July 2015

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1. The meaning of Independence Day.

What gives the Fourth of July its significance is that our Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776.

It was in Philadelphia, and the signers of that document, composed by Thomas Jefferson, knew that this declaration of independence from the dictatorial rule of Great Britain might also be — literally — their death sentence.

They knew full well that the wrath and might of the British army would be sailing across the Atlantic to descend on the relatively defenseless colonies. They knew their scattered “states” didn’t have the numbers or arms or training to stand against the British, much less defeat them militarily. Yet they put their signatures, and their lives, their families, their destiny, on that parchment.

American Flag and Declaration of Independence

American Flag and Declaration of Independence

2. Juvenile Arthritis Month.

The form of arthritis that these kids experience is not the same as grandma’s aches and pains. These children suffer from an autoimmune form of arthritis. Their body’s immune system is attacking their joints, causing swelling, stiffness and permanent damage. This condition is extremely serious; if left untreated it can result in death.

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3. July Fun Facts.

The 7th month of the year is an outstanding one In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, July is the seventh month. However, on the Roman calendar, it was actually the fifth month and was call Quintilis, which meant fifth. Later in 46 B.C., Caesar gave 31 days and the Roman Senates named the month Julius in honor of Caesar. In northern hemisphere, July is usually the hottest month of the year when it is actually a winter time in southern hemisphere. It gets very cold in Antarctica and cold and rainy in South America. Because there isn’t much rain in July, the grass loses its greenness. Moreover, the abundance of flowers and insects occur in July.

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1. National Chocolate with Almonds Day

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY

National Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed annually on July 8th.  What a great combination to enjoy and it is also filled with added health benefits!

Perhaps you want to grab a chocolate bar filled with almonds or a bag of chocolate covered almonds or possibly you would like to bake some chocolate brownies filled with chopped almonds or any of the many other recipes that are available. Whichever option (or options) you choose, it is sure to be a delicious and enjoyable treat !

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2. National Sugar Cookie Day

It is National Sugar Cookie Day.  Celebrated each year on July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever popular and delicious sugar cookie.

A holiday favorite and very easy to make, sugar cookies are sure to disappear quickly once they come out of the oven.  Made with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and either baking powder or baking soda, most people have the ingredients on hand at all times and can have the kids help make a batch on any day.  Cutting the cookies, with cookie cutters, into different shapes and decorating them with frosting and sprinkles are a popular and fun way to finish the cookies.

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