HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem decimum Kalendas Ianuarias.
MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Aeneas Meets Dido, and there are more images here.
TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:
TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Caveat emptor (English: Let the buyer beware).
PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Quod est venturum, sapiens ut praesens cavet (English: The wise man guards against what is to come as if it were already here).
PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Annus clibanum (English: Annus invented the oven; from Adagia 1.10.75... Annus is a legendary Egyptian credited with the invention of the oven and baked bread; the proverb refers to someone who discovers a marvelous invention).
ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Nec omnia, nec passim, nec ab omnibus: Neither all thinges, nor in al places, nor of all men. This Proverbe teacheth us, that in takinge of rewardes, wee shewe oure selves not only shamefast, but also ware and circumspecte. For there be some thinges, whiche is not seminge for a man to take. There is also a place and time, that it where much better for one to refuse the gifte that is offered than to take it. And againe there be some, of whom it is no honestie, to receive anie gifte.
BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Hora Fugax. Click here for a full-sized view.
And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:
At spes non fracta.
But my hope is not broken.
Animus omnia vincit.
Courage conquers all things.
MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Avarus et Fur, a fable about a Scrooge.
FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Gallus et Ancillae, a fable of unintended consequences (this fable has a vocabulary list).
Gaudium Mundo. Today's holiday song is Veni, Veni Emmanuel! Today, December 23, is the day of the "O Emmanuel" antiphon.