Sunday, December 1, 2013

Motivations & Smiles for December

(gleaned from my collection of Calendar Quotes)
Hope you have enjoyed these wise philosophies sent monthly to you!

Without a Shepherd...Sheep are not a Flock!
(Russian Proverb)

Attitude:  It's not the's your reaction to the situation.  (Bob Conklin)

Positive Thinking:  A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.  (Anonymous)

Cooperation:  It is through cooperation rather than conflict that your greatest successes will be derived.  (Ralph Charell) the place where...when you have to go there, they have to take you in.  (Robert Frost)

Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world indeed.  It is the only thing that ever has!  (Anonymous)

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things...but just look what they can do when they stick together.  (Vesta M. Kelly)

Do what you can...with what you have and where you are.  (Theodore Roosevelt)

The speed of the leader...determines the rate of the pack. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

People who say they sleep like a baby...never had one!  (Anonymous)

From Marie's Motivational Calendar with Invitation to “Compete”
(illustrated by a team of red suited and helmeted bobsledders
pushing their highly engineered vehicle into starting position)
The important thing in not to triumph, but to compete!
(Pierre de Coubertin)

Special Event Days

December 5 (Thursday) ~ Last day of Hanukkah in Canada.  Also known as the Festival of Light, it is an 8-day Jewish observance to remember the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

December 7 (Saturday) ~ Pearl Harbour Remembrance Day.  United States commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbour in Hawaii during WWII.  Many American service men and women lost their lives or were injured  on December7, 1941.

December 17 (Tuesday) ~ Full Moon: is the lunar phase that occurs when the moon is completely illuminated as seen from Earth appearing round (while the far side is almost completely un-illuminated)
The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite.

December 21 (Saturday) ~ The December Solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination.  It occurs annually on a day between December 20 and 23.  It is the time when the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon.

December 24 (Tuesday) ~ Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day  It is a busy shopping day and some families gather with friends...often exchanging gifts in the evening.

December 25 (Wednesday) ~ Christmas Day (meaning Christ's Mass) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday by millions of people around the world.  **

December 26 (Thursday) ~ Boxing Day (Canada and UK) is traditionally the day following Christmas Day when originally, service and tradesmen would receive gifts from their bosses or employers known as a “Christmas Box”.  Today, it is better known as a Bank or public holiday...where store sales abound!

New Year's Eve (Wednesday) ~ Also known as “Old Year's Day” the last day of the year.  It is celebrated at evening social gatherings where many people lavishly...drink alcohol beverages...perhaps watch or light mark the “New Year”.  Some people attend a “watch night service”...others attend large civic gala celebrations e.g. New York City, Niagara Falls, Ontario and other major cities around the world.  It is also a day of reflection of the past year's events and now a time to prepare for the New Year!

** Three Wise Women
would have asked directions,
would have arrived on time,
would have helped deliver the baby,
would have cleaned the stable,
would have made a casserole,
would have brought practical gifts
and there would be...Peace on Earth!

(the foregoing was a framed scrolled plaque
given me several years ago by a Hamilton bridge-playing friend)

Today it hangs in my washroom...daily I read it!

Did You Know?
Many birds overwinter in Canada, including chickadees, blue jays, cardinals and many species of woodpeckers and will frequent backyard feeders.

December's Bird
(as selected by the Canadian Wildlife Federation)

Common Redpolls are named for their red foreheads, but because this is not always obvious, they can also be recognized by distinctive black patches under their beaks.  Redpolls are a member of the winter finches, a group of finches which breed in northern Canada and so are generally only seen in southern more populated areas during the winter. the body of knowledge whereby customs are transmitted down through generations.
In “modern day” many new ideas are implemented...and the past is forgotten.  Perhaps we can re-light a few of “the oldies” to gain a better holiday insight...and develop appreciation for these December days.

In ancient times, both Druids and Romans bring sprigs of mistletoe
in their houses and places of celebration...
to bring Good Fortune, Peace and Love!

Solstice Present...Solstice Past.  This is the legacy of Saturnalia...
a week-long Pagan Winter Solstice Festival of ancient Rome!

Carry a sprig of holly...
it will protect you against fierce winter storms
and it will bestow upon you …
the focus, direction  and courage you need
to succeed in your own spiritual quest.

“Just hear those sleigh bells
Ringing and jing, ting, ting-along-too;
Come's lovely weather for
A sleigh ride together with you.”

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr … December 1, 2013
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