December 10 is Dewey Decimal Day. On this day in 1851, Melvil Dewey was born. He grew up to be an innovative and dedicated librarian. Books were originally placed on shelves in order of acquisition. Dewey saw the need for a better classification system, so he invented the Dewey Decimal system to classify books according to topic. Those of us who love books and reading are indebted to him for coming up with a logical system for classifying books. I’m old enough to remember the days of searching through cards in drawers to find where to locate a book on shelves in the library. Much has changed since then and since the days of Melvil Dewey. Since he first came up with the system, it’s been revised and expanded 23 times, with the latest revision in 2011. The classification system is used in about 200,000 libraries in 135 countries. Another system in use is the Congress Classification System created by the U.S. Library of Congress. Find a book and read something today.
But all things should be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40
by Diane Billeaud
December 9 is Christmas Card Day. I love the idea of setting aside a day to send Christmas cards. Celebrate today by taking time to write, address, and mail your cards.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
December 8 is National Brownie Day. Yum! Celebrating food during the holiday season is fun. National Brownie Day gives us extra incentive to make brownies to have on hand for visitors, family, and special events. Recipes for brownies have been around for a long time. Fannie Merritt Farmer is credited for publishing the first recipe in 1896 in her “The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.” In her recipe, the brownie was flavored with molasses. It wasn’t until the 1920s that the brownie became a popular, chocolaty treat. Since then, it’s been a staple at holiday parties. Everyone has their favorite recipe, from fudge brownies to cake brownies and including all kinds of extra ingredients to jazz them up. You can find two recipes in our book, “A Louisiana Christmas.” One includes chocolate chips to give it a richer flavor, and the other is a decadent white chocolate brownie (pictured). Both are delicious! Happy brownie day!
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil…Ecclesiastes 2:24
View of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941.Forums.pelicanparts.com
December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day to commemorate the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Fifteen ships were sunk or incapacitated and 200 airplanes were destroyed. 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded. On the following day, President Roosevelt addressed Congress, saying, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Following his speech, all Senators and all Representatives, except for Representative Jeannette Rankin who was a pacifist, voted to declare war. The war lasted more than four years.
2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Saint Nicholas is the role model for Santa Claus. He was a 4th century Greek saint admired for being kind and helping those in need, particularly children. He often gave gifts in secret so people would think the gift was from God. sometimes he walked with a small donkey carrying baskets filled with gifts. St. Nicholas day is a tradition brought to the U.S. by German settlers, who believed Christmas began December 6 when St. Nicholas arrived bringing gifts. We’ll be seeing a lot of Santa/St. Nick between now and Christmas. Celebrate St. Nicholas Day by passing on the spirit of Christmas to those in need.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
December 5 is Repeal Prohibition Day because the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution was ratified December 5, 1933. The Eighteenth Amendment banning alcoholic drinks was passed in 1919 and came into full effect in 1920. Many people believed prohibition would protect families, especially children and women, from many forms of abuse and would help eliminate poverty, crime, and many other social problems. Much evidence, however, indicates that social problems worsened. In 1925, H.L. Mencken, one of the most highly-respected voices of the time, wrote, “Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.”
Our world would be vastly simpler if we could pass laws that would take care of our social ills. Prohibition taught us that is not the case. In fact, even the opposite might be true. Eliminating or alleviating communal problems requires society’s investment, especially in its children and disadvantaged populations.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
December 4 is National Cookie Day. Cookies are known by many names: biscuits in England and Australia; galletas in Spain; keks or platzchen in Germany; and amaretti or biscotti in Italy. Whatever the name, they are delicious and most welcome during the holidays. It’s always good to have cookies on hand to serve unexpected guests or take to a friend. Here’s an easy, versatile cookie recipe to try. You can make the dough ahead and refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake. You can also add flavorings and decorations as desired. (Recipe on p. 147 of A Louisiana Christmas)
1 cup soft butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 ½ cups flour
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in flour until well blended. Dough will be very stiff. Divide dough into two parts and shape into two rolls about two inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate several hours or overnight. To bake, slice into ¼ inch slices and bake on ungreased baking sheet in 300 degree oven for 25 minutes or until light golden. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…1 Peter 4:10