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This week the theme is Mittens.
Mittens are more fun
than a pair of gloves could be
your fingers stay friends
We don't have ferocious winters here,
in the swamp, we tend toward hot.
It's summer here, then February,
severe cold, there's not a lot.
Then there are the exceptions
when the South does get some snow,
on the rare occasion it happens,
the kids are all aglow.
It does create a dilemma
as we don't keep winter gear,
it doesn't happen often enough
to keep a lot of it here.
One night the snow did fall here,
and in the morning, quite early,
i woke my children and told them,
they jumped and squealed with glee.
We bundled up as best we could
and to protect each little hand,
turned out a nice, big, thick, warm sock
could make a mitten grand!
They played until their noses froze,
then came in to thaw out
and back in it to enjoy it all
they did run and scream and shout.
It made for extra laundry
and lost a sock or two,
but if you need ersatz mittens,
now you know what to do!
AFL-CIO Day (date of merger in 1955)
Bathtub Party Day -- celebrate how much fun it is to take a nice, long, hot bath in these days when showers prevail; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Boycott Day -- commemoration of the city bus boycott begun this day in 1959 in Birmingham, AL, US in response to the arrest of Rosa Parks
Constitution Day -- Sudan
Day of the Ninja -- sponsored by Ninja Burger! with its own website
Dia de la Abolicion del Ejercito -- Costa Rica (Miliary Abolition Day; yes, really, they abolished the military after the 1948 revolution, are one of Central America's oldest democracies, and has only the Police Guard forces)
Dingle-Fritter, Gooseberry Humple, Tiger-Get-By, LoneFolding, and Zimbor-Quattor's (Multiple Squishing of) Celebration -- Fairy Calendar
Discovery Day -- Haiti
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development -- UN
King's Birthday -- Thailand, also National Day and Father's Day (for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth anniversary, the founder and "father" of the nation)
King Tupou I Day -- Tonga
National Sacher Torte Day
Nones of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also observed
Faunalia -- rural festival of Faunus
Repeal Day -- US (celebrating the repeal of Prohibition)
St. Bassus of Nice's Day (Patron of Nice, France)
St. Nicholas' Eve -- Belgium; Czech Republic; Hungary; Netherlands; Romania; Slovakia; parts of the UK; special observances include
Avond -- Leewvarden, West Friesland (St. Nicholas visits and, if you are good, promises to return with trinkets and candies, which are left in waiting shoes)
Bonhomme Noel -- France (Celebration of "Goodman Christmas")
Klausjagen -- Arth and Kussnacht, Switzerland (with a procession of mitre-wearing figures by the Lake of Four Cantons)
Krampuslauf -- Austria (St. Nicholas celebration, which begins the evening before the Saint's day, involving chasing and throwing snowballs at the Krampus, the imp who travels with St. Nick to punish the bad children)
Zwarte Piet -- "Black Peter", the companion of St. Nicholas who keeps track of the good and bad children, arrives in many areas tonight
Swap a Christmas Cookie Recipe Day -- because it's fun to try new ones
World Soil Day -- International Union of Soil Sciences
Frankie Muniz, 1985
Margaret Cho, 1968
Gary Allan, 1967
John Rzeznik, 1965
Art Monk, 1957
Morgan Brittany, 1950
Jim Messina, 1947
Jose Carreras, 1946
Jeroen Krabbe, 1944
J.J. Cale, 1938
Chad Mitchell, 1936
Calvin Trillin, 1935
Joan Didion, 1934
Little Richard, 1932
Otto Preminger, 1906
Strom Thurmond, 1902
Walt Disney, 1901
Bill Picket, 1870
George Armstrong Custer, 1839
Christina Rossetti, 1830
Martin Van Buren, 1782
"Catskills on Broadway"(Revue), 1991
"I Do! I Do!"(Musical), 1966
"Band on the Run"(Album), 1973 (US release date)
"The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"(Inge play), 1957
"The Abbot and Costello Show"(TV), 1952
"Kejser og Gililaer/Emperor and Galilean"(Ibsen play), 1896
"Symphonie Fantastique"(Berlioz symphony), 1830
Today in History:
Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations, BC63
An earthquake in Naples leave about 35,000 dead, 1465
All Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I, 1496
London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale, 1766
Henry Knox begins the transport of Fort Ticonderoga artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts, a key to later forcing the British Fleet out of Boston Harbor, 1775
C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive, 1846
President Polk confirms that gold has been discovered in California, triggering the next year's "Gold Rush", 1848
Daniel Stillson of Massachusetts patents the first practical pipe wrench, 1876
The first automated telephone switching system is patented, 1879
The first electric car makes its debut; it could go 15 miles between charges, 1893
University of Pittsburg makes the first use of numbers on football jerseys, 1908
The American League for Physical Culture is founded in NYC, the first US nudist organization, 1929
The 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, is ratified, 1933
Sister Elizabeth Kenny's new treatment for infantile paralysis receives approval, 1941
A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow, 1952
The United Nations General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution on security of non-Nuclear States, 1976
Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite. 1988
The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there, 2005
Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II, 2008
Malta becomes the first country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy, 2015
Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping, 2017
The letter by Albert Einstein from 1954 on the concept of religion sells for $2.9 million at Christie's in New York, 2018
WHO says 142,000 people died of the measles around the world in 2018, nearly 20,000 more than the previous year, 2019
Imani and Hermien, hippos at the Antwerp Zoo, test positive for Covid, the first of their species to do so, 2021