Archive for December 16th, 2010

(December 16) Tonight we’re observing. . .  Asarah B’Tevet

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish – begins @ sundown)
The 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet is a minor Jewish fast day commemorating the siege of Jerusalem led by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, in 588 BCE. Three years later, the Babylonian broke through the city walls and, three weeks later, destroyed the Holy Temple. Those who observe the fast refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas (12/16)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 16 : 09 days till Christmas

Did you know that the character of Santa Claus is based on two Christmas legends: Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas?

Saint Nicholas was the patron saint of children, who generously gave gifts to poor and orphaned young ones. Father Christmas was the spirit of good tidings.

Did you know that Santa Claus can also trace his roots back to a Dutch character called Sinterklaas?

When the Dutch colonists came to America, they brought with them the legend of an austere bishop, dressed in a red costume and carrying a book inscribed with a list of all the good and naughty children. To this day in Holland, Sinterklaas delivers gifts to all the “good” children on December 5th, which is St. Nicholas’ Eve. The 5th is the primary gift-giving time of the Christmas season for many Europeans.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. Although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

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 Friday December 24, Christmas Saturday December 25.

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2010 Video Advent Calendar: December 16th

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 16

"Josh Groban singing O Holy Night"

December 16, 2010: 09 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

(December 16) Today we’re celebrating . . .  Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
Attention parents! Today you have permission to hide (or even better – throw away) all those Barbie™ and Barney™ toys, tapes, DVDs, and CDs!

Rid your life of the most annoying and over-hyped children’s products in history and get some sanity back in your life.

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(December 16) Today we’re observing. . .  Ashura: Tenth Day

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Ashura: Tenth Day (Islamic)
This Shia Muslim holiday commemorates the death of Muhammad’s grandson, killed during the Battle of Karbala. Celebrated on the 10th of Islamic month of Muharram, Ashura is a day of fasting, reflection and meditation.

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