Happy Saturday . . . . It’s A Great Day To Curl Up With A Good Book . . . It’s Book Lover’s Day!

Nov 2nd

Normally I’d be singing the Saturday Happy Song, but I woke up to the sound of the wind whipping outside and branches bouncing off of the roof.  We all know how much I hate wind!  So rather than having a nice leisurely wake-up with no alarm (which WAS the best part so far), rather than getting onto the exercise bike and slowly sipping my coffee while I made breakfast, I jumped into my clothes – just in case something hit the house and I had to get outside.  Sad, right?  We will be staying home today, because of the wind, but also because  I have a lot to do in the next 11 days – as my son is getting married on the 12th.  I am making the cake and have prep work to do with the sugar flowers, and cupcake wrappers to put together for the cupcakes, and the grooms cake to plan.  Yes, I’m going a little cake happy, but hey, it’s my son!   I am also embarking on a new business venture, which I will be filling everyone in on when I have a better grasp of it myself.  I will say that this business ties in quite nicely with the 2014 Celebrations blog though, so there you go . . . a hint.

All Soul’s Day –  I am writing about this one for information only, but I will add a disclaimer.  All Soul’s Day is a Christian holiday but it is not one that the doctrine I was raised with follows.  The purpose of All Soul’s Day is to pay respect and remember the souls of friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven.  Upon death, some believe that the souls have not yet been cleansed of sin, so prayers for the souls are said in the hopes of removing the stain of sin, thereby allowing the souls to enter the gates of heaven.  This observance started in the year 998.  OK, now for my disclaimer:  Anyone who is a Christian accepts that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  In the Bible it clearly teaches that we are responsible for our own salvation, and seeking forgiveness for our sins is something we can only do for ourselves.  Nobody else can pray for, and get, forgiveness for our sins on our behalf.  Celebrating this holiday may make the living feel better about those who have died, but we won’t know if they took care of their own salvation needs until after we have also passed away and made our way to either our reward, or our punishment.  Daily communication with God, persistently seeking His grace and asking forgiveness for our sins should be as automatic for the person who follows Christ as it is for us to breathe.

Book Lovers Day – This is one for all of us who absolutely love reading, which is right up there near the very top of my favorite ways to relax.  There is nothing like being in the middle of an amazing book that you just can’t put down, all snuggled up in a blanket, feet propped up, cup of hot tea next to me on the end table, completely lost in the story.  Reading books is a great hobby because it isn’t only educational, informative and relaxing, it makes us smarter and happier people.  This one is an easy one to celebrate.  Grab your book, a cup of your favorite beverage and find a quiet place to enter the world that exists within the pages of your book. 

     

Look For Circles Day – I suppose it is pointless to ask why this one was created.  I tried to follow the pointless road though, to see if there was any explanation anywhere for this one and all I ended up with was a waste of time, right back here to write about something that doesn’t seem to have an purpose.  However, as we’ve seen many times this year, celebrations don’t always have to have an obvious purpose – it is enough that the person who took the time to create them thought there was a purpose.  Circular shapes are all around us . . . drink coasters, drawer handles, light fixtures, the moon, the centers of flowers . . . well circles are everywhere.  In ancient Rome, circle were worshiped.  They were thought to be divine and holy.  Circles are symbols of infinity – a line that never ends.  Sitting right where you are without getting up, how many circular things do you see?  Sitting right where I am I can see 34 different circles. Interesting!

     

Plan Your Epitaph Day – It’s a good thing to always be prepared, and there’s nothing MORE prepared than already planning or writing your own epitaph!  How do you want to be remembered?  Here are some funny ones that have been found on real gravestones in the United States:

* “I told you I was sick!” (Found in a Georgia cemetery)
* “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas instead of the brake. (Found in a Uniontown, Pa., cemetery)
* “Here lies an Atheist … All dressed up and no place to go.” (Found in a Thurmont, Md., cemetery)
So, how do you want to be remembered?  This is a tough question!

Sadie Hawkins Day – I admit I laughed when I saw the origins of this one.  Sadie Hawkins Day originated in Al Capp’s classic comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934 – 1978).  In Li’l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins.  Sadie was known as “the homeliest gal in all them hills” and she was frantic waiting for “suitors to come a-courtin'”.  When she got to be 35 years old and was still a spinster, her father was getting frantic too, at the thought of her living at home for the rest of her life.  He was desperate and in that desperation, he called all of the unmarried men of Dogpatch together and declared the day to be “Sadie Hawkins Day”.  It was decreed that there would be a foot race, with Sadie chasing the town’s eligible bachelors, with marriage at the end of the race to the man she caught.  The town spinsters thought that this was such a great idea that they made Sadie Hawkins Day  a mandatory annual event, much to the upset of the bachelors of Dogpatch.  Because of all of the fun they got out of this topic, there were many sequences that revolved around the dreaded Sadie Hawkins Day race.  If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him kicking and screaming across the finish line before the sun went down, by law, he had to marry her.  The first mention of Sadie Hawkins Day was made in the comic strip in 1937 and proved to be a very popular annual feature.  Since that time Sadie Hawkins Day has leaped from the comic strip page to real life.  In high schools and on college campuses since 1939, there have been dances and gatherings where the girls ask the boys out, which was pretty much unheard of before 1937. By 1952, Sadie Hawkins Day had been celebrated at 40,000 known venues.  It is celebrated on the 1st Saturday of every November and is listed yearly in The Old Farmer’s Almanac!  How fun is that?

This Day In History
1721 – Peter the Great becomes Emperor of Russia.
Food Celebration of the Day

National Deviled Egg Day  – I love deviled eggs.  They are a feature on our table at many holidays and gatherings.  I don’t have a specific recipe, but just know what I want to throw into the eggs to make them delicious.  There is nothing sinister about the term “deviled eggs” since the “deviled” part refers to the original signature spice mix in the stuffing.  Deviled eggs, or forms of them, have been found in Medieval cookbooks, but those recipes describe a much more difficult process to make them than we have today.  If you have always made your deviled eggs the same way over and over, maybe try one of these recipes to give something new a shot! They all sound good . . . well, maybe except for the one with sardines in them.  Interesting choice.

Well there you have it, your celebrations for the 2nd of November – all worthy to learn about and some even simple enough to celebrate without spending any extra cash!  I love those celebrations the best.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!  I’m suddenly very hungry for deviled eggs!

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