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December 16, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Boston Tea Party Day - On this day in 1773, the Sons of Liberty in Boston staged a political protest by disguising themselves as Native Americans and turning the entire Boston Harbor into a large, cold and salty, cup of tea.  The British are very attached to their tea, so they were most upset at the incident.  You might comment that the majority of the Colonists were also British, and also fond of tea, and you would be right.  However, in this particular instance, the Colonists were more upset by the tax the King had put on the tea because the Colonists had no say in the matter.  They were becoming independent and stubborn, exactly the qualities that made it possible for them to survive in this new country, and didn’t want the King telling them what to do.

Chanukah or Hanukkah - This is a Jewish celebration that begins at sundown this evening and will continue until sundown on Thursday, December 24th. The first candle on the Menorah is lit at nightfall this evening. On this Holiday, the Jewish people remember their struggle for religious freedom.  When they succeeded in their rebellion against the Greeks in 162 BCE, they cleaned and re-dedicated the Temple.  They only had enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp burning for one day, but miraculously that tiny bottle lasted for eight days.  Which, of course, is the reason why Hanukkah lasts for 8 days.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – This is a day to cover whatever you want in chocolate and enjoy. Be creative and try nuts, strawberries, raisins, pretzels, candy of all kinds, hotdogs, french fries, lasagna....whatever you can think of.

This is the easiest day to celebrate that I have come across so far since I began this blog in January. Simply light the first candle of the Menorah and cover something in chocolate today and enjoy it with a cup of cold, salty tea.

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