Friday, December 21, 2007

December 21 celebrations

Many reasons to celebrate today!

Forefather's Day was established to honor the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth. Seems they have a big celebration there. According to the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the landing didn't have Christmas feel to it. In fact, the Pilgrims did not believe in Christmas. Funny how that has evolved into the biggest cash-generating holiday!

National Flashlight Day celebrates the invention of the flashlight in 1898. When the product was displayed in the 1899 Eveready catalog, "Let there be light" graced the pages. The invention of the device has an interesting backstory. You can read about it here.

Humbug Day is the genius of Just another reason to vent frustrations during the holiday season.

It's also Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day. Some people won't understand the literary allusion, but Phileas had to make a trip around the world in 80 days to win his wager. I'll wager there are people who still won't know what novel this is from. Or who wrote it. You can't fool the old English teacher.

And finally, it's Underdog Day, although there are some sites that report this is to be celebrated on December 17. My sources say it's today. And this isn't to honor that cute little white dog, donned in a red cape, that can fly through the sky.

No, Underdog Day is a celebration for those unsung heroes; the people who do just as much work but receive little attention. Good information about literary underdogs is located here.

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