Archive for November 23rd, 2010

Holiday Reminder : Chanukah (Hanukah, Hanukkah)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Holiday Reminder : The first night of Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins next week – sundown December 01, 2010.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Thanksgiving (11/23)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Pilgrims
& America’s Thanksgiving

Nov 23 : 02 days till Thanksgiving

Did you know that it has become tradition for US Presidents to issue a pardon to the White House Thanksgiving Turkey?

Since about 1947 the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one (and in recent years – two) live turkey(s) in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.

The live turkeys are pardoned and live out the rest of their days on a farm or, since 2005, sent to either Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Florida, where they serve as the honorary grand marshals of Disney’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

While it is commonly believed that this pardoning tradition began with President Harry Truman in 1947, the Truman Library has been unable to find any evidence for this. The earliest Thanksgiving Presidential Pardon on record is with President George H. W. Bush in 1989

Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, a time for family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons. We are delighted to invite you to partake in our Thanksgiving celebration. Our table is full this year, but we always have room for one more! So join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Thursday November 25th.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah (11/23)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


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

Nov. 23 : 08 days till Chanukah

Did you know that Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates national and religious freedom?

The story of Chanukah dates back more than 2,000 years ago, when the Jewish people of Judaea were being ruled by a brutal Greek king named Antiochus. The Jewish people rose up against the king, restoring their Temple, removing the Greek idols and returning to the practice of their monotheistic faith.

Did you know that giving gifts is not a tradition historically associated with Chanukah?

Again, the proximity to Christmas has rubbed off on Chanukah celebrations — commercially speaking, at least.

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 23) This week we’re celebrating . . .  National Game and Puzzle Week

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

National Game and Puzzle Week
A week for bringing the family together through playing games, doing puzzles, and generally spending quality family time together.

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