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#92213 - 12/25/08 05:27 AM Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008
Scoutgal Offline
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Ho Ho Ho! It's the first of the 12 Days of Christmas!More than presents, more than feasts and more than good times, remember the Christmas spirit and keep it all through the year! Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

Click on the picture!

Today In History~

---- - Just when is Christmas Day, people ask? Is it really December 25? Actually it is; but it wasn’t officially, until sometime between the years 337 and 352 A.D. This means that the date celebrated as the birth of Christ was not set until the time of Julius I, Bishop of Rome. To that time, the day known as Christmas was celebrated on one of three dates in the first 352 years of the Julian calendar: January 6, March 29 and September 29. January 6th, the Day of Epiphany, is still considered Christmas Day to many folks around the world; especially those who are Eastern Orthodox. Some of us receive gifts on both days, some on January 1 -- right down the middle. Others celebrate for days, beginning December 6, 13th, 16th or 21st and ending on January 6th. You’ve heard of the twelve days of Christmas? Well, it’s not just a song! It’s a schedule.

1896 - Getting a little tired of "Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree", "Merry Christmas Darling", "Jingle Bell Rock", "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and all the rest? You are not alone. John Philip Sousa wrote the melody to a song that had haunted him for days. On Christmas Day, that melody was finally titled, "The Stars and Stripes Forever". Either that, or Mr. Sousa really thought it was the Fourth of July instead. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt, please.

1917 - The play, "Why Marry?", opened at the Astor Theatre in New York City. Jesse Lynch Williams won a Pulitzer the following year; "Why Marry?" was the first dramatic play to win a Pulitzer Prize.

1930 - The Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opened to the public. It was the first bobsled track of international specifications to open in the United States.

1931 - Lawrence Tibbett was the featured vocalist as radio came to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The first opera was "Hansel und Gretel", heard on the NBC network of stations. In between acts of the opera, moderator Olin Downes would conduct an opera quiz, asking celebrity guests opera-related questions. The program’s host and announcer was Milton Cross. He worked out of the Met’s Box 44.

1937 - Arturo Toscanini conducted the first broadcast of "Symphony of the Air" over NBC radio.

1939 - The Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol", was read by Lionel Barrymore on "The Campbell Playhouse" on CBS radio. The reading of the tale became an annual radio event for years to come.

1942 - The longest, sponsored program in the history of broadcasting was heard on NBC radio’s Blue network. The daylong "Victory Parade’s Christmas Party of Spotlight Bands" was heard over 142 radio stations. The marathon broadcast was sponsored by Coca-Cola.

1949 - Dick Tracy got married on Christmas Day. The comic strip hero married Tess Trueheart. The couple later became parents of a daughter. The little girl’s name was Bonnie Braids.

1950 - NBC-TV got Walt Disney to lend his creative genius to a one-hour special which marked the cartoonist’s first jump into TV.

1964 - "Goldfinger" opened in Hollywood U.S.A., three days after its premiere in New York City. "Goldfinger" was the third James Bond film, as well as the third to star Sean Connery as MI6 agent 007.

1971 - The longest pro-football game finally ended when Garo Yepremian kicked a field goal in the second quarter of a sudden death overtime. Miami’s Dolphins nipped Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24. The game lasted 82 minutes and 40 seconds.

1985 - Ending the year, hot hits included: Swatches, those trendy Swiss-made watches, and Cherry Coke, which grabbed about four percent of the total beverage market after being reintroduced in the early spring. Back in the 1950s, there was a lot of Cherry Coke sipping; especially at the corner drugstore.

1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev announced his resignation as President of the USSR. During his leadership (1985 to 1991), Gorbachev brought about sweeping internal reforms, created greater openness in political and cultural affairs and set the stage for historic developments throughout Eastern Europe with his program of economic, political, and social restructuring, known as ‘perestroika’.

1993 - Mariah Carey had the #1 single in the U.S., "Hero", from the #1 album in the U.S., "Music Box". The single topped the charts for four weeks. The album was up there for eight weeks.

1995 - Legendary singer/crooner, actor, comedian, and Rat-Pack member Dean Martin died at age 78 in Beverly Hills, California. On his tomb at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles are the words “EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME”.

1996 - These films debuted in the U.S.: "I’m Not Rappaport" starring Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving and Craig T. Nelson in Herb Gardner’s stage comedy hit of the same name; "Michael", (drama, fantasy, comedy and romance) with John Travolta, Andie MacDowell and William Hurt; and "The Portrait of a Lady" (the screen adaptation of the classic Henry James novel), starring Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Mary-Louise Parker.

1997 - These blockbusters had openings in the U.S.: "An American Werewolf in Paris" (“Things are about to get a little hairy.”), with "Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy"; "As Good as It Gets", starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt who won Academy Awards for their efforts; "Jackie Brown" (“Six players on the trail of a half a million in Cash. There's only one question... Who's playing who?”), with Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda and Robert Deniro; "Mr. Magoo" (“Look Out!”), starring Leslie Nielsen; and "The Postman", starring (and directed by) Kevin Costner.

Music For The Day~

Click on the picture! White Christmas

Quote For The Day~

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
Benjamin Franklin

Chuckle For The Day~


'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the ship
Not a circuit was buzzing, not one microchip;
The phasers were hung in the arm'ry securely,
In hope that no aliens would get up early.

The crewmen were nestled all snug in their bunks
(Except for the few who were partying drunks);
And Picard in his nightshirt and Bev in her lace,
Had just settled down for a neat face-to-face.

When out in the halls there arose such a racket,
That we leapt from our beds, pulling on pants and jacket.
Away to the lifts we all shot like a gun,
Leapt into the cars and yelled loudly, "Deck One!"

The bridge Red-Alert lights, which flashed through the din,
Gave a luster of Hades to objects within.
When, what, on the viewscreen, should our eyes behold,
But a weird kind of sleigh, and some geek who looked old.

But the glint in his eyes was so strange and askew,
That we knew in a moment it had to be Q.
His sleigh grew larger as closer he came.
Then he zapped on the bridge and addressed us by name;

"It's Riker! It's Data! It's Worf and Jean-Luc!
It's Geordi! And Wesley, the genetic fluke!
To the top of the bridge, to the top of the hall!
Now float away, float away, float away all!"

As leaves in autumn are whisked off the street,
So the floor of the bridge came away from our feet,
And up the ceiling our bodies they flew,
As the captain called out, "What the hell is this Q?!"

The prankster just laughed and expanded his grin,
And, snapping his fingers, he vanished again.
As we took in our plight and were looking around,

The spell was removed, and we crashed to the ground.

The Q, dressed in fur from his head to his toe,
Appeared once again to continue the show.
"That's enough!" cried the captain, "You'll stop this at once!"
And Riker said, "Worf! Take your aim at this dunce!"

"I'm deeply offended, Jean-Luc," replied Q.
"I just wanted to spend Christmas with you."
As we scoffed at his words, he produced a large sack.
He dumped out the contents, and took a step back.

"I've brought gifts," he said, "just to show I'm sincere.
There's something delightful for everyone here."
He sat on the floor and dug into the pile,
And handed out gifts with his most charming smile.

"For Counselor Troi, there's no need to explain,
Here's Tylenol-Beta for all of your pain.
For Worf I've got mints as his breath's not too great,
And for Geordi LaForge, an inflatable date.

For Wesley, some hormones, and Clearasil-Plus:
For Data, a joke book; for Riker, a truss.
For Beverly Crusher, there's sleek lingerie,
And for Jean-Luc, the thrill of seeing her that way."

Then he sprang to his feet with that grin on his face,
And, clapping his hands, disappeared into space.
But we heard him exclaim as he dwindled from sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!"

Picture Fpr The Day~

Trivia For The Day~

There is a custom that on Christmas Eve an enormous log of freshly cut wood called the Yule log would be fetched and carried to the house with great ceremony. On Christmas Eve, the master of the house would place it on the hearth, make libations by sprinkling the trunk with oil, salt and mulled wine and say suitable prayers. In some families, the young girls of the house lit the log with splinters from the preceding year which they had carefully tucked away. In other families, the mother had this privilege. It was said that the cinders of this log could protect the house from lightning and the malevolent powers of the devil. Choices about the variety of wood, the way in which it was lit and the length of time it took to burn constituted a genuine ritual which could vary from region to region.

milk and Girl Scout cookies ;-)

Save your breath-You may need it to blow up your date.

#92215 - 12/25/08 07:04 AM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
Jeffery J. Haas Offline
It's the Despair Quotient!
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 15728
Loc: Whittier, California
Merry Christmas to everybody and if you're of another faith, all the very best to you in the holiday spirit, and may you feel all the joy and wonder that goes with the season.
It's wonderful to be a Ranter!

Jeff H and Karen in formerly Occupied TX
"The Best of the Leon Russell Festivals" DVD

#92216 - 12/25/08 11:58 AM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
Schlack Offline

Registered: 07/22/04
Posts: 9718
Loc: Ireland
merry christmas all,

just taking a break from the dinner prep, Feeding an army here.

gawd knows where there all going to sleep tonight, might have to hire extra couches
"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."
(Philip K.Dick)

#92217 - 12/25/08 12:06 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Schlack]
Jim D (FreeThinker) Offline

Registered: 12/15/04
Posts: 3242
Loc: Rafting on Phelgathon
Merry Christmas everybody.

Oh, and Schlack, give 'em enough to drink and they won't care where they sleep.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

--Mahatma Gandhi

#92218 - 12/25/08 12:08 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Jim D (FreeThinker)]
Jim D (FreeThinker) Offline

Registered: 12/15/04
Posts: 3242
Loc: Rafting on Phelgathon
Nice opening for Christmas, Scoutgal.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

--Mahatma Gandhi

#92219 - 12/25/08 12:10 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Jeffery J. Haas]
Joe Keegan Offline

Registered: 12/25/05
Posts: 8707
Merry Christmas y'all from the Florida Panhandle!


#92220 - 12/25/08 12:18 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Joe Keegan]
loganrbt Offline
old hand

Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 5850
Loc: Massaphuggintwoshirts
Where is Bing Crosby when you need him? Well, this kid is cuter, even if not quite as polished a singer. So Merry Christmas to all from my family and the new Obama administration!
"The white men were as thick and numerous and aimless as grasshoppers, moving always in a hurry but never seeming to get to whatever place it was they were going to." Dee Brown

#92227 - 12/25/08 01:23 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: loganrbt]
BC Offline

Registered: 02/05/04
Posts: 7507
Loc: ...Grand Ledge...
Good morning & Merry Christmas all! I wish all of you a very happy day in whatever way you choose to enjoy it. A nice white coating of snow cleaned up the place overnight. Wifey & I are putzing around in preparation of visits by two of our three kids & their special partners. The food is already smelling good & I am already hungry...time for a cinnamon roll!

- - - Bob

#92228 - 12/25/08 01:33 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: loganrbt]
Greger Online   content

Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/24/06
Posts: 17271
Loc: Florida
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Phil I will get to town and get a chance to click on all the clicky stuff in yesterdays Roundtable, I never made it into the office yesterday.
Great opener Scout!
And Logan, I haven't forgotten that

ppppphhhhhhhht! yuck.
Good coffee, good weed, and time on my hands...

#92229 - 12/25/08 05:01 PM Re: Christmas Round Table, Dec 25th, 2008 [Re: Scoutgal]
humphreysmar Offline
old hand

Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 5723
Loc: alabama
1776 Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians

1932 During King George V Christmas dinner speech, his chair collapes

Ya win some, ya lose some--even on Christmas

1917 "Why Marry", 1st drama to win Pulitzer Prize, premieres in New York NY

Considering the opening, shouldn't it have been "Why Merry"?
Currently reading: Best American Mystery Stories edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler. AARGH!

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