Gingerbread House Day
Making a gingerbread house with your children has become a time-honored Christmas tradition. Whether you make your gingerbread from scratch or cheat a little and use graham crackers, it's all about the fun of making them.
In November 2006, Roger Pelcher and his team constructed the "Guinness Book of World Records" largest gingerbread house at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. The structure was 45 feet, 6 inches long, 35 feet, 6 inches wide and about 60 feet tall!
Today is "Gingerbread House Day" so head to the store for all those gumdrops, peppermints and candy canes and let the fun begin! For inspiration, check out these "Top 10 Gingerbread McMansions" on Yahoo! Shine.
The holidays just wouldn't be the same without the massive displays of Poinsettias that decorate and bejewel our public areas. In the six weeks leading up to Christmas, Poinsettia sales top $60 million!
The Poinsettia was discovered in Southern Mexico by American botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett. His death, on Dec. 12, 1851, is commemorated with "Poinsettia Day."
Did you know?
* The showy colored parts of Poinsettias are actually modified leaves. The actual flowers are the little yellow blooms in the center of those leaves.
* It is a myth that Poinsettias are poisonous.
* There are more than 100 varieties of commercially available Poinsettias.
National Ambrosia Day
Ambrosia, that delightful fruit salad tossed with whipped topping, miniature marshmallows and grated coconut, was named after the food gods of Greek mythology. Recipes for Ambrosia began to appear in American cookbooks in the late 1700s.
No potluck or family gathering would be complete without at least one version of this classic dessert. Today is "National Ambrosia Day," so why not whip up a tasty version of your own? Here are two heavenly recipes from Yahoo! Shine to use as inspiration:
Each circle of acquaintances -- male or female, young or old -- has at least one ding-a-ling. You know who I'm talking about … that silly or foolish person you can't help but like, despite their eccentric idiosyncrasies.
When I think of famous ding-a-lings I think of Jerry Lewis' character with acting partner Dean Martin or actor/comedian Pauly Shore. Who's your favorite ding-a-ling?
Today is "Ding-a-Ling Day" and gives us the opportunity to celebrate those whose life philosophies are a little less structured or serious than our own. You can get into the spirit by watching the 1996 comedy hit "Bio-Dome" starring Shore, Stephen Baldwin and Jack Black. Check it out on Yahoo! Movies.
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