Aren’t we supposed to be enjoying this?

December 24, 2015

I had an enforced pause in Christmas Eve proceedings this morning when I arrived at the berry farm 30 minutes before it opened for sales.

As I waited I pondered the news stories I’d heard and read about the stress of Christmas.

Some were of people in dire circumstances which is a reminder to those who have more than enough to help those who haven’t.

Others were of people who have enough but have forgotten what Christmas is supposed to be about.

Whether or not you’re a Christian, what really matters is people and love and if you’ve got enough, remember you’re supposed to be enjoying Christmas.

I got the berries and now, at the other end of the day, I’m waiting for the pavlova to cook.

As I do I”m also looking forward to tomorrow with three generations of extended family and some waifs and strays who are far from home.

May you all have a blessed Christmas and may 2016 be kind to you and yours.

 

 

 


Word of the day

December 24, 2015

Largifical – ample; liberal;  generous;  bountiful.


Thursday’s quiz

December 24, 2015

In the spirit of the season anyone who poses the questions will win a virtual Christmas cake and anyone who stumps everyone will get a virtual box of cherries as a bonus.

There’s no need to follow my five-question formula.


Quote of the day

December 24, 2015

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge. – Matthew Arnold who was born on this day in 1822.


December 24 in history

December 24, 2015

1754 George Crabbe, British poet and naturalist, was born  (d. 1832).

1777  Kiritimati, (Christmas Island) was discovered by James Cook.

1814  The Treaty of Ghent was signed ending the War of 1812.

1822 Matthew Arnold, British poet, was born (d. 1888).

1865  Several U.S. Civil War Confederate veterans formed the Ku Klux Klan.

1880  Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, children’s book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann was born (d. 1938).

1893  Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (Chattanooga Choo Choo – I Only Have Eyes for You), was born (d. 1981).

1905 Howard Hughes, American film producer and inventor, was born (d. 1976).

1906  Reginald Fessenden transmitted the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.

1914  World War I: The “Christmas truce” began.1922 Ava Gardner, American actress, was born (d. 1990).1923 George Patton IV, American general, was born (d. 2004).

1924  Albania became a republic.

1927  Mary Higgins Clark, American author, was born.

1941  World War II: Hong Kong fell to the Japanese Imperial Army.

1943 General Dwight D. Eisenhower became Supreme Allied Commander.

1946  France’s Fourth Republic was founded.

1948 Frank Oliver, New Zealand rugby player, was born.

1951 Libya became independent from Italy. Idris I was proclaimed King.

1953 Tangiwai railway disaster – The worst railway disaster in New Zealand’s history occurred on Christmas Eve 1953 when the Wellington-Auckland night express plunged into the flooded Whangaehu River, just west of Tangiwai in the central North Island. The accident happened after arailway bridge was destroyed by a lahar.

Tangiwai railway disaster

1955  NORAD Tracked Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition.

1957 Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, was born.

1961 Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, was born.

1968 The crew of Apollo 8 entered into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.

1969– Ed Miliband, leader of the British Labour Party, was born.

1974  Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin.

1979 – The first European Ariane rocket was launched.

1997 – The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria killed 50-100 people.

2000 – The Texas 7 held up a sports store in Irving, Texas,  Police officer Aubrey Hawkins was murdered during the robbery.

2003 – Spanish police thwarted an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s Chamartín Station.

2005 – Chad–Sudan relations: Chad declared a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.

2008 – Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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