The Christmas holidays offer an enormous variety of situations to your sense. One of the biggest is Christmas music. If you go near a Mall, grocery store, department store or just about anywhere, you’ve no doubt heard it. From secular and religious, to funny and popular covers.
Studies have proven that decorations and indeed music can lift your mood and enhance your memories, both past and present. Growing up I can still remember my dad teaching me how to play a vinyl Christmas album. You could only do so once you had the proper instruction so you didn’t scratch them. Some of those favorites not only encourage me to sing along, but instantly transport me to those warm memories.
Time spent with my dad, mom, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and the alternative words we, our cousins and friends traded. As time has gone by those memories are more precious than ever. So que up you favorites new and old this holiday season. Music is the second strongest sense tired to memory. This is why patients who cannot remember yesterday or recognize friends or family can sing and dance to the songs they grew up with.
Here are a few of my favorite artists and songs…
The second Friday of December is celebrated every year as Official Lost and Found Day. This year that will fall on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
- someone is holding it for the owner to claim it.
- Though not technically lost, items sold at thrift stores and flea markets are certainly forgotten. Take this day to visit your local thrift store and find something that will be loved in your home.
- If you are prone to losing things, perhaps today is the day to figure out a way to make sure you don’t lose things frequently. Some ideas include putting a name tag and contact information on your belongings and creating a process to check if you have all your things with you when leaving the home, getting off public transport and leaving any public area.
Did You Know…
…that the lost and found system in Japan today dates back to a code written in 718?
Every year on December 14th National Monkey Day celebrates unique characteristics of simians. The day also focuses on other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.
Monkeys, also referred to as simians, live all over the world. More than 260 species of monkeys populate Africa, Central America, South America and Asia. They range in size from mere ounces like the pygmy marmoset to the mandrill at a heavier 80 pounds and tend to walk on all four limbs. As a member of the primate family, they are considered a lesser ape. Most monkeys have a tail, though not all do. Monkeys are divided into two categories – Old World monkeys and New World monkeys.
These sometimes adorable creatures are indeed still wild animals. You should not attempt to get one as a pet as it is prohibited in many places. The exotic pet trades, circuses, and research industries are cruel to these animals. Their safety and health can be compromised in order to maximize profits. If you can and do adopt one please remember they are indeed wild animals.
Their personalities and habits capture the attention of humans on many levels. These intelligent animals with opposable thumbs live in family groups, too. However, many species of monkeys are endangered.
HOW TO OBSERVE #Monkey Day
Discover more about these fascinating primates. Learn about monkeys who live through all kinds of weather in Nature’s Snow Monkeys. Disney’s documentary Monkey Kingdom about the monkeys of South Asia follows a family and the shows us the social hierarchy that exists among the community.
Read about monkeys and their habitats. Children’s books that teach them about monkeys include:
- Meet the Howlers! by April Pulley Sayer and illustrated by Woody Miller
- Monkey Colors by Darrin Lunde and illustrated by Ms. Patricia J. Wynne
- No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
Consider donating to conservation efforts. The World Wildlife Fund combats the destruction of rainforests which is vital habitat for the black spider monkey, a vulnerable species.
Use #MonkeyDay to post on social media.
MONKEY DAY HISTORY
A Michigan State University art student, Casey Sorrow, created National Monkey Day when he wrote Monkey Day on his friend’s calendar. A celebration followed and grew.
Please be aware if you come across wild feral monkies there are reasons to leave them alone. They can bite, causing harm to both other animals and people. Those in Silver Springs State Park, some have tested positive for rabies and other diseases.
Silver Springs State Park Florida
A colony of rhesus macaques was established around Silver Springs in Florida around the spring of 1938. The monkeys were released by tour boat operator Colonel Tooey to enhance his Jungle Cruise ride. A traditional story that the monkeys were released for scenery enhancement in the Tarzan movies that were filmed at that location is false, as the only Tarzan movie filmed in the area, 1939’s Tarzan Finds a Son! contains no rhesus macaques, in part because of the species’ bad temperament. The monkeys continue to thrive along the Silver River to this day.wikipedia source
The options to this one are many depending on diet and health needs. Along with the steak you can have Zoodles as featured below (I get mine ready to go from Walmart produce). You can also use a regular or pasta of your choice. Potatoes are also great. If you need another vegetable try a fresh leafy salad or steamed Asparagus. All options are simply delicious.
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6 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Butter
Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 2-Piece Set (10-Inch and 12-Inch) Oven Safe Cookware – 2 Heat-Resistant Holders – Indoor and Outdoor Use – Grill, Stovetop, Induction Safe
DirectionsCut steak into 1 inch bite size pieces.
In saucepan heat butter and garlic.
Cook until butter is melted and garlic starts to brown.
In medium skillet or cast iron add olive oil.
Heat on high.
When oil is hot and shimmering add cut steak bites.
Cook 1 – 2 minutes letting them sear on all sides. Should be golden in color.
Add 2/3 of butter mixture and toss to coat well.
Stir well until fully cooked and coated evenly in sauce.
Microwave Zoodles as directed on package.
Add Zoodles to pan and remaining sauce.
Stir well together.
Featured image provided by: https://chefshamy.com/recipes/garlic-butter-steak-bites-with-zucchini-noodles/
Christmas is just a few weeks away, and if you haven’t sent out your greeting cards, make sure you do it on December 9 because it is Christmas Card Day.
How to Celebrate?
- Send out your holiday and Christmas cards.
- Make your own cards – your recipients will appreciate a handmade card.
- If you have small children have them draw a picture to include.
- If you don’t have time to send in physical cards, what about sending e-cards? I do both because getting a physical card from the real mail box means more and evokes more memories and happy thoughts.
- Don’t celebrate Christmas or the holidays? Why not send out New Year cards instead?
I’m a Florida girl so these really speak to me!
Did You Know…
…that the first Christmas cards were sent in 1843 and were commissioned in London, United Kingdom by Sir Henry Cole. John Callcott Horsley illustrated the card, which featured the members of a family.
Don’t forget to send one to our troops. Whether at home or deployed there are great groups like:
GINGERBREAD HOUSE DAY
Gingerbread House Day is observed annually on December 12.
A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was often molded into images of saints.
We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for the idea of a gingerbread house through their tale of Hansel and Gretel. It didn’t take long for the German gingerbread guilds to pick up the idea and put it to a more festive use making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Gather the family together, bake up some gingerbread and start building and decorating your very own gingerbread house. Give the recipe below a try.
Use #GingerbreadHouseDay to post on social media.
Outlander fans here is one more way to incorporate our obsession into our everyday lives. Channel your inner Claire and pretend you are a time traveler. Whether a trip through a stone circle, or a lightning storm and a Delorian, you can be from the past to this time or in Trekkie style imagine the future.
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day on December 8th encourages us step from our Tardis or flip open our Omni while wearing clothes from the past. At the same time, we should act appropriately confused by certain technology.
Time travel has captured our imaginations for generations. Science and authors keep coming back to the topic again and again, so it should be no surprise there would be a day to pretend to be a time traveler. The original blog post that got the day rolling can be found here. For more resources on how to be a time travel or at least act like one, we can explore the wide array of television and movies produced over the decades.
For example, Doctor Who is in its 26th season. Some might say that might be plenty of resource material right there. Let’s not stop, though. We’ve made a list and some of them might surprise you.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
HOW TO OBSERVE #PretendToBeATimeTravelerDay
Act like a time traveler. Choose your time period and decide whether you are traveling to the past or the future. Be overly shocked when someone says, “I’d kill for a double mocha latte right now,” or “That car is the bomb.” Misuse technology. When someone offers you earbuds to listen to a new song, sniff them to see if they smell good. Use #PretendToBeATimeTraveler to share on social media.
Forward or back be sure to explore the possibilities you would encounter. For me it would be a hard decision. The past would yield men like Jamie Frasier, but women have few if any rights. You can not own property, a job, your children. You would have been subject to your father/brother/husbands rule. Trial for witchcraft at the drop of a hat or as happened frequently jealousy or spite. No cell phones, indoor plumbing, electricity, computers, radio, aspirin, and a host of products and conveinces we now take for granted.
Travel to the future would have it’s own challenges as well. Most of lack the knowledge of sciences, maths, and other skills that would help you succeed in this time. Indeed if Star Trek and Star Wars are a glimpse into our future, it would mean enormous leaps in all these areas would be essential.
There is one other consideration here. The trials to ones mental health. Thrust into any of these circumstances while fun in our imagination would take a toll. Imagine all the acceptances required to function and in some cases just survive. You can tell no one where or when you are from. Both the past and the future could alienate you entirely from others or punish you severely if you let any of it be known. The same could hold true of the future too.
Still imagination and journeys are always possible in a good story.