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alvo newsletter, december 24th, 2014

Tomorrow is Christmas Day......


Today is the last day of Hanukkah.....


Kwanzaa starts on the 26th and ends on January 1st..... (the only one that caught that error was MY spouse - it made her day complete)


No matter how you celebrate - best wishes for the season from your Editor.

OK, here's the regular stuff for this week. While the regular media tout the longest night of the year leading to the first day of winter, if you look closely at the table from last week and this week, you'll see we have five nights with the same hours between sunrise and sunset. But - the days are slowly getting longer.

Days until Alvo's Party Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Spring
164 Wednesday, December 24, 2014 07:48 AM 05:02 PM 9:14 86
163 Thursday, December 25, 2014 07:48 AM 05:03 PM 9:15 85
162 Friday, December 26, 2014 07:49 AM 05:04 PM 9:15 84
161 Saturday, December 27, 2014 07:49 AM 05:04 PM 9:15 83
160 Sunday, December 28, 2014 07:49 AM 05:05 PM 9:16 82
159 Monday, December 29, 2014 07:50 AM 05:06 PM 9:16 81
158 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 07:50 AM 05:07 PM 9:17 80

 1st quarter - 12:32 PM on Sunday, December 28th. moonplane

 It's still dry in south central and southwestern Nebrska, although the abnormally dry area has dropped by a whopping 0.08 percent. To put that in perspective, Nebraska has an area of 48.9 million acres. 45.5 million (93%) of that is is used for production agriculture. So 0.08% amounts to 36,400 fewer acres of abnormally dry land in the state since last week. Of course that amounts to over 56 square miles. 

20141216 NE trd

Drought in the rest of the country

Click on the link above to look at how the rest of the country is doing.

"If we run out of water, we'll all die." - Anonymous

"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one." - Jacques Cousteau

"Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land." - Luna Leopold

Christmas Quotes I

"The main reason Santa is so jolly is he knows where all the bad girls live. " - George Carlin

"If you haven't got aany charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble." - Bob Hope

"Pets, like their humans, tend to expand a little over the Christmas period." - paraphrased from Frances Wright

"We try to make the name longer and longer every year. First, it was 'Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular'. Then it was 'It's a Very Larry Christmas'. Now it's 'Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-palooza Christmas Luau'. I'll tell you what it is: It's funny. That's what it is. Who cares what the name of it is? It is a funny special."


 Christmas 'facts'.......

 The first President to decorate an official White House Christmas tree was Franklin Pierce.

Jesus wasn't born on December 25, and estimates of the year of Christ's birth range from about 14 years B.C. to as late as 23 A.D.

One in three American men say they wait until Christmas Eve to finish their holiday shopping.

"Rudolph" was created by copywriter Robert L. May as part of a holiday promotion for Montgomery Ward in 1939. Other names considered for Rudolph were Rollo and Reginald.

The name of the horse in the timeless holiday song "Jingle Bells" is Bobtail. Hence the line "bells on Bobtail ring, making spirits bright."

Mistletoe got its start as a holiday tradition because of its association with Frigga, the Scandinavian goddess of love.

The practice of putting a lump of coal in the stockings of naughty children originated in Italy.

The reindeer's name is Donder, not Donner

Fifty-six percent of Americans say they sing Christmas carols to their pets.

Due to the way time zones work, Santa actually has 31 hours to deliver his gifts.

Despite what many people believe, poinsettia plants aren't poisonous to humans. - And only mildly toxic to Snoopy and Garfield.

The song lyric is "God rest ye merry, gentlemen," not "God rest ye, merry gentlemen."

Christmas pudding originates from an old Celtic dish called frumenty. - Made from cracked wheat boiled in milk or broth.

Hallmark introduced its first Christmas cards in 1915, five years after the company was founded.

Despite what many think, the day after Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday," isn't the busiest shopping day of the year. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year.

In Hawaii, Santa is called Kanakaloka.

Before he picked the name Tiny Tim for "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens also considered using Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam. - Don't know if this is 100% true or not.

Candy canes were passed out during services to keep the children quiet.

Fifty-three percent of Americans claim they'll "re-gift" this Christmas.

A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

The first electric Christmas tree lights were telephone switchboard lights.

About 400,000 people get sick each year from consuming tainted Christmas leftovers.

According to the laws of the time, Joseph could have had Mary stoned to death for becoming pregnant.

Toys for Tots held its first toy drive in 1947.

During the Christmas shopping season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the US.

According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 dogs in Great Britain get Christmas gifts from their owners.

Boxing Day, celebrated in Canada, has nothing to do with fighting. It refers to the custom of giving gift boxes to employees the day after Christmas. Originally, it was the day Christmas presents were given in England.

Jesus was born in a cave, not in a stable.

The first Christmas card was made in England on December 9, 1842.

St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children, scholars, merchants, sailors and women without dowries.

Christmas quotes II

"We all have the duty to do good." - Pope Francis

"To terrify children with the image of consider women an inferior creation. Is that good for the world?" - Christopher Hitchens

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