Archive for December 16th, 2009

On the Sixth Night of Chanukah My True Love Gave to Me . . . 

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

. . .  another video to brighten the Ho Ho Ho-Days!

A Chanukah Video Highlight

"Sevivon (Dreidel) – Moshe Skier Band "

December 16, 2009: The 6th Night of Chanukah

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/16)

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 16 : 09 days till Christmas

Did you know that the character of Santa Claus is based on two Christmas legends: Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas?

Saint Nicholas was the patron saint of children, who generously gave gifts to poor and orphaned young ones. Father Christmas was the spirit of good tidings.

Did you know that Santa Claus can also trace his roots back to a Dutch character called Sinterklaas?

When the Dutch colonists came to America, they brought with them the legend of an austere bishop, dressed in a red costume and carrying a book inscribed with a list of all the good and naughty children. To this day in Holland, Sinterklaas delivers gifts to all the “good” children on December 5th, which is St. Nicholas’ Eve. The 5th is the primary gift-giving time of the Christmas season for many Europeans.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. In Christianity the holiday marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. And although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

Popular holiday customs include the playing of seasonal music, gift-giving, the exchange of greeting cards, observing special church celebrations and masses. The display of holiday decorations are common; including Christmas trees, indoor and outdoor lights, garlands, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.

Santa Claus, a popular mythological figure, is also an important part of the celebration and is associated with the bringing of gifts for children.

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(December 16) Today we're celebrating . . .  Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
Attention parents! Today you have permission to hide (or even better – throw away) all those Barbie™ and Barney™ toys, tapes, DVDs, and CDs!

Rid your life of the most annoying and over-hyped children’s products in history and get some sanity back in your life.

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2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 16th

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 16

"Josh Groban singing O Holy Night"

December 16, 2009: 09 Days Till Christmas

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