National Day Of The Horse . . . One Of The Most Beautiful Animals On The Planet

Dec 14th

I’ve been watching Christmas movies for weeks now . . . well, since LONG before Thanksgiving . . . and though they all follow a similar theme, and many of them have really pathetic acting in them (I guess Hallmark just can’t pay for the quality actors sometimes), it still makes me feel good to watch them.  Some are silly and filled with Santa, elves, reindeer and fun. . . some follow the plot line of having lost someone they love near Christmas so now they don’t want to celebrate any more, when along comes a kindly person who renews their faith in people, and gives them back their Christmas spirit.  All of them though, right down to the ones that have the worst acting, have a common theme – be good to each other.  Treat each other with kindness, empathy and love.  We all deserve to be treated this way, and it is up to us to make sure we treat others that way too.  If you are a little rusty on the “Good Will Toward Men” thought process lately, just turn on Hallmark, Lifetime or ABC Family channels and you’ll get lots of fun, silly, and even serious examples of how to do just that.  Remember, this is the season of giving, which we do because God gave His Son to us.  We can never give enough to anyone, at any time, to compare with the ultimate gift we have been given, but we can do the very best we can . . . not just this season, but all seasons.

Day Of The Horse – In 2004, Congress recognized the first official national Day of the Horse.  Here you can read the text of the resolution:

 

 

Encouraging citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States and expressing the sense of Congress that a National Day of the Horse should be established.
Whereas the horse is a living link to the history of the United States;
Whereas, without horses, the economy, history, and character of the United States would be profoundly different;
Whereas horses continue to permeate the society of the United States, as witnessed on movie screens, on open land, and in our own backyards;
Whereas horses are a vital part of the collective experience of the United States and deserve protection and compassion;
Whereas, because of increasing pressure from modern society, wild and domestic horses rely on humans for adequate food, water, and shelter; and
Whereas the Congressional Horse Caucus estimates that the horse industry contributes well over $100,000,000,000 each year to the economy of the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress–
(1) encourages all citizens to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States;
(2) expresses its sense that a National Day of the Horse should be established in recognition of the importance of horses to the Nation’s security, economy, recreation, and heritage; and
(3) urges the President to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States and interested organizations to observe National Day of the Horse with appropriate programs and activities.

This is the 9th anniversary of the first official National Day of the horse and horse enthusiasts are encouraged to celebrate the horse’s contribution to our country.  According to the American Horse Council, there are 9.2 million horses in the United States;  4.6 million Americans are involved in the horse industry as owners, service providers, employees and volunteers;  2 million people own horses; the horse industry has a direct economic effect on the U.S. of about $39 billion each year; when you take into account the multiplier effect of spending by industry suppliers and employees, the horse industry has a $102 billion impact on our economy; approximately 460,000 full time jobs are directly provided by the horse industry.  With all of the statistics set aside, horses are amazing.  I always wanted one growing up, and would take every opportunity I possibly could to ride with friends who had horses.  At one point my ex-in-laws gave my kids ponies – lucky kids right?  And I had the best of both worlds.  The kids could enjoy their ponies, but the ponies stayed at the in-laws, so they had the expense, the clean up and we had the fun!  I know – bad attitude, but as a mom I can definitely see the drawbacks to the extra chores when the kids were too young to take care of the horses themselves.  Someday I’d still like a horse, but circumstances would have to change greatly for that to happen.


Monkey Day – So today is a day to celebrate all things primate – it’s a chance to study them, act like them, watch movies about them, etc.  The reason for this celebration isn’t very clear.  There are a variety of theories though.  Some say that it began as a way to raise awareness of simian species and habitats.  Some say that it was a “scientific backlash” to all of the religious holidays during December – more like a slap in the face, if that’s what they were trying to do.  I won’t be celebrating this one, but figured since we were short on celebrations I’d bring it to your attention.  I have no personal issue with celebrating primates if the reason is to bring attention to their species and habitats – they are fascinating creatures and do deserve their own day on their own merit. 

Food Celebration of the Day

National Bouillabaisse Day-  Have you ever had Bouillabaisse?  Do you know what it is?  It is a tasty Mediterranean fish stew or soup.  It is believed to have originated in Marseilles, France, and is extremely popular all around the Mediterranean.  It is a specialty in ports across the region.  The fish in this stew should be all white fillets, and recipes call for a variety of fish, including cod, snapper, flounder, halibut, sea bass, monk fish and others.  Celebrate this one with a cup or bowl of this tasty stew. 

Summer Bouillabaisse With Smoky Rouille

Well, it’s Saturday and we have errands to run and lots to do to get ready for the next couple of weeks.  I’m feeling pretty happy that I’m ahead of schedule, most of the gifts are wrapped and I’m just waiting for a couple more to arrive.  Most of my shopping was done online this year and I’m LOVING it!  So easy and stress free. Why didn’t I do this years ago?  God Bless You, Merry Christmas and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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