Archive for December 23rd, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/23)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 23 : 02 days till Christmas

Did you know that the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe dates back to the Middle Ages?

Originally, the custom held that for each kiss under the mistletoe, one berry should be removed from the mistletoe branch. Once all the berries were removed, no more kissing was allowed! Couples avoid this prohibition today by dispensing with the berry removal tradition.

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 (12/23)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 23 : 03 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that each day of Kwanzaa is represented by a different life principle?

The foundation of Kwanzaa are the Seven Principles, or Nguzo Saba. When Dr. Karenga created the celebration of Kwanzaa he wanted to reflect the best qualities and characteristics of the "first fruit" or harvest festivals that were celebrated throughout Africa.

In order, these principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

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 23) Today we're celebrating. . .  Festivus

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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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.

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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!

Bonus Video!
“Gather around the rest of us
The time has come for Festivus!

photo credit: Festivus Poles (Wagner Companies)

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

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 23rd

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 23

"Sting : Gabriel’s Message"

December 23, 2009: 02 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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