Every year on December 26th, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and other Commonwealth countries celebrate Boxing Day. This annual custom began in the United Kingdom in the 19th century under Queen Victoria. Read more…
NATIONAL CANDY CANE DAY
National Candy Cane Day on December 26th gives candy lovers a day to celebrate the red and white striped candies found abundantly during the holidays. Read more…
NATIONAL THANK-YOU NOTE DAY
National Thank-You Note Day on December 26th recognized the time-honored tradition of thanking people for their gifts, hospitality, and generosity. It is a day to get some note cards, paper, pen, envelopes, and stamps to write those special thank-yous. Read more…
NATIONAL WHINERS DAY
As the year starts to wind down, National Whiners Day on December 26th allows an opportunity to complain about just roughly anything. If you want, you are allowed to whine about being too tired, or overeating. Maybe you want to whine about having to go back to work or all the cleaning up you have to do. Are the lines long in the return aisle at the store? You can whine about that, too. The possibilities are endless. Read more…
On Deck for December 27, 2022
NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY
Recipe of the Day
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
2 pints of fresh raw oysters in their juice
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 quart whole milk
ground black paper
chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Drain the oysters, reserving the liquid. Note: Your local deli will have fresh oysters in their seafood section.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium to medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Whisk in flour to create a roux. Add salt and Worcestershire sauce and stir well. While whisking, cook for one minute.
Stir in the reserved oyster juice. Slowly add the milk while stirring.
Cook slowly over medium-low heat, careful not to scald or boil the milk. Stir often. The stew will begin to steam and bubbles will form along the sides. Reduce the heat to low to prevent scalding and cook for 10 minutes.
Add oysters. Cook until the oysters begin to curl – about 2-3 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a garnish of parsley.
December 26th Celebrated History
The U.S. Patent Office issued U.S. Patent No. 51741 to James H. Nason Franklin, MA for a coffee percolator.
Beatlemania begins with the release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” in the United States. Originally, the songs were to be released in conjunction with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance in early 1964, but their success in the United Kingdom led to the early release in the United States.
Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, celebrates the first Kwanzaa.
For the first time, Time Magazines honors a non-human as The Man of the Year. In fact, it’s not even a living being. The magazine recognizes the personal computer for its annual award.
December 26th Celebrated Birthdays
George Dewey – 1837
During the Spanish American War, the Commodore of the Asiatic Squadron led an attack in the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898. With only a single casualty and no loss of his ships, Dewey’s already respected reputations grew. In 1903, he was named Admiral of the Navy, the only U.S. sailor to attain the rank.
Charles Pathé – 1863
A pioneer of the French film industry, Pathé founded Pathé Frères of France which grew to be the largest film equipment and production company in the world.
Jean Toomer – 1894
The author and poet is best known for his novel Cane which was published in 1923.
Evelyn Bark – 1900
The British humanitarian earned the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and became the first woman to receive the Order of St. Michael and St. George. At the outbreak of World War II, Bark joined the British Red Cross and continued to serve her country through a Foreign Relations or Internal Affairs capacity for years beyond the war.
John Walsh – 1945
In 1981, the father of four became a victim rights advocate when his son Adam disappeared and was murdered. John Walsh launched the television shows America’s Most Wanted and The Hunt with John Walsh. He also co-founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The database helps law enforcement, families, and missing persons.
Ozzie Smith – 1954
The backflipping “Wizard of Oz” played for 18 years in Major League Baseball. In 1978, Smith made a promising start with the San Diego Padres. Then in 1982, the shortstop flipped to the St. Louis Cardinals and earned a World Series Championship. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
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