Monday, December 19, 2011

Luminaria Night

Once again our neighborhood got into the spirit of the season and hosted the Civic Association Luminaria Display.

People are encouraged to light luminaria (paper bags with sand and a votive candle inside) on the lawns lining the sidewalks through the neighborhood and go see each others Christmas lights. The Association sells sets of bags and sand, and provides cookies and hot cocoa at different stops through the neighborhood.

They also award prizes for decorations; first, second and 3rd for light displays, a best wreath, and best door.

It's the one Sunday evening a year we all pile in the van, listen to Christmas music, and nobody argues. Even my now quite big kids act like little kids when we manage to intercept Santa (a local firefighter riding the engine, if they don't have any calls through the evening) and he gives them candy.

Season's Greetings, all. We had fun last night.


Today is:

Build a Snowman Day

Chocolate Pizza Day -- yes, really

E-Mail Santa Claus Just in Case He Didn't Get Your Letter Day -- northpole.com/Mailroom/

I've Got My Big Fat Guy Pants On Day -- someone tired of tight clothes probably started this, a day to wear whatever you like, so long as it is comfortable -- and roomy

Look for an Evergreen Day -- although if you haven't bought your tree by now, you may have waited too long

National Hard Candy Day -- this time of year, it probably means candy canes

National Heroes and Heroines Day -- Anguilla

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

Opalia -- Roman Empire (feast of Ops, goddess of abundance; 3rd day of the Saturnalia)

Riddle-Making Trials -- Fairy Calendar

Robinson Crusoe Rescue Day

St. Bernard Valeara's Day (Patron of Teramo, Italy)

St. William of Fenoli's Day

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation


Birthdays Today:

Alyssa Milano, 1972
Tyson Beckford, 1971
Amy Locane, 1971
Criss Angel, 1967
Jessica Steen, 1965
Jennifer Beals, 1963
Robert Urich, 1946
Richard Leakey, 1944
Alvin Lee, 1944
Tim Reid, 1944
Al Kaline, 1934
Cicely Tyson, 1933
David Susskind, 1920
Ralph Richardson, 1902


Today in History:

Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor, 324
The Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad, 1055
The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery depart England carrying settlers who found, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States, 1606
Benjamin Franklin, under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack", 1732
Thomas Paine publishes his first "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls," 1776
Chinese troops occupy the capital Thang Long Vietnam, 1788
The US state of Kentucky becomes the first to appropriate money for road building, 1795
The US state of Georgia becomes the first to pass a birth registration law, 1823
Allen Wilson of Connecticut patents a sewing machine that can sew a curved seam, 1854
Albert L. Jones patents corrugated cardboard, 1871
The first black US Catholic priest, Charles Uncles, is ordained in Baltimore, 1891
The first city ordinance requiring separate neighborhoods for blacks and whites is passed, in Baltimore, 1910
Robert Ripley begins his "Believe It Or Not" column in the NY Globe, 1918
The British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas, 1932
The US Earth satellite Atlas transmitted the first radio voice broadcast from space, 1958
The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, returns to earth, 1972
The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China, in 1997, would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, is signed, 1984
Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife from internal exile in Gorky, 1986
A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia, 2001

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great event!!

    Say, did you see my earlier comment that you won the Kuru shoes in a re-draw? I'm hoping you can let me know if you do or don't want 'em? Email me at crabby mcslacker at gmail dot com with shoe size, color, address etc. And congrats!
    --crabby

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