First Sun-Heated Home – 1948
On this day in 1948, the first home heated completely by solar power was completed in Dover, Massachusetts.
(Odd timing, because it was a cloudy day near the beginning of winter, when the days are nearly their shortest.)
The home was named “Dover Sun House.”
The heating system was designed by Dr. Maria Telkes, a Hungarian-born scientist from the MIT Solar Laboratory; the solar-energy experiments were sponsored by Amelia Peabody; and the architect was Eleanor Raymond. (I'm sure some men were involved with the project, too!)
Learn about solar energy here.
Order solar power kits from $10 to $25 (or so) here. They look pretty fun!
Also on this date:
Christmas Eve – Many people have feasts, go to church, and exchange gifts. In Finland and Sweden, most of the Christmas festivities, including a visit from Santa to distribute the gifts, happens on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. (Swedish kids used to get gifts from the Yule Goat, not Santa!) In a lot of countries, children get ready for Father Christmas or Santa Claus by hanging stockings, putting out cookies and milk, and even putting out carrots for the reindeer.
La Noche Buena (Latin America) – Fireworks are common, plus families stay up til midnight for their gift exchange.
Santuranticuy (Saints for Sale) (Peru) This is the largest arts and crafts fair in Peru. Once a time for image carvers to display and sell figures that can be used in Nativity scenes, now other crafts items are included as well.