Mo’ Better!

Yes, for some reason it seems to be true, especially when you are a little one: the more of something you have, the better.  Of course, as we get older, we know that’s not really the case, but when you’re young you don’t have the experience or wisdom to know that.  For example: can a little kid ever have too much ice cream?  Not if you ask them, they can’t!!!

How about money?  They don’t really understand that much the differences between pennies, nickles and dimes, but they think that if they have more pennies than dimes that it’s a good thing because there are more of them!  I like the way that math works, because I certainly have more pennies than silver dollars…and if the kids are right, I should be very happy about it!!!

In today’s picture, there’s another example.  Just yesterday we bought two big Christmas tree cookies at the store and they came in their own plastic containers with three tubes of colored icing and a bag of edible, round colored balls.  The purpose of said packets was for kids to be able to decorate a Christmas Tree cookie.  We took these to our son’s house while we were watching the little ones and we let them go to town on decorating the cookies.  Now, bear in mind that they are 5 and 2, respectively, so they are possessed by the notion that more is better.  So when they began decorating, they squeeze on about all the icing you could put on the surface of the cookie, and then they began sticking the colored, edible balls all over the icing until there was barely an empty millimeter that wasn’t covered!  Oh, my, the concentration was tremendous as they labored over their works of art!  Were they works of art to challenge the likes of DaVinci?  Nah, they were far better than anything he’d ever done.  Just ask our littlest grand-daughters and they’ll tell you that they created masterpieces!

_MG_8194ON THIS DAY IN  HISTORY: On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman presented the city of Savannah, Georgia, to President Abraham Lincoln as an early Christmas present.  Sherman captured the city after his famous March to the Sea from Atlanta. Savannah had been one of the last major ports that remained open to the Confederates.

After Sherman captured Atlanta in September 1864, he did not plan to stay for long. There was still the Confederate army of General John Bell Hood in the area, and cavalry leaders like Nathan Bedford Forrest and Joe Wheeler, who could threaten Sherman’s supply lines. In November, Sherman dispatched part of his force back to Nashville, Tennessee, to deal with Hood while Sherman cut free from his supply lines and headed south and east across Georgia. Along the way, his troops destroyed nearly everything in their path. Sherman’s intent was to wreck the morale of the South and bring the war to a swift end.

For nearly six weeks, nothing was heard from Sherman’s army. Finally, just before Christmas, word arrived that Sherman’s army was outside Savannah. A Union officer reached the coast and found a Union warship that carried him to Washington, D.C., to personally deliver news of the success. Sherman wired Lincoln with the message, “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Since ancient times, the mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious and sacred plants of European folklore.

The ancient Druids considered mistletoe to be a sacred plant and believed it had miraculous powers, could cure illnesses, serve as an antidote against poisons, ensure fertility and protect against the ill effects of witchcraft. It was also believed that the mistletoe was an aphrodisiac .

From these strange beliefs has come the modern-day custom of hanging a ball of mistletoe from the ceiling and exchanging kisses under it as a sign of friendship and goodwill.

The tradition descends from the customs of several different cultures. Exchanging kisses under the mistletoe was a tradition of Greek festivals and marital ceremonies. If a couple in love exchanges a kiss under the mistletoe, it is interpreted as a promise to marry, as well as a prediction of happiness and long life.

The Anglo-Saxons associated the powers of the mistletoe to the legend of Freya, the goddess of love, beauty and fertility. According to the legend, a man had to kiss any young girl who, without realizing it, found herself accidentally under a sprig of mistletoe hanging from the ceiling. Guys would pluck a berry when they smooched the girls and when the last berry was gone, there would be no more kissing!

In France, the custom linked to the mistletoe was reserved for New Year’s Day: “Au gui l’An neuf”–Mistletoe for the New Year.



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