Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eve....

We would like to wish our Earth-Kidz community, full of friends and family, a very Happy New Year and we hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season. May the season have blessed you all with fun, family, friends, and happy memories! Whatever you celebrate, we hope you had a Happy Holiday. Thank you for another fantastic year here at Earth-Kidz.com and we are looking forward to spending 2013 with you.....

GoodBye 2012!

2012 is about to come to a close and there were so many things that happened during 2012 some good and some bad.

Royal Wedding Presidential Election Olympics Hurricane Sandy NASA Ends The World Did Not End

So many things happened this year and so many more will happen next year. Everyone will make resolutions that they will not stick with, so this year why don't we try things a bit different. Instead of making a bunch of resolutions let's just make 3 and really stick with them.....

Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome Winter...

According to http://www.calendar-updates.com/info/holidays/us/winter.aspx
n the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the Sun is farthest south (on December 21st or 22nd). This day is known as the Winter Solstice.

The declination of the Sun on the winter solstice is known as the tropic of capricorn (-23° 27'). In the Southern hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged so that the winter solstice is the day on which the Sun is farthest north.

A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the Northern hemisphere.

As the Earth travels around the Sun in its orbit, the north-south position of the Sun changes over the course of the year because of the changing orientation of the Earth's tilted rotation axes. The dates of maximum tilt of the Earth's equator correspond to the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice, and the dates of zero tilt to the Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox.

The reason for these changes has to do with the Earth's yearly trip around the sun. For part of the year the Earth's North Pole points away from the sun and part of the time toward it. This is what causes our seasons. When the North Pole points toward the sun, the sun's rays hit the northern half of the world more directly. That means it is warmer and we have summer.

The day of the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. The length of time elapsed between sunrise and sunset on this day is a minimum for the year. In the United States, there are only about 9½ hours of daylight on this day.

At latitude 40 degrees north, the earliest sunset of the year occurs around December 8, and latest sunrise occurs around January 5. The day with the least amount of daylight (the first day of winter), occurs around December 21. Why are all these dates not the same? For a detailed explanation, see The Dark Days of Winter at the U.S. Naval Observatory web site.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bake Cookie Day.......

Bake Cookies Day


December 18th

Bake Cookies day is for EVERYONE!

Bake Cookies Day comes at an opportune time. It right amidst the major December holidays. It serves as a reminder to bake holiday cookies, if you haven't done so already.

Young and old celebrate this day by baking their favorite cookies. Make a party of it, and bake cookies in groups with family, friends, kids and grandkids. Don't stop at baking just one kind of cookies. Plan to bake a number of cookies. Try a new recipe, or two, or three, or....

If you bake more than you can eat, good for you! Wrap up gift trays filled with cookies for friends and neighbors. Many cookies freeze well, too.

8 Facts of Hanukkah 7 & 8

7. HANNUKAH FOODS Fried foods are traditional during Hanukkah, in remembrance of the sacred oil. Popular fried foods are Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (sweet jelly- filled doughnuts).

8. FAMILY CELEBRATION As in many other celebrations of many other cultures, Hanukkah is about family. It's a joyous time of year when those you love gather together to share food, blessings, and music, as the traditions are passed on through the ages.

Friday, December 14, 2012

This is So Tinsel!!!!!

Volunteering is so much fun!!!!!!!!

8 Facts of Hanukkah # 6.......

6. DREIDELS

During Hanukkah, Jewish children enjoying playing with a toy called a dreidel, which is similar to a top. The dreidel has four sides and features the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hay, and shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew phrase Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, "A great miracle happened there." The game is played with candy. The player who has all the candy in the end is the winner.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chat with a Live Elf.................

OMG!!!! (Oh My Gingerbread)


Elf Live is Fraboom’s new Online Live Event (find out what that is here) where you and your kids talk to a real live Elf who will help you make a wishlist for Santa, play games, draw and share pictures, and get into the Christmas spirit! All this Christmas fun and it doesn’t cost a dime? What?! I know! See, now you’re excited, too, and you understand why we had to jump in early.

The best thing about Elf Live is that it is a fantastic place to be together. We at Fraboom are all about getting parents and kids together. Elf Live in particular is an easy way to get the conversation started to discuss what Christmas means to you, your kids, and how and why you celebrate as a family.
https://fraboom.com/liveclasses/elf-live/

Donate Food..........

Every Can Counts...............


This Holiday even more families are struggling, we can help. Even one can of food makes a difference. There are many places you can donate food items.

Local Churches Schools Library Grocery Stores Food Pantry

Families should never go hungry but especially not during the holiday's..

8 Facts of Hanukkah # 5......

5. GIVING OF GIFTS

As part of the celebration, children received gelt (Yiddish term for "money") during each of the eight days in order for them to learn about charity. More recently, the tradition of children receiving a small gift each of the eight nights has become more popular. This gift giving is frequently associated with the Christian Christmas tradition of gift giving.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Donate a Toy...............

The holidays are fast approaching, and the world is struggling to make ends meet. If you are one of the lucky ones to be able to offer a helping hand, I have a great way for you to make an impact on a child's life.

1. Toys for Tots have been sponsored by the Marine Corps for many years. They began collecting toys in 1947. It was the brain child of Major Bill Hendricks (USMCR) wife, Diane. She had made a doll by hand and wanted to give it to an agency to pass on to a needy child, but when they discovered that none existed, she told her husband to start one. The pilot program was so successful that the Marines adopted the program and from there it made it way across the U.S. Their slogan is "to bring the joy of Christmas to America's needy children". One thing that most people don't know is that Walt Disney himself designed the logo that is still in use today. This is a not-for-profit organization. Donation campaigns begin in October and run until December 22nd. Toys are then given out to the children on the 23rd and 24th. The success of this charity lies with the public and their willingness to donate and continue to donate through the years. They usually have drop locations at retail stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, Malls and other stores where toys can be purchased. You can also donate through their website www.toysfortots.org.

2. Another good place to donate toys would be your local churches. Most churches if not all accept donations of toys, clothes, food and money to help the needy especially near the holidays. Nobody wants to go without during the holidays and for children to understand the reality of having what everybody else has is a harsh reality for too many. Check with any church in your area to see if they accept donations.

3. Wal-Mart is another place to make donations. Every year around the time of the holidays they will have a box or display near the front of the store for shoppers to make purchases of toys, coats, hats, gloves and socks for the needy in the community. It is so easy to grab any type of toy off the shelf while you are doing your own holiday shopping and drop it in the box on your way out. You don't even have to wrap it.

4. You can also check with your local hospitals. Children are sick year round, especially those that are battling a chronic disease and are stuck in the hospital during the holidays. You can make their stay a little more comfortable by helping them to celebrate Christmas with a nice, new toy. Being away from home and fighting an illness is bad enough, but to do it during the holidays can bring long lasting sorrows. A lot of families have used up all of their cash reserves on hospital bills and cannot afford the simple luxuries of toys for their children.

8 Facts of Hanukkah # 4

4. MEANING OF THE MENORAH

The Macabees wanted to rededicate their temple by lighting the "eternal flame," but they only had enough consecrated oil to burn for one day. Miraculously, that little bit of oil lasted for eight days until more purified oil could be found. Today, Jewish families light candles or burn oil in a candelabra called a "menorah" for the eight days of Hanukkah, adding one candle each day. The special "helper candle" used to light the rest of the candles each night is called the Shamash. On the first night, the Shamash plus one other candle are lit. On the second night, the Shamash plus two candles are lit. This process is continued on through the eight nights. The eight-day lighting of the candles commemorates the eight-day miracle of the oil.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

8 Facts of Hanukkah #3


3. HANNUKAH CELEBRATION DATES

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, starting on the 25th in the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Since the Hebrew calendar is lunar rather than solar, Hanukkah falls on a different day each year, anywhere from November to early January on the standard calendar.

December 9, 2012.................


Christmas Card Day:

It's Christmas Card Day so make sure you go to the local retail store and buy your Christmas Card! We all know that multi box Christmas Cards sale out first in retail stores so make sure you get them today.
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Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!


National Pastry Day

It’s National Pastry Day! Did you know that pastries have been around since 2600 B.C.? The Egyptians made doughnut-like pastries out of crude flour and honey, and then dipped them in wine.
In the 7th century, pastry-making developed as a culinary art form in the Middle East. It spread to Europe after the Crusades, and French and Italian chefs developed their own version of the recipes and experimented with new techniques. There are now many different types of pastry including shortcrust, flaky, puff, choux, and phyllo.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

National Brownie Day........

National Brownie Day.............

December 8, 2012

Relax and enjoy a rich, fudge brownie in honor of the occasion. Many sources say that brownies originated in New England during the early twentieth century, but there are many variations to the tale.

8 Facts of Hanukkah #2


2. SPELLING OF HANUKKAH

The guttural sound of the Hebrew letters cannot be duplicated by the English alphabet. For this reason, there are many spellings of this holiday in English and all are correct.

8 Facts of Hanukkah....


1. HANUKKAH (THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS)

The history of Hannukah predates Christmas. Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. Most Jews were angry and decided to fight back. In 165 B.C.E, the Jewish Maccabees managed to drive the Syrian army out of Jerusalem and reclaim their temple. Hanukkah is the celebration of this victory. In history, Hanukkah has been a minor holiday, only gaining in popularity since the late 1800's. In Hebrew, the word "Hanukkah" means "dedication."

Learn More About Hanukkah.....

Thursday, December 6, 2012

In 2012 Hanukkah will begin on 8th December. What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights and lasts eight days. It usually falls in late November or December.

According to http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/hanukkah_for_kids.htm Jews celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means "dedication". Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem - which had been taken over by the Syrians - and rededicated it to their God.

As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. But a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This was the Miracle of the Oil.

It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. Electric lights are sometimes used, especially where where an open flame might be dangerous, such as a hospital room. The Hanukkah lights are meant to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.

During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

Pear Harbor Day....

The Pearl Harbor Day Page In Memoriam: At dawn on Sunday, December 7, 1941, naval aviation forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet center at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and other military targets. The goal of this attack was to sufficiently cripple the US Fleet so that Japan could then attack and capture the Phillipines and Indo-China and so secure access to the raw materials needed to maintain its position as a global military and economic power. This would enable Japan to further extend the empire to include Australia, New Zealand, and India (the ultimate boundaries planned for the so-called "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere"). The prevailing belief within the Japanese military and political establishment was that eventually, with the then expected German defeat of Great Britain and Soviet Russia, the United States' non-involvement in the European war, and Japan's control of the Pacific, that the world power structure would stabilize into three major spheres of influence:
1.) The Empire of Japan controlling East, Southeast, and South Asia and the entire Pacific Ocean. 2.) The combined powers of Germany and Italy controlling Great Britain, all of Europe, Western and central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. 3.) The United States, controlling North and South America. For Further Reading go to http://familycrafts.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.ccdemo.info/PearlHarbor/PearlHarborDayRemembered.html

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ninja Day 2012........

December 5, 2012
It's the Annual Day of the Ninja. As popular as these masked men and women have become you might forget that in feudal Japan, ninjas were real and really sneaky. Under cover of darkness, dressed in black, ninjas were hired assassins and spies. So on this day you can dress like a ninja; at the mall, creep like a ninja; in the office, ask a ninja; and online, for one day only, ninjas go public.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

National Cookie Day.........

December 4, 2012 is National Cookie Day
It’s National Cookie Day! Did you know that the English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word "koekje," which means little cake? Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that they would not waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn't right. It was not long before they discovered that these tiny pieces of cooked batter were actually quite tasty!