Nov 082014
 

Tongue TwisterToday is Tongue Twister Day. So get ready to try out some tongue twisters today. Do you remember any from your childhood. Try “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood”. Or how many times can you say “Rubber baby buggy bumpers”? Have some fun today with some tongue twisters.

Did you know that according to the Guinness World Book of Records that the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”?

 Posted by on 11/08/2014
Nov 072014
 

DunceDunce Day sounds like it should be a day to celebrate those who are dim-witted, unintelligent, or brainless. But do you know where the word Dunce came from? I found some articles that state that it is celebrated on this day in remembrance of Blessed John Duns Scotus who died on November 8, 1308. He was known for subtle distinctions and nuances in thinking. But in the 16th century he was accused of sophistry which led to his name Dunce that became synonymous for being incapable of scholarship or refusing to learn anything new.

 Posted by on 11/07/2014
Nov 052014
 

men cookingNational Men Make Dinner Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of November. The purpose of today is for men that do not normally cook (or do not know how to cook) to find a recipe and cook dinner for their family. Some ideas to make this fun to participate are:

  • Power tools. There are many power tools for the kitchen.
  • Cook with beer.
  • No dishes. When you are the cook, others can be responsible for the clean-up.

I’m sure you can come up with even more ideas.

 Posted by on 11/05/2014
Nov 012014
 

All Souls DayThe western celebration of All Souls Day is the day after All Saints Day. It is thought by many that the tradition dates back to medevil times and reflect the dogmatic invention of purgatory. Chiming for the dead souls was believed to comfort them while sharing of soul cakes with the poor would help to buy the dead some respite in the flames. This is where the tradition of souling and baking special types of bread or cakes came from.

 Posted by on 11/01/2014
Oct 302014
 

HalloweenThe origins of Halloween go back to the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (sah-win). It is celebrated at the end of the harvest season. It was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The Gaels believed that on Oct 31, the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead overlapped. This would allow the deceased to come back to life and could cause sickness or damage to crops.

To counter this, their festival would include bonfires because they believed that the fires attracted insects, which in turn would attract bats. They would also wear masks and costumer to mimic the evil spirits.

It is believed that trick-or-treating developed in the United States independently from any Irish or British customs. It is believed that American traditions began around 1911.

 Posted by on 10/30/2014