Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Traditionally, the seven days before and the seven days after the winter solstice (Dec. 14–28) are called the Halcyon* Days, a time of calm and tranquility.
Safe Toys and Gifts Month. Dec. 1–31. What kinds of toys are dangerous to children’s eyesight? For more information browse: www.prevntblindness.org.
Universal Human Rights Month. Dec. 1–31. To disseminate throughout the world information about human rights and distribute copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in English and other languages. For more information call 770.565.2322 or send e-mail to ISFGW@bellsouth.net.
Tolerance Week. Dec. 1–7. To promote the importance of tolerance among human beings as a means of reducing bigotry and prejudice toward those of a different religion, race or creed. For more information call 770.565.2322 or send e-mail to ISFGW@bellsouth.net.
Hanukkah. Dec. 8–15. Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication. Festival lasting eight days commemorates victory of Maccabees over Syrians (165 B.C.) and rede. dication of Temple Jerusalem. Begins on Hebrew calendar date Kislev 25, 5765.
Halcyon Days. Dec. 14–28. Traditionally, the seven days before and the seven days after the winter solstice. To the ancients a time when a fabled bird (called the halcyon—pronounced hal-cee-on) calmed the wind and waves —a time of calm and tranquility.
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Rosa Parks Day: Anniversary of Arrest. Dec. 1, 1955. Anniversary of the arrest of Rosa Parks at Montgomery, Ala., for refusing to give up her seat and move to the back of a municipal bus.
United Nations World AIDS Day. Dec.1 An international day of awareness and education about AIDS. For more information browse: www.un.org.
National Communicate with Your Kids Day. Dec. 5. To promote open and ongoing communication between parents and children with a special emphasis on early childhood communication. For more information browse: www.kindersigns.com.
Saint Nicholas Day. Dec. 6 Saint Nicholas was one of the most venerated saints of both Eastern and Western Christian churches. He lived in what is today’s Turkey in the fourth century. He was known for his great charity. Santa Claus and the presentation of gifts are said to derive from Saint Nicholas.
Pearl Harbor Day. Anniversary. Dec. 7, 1941. At 7:55 a.m. (local time), nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The raid left more than 3,000 dead. It brought the United States into World War II immediately.
Poinsettia Day. (Joel Roberts Poinsett: Death Anniversary). Dec. 12. A day to enjoy poinsettias and to honor Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett, the American diplomat who introduced the Central American plant that bears his name into the United States.
Christmas. Dec. 25. Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
National Whiner’s Day. Dec. 26. A day dedicated to whiners, especially those who return Christmas gifts and need lots of attention. For more information browse: www. geocities.com/hugging_whining.
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New Year’s Eve. Dec. 31. The last evening of the Gregorian calendar year, traditionally a night for merrymaking to welcome in the new year.
*Halcyon hal•cy•on(hal'sE-un) —adj.
1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather. 2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace. 3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
1. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
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