Saturday, December 31, 2011
This year we are going to change things up a little, Earth-Kidz is going to expand our Horizons. The Earth is a great cause but there are so many people and places on the Earth that we can touch through a variety ideas.
We want to know what's Important to You!
We want to know what You Care About!
We want to know about what You Do!
2012 is a Year of Sharing, Caring and Learning.......................
Outstanding People, Places, Charities, Organizations, Life Events, Daily Experiences, we want to hear from you. We will post a monthly pick to highlight out of the items we receive. We will have contests and much more!!!! 2012 will be Awesome!!!!!
Traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions.
The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.
Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus.
The celebration of the new year was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring).
The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison.
The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means "dedication" in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts..
starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 , and lasts for eight days. Here are the coinciding secular dates for the upcoming years:
2011: December 20-28
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The ingredients for the average U.S. meal have traveled 1,200 miles by the time they reach the plate. All of this travel requires petroleum for transport and for refrigeration. Buying locally grown food is usually better for the environment, and it usually tastes much better too.
- Buy snacks and beverages in bulk, to reduce packaging
- Try to avoid disposables when entertaining, and instead set your table with reusable plates, bowls, glasses and cloth napkins
Sunday, December 11, 2011
- Old maps, sheet music or colorful ads from old magazines
- Reusable tins
- Scarves and handkerchiefs
- Leftover fabric or fabric gift bags
- Lightweight wallpaper
- Pages from a child's coloring book taped together
- Newspapers (foreign newspapers are great) and Sunday comic pages
- Last year's holiday paper (warm iron if wrinkled)
- Pictures or advertisements from magazines and catalogs
- A plain box decorated with leftover glitter, paint, markers, etc.
- A useable cake pan or a wooden
When opening presents, save the wrapping paper, boxes, tins, ribbons and bows for next year. If you purchase gift wrap, look for wrapping paper and holiday cards with post-consumer recycled content, which avoids cutting down any new trees, and "closes the recycling loop".