Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first].

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays: The first 20 days of December

part 2 of 8 by Glenn Littrell

From Thanksgiving to New Years' has been the traditional Holiday Season. The commercial holiday season continues to creep closer and closer to Halloween, which for the most part, currently includes all of November. During December, there are over 80 holidays alone. Some are ill-defined, others are commercially motivated, some are of questionable origin, some are frivolous (National -Cookie, Dice, Ninja, Bathtub, & Cat Herders- Day).snow_305x445

Some are civic in nature (Rosa Parks Day, World Aids Day, International Anti Corruption Day, Human Rights Day, Nobel Prize Day, Abolition of Slavery Day).

Some are of a patriotic nature (Civil Air Patrol Day, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, International Civil Aviation Day, Bill of Rights Day, Forefathers Day, Pledge of Allegiance Day).

Some are religious: National Christmas Tree Lighting Day, St. Nicholas Day, St. Stephans' Day, Boxing Day (12-25), Santa Lucia Day, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Three Kings Day/Epiphany (some Christian Churches celebrate this Holiday in January, also as the day of Christ birth).

Also, Advent Sunday is the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. This is equivalent to the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew's Day, 30 November, and the Sunday following the Feast of Christ the King. It can fall on any date between 27 November and 3 December. When Christmas Day is a Monday, Advent Sunday will fall on its latest possible date. Note that it is also possible to compute the date of Advent Sunday by adding three days to the last Thursday of November.

Some religious holidays are shared and/or celebrated by Christian and non-Christian: Hanukkah, Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid'ul-Adha, Asarah B'Tevet (the Tenth of Tevet) is a fast day (observed from sunrise to sunset) that marks the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon (in 587 BC) and the beginning of the battle that ultimately would destroy the Temple and send the Jews into the 70-year Babylonian Exile.

Some are secular or Pagan in origin: Kwanza, New Years, and Yule (Yuletide festivals were pagan winter festivals adopted into the Christian practices related to Christmas).

Some 'Holidays' thru Dec 20th:

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
Civil Air Patrol Day
Day With(out) Art Day
Rosa Parks Day
XTERRA Championships
World Aids Day
Cyber Monday
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day
National Mutt Day
Special Education Day
International Day of Persons With Disabilities
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
National Cookie Day
National Dice Day
Special Kids Day
Bathtub Party Day
International Ninja Day
International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
Miners' Day
National Pawnbrokers Day
National Salesperson Day
St. Nicholas Day
Faux Fur Friday
Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
International Civil Aviation Day
National Cotton Candy Day
Skywarn Recognition Day
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (The Compassionate Friends)
World Choral Day
International Anti-corruption Day
Weary Willie Day
Dewey Decimal System Day
Human Rights Day
Nobel Prize Day
International Mountain Day
UNICEF Birthday
Gingerbread House Day
National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day
Poinsettia Day
Asarah B'Tevet
Pick A Pathologist Pal Day
Day Of The Horse
International Shareware Day
Monkey Day
Bill of Rights Day
Cat Herders Day
Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
Free Shipping Day
National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
Zionism Day
Free Shipping Day
Wright Brothers Day
Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
International Migrants Day
National Re-gifting Day
International Human Solidarity Day
Mudd Day
Underdog Day


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