Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hanukkah, Mudd Day, Sangria Day, more

December 20th, 2011, is Hanukkah, Mudd Day, Go Caroling Day, Cathode-Ray Tube Day, International Human Solidarity Day, Sangria Day, and National Fried Shrimp Day. 

The first menorah candle is lit at sundown today, commemorating the first day of Hanukkah in 2011. The Festival of Lights is spelled many different ways, including Chanukkah.

Mudd Day is the time to consider the case of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, convicted to life in prison for setting the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, after Booth assassinated U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. In defense of Dr. Mudd, Booth was wearing a disguise at the time. Dr. Mudd was later pardoned by President Andrew Johnson. On Mudd Day, consider the possible ramifications of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly....O come, all ye faithful....Dashing through the snow, on a one-horse open sleigh....On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...." You get the idea. Today is Go Caroling Day! Find many lyrics here.

Cathode-Ray Tube Day celebrates the technology that used to light our television screens. Do you remember watching the little dot gradually disappear after turning off the TV?

The United Nations supports International Human Solidarity Day, intended to celebrate unity in diversity.

Sangria Day offers an excellent excuse to drink. Celebrate Spanish culture - you need more fruit in your diet, right?

National Fried Shrimp Day is the perfect time to enjoying an appetizer or entree from the sea, breaded and deep fried to succulent perfection. Hungry now?

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