Archive for November, 2019

What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?

Posted: November 18, 2019 in Did you know?

Everyone knows to expect a partridge in a pear tree from your true love on the first day of Christmas … But when is the first day of Christmas?


You’d think that the 12 days of Christmas would lead up to the big day—that’s how countdowns work, as any year-end list would illustrate—but in Western Christianity, "Christmas" actually begins on December 25 and ends on January 5. According to liturgy, the 12 days signify the time in between the birth of Christ and the night before Epiphany, which is the day the Magi visited bearing gifts. This is also called "Twelfth Night." (Epiphany is marked in most Western Christian traditions as happening on January 6, and in some countries, the 12 days begin on December 26.)


cheapThere was a time when your friends admired your money-saving ways. Yet now you’re starting to work most of your friends’ and coworkers’ last generous nerve. Why?

Because you left frugal behind and are now as cheap as those yellowed greeting cards you pull from your closet for special occasions. Friends and family members know you’ve crossed the line into the cheapskate lane. But do you?


fire_extPersonal safety can mean a lot of things. Maybe you need to be knowledgeable about natural remedies for anxiety to feel at ease. For others, they feel a bit safer knowing the ins and outs of how to fight black mold. And for a few, it could be as simple as figuring out how to get rid of gnats and drain flies. But no matter who you are, you need to know about fire safety. We know, the very idea of a home catching fire is something you’d rather not contemplate, but it’s important to fight that urge and lean into demystifying a common fire-safety item you probably already own: the fire extinguisher. Read on for tips including where to buy a fire extinguisher and what kind of fire extinguisher you need for kitchen fires and grills and also four simple steps to using a fire extinguisher with confidence.


constitutionIn 1787, the U.S. Constitution was drafted by members of the Constitutional Convention, as led by James Madison. On September 15, 1787, as the convention wound down, a man named Jacob Shallus, who was a clerk for the Pennsylvania State Assembly, set about committing it to "final form." He did so by hand, with pen and ink, as was standard for the time. Shallus did a "fine job" inscribing the more than 4,000 words across four large sheets of parchment paper, as the National Archives states, but that’s not to say Shallus didn’t make errors, or that further errors weren’t made by others who had a hand in its signing and amendment. Some were substantive. Some were grammatical. Some may or may not involve a little of both: