November 29th – Let There Be Light

November 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my festive friends. Today is Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony has become a national tradition hearkening back to the days of the Great Depression. On Christmas Eve of 1931, a group of construction workers erected a small, Spruce Christmas tree on the site of what would become Rockefeller Center. In Rockefeller Center’s inaugural year, 1933, the first official Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting took place. Every year since 1933, an evergreen tree plucked from its spot in New York, Vermont, Ohio, or Pennsylvania or even Canada is erected at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It is trimmed with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of colorful lights and topped with a star. On the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, the lighting ceremony is held. It has become a national event including skating pageants, live entertainment, and television specials.
In order to be considered for selection to grace the coveted Rockefeller Center spot, the tree must be a Norway spruce and exceed 65 feet tall. The tallest tree ever selected was a 100 foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Connecticut.
The tree remains lit until the Christian feast of the Epiphany. The tree is then donated to various worthwhile organizations. In years past, the tree has been ground into mulch and donated to the Boy Scouts of America to be sold to fund projects. Recently, Habitat for Humanity has been a benefactor of the great tree for use in the construction of homes.
For further information on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, click this link.

National Square Dance Day

Square dancing is a form of folk dancing that has its roots in traditional English, Irish, and Scottish folk dance. Square dances were first documented in 17th century England. They came to North America right along with the European settlers, where they were modified and improved over the years. The Western American square dance is perhaps the most famous type of square dance worldwide; in fact, the square dance is the official dance of 19 American states.
Square dancing is mainly associated with a romanticized image of the Old West, and cowboys wooing Southern belles during dances organized at saloons to celebrate various occasions. The dance is accompanied by jolly, lively music on guitars, fiddles, accordions, and bagpipes. The dances normally form patterns of lines, circles and, as the name suggests, squares, with couples – male/female, female/female or male/male – taking a turn in every role. As it evolved in the America, a caller was added, to help dancers stay in step. The dancers are prompted through the square dance choreography to the beat of the music. Sometimes, this so-called “caller” is one of the dancers, but more commonly the “caller” is found on the stage with the band. Interest in square dancing, which had waned during the World Wars, experienced a revival in New York City in the 195o’s during the American folk music revival.
Square Dancing is both fun, and great exercise. Medical sites and journals speak to its health benefits for people of all ages.
The origin of National Square Dance Day is unknown. If you don’t already know how to Square Dance, perhaps Square Dance Day is the day to learn. “Do Sa Do” everybody.

National Package Protection Day

National Package Protection Day is celebrated on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving and encourages homeowners to stay alert and protect their homes against package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holiday season.
With the advent of the big shopping days right after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there became a need for a day that raises awareness of package theft and helps homeowners protect themselves against thieves. The internet has made it easier to find deals and to have packages shipped directly to our homes. But this has also made it easier for thieves to snatch our deliveries right from our doorsteps.
Below is a list of steps that you can take to prevent becoming a victim of package theft.

  1. If you can’t be at home during the delivery company’s inflexible delivery window, make arrangements with a trusted neighbor to pick up your package after it is delivered.
  2. Call the delivery company to reschedule your delivery at a time more convenient to you.
  3. Make arrangements to pick up your package directly from the delivery company.

Customer is Wrong Day  

If you work in retail, Customer is Wrong Day could turn out to be a dangerous holiday, because if you make it too apparent to the customer, you may be hunting for a new job tomorrow – celebrate it at your own risk!
Sure, you may receive some instant gratification to be sure, but, unless you are ready to make a career change, I recommend that you weigh the risks and the benefits before you begin your mantra of “The Customer is Wrong”!

National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Cream pies, in general, are among America’s favorite desserts. Chocolate, banana, strawberry, and coconut are traditional favorites. Lemon Cream Pie is a tart, but sweet dessert usually made with a lemon custard and topped with [often lemon flavored] whipped cream.
Alas, Lemon Creme Pie is often overshadowed by its cousin Lemon Meringue Pie. Many people incorrectly use the terms ‘creme’ and ‘meringue’ interchangeably, as this anecdote illustrates.

In my travels as an over-the-road truck driver, I seldom ordered dessert, but on this occasion, I was craving a piece of chocolate creme pie, so I ordered a slice. The waitress brought me a piece chocolate pie topped with meringue. I said that I ordered chocolate creme pie, not chocolate meringue pie. The waitress then actually said to me: “Creme, meringue, what’s the difference?” I said: “I don’t know. What’s the difference between a cow and a chicken?” I told her to take it back and bring me my check.

Anyway, I digress. Treat yourself to a slice of tasty and refreshing lemon creme pie today.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1777 – The City of San Jose California was founded. San Jose was founded as San José de Guadalupe and was the first city to be settled in California. Before the Spanish settled in the city, the area was inhabited by the Ohlone people. San Jose was the first capital of the state of California, which was established in 1850.
  • In 1864 – The Sand Creek Massacre occurred in Colorado when a militia led by Colonel John Chivington, killed at least 400 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and had been given permission to camp.
  • In 1890 – Navy defeated Army by a score of 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game. The game was played at West Point, NY.
  • In 1899 – The popular football (soccer) club FC Barcelona was founded by footballer Hans Gamper. Informally known as Barça, the club is thought to be one of the top 5 richest football clubs in the world. The club has won 4 European Cups (1978-79, 1981-82, 1988-89, 1996-97) and is a 5 time Champions League winner (1991-92, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15).
  • In 1929 – American explorer Richard E. Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole. The flight took just over 18 hours. Three years earlier, Byrd claimed to have flown over the North Pole, though there is some debate whether he actually accomplished the feat.
  • In 1939 – The USSR broke off diplomatic relations with Finland prior to a Soviet attack.
  • In 1947 – The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution that called for the division of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
  • In 1951 – The Thai military took over the country’s governance in a silent coup and reinstated the 1932 Constitution.
  • In 1961 – The Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft was launched by the U.S. with Enos the chimp on board. The craft orbited the earth twice before landing off Puerto Rico.
  • In 1963 – A Trans-Canada Airlines DC-8F with 111 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in woods north of Montreal 4 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport. All aboard were killed. The crash was the worst in Canada’s history.
  • In 1963 – President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • In 1967 – Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced that he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
  • In 1971 – The Professional Golf Championship was held at Walt Disney World for the first time.
  • In 1972 – One of the very first arcade games to hit the market, Pong, was released by Atari. Pong is a 1 or 2 player video game similar to tennis, where the goal is to use a paddle to hit a ball. Around 35000 Pong consoles were sold around the world.
  • In 1974 – In Britain, a bill that outlawed the Irish Republican Army became effective.
  • In 1975 – Bill Gates adopted the name Microsoft for the company he and Paul Allen had formed to write the BASIC computer language for the Altair.
  • In 1981 – Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, CA, at the age 43.
  • In 1982 – The U.N. General Assembly voted that the Soviet Union should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
  • In 1987 – A Korean jetliner disappeared off Burma, with 115 people aboard.
  • In 1988 – The Supreme Court ruled that the rights of criminal defendants are not violated when police unintentionally fail to preserve potentially vital evidence.
  • In 1989 – In Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party’s 40-year monopoly on power.
  • In 1990 – The U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991.
  • In 1991 – Seventeen people were killed in a 164-vehicle wreck during a dust storm near Coalinga, CA, on Interstate 5.
  • In 1994 – The House passed the revised General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
  • In 1996 – A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. The sentence was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
  • In 1998 – Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.
  • In 2004 – The French government announced plans to build the Louvre II in northern France. The 236,808 square foot museum was the planned home for 500-600 works from the Louvre’s reserves.
  • In 2004 – Godzilla received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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