Archive for December 6th, 2006

Hannukah? Chanukah? Khanukkah? Oy Vey!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

There seems to be some confusion surrounding the actual spelling of Chanukah. Part of the reason for this confusion may be due to the fact there is no exact English translation of the Hebrew word for Chanukah. We’ve counted 13 different spellings including…


While in the United States it is most common to use the spelling “CHANUKAH,” rest assured that they are all the same celebration.

For our complete list of Chanulkah spellings visit our Chanukah on the Net website.

link: The Spellings of Chanukah

Put On Your Yamulke, Its Time For Radio Chanukah

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006


XM Radio has announced that it will begin broadcasting an exclusive Chanukah channel during the Chanukah holiday this year. For 8 days beginning December 15, XM will begin broadcasting "Radio Hanukkah" on channel 108. Aside from Adam Sandler’s witty Chanukah tune, the station will feature "the best in Jewish music, Broadway, talk, and kids programming."

A special feature will be Chanukah blessings "recited by a different Jewish American musician, entertainer or politician each night" for the nightly candle lighting for both the Eastern and Pacific time zones.

"Radio Hanukkah" begins at 5PM on December 15th with the first candle lighting.

Note to Sirius Radio – Hey guys there’s still time to "Put On Your Yamulkes!"

10 "Quick Tips" for Selecting a Live Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006


Planning on getting a live tree this year? Its still not too late. The National Christmas Tree Association website is offering 10 "Quick Tips" on choosing a live Christmas Tree including…

Go to a retail lot that is well-lit and stores trees in a shaded area.

Do a freshness test on the trees. Green needles on fresh trees break crisply when bent sharply with the fingers — much like a fresh carrot.

Pines have different indicators because of the fibrous nature of their needles compared to firs. The needles on fresh pines do NOT break, unless they are very dry.

Look for other indicators of dryness or deterioration: excessive needle loss, discolored foliage, musty odor, needle pliability, and wrinkled bark. A good rule-of-thumb is, when in doubt about the freshness of a tree, select another one. If none of the trees on the lot look fresh, go to another lot.

Some species last longer and remain fresh longer than others in different climates. Ask your retailer which tree performs best in your climate.

For more tree picking "Quick Tips" and other Christmas Tree information visit the The National Christmas Tree Association website.

link: National Christmas TreeAssociation

Come Celebrate the Holidays with the White House

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006


The White House has unveiled their website dedicated to the 2006 holidays. After 9/11, tours of the White House were greatly limited and basically ended for us commoners. In response to the interest in the White House’s holiday decor, the White House has set up a special section on their website dedicated to the holiday decorations. This years site is now open for viewing.

The theme this year is "Deck the Halls and Welcome All." And at the site you’ll be able to view photos of this years decorations, as well as video clips. The First Lady is always involved in the White House decoration choices, planning and activities. Don’t forget to check out the holiday videos, including one showing Mrs. Bush accepting the official Christmas tree to the White House and another showing Mrs. Bush presenting the finished White House to the press.

Make sure to download and SAVE the official holiday program beautifully illustrated by Pamela Carroll.

Aah – to be invited to one of those parties!

link: White House Christmas 2006

*White House photos by Shealah Craighead

Christmas TV Alert: White House Christmas 2006

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006



Tonight at 8PM on HGTV will be the premiere of the "White House Christmas 2006," a look at this years White House Christmas decorations. As in years past the show will highlight this years decorative theme "Deck the Halls and Welcome All," as well as all the activity inside the White House as it prepares for the holiday season.

I think is at least the 3rd year HGTV has shown the holiday decorations and activity behind the decorating of the “Peoples House”.

link: HGTV

*White House Tree photo by Shealah Craighead

(Dec.06) Today we're celebrating…Saint Nicholas Day

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Saint Nicholas Day
The history of Santa Claus begins with a man called Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey. Saint Nicholas was know for his charity and wisdom. Legends tell of him coming from a wealthy family and giving all his money to the poor. He also was said to posses magical powers. He died in 340 AD and was buried in Myra.

source: The Many Faces of Santa
(Christmas on the Net)

2006 Video Advent Calendar – December 06th

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas

"Faith Hill – Where Are You Christmas"

December 06, 2006 : 19 Days Till Christmas

You can check out a new holiday video each day right here or check out our Advent Calendar each day.

link: Advent Calendar on the Net

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