It is the first day of December, where life and leisure are going to become hectic and busy especially if you are still working. There will be endless Christmas parties, friends reunion, family reunion, etc,
There will be expensive Christmas shopping. Just be careful with the spending. Try to buy things you can afford to give.
Let us also remind ourselves what Christmas is all about. Who is being celebrated and perhaps even for just this month (if we cannot manage to do it throughout the year), let us be mindful of others. Give love on Christmas month. 🙂
By the way, meteorological speaking, today is the first day of winter in the UK, etc.
Keep warm, be safe and healthy.
Merry Christmas and hope you all really have a good one.
Today is shrove Tuesday, which has now become better known as Pancake Day.
What is Shrove Tuesday about? Has it become just a day of cooking and tossing pancakes?
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of merriment and feasting before Lent begins in earnest.
But in truth and in its history, today is about penitence. Shrove Tuesday got its name from the ritual of shriving, which early Christians used to do.
The act of shriving meant that Christians would confess their sins and their shortcomings and in so doing will receive absolutions.
Absolution means the person will be forgiven of his sins and released from his guilt and pain that he had caused.
This tradition is very old.
It was a custom and tradition of the early Christians to confess their sins a week before the start of Lent to their priest/confessor, who shall so shrive them.
Today is not only about pancake but a time to think about the wrong deeds that we have done or have continued doing. We must be penitent of them.
On the happier side, Shrove Tuesday is also about partying and feasting. Time to cook and serve all the foods that may have to be given up for the sober Lent to come. Barbecue the meat and fish and make pastas so no food are wasted for the coming Lent. Today is like a Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday.
Pancake became the ideal food for Tuesday because it uses up all the fats, milk and eggs with the addition of flour.
Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK and also at some parts of the world. We at GlobalGranary would like to wish those celebrating this auspicious occassion a happy and loving Mother’s Day.
As has been a tradition with us since my son was born many years ago, we celebrate mother’s day annually. (Well I did carry him for more than nine months and as my own mother used to say ‘giving birth is being one foot in the grave! hahaha).
This year’s celebration is no different. It just gets better.
My grandson, Nathan, secretly told my husband that he has a little present for his Grandma for mother’s day, see above photo. Thank you, Nathan. Love, love them.
I would like to thank my beloved son, James, my lovely daughter-in-law, Stacey and my adorable grandson, Nathan for the presents and lovely card. I love them. I love my scatch card as well. Yippeee I won £2.00; I can feel that it is only a matter of time before I win the £100K. Fingers’ crossed 😉
I love receiving presents but there is nothing to replace being surrounded with family during the course of the year and I am happy to say that my loving family is always there for me, in time of joy and sometimes sadness (infrequent 🙂 )
To those who have not been intouch with their mothers yet. Give them a call.
I know the Philippines celebrate Mother’s Day the same date as the USA but all the same, I would like to wish my mother a Happy Mothering Sunday.