Saturday, January 5, 2008

Red Letter Day

A red letter day (sometimes hyphenated as red-letter day) is any day of special significance.

The term originates from Medieval church calendars. Illuminated manuscripts often marked initial capitals and highlighted words in red ink, known as rubrics. The First Council of Nicaea in 325 decreed the saint's days, feasts and other holy days, which came to be printed on church calendars in red. The term came into wider usage with the appearance in 1549 of the first Book of Common Prayer in which the calendar showed special holy days in red ink.

Many current calendars have special dates and holidays such as Sundays, Christmas Day and Midsummer Day rendered in red colour instead of black.

On red letter days, judges of the English High Court (Queen's Bench Division) wear, at sittings of the Court of Law, their scarlet robes (See court dress). Also in the United Kingdom, other civil dates have been added to the original religious dates. These include anniversaries of the Monarch's birthday, official birthday, accession and coronation.

The term "red letter day" is colloquially used to indicate any date of personal significance.

Oh, today is definitely a day of personal significance!
Look familiar?
Empty nest?

Our son Casey, his girlfriend Cassie and their TWO BIG DOGS moved out today!

They leased a house across town. No more sharing our small house with too many people and too many dogs. Now our dog and cat can roam free. And so can we!!!
I wish them many happy times in their new home. And also the same to Kim and I!


Bek said...

Enjoy your new freedom! What a way to start off a new year:)

Jeffrey said...

When's the party?

Rosemary said...

Made me smile , I remember how I felt when the girls finally left home .

Naturegirl said...

Victoria I have come by way of Bek and what a pleasure to meet another fellow gardener!I love your home and the pets that you have!Corgi/Husky!!
What a sweetie..I had a Corgi named Ginger who now has ~wings~ and I have 2 black mousers...but NO mice around here ((((Eeeek!)))
I am sure you are enjoying your ~empty nest~ once again! I love the
bungalow you have ...ours is two story and with a broken ankle very
challenging to get around!
Look forward to more visits here and if you have time come by and see my Canadaian winter garden and if you scroll down a recap of my 2007 garden! :)NG

Bob and Robin said...

Glad to hear of your new found "freedom"! And the photo of the "empty nest" is appropriate. But then, I remember when Marnie left. And now, after traveling throughout Europe for 5 years and the SW of the US for 5 years, she is back 1 block away. And that is good. The nest will be empty from now on, but the visits are delightful! Good luck to you and Kim and enjoy.
--- Bob

Wurzerl said...

Dear Victoria, in 1998 I had the whole family from my husbands daughter in my house, 5 persons and a dog more in addition!!
I were so happy to find an empty nest a year later. I wish you both and the young family all the best!!!

Anonymous said...

So it was a good day then?

Cynthia Rae said...

Happy Empty Nest to you! ENJOY! I know I am a bit late, but I wanted to wish you guys a very happy 2008! Looks like you are off to a great start!