Monday, December 22, 2014

Holidays and Observances for December 22 2014

Anne & Samantha Day

Anne and Samantha both died when they were teenagers. The courage and grace with which they lived their lives will be forever in our hearts. The lessons they taught will guide us forever and ever and always and always to the end of time.

The evil power that forced Anne into hiding and imprisoned and killed her did not have the power to silence her voice --- she's still heard clearly in the 21st Century! A tragic accident claimed Samantha's life, but it could never take away from us the lessons of peace and love that she shared with the world.

Anne and Samantha's influence lives on decades after their deaths - in America and in every country on our planet. Generations of children yet unborn will study their writings, and adopt them as their heroines --- and when we travel to the stars we'll take what we've learned from them with us.

Anne & Samantha Day is a twice-yearly Holiday on the Solstices (the first day of Summer and the first day of Winter) - Days to remember Anne Frank and Samantha Smith's contributions to our world, raise awareness of the campaign to honor Anne and Samantha on Postage Stamps, and encourage Americans to write letters and cards of support for the young teens to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

The Winter Solstice in December is that day in the northern hemisphere that has the greatest number of hours of darkness- in late December.

The Summer Solstice in June is that day in the northern hemisphere that has the greatest number of hours of light- in late June.

In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and the day of greatest light would come in December and the day of longest night would come in June.

2014 Dates: June 21st and December 21st

As Anne and Samantha's lives helped to lead our world from darkness to light, the solstices are the perfect time to remember and honor them.

National Date Nut Bread Day

It’s National Date Nut Bread Day! Date nut bread is the perfect dish for the holiday season. It is delicious, healthy, and easy to make!

The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939, but dates are one of the world's oldest fruits. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. Historians believe that the ancient Moors brought the date to Spain and later introduced it to America. 

Dates are notorious for their high sugar content, so it is no surprise that most date nut bread recipes do not call for any additional sweeteners. To celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day, try your hand at baking a homemade loaf of this festive treat! Don't forget to top it off with a little cream cheese frosting!