Light A Candle Today. . . Remembering Children Lost To Us Far Too Soon

Dec 8th

Yesterday wasn’t as busy as I’d anticipated, but we did manage to get into town for a little while – BRRRR it was cold.  Not cold like those of you in the mid-west and east coast are experiencing, but cold for us!  After we ran our errands we went into a little town near here, where they decorate the entire waterfront park with beautiful and really incredible art done in lights.  We wandered around for about half an hour . . . just long enough for our fingers to start to be really cold, and our noses to turn red – but hubby got some pretty incredible pictures.  This display is even better in person, but if you look closely you can see the water creature theme – there are whales, crabs, salmon, on the other side there was a seagull and some more fish, sea stars, an octopus, etc.  They put a LOT of work into these and every single display is just as detailed as this one.   We’re going to try to make it back at least one more time before the end of the year.

Take it in the Ear Day – This is a really strange one, and I couldn’t find any reason for it, nothing that would give it any significance.  Even without any documentation showing where it came from or what it means, all of the bizarre and strange holiday calendars mention it.  I suppose that makes it subjective to the person celebrating it to decide what it means.  One thought is that it was set up by someone who was a little sick and tired of everything going wrong and just felt like they were taking it in the ear . . . or maybe ear was meant to be a different word . . . never know! 

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day – This one could be a lot of fun . . . if you’re young, feeling silly and just want to do something off the wall and different.  This one has been going on since 2009.  I have no idea who started it, but the idea is to do what the title says – pretend to be a time traveler – be an actor for a day and have fun with it.  One thing that has been done is to walk up to random people and say frantically, “What year is this?”, and when they tell you, get very quiet and say, “Then there’s still time!” and run off.  If you don’t want to do anything quite so out there, you could always watch movies with time travel in them, like Back to the Future, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Frequency, or one of my personal favorites, Timeline.  I could watch that one over and over again.  Truth is, I can TOTALLY see one, or both, of my kids actually going out and pretending to be time travelers and not even being slightly hesitant about it.  It does make me giggle to think about it.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
(The Compassionate Friends) – This is so beautiful, and so sad, at the same time.  The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites families and friends around the world in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left this life too soon.  As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor of the memory of all children who have gone before us.  This is believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world, and a gift to everyone who has lost a child.  It’s pretty awesome to think that a virtual 24-hour wave of light is created as it moves from time zone to time zone.  This celebration started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has grown as word has spread throughout the world of remembrance.  Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are done in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children lost, but never forgotten.  I have tears as I think of this one – it is so absolutely beautiful and touching in every way.

This Day In History

1980 – John Lennon, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and poet for the Beatles, was assassinated in New York City by Mark David Chapman

Food Celebration of the Day

National Brownie Day  – It seems to be a truth that brownie lovers love chocolate, and on the flip side, chocolate lovers love brownies!   It seems pretty logical then that there is a special day to celebrate brownies, making both brownie and chocolate lovers very happy.  Fun fact: Brownies were born in America in the early 1900s and were classified as a cookie (rather than a cake). Why? Because they’re eaten with your hands.  Now, pick a lovely recipe, make up a plate of brownies, and don’t forget the glass of milk to go with them!






It’s pretty chilly out – mid 20’s last time I checked.  I have a big pot of 15-bean soup in the crock pot, with 2 whole pork loin roasts that I tenderized and slow cooked yesterday, chopped up in with the beans.  It should start smelling really good in a little bit.  When I’ve posted this I am going to get my cookie books out and find all of our annual favorites, get my list going and get some cookies started.  Something about a cold, crisp day that really gives me an urge to bake something delicious.  Hope you have something equally satisfying going on throughout your day!  Merry Christmas, God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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