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December 9th, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: “You cannot reach perfection however hard you try; there’s always one more friend or so you should have sent a card to,” Richard Armour.
★~ Christmas Card Day:
Sir Henry Cole hired painter and illustrator John Calcott Horsley to create a seasonal greeting to send to his friends and family. The lithograph edition of 1,000 depicted a scene of a merry family drinking at the dinner table. Only 20 of the original postcards were thought to have survived and the original proof was auctioned in 2005 for $16,000 according to USA Today. It’s considered the world’s first known Christmas card, according to the Greeting Card Association. Puritans objected to the picture showing people raising a glass to Christmas,” according to the BBC, but the sentiment behind the card, “A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to You” and became a Christmas tradition.. Christmas is the No. 1 card-sending holiday in the U.S. according to the greeting card industry.
★~ National Pastry Day:
Pastries have been around forever. In 2600 B.C., the Egyptians were making doughnut-like pastries out of crude flour and honey, and dipping them in wine.
In the 7th century, pastry making developed as a culinary art form in the Middle East. It spread to Europe after the Crusades, and French and Italian chefs developed their own version of the recipes and experimented with new techniques. The result was yummy! Sunday morning is always a good time to enjoy a bite of your favorite pastry.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1854 – Alfred Lord Tennyson’s noted poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England.
♥~ 1965 – The Peanuts gang made its TV debut this day. A Charlie Brown Christmas ran for the first time on CBS.
♥~ 1988 – According to a poll released in the US, the music of Neil Diamond was the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1916 – Kirk Douglas actor: Greedy, The Secret, Oscar, Queenie, Tough Guys, The Final Countdown, The Chosen, A Gunfight, There was a Crooked Man, The Arrangement, The Brotherhood, In Harm’s Way, Seven Days in May, Spartacus, Lonely are the Brave, Paths of Glory, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Lust for Life, Ulysses, Young Man with a Horn, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful; father of actor Mike Douglas
♥~ 1928 – Dick Van Patten actor: Eight is Enough, When Things Were Rotten, WIOU, The Partners, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Mama, A Dangerous Place, Spaceballs,Westworld, Superdad, Son of Blob
♥~ 1934 – Judi Dench Academy Award-winning actress [Shakespeare in Love (1999)]; The Corrections, Casino Royale, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Pride and Prejudice,The Chronicles of Riddick, Die Another Day, Mrs. Brown, Chocolat, Iris
♥~ 1942 – Dick Butkus College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears: middle linebacker: NFL Defensive Player of the Year [1969, 1970]; actor: Rich Man, Poor Man, Half Nelson
♥~ 1957 – Donny Osmond singer: Go Away Little Girl, Puppy Love; [w/sister, Marie]: I’m Leaving It All Up to You; group: Osmond Brothers: One Bad Apple; TV host:Donny and Marie; actor: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; dance champ: Dancing with the Stars 
♥~ 1962 – Felicity Huffman actress: Desperate Housewives, Transamerica, Christmas with the Kranks, Raising Helen, Path to War, Snap Decision, Magnolia, Harrison: Cry of the City
★~ Did You Know: Christmas Cards that make you wonder…what were they thinking?
Well…they look like a very fit family.
Cole has a lot to be grateful for….
Ohhh…I get it!!
Power to the pup who wants out!
Well this is a jolly Christmas card.
Mom sure stands out.
Well at least they all have their eyes closed.
I am ordering one of these for dearly departed Joe. Of-course I will put his picture in it.
Last night while I was intent on pursing tasteless Christmas cards, the lady from Purple Heart called me asking for a donation (clothing and such). I said, “Sure,” like I do every month, and she told me pick up would be December 24. I said, “Oh Christmas Eve,” and she said, “Yes, I hope no one else notices that.” Good luck.
My house decorating is coming along. Today, I will capture my run-amuck teen and remind him that Santa really appreciates a Christmas tree with some lights on it. Last week, I took another fall. I went for a ride on the valance that tops my blinds (it’s over 12 feet long and very slick). It has to be taken down to hang the greenery above the tree, and I was being very careful on the step stool but somehow managed to step on the valance, which took me for a bit of ride before dumping me onto the tile floor. I was so ticked off that I flung the ornament in my hand against the wall and then stepped on a piece of glass when I stood up. Suffice to say, that while I feel much better than I did three days ago, I’m not standing on a step stool to hang lights. My goal this holiday season is to make it into the New Year in one piece, so from here on out, the teen will be climbing on the ladders and swinging from the chandeliers.
What are your plans for today?