Archive for ◊ December, 2008 ◊

• Thursday, December 04th, 2008

“and checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice …”

Yes, folks, December 4th is none other than Santa’s List Day. Rumor has it that the jolly old man wakes early on this day, pours himself a ginormous mug of peppermint hot chocolate, then begins scrutinizing conduct reports from the past year.

As for me, my Christmas list was finished well before December 4th. (And if Santa faced prospects of braving December mall traffic with a five-month-old, his probably would have been as well!) Now I’m just waiting to see whether my Christmas letter reached the North Pole in time for my *own* Christmas wish to get on Santa’s list: All the gifts currently occupying space in various closets beautifully wrapped beneath the tree. Well, that plus a new vacuum, Yankee candles, and perhaps a copy of Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Great Vegan Food for Special and Everyday Celebrations

• Tuesday, December 02nd, 2008

Happy Special Edcation Day! And a special shout-out to all of the the teachers who go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their students.

It’s hard for me to believe that Special Education programs have been federally mandated for just 38 short years. Thankfully, some states and school districts had were making an effort to meet the educational needs of ALL children even before President Gerald Ford signed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act into law. But the passage of that crucial piece of legislation opened previously-closed school doors to an estimated one million children.

As any educator or parent can attest, America’s educational system is a work in progress. We still have miles to go in the quest to meet the educational needs of every child. But we’ve made great progress in a few short decades, and that’s an accomplishment worth celebrating.

• Monday, December 01st, 2008

It’s finally here — my favorite shopping time of the year. And, no, I don’t mean Black Friday. It’s Cyber Monday.

What is Cyber Monday? Well, for all those who don’t relish the thoughts of jockeying for parking spaces at the local mall or sorting through 100+ pairs of mis-shelved Dockers in the illusive quest for one pair of 36 x 34 khakis, Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday) is the official start of the online holiday shopping season. And e-tailers the web over offer discounts … Big Discounts.

I like discounts. So much so, in fact, that my husband recently quipped, “If it’s not ON sale, it’s not FOR sale.” (He’ll be happy to learn that his Christmas T-shirt cost only $4 after I combined a store promotional with a 20-percent off Cyber Monday coupon code and a free shipping offer.)

On a more serious note, this December 1st also marks the 20th annual World Aids Day, an event designed to increase awareness of the disease, fight prejudice, improve education, and raise money to continue the search for a cure. If you’re going to be out and about today, consider wearing a red ribbon to show your concern.

Finally, December 1st kicks off …

  1. Safe Toys and Gifts Month
  2. National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
  3. Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention Month
  4. Read-a-New-Book Month
  5. National Fruitcake Month
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