Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas time here ...

It's the 44th anniversary of the premiere of the bi-polar kid and his wacky friends first experiences of the depressive nature of the holiday season -

Hopefully you caught it on TV last night.

December 9, 1902-
I'll get you my pretty and your little dog too!

Margaret Hamilton, celebrated character actress best known for her portrayal of The Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, was born on this date.

Christmas video countdown - 12 days of Christmas (but not in the usual way)

According to the Associated Press, making one's true love happy will cost a whopping $87,403 this year, a minuscule increase from last year, according to the latest cost analysis of the items in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

That's the grand total for the single partridge in a pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, purchased repeatedly as the song suggests, according to the annual "Christmas Price Index" compiled by PNC Wealth Management. The price is up a mere $794, or less than 1 percent, from $86,609 last year.

The cost of buying each item just once is increasing this year to $21,466, up 1.8 percent from last year's $21,081.

December 9, 1783 -
The site of London's executions (via the gallows) was moved from Tyburn to Newgate. The public spectacle of prisoners' executions drew large crowds.

Out with the old, in with the new.

December 9, 1957 -
Donny Osmond is born on this date!

Still a little bit Rock and Roll.

December 9, 1968 -
The John Birch Society, is a political education and action organization founded by Robert W. Welch on this date.

The society supports associated with traditionally conservative causes such as anti-communism, support for individual rights and the ownership of private property.

If you think I'm going to make fun of them, you've got another thing coming.

December 9, 1994 -
Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is dismissed after suggesting discussion of masturbation in school classes on sexuality.

This gives rise to the euphemistic term "firing the surgeon general."

More Christmas Trivia

The lighting of candles and decorating with candles has always been popular, but also one of biggest sources of danger during the Christmas holidays.

In 1895 a New England Telephone employee, Ralph Morris, while looking at the newly installed string of lights made for the telephone switchboard decided to take some home to decorate his tree with. And/or it may be attributed to Thomas Edison's partner, Edward Johnson for inventing the first string of lights around the same time Ralph, for safety reasons.

In 1923 President Calvin Coolidge started the annual tradition of the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the White House lawn.

And so it goes

2 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 15 more shopping days until Christmas.

And so it goes.

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