Friday, December 25, 2020

Innocence (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins


Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.

He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it's simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee's page for the rules and the code.


Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      

Here are this week's statements with my responses underlined:

1. The best gift I have ever given is _________.

2. Last night, I _________.

3. _________ brings me joy today.

4. My favorite holiday memory is _________.

1. The best gift I have ever given is   the same gift the Christ Child came to give us, the best gift of all, forgiveness.

2. Last night, I   fried hojaldras for hours.

3. Rejoicing in the Savior’s birth  brings me joy today.

4. My favorite holiday memory is  any memory of the children when they were little, decorating, opening gifts, or just enjoying the wonder of Christmas.


For all who celebrate, a blessed and beautiful Merry Christmas!


Today is:

A'phabet Day -- a/k/a No "L" Day!  yes, go ahead and groan

Asarah B'Tevet -- Judaism (Tenth of Tevet, a minor fast day, in remembrance of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar)

Carol Day -- internet generated, listed as different dates, but this is the last day this year you should have to listen to Christmas songs, so enjoy

Children's Day -- Cameroon; Chad; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo DR; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Uruguay

Christmas Day/Feast of the Nativity -- Christian/Orthodox Christian

Constitution Day -- Taiwan

Dia de la Familia -- Uruguay

Dies Natalis Invicti Solis -- Ancient Roman Calendar (birthday of the invincible sun god)

Ennead Feast in the Houses of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Family Day -- Angola; Mozambique; Uruguay

Malkh-Festival -- Nakh peoples of Chechenya and Ingushetia (a sun god festival)

National Pumpkin Pie Day

Quaid-e-Azam's Day -- Pakistan (birth anniversary of "Great Leader," the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Day -- introduced by Montgomery Ward Department Store this day in 1939

St. Anastasia of Sirmium's Day (Patron of martyrs, weavers, and widows)

Anniversaries Today:

Hirohito becomes Emperor of Japan, 1926

Washington crosses the Delaware, 1776

Birthdays Today

Dido, 1971

Rickey Henderson, 1958

Shane MacGowan, 1957

Annie Lennox, 1954

Karl Rove, 1950

Ron Foos, 1949

Sissy Spacek, 1949

Barbara Mandrell, 1948

Larry Csonka, 1946

Jimmy Buffett, 1946

Gary Sandy, 1945

Hanna Schygulla, 1943

Carlos Castaneda, 1925

Rod Serling, 1924

Anwar Sadat, 1918

Quentin Crisp, 1908

Cab Calloway, 1907

Humphrey Bogart, 1899

Cal Farley, 1895

Robert Ripley, 1893

Dame Rebecca West, 1892

Conrad Hilton, 1887

Evangeline Cory Booth, 1865

Clara Barton, 1821

Isaac Newton, 1642

Traditional Birthday of Mithras

Traditional Birthday of Sol

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Sword in the Stone(Disney animated film), 1963

"The Steve Allen Show"(TV), 1950

"Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts", 1931

"Why Marry?"(Play, first to win a Pulitzer for Drama), 1917 

"Symphony Fantastique: Γ‰pisode de la vie d'un Artiste ... en cinq parties"(Berlioz Symphony), 1830

Today in History:

The first Christmas, according to calendar maker Dionysus Exiguus, 1

The earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on the 25th, 337

The first definite date that Christmas was celebrated on the 25th, 352

Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome, 800

William I, Conqueror, crowned king of England, 1066

Boudouin I of Boulogne crowned king of Jerusalem, 1100

Count Roger II of Sicily is crowned the first King of Sicily, 1130

St Francis of Assisi assembles the first Nativity scene, in Greccio, Italy, 1223

The city of Natal, Brazil is founded., 1599

Gov William Bradford of Plymouth forbids game playing on Christmas, 1621

The Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine of five shillings for "observing any such day as Christmas", 1651

The first performance of "Silent Night" takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria, 1818

Louisiana & Arkansas are the first US states to observe Christmas as holiday, 1831

Despite bitter opposition, Pres Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (a/k/a the Civil War, or, tongue planted firmly in cheek, that recent unpleasantness between the States), 1868

The legendary/unofficial "Christmas Truce" takes place between the British & Germans, 1914

Emperor Taisho of Japan dies; his son, Prince Hirohito succeeds him as Emperor Showa, 1926

Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the 9th reindeer, 1939

The first in Europe artificial, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was initiated within Soviet nuclear reactor F-1, 1946

The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students, 1950

Richard Starkey gets his first drum set for Christmas, 1957

Apollo 8 performs the very first successful Trans Earth Injection (TEI) maneouver, sending the crew and spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth from Lunar orbit, 1968

Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Northern Territory Australia, 1974

Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, 1977

The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web, 1990

Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union (the union itself is dissolved the next day), 1991

Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which would later successfully land on Saturn's moon Titan, 2004

The South Pole records its warmest temperature at -12.3 degrees Celsius at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, 2011


  1. A very, very Happy Christmas to you and to yours. And the dog most definitely DID do it.

  2. The only one I can answer is number three...Bloggers like you bring me joy today...I truly have forgotten all the rest.

  3. I liked your replies :-)

    Have a baubletastic safe Christmas 😷😷😷 πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

  4. The bag is cute. Personally, I like the one that says, "Dear Santa, Leave Gifts, Take Brother" but that might just be me...
    Have a blessed Christmas.

  5. Love your fill-ins. Made me smile.

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    •。★ Christmas ★。* 。
    ° 。 ° ˛˚˛ * _Ξ _____*。*˚
    ˚ ˛ •˛•˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
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    * Joy to all! ♫•*¨* Peace on Earth ♪♫•*¨*

  6. Those were such good answers! Merry Christmas from all of us at Brian's Home!

  7. Cute card. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I especially like #1 being that Jesus is the reason for the season. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas. XO

  8. Beautiful fill-ins! I admit, I had to google Hojaldras, they sound wonderful. Merry Christmas!

  9. Sweet fill-ins- I would have liked to have tasted your holjadras! Have a lovely weekend!

  10. Well I learned something today, I just had to go google "hojaldras".
    I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas today.

  11. My favourite holiday memory is the year we moved into our newly built home the week before Christmas, way back in 1986.

  12. I sure missed seeing you here. Always a joy to visit. I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Nick is healing nicely and we spend lots of prayer time for Tarrah and Baby Ella. I always love your posts and loved your answers for Fill In's too. I posted mine with Aw.. Mondays for tomorrow. Hoping your CHRISTmas was blessed and beautiful. GRateful for all we have and grateful to know you too. HUGS across the miles.

  13. I hope you and your entire family had a very merry and blessed Christmas! And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! Your answer to #3 is absolutely perfect for this season. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!