Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 24, 2014: Trust your gifts are all wrapped and you are enjoying Christmas Eve. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Charles Dickens, with a smile on your face, knowing that this should be the day to enjoy some egg nog, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Christmas Eve—celebrating a time when children should be taking No-Doz secretly so they can try to stay awake to see Santa coming down the chimney with their presents—magical time! If a parent cherish it as their beliefs in Santa like a pond in Death Valley will quickly evaporate.
2. National Egg Nog Day—celebrating a great way to sit next to a fire and reflect on one’s gratitudes and blessings.
3. What Gift To Put Under A Sitka Spruce Christmas Tree—if your last name is Hughes, it would be a baby boy Howard Hughes born on this day in 1905 who grew up to be a very wealthy but reclusive man in his later years and sadly ridiculed for building a gigantic wooden float plane nicknamed the “Spruce Goose” which flew once on November 2, 1947 for one mile at an altitude of 70 feet and is now ensconced at an airplane museum in McMinnville, Oregon.4. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1965 Over and Over Feel by the Dave Clark Five.
On this day in
a. 1826 the Egg Nog Riot began at the U.S. Military Academy caused by copious amounts of whiskey being smuggled into the Academy and consumed in excess in egg nog.
b. 1865 in a black mark on this nation’s social history and dealings with black Americans, the Klu Klux Klan was formed.
c. 1906 Reginald Fessenden transmitted the first radio broadcast consisting of music and a reading from the Bible.
d. 1914 after four months of slaughter in the trenches in World War I, on Christmas Eve the “Christmas Truce” began with Germans and British soldiers putting down their arms and venturing out into No Man’s Land to exchange gifts, fraternize, and play soccer. Sadly, the truce did not continue past Christmas and on the 26th the killing and maiming continued. The event is memorialized in the cinema and at http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-truce-1914.html
Reflections on Christmas Eve: “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” ~Charles Dickens Now more than ever as 2015 is near, words to live by especially in the halls of Congress and the White House not only during Christmas but also during the rest of the each day.
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