Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kwanzaa begins today -- St. Stephen's Day and lots more

The celebration of Kwanzaa begins today and runs through January 1.

Today is Boxing Day in Britain and other Commonwealth Nations -- a day having nothing to do with the 'sweet science' of the 'Squared Circle,' by the way.

Today is also St. Stephen's Day, the first martyr for Christianity, sometimes referred to as the Protomartyr. His martyrdom is recorded in Chapter 7 of the Acts of the Apostles. Saul of Tarsus (later, St. Paul) took an active role in Stephen's murder.

It was on St. Stephen's Day, too, that Good King Wenceslas looked out... remember? When the snow lay roundabout, deep and crisp and even....

Today is the Second Day of Christmas, Thank You Note Day, Awful Tie Day, National Whiner's Day and National Recyclable Packaging Day. You're not sending all that wrapping paper and tissue to a landfill, are you?

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