Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 23, 2013

Festivus - It's for the Rest of Us!

When: December 23rd
IF You don't celebrate Christmas or Chanukah. Kwanzaa just isn't your thing. And, you don't even know what Ramadan is.
Then, come and experience the joy and the Miracle of Festivus. It's non-denominational. So, everyone can partake. The Festivus slogan is "A Festivus for the rest of us!"

The Origin of Festivus Holiday:
Festivus came into being as the direct result of a Jerry Seinfled television show episode. It first aired on December 18, 1997. It is an obscure holiday called Festivus, which was first celebrated in 1966.

Festivus Traditions:
An unadorned aluminum pole is the symbol of Festivus.
The Festivus holiday is celebrated with a dinner. Meatloaf is the suggested main course.
Dinner is followed by a "Feats of Strength".
Another popular Festivus tradition, is an "Airing of Grievances" . This is where you can tell someone how disappointed you are over what they did or didn't do during the past year.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poinsettia Day.............

December 12th is Poinsettia Day

House Resolution 47 of the 107th Congress designated this date as National Poinsettia Day “to recognize the significant contributions of Paul Ecke, Jr.”, the individual who developed the poinsettia into a commercial crop. Today poinsettias represent more than 85 percent of the potted plant sales during the holiday season. 

National Gingerbread House Day.............

Today, December 12, is National Gingerbread House Day

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WestJet Airlines True Holiday Spirit..........

Thank you WestJet Airlines for reminding people what true Holiday Spirit is, no matter big or small wishes are wishes and you kindness has helped renew our hope in the holiday's....

Watch the Video for an Amazing Holiday Tale, Remember big or small joy is joy....and as seen in the video the gift givers seemed to receive as much joy as the receivers!

WestJet Airlines shocks passengers by giving Christmas gifts during flight..

December Days To Remember.........

Here is a list of a few days to remember, I will post updates on some of my favorites as they approach....


12 Poinsettia Day     
23 Festivus - for the rest of us



Friday, December 6, 2013

Ringing Bells For The Salvation Army 2013..............

Always One of Our Favorites:



Giving Back 2013....

Hunger Games Premier

Helped collect food and books while having a BLAST!!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving............

Happy Thanksgiving...........

Hanukkah



Each night, for eight nights, light a branch of a menorah from left to right. The middle and tallest branch of the candelabra houses the shamash (attendant candle) that is used to light the other candles.
While it has become customary to give gifts on Hanukkah, the tradition stems from the influence of Christmas. Usually gift-giving is reserved for younger children. The only traditional gift on the holiday is “gelt” or small amounts of money.

What’s a dreidel?
On Hanukkah, children play with dreidels -- square tops. Each side is marked with one of the four Hebrew letters, Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin, which stands for "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham," a great miracle happened there.

What’s to eat?
Fried foods are a must for Hanukkah since the story focuses on the small drop of oil that lasted eight nights. Latkes, also known as potato pancakes, are a popular dish served throughout the holiday. Deep-fried doughnuts are also popular among Sephardic, Greek and Persian Jews.

Hanukkah or Chanukah?

The word Hanukkah literally means “dedication” or “induction.” Since Hanukkah is a Hebrew word, there’s not one proper transliteration. In English it takes on these two popular spellings. While either is correct the one beginning with “H” is the more widely used version – most likely because of the confusion of the ch sound when transliterated from Hebrew to English. 

Happy Hanukkas

Happy Hanukkah!



The holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, beginning Wednesday at sundown until the evening of Dec. 5. The eight-day holiday celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews led by the Maccabees revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev – which can fall anywhere between Nov. 27 and Dec. 26. This year it falls on the earliest possible date, and the second night of the holiday coincides with Thanksgiving. The next time the secular and religious holidays will overlap will be in at least 70,000 years, according to some estimates.  


Thanksgiving...........

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together for a special meal. The meal often includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a time for many people to give thanks for what they have.
Thanksgiving Day parades are held in some cities and towns on or around Thanksgiving Day. Some parades or festivities also mark the opening of the Christmas shopping season. Some people have a four-day weekend so it is a popular time for trips and to visit family and friends.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holidays: Celebrate Polar Bears and Other Species

Polar bears

The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Giving Back During the Holidays...............



Holidays are a time for families and communities to come together.

There are so many ways to give back even if you do not have a lot…
     
     1.  Make Cards for Children in the Hospital or a Nursing         Home.
     2.  Adopt A Family
     3.  Donate your time to a food Pantry or Soup Kitchen.
     4. Donate your Old Clothes, Shoes, Blankets, and Jackets.

     5.  Send A Care Package to a Soldier.

The Holidays...........


Holidays are a time for families and communities to come together, commemorate historic events and usher in the seasons. Holidays are often a time to reconnect with friends and family. Did you know that Americans send over 1.5 billion Christmas cards?The Holidays begin with the arrival of Halloween, because very quickly afterward, we move into the Thanksgiving and then swiftly into the December holidays. The stores are decorated for Christmas before we hit Thanksgiving. So many times, we are quick to judge, and so are others. Take a breath, ignore the nonsense and continue to be nice. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Elf Live is Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



OMG!!!!
(Oh My Gingerbread)

Elf Live is Fraboom’s Online Live Event 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.
Check out Elf Live at the link below it is fun for all ages!!!


Holiday....

holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law in which normal activities, especially business or work, are to be suspended or reduced. Generally holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate something of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, or even personal choices.

The Holiday's....



This year we will be talking about a variety of holiday's, activities, and ways to give back from now through the end of the year.....Please feel free to send us a holiday you celebrate along with any special traditions or customs you would like us to share on our site.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween................

Halloween History....


Halloween is a secular celebration based on ancient Druid customs, dating back to 700 B.C. The Druids, a Celtic religious order in ancient Britain, Ireland and France, believed that the souls of the dead returned to mingle with the living on 'hallowed eve,' October 31. People originally dressed in costumes to disguise themselves from these spirits. 

Halloween first was celebrated in the United States in the 1840s, when Irish Catholics, fleeing from the potato famine, brought Halloween customs with them to America. 

The tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns originated with Irish children who first carved out the centers of turnips and placed candles inside. 

Carve A Pumpkin Day.............


Carve a Pumpkin Day is observed on October 31, 2013. Pumpkins are commonly carved into decorative lanterns called jack-o'-lanterns for the Halloween season in North America. The practice of craving pumpkins for Halloween orginated from an Irish myth about a man name "Stingy Jack". In the United States, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 21, 2013 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

October 21, 2013 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!


National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day! During the autumn months, festive pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. You can find all sorts of goodies like pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and (today's reason to celebrate) pumpkin cheesecake!

Traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling. Did you know that cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2000 BC? Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October 19th........Sweetest Day.............

Date When Celebrated: Third Saturday in October
Now here is a day dedicated just for your sweetie. It exists as an opportunity for you to recognize that sweet and special someone. It doesn’t matter who that person is, or what their relation to you. They just have to be "sweet" in order to get a little recognition.

Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee started Sweetest Day. He wanted to bring happiness to orphans, shut-ins and under-privileged. His intent was to show these people that they were not forgotten.  In 1922, he started this holiday by giving candy and small gifts. He often used movie stars to distribute the gifts.


The popularity of this holiday quickly spread. Today,  it is celebrated with loved ones and friends. However, we encourage you to follow the intent of the original holiday, and find ways to give candy and small gifts to those in need.

Friday, October 18, 2013

13 Nights of Halloween.......

13 Nights of Halloween kicks off on Saturday! Now in it's 15th year!!!
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Night One - Saturday, October 19th
"The Middle" Mini-Marathon (7:00 - 8:30 AM ET/PT) 
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (8:30 - 10:30 AM ET/PT) 
"Batman" (10:30 AM- 1:30 PM ET/PT)
"Batman Returns" (1:30 - 4:30 PM ET/PT)
"Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" (4:30 - 6:25 PM ET/PT)
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (6:25 - 8:00 PM ET/PT)
"Disney/Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!" (8:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT)
"Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc." (8:30 - 10:30 PM ET/PT)  
"Batman Begins" (10:30 PM -12:30 AM ET/PT
Night Two - Sunday, October 20th
"Alice in Wonderland" (7:00 - 9:30 AM ET/PT)
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET/PT)
"Coraline" (12:00 - 2:00 PM ET/PT)
"Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" (2:00 - 3:55 PM ET/PT)
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (3:55 - 5:30 PM ET/PT)
"Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc." (5:30 - 7:30 PM ET/PT)
"Disney/Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!" (7:30 - 8:00 PM ET/PT)
"The Addams Family" (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT)
“Addams Family Values" (10:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Three - Monday, October 21st
"Alice in Wonderland" (6:00 - 8:30 PM ET/PT)
"Twilight" (8:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Four - Tuesday, October 22nd
"Pretty Little Liars" marathon (11:00 AM - 8:00 PM ET/PT)
"Pretty Little Liars" Halloween Episode Premiere (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT)
 "Ravenswood" Series Premiere (9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT)
 Night Five - Wednesday, October 23rd
"Pretty Little Liars" Halloween Episode (5:30 - 6:30 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Encore (6:30 - 7:30 PM ET/PT)
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1" (7:30 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Teen Witch" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Six - Thursday, October 24th
"Pretty Little Liars" Halloween special (12:00 - 1:00 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Episode 1 (1:00 - 2:00 PM ET/PT)
ABC Family premiere of "Men in Black" (6:30 - 8:45 PM ET/PT) & (8:45 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Teen Wolf" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Seven - Friday, October 25th
"Death Becomes Her" (7:00 - 9:00 PM, ET/PT) 
"Beetlejuice" (9:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Eight - Saturday, October 26th
"Teen Wolf Too" (7:30 - 9:30 AM ET/PT)
"Teen Wolf" (9:30 - 11:30 AM ET/PT)
"Teen Witch" (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET/PT)  
"The Goonies" (1:30 - 3:30 PM ET/PT) 
"Beetlejuice" (4:00 - 6:00 PM ET/PT)
"The Addams Family" (6:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT)
"Addams Family Values" (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) 
"Hocus Pocus" (10:00 PM- 12:00 AM ET/PT)
"The Craft" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
 Night Nine - Sunday, October 27th
ABC Family premiere of "Dr. Seuss' Halloween is Grinch Night" (8:00 -8:30 AM ET/PT)
Television premiere of "The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow" (8:30 - 9:00 AM ET/PT)
"Scooby Doo" (9:00 - 11:00 AM ET/PT)
"Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT)
"Monster House" (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET/PT)
"Matilda" (3:00 - 5:00 PM ET/PT)
"The Addams Family" (5:00 - 7:00 PM ET/PT)
"Addams Family Values" (7:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT)
"Hocus Pocus" (9:00- 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Episode 1  (11:00 PM - 12:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Ten - Monday, October 28th
"Monster House" (5:30 - 7:30 PM ET/PT)
"Tim Burton's Corpse Bride" (7:30 - 9:25 PM ET/PT)
"Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" (9:25 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Coraline" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
 Night Eleven - Tuesday, October 29th
"Pretty Little Liars" Halloween episode (6:00 - 7:00 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Episode 1 (7:00 - 8:00 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Episode 2 (8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT) *New*
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" (9:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Episodes 1 & 2 (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
Night Twelve - Wednesday, October 30th
"The Goonies" (11:00 AM - 1:30 PM ET/PT)
"Death Becomes Her" (1:30 - 3:30 PM ET/PT)
"The Craft" (3:30 - 5:30 PM ET/PT)
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" (5:30 - 7:30 PM ET/PT)
"Twilight" (7:30 - 10:00 PM ET/PT)
"Ravenswood" Episode 2 (10:00 - 11:00 PM ET/PT)
"Death Becomes Her" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)
 Night Thirteen - Thursday, October 31st
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET/PT)
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze" (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET/PT)
"Scooby Doo" (3:00 - 5:00 PM ET/PT)
"Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (5:00 - 7:00 PM ET/PT)
"The Addams Family" (7:00 - 9:00 PM ET/PT)
"Addams Family Values" (9:00 -11:00 PM ET/PT)
ABC Family premiere of "The Others" (12:00 - 2:00 AM ET/PT)