A’PHABET DAY OR NO “L” DAY
A’Phabet Day or No “L” Day on December 25th brings a pun to Christmas Day. The play on words is a pun on the word Noël, which is especially notable during Christmas because it means “to be born.”
Many deride the pun. Others celebrate it. This day is for the punsters. Shakespeare and O. Henry (there’s an annual competition in his name) played with meanings of words to the great delight of their audiences. Woven into the elaborate double entendre or the simple knock-knock joke, puns mean fun for all ages. They make PG movies enjoyable for adults, shooting slightly off-color humor over children’s heads for the parent’s or older sibling’s enjoyment.
Throw a yule log on the fire for No “L” Day. You’ll be glad you did.
Many headline writers unintentionally (or intentionally) create puns that cause outrage for those who would otherwise just find them punny.
Big rig carrying fruit crashes on 201 Freeway, creates jam ~ Los Angeles Times
Clever children experimenting with language invent puns to entertain their friends and family.
What did the elf learn in school? The elf-abet. An elf might not like this day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AphabetDay or #NoLDay
See if anyone catches on to the pun by avoiding the letter L in correspondence.
Use #AphabetDay or #NoLDay to post on social media.
A’PHABET DAY OR NO “L” DAY HISTORY
Nationa Day Ca endar continues to research the origins of this punny day.
Q. What if I don’t like puns?
A. Say it ain’t snow.
Q. What if I can’t come up with any puns?
A. You need to believe in your elf.
Q. Why should I celebrate this day?
A. Clause we said snow!
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December 25th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
Johann Georg Palitzsch sights Halley’s comet. His sighting confirms Edmund Halley’s prediction of the comet’s passage and it is the first comet to return as predicted.
The first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States made its first run. Named the Best Friend of Charleston, it covered six miles that Christmas Day, connecting 141 passengers to and from State and Dorchester Roads and Sans-Souci in Charleston, South Carolina.
For the first time, Bing Crosby performed White Christmas by Irving Berlin on his self-named weekly radio show.
Hubble Space Telescope gets new lenses. Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery complete maintenance work installing corrected optics.
December 25th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Clara Barton – 1821
On May 21, 1881, the Union Civil War nurse founded the American Red Cross. While traveling in Europe following the Civil War, Barton learned about the International Red Cross. Her knowledge during the Civil War motivated her to bring the benefits of the Red Cross to the United States.
Louis Chevrolet – 1878
In 1911, Louis Chevrolet joined with William C. Durant to found the Chevrolet Motor Car Company.
Conrad Nicholson Hilton – 1887
Hilton started building his hotel empire when he bought the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas in 1919. From there, he survived the Great Depression and grew the corporation into an international company.
Lila Wallace – 1889
In 1922, Lila Wallace co-founded Reader’s Digest with her husband Dewitt Wallace.
Cab Calloway – 1907
During the 1930s, jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway rose to popularity at the Harlem Cotton Club. He also became known for his song “Minnie the Moocher” and stage performances.
Rod Serling – 1924
In 1959, the American television and producer introduced his best-known series, The Twilight Zone.