Saturday, 6 December 2008

6 December - Historical Events and Special Celebrations

Flower of the Month

Paper White

Gemstone of the Month: Turquoise

Nomanda’s Happy Special Day blog is a celebration of events and anniversaries that have touched our lives. If today is your special day join us in looking at a few other events that have occurred on your day. Enjoy!

Today is the festival of Saint Nicolas. He is the patron saint of sailors, the protector of children and the patron saint of many of the eastern European countries. This day is a very happy and special day for children in many countries in Eastern and Western Europe where his festival is celebrated by the saint travelling throughout Europe bringing gifts for the children. He is the original “Santa Claus” and appears on this day as opposed to 25th December. In those countries where he is celebrated this day is the special day for children and Christmas Day becomes more a festival for the grown ups!

I’ve been thinking about the other day’s egg story and decided that the facts may have got scrambled over time. If the story is to be believed then one has to assume that the medieval farmer who discovered the egg in 1680 first of all knew what a comet was and what it looked like, and then that he saw the same comet imprinted on the egg 12 days later. The whole thing just stretches Nomanda’s imagination a bit too far!

Old fashioned researchers who started their lives and activities before the internet will join Nomanda in celebrating this day in 1768 when the Encyclopaedia Britannica was first published in Scotland. Publication of the encyclopaedia was transferred to the US in 1901 but Nomanda is pleased to confirm that despite its move it has always retained English spelling. The current editions cover around half a million topics that are described in 40 million words. A fair sized book shelf and weighty wallet are required for those who would like to own an edition!

Based on an uneasy peace between the humans and the Klingons “Star Trek VI – Undiscovered Country” premiered on this day in 1991. Not one Nomanda has seen so perhaps I should put it on my Christmas wish list! Or there again, maybe not, someone might buy it!

Our first birthday boy today is the very funny stand up comedian Steven Wright (1955). He has an opinion on most things and an angle on everything!

Our final birthday wishes go to the Dutch tennis player Richard Krajicek (1971) who defeated Pete Sampras in 1996 and became the only Dutchman to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title. The Brits are still waiting for somebody to take over from Fred Perry’s 1930’s success!

Happy Special Day to one and all!!

If you know someone who is celebrating their birthday, anniversary or a special day today or sometime soon why not send them a nice e-card so they get it as soon as they log on! Even better, why not send this page to your friend!
Don’t know what to get for a present? Think about what your special person enjoys doing and the things they like.

For Girls, I know that flowers and chocolates are a bit cliché but nevertheless they always seem to work! Of course, if your budget stretches that far, jewellery, watches, perfume and fashion items are always appreciated!

For Boys, all boys like toys! It’s just as they get older the toys get more expensive. So gadgets and gimmicky things work. Again, if you have the budget then car accessories, sporting equipment and clothes, and man type jewellery like watches and gold chains will go down very well!

And, if all else fails, you could always send them a gift voucher and they can choose whatever they want!

If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event today I hope you got lots of cards and presents and that there is someone special in your life who will make this day a very happy and special day for you.

Happy celebrations to you from the Happy Special Day Blog!!

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