Archive for December 24th, 2009

Holiday Invite: Christmas on the Net

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to share in our joyful celebration of Christmas.

With just a few days left until Christmas, make your yuletide preparations more meaningful by reading our beautiful story of Christmas and the birth of the Christ child. Learn about the origins of the traditions of Christmas and Christmas Eve. Discover the origin of the Christmas tree, the romance of mistletoe, the star-shape of the poinsettia, and the history of Christmas cards.

Enjoy the fantastical magic of Santa and his reindeer and discover the childhood power of counting down to Christmas with the Advent calendar. Then test your knowledge of Christmas trivia in our Did You Know feature.

If you have young children at home, they are sure to enjoy our extensive collection of Christmas crafts, coloring pages, and holiday recipes. And don’t forget to share the holiday cheer with your far-away loved ones by sending a Christmas e-card.

Merry Christmas from our Holidays on the Net family to yours! We look forward to celebrating together this holiday season.

Christmas Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 24. Christmas Day is Friday December 25.

Happy Holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

 

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/24)

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 24 : Christmas Eve

Did you know that the night before Christmas has as many unique traditions as it does people who celebrate it?

Throughout Europe and in many last-minute American homes, too, families gather to “deck the halls” and set up their Christmas tree. There is the tradition of lighting bayberry candles on Christmas Eve and reciting the verse: “Bayberry candles burned to the socket, puts luck in the home, food in the larder, and gold in the pocket.” Midnight Mass is also part of many Roman Catholics and Anglicans Christmas Eve celebration.

And for many families, Christmas Eve also marks the late-night arrival of Santa Claus. Children leave out milk and cookies before they go to bed, for Santa and his reindeer to enjoy. Many countries throughout the world open presents on Christmas Eve. While in the US it is more common to open gifts on Christmas morning.

Did you know that the Italian tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes is a celebration of the birth of the baby Jesus?

In his honor, many Roman Catholics do not eat meat on Christmas Eve, enjoying instead a feast of seven seafood and shellfish dishes. The number seven signifies the number of days in which G-d created the universe. The Feast of Seven Fishes tradition originated in southern Italy and is still practiced there today, as well as by many Italian American families.

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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(December 24) Today we're celebrating. . .  Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Christmas Eve
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even that louse…y brother-in-law.

Well that’s not quite how the story goes. And since it’s Christmas Eve – here are the real words to A Visit from Saint Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas
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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The First Lady Reads "The Night Before Christmas"

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Posted on the White House blog…

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. to read “The Night Before Christmas.” Joined by daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, the First Lady continues this tradition of visiting with patients which dates back to Bess Truman.

Join us as we tweet the "The Night Before Christmas" Today, Christmas Eve @9PM EST (@holidaysnet)

Source: White House Blog: The First Lady Reads "The Night Before Christmas"

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 24th

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 24

"Sinead O´Connor singing Silent Night"

December 24, 2009: Christmas Eve

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

Muppets & Jimmy Fallon in singing the "12 Days of Christmas"

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The Muppets join Jimmy Fallon & his show band “the Roots” in singing the 12 Days of Christmas

Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/24)

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 24 : 02 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that the name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits of the harvest“?

During the holiday of Kwanzaa, many people exchange greetings in Swahili. A common greeting is “Habari Gani,” which is Swahili for “What’s the News.”

Did you know that on the last full day of Kwanzaa celebrants enjoy a large feast?

This feast, called karamu, is the high point of the holiday.

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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