December 31: New Year’s Eve, Champaign!

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December 31

★~ Today’s Quote: An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan

★~ New Year’s Eve:

We are setting a comment record on Facebook!  El Morno on Facebook can have as many as 300 comments on any given morning. It can also have as few comments as 7. It all depends on the mood of the group. Our largest number of comments this year was 1592.

Our game goal is to reach 2012 comments by tomorrow night at 12m.  I have made this status update public, so everyone is invited to comment by going to my Facebook page- You can also share the status.

Join the fun and make El Morno history.  The only reason we are doing this is for FUN but if you read some of the words, floating among our silliness, you might be inspired and  find a word to guide you through 2012.

Come play!

★~ Champaign Day: 

Let’s have a toast to all our Champaign wishes and caviar dreams coming true in 2012.

May you never lie, cheat, or drink.
But if you must lie, lie in each other’s arms.
If you must cheat, cheat death.
And if you must drink, drink with all of us
because we love you.


★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1904 – Fireworks were set off in celebration of the official opening of the new Times Building in New York City’s Times Square. And, since the timing coincided with the beginning of a new year, the party was doubly effective. The celebration was repeated yearly, and by 1907 included the dropping of a lighted ball. The tradition in Times Square has continued every New Year’s Eve since, except during the blackout years of World War II.

♥~ 1929 – Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played Auld Lang Syne as a New Year’s Eve song for the first time. Auld Lang Syne had been the band’s theme song long before 1929. However, this night was the start of a New Year’s Eve tradition as Lombardo’s famed orchestra played at the Hotel Roosevelt Grill in New York City to usher in the new year. Where did it Auld begin? Scottish poet Robert Burns said he heard an old man singing the words, and wrote them down; but Burns is considered the original author. The literal translation means “old long since”; less literal: “days gone by”.

♥~ 1967 – Playing in a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero, the Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game bydefeating Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys, 21-17. The game, played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin was called the Ice Bowl

♥~ 1997 – In an attempt to nudge its Microsoft Network into a more competetive position (vs. America Online), Microsoft announced the purchase ofHotmail, the free Web-based e-mail service.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1937 – Sir Anthony Hopkins Academy Award-winning actor: Silence of the Lambs [1991]; Emmy for Best Actor: The Bunker [1981] and The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case[1976]; Howards End, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, The Mask of Zorro, Meet Joe Black, Mission: Impossible II, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hannibal

♥~ 1943 – John Denver (Deutschendorf) songwriter: Leavin’ on a Jet Plane; singer: Take Me Home Country Roads, Sunshine on my Shoulders, Annie’s Song, Rocky Mountain High, Fly Away, Calypso, Thank God I’m a Country Boy; actor: Oh, God!

♥~ 1943 – Ben Kingsley (Krishna Bhanji) Academy Award-winning actor: Gandhi [1982]; Schindler’s List, Sneakers, Joseph, Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Moses, Rules of Engagement

♥~ 1945 – Diane von Fürstenberg fashion designer: built multi-million-dollar empire around 1970s wrap dress

♥~ 1948 – Donna Summer (LaDonna Gaines) Grammy Award-winning singer: Last Dance [1978], Hot Stuff [1979], He’s a Rebel [1983], Forgive Me [1984]; Love to Love You Baby, I Feel Love,Bad Girls, She Works Hard for the Money, On the Radio; No More Tears (Enough is Enough) [w/Barbra Streisand]

♥~ 1958 – Bebe Neuwirth actress: Cheers, Frasier

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~  If you’d like to get yourself some good juju for 2012, here are eight ways to eat for luck on New Year’s Day.

♥~ Eat twelve grapes at midnight. The Spanish and Portuguese eat twelve grapes as the clock chimes twelve times for midnight, to symbolize the twelve months of the new year. Incidentally, eating grapes this quickly is not as easy as it may sound.

♥~ Seek out ring-shaped food for breakfast. Consider bagels or doughnuts for breakfast representing the year coming full circle.

♥~ Eat pork. Lots of people consider pork to be the luckiest of all foods to eat on New Year’s Day. Why? Pigs are rotund, which represents prosperity. They also “root forward” with their noses, which is supposed to symbolize progress.

♥~ Smash a pomegranate on the floor. In Greece, when the new year turns, a pomegranate is smashed on the floor in front of the door to break it open and reveal seeds symbolizing prosperity and good fortune. The more seeds, the more luck.

♥~ Roast whole fish for lunch.  Fish are lucky in three ways: their scales resemble coins, they travel in schools, which represents prosperity, and they swim forward, symbolizing progress.

♥~ Whip up a batch of Hoppin’ John. This dish of black-eyed peas and rice is customary for New Year’s Day in the American south, where black-eyed peas are considered auspicious based on their resemblance to coins.

♥~ Cook some lentils. Coin-shaped legumes are lucky in Brazil and Italy, and are said to have been eaten for luck since the Roman times.

♥~ In Greece, New Year’s day is also the Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the traditional foods served is Vassilopitta, or St Basil’s cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.


How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve? In a fancy sequin dress with sparkling high heals or on your coach in comfy clothes? Do you party until the break of dawn or drop into bed long before midnight? Do share! Odd Loves Company!

7 thoughts on “December 31: New Year’s Eve, Champaign!

  1. Happy New Years Eve. I will try to drop over and leave my word. Not a fan of champaign-it gives me a head ache before I am drunk.
    Anthony Hopkins great actor.

    Have a good last day of the year.

  2. I don’t do Facebook, but I wish you luck on reaching your goal. I’ll ring in New Year’s Eve in PJs, probably sound asleep before the fancy ball drops! Love Bill Vaughan’s quote; so appropriate on this last-day-of-the-year. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you through your blog, Katybeth, and I hope you have a wonderful 2012!

  3. We will ring in the New Year on the beach watching fireworks! Missing our dogs though..please give them a New Years good luck kiss for us KB!!! Happy New Year to all1

  4. It is now 11:11pm and I am in my sweats, socks and slippers, face void of makeup and I just had a glass of milk with some crackers. This is how I am spending New Year’s Eve. My drinkin’ partying days a long behind me, but I remember them fondly. Time to kick back and enjoy the comfort of home where it is warm and cozy. The winds are picking up and it is beginning to freeze outside, so I do believe I have made the right choice. I WILL see in the New Year and will offer up a prayer for our country to get back to work and that the new year will be a healthy one for all. Katybeth, I especially wish for all good things for you and Cole in the New Year and I want to Thank YOu for making me laugh and look forward to your comments on FB.<3

  5. Happy New Year. Hope you reach your goal. I will eat a bate of black eyed peas today. It represents how much money we will be making this year. Now off to save space for others to comment. 8)

  6. Happy 2012 to you and Cole. Thanks for all you do – between your el morno posts and loving our George and Joey our world would definitely be less bright without you. You even influenced me to make a PepperPot soup the other day – and until I read el morno I’d never even heard of it. I’m making another batch today, it was that delish. All the best to you and your Odd Family in 2012.

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