Today is the first full day of Hanukkah (sometimes spelled Chanukah), an 8 day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish friends!
Today is also the last day of our 2011 Ocracoke Journal posts. Because of the upcoming holidays we have decided to take a short break so we can spend more time with our family and friends. This will be our last blog for 2011. We hope you enjoy our account of daily life on the island.
In the meanwhile, we wish all of our readers a very Happy Christmas...and all the best in the New Year!
A few other upcoming observances we want to remind our readers of:
-- The Winter Solstice (Dec. 22) This is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Because of the earth's tilt, the north pole will be 23.5 degrees away from the sun. The sun's rays will be directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, south of the equator. This was often a day of celebration in age-old northern cultures because after this date the days begin to lengthen as the sun appears increasingly more directly overhead.
-- National Haiku Poetry Day (Dec. 22)
-- National Candy Cane Day (Dec. 26)
-- National Whiner's Day (Dec. 26...for all the folks who didn't get the gifts they wanted?)
-- National Chocolate Day (Dec. 28 & 29...I guess chocolate requires two days to celebrate)
-- Bacon Day (Dec. 30)
-- No Interruptions Day (Dec. 31)
-- World Peace Meditation Day (Dec. 31)
We will not be publishing a new Ocracoke Newsletter this month. Click here to view our latest Newsletter, the story of Ocracoke Island and the Lost Colony; http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112111.htm.
Please check in again on January 2, 2012.
We'll see you in 2012!
Happy Holidays to all!