and Tony Bennett singing, what more could you ask for?
Strange Random Valentine’s Day Quote:
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss (American Writer and Cartoonist, best known for his collection of children’s books. 1904-1991)
- Google celebrates Valentines Day with awesome Doodle (trak.in)
- Google’s Doodle for Valentine’s Day (googlesystem.blogspot.com)
- Valentine’s Day Google Doodle Depicts All Forms of Love [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Google’s Adorable Valentine’s Day Animated Doodle (mymodernmet.com)
- How Google Created Its Epic(-ish) Valentine’s Day Doodle (techcrunch.com)
- Valentine’s Day Paper Crafting Ideas (jessgordondesign.com)
- Valentine’s Day: The Greatest Love of All (ijustsaidthat.wordpress.com)
Strange Random Woman Quote:
- Most Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts, By the Numbers (proflowers.com)
- Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back (mantrameds.wordpress.com)
- His & Hers: 20 Valentine’s Day Gifts That He or She will Love You For (meetsobsession.com)
- Valentine’s Day Coupons on Flowers & Gifts (proflowers.com)
- A stylish Valentine’s Day gift guide comes sealed with a kiss (boston.com)
- A Man’s Take On Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas [He Said/She Said] (coedmagazine.com)
- Martha Stewart Picks Up the Valentine’s Day Tab: Would You? (news.instyle.com)
- links: Valentine’s Day (notmartha.org)
There might not be enough snow for snowmen, but there’s a straw man who returns at this time of year no matter the weather. It’s the “war on Christmas,” the tedious complaint of a few politically sensitive Christians who simultaneously insist a) that every home or business owner, regardless of his or her own religious beliefs, should decorate and otherwise make public gestures of support for this Christian holiday, and b) that the holiday is becoming too watered down, too secular, too divorced from Christian theology.
Every decision not to decorate or sing is interpreted as a “ban.” The well-meaning coworker who chirps, “Happy Holidays!” is labelled an anti-Christian bigot. Everyone must decorate. There can be no exceptions. When a school bus company operating in Eastern Ontario forbids decorations in its buses for safety reasons, it isn’t enough for MPP Randy Hillier to criticize the policy, which is indeed overzealous and over-broad. No, he mounts a “pro-Christmas protest” against “this attack on and erosion of our traditions.”
Christmas seems to be doing just fine, with or without Randy Hillier’s support. And there isn’t any lack of people saying “Merry Christmas” in stores and workplaces.
Strange Random Christmas Quote:
Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home. – Carol Nelson
- Merry CHRISTmas! (rubythursdays.wordpress.com)
- What’s in a name (redux) (middleschoolap.wordpress.com)
- Merry Christmas and, Yes, Happy Holidays (gasp!) (rghernandezpen.com)
- James Peron: Why I Gave Up Christmas (huffingtonpost.com)
- Merry Christmas! Where is My Gift? (socyberty.com)
- One Jew’s Christmas (themoderatevoice.com)
The first Independence Day celebrations weren’t held on July 4.
The colonists waited until July 25, 1776 instead. Celebrations took place in Williamsburg, Virginia; Trenton, New Jersey; and New York City. Residents of the first two cities had parades; New Yorkers, who were pretty tough even in those days, decided to melt a lead statue of the British King George III to make bullets.
The father of our country didn’t mind a little booze.
For the celebration in 1778, George Washington issued a double allowance of rum to each of his soldiers. It’s not known if he issued any to himself. But if he did, he deserved it.
- Which Beach-Loving, Famous Family Would You Most Like to Hang Out With on the Fourth of July? (popsugar.com)
- Fourth of July: What’s Open, What’s Closed (seattlest.com)
- The meaning of the Fourth of July (charlotte.news14.com)
- What’s going on Monday? (Fourth of July) (brooklynvegan.com)
- Atheists to Celebrate ‘GodLESS’ America on Fourth of July (constitutionclub.org)
- A Fourth of July Cake Recipe, Whitney Port’s Style Secrets, and Fighting Adult Acne: The Best of PopSugarTV This Week! (popsugar.com)
- Happy Fourth of July – See How Stars Celebrate Independence Day! (popsugar.com)
- Warning to Democrats: Avoid Fourth of July Celebrations (ewrossblog.com)
Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16. On that date in 1810, Mexico declared its independence from Spanish rule. Related blog post: Cinco de Mayo in any language.Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican army‘s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Yet Cinco de Mayo is celebrated only sporadically in Mexico, mainly in the southern town of Puebla see map of Puebla and a few larger cities.In recent years, though, Cinco de Mayo rapidly gained popularity in the U.S., where changing demographics have helped to turn the holiday into a cultural event. Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S. today with 44.3 million people, representing 15 percent of the population, according to a July 2008 U.S. Census Bureau report.
If you’re looking for some culinary inspiration for the event, take a look at this tasty blog called Haute Apple Pie, musings for the modern homemaker. They have a special post concerning ideas for the classic Huevos Rancheros and their other posts are just as mouth-watering!
Strange Random Mexico Quote:
“In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn’t work very well.” – Len Deighton (English Writer, b.1929)
- Metro Detroit ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Happenings! (wycd.radio.com)
- Cinco de Mayo Recipes (thehappyhousewife.com)
- Cinco de Mayo and Hand Embroidered Mexican Dresses (rubylane.com)
- Cinco De Mayo In New Orleans 2011 (thefinesoutherngentleman.com)
- Cinco de Mayo (weddingbee.com)