„Earthrise“ is the first image of Earth captured by humans from space. The photo of Earth was taken aboard Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968, by lunar module pilot Bill Anders. The image made people aware of Earth’s fragility, since it was seen against the blackness of space. On December 24, 1968 — exactly 50 years ago — Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders became the first humans to circle the moon. creditz: https://123ru.net/english/180810510/ https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=apollo+8
Heap on the wood! — the wind is chill;Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Scottish writer, historian, biographer
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) American author, illustrator [pseud. of Theodor Geisel]
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store?”
“Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more?”
CALVIN: Well. I’ve decided I do believe in Santa Claus, no matter how preposterous he sounds.Bill Watterson (b. 1958) American cartoonist
HOBBES: What convinced you?
CALVIN: A simple risk analysis. I want presents. Lots of presents. Why risk not getting them over a matter of belief? Heck, I’ll believe anything they want.
HOBBES: How cynically enterprising of you.
CALVIN: It’s the spirit of Christmas.
Forasmuch as the feast of the nativity of Christ, Easter, Whitsuntide, and other festivals, commonly called holy-days, have been heretofore superstitiously used and observed; be it ordained, that the said feasts, and all other festivals, commonly called holy-days, be no longer observed as festivals; any law, statute, custom, constitution, or canon, to the contrary in anywise not withstanding.Puritan law passed in the British Parliament (8 Jun 1647)
“Christmas a humbug, uncle!” said Scrooge’s nephew. “You don’t mean that, I am sure.”Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English writer and social critic
“I do,” said Scrooge. “Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? What reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.”
“Come, then,” returned the nephew gaily. “What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.”
Scrooge having no better answer ready on the spur of the moment, said “Bah!” again; and followed it up with “Humbug.”