Life Day 26819 – Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2020 at 9:55 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning freedom loving friends. Today is Tuesday, December 15, 2020. It is the 350th day of the year, and 16 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Bill of Rights Day

To Americans, the Bill of Rights are key amendments to the Constitution, which protect our individual rights and freedoms. On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified by the 13 original colonies and went into effect. States and individuals were concerned that the Constitution did not properly cover and protect a number of rights of individuals. The Constitution was signed by the original 13 states with the requirement or understanding that, a Bill of Rights would be created, amending the new United States Constitution. On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ultimately though, only 10 were eventually passed.
On December 15, 1791, Virginia ratified these first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, giving the requisite 3/4 of the states needed to codify them – Hence, the reason for the celebration of this holiday today. These 10 amendments, which later became known as “The Bill of Rights”, outlined the basic rights of individuals:

  • Amendment 1 – Freedom of speech, press, and religion.
  • Amendment 2 – The right to bear arms.
  • Amendment 3 – Protection of homeowners from quartering troops, except during war.
  • Amendment 4 – Rights and protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
  • Amendment 5 – Rights to due process of law, protection against double jeopardy, self-incrimination.
  • Amendment 6 – Rights to a speedy trial by a  jury of peers and rights of accused.
  • Amendment 7 – Rights to trial by jury in civil cases.
  • Amendment 8 – Protection from cruel and unusual punishment and excessive bail.
  • Amendment 9 – Protection of rights not specified in the Bill of Rights.
  • Amendment 10 – States rights and the power of the individual States.

As previously mentioned, there were originally 12 amendments proposed. The two Amendments that did not make the final cut dealt with the number of Representatives to Congress and compensation to the representatives. Had they been included as well, there would be over 6,000 congressmen today and Congress would be even more overpaid.
Can you imagine how disorganized our government would be with so many representatives? They can’t seem to get anything done with 535 representatives. Getting any meaningful legislation from over 6,000 representatives would be akin to herding cats  – which is the perfect segue to our next holiday.

Cat Herder’s Day 

Cat Herder’s Day is celebrated every year on December 15th. There is an old simile that goes: ” _________ is like herding cats” – meaning that it is a real fiasco and virtually impossible to accomplish. This holiday recognizes that there is little to be done about this, and it is best to simply cope as best we can and move on.
Sometimes, around the holidays especially, even the simplest of tasks can seem daunting. What with shopping, wrapping, decorating the house inside and out, cleaning in preparation for the arrival of the “in-laws”, – in addition to your normal daily routine – your life may become a little like trying to herd cats at times. The only thing to do is muscle through it and realize that it will all be over soon, and things will be back to normal – whatever that means. Whether it’s work, home, school, or just life in general, whatever has you seemingly herding cats all day must be tackled head-on. Don’t skirt the issue, just square your shoulders and plunge ahead.

National Wear Your Pearls Day 

National Wear Your Pearls Day is celebrated each year on December 15th. This is not a holiday urging the ostentatious to wear their oyster-created “bling” however. Quite the contrary, this holiday celebrates the fact that something as simple as a grain of sand can be transformed into something so exquisite. Best-selling author and motivational speaker, DeAnna Bookert, founded National Wear Your Pearls Day because pearls represented the story of her life and how she struggled with depression. “I wear pearls as a reminder that I have purpose and value.”  The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved National Wear Your Pearls Day in 2015 and its inaugural year was December 2016.
The beautiful result of nature’s design, is that one irritating grain of sand can cause an iridescent pearl to form. Just as pearls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so do people. The trials occasionally thrown into our lives shouldn’t affect our overall outlook. We create our own beauty from the tragedies of our lives but often do not see it. We devalue ourselves and as a result, lose motivation to be a part of life. Like pearls, we develop a process to protect ourselves from further damage, layer by layer becoming stronger and more resourceful. Recognizing the collective value of our strengths is like wearing our pearls.
National Wear Your Pearls Day was created to remind us that even when life throws a little dirt our way, we still have value in the long run. So, when life throws dirt your way, put on your pearls as a reminder that you have value regardless of your current circumstances.

National Cupcake Day/Lemon Cupcake Day 

National Cupcake Day/Lemon Cupcake Day is/are celebrated annually on December 15th. My sources were mixed regarding this (these) holiday(s). Some listed them individually, some listed one or the other, and one source listed them as I did – together.
Cupcakes have been an American culinary staple since the 19th century. For many years, cupcakes were known as one-two-three-four cakes because of their recipe: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs – plus one cup of milk and one spoon full of baking soda. This formula is still the traditional cupcake recipe that many people use today.
To celebrate National Cupcake Day/Lemon Cupcake Day, bake a batch of cupcakes today. I’m relatively certain that the Cupcake Holiday Gods won’t put a pox on your house should you opt for a flavor other than lemon. If you are too lazy, or too unskilled, to bake your own, you can buy cupcakes at almost every grocery store or bakery.
Fun fact: The world’s largest cupcake was displayed in July of 2009 at the Covenant Garden Real Food Market in London. This cupcake was about 4 feet in diameter and weighed over 330 pounds. It also contained 200 eggs and took over 50 hours to make.

International Tea Day 

And, what better beverage to pair with your cupcake(s) than a nice cup of tea. International Tea Day has observed annually on December 15th since 2005. This holiday aims to draw the global attention of both governments and citizens to affect the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers. It has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade agreements. After initial discussions at the World Social Forum in 2004, the first International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi in 2005. Later celebrations were organized in Sri Lanka in 2006 and 2008. In 2015, the Indian government proposed expanding the observance of International Tea Day through the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
This holiday is most commonly celebrated in tea producing countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, India, and Tanzania. However, I’m reasonably confident that the “tea police” won’t break down your door in the middle of the night and arrest you if you choose to celebrate it too. So, enjoy a ‘spot’ (or two) of your favorite tea variety today in celebration of International Tea Day.

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