Christmas Eve on December 24 kicks off a series of holiday traditions. Some are ancient practices with a modern spin, while others date back hundreds of years. Christmas Eve is filled with both religious and nonreligious traditions. Religious traditions center around… Read more…
NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY
National Eggnog Day raises a holiday toast once a year on the day before Christmas. Also known as egg milk punch, eggnog is a popular drink throughout the United States during the holidays. The sweetened dairy-based beverage is traditionally made with… Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Basic Truffle Recipe
Prep: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (may substitute orange, almond, maple, or coffee liqueur)
various toppings (chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles, cocoa, shaved chocolate)
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth.
Add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time until well blended.
Stir in chocolate and vanilla until well incorporated.
(If using a liqueur flavoring, divide the mixture into thirds and add 1 tablespoon of the preferred liqueur to each prepared mixture.)
Chill for 1 hour.
Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in your favorite toppings.
eggnot: an eggless eggnog
Jenny had a lot of leftover eggnot after the office holiday party.
See: National Eggnog Day
Daniel Stover and William Hance of Freeport, IL, obtained patent No. 418,142 for their invention of a bicycle with a back-pedal brake.
Anthony, Esther, and Andrew Nemethy move into the first completely solar-heated house named the Dover Sun House. Located in Dover, MA, three women funded and designed the house. Amelia Peabody funded the project while Dr. Maria Telkes of the MIT Solar Laboratory designed the heating system. The architect was Eleanor Raymond.
Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is #1 on the music charts.
The Apollo 8 astronauts host a live broadcast from orbit around the moon. Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and Bill Lovell read from the book of Genesis during the broadcast and show pictures of the Earth and Moon. During the mission, they also capture the iconic Earthrise photo.
Kit Carson – 1809
The skilled frontiersman served in the Union Army during the Civil War. While Carson never learned to read or write, he mastered several languages while trapping and trading in the west.
James Prescott Joule – 1818
Through his study of heat, the English physicist connected differing forms of energy such as mechanical, electrical, and heat. Joule developed the law of conservation of energy and the first law of thermodynamics.
Howard Hughes – 1905
The American billionaire became known for his interests in both Hollywood and aviation. He produced several films including Scarface starring Howard Hawks and Paul Muni. In 1932, Hughes launched his own aircraft company. One of his more memorable aerial pursuits was the construction and piloting of the Spruce Goose. In later years, the already eccentric Hughes drifted into seclusion.
Max Miedinger – 1910
In 1957, the Swiss typeface designer created the Neue Haas Grotesk typeface that was later renamed Helvetica. Helvetica’s simple, legible design became popular in brand usage and signage. In 1983, D. Stemple AG redesigned the typeface, making it sleeker and ready for the next century.
Ava Gardner – 1922
In 1946, the actress’s star was born when she appeared in the film The Killers. Gardner gained a reputation for her stunning beauty and her remarkable acting ability.
Mary Higgens Clark – 1927
Throughout her five-decade career, the suspense novelist wrote nearly 40 novels with three of them landing on the New York Times best-seller list.
Anthony Fauci – 1940
The American physician and immunologist has advised six presidents throughout his career. In 1984, he was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
Lee Daniels – 1959
The American film director, producer, and screenwriter earned his first Academy Award for the film Monster’s Ball. He is also recognized for his work in the films Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious, and the television series Empire.
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