On December 2014

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? (Dr. Seuss)

In Latin, Decem- means ten, so it was the last month when there were only ten – but at least it is still the last month of the calendar year

December, the last of the seven months with 31 days

December, the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere

December, ushering winter to the Northern Hemisphere, but summer to the Southern Hemisphere

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly, I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Leonore –
For the rare and radiant maiden who the angels name Lenore –
Nameless here for evermore. (Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven)

December, who every year starts on the same day of the week as September, and ends on the same day of the week as April

December, whose birth flowers are narcissus or holly, and birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, blue topaz, and tanzanite

December, whose astrological signs are Sagittarius (The Archer) through the 21st, then Capricorn (The Goat) from the 22nd into January

December, the month providing the Yule Moon

December is the time for cultural celebrations around light, such as St. Lucia, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,, Yalda, and ending with New Year’s Eve

Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. (Maya Angelou)

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives. (William Shakespeare)

December increases awareness in AIDS, drunk & drugged driving, human rights, and Operation Santa Paws

December embraces safe toys & gifts, writing a business plan, spiritual literacy, and food service safety while promoting ties and stress-free families

December celebrates eggnog, fruit cake, buckwheat, quince, watermelon, tomatoes, winter squash, exotic fruit, and root vegetables

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December
A magical thing and sweet to remember.
‘We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. (Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing)

Book titles with December include Tenth of December, The December Project, December’s Lament, Lost December, and December

Movie titles with December include December Boys, A Warm December, Miss December, Roses in December, Cold December, and December

Other than those in this post, December is included in song titles by Alan Jackson, Linkin Park, Deana Carter, Prince, Norah Jones, Josh Grobin, Moody Blues, Taylor Swift, Cyndi Lauper, Demi Lovata, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Michael Buble, George Michael, Miley Cyrus, Christina Perri, Stevie Wonder, and more

Pianist George Winter has an album titled December, which includes the beauty of Pachelbel’s Canon (just click right here)

Tchaikovsky wrote December as one of the selections in The Seasons

What did you find interesting? Which songs did you like? Have a good December!

On a Monday Slide

Welcome back from another weekend! What happened at your end?

Yes, we worked some ballroom dance into what was actually a low-key weekend. Although we also attended a holiday dinner gathering of people who will be our new neighbors in a few months.

The holiday blog party was a big success. Thanks to all who attended, and the mingling that was happening was a big treat.

There is one BIG downside of doing that post … and I don’t mean big, but huge! I forgot two regulars here. Because I love both of their blogs and their visits/comments here,  here’s a special treat to White Lady in the Hood and Debra at Bagni di Lucca & Beyond.

Because my holiday posting schedule will be different, here are noteworthy celebrations for the rest of December.

  • (23rd) Festivus, Human Light Day,  Pfeffernuesse Day
  • (24th) Eggnog Day, Last Minute Shoppers Day
  • (25th) No L Day, Pumpkin Pie Day, It’s About Time Week begins
  • (26th) Day of Goodwill Day, Boxing Day, Whiner’s Day, Candy Cane Day, Coffee Percolator Day, Kwanzaa starts, BGSU bowl game
  • (27th) Fruitcake Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • (28th) Chocolate Day, Card-Playing Day, Gone-to-Pot Day, Call-a-Friend Day, UC bowl game
  • (29th) Chocolate Day again, Tick-Tock Day, Pepper Pot Day, Relaxation Day
  • (30th) Bacon Day, Falling Needles Family Fest Day, Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Day, Bicarbonate of Soda day
  • (31st) One Voice Day, Make Up Your Mind Day, Dice Day, No Interruptions Day, Champagne Day

My posting schedule for remaining time in 2014 will be a bit different. The next post will feature my holiday gifts in videos, so I hope everyone stops by the treats. That post will go live on the 23rd (evening Eastern US) so it will be live for much of Christmas Eve to those ahead of me in time. After Christmas Day, I will have a series of light, enjoyable posts.

Here’s something to start your week. Many have (or will) spend time in malls and/or airports … and escalators is one thing these two venues may have in common. Let’s just say that I don’t recommend trying this.

Have a good rest of the week!

On Approaching December

This post is in the similar spirit of Monday Morning Entertainment, just on a different day. As those of us in the USA are coming off Thanksgiving, the time is right for this post.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Given my mother-in-law’s health situation, it was not a normal thanksgiving for us – but we still found time to be thankful through a simple lasagna dinner for three.

Meanwhile, earlier today the family unanimously agreed to bring Hospice into equation. Although not an easy decision, it was the right decision.

With December starting Sunday, it’s time to set the stage for your celebrations. The list isn’t long, but there are some good month-long celebrations as Calendar Awareness Month and Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month. (Got to love those two.) December is also the time to celebrate the stomach with quince & watermelon, tomato & winter squash, eggnog, and fruitcake. (Thanks to Sun at Simply Charming for pointing me in the direction of Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcakes. December also celebrates Tie Month, Stress-Free Family Month, Operation Santa Paws Month, and Love Your Neighbor Month.

Although Thanksgiving is a day of peace, the holiday shopping season has burst onto the scene with a furry. Personally, I try to stay away from the shopping areas during the madness, so let’s end November and set the stage for December with George Winston’s Peace. Besides, for some, the white of winter, will be a common sight.