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It's December!

By December 1, 2013

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The Hunchback of Notre DameIt's the first day of December. It's National Pie Day, Feast day of St Eligius, and the day that Barbes Diena is observed. December 1 is also Rosa Parks Day: the day that she ignited controversy by refusing to move to the back of the bus.

  • December 1st was also that date in 1830 when Victor Hugo was supposed to finish his famous novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Of course, he missed the deadline, and the novel wouldn't be published until 1831, but it's still a literary curiosity for the day. In the novel, Hugo writes: "When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door."

In other reading, for December 1st, Vachel Lindsay writes:

"This section is a Christmas tree:
Loaded with pretty toys for you.
Behold the blocks, the Noah's arks,
The popguns painted red and blue.
No solemn pine-cone forest-fruit,
But silver horns and candy sacks
And many little tinsel hearts
And cherubs pink, and jumping-jacks.
For every child a gift, I hope.
The doll upon the topmost bough
Is mine."

Read the reading selection for this December 1st.


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