~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 6, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: “I will not play tug o’ war. I’d rather play hug o’ war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.” Shel Silverstein
★~ Three Kings’ Day:
Three Kings’ Day (also known as The Epiphany) is a Christian holiday that commemorates the biblical story of the three kings Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar. The three kings followed the bright star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.
Various countries around the world celebrate Three Kings’ Day. Each has its own customs and traditions associated with the holiday. On the twelve days leading up to Three Kings’ Day, many children in Latin America dress up in king costumes and go door to door in their neighborhoods, singing carols.
In Argentina, sweet wine, fruit, and milk are left outside the night before for the three kings and their camels to enjoy. In France, people eat galette des Rois, or “king cake,” that has a trinket or bean hidden inside of it. The person who receives the piece of cake with the trinket becomes the “king” for the day.
Three Kings’ Day always falls twelve days after Christmas, also representing the Twelve Days of Christmas. Happy Three Kings’ Day!
★~ Cuddle Up Day:
A cuddle is truly one of the perfect and sweetest ways to express the love and care we have for a person or pet. Feelings and emotions that cannot be expressed in words can be expressed with one warm cuddle.
Last night my lap was home to Cole and Rascal. I let me legs go numb and my arm cramp without a single intention of changing positions and possibly disrupting the moment. When we had our last 8th grade parent evening, I walked into Cole’s classroom and smiled when I noticed a familiar item: a worn-out glider. It has been in our classroom since 1st grade. Each year, Waldorf students and their teachers move their chairs, desks and supplies to a new classroom. Each year, the glider was included in the move. When Cole was in about 5th grade, I remember a parent asking our teacher how long she would keep the glider, and she answered, “As long as the children will sit in it with me.”
Celebrate today by cuddling with a child, spouse, or pet—heck, have a big old puppy pile and all cuddle together. Cuddling with a good book can also be a great way to spend an evening.
★~ Bean Day:
It would be too easy to make a joke about the side effects of eating too many beans (if you know what we mean), so instead let’s ponder some bean facts. North Dakota is America’s top bean grower. The USDA suggests adults eat more than three cups of beans each week to take advantage of their health benefits, which include reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers. In other news, today you may want to avoid crowded elevators. But do rent Blazing Saddles.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1912 – The Land of Enchantment, the territory acquired by the U.S. as a result of the Mexican War, entered the United States of America this day as New Mexico, the 47th state; the state, yours truly was born in. Santa Fe, the oldest city in New Mexico, and the capital of New Mexico. The state bird is the roadrunner. the state flower: yucca; tree: pinon; animal: black bear; vegetables: chili and frijol; gem: turquoise; and insect: tarantula hawk wasp. The state motto is in latin: Crescit eundo, which translates to “It grows as it goes.” The state motto is Odd. Why Latin? Why not spanish? And really the motto should be “It grows as it it blows!” But alas nobody asked me. Nobody ever ask’s me. They should, they really, really should.
♥~ 1973 – Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain‘, (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals), started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
♥~ 1975- Wheel of Fortune made it’s debut, hosted by Chuck Woolery. Pat Sajak became host in 1981, assisted by Vanna White.
♥~ 1992 – Farmer Derek Allen of Rampisham, England, reported the tin roof of his pigsty was picking up BBC Radio, and that his pigs seemed to pay special attention to the news bulletins.
♥~ 2007 – David Whelan and his son Andrew hit pay dirt with their metal detector in a farmer’s field near Harrogate, England. The pair discovered a Viking trove of coins and jewelry that had been buried for more than 1,000 years. The collection of valuable relics was traced to Ireland, France, Russia and Scandinavia.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1412 – Joan of Arc (Jeanne D’Arc) Maid of Orleans: French heroine: liberated the city of Orleans from the English; burned at the stake as a witch May 30, 1431
♥~ 1912 – Danny Thomas (Amos Jacobs) Emmy Award-winning Best Actor: Make Room for Daddy ; philanthropist: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center, Memphis, TN:
♥~ 1913 – Loretta Young (Gretchen Michaela Young) Academy Award-winning actress: The Farmer’s Daughter ; Emmy Award-winning actress: Letter to Loretta 
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Over 90 million Americans have never known a world without Wheel of Fortune.
♥~ In 1992, the “Guinness Book of World Records” listed Vanna White as the world’s most frequent clapper. Vanna puts her hands together for contestants some 28,080 times a season – an average of 720 times per show.
♥~ On October 14, 2008, newlywed Michelle Loewenstein became the biggest winner on Wheel of Fortune, winning $1 million.
♥~ Since its debut in 1983, Wheel of Fortune has awarded more than $190 million in cash and prizes to its contestants.
♥~ More than 10,000 people try out each year and fewer than 600 lucky contestants are selected to appear on the show.
♥~ Since 1988, Wheel of Fortune has taped in 58 locations, in 25 different cities, in front of live audiences totaling more than 350,000 fans.
Do you celebrate Three Kings day? We do not but I thought we could sing..I love this Carol!
star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light.
FUN! Draw A Stickman and watch him come to life…. www.drawastickman.com
Hope the wheel spins your way today!
Odd Loves Company!
4 thoughts on “January 6: Three Kings Day, Cuddle Day, Bean Day”
Cuddle day should be a national holiday. I think I should stay home with Katie!
Dawn (above) is even an early El Morno-er than I am. Hi Dawn..you are in my chair! Just joking. I like a good bowl of bean soup and I’ve heard an antiacid can reduce those side effects of beans.
We celebrate Three Kings Day by cleaning up Christmas 🙂 I do make Loukoumades, which is a puffy Greek pastry. It reminds you of a donut. We don’t need more sweet but it’s a tradition I started in a week moment and my kids really like them. They are easy to make. Here is a link to a pretty good recipe if you or anyone else wants to try and make them http://baking.about.com/od/greekdesserts/r/loukoumades.htm
I love wheel of fortune and we watch it most nights. I hate it when someone, anyone lands on the bankrupt and they have their stuff taken away. Some nights I’m pretty darn good at solving the puzzles, others, not so much. One thing I do know is if I were on the show, every thought would leave my head.
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