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December 9th - Freebies!

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies

Image: Tourists get to see round the set of the long-running TV drama Coronation Street, by Allan Lee on Flickr

Tourists get to see round the set of the long-running TV drama Coronation Street, by Allan Lee

December 9th is... Coronation Street TV Premiere (1960), Christmas Card Day (1843), International Anti-corruption Day (2003), Weary Willie Day (1898), National Pastry Day, Ball-Bearing Roller Skates Patented (1884), First Christmas Seals Issued (1904), America's First Formal Cremation/Cremation Day (1792), International Day of Veterinary Medicine, World Techno Day, Public Transit Day, Anna's Day (Sweden), St. Leocadia's Day/Feast Day of Saint Leocadia
MORE (2nd Sunday): World Choral Day, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day (1997), International Children's Day/National Children's Memorial Day
PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, paper crafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.
Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

Image: 50 Years of Coronation Street: The (Very) Unofficial Story, by Sean Egan (Author). Publisher: Aurum Press (October 14, 2010)
Coronation Street TV Premiere (1960)
-- One of the UK's longest running television series, Coronation Street depicts the working class residents of a neighborhood in Manchester, England. Created by Tony Warren, this soap is a cultural touchstone, and show story lines have been reported on the news.
Read: 50 Years of Coronation Street: The (Very) Unofficial Story
-- In this comprehensive look at Corrie, writer Sean Egan takes us on a trip down memory lane that encompasses the moving marriages, unforgettable deaths, iconic storylines, and high profiles of many of the Street's most famous residents, both beloved — Hilda and Stan Ogden, Emily Bishop, Rita Sullivan, and Kevin and Sally Webster — and despised — Ena Sharples, Annie Walker, Mike Baldwin, and Gary Windass. It also includes the wider brush strokes of its history, such as how Coronation Street spawned a whole soap industry, from EastEnders to Hollyoaks; how its multiple revamps reflected the changes in working class aspiration over the years, from loos to stone cladding; and how the fans and actors coped with the ever-increasing number of shows.
Image: Coronation Street: The Complete 70s DVD Collection
Coronation Street: The Complete 70s DVD Collection -- Collection of 80 episodes from Britain's longest-running television soap, covering the whole of the 1970s with eight landmark episodes selected from each year featuring favorite characters such as Elsie Tanner (Pat Phoenix), Ena Sharples (Violet Carson), Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear), Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander), Ken Barlow (William Roache), Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs), Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) and Vera Duckworth (Elizabeth Dawn).
Coronation Street [Download] -- Join in the fun with your favorite characters in this entertaining hidden-object game, Coronation Street: Mystery of the Missing Hotpot Recipe! In a bid to protect her famous hotpot recipe from a rival pub, The Weatherfield Arms, Betty decides to tear it up and destroy it for good! Just as she is about to throw the recipe away, a gust of wind takes hold and all pieces are blown across the street. Can you help Betty and friends track down the missing pieces before they fall into the wrong hands?
Coronation Street Coloring Book

Image: Coronation Street | Season 59

Coronation Street | Season 59

Amazon Freebies:
Read Coronation Street ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited
Listen to Coronation Street LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited
Watch Coronation Street Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime
Listen to Coronation Street Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
Design and make your own papercraft version of Coronation Street
Printable Coronation Street Bingo Cards
Coronation Street 50 Years - The Weatherfield Gazette Quiz
• Coronation Street Characters Word Search
• Coronation Street Trivia Quizzes and Games
Coronation Street | Catch up on the ITV Hub
Coronation Street hidden object game
Coronation Street spoilers, news and pictures | Digital Spy

Christmas Card Day
- This day honors Sir Henry Cole (1818 - 1874) of England. Cole created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. Just a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday must. Will you be sending out Christmas cards this year?
International Anti-corruption Day (2003)
- On Oct 31, 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (Res 58/4) and designated December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it.
Weary Willie Day (1898)
- This day is named for Emmett Kelly's clown character Willie, who was born on December 9, 1898. Today is meant to appreciate the art of clowning and the importance it plays in our lives. So use today to learn some clown skills, maybe juggling or at the very least get some big shoes, put a flower in your pocket and wear a really big red nose!
National Pastry Day
- A fun day created to encourage you to make, and of course eat, your favorite pastries. On this day, well known pastry chefs put on a show, making and displaying their finest creations.
Ball-Bearing Roller Skates Patented (1884)
- Steel ball bearings for wheels were patented on December 9, 1884. In 1898, the Richardson Ball Bearing and Skate company went into production. The design of the quad skate has changed very little since that time.
First Christmas Seals Issued (1904)
- The first tuberculosis Christmas Seal was Denmark 1904, conceived by Danish postal worker Einar Holboll. Sweden and Iceland, issued Christmas Seals the same year. America was not far behind. In 1907, Emily Bissell was responsible for designing, and with the help of Philadelphia newspaperman Leigh Mitchell Hodges, promoting the first U.S. National Christmas Seal.
America's First Formal Cremation (1792)
- The first formal cremation of a human body in America took place near Charleston, SC. Henry Laurens, Colonial statesman and signer of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War, in his will provided: I do solemnly enjoin it on my son, as an indispensable duty, as soon as he conveniently can, after my decease, he cause my body to be wrapped in twelve yards of tow cloth and burned until it be entirely consumed, and then, collecting my bones, deposit them wherever he may think proper. Laurens died December 8, 1792, at his plantation and was cremated there.

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