November 26th, 2011

(November 26) Today we’re celebrating . . .  The Birthday of Charles Schulz

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One of America’s most influential cartoonists, the late Charles Schulz is most famous for his comic strip “Peanuts” and its beloved characters including Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Pig Pen and of course Snoopy.

Along with the comic strip Schulz also created 2 of the best television holiday specials ever – “A Charlie Brown Christmas ” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”.

Today is a special day for us “Charlie Browniacs” and join us as we celebrate with a little music, specifically what has become the signature tune of the Peanuts TV specials – “Linus and Lucy.” Here is a nice interpretation of the tune by David Benoit. Enjoy.

Links:
Snoopy.com (official Peanuts website)
Charles Schulz / Snoopy’s Home
Wikipedia: Charles M. Schulz

by louiev

November 25th, 2011

(November 25) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Black Friday


Black Friday
Twas the day after Thanksgiving,
and all through the mall,
lots of crazies were stirring,
the big and the small.
The decorations were hung
throughout the mall with some care,
but weren’t these snowflakes
up before Halloween?

Well aside from the bad poetry, today is the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It was the day that, traditionally, retailers accounting books went from “red” to “black.” And while that’s not really true anymore it is still a big day for retailers. And bargain hunters.

So good luck and great “sale-ing.”

photo credit: via flickr

by louiev



November 24th, 2011

(November 24) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons.

So join us for our Thanksgiving celebration. We’ve got stories of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, turkeys to take home, holiday pictures for the kids to print and color, tasty holiday recipes and e-greeting cards to send your friends and family. We hope you find something you like!

Links:
Thanksgiving on the Net

The History of Thanksgiving and its Celebrations
The Pilgrims and America’s First Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving Goodies! (holiday crafts and coloring pictures)
Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes
Free Thanksgiving eGreeting Cards

by louiev

November 24th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Thanksgiving (11/24)

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Did You Know?
November 24

It’s Thanksgiving!!

Thank you for joining us as we counted down to Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Louie and the Holiday elves

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by louiev



November 23rd, 2011

President Obama Pardons the White House Thanksgiving Turkeys – Peace & Liberty

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President Barack Obama, with daughters, Malia and Sasha, pardons ‘Liberty’, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2011. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

As promised, this morning, President Obama pardoned two more turkeys — Liberty and Peace. The ceremony was held on the North Portico of the White House, and the president received a bit of help of his daughters, Sasha and Malia.

This year’s turkeys are both 19-weeks old and weigh 45 pounds. They were raised by a group of students from Willmar High School in Minnesota.

More – White House blog – President Obama Pardons Peace & Liberty (the Turkeys)

by louiev

November 23rd, 2011

White House Releases Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving

The White House has released the Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving, 2011

Thanksgiving Day, 2011
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

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…THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 24, 2011, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to come together whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors to give thanks for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and to share our bounty with others.

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Barack Obama
President of the United States of America

Full text of Thanksgiving Day 2011 Presidential Proclamation

by louiev

November 23rd, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Thanksgiving (11/23)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Pilgrims
& America’s Thanksgiving

Nov 23 : 01 day till Thanksgiving

Did you know that for many Native American people, Thanksgiving is cause for mourning rather than celebration?

Although the First Thanksgiving included the Pilgrims’ Native American neighbors, that spirit of cooperation did not last long between the native people and the colonists.

The land and lives of the native people were pillaged and destroyed countless times during the early history of the United States of America. Racism and bigotry persist until this day. As a result, Thanksgiving has taken on greater historical significance for many Native Americans, who view that First Thanksgiving as the beginning of centuries of oppression and discrimination.

Related: The National Day of Mourning

Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, a time for family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons. We are delighted to invite you to partake in our Thanksgiving celebration. Our table is full this year, but we always have room for one more! So join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday November 24, 2011.

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by louiev

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