Saturday, December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016 Ridley's believe It Or Not Christmas Eve

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 24, 2016  It is Christmas Eve and this poet’s greatest and most earnest wish is that the spirit of peace finds its way into the hearts of all men and women and especially into the hearts of our elected Reds and Blues and having so wished will not comment on any of the news save a wish that all of humanity on this time of year enjoy and transmit the gift of peace---we are all on this tiny spec of blue together and our journey through the darkness will be far easier if we travel with  a sense of peace on earth and good will toward all men.     
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to the Supremes, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant poem from Francis Niven and a link to one of my poems, looking forward to enjoying a cup of egg nog to go with your feast of seven fishes, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, 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—finally a time to stow the credit cards and reflect on why we celebrate the birth of Christ on this day and the message of peace that today is so hard to deliver or receive.
2. National Egg Nog Day—celebrating our survival of the commercialism of the Christmas season with a relaxing drink with or without alcohol around a fire with friends and family knowing that children will be fighting the sandmen to try to catch glimpses of Santa.  
3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a surprisingly brief run of 1 week in that position “Some Day We’ll Be Together” by the Supremes.  Here is a recording of the Supremes performing the song:
4. National Feast of the Seven Fishes Day—celebrating a tradition of Christmas Eve that harkens back to medieval Italy and sounds and tastes like a great idea especially if you are going to celebrate Christmas with a ham or prime rib and want to jump start your lowering cholesterol defenses.
5. Join Fashion Parade in Spades—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1962 of handbag designer Kate Spade who after selling her line to Neiman Marcus has formed a new fashion line Frances Valentine. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1814 Britain and the United States sign the Treat of Ghent ending the War of 1812 but unfortunately for the British who were slaughtered when they attacked New Orleans not knowing that it had been signed.
b. 1865 in a really dark day in our history of race relations the Klu Klux Klan was formed; fortunately today there are only a few fanatics who still belong to the thoroughly despised and discredited organization.
c. 1914 in one of the few moments of humanity in the colossal slaughter of World War I, German, British and Frence soldiers left their trenches to observe a Christmas Truce and for a few hours end the slaughter on both sides.
d. 1969 Phillips Petroleum discovered oil reserves in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
e. 1973 residents of Washington D.C. were granted the right to elect their own municipal governing officials.   
Reflections by a minor poet on the Christmas Truce of 1914 which should guide us all:
 O ye who read this truthful rime
From Flanders, kneel and say:
God speed the time when every day
Shall be as Christmas Day.
 Francis Niven  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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