vent his or her frustrations today with up to twelve humbugs.

International Dalek Remembrance Day https://www.facebook.com/InternationalDalekRemembranceDay

National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day The National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council encourage communities to host public events on or near December 21 remembering your neighbors who have died homeless in the past year.

These events are opportunities to come together as a community and show respect for those who have died while experiencing the tragedy of homelessness, but are also opportunities to educate. Please review the resources below for ideas and to find organizations in your community who have been involved in the past. http://www.nhchc.org/resources/consumer/homeless-persons-memorial-day/

Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day

Winter Solstice

Yule Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time") is a pagan religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christianised reformulation resulting in, the now better known, Christmastide. The earliest references to Yule are by way of indigenous Germanic month names Ærra Jéola (Before Yule) or Jiuli and Æftera Jéola (After Yule). Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modranicht. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule


Daily Holidays - December 20

National Fried
 Shrimp Day I will never get tired of fried national food holidays, nor seafood national food holiays! So National Fried Shrimp Day is a real treat. Whether steamed, baked, or scampi-ed, shrimp is a tasty, high-protein, low-fat seafood treat, but frying the shrimp makes the little buggers especially good. There’s an art to great fried shrimp that one’s gotta master in order to really love cooking–and eating–seafood: a special blend of herbs and spices in a breading mixture, the perfect cooking time to get a crispy breaded exterior…but not too much to overcook the delicate shrimp. And when you find some great fried shrimp…you’ve got to share the wealth! http://nycfooddays.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/december-20-national-fried-shrimp-day/

National Sangria Day A Summer Classic Celebrated in December...
If you’re looking to add a little Olé to your life, why not try that fruity wine punch named for the Spanish word sangre, which means blood. Yes, we’re talking about that deliciously crimson drink everybody loves known as sangria.

This uncomplicated mix of red wine, spirits, simple syrup and a ton of chopped, seasonal fruit has long been considered the perfect summertime tipple, a refreshing concoction to be sipped whiling away a hot afternoon or added as a pick-me-up to your patio party’s line-up of refreshing beverages.

It’s ironic then that National Sangria Day comes on December 20. But if you think about it, quaffing an alcoholic beverage filled with fresh fruit is good any time of year. http://www.nationalsangriaday.com

International Human Solidarity Day "The world shapes a new sustainable development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals, the largest anti-poverty campaign in history, by 2015.
Only through collective action can we address such far reaching issues as poverty and growing inequality, climate change, chronic poverty and major health challenges, such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa."

Ban Ki-moon
Message for International Human Solidarity Day
20 December 2014

Mudd Day Samuel Alexander Mudd I (December 20, 1833 – January 10, 1883) was an American physician who was imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

While working as a doctor in Southern Maryland, Mudd also employed slaves on his tobacco-farm, and declared his belief in slavery as a God-given institution. The Civil War seriously damaged his business, especially when Maryland abolished slavery in 1864. At this time, he first met Booth, who was planning to kidnap Lincoln, and Mudd was seen in company with three of the conspirators. But his part in the plot, if any, remains unclear.

After assassinating Lincoln on April 14, 1865, Booth rode with co-conspirator David Herold to Mudd’s home in the early hours of the 15th for surgery on his fractured leg, before crossing into Virginia. Some time that day, Mudd must have learned of the assassination, but did not report Booth’s visit to the authorities for another 24 hours. This appeared to link him to the crime, as did his various changes of story under interrogation, and on April 26, he was arrested. A military commission found him guilty of aiding and conspiring in a murder, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment, escaping the death penalty by a single vote. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Mudd

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