Life Day 26828 – Christmas Eve

December 24, 2020 at 7:45 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my exhausted elves. Today is Thursday, December 24, 2020. Today is the 359th day of the year, and 7 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, is celebrated each year on December 24th. By definition, Christmas eve is the evening, or the entire day, before Christmas. It is a time of reflection and anticipation for the biggest holiday in Western culture.
Every family has their own individual way of celebrating Christmas Eve. Some use it to visit extended family members and close friends because they will be spending Christmas day with their immediate family. Some attend church. Some gather the family and sing Christmas carols. Others don’t do anything special to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve is far more than just the day before Christmas and a time to celebrate with family. It has deep religious meaning to some, mostly in Western cultures. The details are far too extensive to cover in this Blog. For the full explanation, click this link.
Author’s Note: Christmas Eve holds a special meaning to me because it was also my mother’s birthday – R.I.P. (1910 – 1989).

Last-Minute Shopper’s Day

Last-Minute Shopper’s Day is celebrated every year on December 24th. This holiday is exactly what the name implies – your last chance to finish your Christmas shopping.
Actually, this holiday is a big shopping day for some people who are hoping to get last-minute deals on Christmas gifts. Many malls and shopping centers have extended hours and great deals to lure these procrastinating purchasers into their stores.
If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, what the heck is wrong with you? Get off your procrastinating posterior and finish your shopping. It’s Christmas Eve you moron! 

National Regifting Day

National Regifting Day is celebrated annually on the Thursday before Christmas. It was created by Regiftable.com.  This day was chosen in honor of office parties and the unique Christmas gift exchanges that at them. Not coincidentally I believe, according to my unscientific research, the Thursday before Christmas is also the most common day for office/employee Christmas 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. Less than 10% of regift recipients said they felt cheated or angry to receive a regift.
Believe it or not, there is proper etiquette to follow when you regift.

  • Re-gift only when you are certain the recipient will enjoy your (unwanted) gift. If at any time you referred to it as junk, clutter or dust collector, it’s probably not regiftable.
  • The gift is brand new (aka unused!) and in its original packaging. No, hand me downs.
  • Don’t hurt anyone’s feelings. If the gift had special meaning to the original giver, don’t re-gift.
  • Don’t re-gift if the item is handmade or personalized. If Uncle Joe spent his spare hours whittling that panic whistle, you should keep it.
  • Be careful not to re-gift something to the original giver. If you aren’t sure who gave it to you, don’t re-gift.
  • On that same note, to avoid embarrassment, re-gift only when you are sure the new recipient won’t tell the original giver what they received from you.
  • Re-wrap all gifts and remove any tags or other evidence that may suggest you didn’t shop for the re-gifted item yourself.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about the gift. Questions such as “Where did you find this? I’ve been looking everywhere for one!” may expose the fact that the item is a regift unless you aren’t able to give a convincing answer.

National Eggnog Day 

National Eggnog Day is celebrated annually on December 24th. It celebrates one of the most popular beverages served during the holidays – eggnog. 
The origin of eggnog is often debated. Some believe that eggnog was originally developed in East Anglia, England, while others believe it originated as a medieval European beverage made with hot milk.
The traditional recipe for eggnog is milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs, spices, and sometimes alcohol. The type of alcohol depends on the country where it is made. In Europe, eggnog is traditionally made with white wine. Americans drink it with bourbon or rum while Peruvians use pomace brandy and Germans use beer. Eggnog also may be added as a flavoring to food or drinks such as coffee, tea, bread, pies, cakes or puddings.
There are a few theories about how eggnog actually got its name. One story claims that eggnog was first called “egg n’ grog,” which was eventually shortened to “eggnog.” According to other sources, the name comes from the Old English word for “strong ale” – “nog.” This theory suggests that the combination of the words “egg” and “nog” refers to any drink that contains both eggs and strong alcohol.
Regardless of how it got its name, eggnog has been a favorite holiday beverage for centuries. So, to celebrate National Eggnog Day, make a batch to enjoy with your family today.

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