December 3rd – Make a Gift Day

December 3, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my “crafty” friends. Today is Sunday, December 3, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Make a Gift Day

A gift is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation. It is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return.  A gift is meant to be free of obligation for the recipient to reciprocate, and free of any implied need for reciprocation by the recipient.  Even though it possibly involves a social expectation of reciprocity or a return in the form of prestige or power, a gift is meant to be free.
It wasn’t so long ago that handmade gifts were the only kind of gifts that people gave. Before mass manufacturing, people made about everything they used, and everything they gave to someone else. Now, though, people rarely have (or take) the time to make homemade gifts. They just go out and buy whatever tchotchke is trendy and hope that it is well received.
It is often said that actions speak louder than words and what better actions than lovely hand-made gifts to show how much you care.  When someone takes the time to make a gift, they put their heart and soul into that gift, therefore the gift becomes more meaningful. Most people would rather receive a homemade gift, crafted from love, than a gift someone bought in a mall on the spur of the moment, or as an afterthought.
Whether your talents lie in the kitchen, the workshop, the studio, or somewhere else, make a gift for someone today…and every day until Christmas.

National Roof Over Your Head Day

Buying a house is often the single largest investment a person will make in his or her lifetime.  The home-ownership rate in the United States is around 66% of the population. Studies have shown that homeowners are more active in their communities, have improved education opportunities, and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness.
Most of us take the roof over our heads for granted, but millions of people here in America aren’t as fortunate. Regardless of whether you rent or own, today is an opportunity to take a moment to appreciate the roof over your head. And while you’re at it, make a donation to a local homeless shelter to help someone who isn’t so fortunate.

Let’s Hug Day

Perhaps it’s an old wives’ tale, but some people claim that hugs are actually beneficial to your health. Hugging may help to reduce heart disease, headaches, high blood pressure, stress and other ailments. So, for the sake of your health, give someone a hug today. What have you got to lose?
Author’s Note: In today’s litigious climate, it is always a good idea to ask permission before making any physical overture towards another person.

National Apple Pie Day

Not too long ago, we celebrated Eat a Red Apple Day and National Pie Day. National Apple Pie Day, I guess, urges you to celebrate both again…this time, together in one tasty dessert. Apple pie is so popular here in America that it has two official holidays. The first one we celebrated on May 13th, and this National Apple Pie Day which is always celebrated on this date.
Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert, however, it wasn’t even invented in the United States. Rather it was invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, enclosed in a casing of pastry. Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes except they included a streusel topping instead of a top crust and a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—apple pie à la mode—was eventually brought to America where most people continue to enjoy their apple pie topped with ice cream.
To celebrate this holiday, bake an apple pie, or pick one up at your local bakery, to share with your family. Don’t forget the ice cream.

Green Bean Casserole Day

Now is the time to start planning your holiday feast. Whether you are heading over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house or hosting a big bash in your home, good food, tasty beverages and spending quality time with our loved ones is what the holiday season is all about. With the holiday season in full swing, it comes as no surprise that tucked somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas you will find a Green Bean Casserole Day. For some reason, Green Bean Casserole is one of America’s favorite side dishes at both Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts…a tradition in many homes with recipes handed down for generations.
Even people who eschew green beans throughout the rest of the year will enjoy a good Green Bean Casserole during the holidays – perhaps they are just being polite, or perhaps they can’t be bothered to take the time out of their hectic schedule during the rest of the year to make one. Whatever the case, Green Bean Casserole Day is the perfect time to hone and/or tweak your family recipe in preparation for the big event.

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 1818 – Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the union. The midwestern state can claim three United Stated Presidents as a .native son’.
  • In 1828 – Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States.
  • In 1833 – Oberlin College in Ohio opened as the first truly coeducational school of higher education in the United States.
  • In 1835 – In Rhode Island, the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company issued the first fire insurance policy.
  • In 1910 – The neon lamp was displayed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. The lamp was developed by French physicist Georges Claude. Neon lights can be found in most urban settings and cities today.
  • In 1917 – The Quebec Bridge opened for traffic after almost 20 years of planning and construction.
  • In 1927 – The first Laurel & Hardy movie was released. “Putting Pants on Philip”, a short silent film starring the comedy duo marked the beginning of their long partnership.
  • In 1931 – Alka Seltzer was sold for the first time.
  • In 1950 – Paul Harvey began his national radio broadcast.
  • In 1950 – Tom Fears (Los Angeles Rams) caught an NFL-record 18 passes against the Green Bay Packers. [Terrell Owens (San Francisco 49ers) broke the record with 20 catches for 283 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears on December 17, 2000].
  • In 1967 – In Cape Town, South Africa, a team of surgeons headed by Dr. Christian Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky. Washkansky only lived 18 days.
  • In 1967 – The famed luxury train, “20th Century Limited,” completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
  • In 1968 – The rules committee of Major League Baseball announced that in 1969 the pitcher’s mound would be lowered from 15 to 10 inches. This was done in order to “get more batting action.”
  • In 1970 – Ayatollah Khomeini took office. The Iranian religious leader was a leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
  • In 1973 – Pioneer 10 sent back the first close-up images of Jupiter. The first outer-planetary probe had been launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on March 2, 1972.
  • In 1982 – Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center removed the respirator of Barney Clark. The retired dentist had become the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart only one day before.
  • In 1983 – 3-foot-high concrete barriers were installed at two White House entrances.
  • In 1984 – In Bhopal, India, more than 2,000 people were killed, and thousands of others were affected, after a cloud of poisonous gas escaped from a pesticide plant. The plant was operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary. It is said to be the world’s worst industrial disaster.
  • In 1987 – President Reagan said there was a good chance of progress toward a treaty on long-range weapons with Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
  • In 1992 – The UN Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-led military mission to help starving Somalians.
  • In 1992 – The Greek tanker “Aegean Sea” ran aground at La Coruna, Spain and spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil.
  • In 1993 – Britain’s Princess Diana announced she would be limiting her public appearances because she was tired of the media’s intrusions into her life.
  • In 1993 – Angola’s government and its rebel enemies agreed to a cease-fire in their 18-year war.
  • In 1994 – Rebel Serbs in Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of UN peacekeepers.
  • In 1997 – In Ottawa, Canada, more than 120 countries were represented to sign a treaty prohibiting the use and production of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, China, and Russia did not sign the treaty.
  • In 1997 – South Korea received $55 billion from the International Monetary Fund to bail out its economy.
  • In 1999 – Tori Murden became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone. It took her 81 days to reach the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands.
  • In 1999 – The World Trade Organization concluded a four-day meeting in Seattle, WA, without setting an agenda for a new round of trade talks. The meeting was met with fierce protests by various groups.

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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