Life Day 26832 – Pledge of Allegiance, Holy Innocents, Card Playing, Phone A Friend, and Chocolate.

December 28, 2020 at 8:20 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is Thursday, December 28, 2017. Today is the 363rd day of the year, and 3 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Pledge of Allegiance Day 

Pledge of Allegiance Day is celebrated every year on December 28th. It commemorates the date in 1945 on which Congress formally recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of loyalty to the federal flag and the Republic of the United States of America.  First written in 1892, and amended four times since then, the Pledge of Allegiance in its current incarnation reads as follows:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

In 1999, a New Hampshire resident contacted the office of Senator Robert Smith to inquire why the Senate did not follow the House, which had incorporated the Pledge into its proceedings 11 years earlier. Spurred by this inquiry, the Senate amended its standing rules on June 23, 1999, providing for the presiding officer to lead the body in the Pledge at the start of each daily session. President Pro Tempore Strom Thurmond inaugurated this tradition on the following day.
The American flag had become a standard fixture in the Senate Chamber by the 1930’s, placed directly behind the presiding officer. A half-century later, as the Senate began televised coverage of its floor proceedings, the flag was moved to the presiding officer’s right side so as not to appear to be bisecting that official’s head on television screens. To balance the American flag, the Senate created a flag of its own–displaying the Senate seal on a field of dark blue–and placed it on the presiding officer’s left.
The Pledge of Allegiance has been fraught with controversy since its adoption and, I wonder, in today’s politically charged and contentious climate, whether it would even be adopted at all. For a complete history of the Pledge of Allegiance, use this link.

Holy Innocents Day

Holy Innocents Day is celebrated every year on December 28th. It is a reminder of the massacre of male children of Bethlehem by King Herod’s order (Matthew 2:16). [Upon hearing of the birth of the King of the Jews and the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy, Herod ordered the execution of all the male children in Bethlehem. While the exact date when this event occurred is uncertain, the feast has been celebrated since before the end of the fifth century].
Also known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents, this holiday is observed in the Western churches on December 28 and Eastern churches on December 29. These children are considered martyrs, Saints of God, by the Church.
On Holy Innocents Day it is customary to give the youngest child in the household the power to rule the day. From what to eat, where to go and what to do, the youngest is in charge. In Mexico, it is a day for children to play practical jokes and pranks on their elders.

Card Playing Day 

Card Playing Day is celebrated each year on December 28th. Quite simply, it urges us to play a few card games today.
Playing cards are thought to have first been introduced to the world in China before spreading to India, Persia, and ultimately everywhere else.
In these technologically advanced times with a myriad of electronic games available, sitting down with your friends and/or family with a deck of cards to play card games is rapidly becoming passé. Card Playing Day seeks to revive the age-old tradition of togetherness derived from playing card games with which so many from my generation and earlier generations were raised.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays have waned somewhat, what better time to gather your loved ones around the table to play a few card games. There are countless numbers and types of card games from which to choose. Some have standardized rules, and others have rules that vary according to region or culture.
So, to celebrate Card Playing Day unplug the Xbox, the Nintendo, and/or the Wii and enjoy a fun evening playing card games with your family. Now “Go Fish”.

Call a Friend Day

Call a Friend Day is celebrated every on December 28th. This holiday with a self-descriptive title encourages you to call a friend today. Though the title is in the singular, it is perfectly acceptable to call more than one friend. Are there some people that you wanted to call before the holidays, but couldn’t find the time because of the frenzy of the season? If so, give them a call today.
Additionally, you can use Call a Friend Day to reach out to people with whom we have lost contact over the years – a distant family member, an old college roommate, a comrade in arms, or a childhood friend.
The obvious way to celebrate Call a Friend Day is to call a friend – whether a new friend or one from the distant past.

National Chocolate Candy Day 

National Chocolate Candy Day is celebrated annually on December 28th. As a regular reader of my posts, you may or may not have already surmised, that there is at least one chocolate-related holiday in every month of the year. This particular holiday is the third chocolate-related holiday for the month of December and is the final one for the year. Little information is available on the origins of, the reasons for, or the creator of this holiday, but really, who cares? Any day that sanctions the consumption of chocolate is a good day.
Chocolate candy is one of the most popular sweets in the world. It can be combined with everything from nuts and caramel to raisins and pretzels to make some of our favorite treats.
Chocolate is clearly a favorite American treat. Over 2.8 billion pounds are consumed annually. On average that means each person consumes over eleven pounds per year. That may seem like a lot, but the United States ranks only 9th in the per capita consumption of chocolate; behind most of Europe. Switzerland leads the pack.
So, to National Chocolate Candy Day, forget your diet and indulge yourself one last time in one (or two) of your favorite chocolate candies. What is your favorite chocolate candy?
Factoid: During the Second World War, the United States Government commissioned Milton Hershey to create a candy bar to include in the soldiers’ rations. The recipe his company created is now the famous Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar.

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