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Bah Humbug! ~~ Today is Humbug Day! ~~ Dec 21

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! Yes, I’m a bit late with my post today, but I still made it. So much to do and so little time to do it all in.

I want to take this time to talk about something. Yes, it’s time to put my serious face on. I know for some of you out there the holidays are not a time for cheer. In fact they can be quite lonely. If you read this blog then I want to tell you something. You don’t have to be alone for Christmas. Really. Come online and talk to me. I’ll be around for most of the day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Last year there was a great blog called C4C (Company for Christmas). It was run by rulesofstupid. C4C is a blog where volunteers sign up to be online at certain times during the holidays to give people who want to talk someone to talk to. I volunteered last year and am doing so again this year. Rara at rarasaur is going to be doing the scheduling this year. Yea rara! Rara and her husband Dave from The Queen Creative are wonderful people and they volunteered last year as well.

So I want you all to know you can either volunteer your time, or if you are alone on the holidays, come on over and hit us up for a chat. Everyone is welcome! No one has to be alone or lonely.

Thanks for reading so far. Now on with today’s celebrations.

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Humbug Day ~~ This time of year can be so stressful, trying to get shopping done, presents wrapped, house decorated and working all at the same time. Yikes! Today is your day to be all humbug. Humbug Day, if you’re so inclined, is a great day to leave the holiday cheer to the others and go into hiding with a Scrooge or Grinch DVD — just don’t watch the ending as it could spoil your mood. The people who created this day (wellcat.com) say that today is the day to get rid of all that pent-up stress and go for some great venting. So go ahead and get it out of your system. You will be better off for it and then you’ll feel much more able to handle the holidays with your usual flair.

National Flashlight Day ~~ As today is the winter solstice, December 21 is the shortest day–and thus the longest night–of the year, so what better day to break out a few flashlights and celebrate?
Use this day to check the status of your flashlights. Replace any broken bulbs or dead batteries. Make sure you have a functioning flashlight in your car in case of emergency. But, after the serious work is finished, have a bit of flashlight fun to celebrate this special holiday!  Have some fun like making hand shadow puppets, or hiding candy in the backyard for a late night scavenger hunt. Or, just stay up late and read a book under the covers.

Look on the Bright Side Day ~~ On the other side of the coin of Humbug Day is this holiday. Time to see your glass as half full instead of half empty. Find the positive in things. Be optimistic and smile! Again because today is the shortest day of the month, I won’t be seeing too many hours of daylight up here in Canada. So why not look at the bright side of things? After today, the days get longer and spring is peeping its head around the corner. Maybe. Yes it is!

National French Fried Shrimp Day ~~ Now this one I can do! Yum, I love shrimp. Whether you’re a beer batter fanatic, panko purist, tempura tester or you just like to roll the shrimp in some flour before you throw them in hot oil, it’s difficult to deny the delicious crunch of fresh fried shrimp. Although it isn’t especially seasonal, fried shrimp is a great treat to serve at your party, or spice up dinner one night. Heres an easy yet very tasty recipe for fried shrimp. Go ahead have some! You know you want to.

National Haiku Poetry Day ~~This holiday always falls on the winter solstice.  I know a lot of you write wonderful Haiku’s. So this day is for you! Or those of us that just like to read them. Break out your talents and start writing those Haiku’s.  Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry that is a non-rhymed verse genre that consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this unique form of poetry. Here’s my contribution!

Sharpen those pen nibs

Write your syllables down, please

Make those words dance free

 

And with that I will leave you today. Let’s go out and celebrate the day! See you tomorrow.

 

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Celebrate! Celebrate! ~~ Dec 13

Good day people! Today I bring you great tidings of joy, or some more celebrations, which ever works for you.

Here’s hoping your weekend turns out to be super! Done Christmas shopping yet? Got all those presents wrapped? Got your tree up? Yeah, I’m nosey. hahaha!

That special day is getting closer and closer! So tell me, what does Christmas mean to you? Let me know, I’m really interested.

Source: Why the Grinch of course!
Source: Why the Grinch of course!

 

 

So let’s get onto those celebrations for today shall we.

 

National Violin Day ~~ I couldn’t find the source of this holiday, but popular opinion is (I’m inclined to agree) that it was started because of all the music that is performed this time of year. Violins are usually a big part of Christmas music. The violin is the smallest yet the highest pitched instrument in the violin family. The violin family consists of the violin, viola, bass viola and cello. The violin can be played in a number of musical genres, classical, jazz, folk music and even rock and roll. It is also called a fiddle. So go ahead and listen to the violin, however you like it. Or if you play, even better! Play a tune for me today!

National Cocoa Day ~~ The history of this day is unknown, but who doesn’t love cocoa? Especially when it’s cold and blustery like it is here. A nice hot cup of cocoa would be great! What is the difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa? Hot cocoa is made from a powdered mix of cocoa, sugar and is made with hot milk or water, and hot chocolate is made from chocolate bars melted into cream. While both are delicious, cocoa is the one being celebrated today. Some may celebrate baking with cocoa, while some want to mainline it in a good cup of cocoa. Either way, cocoa lovers, this day is for you!

Via Wikipedia; The cacao tree may have originated in the foothills of the Andes in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America where today, examples of wild cacao still can be found. However, it may have had a larger range in the past, evidence for which may be obscured because of its cultivation in these areas long before the Spanish arrived. It may have been introduced into Central America by the ancient Mayas, and cultivated in Mexico by the Toltecs and later by the Aztecs. It was a common currency throughout Mesoamerica and the Caribbean before the Spanish conquests.

Chocolate and cocoa contain a high level of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which may have beneficial cardiovascular effects on health. As with all things people, moderation is the key!

Pick a Pathologist Pal Day ~~ Some people think Pathologists and coroners are a happy lot. I wouldn’t know, as I don’t know any. But I’m thinking they have their own brand of humor. So find yourself a Pathologist today and become pals with them! I have no idea where this started, or why, but hey I’m all for making new friends!

 

That’s all I got for today folks, come back tomorrow for another edition!

 

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