ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

TL ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (11)

 

12-16 CHRISTMAS 1966

On this day in 1966, The Beatles released “Everywhere It’s Christmas” to their fans in the United Kingdom.

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.   – Charles Dickens

Seven records were released to the fans at Christmastime from 1963-1969 with all seven compiled in 1970.  The Beatles’ Christmas records were spoken and musical messages to members of their official fan clubs in the U.K. and the U.S., meant to appease fans whose letters, due to their sheer volume, were not being answered in a timely manner.

I’d love to reply personally to everyone, but I just haven’t enough pens.  – John Lennon

An example of the messages include one to “loyal Beatle people”, along with skits, Christmas carols, and original compositions.  “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” appeared in edited form on the 1967 record and eventually gained an official release in 1995 as part of The Beatles Anthology.

Credits are as follows:

John Lennon: vocals, bass drum
Paul McCartney: vocals, piano
George Harrison: vocals, acoustic guitar
Ringo Starr: vocals, drums, tap dancing
George Martin: vocals
Victor Spinetti: vocals, tap dancing
Mal Evans: spoken word

Of the seven recordings, in my humble opinion this one is the best.  It’s the wacky, zany, wonderful stuff of Beatlemania!  Others tried to duplicate their sound, but their music was the sound of the 1960’s.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.   – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas (1966): Unlike previous years, there is no Tony Barrow script to follow. The Beatles came up with a pantomime idea and open with a short piano tune called “Everywhere It’s Christmas,” followed by some group harmonies where they sing something called “Orowaynya.” After that, there is a series of humorous skits, sound effects and even yodeling. Then there is another piano tune called “Please Don’t Bring Your Banjo Back” followed by a reprise of “Everywhere It’s Christmas.” The British sleeve has colorful artwork designed by Paul McCartney. It was issued in America on a one-sided thin vinyl record similar to a flexi-disc and a postcard without the artwork. Time: 6:40

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It’s just a little piece of rock history (and childhood memories) all wrapped up in the Christmas season.  ❤

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

 

 

 

 

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NATIONAL NUT DAY

TL 10-22 NATIONAL NUT DAY

10-22 GO NUTS

greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.  – Author Unknown

You have my permission to GO NUTS today!  I plan to put some pecans in my oatmeal for breakfast.  For a snack I’ll eat a handful of walnuts and put just a few slivered almonds in my spinach salad for lunch.  I’ll make some cashew chicken for dinner tonight.  Wow, that should make me crazy nuts!

I think we all know that there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats.  Chocolate is an example of unhealthy fat, but nuts contain healthy fats and are fine to eat in moderation.

Hmm…  I definitely will try to eat more nuts!  If it would give me a body like hers – oh yeah!   The eating part isn’t the problem – it’s more the working out that I get hung up on – LOL!!!

This is the 4th annual National Nut Day.  It was started in the United Kingdom (do they eat nuts with their afternoon tea?) – This year’s theme is Putting Nuts Back on the Menu.  What is your favorite NUT recipe?  I mentioned chocolate earlier – and it may surprise you to know that even though I like chocolate and I like nuts – I do not like them together!  If I’m eating chocolate, it will be smooth truffles and Cherry Cordial Truffles are my favorite with Mint Truffles running a close second.

For a main dish, I like cashew chicken.  For dessert I would enjoy a small slice of carrot cake.  Here’s my recipe for Cashew Chicken:

The “seasoning mix” in Ramen Noodles has nitrates in it which causes me to get migraine headaches.  I always use a low-sodium chicken stock to avoid migraines.  I freeze the left-over chicken stock in an ice tray.  The chicken stock cubes freeze nicely and melt very quickly, so there’s no waste.

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.  – Jim Davis

As for the carrot cake, since I’m diabetic I don’t make this often at all – just for special occasions:

I substitute SPLENDA for sugar.  Use the same amount.  The cake is not adversely affected by it.  Doesn’t she make it look easy?  It really is!  Give it a try to incorporate some NUTS into your meal plan today!  😉