Archive for November, 2010

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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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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

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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.

photo credit: via flickr

Holiday Invite: Thanksgiving on the Net

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to partake in our cornucopia of Thanksgiving celebrations.

To get you in the Thanksgiving mood, come learn about the very first Thanksgiving, the freedom-seeking Pilgrims, and the quintessential symbol of Thanksgiving: the turkey. You might also be interested to learn about the traditions of Canadian Thanksgiving, which our neighbors to the north celebrate in October.

When it comes time to cook, you will definitely want to visit our tutorial on how to roast a turkey. In fact, we have plenty of recipes, decorating tips and craft ideas to make your Thanksgiving table extra special. We think you will especially enjoy our countdown of the Top Seven Stuffing Recipes.

And finally, don’t forget to stop by our fun Did You Know Thanksgiving feature, where you can test your knowledge of Thanksgiving trivia.

However you are celebrating Thanksgiving this year, we know you will find something to be thankful for over at Holidays on the Net. We look forward to seeing you there! Thanksgiving in America will be celebrated this Thursday November 25, 2010.

Happy Holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

Holiday Invite : Chanukah on the Net

Monday, November 22nd, 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 Thanksgiving (11/22)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

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

Nov 22 : 03 days till Thanksgiving

Did you know that US Presidents issue an annual Thanksgiving Proclamation?

While President George Washington was the first US President to issue a Thanksgiving Proclamation, subsequent Presidents did not necessarily follow that custom.

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday of November. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and in 1941 the US Congress passed a law officially establishing the celebration of Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November.

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 (11/22)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

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

Nov 22: 09 days till Chanukah

Did you know that Chanukah is one of the least religiously significant holidays in the Jewish calendar?

The principle holidays of the Jewish faith include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot. Due to its proximity to Christmas, however, Chanukah has taken on greater prominence in the last century.

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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