The donkey and elephant first appeared in the mid-19th century as the symbols of the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties. They were created by political cartoonist Thomas Nast. He began his work by using the symbol of a donkey in the American Art Journal. Next, he used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous.
With the Republican elephant, it first appeared in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly in 1874. Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion's skin, scaring away at all the animals in the zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was labeled “The Republican Vote.” That's all it took for the elephant to become associated with the Republican Party.
Today, Democrats say the donkey is smart and brave, while Republicans say the elephant is strong and dignified.
From Mr. Food
Create a little Christmas magic of your own with our easy recipe for Christmas Magic Squares. This holiday-festive cookie bar recipe is great for snackin' on all holiday season long, like when you're at a cookie exchange with friends or when you're trimming the tree! No matter when you bake these up, they'll definitely fill you with the feeling of holiday magic!
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 (10-ounce) package holiday dark chocolate and mint chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup red and green chocolate covered candies (See Note)