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★~ Today’s Quote: Be glad. Be good. Be brave. Eleanor H. Porter
★~ Go Caroling Day!
The tradition of Christmas carols hails back as far as the thirteenth century, although carols were originally communal songs sung during harvest tide celebrations. It was only later that carols began to be sung in church, and to be specifically associated with Christmas.
The Wassail Song celebrates the New Year! “Wassail” is an old English word that loosely means, “Good Health.” The drink wassail is made with spiced or mulled wine or ale. So some say that Wassail is the question one asked after the toast…Wassail! (What’s in this alel) The tradition of going wassailing dates back to 12th century England. The composer of the music to the wassail song is unknown.
This refreshingly fruity drink is the perfect toast to the Holiday Season. Sangria is made by combining sliced fruit, honey, sugar, juice, carbonated soda, red or white wine, and other alcohols.
★~ Fried Shrimp Day:
Frying up some shrimp to pair with your Sangria while you sing the Wassail Carol might be a fun Thursday night dinner.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1812 – 201 anniversary of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” a compendium of European folk tales first published in 1812 by German brothers Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm. Check out Googles Doodle!
♥~ 1946 – It’s A Wonderful Life 67th Anniversary date of its New York film premier.
♥~ 1954 – Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500. How sweet it was!
♥~ 1998 – A 15-pound concrete garden frog was returned to its home in Swansea, Massachusetts, after a seven-month vacation. The owners had received a letter, saying the frog just needed to get away from the grind of garden life, but would be home for the holidays. They also received photos and postcards from the frog in New York, Venezuela, Venice, and Indonesia.
♥~1933 – Dr. Samuel Mudd, MD, American physician who was convicted and imprisoned for aiding and conspiring with John Wilkes Booth in the 1865 assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. He was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson and released from prison in 1869. Despite repeated attempts by family members and others to have it expunged, his conviction has never been overturned. After Booth shot Lincoln, he broke his leg while fleeing the theater and went to Mudd’s home seeking medical assistance. Exactly how much Mudd knew about Booth’s crime is unclear, but his delay in contacting police worked to tie him to the conspiracy. The moral of this story is never trust a man with a broken leg and a gun who shows up in the middle of the night.
♥~1945 – Peter Criss (Crisscoula) musician: drums: group: KISS [The Catman]: Strutter, Deuce, Got to Choose, Hotter Than Hell, C’Mon and Love, Rock and Roll All Nite, Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud
♥~1957 – Billy (Steven) Bragg songwriter, musician: guitar, singer: The Milkman of Human Kindness, A New England, Man in the Iron Mask, St. Withins Day, Island of No Return,Between the Wars, World Turned Upside Down, Which Side are You On?, Levi Stubbs’ Tears
♥~1966 – Chris Robinson, singer: The Black Crowes,
♥~1982 – David Cook, Singer, “American Idol”
★~Good to Know:
♥~ Felix Mendelssohn composed the tune to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” as a tribute to printer/inventor Johann Gutenberg.
♥~ Dick Smith wrote the words for “Winter Wonderland” while recovering from tuberculosis in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
♥~ Australians have their own version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” where all of the animals are replaced by wildlife from down under.
♥~ “Do You Hear What I Hear” was inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis.
♥~“O Holy Night” was the second piece of music to ever be broadcast on radio, in 1906.
♥~ In “Up on the Housetop,” Santa brings one of the kids a hammer and tacks. Another child gets a whip.
♥~ Elvis recorded “White Christmas” in 1957. Composer Irving Berlin tried to get it banned from the radio.
♥~ Gemini 7 astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell asked to have “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” played for them while they were in orbit in 1965.
♥~ The original lyric for “Silver Bells” was actually “Tinkle Bells,” inspired by a tiny bell on the desk of composers Livingston and Evans.
♥~ The Grand Hotel from “It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas” is believed to be in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Christmas is wrapped up and ready to go and now I need a Christmas clean up—time for a mani-pedi.
It’s raining in Chicago which is turning snow into slush, but if the weatherman is on the same page as the weather gods it should all turn back into snow and ice this weekend.
I’ll leave you on this fun note—my favorite song of the Holiday season!
Do you have a favorite Christmas carol?
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