NEW YEARS EVE / DAY

                        NEW YEAR, NEW TRADITION

In the U.S. traditional New Year’s Day meals vary by region, but no New Year’s meal is better known than the meal on the tables in the southern U.S. This dinner is made up of pork, to ensure prosperity and progress; a pig roots for food by pushing it’s nose forward,hence the superstition that eating pork on New Year’s Day will provide you with a year’s worth of progress. Cooked greens, symbolize money, and black-eyed peas are served for luck. However you like your food and drink on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Enjoy! And Good Luck to All. Have a Wonderful and Safe New Year’s Holiday! See you next year!!!!!!

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Christmas Eve

“Backward, turn backward

O time in your flight:

Make me a child again

Just for tonight.”

—Elizabeth Akers Allen

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

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CHRISTMAS

O Winter, King of Intimate Delights…

HOME for CHRISTMAS

With pomp, power & glory the world beckons vainly, in chase of such vanities why should I roam? While peace & content bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my own hearth with the treasures of home.

—Beatrix Potter

HOLIDAYS

FIRESIDE CHAT

Grab a few friends and some hot drinks, then enjoy a comfy night at home.

For an aromatic fire, try one of these easy options: Toss rosemary, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg or other fresh herbs or spices into your fire. They will lightly sent the air and your house. Use dried orange peels for kindling. The peels easily dry in the open air and, because of the oil in the peel, burn longer than paper. The peels create a wonderful aroma as they burn. Add incense to your fire, but have several sticks on hand-they burn quickly.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.

CHRISTMAS

DID YOU KNOW?

Charles Dickens began writing A Christmas Carol in October 1843 and completed it 6 weeks later, in December of that same year.

Few families in Victorian England owned an oven. Like the Cratchits, they would bring their goose or turkey to the local baker who would cook it for a small fee.

Bob Cratchit would have paid 7 shillings for the goose, 5 for the pudding and 3 for the onions, oranges, and sage. ( In the 1800s, a shilling was worth about 40 cents. ) Today, the cost of these items would be bout $58.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.

DECEMBER FACTS

Just a bit of December Tidbits. This month is……..

Eggnog month, Fruitcake month, Pear Month,Universal Human Rights Month. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26-January 1.Hanukkah begins at sundown on the 25th day of the Jewish month Kislev, which varies with the contemporary calendar. It lasts for 8 days. December 4th is National Cookie Day. the 13th is National Cocoa Day. 17th National Maple Syrup Day. The 21st is Fried Shrimp Day. 24th National Eggnog Day. 26th National Candy Cane Day. The 27th National Fruitcake Day. Christmas always occurs on December 25th.

Birthstone: Turquoise Meaning: Prosperity. Flower: Narcissus Meaning: Good Fortune

Just a few tidbits. Have a Great December!