It is a very chilly Thursday morning. My peppermint mocha smells so good, and when I pause to take a sip, the cup is nice and warm in my hands. The week is nearly over, and for that I’m partially grateful, and I’m partially feeling a little sad. I know it’s weird, but I like it when December crawls by . . . it makes the Christmas season last longer. Even with the world going nuts, and so many people being angry and doing things to hurt each other, this is still the time of year when most people tend to be nicer to each other, and I like that. I’m sure we all do. So, DECEMBER, please take your time.
I was going to delve into the history of Santa Claus today, but things got a little busy last night after being gone all day, and I didn’t sit down to do the research in time. Over the next days until Christmas I have decided that, in addition to our regular celebrations, I’m going to pick a few specific to Christmas traditions and find out where they got their start, what they mean now, and how they may (or may not) factor into our family’s traditions. For today though, you get the regulars.
Bathtub Party Day – With the temperature dropping outside this one sounds wonderful Today is the day to have yourself a little personal bathtub party! It’s such an easy one to celebrate that I think we should all give it a go – well, for those of us with a tub. Just fill a tub with wonderful hot water, add some bath oil beads or bubbles, and you’re ready to get in and soak all of your cares away. The peace, quiet and serenity of a hot bath is exactly what man of us need to relax and let go of the stress of the day. Turn off your phone, put in a quiet CD, pour a glass of wine and light some candles. You are ready for the most relaxing minutes of your day. If you happen to have a hot tub, maybe invite some company to join you, and even have snacks on hand while you visit in the bubbling water.
Repeal Day – Today we commemorate the day the 18th amendment to the Constitution was repealed. Once again Americans were free to buy, sell and drink alcoholic beverages. In the 1900’s, many of the people in American thought that alcohol was the root cause of many social ills in the country. Prohibition on a national scale was promoted in part by the American Christian Women’s Temperance Union. As the movement grew in popularity, it pressed the United States Congress to pass the 18th amendment on January 16, 1919, which prohibited the manufacture, transportation, sale and consumption of alcohol. In spite of their best intentions, the ban on alcohol did little to improve the social conditions of the country, or to reduce crime. Instead, crime increased as racketeers started making and selling alcohol, turning it into BIG business. As the popularity of the 18th amendment faded, more and more people sought to repeal it. On December 5, 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment, which effectively repealed the 18th Amendment. This is a perfect example how Big Brother telling individuals what they can and cannot do, especially in their own homes, doesn’t work. It violates our right to make our own choices. There’s a lot of this going around lately, as our government spins out of control. Individual groups of people mandating what others do, say, think, eat and buy. It’s ridiculous, it’s offensive, and the fact is that it won’t work in the long run, and will only lead to more hate and more discontent.
This Day In History –
1933 – The 21st Amendment repeals Prohibition. I’ll drink to that!
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Comfort Food Day – Although the concept has been around for ages, the term “comfort food” wasn’t officially added to the American dictionary until 1977! We all have our favorites. What would yours be? I have several, depending on my mood. The one thing that always makes me feel better when I’m bummed out though, is oatmeal cookies – from the recipe that my Grandma used to use. There’s something about them that fills my heart with happy feelings.
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Lasagna Cupcakes
- Tuna Casserole
- Devil’s Food Cake
- Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
- All-American Mac ‘n’ Cheese
- Chicken & Dumplings
It’s time to get myself out of the house and on my way to work. It’s nearly Friday! For those you who DO want to hurry the week along, we’ve nearly made it. Merry Christmas, God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!