Celebrate Where You Came From – It’s Roots Day!

Dec 23rd

Good Morning.  Well, it will be in about 3 minutes, so technically this is correctly going to be Monday’s post.  I’m up late, you say? Why yes! I am!  And what a day today . . . um, yesterday . . . was!  A brief rundown had me baking 96 cupcakes by 9:30 a.m., followed by breakfast with hubby – OK, I stood and ate mine while I worked – and more Christmas baking.  Middle of the day was broken by what was SUPPOSED to be a quick trip to take the dog to the vet for a booster shot before the window of time passed and we had to start the process over again.  We had an appointment and everything.  I’ve waited less time for a root canal than I did in that room with an antsy dog and a loaded schedule.  For those of you who don’t know me, there really isn’t such a thing as a quick trip to town.  We live 40 minutes away from town if there isn’t any traffic.  Today – um, yesterday – there was traffic AND a thick fog.  Yeah – it wasn’t 40 minutes, it was closer to an hour.  By the time I made the 3 stops I needed to make – besides the vet – I was gone til 4:30.  This is about 2 hours longer than I’d really wanted to be gone.  Oh well, plan B.  I picked up fried chicken for dinner – no time to cook – as a friend was coming over to visit and exchange our gifts to each other.  Yes, I’m a good friend.  I put her to work!  Hey! Extra hands are awesome!  She rolled cookie dough balls for me like a pro – wiping at least 2 hours off of my to-do list.  (Thank you Shelley!), then she didn’t even get grumpy when I proceeded to make 3 different icings, and watched me fill and ice all of those cupcakes, box them up for delivery, then box up cookies for my co-workers and hubby’s co-workers.  Hubby even jumped in to help and assembled my cupcake and cookies boxes, and he even did the chocolate and peppermint coating on the peppermint biscotti!  How awesome is he?  (Thank you Honey!)  Now I’m sitting up in bed, so tired I can barely see, but my brain going a million miles per minute so there’s no way I’ll get right to sleep.  Sad state, isn’t it?  Especially when I have to be out of bed by 5:30.  (The image I chose for this doesn’t have one single thing to do with anything I’ve written – except the Christmas theme – I just thought it looked old-fashioned and sweet)

While I am coherent, here are our celebrations today  . . .

Roots Day –  Today is a good day to celebrate your  where we came from.  Our heritage is important to who we are, and knowing where we came from gives us a sense of belonging.  Since many people are going home for Christmas, you can say that they are returning to their roots.  Doing that is warm, cozy and comfortable.  We are going where we have a sense of home – of that belonging I mentioned earlier.  If you’re hanging out with your Grandparents, maybe take a little time to REALLY talk with them – ask them questions about their childhoods, and maybe get a feeling of where they came from, and as such, where you came from as well.  It’s a beautiful thing!

This Day In History

1947  – The transistor was invented by U.S. physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Britain, and William Shockley.

Food Celebration of the Day

Festivus –  Apparently we can thank “Seinfeld” for this fake secular holiday all about “the airing of grievances” and “feats of strength.” I personally have never heard of it, but that could be because I really didn’t care for the show Seinfeld.  I know a lot of folks did, but it really wasn’t my idea of a good time.  Personally the thought of an anti-holiday really sort of annoys me, but it takes all sorts of things to make different people happy.  So if THAT is your idea of fun, here are a few ideas from Food.com to eat while you celebrate.

Well, I’m tuckered out and ready for sleep.    I have to be up in 5 hours.  It’s really strange to be sitting here typing this, knowing it’s Monday already.  I know, odd thoughts in the middle of the night.  Merry Christmas, God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow. Good night . . . um . . . good day . . . um. . . you know what I mean.

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