Life Day 24266: Look for an Evergreen Day

December 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, December 19, 2013. Good morning my green friends. The holidays today are:

Look for an Evergreen Day:

Look for an Evergreen Day can be interpreted in a couple of ways. To some people, only a fresh cut real tree will do for Christmas. The scent of fresh pine helps to capture the feel of the holidays. Nothing looks more real than a real tree, each one with it’s own character and appearance. Although dwindling in popularity every year, selecting and cutting their own Christmas tree is still a tradition for a few families. They derive pleasure from the family outing to the woods, traipsing around, finding a few likely candidates, then deciding as a family on “the” tree for that year. You could interpret this holiday to mean that this is the day for that family excursion to the woods.

During my research, I questioned the timing for this holiday. December 19th seems a bit late in the season to be celebrating a holiday of this nature. If you are like most families, you have already purchased and decorated your Christmas tree by now. Look for an Evergreen Day could also be interpreted as a reminder to scour the Christmas tree lots and select your  Christmas tree; if you haven’t already done so.

The most popular varieties of Christmas trees have changed over the years, but traditionally they are firs, spruces, and pines. Personal preference for long or short needles is usually the deciding factor.

As a side note, many people traditionally call the first or the second Sunday in December as “Christmas Tree Sunday”. This seems to be an informal term. On the first or second Sunday of the month, when the weather is warm and dry, you see many cars headed home with a Christmas tree loaded on its top. People and the news media will informally declare it to be “Christmas Tree Sunday”.

I guess that the gist of this holiday is that if you don’t already have your Christmas tree, it’s time to “git ‘er done”.

National Regifting Day:

National Regifting Day is celebrated on the third Thursday in December each year. It was created by Regiftable.com.

Not coincidentally I believe, according to my unscientific research, the third Thursday in December is also the most common day for office parties. According to a more scientific research study, 41% of regifters target  coworkers as the recipients of their “regifts”.

Regifting is becoming more and more popular. Over 60% of regifters say they regift because they think the item is something the recipient would really like anyway. About 40% say that they regift to save money. Regifting is also becoming more and more accepted by society. About 40% of regift recipients said that they don’t really care that they were given a regift.  Another 18% of regift recipients said they felt happy or amused to receive a regift, and less than 10% of regift recipients said they felt cheated or angry to receive a regift.

What are your feelings regarding “regifting”? How do you feel about being the recipient of a “regift”?

National Hard Candy Day:

National Hard Candy Day is a celebration of all types of hard candies—everything from lollipops to candy canes to butterscotch to lemon drops to mints. Who doesn’t love a piece of hard candy now and again? Its sweet, sugary taste literally causes your mouth to salivate.

Hard candy can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, Arabia, and China. Archaeologists in all of these regions have found traces of “candied” fruits and nuts that had been dipped in honey, which is a preservative. There is also evidence that people stuck sticks into their candy treats to keep their hands from getting sticky as they ate them; just like our modern lollipops.

To celebrate this holiday, simply have a piece (or two) of your favorite hard candy today.

Oatmeal Muffin Day:

Evidently, Oatmeal Muffin Day is not stepped in tradition. My research revealed no history about this holiday. Nonetheless, it is listed in two of my sources, so I feel compelled to cover it.

Oatmeal muffins, in and of themselves, are a healthy treat. They have been shown to lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, stabilize blood sugar and help prevent breast cancer. A typical oatmeal muffin has 132 calories, 14 percent of our daily value of dietary fiber, and 6.1 grams of protein. Common additions to oatmeal muffins include raisins, nuts, and chocolate chips. The sweetness of oatmeal muffins varies from recipe to recipe. Some call for more sugar than others, and some use honey or syrup as a sweetener.

To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of oatmeal muffins for yourself and your family today.

On this date in:

1732 – Benjamin Franklin began publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”

1776 – Thomas Paine published his first “American Crisis” essay.

1777 – General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, PA, to camp for the winter.

1842 – Hawaii’s independence was recognized by the U.S.

1843 – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published in England.

1871 – Corrugated paper (cardboard) was patented by Albert L. Jones.

1887 – Jake Kilrain and Jim Smith fought in a bare knuckles fight which lasted 106 rounds and 2 hours and 30 minutes. The fight was ruled a draw and was halted due to darkness.

1903 – The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It opened as the largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924. It was also the first major suspension bridge to use steel towers to support the main cable.

1907 – A coalmine explosion in Jacobs Creek, PA, killed 239 workers.

1918 – Robert Ripley began his “Believe It or Not” column in “The New York Globe”.

1932 – The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) began transmitting overseas with its “Empire Service” to Australia.

1957 – Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. It ran for 1,375 shows.

1957 – Air service between London and Moscow was inaugurated.

1959 – Penn State’s Nittany Lions beat Alabama, 7-0, in the first Liberty Bowl football game.

1959 – Walter Williams died in Houston, TX, at the age of 117. He was said to be the last surviving veteran of the U.S. Civil War.

1961 – “Judgment At Nuremberg” opened in New York City.

1972 – Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.

1973 – Johnny Carson started a fake toilet-paper scare on the “Tonight Show.”

1984 – Ted Hughes was appointed England’s poet laureate.

1984 – Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.

1985 – ABC Sports announced that it was severing ties with Howard Cosell and released “The Mouth” from all TV commitments. Cosell continued on ABC Radio for another five years.

1986 – The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile, and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.

1986 – Independent counsel Lawrence Walsh was appointed to investigate the Iran-Contra issue.

1989 – U.S. troops invaded Panama to overthrow the regime of General Noriega.

1990 – Bo Jackson  became the first athlete to be chosen for All Star Games in two sports; football and baseball.

1996 – The school board of Oakland, CA, voted to recognize Black English, also known as “ebonics.” The board later reversed its stance.

1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton was impeached on two charges of perjury and obstruction of justice by the U.S. House of Representatives.

1998 – A four-day bombing of Iraq by British and American forces ended.

2000 – The U.N. Security Council voted to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers unless they closed all terrorist training camps and surrender U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.

2003 – Images for the new design for the Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site were released. The building slopes into a spire that reaches 1,776 feet.

2008 – U.S. President George W. Bush signed a $17.4 billion rescue package of loans for ailing auto makers General Motors and Chrysler.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

William Parry 1790 – Navy Admiral, explorer.

Minnie Fiske 1865 – Stage actress.

Fritz Reiner 1888 – Conductor.

Ralph Richardson 1902 – Actor.

Leonid Brezhnev 1906 – Former Russian leader.

David Susskind 1920 – TV talk show host.

“Little” Jimmy Dickens 1920 – Country singer.

Cicely Tyson 1933 – Actress.

Al Kaline 1934 – Baseball outfielder.

Phil Ochs 1940 – Singer, songwriter.

Maurice White 1941 -Musician. (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Tim Reid 1944 – Actor.

Alvin Lee 1944 – Musician. (Ten Years After)

Charlie Ryan 1944 – Singer, songwriter.

Zal Yanovsky 1944 – Musician. (Lovin’ Spoonful)

Elaine Joyce 1945 – Actress.

John McEuen 1945 – Musician. (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ten Years After)

Robert Urich 1946 – Actor.

Claudia Kolb 1949 – Former Olympic swimmer.

Janie Fricke 1952 – Country singer.

Kevin McHale 1957 – Basketball power forward.

Mike Lookinland 1960 – Actor.

Reggie White 1961 – Football defensive end and defensive tackle

Jennifer Beals 1963 – Actress.

Robert MacNaughton 1966 – Actor.

Warren Sapp 1972 – Football defensive tackle.

Alyssa Milano 1972 – Actress.

Daniel Patrick Adair 1975 – Drummer. (Nickelback)

Marlo Sokoloff 1980 – Actress.

Jake Gyllenhall 1980 – Actor.

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