Posts tagged with: Holidays

Origin of April Fool’s Day

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Instead of playing some elaborate April Fool’s Day blog joke on you (I have seen some really good ones in the past!) I’ll stick to a bit of basics around here!

The origins are uncertain – some celebrate it as a turning of the seasons (even though the first day of Spring is March 21) and some see it as stemming from the adoption of a new calendar.

The most likely origin that I’ve read surrounds Constantine and Kugel, though. Explained by Boston University professor Joseph Boskin, a group of fools and court jesters once told the Roman emperor Constantine that they could do a better job of keeping the Romans in line. Being (apparently easily) amused, Constatine allowed it – for a day. Appointing Jester Kugel as king for the day, he passed an edict “calling for absurdity” on the day. It then became an annual event. “In a way,” explained Prof. Boskin, “it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor.”

There was only one catch: Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the Associated Press (as this went to press in 1983) to realize that they’d been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves.

What are some of the best (or worst, I guess) April Fool’s Day jokes you’ve seen or heard of?

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Happy Birthday Mom!

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Today is a very important day!

It’s my Mama‘s birthday! Without her, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I’m so very thankful to have a mom who is also my friend!

Happy Birthday, Mom! I hope you have the most fantastic day! I have presents for you and will deliver them soon!

On another note for my readers:
If you could get anything in the world for your birthday, what would it be?

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Things I’m thankful for, IV

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that this day greets you with your loved ones and lots of food. I will be at my parents house celebrating the giving of thanks with them. Unfortunately my sister had to work today so she won’t be joining us, but I’m sure she’ll be there in spirit.

Let us continue my list of things I’m thankful for.

  1. the ease of finding things to be thankful for – I’m finding these lists are easier to create than I thought they were going to me. I know I have a lot of things in my life to be thankful for, but the ease at which these entries come out of me surprises me.
  2. my church – at first I thought the size was going to overwhelm me (the young adult group has over 1,400 members … who show up every Friday night to worship GOD) but the connections I’ve made with people there have been amazing. Solid Rock encourages me to have a personal relationship with Christ instead of following a “religion”.
  3. my job – I work at a bank, and times could be very dangerous right now, but my bank is doing well and while my job isn’t my passion (oh how I love education and public health), I do well in my position and it pays the bills.
  4. Mexican food – beans, rice, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, tortilla soup, oh how that makes me hungry for my Thanksgiving dinner now.
  5. my Epson Stylus CX4600 printer/scanner/fax – it may be out of ink right now but I can still use it’s marvelous scanning ability to scan old family photographs for some amazingly good times.
  6. bras without wires – this may fall into the “too much information” category, but I’ve recently learned the magic of super-comfortable bras and am totally loving ’em!
  7. straws – they make drinking things more fun. Hey, it’s the little things sometimes.

What are you thankful for?

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Honesty is good for the soul

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I am sick of posting recipes! There. I said it. Hah! Food is good, but it was getting a little old to me! I cooked some of the stuff I shared, but really the month felt like it was nothing.

This week I’m changing things up.

Monday through Friday of this week I will be posting at least five things (each day) that I am thankful for. I’d love for you to either join me by doing it on your own blog, or by sharing something in the comments here.

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving together on the internet by being honest about all the blessings we have in our lives! There may be a prize involved if I can get some participants! Leave me a note here if you’re thinking about participating and I’ll be sure to get a prize for someone!

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