December 25th Christmas Day

In case you hadn’t heard, today is Christmas. It celebrates the birth of Christ, though no one really knows the exact date He was born. The Catholic Church set this date against a pagan holiday so that Christians, as well as others, would have something to celebrate instead. It has worked out well. The symbols of Christmas surround us this time of year, the Christmas tree standing for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; Santa for St. Nickolas; the songs for celebration, and the idea of giving gifts just as the Magi gave gifts to Jesus. We distort it, claim it for our own and don’t even know what the true date is but it still stands for the peace and harmony we all strive for. It is a time for family, friends, and even to forgive our enemies. Have a wonderful Christmas whether you believe or not.

How to celebrate – Go to church. Gather your friends and family. Celebrate love.

December 20th Go Caroling Day

Today we offer a gift to everyone, nothing expensive but meant from the heart in wishing everyone joy and peace. It does not matter what religion you are, though it is generally associated with Christmas, it can be any faith and any songs that include goodwill and good wishes. You don’t even need to be a good singer, just willing. It is hard to say when caroling began, it was probably during the times of St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century as Christians sang songs dating back to the 4th and 5th centuries. In those days, singing for ones supper was a common practice and has most likely been the repeated over the years as caroling….but for now a little eggnog, fruitcake or perhaps just a little goodwill for all.

How to celebrate – Go caroling (no matter your religion). Spread joy to those around you. Show up where you are least expected, but most welcome.

November 21st World Hello Day

It’s funny what comes out of war sometimes. Not that war is funny but people often come up with things they may not otherwise think of. During the Civil War, among other things, it was instant coffee. The Revolutionary War gave us a whole new country! And the War between Egypt and Israel in 1973, it was Hello Day. Brian and Michael McCormack decided that maybe if we greeted ten people each with a “hello” we might eventually achieve Global Peace. Well, things haven’t exactly gone that way, the thought is good, but only if everyone participates. Have you been doing your part?

How to celebrate – Say hello to at least ten people. Try saying hello to people in ten different countries! Learn how to say hello in ten different languages.

May 16th Wear Purple For Peace Day

Over the years purple has been associated with royalty. Now it’s associated with peace. It seems odd to me to use a color associated with a group that is generally associated with so much violence. Now like the color purple, I don’t wear it much but for the sake of peace I guess I would. If I can feel royal at the same time, all the better. I am not sure wearing any color will actually bring about peace. Unless it’s a blinding color that keeps the armies from seeing each other. White is now surrender, red promotes violence, yellow means you are a coward and purple is royalty. Why not, maybe we should wear a rainbow, but that has its means as well. Oh well, you can wear whatever color you want most of the time but today, wear purple.

How to celebrate – Wear something purple today. Pretend you are royalty. At least eat something purple.

May 16th Wear Purple For Peace Day

Here’s a day that no one seems to know how it came about but what a good idea! Purple is the color or royalty and very few of them actually fight (Though they led us into a lot of wars) and other than the Portuguese army of old, I don’t believe too many armies wear purple. (It’s not very good camouflage.)

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I mean, it would be nice if just wearing purple would end all wars. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but we can support the idea by all wearing purple today. It’s much better than red which kind of excites people. (Watch out red hat ladies!) Do you know why military sashes are generally red? It was because that way the officers could cover up the fact that they were bleeding and their soldiers wouldn’t know.

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Purple is a good color. Normally pretty bright and easy on the eyes. People today think that purple hair is a good idea. I don’t, cause your not being yourself. If you have to have purple hair to show who you are, well… that could be a problem!

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You can turn purple if you hold your breath, hit your thumb with a hammer or stub your toe. Although I am not sure any of those actions count for wear purple, or are a very good idea to start with. I wonder if you are allowed to wear purple around the Queen of England?

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I make fun but the idea of world peace is certainly a wonderful thought. I don’t think we will ever see it though. But I will wear purple today to show my support for the process. Wouldn’t it be nice if by just wearing any color we could find peace and harmony.

How to celebrate – Wear something purple. Pretend you are  royal. (Not advised around Buckingham palace.) Listen to Prince’s “Purple Rain”.

November 21st World Hello Day

The idea behind World Hello Day is that if you are saying “Hello” to someone you won’t be fighting them. World Peace is the goal. It was begun in 1973 by Brian and Michael McCormack during the war between Egypt and Israel.

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Of course, it might help to learn how to say hello in what ever language is native to the country you are in at the time, other wise you might not know exactly what you are saying to them. It makes sense. If you are friendly enough to say hello to someone it is likely they will say hello in return. If you are busy greeting each other and getting to know each other, it is unlikely you are going to try and harm them or they you.

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The days requests that you say hello to at least ten people. I am assuming here they mean ten people you don’t already know since large family group could easily accomplish that in ten minutes. That said, I know some families who haven’t said hello to each other in years.

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It really isn’t all that hard to do. Just say hello and maybe you’ll get a hello in return. You’ll feel better for it and so will the recipient. Obviously when someone feels better about themselves they are not as likely to want to hurt someone else.

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And if you feel intimidated by saying hello, you can give a wave, it means the same thing. Just make sure you aren’t holding a gun or knife in the hand you are waving with!

How to celebrate – Say hello to ten people. (Animals don’t count) Smile when you say hello, it makes it warmer and more genuine. If someone says hello to you first, it doesn’t count on your saying hello, you must initiate it yourself.

 

September 21st International Peace Day

It seems like since man was introduced to the world we have been at war somewhere. Greed, pride, misunderstanding, hunger – you name it we find a reason to go to war. Today is a day to celebrate peace. Sadly we do not find peace in many places. Maybe man is not a peaceful animal. We look around and want what someone else has, and if we can’t win it through hard work or effort, we fight for it until we win it, or lose everything.

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We can blame the past, we can blame the future, we can blame what is going on right now, but the truth is, the failure lies with each and everyone of us. The least intelligent always blame someone else for their woes. We cannot atone for our forefathers mistakes, and should not be held accountable for them. We cannot change what happened to someone a hundred years ago, and should not be restrained because of them. We cannot win anything when we cost someone else something.

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The Great War was supposed to be the war that ended all wars. It was horrid from any stand point of view and in the end, it proved nothing. No one really won, everyone lost more than the victory. Because it involved so many, it is viewed as one of the worst wars ever to have happened, but in realty it wasn’t any worse because of the killing, that comes with every war.

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And apparently we learned nothing from it because a few years later we did it all again. Today we are headed for a third world war because of religion, power, and greed. No one gained from either World War but we seem determined to go there again. What does terrorism hope to gain? What does having a nuclear bomb hope to gain? What does any racism have to gain? None of us is worth more than anyone else. None of us.

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The United Nations was formed after World War 2. On September 21, 1981 it created International Peace Day. It went into effect in 1982 as the third Tuesday of September before being changed to September 21st, no matter what day it fell on, in 2002. I am not sure it has ever served the purpose it was meant to. There are still wars going on, still people who feel they are better than anyone else, or deserve something just because they exist. Resolution 36/67 is a great idea, but maybe not so practical until man learns a little more than they apparently know right now.

How to celebrate – Be thankful for what you have, more than what you could have. Stop blaming someone else for all your troubles. Try and figure out what you can do to help someone rather than hurt them.

August 14th V-J Day

For America nearly 4 long years of war were finally over on August 14th, 1945. Many think World War 2 ended with the surrender of Germany, it did not. Japan fought on, through August 6th when the first atomic bomb was dropped, through August 9th after the second atomic bomb was dropped.

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V-J stands for Victory in Japan, or Victory over Japan. It actually has three dates. August 14th when Emperor Hirohito cabled the US and told them he agreed with the Potsdam Declaration and surrendered. August 15th is when the news broke that the war was over and September 2nd, when President Truman declared the war was over. The Peace Treaty was signed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.

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Of course for many the war wasn’t really over. Troops in the field had to get word, and accept it. Many of the Japanese refused to surrender. One soldier was still found to be hiding, and fighting, as late as 1971.

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Naturally, was like this never really come to a stop. In many places today the results of the war are still in effect. There are still Nazis and Japanese who felt they should have won. There are still allies who feel the world will never be justified for the insults against mankind.

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But for most of us, the war is over and the healing is still going on. In fact Germany and Japan have some of the mist robust economies of the world and it’s because America rebuilt them. (Their people also had something to do with it.) It was the kind of war that you never get over but you can celebrate that we have agreed to be friendly again. Or at least until the next time war breaks out.

How to celebrate – Celebrate with one of the few veterans from World War 2 that are still living. Remember how horrible the war was so we do not repeat it. Stop the extremes on either side because they are both wrong and we all know, two wrongs don’t make a right.

December 24th Christmas Eve

Today, or rather tonight, is Christmas Eve. For the Christian world it’s the night before Jesus was born, for the children it’s the night Santa travels around the world to deliver gifts to all the good girls and boys. In a world too often filled with hate it is the one night we should all take the time to be truly thankful for what we have. It doesn’t matter what religion you are you can find some reason to celebrate. (We really should do that every day anyway.)

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This is the day Jesus was born. (Well not really but it is the day we recognize that he was born.) Whether you believe he was the Son of God, a profit or just a guy born is your choice. No one has the right to choose who, or what, anyone else believes in. I happen to believe in Jesus and yes, I believe everyone should, but if you do not that is your choice So to me, Christmas Eve is an important date.

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If you believe it is the night Santa Claus travels to the homes of children and gives them gifts for being good,so be it. Santa Claus if based on a Saint, Saint Nicholas who did deliver toys and gifts to children in his area (Greece). So just as with Jesus, there is some truth to the matter. Time may have expanded what he did, we may have blown it out of proportion but who did it hurt? It gave children something to believe in and I don;t really know when that was ever a bad thing.

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So whether you wait for Christmas Day by a fireplace in your home (If you have one) for Santa to come down the chimney and bring you something good…

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…or wait by the manger for Jesus to be born… or if your thing is just sitting in a dark room and sulking, it’s your choice. It is not a day to rain on anyone’s parade except your own if you so choose. If you can not be tolerant of my faith, then why should I be tolerant of yours? Jesus taught peace and what’s wrong with that no matter what faith you have or even if you have no faith at all.

So Good Night, Laila Tov or Laylat Saiidat. Have a good evening and Merry Christmas to all.

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