The mission of National Dog Day (from nationaldogday.com) is to encourage adoption and to celebrate all dogs.
The website recommends giving your dog a hug, adopting a rescue, and generally celebrating all things canine.
This isn’t just a holiday for purebreds (like Guinness the Therapy Dog) or for mixed breeds (like Lucy the Wonder Dog). It’s for all breeds, of all sizes and parentage.
Both Guinness the Therapy Dog and Lucy the Wonder Dog are rescues. Guinness was an owner release; and Lucy was adopted from a rescue organization. They’re both family dogs, with Guinness working as a therapy dog.
Guinness came to us when he was almost two years old and has worked his way into our family seamlessly. We went to dog school together and learned how to behave around people, how to walk on a leash, and how to be a good dog-human team.
Lucy was a stray. That’s why she’s so broken: she was on her own during her formative puppy months. I think she was abused because she was a stray. Judging from her fears, Lucy was hungry a lot and was likely chased from places where she felt safe. She also has a fear of boots, so it’s likely she was chased off by someone who wore them.
It’s also why she’s able to catch birds as they fly through our backyard.
Both of these dogs deserve to be honored for all they bring to our family. So, happy Dog Day, Guinness and Lucy.
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, which honors African heritage here in the United States. The holiday is observed for one week and ends on January 1, when gifts are exchanged and tables are laden with good food. The week-long celebration can include singing, dancing, storytelling, and drumming.
This holiday was created in 1966, making it new on the U.S. holiday calendar. A professor of African Studies at California State University, Dr. Maulana Karenga, began the holiday in response to the 1965 Watts Riots in Los Angeles, California. He wanted to help return the African-American population to feeling like a community.
Kwanzaa follows seven core principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
To observe these principles, Kwanzaa uses symbols: nuts, fruits, and vegetables to symbolize the crops and the work to maintain them; a placemat to show the foundation upon which people have built their lives; an ear of corn for fertility and to promote children and the future; seven candles, usually red, green, and black, to recreate the sun’s power, which is essential for the harvest; and a candleholder to represent ancestry.
The unity cup is used on the sixth day to honor ancestors and to represent unity and remembrance.
Gifts are given on the seventh day and handmade gifts are encouraged.
If you celebrate Kwanzaa, I hope you have a memorable week. Sonja
Tonight is the night when Christians observe the birth of Jesus Christ.
It’s also the night that Santa Claus comes down the chimney. He fills stockings and leaves gifts under the Christmas tree.
Santa’s ride is immortalized in the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. It’s one of my favorite things to read. I’m a sucker for a good story written poetically, which is why I love Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.
As a gift to you, dear reader, I have put together some deals for the next two days. Effective immediately, The Fairies of Carlow: The Gilding ebook and The Voyage ebook are available for no charge. That’s right. They’re free only until the night of Christmas.
I also scheduled special pricing on The Fairies of Carlow: The Commoner for today and tomorrow only.
Click the links on the left-hand margin of this website, or search for my name, Sonja Danielson, on Amazon.com and you will automatically get the free ebooks or the specially-priced ebook for The Commoner.
I wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas with all the glad tidings of the season.
I wish you a peaceful and happy Hannukah, also, with all the amazing things the holiday brings.