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History of Father’s Day – Interesting Trivia and Information

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day honor parents, but the latter holiday has a much shorter history. Celebrations in honor of mothers date back to the ancient Greeks, through Roman times and on down to the present day. The first...

Those Who Believe Receive – A Christmas Story

There she stood. 4 years old, with her hair up in pig tails, a red taffeta dress and a sparkle in her eyes that only belongs to the young. Her older sisters at her side, coveting the mystical magic...

Easter Mass – Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ

Easter Mass is a timeless tradition that dates back almost to the death of Christ. It celebrates the resurrection and offers hope and glory for millions and millions of Catholics throughout the world. As universal and respected as Easter...

Canadian Thanksgiving

It is true that Canadians are more low key than their American cousins; this is why celebrations for Canadian Thanksgiving are more subdued. Thanksgiving in the US is welcomed with much hoopla as it is considered an equally important...

Birthday Traditions – Celebrating Another Year of Life

Children love a birthday. Not only do they get to be one year closer to the ever desired adulthood, but they are their own queen or king for just one day. The countdown starts months ahead, little reminders start...

Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day of the Year

The winter solstice is the “shortest” day of the year. It is the day that the northern hemisphere experiences the least amount of daylight and the most amount of darkness. Most religious holidays have at least some reference to...

What is Boxing Day?

On a typical American calendar, the day after Christmas is clearly marked with Boxing Day, typically with Canada written in parenthesis to explain that this holiday is not celebrated in the United States. About 99% of Americans believe that...

The Nativity – The Christmas Story

Our nativity scene always went under the Christmas tree, usually with a backdrop of whatever we had created that year for scenery. The nativity figurines were made in my brother’s scout group. And for something that had been hand...

The Meaning of Christmas – It’s Not Just About Getting Gifts

Each year around this time of year, the whole world gets sentimental. It becomes habitual and kind to wish perfect strangers well and to carry our hearts on our sleeves as we smile giddy from the smell of fresh...

The History of Christmas Cards

For as often as people complain about having to sit down and write out Christmas cards, everyone knows that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without them. Christmas cards typically end up as part of the Christmas décor, and...

The Amount Spent on Christmas Presents vs What Should Spend on Gifts

Ah, Christmas ~ it's the most wonderful time of the year ~ the time for giving and sharing gifts with family and friends. It's a season all wrapped up with celebration and good cheer, so why is it that so many of us begin the month of December feeling...

Stress of Christmas – Don’t Let the Holidays Stress you Out

Almost as soon as the school supplies are sold out; stores become full of a fleeting assortment of pumpkins, black cats, and orange candy. If you are lucky you can find some dinner napkins with a turkey or cornucopia left over to adorn the Thanksgiving table- but more than...

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

We’ve all heard of him, listened to his woeful plight, and secretly cheered him on when he finally won a place in the heart of his peers when they discovered his usefulness. He is Rudolph, and he is just one of many who had to struggle past his differences...