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BIRTHDAY FINDER

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THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS
 

TIME CAPSULES

Crypt of Civilization, in Atlanta, Georgia, is to be opened in the year 8113! See the entire inventory of this HUGE time capsule. arrow

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS

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Boxing Day

Do you know why the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day? It's because of an old custom of giving Christmas gifts to servants and tradespeople on the day after Christmas. The original boxes were made of earthenware, and each was quickly broken open to find the money gift inside. Nowadays, a card containing money is often given to helpers, such as newspaper boys or mailmen, before the holiday. In countries where Boxing Day is still celebrated, it is welcomed as a quiet day of rest from the season's more hectic festivities.

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A Playful Month

In addition to all the holiday fun, December is a month when many games were first developed. In December 1884, the first ball-bearing roller skates were patented. In this month in 1901, the first table tennis tournament was played, and the board game Monopoly debuted during this month in 1935. George S. Parker, the founder of Parker Brothers games, was born in December 1867. So light a fire, get out your board games and Ping-Pong paddles, and play.

In the past, sheep trimmed the White House lawn!


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