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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

Reflections - 2008

Potpourri, Quality of Life

I find myself reflecting a bit at this time of year, and I suspect you may be doing so, as well.  Following are some random thoughts from 2008:

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My Reason For Celebrating...

Potpourri, Quality of Life

From the Contemporary English Version of the New Testament...

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Village Buzz - December 23rd...

Germantown, Quality of Life, Taxes, Village Board, Village Buzz

Wow!  It's Snowing Again (Still)...

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Be Careful For What You Wish...

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

Politicians, of every stripe, tend to make lots of promises in order to get our votes.  Once they are in office, or even as they prepare to assume the office, we begin to see and hear the back-tracking.  That has gotten into full swing already on the national level and is beginning on the state level.

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Things You May Not have Known...


In thumbing through the week-end Sunday Post publication of the Conley Group, I came across "Things You May Not Have Known About Christmas" and thought you might find them of interest:

    1. The first manufactured Christmas ornaments were sold in 1880 by what used to be the Woolworth department store.
    2. Christmas trees originally used lighted candles, and a bucket of water was typically kept close by for obvious reasons.
    3. Construction workers first erected an undecorated tree at Rockefeller Center in New York and thus began the tradition celebrated each Christmas.
    4. The shortened form "Xmas", while viewed as being sacrilegious by some, is actually derived from Christ's name and has been popular in Europe since the 1500s; it is believed to be derived from the Greek "Xristos", which means Christ.
    5. Candy canes were always white until the 1950s when a machine was invented that could put red stripes on the canes.  So reports the National Confectioners Association.
    6. The idea of Christmas cards supposedly started in Britain in the 1830s.
    7. Boston banned the celebration of Christmas from 1659 until 1682.

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