December 10th Human Rights Day

We all have rights. I am not exactly sure who gave them to us, but we do! Well, I guess they are given to us by the United Nations. And who gave them the rights? It was the General Assembly who made a declaration of human rights in 1948.

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Now I am not sure who gave them the right to make rights but they think they have them to give out. In fact they give them out several days during the year. So today is the day you can claim your rights, the United Nations said so. They won’t defend them anymore for you because the only way to do that is by taking away the rights of someone else.

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I am not sure what rights we actually have just because we are born. I like to think we have rights but I haven’t seen them written down anywhere… and they don’t come with that manual you get with a child when they are born.

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There should be rights and in an ideal world we all will share them with each other. It just seems like those with rights above our own are the ones who like to hand out those rights. So much of handing out human rights is just lip service. Maybe we should make sure today is a day where human rights really do get issued.

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I wish we could give out and protect all those rights humans should have. So far it’s really just the lip service we have managed to issue out. If you say it long enough you might actually believe you are doing it.

How to celebrate – Figure out what rights humans should actually be given. Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? Would you protect someone’s rights if it meant giving up yours?

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December 9th Christmas Card Day

If you remember when you used to get a Christmas Card in the mail then you are probably as old as I am! It’s pretty much a lost art these days. It’s easier to send cards by email, or not send them at all. (I have to admit I do the email thing) But it’s really not the same thing.

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Sure, you still have to write whatever sentiment you want on the card even if you send them out electronically but you don;t have to make the effort addressing envelope, putting a stamp on it, taking it to the mailbox or post office, make it go through the entire postal service, make the mail person deliver it and have it received by the person that lives in the house next door to you!

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Today was created to honor Sir Henry Cole who created and sent the first commercial Christmas card. Funny how he looks a little like Santa! He lived from 1818 to 1874 and started the idea of the Christmas card in 1843.  I am going to assume he made a fortune in the Christmas card business but I am not really sure, he may have already been rich.

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Now there is a problem with the Christmas card. What do you do with them after Christmas? It’s hard to just throw them away after someone who made the effort to give you something from the heart with a handwritten message on it. It may even contain a photo of the family or a favorite pet!

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Personally, I bury them in the backyard like you would a tattered flag. That way I can dig them up later if I need to… of course, they don’t look or smell very good but I did keep them close at hand.

How to celebrate – Make up your Christmas Card list today. Send out those Christmas Cards, after all it will take a while to get them delivered. Treasure those cards you receive, they were sent from the heart.

December 8th National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

Dec. 8th – National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

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Until recently, I thought time travel was something you did in a time travel machine. I guess you still can, if you can find one, but apparently, the most common time travel comes from just believing you have traveled back in time! That’s a pretty good trick!

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Oh, and you can die and come back and live the same life all over again as well. No matter, since you probably can’t actually do any of these, just choose one and pretend you are traveling.

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How to celebrate – Read about time travel. Try and build your own time travel machine. Just imagine you are going back in time, remember not to change anything while you are there!

December 8th National Brownie Day

If you ever want to get the whole family in the same room at the same time, bake some brownies, they’ll soon be in the kitchen with you, unless of course you are baking hem elsewhere (Which might be a little odd). Hardly anyone can ignore the scent of a brownie. There is something about them that just call out to you, drawing you in closer and closer.

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Generally thought of as a cold weather treat, a brownie is great anytime of the year. Of course, there is something about that warm chocolate all melted and gooey, surrounded by a cake like substance that nobody knows what it is, or cares.

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Add a little ice cream and the day becomes even better. There is something about the blend of warm chocolate brownie and cold vanilla ice cream. You can have it with, or without, nuts. Walnuts, pecans, cashews, any type of nut you choose. You can even share it with someone who is nuts!

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And if you really want to please Santa leave him a brownie instead of those old, stale cookies! Santa might stay a little longer and leave better presents! Add a dollop of whipped cream and even better! (What is a dollop exactly?)

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You can even go wild if you want to. Add a candy cane all melted inside the brownie or M&M’s or a little brandy (For adults only) The point is, live it up a little! It’s your brownie so you can do what you want with it.

How to celebrate – Make some brownies today. Try some new additive to your brownie. Don’t forget the Alice B. Toklas brownies!

December 8th National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

Dec. 8th – National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

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Until recently, I thought time travel was something you did in a time travel machine. I guess you still can, if you can find one, but apparently, the most common time travel comes from just believing you have traveled back in time! That’s a pretty good trick!

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Oh, and you can die and come back and live the same life all over again as well. No matter, since you probably can’t actually do any of these, just choose one and pretend you are traveling.

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How to celebrate – Read about time travel. Try and build your own time travel machine. Just imagine you are going back in time, remember not to change anything while you are there!

December 7th Pearl Harbor Day

Today was a dark day in American history. It marks the day Japan attacked Hawaii, nearly destroying our Pacific fleet. 2,400 servicemen and 68 civilians died today, in 1941. It isn’t the worst tragedy in America’s history but it was one of the most consequential, it started America’s active participation in World War 2.

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Caught totally off guard, 5 of the 8 battleships in the port were sunk, nearly every ship was damaged, the only saving grace was that America’s aircraft carriers were out at sea at the time. The funny thing about it is, the Japanese knew even with the blow to the American fleet, they could not win the war.

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As Admiral Yamamoto said, “We have awoken a sleeping giant”. He was right. American’s built more fleets, more planes and ended not only war in the Pacific but the war in Europe too. It was “… a day that will live in infamy” by those who died… and those who lived.

How to celebrate – Remember Pearl Harbor. Read about the causes of World War 2. Realize no one is innocent in war.

December 6th St. Nicholas Day

Santa Claus hasn’t always been Santa Claus…Santa Claus hasn’t always been Santa Claus… well he has but originally he was St. Nicholas. Well, he wasn’t a Saint until he died  in either 345 or 352 A.D.. But he did get around to it eventually. And he didn’t come from the North Pole, he came from Greece.

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He started as a Priest and then became a Bishop. He tried to help people and loved to help children. At times he was noted for throwing small bags of coins out to the streets and when some accidentally ended up in a child’s stocking we got the tradition of hanging stockings on Christmas Eve.

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And he wasn’t fat back then. In fact he was rather skinny but sometimes all the robes and clothing he wore made him look larger than he was. He did not become Santa Claus until sometime in the 1800’s. And even then he wasn’t the chunky hunk we all know and love today.

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When Coke decided to put him on a soda bottle he appeared as we know him today, maybe because he started drinking the Coke! Anyway, he has become one of the most beloved characters in history. And the next time tells you that Santa Claus isn’t real… you tell them about St. Nicolas.

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How to celebrate – Read about St. Nicholas. Be Santa Claus in your neighborhood. Remember what Christmas is really all about.