Monday, December 6, 2010


Tonight is the Christmas play, and Little Girl is playing Mary.

They are not using a doll for the baby, they are using two of the many nursery kids that happen to be the right ages. One is a small baby, only a couple of months old, and she is terrified of it. The other is a toddler for the scene with the Magi, where the Child was supposed to be a bit older, or so it seems. Apparently that one screams a lot when his mom leaves him on stage, and she is slightly repulsed by all the ick that pours from every orifice.

I am so looking forward to this. That screaming laughter, followed by the enjoyment of cookies and punch, will be yet another rendition of the Christmas story that leaves everyone smiling and with a great story to tell.

Best two I've heard so far is the one where the baby spit up on Joseph, who just turned to the audience and said, "What do you expect, he's a baby!" and the one in which one of the tiny angels finally noticed, during the play, that the doll was hers from home, and started saying, "My baby! My baby!" in the middle of it all.

We'll see if this one ranks up there, and if so, I'll provide gory details tomorrow.

On the kitten front, they are all eating, and leaving nasty messes all over the floor. Beats the alternative by a mile.

Today is:

Christkind -- Central and Southern Europe (traditional gift giving day)

Constitution Day -- Spain

Day of Quito -- Ecuador (founding of the city in 1534)

Give a Secret Gift Day (Obviously in honor of the original St. Nicholas.)

Independence Day -- Finland

Miner's Day -- West Virginia, US

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women -- Canada

National Gazpacho Day

National Mitten Tree Day

National Pawn Broker's Day

Sindhi Topi and Ajrak Day -- Sindh, Pakistan

St. Nicholas of Myra's Day (patron of bakers, barrel makers, bootblacks, brides, brewers, children, dockworkers, fishermen, Greece, pawnbrokers, perfumers, Russia, Sicily, spinsters, thieves, travelers)

Thor's Day

Birthdays Today:

Andrew J. Howard, 1969
Andrew Cuomo, 1957
Peter Buck, 1956
Randy Rhoads, 1956
Steven Wright, 1955
Tom Hulce, 1953
David Ossman, 1936
Wally Cox, 1924
Dave Brubeck, 1920
Agnes Moorehead, 1906
Ira Gershwim, 1896
Lynn Fontanne, 1887
Joyce Kilmer, 1886
William S. Hard, 1870
John Singleton Mosby, 1833

Today in History:

The Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev, 1240
Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews, 1424
The first edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica is published, in Scotland, 1768
Harriet Tubman escapes slavery, 1849
The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery, 1865
The first crematorium in the Us begins operation, in Washington, Pennsylvania, 1876
London becomes the first city to license taxicabs, 1897
One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence, 1922
U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that the James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene, 1933
The Vanguard rocket, the first US attempt to launch a satellite, fails, 1957
The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador, 2001
NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars, 2006


  1. I'm looking forward to reading about the show.

  2. Me too - this sounds like it is going to be good :)

  3. LOL -- I hope so. I'll try to take copious notes.