Archive for November, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah (11/30)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

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

Nov 30 : 01 day till Chanukah

Did you know that a game of chance known as dreidle (dreidel) — or sivivon in Hebrew — is played on Chanukah?

The dreidle is a four-sided top, which is passed around and spun by each of 2 to 4 players. The letter that the top lands on determines how much of the pot of pennies (or chocolate coins) one wins or loses.

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 Wednesday December 01st.

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(November 30) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Computer Security Day

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Computer Security Day
Are you practicing Safe Hex?

As the saying goes – you can never be too rich, too thin, or too computer secure! (?) Have you updated Windows recently? Is your virus software up to date? How about your firewall? Do you even know what I’m talking about?

If not then here are some links to help you on your way to practicing Safe Hex!

links:
Zone Alarm
McAfee
Symantec / Norton
Safe Hex – Safe Computing Tips

Holiday Invite : Chanukah on the Net

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to share in our celebration of the Jewish festival of lights, which begins this year at sundown on December 01, 2010. The eight-day holiday of Chanukah, which means “rededication” in Hebrew, celebrates the victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Greeks and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

At Chanukah on the Net, you can learn the story of Chanukah, the history of the holiday, and the legacy of the Maccabees. You can also discover why this holiday is referred to as the Holiday of Lights and other interesting Chanukah tidbits in Did You Know?

Come read all about the Chanukah traditions, including lighting the menorah (chanukiah), playing with the dreidel, and frying up festive foods like latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Be sure to check out our extensive collection of Chanukah crafts, coloring pages, games and recipes. And finally, don’t forget to browse through our selection of Chanukah e-cards — perfect for far-away friends and family.

We have everything you need to enjoy a festive Chanukah and we look forward to sharing our holiday traditions with you and your family.

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah (11/29)

Monday, November 29th, 2010

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

Nov 29 : 02 days till Chanukah

Did you know that there is a tradition to eat oily foods on Chanukah as a gastronomical reminder of the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days?

In Israel, the food of choice is a deep-fried jelly donut. In North America and Europe, latkes — fried potato pancakes — are commonly enjoyed.

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 Wednesday December 01st.

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

(November 29) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Electronic Greetings Day

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Electronic Greetings Day
One of the most popular online services are Electronic Greeting Cards. And whether they’re called eGreetings or eCards, you can easily send birthday wishes to holiday greetings to friends and family from the comfort of your computer.

And what a perfect time to make you aware of our own eCard site – Holiday eCards on the Net – where you can send free holiday and general eCards. Right now we’ve got a great selection of Seasonal Greetings, Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa holiday egreetings to send.

Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah (11/28)

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

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

Nov 28 : 03 days till Chanukah

Did you know that the heroes of the Chanukah story are known as the Hasmoneans or, more commonly, as the Maccabees?

They were a rebel army led by four brothers, the sons of Mattathias the Cohen, a Jew from the priestly class.

Did you know that the term Maccabee comes from the Hebrew word for hammer?

Legend tells that the Maccabees struck a hammer-like blow against their Grecian enemies.

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 Wednesday December 01st.

Signup for our Did You Know? Holiday Countdown emails or follow us on Twitter – twitter.com/holidaysnet (@holidaysnet)

(November 28) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Advent

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Advent (First Sunday)
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and counts down the days until the arrival of Christmas. The term Advent comes from the Latin “adventur”, meaning arrival.

source: Christmas on the Net – The History of the Advent Calendar

photo credit: via flickr

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