Great Reasons To Give Flowers This Month.

Holidays, special events, wacky tributes and questionable excuses to send flowers.

 

December at a Glance:

 

 

December 2:   National Fritters Day...Whether you're enjoying corn fritters or apple fritters or fritters with bits of critters, be sure to pick up a poinsettia. It will put you in the mood for a holiday month that will include your munching on just about everything

Celebrate this day by clicking on the corn fritter to the left and landing in fritter land with recipes from all over the world for every fritter imaginable.


December 4:
 National Santa's List Day...Of course we expect you to be on his "Nice" list but, if not, there's still plenty of time to get there. An unexpected bouquet of flowers for a loved one will go along way toward moving your name up the list.

December 5: Repeal Day...On January 16, 1919, following years of protests against the sale and consumption of alcohol, Congress passed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the manufacture, transportation, sale and consumption of alcohol.  Although intended to eliminate a number of social problems blamed on alcohol, it had the opposite effect and eventually Congress passed the 21st Amendment repealing prohibition.  On December 5, 1933, the State of Utah ratified the 21st Amendment, reaching the goal of 3/4 of the states needed to approve the amendment. As a result reformers like Carrie Nation and gangsters like Al Capone were all out of work.


December 6: St. Nicholas Day...The Greek Bishop whose life became the model for Santa Claus was known for his work with the poor and, especially, with young children. A perfect day to cheer up a sick child or a young patient in the hospital with a small arrangement of flowers, candy and a plush puppy.




December 6:
First day of Hanukkah...The eight day Jewish Festival of Light begins this evening with the lighting of the first candle on the menorah. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, purity over adulteration, and spirituality over materialism. It recounts the time when over 2,100 years ago, and against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to God.  During the rededication, they lit a candle on the menorah with only one day of oil to maintain the flame...it burned for eight days.
Chanukah customs include eating foods fried in oil -- latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts); playing with the dreidel (a spinning top) and the giving of Hanukah gelt, gifts of money, to children.
In recent years, the wearing of the ugliest Hanukkah sweater has become popular in some circles.

December 7: National Letter Writing Day...We're not talking emails or tweets. We're talking about sitting down and writing a card or a letter to someone you care about. Consider a small bud vase of roses with an enclosed card that says, "Because I love you."

December 7:  Pearl Harbor Day...At dawn on December 7, 1941 Japanese aircraft swept across the Hawaiian island of Oahu and bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor killing thousands of American servicemen and women. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, speaking before Congress, called the attack "A day that will live in infamy." Shortly thereafter, war was declared and America entered World War II.  December 7th remains a somber day in our country and flags will be lowered to half mast in honor of the dead. Many people remember the service of a friend or family member with a bouquet or a plant on their grave.

December 8: National Brownie Day...We'll help you make someone's day. Bring in some of your best brownies and we'll work them into a "delicious arrangement" with fresh flowers or a blooming plant. Be sure to throw in a few extra for our floral designers.

December 9:  National Christmas Card Day...Honors Sir Henry Cole (1818 - 1874) of England who created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843 (on the left). This is a good day to finalize your list of friends, customers or clients to whom you may want to send a poinsettia or a Holiday arrangement.





December 12: 
Poinsettia Day...remembers Joel Robert Poinsett, a botanist and Renaissance man, who in 1823 while serving as the American Minister to Mexico, discovered poinsettia plants adorning a church in a village south of Mexico City.  Learning that they were called "Flores de Noche Buena", or "Christmas Eve Flowers", Poinsett shipped several plants home to his plantation in Greenville, SC. The rest is history. Once again we will have the best selection of poinsettias in the area. To see our selection of colors for this year click on Joel's image.

December 15: Bill of Rights Day...On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States proposed 12 amendments to the Constitution to the state legislatures. This was done to allay fears that the original Constitution did not say enough about individual rights. Ten of these amendments were added to the Constitution on December 15, 1791.

The Bill of Rights includes these Amendments:

Amendment 1- Freedom of speech, press and religion

Amendment 2 - The right to bear arms

Amendment 3- Protection of homeowners from quartering troops, except during war.

Amendment 4 - Rights and protections against unreasonable search and seizure

Amendment 5 - Rights of due process of law, protection against double jeopardy, self incrimination

Amendment 6 - Rights of a speedy trial by jury of peers and rights of accused

Amendment 7 - Rights to trial by jury in civil cases

Amendment 8 - Protection from cruel and unusual punishment, excessive bail

Amendment 9 - Protection of rights not specified in the Bill of Rights

Amendment 10 - States rights, power of the states

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights makes this the best country in the world...celebrate it today.

 December 16:  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day...The perfect day to send a floral basket filled with everything chocolate from bagels and bacon to profiteroles and peanuts.

December 18: National Bake Cookies Day...Bring in a tin of your best and, whatever we don't eat, we'll put into an arrangement and deliver it to your favorite cookie monster. 

December 20: National Go Caroling Day...Get in the spirit with a seasonal corsage of fresh or silk flowers and get out there and belt out a few "Silent Nights".


December 21: 
National Humbug Day...this day needs no explanation but you can beat your favorite Scrooge to the punch with a cheerful bouquet.

 December 23: Festivus...It's for the rest of us who aren't affiliated with anything. The handiwork of Kramer and George Costanza's dad on Seinfeld, it is generally celebrated by a big dinner featuring meatloaf. A perfect accent to the meal is the traditional Festivus topiary centerpiece. The meal is usually followed by a spirited "Airing of Grievances" which you may or may not escape by bringing the topiary centerpiece.

 

December 24: National Eggnog Day...You couldn't pick a better day to celebrate Eggnog with or without the rum. With your decorations in place, the scent of pine in the air and your friends and family about you, take a moment to count your blessings and appreciate the miracle that is Christmas.

December 25: Christmas Day...The birthday of Jesus Christ which is celebrated by Christians throughout the world. Although today, to the disappointment of many, it has become a mixture of religious and secular rituals which continue to divert attention from its true meaning. To those who still cherish that true meaning of Christmas, we wish you all the warmth and love of the day.

December 26: Boxing Day...Celebrated for centuries by current and former British Commonwealth countries, Boxing Day, honors the servants and tradespeople who serve the upper classes and are, usually, working on Christmas Day. Boxes traditionally are filled with clothes or food and distributed to the less fortunate.

December 26: First Day of Kwanzaa...For seven days beginning on December 26 and lasting through January 1, African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday named for the time of year when African tribes traditionally celebrated the first harvest of their crops. During Kwanzaa, people decorate their homes with straw mats, ears of corn, and a candleholder called a kinara. They light a candle in the home each evening and may exchange homemade gifts. The seven-day celebration ends with a feast, usually held at a community center and featuring music and dancing. This spiritual holiday focuses on seven basic principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.


December 27: National Fruitcake Day...There is a theory that there is only one fruitcake still existing in the world but, it is re-gifted so often, it creates the misconception that hundreds of them are still being made. If, in fact, you are in possession of that fruitcake on December 27th, celebrate with some of the eggnog left over from National Eggnog Day and then wrap it up and ship it off. 

December 29: National Pepper Pot Day...A year and four days after George Washington and his Army crossed the Delaware to defeat the British and Germans at Trenton, they were still struggling through another horrendous winter at Valley Forge.
Conditions were so deplorable, Washington asked his army's chef to prepare a meal for the troops, that would both warm them, and boost their moral. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as "Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot and spicy soup, was an immediate success and is still referred to today as "the soup that won the war”. Celebrate the day with a seasonal centerpiece for your table and invite some of your post-holiday depressed friends over to taste some history. Click on the pepper pot soup image for the recipe.

December 31: New Year's Eve..."For auld lang syne, my dear, 
                                                                        For auld lang syne. 
                                                                        We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, 
                                                                        For auld lang syne."

 

 

               The staff of Aberdeen Florist and Garden Center wishes you health and happiness in the New Year!