This is an odd week. It's in between two huge holidays--holidays that are both civic and religious. So, in that "odd" vein I offer you some trivia and yet not too exciting information...but somewhat interesting, too---in its own way!
For those who live in two calendars: Gregorian and liturgical, the week is full of Christian feasts. In just one week we hear about the martyrs: Stephen, Thomas Becket and the Holy Innocents; a pope, Sylvester; an apostle, John and a transferred feast that usually pops up on the Sunday after Christmas but was pushed this year to a Friday: Feast of the Holy Family.
Then along comes New Years Day which seems to have a couple dozen names, depending on your choice of emphasis. For example: The Circumcision of Jesus (for oldies but goodies), Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and also the World Day of Peace, to name three. And also, (I did warn you that this might not be exciting but interesting), the birthday of J.D. Salinger, American author, and the death anniversary of Mario Cuomo, governor of New York.
So, here we are, all working less than five days this week, yeh, and getting in some quick visits home or mornings sleeping in, time to read those put-aside novels or use gift certificates for a lunch out or the chance to see a movie. BTW, if you loved or even just liked, the Harry Potter books/movies you'd probably enjoy the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowlings, herself. Very Potter-ish, imaginative, creative and fun.