Monday, December 12, 2011


December is recognized for more than just Christmas. It is also, Quince and Watermelon Month, National Tie Month and Bingo’s Birthday Month. Let me assure you, I’m not kidding. I thought it would be fun to write a post on these important remembrances. 

So, here goes….

I honestly didn’t even know what “quince” was, but then I have never made my own jam or jellies. I see the kids at StarShine using Wikipedia and figured I would give it a try. Here is what I found out, “quince is a tart fruit that needs to be cooked before eating. It is mostly used to make jams and jellies and the quince taste is somewhere between an apple and a pear.”  

As far as watermelon goes, I’ll only say I have probably never eaten watermelon in December.

National Tie Month makes a little more sense to me since many men receive neckties for Christmas. This reminds me of a wonderful volunteer we had, a year or so ago, who formed a High School Boys Etiquette Club. At one of his meetings, he taught the boys how to tie a necktie and even had a contest to see who could tie a tie the fastest.

I can’t get real excited about December being Bingo’s Birthday. That is probably because I have never won a bingo game in my life.

I do not know who decides these silly designations. 

I do know that December is all about Christmas to me. I also know that sharing Christmas with the wonderful kids at StarShine Academy is much better than Bingo, Quince, Watermelon and Neckties.

By Lois Jamieson

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