Archive for December 22nd, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/22)

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 22 : 03 days till Christmas

Did you know that the poinsettia, with its ruby-colored, star-shaped leaves, sees more than $200 million in sales each year, with most of them during the month of December?

Many believe the poinsettia’s star-shaped leaves symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, which led the three wise men to the manger where the baby Jesus was born.

Another Christmas connection for the poinsettia is linked to the plant’s Mexican origin. Mexican legend tells of an impoverished girl, who had nothing to offer on the alter to Jesus at Christmas Eve other than weeds. Encouraged nonetheless by her priests to give of her spirit, she brought the weeds to her church. Once inside, the weeds miraculously blossomed into a beautiful poinsettia plant. In Mexico, the poinsettia plant is called Flores de Noche Buena, Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”.

Did you know that there is even a special day celebrating the Poinsettia?

Poinsettia Day is observed on December 12, the anniversary of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the American diplomat who first introduced the Central American plant to the United States.

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.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to Christmas. This year Christmas Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 24, Christmas Friday December 25.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/22)

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 22 : 04 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that Kwanzaa celebrants light a candle during each day of the holiday?

During Kwanzaa candles are placed in a special candleholder called the Kinara. There are seven candles used, each representing one of the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.  

The first candle is black, symbolizing the African American people. The next three are red, representing the struggles of the black people. Next are three green candles, which symbolize hope for the future. The candles are lit from left to right.

Kwanzaa is 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.

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(December 22) Today we're celebrating . . .  Capricorn

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The tenth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus.

In western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. In astrology, Capricorn is considered a “feminine”, negative (introvert) sign. It is also considered an earth sign and one of the four cardinal signs. Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Being the tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn has been associated with the astrological tenth house.

Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Capricorn individuals. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun enters Capricorn by definition at the moment of winter solstice, or roughly at December 22, and leaves it around January 19. Under the sidereal zodiac, it is currently there roughly from January 15 to February 15. The Sanskrit name of Capricorn in Hindu astrology is Makara.

source: wikipedia

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 22nd

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 22

"Band Aid – Do They Know it’s Christmas"

December 22, 2009: 03 Days Till Christmas

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