Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Moving right along . . . January 6

From the St. Thomas Times-Journal
What's an important lesson you've learned from an adult in your life?

I could probably write an essay on this topic . . . but the purpose is to say something in one minute.  I like to surround myself with intelligent women who all have something to teach me.  From my grandmother I have learned how to behave like a lady and how to knit, crochet and sew.  My mother taught me grace under fire and how to be a giving person.

January 6th was bitterly cold and by evening we were having a major snow storm . . . again.  That is probably why I had time for four blog posts.

I have never been back to the Beanery to see what else they have on their menu.  I'm kind of sad about this and I think we will be making the effort to go again very soon.

I've used this chili powder a few times this year and I really like it a lot.  The only extra seasoning I have to add to my chili is hot sauce.

January 6

2000:  Scotty Bowman became the first person in NHL history to coach in five decades.

                Epiphany Eve, or Twelfth Night, has a history of centuries of merrymaking.  Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night was specifically written for this celebration, and some ceremonies, such as cutting the Baddeley, or Twelfth Night, cake at the theatre Royal in London are still carried on.
                The story goes that three Wise Men came to Jerusalem to inquire for the King.  They were told by Herod to seek him in Bethlehem and to return and report if they had found him.  On their way to Bethlehem, they met an old lady.  They asked her to go along and honour the newborn King.  But she was busy with her household tasks and begged to be allowed to finish her work.  So they went on and found the King.  The old lady started when she had finished her work, but she could never find the way.  The Italians call this old lady Befana.
                Did you know that the twelve days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and end on Twelfth Day or Epiphany?  The Feast of Epiphany is the oldest festival on the church calendar, going back to the second century in Asia Minor and Egypt.  Epiphany, meaning “manifestation,” commemorates the star leading the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem.  The day is also called the Feast of Kings, Twelfth Day, Twelfthtide, Three Kings’ Day, Day of the Three Wise Men, or Old Christmas
                According to an old custom, the Twelfth Day is a day of kings, cakes and wassailing.  A Twelfth Day cake was traditionally lavishly decorated with coloured confectionery designed as stars, palaces and dragons, and should have a bean and a pea baked inside.  The person who receives the pea is queen.  Make some paper crowns and have fun celebrating with the “royalty of the day.”
                It is bad luck to leave Christmas decorations up after Twelfth Day.  Take down the tree, put away the lights, and burn the decorative greens in the fireplace for luck.  Just as we take photographs when we decorate for the holidays, let’s take photographs as we pack away the ornaments, lights, and tinsel into the attic until next year.
                In times past, the last day of the Christmas season was traditionally the day that Christmas trees were taken down and burnt in big bonfires.  For the children this was an especially joyous occasion because, associated with taking down the tree goes the “Pl√ľndern” or “raiding of the tree.”  The sweets, chocolate ornaments wrapped in foil or cookies on the tree are the raiders’ reward.  Even though we do not often decorate our trees with candy and cookies, we can still have the bonfire.  Roast some marshmallows and sandwich them inside chocolate and graham cracker cookies.  Our ancestors would have loved our s’mores.

Bean Day

Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday. 
This fictional detective is the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Celebrated on or near this date by the Baker Street irregulars, a society of Holmes enthusiasts and other aficionados.

1942: Pan American Airlines completes the first around-the-world commercial flight.

Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian, folklorist  and biographer (1878)

E. L. Doctorow, American novelist (1931)

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