Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 25, 2014: Trust Santa visited your home with gifts and not lumps of coal and your heart and soul received the gift of peace. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Toni Sorenson, with a smile on your face, knowing that after a Christmas feast with friends and family you saved room for a slice of pumpkin pie, 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. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
1. Christmas —celebrating a day in which all of you I hope under the tree or in the stocking also found the lasting and most valuable gift, the gift of peace to enjoy today and to give and enjoy each and every day in the waning days of this year and in 2015—Merry Christmas.
2. National Pumpkin Pie Day—celebrating a Christmas dinner ending treat.
3. Whistler’s Day—celebrating not that unique ability to make an audio affirmative response to Lauren Bacall’s classic cinematic question but rather the birthday on this day in 1899 of one of the classic icons of all acting Humphrey Bogart, who like far too many smokers died of lung cancer far too early at the age of 57.4. 1966 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1966 I’m a Believer by the Monkees.
On this day in
a. 336 A.D. the first documented celebration of Christmas in ancient Rome; for the first 300 years following the birth of Christ, even as Christianity spread and grew Christ’s birth was not celebrated and in Rome was overshadowed by the pagan festival of Saturnalia when Romans feasted, exchanged gifts and gave alms to the poor.
b. 1815 the Handel and Haydn Society, the oldest performing arts association in the United States gave its first performance.
c. 1868 as a means to reunite the country President Andrew Johnson the first president to be impeached but not convicted granted amnesty to all Confederate soldiers.
d. 1914 sadly on the Western Front, the Christmas Truce which began on Christmas Eve ended and the dogs of war were once again released with all their maiming and killing fury. The event is memorialized in the cinema and at http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-truce-1914.html
e. 1974 in what has to have been a wakeup call for White House security obviously as 2014 proved not listened to, Marshall Fields dressed in Arab clothing drove his Impala through a White House gate stopping a few feet from the entrance and after four hours of negotiations because he had claimed the presence of explosives surrendered.
Reflections on Christmas gift giving: ““Christmas is about giving from the heart more than giving from the store.” Toni Sorenson noted American author On this brief quote Toni is directly on point to the potential disappointment of retailers who need Christmas to survive.
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