Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Happy Time of Year (Ten Things of Thankful)


It's the Thankful Day before Christmas!

Today i am thankful that i get to go see Grandma and Grandpa, as well as make arrangements to go back for Christmas.

For the first time in a while, Bigger Girl is coming along, and i'm very thankful for that.

Little Girl has the day off on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so she and i can drive down there and both be doing the marathon of cooking and cleaning.  What a blessing!

Sweetie can keep the car up here for Christmas Eve and so be able to get himself to the Christmas Eve service.  He gets to sing in the choir and i get to watch on livestream.

Tomorrow evening is the Service of Nine Carols and Nine Lessons at the Episcopal church up the street from our church.  Sweetie was so impressed with the choir at that church at Pilgrimage that we are going to go to that, and i'm thankful because i really think we will both enjoy it.

As soon as that lets out, we will walk back to our church for the Live Nativity show.  We will get to see Amos the donkey and Bubbles the Camel, and the fainting goats!

Dr. D is out of town, and yes, i will miss her on Monday.  Thankfully i can offer my services to my Wednesday lady instead, so she doesn't have to miss out.

We've been listening to lots and lots of Christmas music, it leaves me feeling happy.

Also we've been working a lot lately, i am thankful we've had a bit extra and i will be just as thankful for a nap Sunday afternoon.

Mostly i'm just thankful for this time of year.  Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Today is:

Divalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (part of Saturnalia; feast of Angerona, goddess of secret sorrows)

Flashlight Day -- what better day, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, when dark is with us longest, to make sure you have one in good working order

Forefathers' Day -- Plymouth, MA, US (celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims)

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day -- US

Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today, just to help vent their frustrations; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Gluggagaegir -- Peeper, who peeps through the windows and will come steal toys he likes the look of

Look At the Bright Side Day -- Northern Hemisphere, and why not; after all, each day after this will have more sun!

National Hamburger Day

Pancha Ganapati -- India (through the 25th, a modern Hindu festival honoring of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Culture)

Phileas Fogg Wins A Wager Day (1872)

Poseidea -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor Poseidon; date approximate)

St. Peter Canisius' Day (Patron of Catholic press, Germany, writers of catechisms)

St. Thomas' Day, the Doubting Thomas (old date, now celebrated on July 3, but many of the superstitions related to it are still observed at this time)
    Mumping Day a/k/a Gooding Day -- UK (traditional day on which beggars beg for, or "mump", good things for Christmas, always on old St. Thomas' Day)
    Sao Tome Day -- Sao Tome e Principe (Dia de Sao Tome e Principe)

Winter Solstice Eve

Birthdays Today:

Jackson Rathbone, 1984
Jack Noseworthy, 1969
Kiefer Sutherland, 1966
Andy Dick, 1965
Florence Griffith Joyner, 1959
Ray Romano, 1957
Jane Kaczmarek, 1955
Chris Evert, 1954
Tina Brown, 1953
Samuel L. Jackson, 1948
Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944
Frank Zappa, 1940
Jane Fonda, 1937
Phil Donahue, 1935
Joe Paterno, 1926
Paul Winchell, 1922
Heinrich Böll, 1917
Josh Gibson, 1911
Joseph Stalin, 1879
Henrietta Szold, 1860
Benjamin Disraeli, 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Billion Dollar Baby"(Musical), 1945
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(Disney animated film), 1937
Tillie's Punctured Romance(Silent Film, first full length comedy), 1914
The Crossword Puzzle(First one ever published, 1913
Basketball, 1891 (first game under the direction of James Naismith, by the rules he had published)

Today in History:

A hurricane hits Holland/Friesland, destroying villages with widespread flooding, 1163
The Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche Native Americans, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania", 1598
William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620
Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam, 1788
The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement, 1844
The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883
The first Word-Cross puzzle, which the printer mislabeled as a Cross-Word (the name that stuck), is published in the New York World, 1913
The first feature length color and sound cartoon, Disney's Snow White, premiers, 1937
Rondane National Park is established as Norway's first national park, 1962
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity, 1968
The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1969
Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash, 1994
The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control, 1995
Scientists studying the Sutter's Mill Meteorite announce it contains the oldest material in the Solar System, 2012
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date, 2012


  1. Believe it or not, I'm thankful that Christmas will soon be over. I pretend I'm as cool and relaxed as always, but I seem to get more stressed by Christmas as the years go by.

  2. I am with River, but am glad that others do enjoy the season.

  3. I am thankful for your blog. It always lifts my spirits. This time of year can be filled with so much nostalgia and longing for what we thought we used to have that I have to be careful.

  4. Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today,

    I think I will get busy with the lyrics.
    On the first day of humbug my (fill in the blank) gave to me (fill in the blank)

    Your holiday appears to have NO Humbugs. :) I am thankful for that.

  5. For some reason I have such a great holiday feeling in me. I put my Christmas tree up in the middle of November, I've watched 35 Christmas movies, more and more Christmas feeling. I love it so much. Mimi, have a Merry Christmas my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. So many beautiful things to be thankful for! I would have to say: Soft, quiet snow; Christmas preparations progressing; family dropping by; middle son home for Christmas; Christmas program written; beautiful Christmas concert last night; Santa visits winding down; dislocated rib healing in time for the holidays; class finished till the New Year; rehearsal in an hour with five of my grandkids; stockings hung; New stocking made. And many more...
    I think I prefer 'Look at the Bright Side Day' to 'Humbug Day' Of course if it gets the frustrations out so the happy can come back in, I'm all in favour!

  7. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a great time with family and friends!

  8. Those were really nice, sounds like a joyous Christmas coming up.

  9. fainting goats!?
    We need to hear more!
    Have a good Christmas

  10. I always enjoy your thankfuls. I love the idea of a live nativity complete with the animals.

  11. Merry Christmas Mimi! Christmas music makes me feel happy and so many times brings tears to my eyes because of how beautiful the music is and how the words of the songs touch my heart. This can be a challenge if I am singing with a choir. :-)

  12. Merry Christmas and lots of fun to be had!!

  13. Merry Christmas to you and sounds very busy to me but festive ~ enjoy ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Merry Christmas to you! How wonderful to be talented enough to sing in a choir. I usually lip-sync at church (shh, don't tell!). I think live Nativity scenes are awesome. Do you think there are probably more volunteers down south? I need to turn on the Christmas music! Thanks for sharing.


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