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January 6, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote:
star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light.
★~ 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:
Cuddle up with a child, spouse, or pet—heck, have a big old puppy pile and all cuddle together. Cuddling with a good book and some time alone can also be a great way to spend an evening.
★~ Bean Day:
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.
★~ 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 as the 47th state. Santa Fe, is 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.”
♥~ 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. Over 90 million Americans have never known a world without Wheel of Fortune.
♥~ 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 at the age of 19 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 
★~ Good to Know:
Outside my window. Largest icicle is over 5 feet.
Wishing everyone a Merry Monday!
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10 thoughts on “Three Kings Day, Cuddle Up Day, Bean Day”
Now, that is cold and your not even factoring in wind chill. Cuddle up with your pups and stay warm.
Looks like the three kings made it another year.
Have a good one.
Yep. You would think they would improve their time over the years–I guess they just keep arguing about which turn they took last time. We spent a lot of time cuddling with our furs who were more than happy to accommodate us.
Good golly that icicle is huge!!! I never knew we ate so many beans. I think I am falling behind and need to beef up my bean intake. I did get ham shanks to cook to make with beans this week so I will see if I can get my weekly intake up to par. Of course there might be after effects….
Stay warm my friend!
Ham shank—YUM. I like beans but I am not doing my part and I think that may be a good thing, the “after effects.” I know the icicles should be knocked down but I’m hoping they will just melt away over the next few days.
Three cups a week is a LOT of beans!
Cuddling in this weather sounds like an ideal activity — Dallas can be a good cuddler, and he’s WARM, too!
A five-foot long icicle?? Golly, you’re making me shiver!
Finding Viking coins and jewelry must have been awesome — what a treasure!
Stay warm, Kb — they closed school for the day, didn’t they??
School was canceled for two day–even the Chicago Public Schools were closed. Unheard of. I sure the icicles aren’t doing the gutter any favors but they are so pretty.
Cuddling with your fur is the best way to make it through the winter! Glad Dallas is a good cuddler.
I remember growing up keeping the Christmas tree up until Epiphany.
Seems like across the country is cuddle up weather. How timely! Nik is a great cuddler!
Some serious looking icicles there! Are you getting a lot of snow, too?
Yes, Nik has a coat! A nice warm suede & fleece wrap around the undercarriage coat. She is more agreeable than one of the previous dogs who would spend practically the entire walk trying to shake it off. Did I mention he was a schnauzer???
We’ve had about 18 inches over the last 3 weeks and flurries most days—so there is a lot of snow but it hasn’t fallen all at once.
Schnauzers! We have one with a red plaid coat (of-course) he is dashing but not overly fond of the coat–so we mostly leave it off at camp and don’t tell. I think most Dobermans like to dress-up. Trinket has more coats than I did as a kid.
Lovely icicles. Just make sure the two of you don’t turn in to one!!!
We are trying not too. We aren’t standing under them either.
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