Jack Wax Party help needed

Let’s not forget about the Jack Wax Party to be held March 9 from. To be a part of the fun, contact me, Kathy Templeton, at 623-2967.

This year marks 53 years this event has taken place, and all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the great food and unbeatable socializing, representatives from the American Cancer Society will be in attendance this year.

The sooner people sign up to help, the smoother the plans will progress. I thank you in advance for committing early to help out with this remarkable traditional local charity that expresses the true spirit of our community.

Special days occurring this week

Celebrating a wedding anniversary this week are Rick and Georgia Kenyon.

Blowing out birthday candles this week are Landian Templeton on Dec. 27; Norma Venner Galusha on Dec. 28; Herman Baker, Heidi Haskell, Theresa Clayfield and April Gill on Dec. 29; Robert “Red” Veillette, Jack Binder, and Calista Murray on Dec. 30; Darin Springer and Nancy Simpkins on Dec. 31; Bonnie Cameron, Clarence Roberts, and Mark Kuklinski Jr. on Jan. 1; Brigid Kelly on Jan. 2; and Holly Haskell on Jan 4.

History of New Year’s revelry

New Year’s is the world's most popular and universally celebrated festival.

The origin of celebrating New Year’s Day dates back to the era of emperors who established a special day to observe the end of one year and the beginning of the next.

In 46 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar officially declared Jan. 1 to begin the new year. At that time, Romans worshiped the god Janus who was said to have two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. The month of January was named after this Roman god and it prompted the emperor to establish January as “the gate” to the New Year, as implied by the meaning of Janus’ name. People adopted the Julian calendar, and in doing so observed January as first month of the year.

About 500 years later, Pope Gregory XIII abolished the Julian calendar and introduced the Gregorian calendar which incorporated a leap year after every four years to accommodate the true length of the year, the earth’s annual trip in orbit around the sun. Finally, in 1582, it was settled that Gregorian calendar was set to celebrate New Year on the first day of January.

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