Archive for December 29th, 2010

Merry Christmas from the President & First Lady

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

We’ve been taking it easy for the holidays this week so I know I’m a bit late posting this holiday video from the President and First Lady.

President Obama and the First Lady wish families across the country a “Merry Christmas” and encourage everyone to support the troops and their families this holiday season.

Did You Know? Countdown to New Years Day (12/29)

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about About
New Year’s Eve &
New Year’s Day

Dec 29 : 2 Days till New Years Eve
3 Days till New Years Day

Did you know that many cultures prepare New Year’s foods that are believed to influence good fortune; or, avoid dishes that might cause misfortune?

In many Spanish-speaking countries, eating one grape at each stroke leading up to midnight (12 grapes for the next calendar year), is for good luck. Ollie Bollen – literally “oil balls” – are a traditional New Year’s confection in Holland. These puffed doughnuts are frequently filled with currants, raisins and/or diced apples.

In Japan New Year’s food is called osechi-ryori and is, traditionally, prepared before midnight on December 31 and enjoyed until January 3. There is meaning and symbolism for each food arranged in layers of lacquered boxes – jubako. Media noche (middle of the night) in the Philippines includes 12 round fruits (representing money) for each month of the New Year. Added to the spread on their New Year’s table, Filipinos believe an abundance of food that night is believed to ensure a prosperous new year.

There are, however, beliefs that exclude some foods as bad luck. These include lobsters, they move backwards and chickens, that scratch in reverse. Eating these on New Year’s day might cause a reversal of fortune.

Did you know that throughout the Southern United States, black-eyes are eaten every New Year’s Day?

As the story goes, black-eyed peas were used exclusively for cattle feed in the old South. During the battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War, the town was under siege for over 40 days. No supplies came in or out. Vicksburg was on the edge of starvation. The people had no choice but to eat those black-eyed peas, therefore starting a southern tradition. Today, black-eyes are eaten every New Year’s Day to bring good luck for the new year.

Did you know that Julius Caesar was the first to set January 1st as the New Year?

Caesar did so when he established the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar, named for Julius Caesar, decreed that the new year would occur on January 1st. Caesar wanted the year to begin in January since it celebrated the beginning of the civil year and the festival of the god of gates and, eventually, the god of all beginnings, Janus, after whom January was named.

The New Year is a time of friends and family, and parties and fun. A time of fireworks, counting down and rockin’ out with good ol’ Dick Clark (& that Seacrest guy). It’s a time for resolutions, realizations, and a brand new year.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to the new year. New Years Eve will be celebrated Friday December 31st. New Years Day is Saturday January 01, 2011!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/29)

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 29 : Fourth Day of Kwanzaa

Did you know today is the fourth day of Kwanzaa?

On the fourth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green. And then the next red candle on the left. This represents the 4th principle of Kwanzaa - Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics.

The fourth principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and the candles are extinguished.

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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(December 29) Today we’re celebrating. . .  Tick Tock Day

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010


Tick Tock Day
Have you accomplished all you hoped for this year? Honestly – who has? Well you better hurry ’cause time’s running out.

But you’re in luck – there’s still time to get it all done before the year is gone. But ‘ya better get going. And quick.

Oh. And Good Luck!

photo credit: ms_quarantine via flickr

( courtesy of www.wellcat.com )

(December 29) Today we’re celebrating. . .  The 4th Day of Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The 4th Day of Kwanzaa
The 4th day of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the fourth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green. And then the next red candle on the left. This represents the 4th principle of Kwanzaa – Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics.

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

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