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The Everything Card
The Everything Card

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'Tis the reason for the HOLIDAY Season!

Universal Human Rights Month
1 - World AIDS Day
5-12 Hanukkah* (Jewish)
6 - St. Nicholas Day (International)
7 - Pearl Harbor Day (United States)
8 - Bodhi Day - Buddha's Enlightenment (Buddhist)
8 - Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic, Christian)
12 - Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
13 - Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)
16-25 - Las Posadas (Mexico)
18 - Hajj begins (Islamic)
20 - Eid al-adha (Islamic, Muslim)
21 - St. Thomas Day (Christian)
22 - Winter Solstice (Dec 22-Mar 20)
22 - Yule - (Christian)
22 - Yule (Wicca/Neo-Pagan - northern hemisphere)
22 - Litha (Wicca/Neo-Pagan - southern hemisphere)
23 - Festivus (for the rest of us)
25 - Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International)
25 - Feast of the Nativity - (Orthodox Christian)
26 - Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom)
26 - Zarathosht Diso (Death of the Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)
26 - St. Stephen's Day (Christian)
26 - Kwanzaa (African-American - Dec. 26, 2005 - Jan 1, 2006)
28 - Holy Innocents Day (Christian)
30 - Feast of the Holy Family (Christian)
31 - Watch Night (Christian)
31 - New Year's Eve (United States, International)

This list was compiled from a list of sources on the Internet, including the 2007 Interfaith Calendar of World Religions, amongst others.

Who said, "There can only be one (holiday)?" This isn't "Highlander", you know.

Wikipedia Article
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Gift ideas from the folks at the SANS Institute: HERE
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My mother's signature dessert had to be her Jell-O molds. She'd start with a your basic lime Jell-o mix, but she'd substitute a half-pound of Philadelphia cream cheese for a cup of the cold water. She'd then stir the Jell-O until the cream cheese had thoroughly dissolved, then add a can of well-drained pineapple chunks.

On year, she decided to be daring. Instead of using pineapple chunks, she decided to use fresh cranberries and chopped nuts. (I imagine she was trying to make a holiday wreath in Jell-O.)

As she mixed everything, the cranberries popped, releasing their purple juices into the bright green Jell-O. The Jell-O started to turn gray.

My mom was horrified. She asked me what she could do and I suggested that her only option was to add some food coloring. She chose green. It was a bad move.

The more green food color she stirred in, the more cranberries would pop. The Jell-O became grayer and grayer.

She stopped and thought for a minute. She had exhausted all the time she had to spend on this, and now had no time left. She had other things to do.

She put it the Jell-O mixture into the mold to set up.

When she served it, it was a perfect shade of Battleship Gray.

The next year, she used orange Jell-O in her recipe.
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I made it to the grocery store today to get my supplies for Thanksgiving.

  1. Thawing turkey carcass breast (minus wings and legs)
  2. Spiral-sliced ham for Woody (who REFUSES to eat any kind of fowl).
  3. Pepperidge Farm Sage and Onion Stuffing
  4. Instant mashed potatoes
  5. Canned green beans
No. We aren't doing any form of sweet potato, with or without miniature marshmallow. I may take a can of pumpkin pie filling and whip that into a crustless reduced-sugar pumpkin custard casserole.

I think I'm gonna pass on the ubiquitous green bean - cream of mushroom soup - fried onion ring casserole and may just go with kitchen aliced green beans and slivered almonds. Leftover gb-coms-ffor casserole always looked a bit gross afterwards.

No crescent rolls. But, there WILL be cranberries! And, I'm going to try make my annual attempt at screwing up replicating Mom's celery-onion-sage stuffing. (It's amazing how badly you can screw up something that really doesn't have a recipe.)

One little thing. I work Thursday meaning I sleep during the day. And, as I work Wednesday this week, I'll be sleeping during the day then, too.

So, Tuesday, Tuesday it is!


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