Hi. Welcome to the continuation of Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4. Just 4 questions to get you thinking, talking and visiting other bloggers. Click Holiday Time above to link up.
This week it might be nice to focus on December and it's traditions.
1. The 7th is Pearl Harbor Day when a terrible sneak attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii destroyed many ships in the American fleet and convinced Congress to declare war.
President Roosevelt said, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." Yes, it should be infamous forever. How do you honor the memory of the men who died in this cowardly attack? Do you put out your flag on that day to remember the service men killed? No, I don't because by then my Christmas flag is up and honestly, I've just never thought to put the flag up that day. I am very thankful for the men and women in our military both then and now.
2. Many people begin baking, buying gifts, decorating for the upcoming holidays of Chanukah and Christmas. Do you bake or buy? What cookies and cakes are your favorite this time of year? Got a recipe to share? I used to bake cookies and sometimes make some candy. I don't do that now, because if they are in the house, I will be the one who eats them. However, my favorite cookies are Tollhouse Chocolate Chip and I follow the recipe on the Nestle's Chocolate Chip Bag. As far as candy homemade it would be Buckeyes and Dad's homemade Peanut Butter Fudge.
3. December 15 is Bill of Rights day. The 18th begins Chanukah the Festival of Lights during which the light was rekindled in the desecrated temple in Jerusalem. The temple was cleansed and the light reentered it. The 21st is the Winter Solstice or first day of winter. What traditions, days, etc. have meaning for you in December? How about advent.. does it hold meaning for you? December is birthday month. My sister's birthday is the 2nd and it's a big one this year. My mother-in-law's birthday is the 15th, my daughter's fiance' has a birthday on the 16th and then we celebrate Jesus' birth on the 25th.
4. Christmas music is being played in stores during these December days. Does it play in your home? How excited are you for the upcoming holidays? Yes, I love Christmas music and if I'm alone in the car it will be playing and sometimes we play it at home. I've also been practicing playing Christmas carols for church. I'm looking forward to all the music, decorations, lights, etc. Oh, I forgot...I also have put the Christmas ring tones on my phone...it just makes me happy. I also enjoy being with family, although we seem to be dwindling down and our groups are much smaller. Of course with my daughters out of state, we don't get to be with them, but we enjoy some live video chats. Not the same, but it's still good.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great day.