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Happy Boxing Day!

Hello people!

I hope everyone’s Christmas was super! Mine was quiet. Just the way I needed. Today in many parts of the world it’s Boxing Day. Here is a repeat of a post I did last year. Hope you enjoy and I hope you enjoy the day!

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Boxing Day ~~ (Via Wikipedia) This holiday is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their bosses or employers. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on 26 December. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and some other Commonwealth nations. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. In Ireland and Italy, the day is known as St. Stephen’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Stiofáin) or the Day of the Wren (Irish: Lá an Dreoilín). In many European countries, including  Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.

In Britain, Canada, and some states of Australia, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) in the US. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. For many merchants, Boxing Day has become the day of the year with the greatest amount of returns.  And that my friends is why I stay safely at home and laze around today. I hate shopping, but today is extra crazy out there.

Kwanzaa ~~ Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

(Via Wikipedia) Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy,” consisting of what Karenga called “the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” These seven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Kwanzaa symbols include a decorative mat (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed, corn (Muhindi) and other crops, a candle holder Kinara with seven candles (Mishumaa Saba), a communal cup for pouring libation (Kikimbe cha Umoja), gifts (Zawadi), a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols were designed to convey the seven principles

National Candy Cane Day ~~ Now you know candy canes had to be celebrated at some point this month. So here it is! This day celebrates the sweet sugary treat that has become a traditional holiday candy. Candy Canes started as just all white sticks and it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the red stripe and the peppermint flavor was added. Many decorate their Christmas Trees with Candy Canes.

A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844. The candy cane has been mentioned in literature since 1866, was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874, And as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees.  Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.

There are several stories about how the candy cane came about, most of them with a religious bent. Some (like Snopes.com) have some convincing arguments against these stories. As for me, I’m just glad they are around to decorate trees with and to eat. Whichever way they came about, enjoy a candy cane today!

National Whiners Day ~~ When I found this holiday I laughed out loud. So fitting don’t you think, to have Whiners day on the day after Christmas? Today is the day you can whine about the bad gifts you received or the gifts you wanted but didn’t get!   National Whiners Day was founded in 1986 and is dedicated to those who like to whine. Especially, those who are returning or exchanging Christmas gifts. Actually, this day is to encourage everyone to appreciate what they have.

Rev. Kevin Zabor­ney, in 1986, des­ig­nated Decem­ber 26 as National Whiner’s Day. Rev. Zabor­ney founded the hol­i­day in hopes of encour­ag­ing peo­ple to be thank­ful for what they have, rather than unhappy about what they don’t have.

Sug­ges­tions for Cel­e­brat­ing National Whiner’s Day

*Visit a shop­ping mall or retail store and watch peo­ple “whine” as they return and exchange their hol­i­day gifts (remem­ber, it’s not only the cus­tomers who whine).

*Invite friends over, or plan a party, and call it a “Whine and Geeze” party! Serve non-alcoholic wine and cheese!

*Again, invite friends to a National Whiner’s Day party. In order to get in, your friends need to bring one unwanted gift, wrapped, for a white ele­phant exchange.

*Hold a whin­ing con­test at home or with friends, and invite a radio or tele­vi­sion sta­tion to broad­cast the event. Award the win­ner with a funny cer­tifi­cate or tro­phy. Make it more fun by scor­ing not only the whine qual­ity but on the whin­ing itself. For exam­ple, “Ohh­hhh, mooomm. Do I havvvvve to cleeeeean my roooomm?”

Either way, you celebrate the day, have fun!

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Unusual Facts About November 21st

Hello, People!

Today I thought we’d have a little fun and list some unusual or relatively unknown facts about today, November 21st. I love stuff like this. Plus, hey, we all need our heads full of mostly useless information sometimes. 😉

So, on this day here are some little-known facts about this day in history or other foolishness just for the heck of it…….

 

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  • 1794 – Honolulu Harbor discovered
  • National Adoption Day – a number of courts and communities in the United States come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care. More than 300 events are held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in November, in all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to finalize the adoptions of children in foster care. In total, more than 40,000 children have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.
  • 1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.
  • 1934 – The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
  • 1942 – The Alaska Highway across Canada was formally opened.
  • 1960 – George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform there with the Beatles.
  • World Hello Day – It is really easy to participate in World Hello Day. Simply, say hello to at least 10 people today.

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Of course, I can’t forget…..

  • International Label Day – International Label Day is celebrated November 21st. This holiday celebrates the beauty of the words we choose to let shape us, the subcultures that we are proud to be part of, and the surprising meaning of the labels we all choose for ourselves!

My favorite dino Rara is going to have something going on for this particular holiday…..why not take a look over there and say Jackie sent you!

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend! What’s YOUR favorite holiday? 

 

 

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What’s Celebrated on Nov 14, 2014

Hello people!

Hope your day is going great. I haven’t done a post in a while about weird and wacky celebrations, so I decided today is the day! So, what are we celebrating on Nov. 14, 2014?

 

It’s Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day! This holiday encourages you take things a little slower, de-stress and unwind. We’re all busy, but it’s easy to get caught up into a spiral of stress and angst; take a mental step back, loosen up, lighten up, and find some balance.

 

National American Teddy Bear Day! Now there seems to be some confusion about this holiday. Some say its celebrated in September, some say November. I found two Teddy Bear Days. One was indeed in September called just Teddy Bear Day, and this one, NATBD. What’s the difference? None, except the month and day! So I say this close to Christmas, why not celebrate it today? Who doesn’t love Teddy Bears? No one that I know! So go hug yourself a teddy bear and feel good.

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Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day! Ok, I’m cheating just a bit with this one, as it’s supposed to be celebrated tomorrow on the 15th. Some of my readers are from countries where it all ready is the 15th! So I’m adding it in today. Plus, it gives me a reminder that I really need to clean mine out this weekend! So let’s get at it people! Time to unearth those containers that get pushed to the back of the fridge. I’m sure that fuzzy green stuff that’s been added since the last you’ve seen the dish is not good for you! Besides, with the holidays coming up you’ll need that extra space. Or, if you have a fridge like mine, some of that stuff is frozen. Yeah, frozen in the fridge part. Then some things spoil fast as parts of my fridge are warmer than the rest. Once I figured it out, it’s not too bad, I know where to put stuff if I run out of room in the freezer!

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I love to write day! Here’s another one I’m kind of cheating with, because again, it’s celebrated on the 15th. I saw this day and knew I had to include it. I mean, it fits us all pretty much doesn’t it? This celebration was founded by author John Riddle, a non-fiction and self-help writer, to get kids writing in schools and encourage adults to rekindle an old dream.

The day  is celebrated by many different organizations – schools, community halls, churches, and even shopping centers. It covers all genres, from novels to poetry to writing in to your local newspaper with a point you’ve always wanted to make but never found time for before. The aim is to get people to sit down and put something on paper or on a computer, however short and in whatever style, kick-starting their writing and giving them confidence through being part of a global movement.

You can participate by writing something down, and encouraging your friends and family to do the same. Consider holding a writing and reading party with your friends, giving books as gifts, or donating to a local reading or writing scheme as part of your celebration.

 

So there you have it people, some things to celebrate today and this weekend. Have fun! De-stress! Enjoy yourself.

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Holidays! And Some Other Things We Celebrate This Month

Hello people! Hope your weekend was filled with fun!

I just finished NaNoWriMo last week. I didn’t post much in the month of November as I was working on that. But for this month I’m letting those writings settle and then I’ll get to the much-needed editing.

For this month I thought I’d do a little something different. Did you know December is not only the month for Christmas and Boxing Day? I mean there are a slew of things out there that are celebrated this month!

Take yesterday for example. Yesterday was December 1. Did you know it was also Eat a Red Apple Day? No? Neither did I! See what I mean. There are lots of other things to celebrate in famous December.

I thought it would be fun to write a post every day this month about all the different things that are celebrated in December. It could be a teaching, fun, all month celebration! And, you don’t even have to buy presents! Yea!

So let’s see what else was celebrated yesterday.

December 1:

World Aids Day ~~ I think we’ve all heard of this worthy day.

Day With (out) Art ~~ this is a tie in with World Aids Day.  Began on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.

Eat A Red Apple Day ~~ Yum! I can do this one easily as I love apples.

Bifocal At The Monitor Liberation Day ~~ Oh man, I need to celebrate this one! I actually have two pair of glasses. Bifocals for when I drive and do other things. Regular glasses for working on the computer. Now you know my secret!

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As for today we have celebrations! Take your pick or enjoy all of them.

December 2:

Coats for Kids Day ~~ Now this is the kind of day we could all celebrate by donating a child’s winter coat for charity. We would like to have all the children warm this winter!

Abolition of Slavery Day ~~ To quote the official website (which you can find when you click on the day) The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labor, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

Special Education Day ~~ Special Education Day, the national holiday listed in Chase’s Calendar of events,  began in 2005. That year marked the 30th anniversary of the IDEA–the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 

I also found out that today is:

Hand Washing Awareness week ~ first week in December

National Fritter Day ~~ a fritter is usually a fruit or vegetable shallow fried in batter.

So go give a kids coat to your favorite charity and eat a fritter for me.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more! (PS….You could buy me a present if you wanted, my address is……….) hahaha!

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Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Soon it will be Christmas! Most families have some Christmas traditions, maybe they were passed down for ages, some are more newer. I thought I would be a Christmas sleuthing elf today and find some  Christmas traditions from Around the world.

Doesn’t that sound like fun? Ah always learning we are here on this blog dear readers. Whether you want to or not! 😉

 

Ukraine

imageAn artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck. A Ukrainian folk tale says that there once lived a woman so poor that she could not afford Christmas decorations for her family. One Christmas morning, she awoke to find that spiders had trimmed her children’s tree with their webs. When the morning sun shone on them, the webs turned to silver and gold.

Iceland: The Christmas Cat

 

Jólakötturinn is the Yule Cat or Christmas Cat. He is not a nice cat. He might eat you! See, in many Icelandic families, those who finished all their work on time receive new clothes for Christmas; those who were lazy did not (although this is mainly a threat). To encourage children to work hard, their parents told the tale of the Yule Cat, saying that Jólakötturinn could tell who the lazy children were because they did not have at least one new item of clothing for Christmas, and they would be sacrificed to the Yule Cat. This reminder tends to spur children into doing their chores! A poem written about the cat ends with a suggestion that children help out the needy, so they, too, can have the protection of new clothing. It’s no wonder that Icelanders put in more overtime at work than most Europeans.

 

Latvia: Mummers

 

The tradition of mummers is associated with the winter solstice more than Christmas. It dates back to pagan times when people would try to employ magic to encourage the sun to return before daylight completely disappeared. In Britain, mummers perform small dramas about the struggle between the sun and the forces of winter -a tradition that survives to this day in some areas. In Latvia, Christmastime is still a solstice holiday, and is often celebrated from December 22nd through the 25th. Customs of a Latvian Christmas are usually traced to activities that encourage the return of the Sun Maiden. Latvian mummers are more like Halloween trick-or-treaters, going from house to house wearing masks, usually disguised as some kind of animal or the spirit of death. They play music and bestow blessings on the homes they visited, and are given food to eat.

 

Spain, Portugal and Italy

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A traditional Christmas tradition in parts of Spain, Portugal and Italy, is to set up a model village of Bethlehem. Along with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, a Caganer, or “Shitter” in English, is placed in the scene. The Caganer is a figurine, traditionally of a man, in the act of defecating, pants around his knees bending over with pile of feces at his heels. He is usually placed in a corner, perhaps because he needs privacy. The Caganer has been around for a few hundred years and in recent times it has evolved from a traditionally dressed man taking care of business to figurines of celebrities, nuns, politicians and Santa Claus.

 

Czech Republic

On Christmas Eve, unmarried Czech women practice a traditional fortune telling method to predict their relationship status for the upcoming year. If you’d like to give this a try, here’s how to do it: Stand with your back to your door and toss one of your shoes over your shoulder. If it lands with the toe facing the door it means that you will get married within the year. If it lands with the heel facing the door, you’re in for another year of unmarried status.

 

Japan

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For many Japanese, traditional Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken. It is so popular and well marketed that reservations may have to be made to eat at a KFC on Christmas in Japan.

 

Austria

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If you thought that being on Santa’s naughty list was the scariest thing to happen around Christmas, you’ve never heard of Krampus Night. Krampus is Santa’s evil twin whose job is to beat and punish all the children who have misbehaved. On December 6th men dress up in some of the scariest devil-like costumes you can imagine and drunkenly run around towns hitting people with sticks and switches. The Krampus legend originates in the Germanic alpine regions and is widespread throughout Hungary, Bavaria, Slovenia and is especially popular in Austria.

 

 

Germany

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Being part German I knew about this one!  Instead of a star to top their trees or maybe an angel, Germans put their glass pickle ornaments on their tree last. The ornament is hidden away, and on Christmas morning, the family must search for the ornament. Whoever find it will get an extra present and will have good luck for the next year.