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Bunch of party poopers!
The holiday does have a kind of gruesome origin. October 19th is also the Catholic Feast Day of St. Rene Goupil. Goupil, a 17th century Jesuit missionary, is the patron saint of anesthesiologists, thus the "Good Night" tie. Rene Goupil served in a military field hospital in Quebec. In 1642, he, a Jesuit Father named Isaac Jogues and about forty other people including several Huron chiefs took a trip to the Huron tribes. Along the way the party was captured by the Iroquois and carried off to Iroquois encampments at Ossernenon near present-day Auriesville, New York. The Iroquois were not a very nice group at the time. Some of the Iroquois clans, notably the Turtle and Wolf clans advocated peace and wanted to release the priests. But members of the more blood-thirsty Bear clan began bashing heads with tomahawks and Goupil was among the dead. Goupil's last act was to teach the native children the sign of the cross. He had the honor of being the first North American Catholic martyr and was later made a saint.
But we're not going to mention all that when we send our sweeties a "Say Good Night Day" card. Just click on the caption below the picture of the sleeper at the top right. The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself.
This is a side fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "landscape" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. Much quicker that way.
Then say "good night" Gracie.
© 2013 by Tom King