And now, a bit of random news from around here, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.
There has been rain in the swamps, and some of us have let it postpone plans, and some of us have not. Our church delayed the second night of the Live Nativity. Instead, they will have it during the Sunday morning service on Christmas Eve, including bringing the animals into the sanctuary.
That is the weekend i will be at Grandma and Grandpa's house. No matter what work needs to be done, i am going to watch the livestream of that service. Knowing how reluctant the sheep are each time, and that the goats are the fainting kind, it ought to be quite a show.
Our neighborhood did not postpone the Luminary display. They banked on the prediction of a lull in the rain, and it paid off. We lit our luminaries and then walked to one of the hot cocoa stations, enjoying the lights and company of neighbors. Santa went through the neighborhood with the fire fighters, throwing candy and posing for pictures.
Little Girl came by that evening, as did #2 Son and Daughter-in-Law Becky and Young Jacob, who was wearing nothing but his long johns (or union suit, as some call it) and a jacket and boots. He says he is going to start a new holiday, National Long Johns Day, and i told him to apply to Chase's Calendar of Events to have it made official. He said he would if we would all wear our long johns with him once a year. Sorry, but i have to take a pass on that.
Little Girl hadn't seen my face since i fell and got stitches, and she was in tears. "My poor mommy, you are hurt!" she kept saying. When i mentioned letting her take out my stitches, she almost panicked. They will have to come out over the next weekend, when of course all the doctor's offices will be closed and i will be out of town anyway. Grandpa will probably end up being given the honors. It's very convenient having a doctor in the family.
Little Girl also came in last night after i got home from work carrying all of her Christmas shopping. She took advantage of the fact that i stock up on wrapping paper the day after Christmas each year, and she had a great time getting her gifts ready. She handed her father his gift and said, "Don't open it, and don't shake it!"
Today we are supposed to be able to get Bigger Girl’s car, Cicero, back from the mechanic. It’s been a long three weeks sharing vehicles, and now i am spoiled. Lunceford the Land Yacht has heat, and my Jalopy does not. Once Cicero is back, i will get my Jalopy, which will be nice, but i think i’m going to have to invest in a heating pad that plugs into a car outlet, if they make such a thing.
The dog is still here. Every lead to find her a home has gone nowhere, but we are not giving up.
Zippy is going up for adoption tomorrow. We are very hopeful he won’t be at the shelter for long.
Build a Snowman Day -- occupy your mind, as Christmas seems too far away still; if you have no snow, make snowball cookies
Chocolate Pizza Day -- yes, really
E-Mail Santa Claus Just in Case He Didn't Get Your Letter Day -- northpole.com/Mailroom/
Festival for Juventas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of youth, protector of young soldiers)
Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Skyrgamur -- Curd-glutton, who loves skyr (milk curd) so that he sneaks in the pantry to try to get it all
I've Got My Big Fat Guy Pants On Day -- someone tired of tight clothes 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 (1686)
St. Bernard Valeara's Day (Patron of Teramo, Italy)
St. Samthann (Samantha) of Meath's Day (Patron of the spiritual life)
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation -- UN
First radio broadcast from space, a Christmas greeting from President Eisenhower, 1958
Jake Gyllenhall, 1980
Alyssa Milano, 1972
Tyson Beckford, 1971
Amy Locane, 1971
Kristy Swanson, 1969
Criss Angel, 1967
Jessica Steen, 1965
Jennifer Beals, 1963
Kevin Edward McHale, 1957
Janie Fricke, 1952
Robert Urich, 1946
Richard Leakey, 1944
Alvin Lee, 1944
Tim Reid, 1944
Cicely Tyson, 1939
Al Kaline, 1934
David Susskind, 1920
Leonid Brezhnev, 1906
Ralph Richardson, 1902
Carter Godwin Woodson, 1875
Minnie Maddern Fiske, 1865
Mary Ashton Livermore, 1821
William Edward Parry, 1790
The Man with the Golden Gun(Film), 1974
A Clockwork Orange(Film), 1971
"Homecoming A Christmas Story"(TV introduction of "The Waltons"), 1971
"The Music Man"(Musical), 1957
"A Christmas Carol"(publication date), 1843
"American Crisis"(publication date of the Thomas Paine essay in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."), 1776
"Poor Richard's Almanack" (publication of first issue by Benjamin Franklin), 1732
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
Businesswoman Chanda Kochhar is named as the successor of K. V. Kamath to the post of CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank, 2008
Studies on advice given by talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz show that only approximately 46% of his suggestions are supported by the medical evidence, causing critics to accuse him of giving vague or inaccurate advice so as to provide entertainment value, 2014