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December 31 is…
National Champagne Day
With the celebration of New Year’s Eve comes the ever popular toast of the evening as flutes are raised containing the quintessential wine of celebration and good cheer…festive, bright, sparkling CHAMPAGNE! There are many sparkling wines on the market but there is only one champagne and it is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name.
There is a bit of controversy over this day’s celebration. It is thought the reason everyone celebrates December 31st as National Champagne Day is because of the New Year’s Eve saying – "It’s Champagne Day!" It is champagne day as far as the New Year’s celebration goes but as far as the National Holiday, it is more likely August 4.
This Day in History: December 29, 1845
Texas, The Lone Star State, The Beef State, The Banner State, The Blizzard State, The Jumbo State
Texas State Motto: Friendship
To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why “everything’s bigger in Texas.”
A hardy winter annual native to Texas, the Bluebonnet was adopted as the "State Flower of Texas". This is the most commonly seen variety along roadsides and in uncultivated pastures throughout the state. Flowers are densely arranged on a spike with a characteristic ice white terminal.
This Day in History: December 28, 1846
Iowa, The Hawkeye State, The Corn State, Land of the Rolling Prairie
Iowa State Motto: Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain
A serious dispute over how large the state would be delayed Iowa’s admission into the Union as the 29th state until December 28, 1846, but by the delay the people of Iowa got what they wanted—all the land between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The state capital is Des Moines.
The passing seasons and moods as seen in Northeast Iowa.
An epic photo-essay over Iowa that will warm you to its charms.
And when was the last time the words "warm" and "Iowa"
were used in the same sentence?
December 24 is…National Eggnog Day!
A toast to the holidays is here so bring on the good cheer! Eggnog (or egg nog) is a sweet, dairy drink with cream, milk and often rum, brandy or whiskey. Eggnog is popular in the US and Canada, though less so in Europe and the rest of the world. Eggnog Day falls on Christmas Eve and encourages you to make your own to celebrate the festive period!
Want to try something different? Eggnog French Toast! Bon appetit!
In the midst of the seriousness of Christmas is always room for laughter. The holiday season definitely does not exist without its share of humor.
May your house be a happy house…Merry Christmas wherever you are!
It is incredibly interesting and absolutely amazing what different, unique Christmas decorations appear all around the world. What about the number of lights? Astronomical!
Christmas is very important in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank as it contains Bethlehem, the town in which Jesus was born. Fireworks explode during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 6, 2014. Check out the video at Awakenings.
Not everyone will be home during the holiday season. Places at the dinner table, seats in a favorite chair, wine or water glasses will remain empty, especially on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Distance, obligation, estrangement, illness, money, various reasons will prevent family members from gathering together. Among those not home are our military men and women serving our country on foreign shores or a veteran without a home which should never be.
While celebrating during the Christmas seasonAlways remember those away from home
Keep them in your hearts, cherish them in your soul
A day may come when you find yourself alone
Amid all the festiveness of the holiday season come times of remembrance… Christmas past, family and friends gone but not forgotten. There is an overwhelming sense of sadness that at the same time brings on smiles of the heart. The joy, the laughter, the silliness within the seriousness of the time. With Christmas, there is always music, special music. Some of the melodies have been passed down from generation to generation while new ones hit the scene with the changing times.
Welcome into the Spotlight: Mud, an English glam rock band with their 1974 hit on this day, “Lonely This Christmas.”
Loving memories of those who have passed on are rekindled everyday in music that lives on and on and on…