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Another Day for Celebrations! ~~ Dec 28

I’ve been busy today! This will be my third post today. I think for me that’s a record! My other two posts were for flash fiction, which I love to do. Go check them out if you have a minute.

The year is fading fast. Only a few more days left. I’ve all ready been reading posts on New Year resolutions. I usually don’t make any myself. I would be bound to break them. I mean, my life is always changing, always evolving into something different and new. So should I stifle myself with resolutions? I don’t think so. The number one resolution people make is to lose weight. Number two is to stop smoking.

Do I need to lose weight? Hell yes, but if I make it a resolution to do so, I will be sure to break it and then I will feel bad. Why put myself through that? Losing weight is an everyday thing with me and that’s enough pressure. As for smoking, well I don’t do that so it’s a moot point.

But wait Jackie, you think, there are other things you could make resolutions about. How about that novel you want to finish (actually 2 now)? Or how about your blog? Are you happy with the way it’s going? Do you want to change anything? Yes, and no would be my answer to that.

I’m thinking of changing things just a bit on here. More original stories, more reader participation, more personal, maybe. Just a few things I’m thinking about. We’ll see what decisions I come up with by January 1. I know I would like to see my blog grow more. I’ve been sitting stagnant for 6 months now, things need to be changed I think. Just not sure how. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!

So then, let’s get on with today’s celebrations!

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National Chocolate Candy Day ~~ Now this one makes sense doesn’t it? How many people still have Christmas candy sitting around the house? Plenty I’m betting. Today is the day to devour some of that! Go ahead, eat a piece for me. And with New Year’s eve just around the corner and that pesky resolution to lose weight closing in fast, today is a day to celebrate and eat some chocolate candy without guilt!

Card Playing Day ~~ Another good idea for you or the kids to do while on Christmas vacation! Play a good game of cards. I have always enjoyed card games. My dad was a master Cribbage player and taught me what he knew. I even beat him once or twice. Maybe. He really was good at it. Here’s a list of some card games you and your family might enjoy while eating those chocolate candies and sipping that leftover eggnog.

War, Rummy, Crazy 8’s, Gin, Euchre, Sheepshead, Cribbage, Bridge, Go Fish, Poker, Texas Hold’em, Black Jack, Solitaire and I’m sure there are lots more out there.

Gone To Pot Day ~~ The creators of this holiday decided to make a ‘gone-ta-pott’ day to celebrate all the things that had gone wrong with them during the month.

Gone-ta-Pott or “gone to pot” is an “idiom.”
If something has gone to pot, it has gone wrong and doesn’t work any more. A day where nothing has gone right. A day full of mis-haps. A day where everything you tried to do ended up with no success. A day where one thing right after the other went astray. A day when trying to meet a deadline and everything got in the way. A day that should of been a day of success turned out to be a day of turmoil. 
This Holiday is set aside for people around the world to appreciate and get a good laugh out of a bad day or a bad week. It’s time to get past the stress. This day is set aside so friends can come together over a few drinks, a pot of stew and get a big laugh over stories being told about who had the worst day for the month. Invite all your friends and family over to share in the laughter. We all love to hear a good story and we all jump to attention when someone says….. Let me tell you what happened to…! So on this day everybody needs to tell their best gone-ta-pott stories so everyone can get a big laugh out of it.
Bairns’ Day, or The Feast of the Holy Innocents ~~ On this date today it’s said,  King Herod ordered the slaughter of all infant boys under the age of two. It’s considered the Unluckiest Day of the Year.
No new work should be started this day! Instead finish up some old odds and ends:  sort out that stack of mail which may have accumulated during the holidays.Summon up your courage and examine your bank account and bills!

Get rid of that pile of laundry. No! Not out the window or hidden in some closet. Wash, dry it and put it away. Ha-ha!

Well that’s it for today people. Tomorrow is another day, see you then!

 

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New Years Resolutions and Why We Make Them

If you came to see what my New Year’s resolutions are going to be, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. I don’t make resolutions, ever! Never have. They seem kind of pointless to me. But, if you do, great! I sincerely hope you are able to keep them.

My friend Lois over at livingsimplyfree asked the question of who started the New Years resolution thing. Great question Lois!

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I decided to look into it, because I was curious myself. So me and my Sleuthing Elf did one more job. We found out how all this resolution business got started. It goes like this:

According to one report here

New Year’s Day celebrations began in pre-Christian times, beginning with the Babylonians in March but changed to January by the Romans. January gets its name from Janus, the two-faced god who looks backwards into the old year and forwards into the new.

The custom of setting “New Years resolutions” began during this period in Rome, as they made such resolutions with a moral flavor: mostly to be good to others. But when the Roman Empire took Christianity as its official state religion in the 4th century, these moral intentions were replaced by prayers and fasting. For example, Christians chose to observe the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1 in place of the revelry otherwise indulged in by those who did not share the faith. This replacement had varying degrees of success over the centuries, and Christians hesitated observing some of the New Year practices associated with honoring the pagan god Janus.

Most commonly, it revolved around returning any borrowed farm equipment, as their New Year coincided with the start of their farming season.

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The New Year has not always begun on January 1, and it doesn’t begin on that date everywhere today.

It begins on that date only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. January 1 became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had.

The Julian and Gregorian calendars are solar calendars. Some cultures have lunar calendars, however. A year in a lunar calendar is less than 365 days because the months are based on the phases of the moon. The Chinese use a lunar calendar. Their new year begins at the time of the first full moon (over the Far East) after the sun enters Aquarius- sometime between January 19 and February 21.

Although the date for New Year’s Day is not the same in every culture, it is always a time for celebration and for customs to ensure good luck in the coming year.

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The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23, although they themselves had no written calendar.

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The Chinese set a special New Years resolution – house cleaning. Most people nowadays would relate this to Spring-Cleaning. At the coming of the New Year, the Chinese would clean their house from top to bottom. What a great way to start the year, with a beautiful clean house!
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Today we still set New Years resolutions, and try to achieve them. They are almost always based around self-improvement resolutions and goals. They are a way to mark the beginning of changes in our habits and lifestyle. The most common resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking and/or drinking, and improving your finances.
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Now for some good humored quotes on New Year.

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. – Oscar Wilde

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. – Bill Vaughn

New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. – Mark Twain

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
– William Arthur Ward