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December 22, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: Christmas puns are really starting to annoy Santa. Please stop using them or yule be sorry!
★~ Christmas Tree Light Day:
The lighting of the Yule log spread throughout Europe. Many believed the log’s flame summoned the sun’s return and drove away evil spirits. Over time Christianity adopted this Norse tradition and the light from the Yule log came to represent Jesus as Light in the darkness.
In time people set candles in their windows on long winter nights to welcome weary travelers. For Christians it became a symbol to welcome Mary and Joseph after their long trek to Bethlehem.
How did lights get on trees? Thousands of years ago ancient Druids and Romans decorated trees. In time Christians embraced the practice as well. Legend has it that Protestant Reformer Martin Luther was the first to put lights on a Christmas tree. Walking home one night Luther was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling through the evergreens he passed. To share his experience with his family he erected a tree in his home and wired the branches with lit candles. Soon a star was affixed to the top to represent the star in the east that shone on the manger where the baby Jesus layed in a manger. The lights and ornaments came to represent the stars and planets in the sky; many Christians place a manger at the base of the Christmas tree underneath.
Until the mid-19th century most Americans and Brits didn’t have decorated trees in their homes because of its pagan origins. They did begin to grow in popularity however, starting in 1848 in Great Britain. The London News ran an illustration of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children gathered around their candlelit tree in Buckingham Palace.
Now in vogue Christmas trees became part of the British Christmas tradition. Soon the fashionable east coast of the United States adopted the practice too. From there it spread west.
★~ Date Nut Bread Day:
The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939, but dates are one of the world’s oldest fruits. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. Historians believe that the ancient Moors brought the date to Spain and later introduced it to America.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1956 – First gorilla born in captivity.. “Colo” was born at the Columbus, OH, zoo, weighing in at 3¼ pounds.
♥~ 1958 – The Chipmunks were at the #1 position on the music charts on this day in 1958 as Alvin, Simon, and Theodore sang with David Seville. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late), the novelty tune that topped the charts for a month, is still a Christmas favorite today…
♥~ 1905- Kenneth Rexroth, Poet, born on this day in South Bend, Indiana (1905). He lived on Chicago’s West Side, traveled around the States, and then settled in San Francisco when the city was the new destination for young artists. There, he hung out with poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He published more than 50 books of poetry, including The Phoenix and the Tortoise (1944) and In Defense of the Earth (1956).
★~ Good to Know:
All the musical Christmas light displays this year seemed to look and sound alike but the music and choreography on this one was fun! Music teacher Tom BetGeorge put up 70,000 lights on his home and programmed it to “The Christmas Can Can,” sung by the a cappella group Straight No Chaser. If you are near Newark, California, you can see the house perform at the corner of Lafayette and Rushcin.
An Australian family set a new world record for having the most Christmas lights attached to their Canberra home, Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy confirmed on Monday (November 25).
Many friends and neighbours showed up to take a closer look at the 502,165 christmas lights that illuminate the residential property of David Richards and his family in the Canberra suburb of Forrest.
Attaching more than half a million bulbs to his home was a very time consuming task, Richards admits.
“It took me quite a while to set it up. I started in October. I took a week off in October school holidays, and then have worked every weekend since,” he said.
The electricity bill will certainly be higher in the following weeks, but Richards said a local power company was supporting his project.
“It’s about another 2,500 (Australian) dollars per month (US$ 2,300), for the month of December in power, but we’re very fortunate in that ActewAGL are sponsoring it with a green energy program. So, it’s doing something for nature as well,” he said.
It’s not the first time that the Richards family strung up a record number of lights. They set a record in 2011 with 331,038 fairy lights, but were trumped in 2012 by a New York family, local media said. (from You-tube)
It’s is snowing. Just a dusting right now, but it’s suppose to accumulate and with luck my yard will soon be a winter wonderland with pups dashing through it. Or something like that . . .
My mother’s fudge arrived yesterday and I immediately started to devour it. OMG good. I know she plans to live forever, but I still wonder if she shouldn’t begin to freeze it for me in the event of her untimely demise. If you tasted it, you’d understand.
I can’t decided if I will make Kolache’s today or not. Not baking is going so well for me, I wonder if it’s wise to tempt fate with more than a loaf of banana bread (not a fan of date nut bread). On the other hand, if I can talk my kid into making them with me, I might give it a try….Decision, Decisions. I think, I need another piece of fudge whilst I ponder…
Off to sing, Let It Snow, Let It Snow to the weather Gods in case they need a little inspiration…You can sing along too….(Note to Vickie our friend, camp helper, and hater of snow—mud or snow??)