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The December Celebrations are Still Happening! ~~ Dec 27

Buon giorno people! Hola,  god dag, helo, sholem aleikhem, konnichi ha, shalom, tansi, and in Potowatomie (My American Indian heritage) bozho. They all mean simply, hello! So hello people!

Christmas may be over but there are still some days left in the month, so I will be continuing to celebrate the days of December. Hope you’ll join me!

Are you glad Christmas is over? Or are you all ready looking forward to next Christmas? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s? Staying in? Going out? Come on people give up your plans!

Well I for one am staying in as usual. I’ll have me a nice Chinese dinner with some good tea or coffee. It’s kind of tradition with me, to have Chinese food on New Year’s eve. Either I cook it or I order it in. We’ll see what happens this year.

So after all that rambling, let’s get to the celebrations!



Fruitcake Day ~~ Well the much despised Fruitcake gets its day! Yes, it’s Fruitcake day! (Via Wikipedia)  The earliest recipe from ancient Rome lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins that were mixed into barley mash. In the Middle Ages, honey, spices, and preserved fruits were added.

Fruit cakes soon proliferated all over Europe. Recipes varied greatly in different countries throughout the ages, depending on the available ingredients as well as (in some instances) church regulations forbidding the use of butter, regarding the observance of fast. Pope Innocent VIII (1432–1492) finally granted the use of butter, in a written permission known as the ‘Butter Letter’ or Butterbrief in 1490, giving permission to Saxony to use milk and butter in the North German Stollen fruit cakes. Starting in the 16th century, Sugar from the American Colonies (and the discovery that high concentrations of sugar could preserve fruits) created an excess of candied fruit, thus making fruit cakes more affordable and popular.

If a fruit cake contains alcohol, it could remain edible for many years. For example, a fruit cake baked in 1878 is kept as an heirloom by a family (Morgan L. Ford) in Tecumseh, Michigan.  In 2003 it was sampled by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.  Wrapping the cake in an alcohol-soaked linen before storing is one method of lengthening its shelf life.

Celebrate Fruitcake Day by either eating some of the fruitcake you received for Christmas or by giving someone a fruitcake.

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day ~~  If you have kids, Make Cut Out Snowflake Day comes at the perfect time. Likely they’ve been on holiday break for a few days now and if they are starting to have nothing to do or getting rambunctious, having them make 50-100 snowflakes to decorate the house could be a fun activity for them and a sanity saver for you. If you don’t have kids, why not regress to your childhood for a couple of hours?

Now doesn’t this take you back to your school days? Remember cutting out those snowflakes and taking them home to hang? I do. Sounds like fun! I will even give a link to a snowflake cutting guide to get you started!

Or go make virtual snowflakes, here!

Visit the Zoo Day ~~ The first zoo dates back to 1500 BC in ancient Egypt! The tradition was passed down, all the way to the 1400s AD, when Columbus discovered “The New World.” A new world meant new creatures, and his discoveries renewed interest in zoos all across Europe. Today, there are over 2,800 zoos in the world, and over 6 million people visit them each year!  So what if it’s too cold to go out to the zoo? Well, why not stay in with a good book about the zoo?

The oldest running zoo in the world is Vienna Zoo in Schonbrunn which dates from 1752.

The largest zoo in the US is Red McCombs Wildlife with over 5.000 hectares (12.500 acres).

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has over 200 members.  Its strategy “provides a common philosophy for zoos and aquariums across the globe and defines the standards and policies that are necessary to achieve their goals in conservation.”  WAZA’s mission is “to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums, and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation”. They are at the forefront of environmental campaigning and ran a petition in the run up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit (December 2009) calling on governments to set targets of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels below 350 parts per million in order to prevent a mass extinction of animals.

That’s all for now people. See you tomorrow!



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Happy 4th Day of December!

How was every one’s day today? Great I hope.

Every day is another day to celebrate. You can celebrate life or you can bemoan it. Now I will have to admit there are some days I would rather crawl back into bed, pull the covers over my head and forget about it all.

Then I think to myself, well hell I will just have to face it tomorrow, so might as well get outta bed and face it today. Whatever problems I’m having and believe me I have a few, I try to celebrate the day.

After all, if I wasn’t alive the alternative is worse. Unless I can come back and haunt people. Anyway, that’s for another time. 😉

Let’s just see what kind of day today is for celebrations!


Cookie Day ~~  Is a minor holiday, celebrating cookies in all their sugary glory. It occurs on December 4th of every year, but is not widely observed.  A number of retailers and shops around the country are commemorating this momentous occasion by handing out free cookies. To find out which retailers are giving out free cookies, click on the link and see if any are near you!

Santa’s List Day ~~ Now I’m not really sure which list they mean here. It could be Santa’s list of naughty and nice children. Or it could mean Santa’s list of gifts. Either way you want to celebrate is fine with me! Just make a list and check it twice.

National Dice Day ~~ Today is the day everyone should play a nice game of dice.

International Hug Day ~~ Now this a day I can get my arms around! (Yeah I know , terrible pun). Go celebrate and give out some hugs! Now it might be a good idea to ask permission from people first. You know it’s just the polite thing to do. Plus I wouldn’t want anyone getting punched on my account.

Wear Brown Shoes Day ~~ As I said before folks, I can’t make this stuff up. They are for real. I have no idea where this one started but hey if you’re tired of those black shoes, try being radical and wear brown!

Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day ~~ This is the day that celebrates work teams who cooperate and achieve. So gather around the coffee pot or water machine and celebrate working together!

National Fruit Cake Month ~~Now what would December be without the fruitcake? Well I for one can not stand them but that doesn’t mean I will begrudge you yours. Ah the much maligned fruit cake! We’ve all heard the many jokes every year.  It is a great time to honor the fruitcake in all its alcohol drenched, fruit dense, nutty, chewy glory.

People in ancient times would soak their fruit cakes in alcohol for flavor as well as preservation. Hunters and others who would need to be away from home for long periods of time often took fruit cake with them because it kept longer than most bread.

Therefore why not create your own heirloom, alcohol soaked fruit cake and see how long it lasts?

That’s it for today folks. Go out and celebrate the day!

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