Life Day 26824 – ♫♫Deck the Halls…Fa La La…♫♫

December 20, 2020 at 9:52 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning carolers. Today is Sunday, December 20, 2020. It is the 355th day of the year and 11 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Go Caroling Day 

Go Caroling Day is celebrated each year on December 20th. As you can easily infer, it celebrates Christmas carolers.
No one can pinpoint the origins of Christmas caroling, but the most accepted version seems to be that poor people would go door to door around the holidays singing Christmas songs to earn extra money to buy gifts for their children.
Regardless of how caroling got its start, it is still practiced as a way to warm the hearts and souls of people around the world at Christmastime. Though declining in popularity, caroling is still an important part of the holiday season.
There is even a Guinness World Record for the largest group of Christmas carolers going door to door. On December 12, 2012, a group called “One Voice,” representing the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT established the record when 502 of their members organized an event to benefit local charities. Since there was no previous category for caroling door to door, Guinness had to establish a few criteria which had to be met:

  1. There had to be at least 250 participants.
  2. A minimum of 10 houses had to be visited.
  3. At least 4 different streets had to be part of the route.
  4. A 5-minute time limit was allowed between houses.
  5. All carolers had to be in place before the caroling could begin.

Another interesting factoid. The record for most Christmas carolers assembled in one place was set at an event organized on December 25, 2010, in South Korea by the Hong Myung-bo Foundation during a charity soccer match. During halftime, 15,111 people sang 8 different carols for 15-minutes.
However, you needn’t go to such elaborate lengths to celebrate Go Caroling Day. Simply join a group of carolers, or organize your own group, and go caroling tonight. If you don’t want to “brave the elements,” just sing a few carols with your family tonight at home.

Mudd Day

Mudd Day is celebrated every year on December 20th. It remembers Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for unknowingly giving medical aid to a disguised John Wilkes Booth – the fleeing assassin of Abraham Lincoln.
Dr. Mudd was imprisoned four years before being pardoned by President Andrew Johnson. Dr. Mudd was born on this date in 1833 and died on January 10, 1883.

Dot Your I’s Day 

Dot Your I’s Day is celebrated each year on December 20th. The old idiom, “Dot your I’s and cross your T’s” means that you should pay attention to details. With that in mind, this holiday urges us to pay attention to the “small stuff” during this hectic Holiday season. Don’t let the hustle-bustle distract you from the things you need to attend to on a daily basis – like housework and caring for your family.
To celebrate Dot Your I’s Day, remember that it is the little things in life that matter the most.

Cathode-Ray Tube Day

Cathode-Ray Tube Day is celebrated every year on December 20th. It is set aside to honor the pioneers who created cathode-ray tubes and paved the way for the technology we take for granted today.
Before Plasma TV’s and LCD’s, there were cathode-ray tubes, and where would we be without them? There would be no “old school” computer monitors, video monitors, or even televisions.
Cathode-ray tube research began in 1890, but they weren’t put into production until 1922. However, it was  nearly a decade later that cathode-ray tubes were developed that would last more than 1,000-hours of use and they became commercially viable for public use.  This advance was one of the biggest factors that led to the widespread development of television.
As you channel-surf from the comfort of your “lazy boy” recliner today, celebrate Cathode-Ray Tube Day by looking around your humble abode and marvel at all of the technology around you that wouldn’t be possible today without the development of cathode-ray tubes.

National Sangria Day

National Sangria Day is celebrated annually on December 20th. You don’t need to be a master vintner to conclude that this holiday celebrates sangria – a beverage made with wine and sweetened with fresh fruit and fruit juices.
There are thousands of different variations of sangria that combine wine such ingredients as sliced fruit, juice, or carbonated soda, and sometimes honey, sugar, and other alcohols. Each combination changes the flavor, alcohol content, and carbonation of the sangria. Sangria aficionados agree that it is best to use fruits that are in season and at the peak of flavor. Once mixed, sangria should be chilled and the fruits allowed to marinate a few hours or overnight. Sangria made with white wine is called Sangria Blanca.
Since the combinations of fruit and wine are endless, this fruity punch is quite versatile. Sangria has a place in the cocktail rotation year round. Refreshing and light during hot summer months, bright and sparkling during the winter.
To celebrate National Sangria Day, make a batch of this refreshing, fruity adult beverage. Be creative and make your own version of this refreshing treat.
Interesting factoids:

  1. At one point, it was illegal to serve sangria in the state of Virginia. It violated an obscure 75-year-old law that did not allow the mixing of wine or beer with spirits. Violators of this law could be charged with a misdemeanor, a hefty fine, and up to a year in jail. It was not until 2008 that the Virginia General Assembly finally legalized the serving of sangria.
  2. The word sangria is derived from the Spanish word sangre, (meaning blood) due to its dark red color.
  3. Sangria was created by the Romans because when they conquered Spain, they thought that the water there was impure. They thought that mixing it with wine would kill the bacteria.

More Holidays  

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

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