Archive for December, 2007

(Dec.26) Today we're celebrating. . .  Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

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Kwanzaa
A 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

On the first day of Kwanzaa the center black candle is lit, representing the first principle of Kwanzaa – Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity.

For more info please visit our celebration: Kwanzaa on the Net

(Dec.25) Today we're celebrating. . .  Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007
And so this is Christmas…

"John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over)"

War Is Over If You Want It.
War Is Over Now.

Peace.

2007 Video Advent Calendar: December 24th

Monday, December 24th, 2007

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas

"Sinead O´Connor singing Silent Night"

December 24, 2007: Christmas Eve

(Dec.24) Today we're observing. . .  Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Christmas Eve

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring no even that louse. . . y brother-in-law. . . 

Well that’s not quite how the story goes. Here are the real words to A Visit from Saint Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore.

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. . . 

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Holiday Invite: Christmas on the Net

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Christmas on the Net

Holidays on the Net invites you to our celebration of Christmas. We’ve recently redesigned our site so join us for a fresh look at the “most wonderful time of the year!”

Christmas is a time for Families, Fun, and Festivities! A time of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time for Santa, stars, and singing carols. A time for ornaments, gifts, and twinkling lights. Of sleigh rides, hot cocoa, and gingerbread cookies.

Join us for stories of Christmas and the Christ Child, an animated look at the “Many Faces of Santa”, holiday music for singing along, crafts to make, and holiday pictures for the kids to print and color. Visit our “Voices of Christmas” and listen to Christmas greetings from around the world. We have also added new holiday recipes to help make your celebration a delicious one!

So bring your kids and tell your friends. Don’t forget to send your friends and family Christmas greetings with our FREE e-greeting cards. Christmas is celebrated December 25th.

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Christmas tree survives war, A-bomb

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007


From Yahoo News…

Warren Nobuaki Iwatake and his wife, Emiko, puts the final touches on a Christmas tree in his house in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. Iwatake’s family has seen more than its share of calamity. When he was still a child his father was lost at sea off Hawaii. With no breadwinner, his family was forced to move to Japan, and then war broke out. Iwatake was drafted and sent to the tiny island of Chichijima, where he witnessed some of the most brutal acts of war. His relatives, meanwhile, chose to live in Hiroshima. He lost a brother when the bomb fell. But through it all one thing has remained constant. The tree. His parents bought it in 1937, and his family has brought it out every Christmas since, without fail, even when that meant risking arrest.

Article: Christmas tree survives war, A-bomb

(AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

(Dec.23) Today we're observing. . .  Festivus

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

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Ahhh yes. Festivus. The holiday “for the rest of us!” Get out your aluminium pole and get ready to “air your grievances” because its one of our favorite holidays!

Festivus was first introduced in the famous Seinfeld episode “The Strike” in which Frank Costanza, father of the beloved George Costanza, tells how he created Festivus in response to the commercialization of Christmas. But in reality Festivus has been around since the 1960’s and was “rediscovered” by the Seinfeld writers.

A highlight of the festival is the Festivus Pole. Simple. Unadorned. Strikingly aluminium.

 While its a bit late to get your Festivus pole for this years celebration, there is always next year. And the website of the Wagner Companies in Milwaukee is a great place to start. And don’t forget to check out their great video explaining the vast and humorous history of the Festivus holiday.

Why yes even Santa’s elves are getting into the holiday spirit!
photo credit: Festivus Poles (Wagner Companies)

links:
wikipedia: Festivus
Festivus Poles (Wagner Companies)
Festivus Video

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