The English folks song Christmas is Now Drawing Near At Hand as performed by Steve Winwood.
Steve Winwood Christmas Song
Winter 2016 Starts Now — Today, Dec. 21, is 2015’s winter solstice which is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the whole year.
If this website’s clock is properly synched it is 5:44 a.m.. EST. and that means winter has started.
The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” As per the Old Farmer’s Almanac: In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.
At the winter solstice, the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.
Dom Giordano USO Holiday Feast 2016 — The 8th Annual Dom Giordano USO Holiday Feast will be 6:30-10 p.m., Dec. 19 at Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, 1800 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103.
It is a feast with a cocktail reception, exotic hors d oeuvres, salads and antipasti buffets and a dinner with five actions stations with entrees ranging from turkey to steak to roast beef to risotto to salmon wellington.
There will be a variety of desserts including a hot chocolate bar.
And live music.
Honored will be the 2016 Person of the Year, the nominees of whom are State Rep. Martina White (R-170); John McNesby, long-time Philadelphia Police officer and president of FOP Lodge 5; and Media Mayor Bob McMahon. Yes Bob, you got our vote. Click here to register your choice.
Tickets are $90 or $800 for a table of 10. Proceeds benefit Liberty U.S.O, Catholic Charities and the Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit for Children.
George Washington Thanksgiving proclamation — Here, courtesy of Leo Knepper, is George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation, given in New York on Oct. 3, 1789 in which he deemed a day of public thanksgiving to Almighty God should be held the next Nov. 26, which was a Thursday..
By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be-That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks-for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation-for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war-for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed-for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted-for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions-to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually-to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed-to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord-To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us-and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
The 2016 autumnal equinox is right now 10:21 a.m., EDT Sept. 22 according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac as the sun crosses the celestial equator. Fall has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and the days are now shorter than the nights and will continue to be so until the spring equinox.
The celestial equator is a circle concentric with the actual equator that extends infinitely to space. As the Earth has a 23 degree tilt the the northern half tilts towards the Sun during half its orbit and away the other half. The equinoxes occur when tilt switches.
It is unpleasant to be a serf. It is unpleasant to be a peasant. It is unpleasant to be a slave.
Granted slavery existed when the Declaration was signed but as someone famously noted it was basically gone four score and seven years later and its end came only because the foundation of our nation baldly stated that We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Understand that there are those who want to return us to serfdom where all economic decisions require permission from self-appointed elites, one’s speech most be constantly self-monitored least it offend them and one’s vote is meaningless.
Fight these people. We are actually obliged to do so.
For those wishing to get technical slavery’s official demise in the U.S.A. didn’t happen until four score and nine years after the Delcaration.