Archive for December 1st, 2009

(December 01) Today we're observing . . .  World AIDS Day / Day Without Art

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
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World AIDS Day / Day Without Art
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. It’s up to you, me and us to stop the spread of HIV and end prejudice.

Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS.
Every year since artists and art institutions throughout the world have taken part in the observances, many closing or covering their artwork with black cloths for the day. While others hold special observances and performances in remembrance for those artists lost to the disease.
The theme of World AIDS Day this year is “‘Universal Access and Human Rights'”. What can you do today?
After the jump we’ll offer some ideas from the AVERTing HIV and AIDS website on how you can support World AIDS Day.

 

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Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah 2009 (12/01)

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Chanukah
the Jewish Festival of Lights

Dec. 01 : 10 days till Chanukah

Did you know that Chanukah is referred to as the Festival of Lights?

Chanukah begins four days before the new moon, which is the darkest night of the month. Kislev, the month in which Chanukah takes place, is also close to the winter solstice, which is the longest — and darkest — month of the year.

The only ritual associated with Chanukah is lighting the candles on the chanukiah (menorah). Like many other faiths, the Jewish holiday of Chanukah brings light into the darkest time of the year.

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. Jewish people mark this eight-day holiday by lighting the menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, and eating foods fried in oil such as potato latkes and jelly donuts. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Chanukah.

Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hanaka — no matter how you spell it — the fun begins at sundown on Friday December 11th.

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Did You Know? Countdown to December 2009 (12/01)

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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Did You Know?
December 01

It’s December!!

Thanks for joining us as we counted down to the month of December!

Happy December,
Louie and the Holiday Elves

Sources: Daily Holidays on the Net, Holidaypedia: December

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World AIDS Day 2009 – Our Annual Video Tribute – I'l Adore

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Once again its World AIDS day. Another year. Another loss. Another tear.

In observance of World AIDS Day today I’d like to once again dedicate this song – I’l Adore by Boy George – to our friends and loved ones who are no longer with us.

This song was originally released back in 1995. I have always found it difficult to listen to this song. We’ve lost so many to this disease that sometimes the memories are almost too painful to remember. But we must…

And to those we’ve lost: Robert, Marcus, Scott, Roger, John, Stephen, Robert, and the too many others. You are loved. You are missed. You have not been forgotten. Peace.

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 01st – Day 01

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well its that time of the year again, time for our Christmas countdown. We are happy to continue with, what has become an annual tradition, our 2009 Video Advent Calendar. So join us as we countdown to Christmas with some of the most interesting, fun, and we hope entertaining holiday video clips.

And as today is the first day of Advent 2009* we thought we’d start, again, with a simple piano rendition of one of my holiday favs – Linus and Lucy from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."


"playing a little bit of that famous Peanuts tune by Vince Guaraldi"
December 01, 2009 : 24 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

*While Advent officially begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas (November 29 this year), it is common for Advent Calendars to begin on the 01st of December.

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 01st – Day 01

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well its that time of the year again. We are happy to continue with, in what has become an annual tradition, our 2009 Video Advent Calendar. Join us as we countdown to Christmas with some of the most interesting, fun, and we hope entertaining holiday video clips.

And as today is the first day of Advent 2009* we thought we’d start, again, with a simple piano rendition of one of my holiday favs – Linus and Lucy from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."


"playing a little bit of that famous Peanuts tune by Vince Guaraldi"
December 01, 2009 : 24 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

*While Advent officially begins on the 4th Sunday before Christmas (this year November 29) it is common for Advent Calendars to begin on the 01st of December.

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