Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Common New Year Beliefs & Superstitions

Two days from now, the year 2008 will be a yesterday to all of us. Now, that 2009 is all set to welcome us to a new life and hope, are we all ready to wave our hands from the pains and luck that 2008 gave us?

For many people, the New Year signifies new life and hope. There are also other people who believe in many superstitions that, if not observed, will bring bad luck to the entire year. Here are just some of the common superstitions and beliefs known all around the world.

1. No debts. It is believed that the New Year must not be started with debts. Thus, many people are paying their debts which include household bills before the year ends.

2. Loud Noise. Loud noise is believed to take away all bad lucks surrounding us. So, many people are using fireworks and producing noise to take away the negative energies.

3. Eating black eyed peas. It is a belief originated in southern states of the USA, in which eating it will attract good luck particularly in financial aspects.

4. Wearing clothes with circles. This is more popular in Asian countries. The circles or polka dots signify money.

5. Open all entries around the house. The doors and windows must be opened to free the negative energies lived in the house all throughout the year.

While there are still many superstitions being observed all around the world, remember that our life depends on how we live each day. Changes in ourselves and surroundings should always begin within us, not just during the New Year, but whenever we have the chance.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Gift Ideas for New Year Celebration

New Year celebration is also a wonderful time to give memorable gifts to our loved ones aside from having party and exchanging greetings to one another. However, sometimes, problems occur in choosing the ideal gift for our family.

So, here are some gift ideas that are perfect to give this coming New Year. However, always think the gift that your loved ones will love to have and not the things you want for them.

Ideal Gifts for Children. Toys are the number one gift for kids Books are also a great choice to make the young ones smart aside from entertaining them. To make your kids occupied and let them explore their talent, musical instruments are also some on top of the list.

Ideal Gifts for Spouse. It could be expensive but giving jewelry to your dearest is a sweetest thing to do. But if you don’t have budget, sending a bouquet of flowers, stuffed toy or a small thing that has meaning is a nice pick.

Ideal Gifts for Family
. Your parent will simply love new clothes or personal items. Figurines and other home decors are also a wonderful gift. If you can afford, give them tickets to a fantastic vacation and let them feel that you love and care them.

Ideal Gifts for Friends. A small box of chocolates or other sweets can show your sweetness and thoughtfulness to your friends. Going out and treat them for a movie or dinner is also a nice thing to do on New Year’s Day.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Safety Tips on New Year’s Eve

Whether your family is spending the New Year’s Eve at home or going to other place to observe the celebration in a different way, here are some safety tips to make your New Year’s party wonderful and worry free.

1. Don’t drink too much if you are going to drive. If the entire family is going to a friend’s or relative’s house to join the celebration, don’t take too much alcoholic drinks. If you are drunk, it is advisable to designate a driver, whether a family member or someone whom you can trust.

2. Be considerate about your pet. The loud noise of pyrotechnics s and firecrackers can create anxiety to your furry friend. So, it is better to place them in a comfortable area that is away from fireworks.

3. If you are going to decorate your home with lights, don't run extension cords under rugs, carpets or furniture. Extension cords can cause fires if overheated.

4. Lighting fireworks should be done in an open field as mush as possible. Don’t do it near power lines, garage or somewhere that is potential to get fire.

5. Be alert of the surroundings. If your family is joining the celebration outside, stay away from those out of control and might cause trouble.

6. Never give fireworks, even sparklers, to young kids. Teens should only use firecrackers under adult supervision.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

May everyone have a wonderful and meaningful day this Christmas...

Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas and the Family

It is one of the much awaited days of the year for most families around the world - Christmas, a celebration of the

birth of Jesus and a time for joy and sharing of blessings to others. Families are busy preparing for the coming

holidays. Decorating the home with Christmas decors and lights, buying gifts, decorating the Christmas tree, planning

for a delicious dinner are just some of things that they as this season is fast approaching.

Christmas day is also a perfect time for family reunion. Members of the family and relatives from near or far meet

together to celebrate and keep the ties that bond them. Giving Christmas presents and playing some

games are also parts of the celebration. The reunion helps families to get in touch with their extended

families by having a good conversation while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or tea that beats the freezing

temperature of winter.

On the other hand, there are people who are spending Christmas away from their family. However, through the help of technology, family members can still share some moment and exchange greetings with their loved ones. Giving a call is the most common and effective way of sending greetings to others. In fact,

phone lines are getting busy and congested during Christmas Eve. Internet also plays an important role in family

communication. Through chatting and electronic greeting cards, families from anywhere in the world can greet their loved ones who live in other part of the globe.

For split family, Christmas is still there to share some happy moments. The son or daughter will go to his/her dad and mom’s place to join the celebration. It could be tough for some people to stay with someone they see very little, but

Christmas can break the barrier that separates parents to their children. Because of Christmas, families can set aside their problems and spend some good time with their kids.

Indeed, Christmas is a time for family. It is a wonderful time to have bonding moments and show the love and care to

one another. And whatever the family has, the true spirit of Christmas is always there to give hope and happiness.

The Common Wish List

With the present status of our economy, many people would love to have something for themselves. Thus, several of them would only end up listing down their wish list. The World Wide Web has been a witness to the million of bloggers who have shouted the things they want to receive this Christmas.

Here are some of the million items including intangible things (not in order) that they want to have/fulfill this season.

1. world peace
2. be with their loved ones
3. to have a stable job
4. house
5. new computer/laptop
6. new cellular phone
7. a game console
8. trip to their most love countries
9. a minute with a parted loved ones
10. a stress free job

For whatever it is that we want, whether intangible or tangible things, we should remember that happiness should always come from the heart and not from the things that we can have.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Stories for Kids

Christmas is not only a time for joy and fun. Your kids can also learn new things and moral values by reading story books about Christmas. They will surely love hearing you reading stories that has something to do with Christmas. In doing so, you can also spend quality with them while giving them good lessons to ponder.

Reading Christmas related stories is is a wonderful idea to keep your young ones occupied and entertained especially if the chilly temperature prohibits them to play outside.

Here are some wonderful Christmas story books for your kids:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
- This a story about a hard-hearted Grinch who learns the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.

Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- This short story from the famous “Little House” series focuses on Laura’s winter holiday in Wisconsin and how she helps her family prepare for Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
- This story has 2 wonderful version of the classic tale.
A Wish for Wings That Work by Berkeley Breathed
- It is about a wonderful tale of a penguin whose one wish is that he can fly.

The Teacher’s Night before Christmas by Stephen Lane
- It is a teacher-oriented adaptation for Moore’s tale

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Merry Christmas" in Various Language

Feliz Navidad - Spanish
Joyeux Noël - French
Buon Natale - Italian
Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah - Arabic
Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun - Chinese: (Cantonese)
Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan - Chinese: (Mandarin)
Pace e salute - Corsian
Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok - Czech
Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast - Dutch
Hyvaa joulua - Finnish
Froehliche Weihnachten- German
Kala Christouyenna! - Greek
Mele Kalikimaka - Hawaiian
Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah - Iraqi
Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto - Japanese
God Jul or Gledelig Jul - Norwegian
Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu - Papua New Guinea
Maligayang Pasko - Filipino
Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce - Slovakian
Sawadee Pee Mai - Thai
Cestitamo Bozic - Yuguslavian

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Make Your Gift Extra Special

Christmas is known as the season of giving. As individuals, our little way of acknowledging others this holiday can be expressed in gifts. Whether it is small or big, cheap or expensive, if it has been wrapped artistically with love and care, our little tokens of sharing our blessings will absolutely be special.

Wrapping is an art wherein it shows the thoughts and time spent of the sender to the recipient. More than the gift inside, it is how it looks like outside that makes the recipient truly excited. Some actually don’t want to open their gifts due to its wrap.

You can make your gift extra special by wrapping it extra special. Here are some ideas that will help you in doing the most exciting part of Christmas – gift wrapping.

1. Pick the right wrapper. There are thousand of available Christmas wrapper designs that you can buy from specialty gift shops but did you know that the nicest ones can be found in your home? Old colored newspapers or magazines will definitely save you time and money.
2. Add ribbons. You may use the old yet still good looking ribbons that you received last year can make your finish product absolutely extra special. If you don’t have talents on tying the knot, there are affordable yet beautifully ready made ribbons available as well.
3. Make your greetings personalized. Handwrite your message. Through this, your recipient will feel your message wholeheartedly.

Remember that gifts shouldn’t have to be always expensive or big. Every piece that we will give to our loved ones should come from our heart.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Indoor Winter Fun Activities

Sometimes, the freezing temperature of winter prevents your family from going outside and to enjoy the great outdoor. As a parent, you are challenged to find ways to make your children busy and entertained. But don’t worry; there are wonderful indoor activities that are fun and exciting for your family. These activities are great to keep your ties with your loved ones, minus the cold weather outside.

1. Painting is a nice idea to keep your kids occupied. You can join and help them in creating wonderful drawings using paintbrush.
2. Get into physical activity. Start playing your radio and let your family dance and groove into the music. As a matter of fact, dancing is one way to release some heat energy and dismiss the winter blues.
3. Cook a heartwarming soup for your loved ones. Let your kids help you in the kitchen so they will not feel bored.
4. Build a small hideaway inside your home. This activity is a prefect way to while away the hours on a chilly afternoon.
5. Play a scavenger hunt game. Hunting for treasures will surely make your kids happy and excited.
6. Also, the hide and seek game is perfect during winter season. You can do this activity inside your house.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Fun Places for Kids

One way to teach your kids good values and great information is to guide them in exploring the world around them. Going to theme parks, museums, amusement centers and other kids places is another way of learning. Your children will not only be aware of the things that surrounds them but they will also have time for fun and games.

Below is a listing of some of the most great fun places to visit with your kids:

Nickelodeon Universe - This indoor amusement park is located at the Mall of America in Bloomington MN. It is the first theme park with Nickelodeon branding like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

Build-A-Bear Workshop® - It is at once a ground-breaking retailer and an entertainment place: a venue where children have fun creating personalized furry friends.

MagiQuest - Located in Myrtle Beach SC. MagiQuest is a live-action quest game, played in a 20,000 sq. ft. area built with special effects and features.

Cirque de Soleil (La Nouba) - The La Nouba show has a permanent theater in Downtown Disney, Orlando. It is a kind of circus that offers wonderful stunts, acrobatics and a lot more.

Corn Mazes - Corn mazes, nowadays, are dotting the countryside and are a fun place to take the kids with. Try to search in the internet to find awesome mazes near in your area.

Family Fun Centers
- A family fun center is usually an outdoor entertainment place that offers different exciting activities such as go-karts, mini-golf and other kid-pleasers.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas in United States

Christmas is being celebrated in United States with a huge diverse of traditions and customs. This can be seen on wonderful Christmas parade, caroling, dazzling Christmas lights and lanterns on the side of the streets and even on shopping malls, buildings and other establishments. For Americans, Christmas is the greatest time of the year to spend some good moment with the family, relatives and friends. It’s the time of giving and appreciation on the sacrifice and good deeds of Jesus to mankind.

Families have always time to celebrate Christmas because it’s just once in year. There are many ways on how the families celebrate the Christmas season. In the United States, the celebration could be the same in other countries but there are also differences in some ways.

Here are some customs and practices that can be seen in United States during Christmas:

- Many families in the US place a Christmas tree inside their home and decorate it some bright lights and colorful ornaments.
- Experience white Christmas. Families play on the snow and create a snowman together. Other people go to ski resort for more adventure.
- Draping the outside of the home with glittering Christmas lights is also popular among families.
- Christmas songs have also a big part in the holiday. These wonderful songs are being played at homes, in the office, malls and even inside the car.
- Santa Claus is popular among kids. This icon was originally based on Saint Nicholas.
- Christmas shopping in department stores, malls and local markets is also evident during holidays.
- Intimate celebration with the loved ones. Family members from near and far usually unite on Christmas Day for an annual reunion and Holiday feast.
- Giving gifts to loved ones, whether small or big, is also part of the celebration to show our love, care and gratitude to others.
- Kids often time hang empty socks over the fireplace on Christmas Eve and the morning they will find them filled with chocolates or candies.

Even there are different means of celebrating the holiday, the true spirit of Christmas is always there in the American families.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas is a perfect time to have bonding moment with our families, relatives and friends. And one way to do it is to have a Christmas party at home. This will not only make your family happy but also other persons that you love. Preparing a party could be a tedious task but it is worth the effort to see everyone enjoying and having big smiles on their faces.

So, here are some party planning ideas to make the Christmas day memorable and fun.

1. Create home-made Christmas invitation cards for your relatives and friends.

2. Decorate your home with colorful Christmas ornaments.

3. As much as possible, don’t serve too much alcoholic drinks so your guests will not get drunk.

4. Preparing party games for the kids. Also, you may also prepare games that involve family participation are also great.

5. Sending an invitation with a note included that there will wonderful prizes for those who will attend in Christmas custom is nice idea.

6. Exchanging gifts as part of the party program will create excitement and fun to everyone.

7. Playing Christmas songs during the party will create Christmas atmosphere.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Scrumptious Salads for the Holiday

Aside from pastas and roasts chix and turks, salads also make the Christmas extra special. Many people are actually preparing their own version of fruits and vegetable salads as appetizers and desserts during the holidays. If you’re one of them but want to get off the usual way of preparing it, then you might want to experiment with these new yet proven salad recipes from ecipezaar.com. Here are just some of their offered popular salads that you can do on your own and without a sweat.

- Cranberry Salad (fresh cranberries, sugar,crushed pineapple, whipping cream, etc)
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon Pecan Crunch (sweet potatoes, cranberries,pecans, etc)
- Winter Fruit Salad With Lemon Poppyseed Dressing (Dijon Mustard, lettuce, cashews,apple, etc)
- Italian Chopped Salad in Shells (pasta shells, tomato, salami, basil)
- Fruit Salad (fruit cocktail, whipped cream, pineapple tidbits, coconut flakes)
- Festive Cranberry-Pineapple Salad (aspberry gelatin powder, whole berry cranberry sauce, walnuts)
- Houston's Honey Mustard (Dijon mustard,mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar)

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

The New Color of Christmas Tree

One of the happiest days of the year is already in the air. It’s almost Christmas and every one is just so busy preparing for this day. It is also considered as the brightest and most colourful season ever. Thus, many people are picking their own choice of color to accentuate the look and feel of their homes and environment.

Aside from lanterns, the is one symbol that’s always present in houses and various establishments. Nowadays, the traditional green and white Christmas tree has changed already. Here’s the new color of Christmas tree that can alter the way you look at this symbol.


Blue
Thanks to: S Chua

Gold/Yellow
Thanks to elandenterprises.com
Red
thanks to: treetopia.com

Black
thanks to: mystarbucks.files.wordpress.comLavender
thanks to: z.about.com

How about you? What's the color of your Christmas Tree?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Giveaways

Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year. When December falls, people are already rushing to specialty gift shops in order to find some stuff that can be ideal presents for their loved ones and visitors as well.

With some financial crisis happening in our country today, it is very ideal to set a budget for your giveaways. You may also want to limit your giveaways to economical yet stunning ones. For kids, chocolates, cookies, candies and mallows can absolutely draw a magnificent smile on their face. Minus the toy due to limited budget, you can be confident that these sweets alone can still take their breath away.

If you’re not a born chef, there’s no need to worry because there are a lot of ways to provide them these goodies without a single sweat. You just have to know the brand that your budget can afford and create a variation of presents from these.

Before you pack everything, you should list down the names of your recipients first. Then, you can start boxing these goodies with affordable and cute holiday packaging and wrappers from baking specialty shops. You may also want to look for some usable materials in your house before buying.

You can make assorted boxes of candies, chocolate, cookies and mallows or one for each box. Cute ribbons and your personalized gift cards will finish it off beautifully.

Aside from it will be very convenient on your end, these type of giveaways will also let you buy just enough. It can also save you time from preparing a lot and money because there’ll be no excess. However, preparing few spare boxes will also be ideal so you have something to give to unexpected visitors.

What you can put in the box can be a surprise for everyone. A combination of everything just as long as your budget permits you, these affordable yet sumptuous treats can simply turn your gifts into spectacular Christmas giveaways. It will not just make your recipients happy but it can also provide you with great savings and satisfaction as well.

Here's some sample. At most, each piece will cost you less than $1.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Let's Support the World AIDS Day

I'm an advocate... let's support the World Aids Day and let them feel loved.

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