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The Pressure of the Christmas Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or at least it’s supposed to be. In actuality, countless people become entirely overwhelmed by the “demands” that the Christmas season brings. It’s hard to make merry when your to-do list grows...

Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Flowers on Valentine’s Day is one of those romantic traditions that simply will not die, and for good reason. It makes people happy. Flowers are an immediate sign of love and honor, an emotional pick me up, and a...

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...

Importance of Vacations – Taking Time off is Good For You

These days if someone raised the importance of vacations, he’d get a sigh or a shrug because with the economic downturn and the roller coaster state of our wallets, it seems hardly appropriate to talk about vacations. But major expense or not, vacations are important Why? Importance of Vacations: Justifications The #...

Who is Santa Claus – And is He Real?

Ask any child between the ages of two and (if you’re lucky) ten who Santa Claus is and they will have no problem telling you. He is the jolly, full size elf that somehow wriggles down the chimney (or walks right through the locked front door) and delivers presents...

Making December Birthdays Special

Being born in December can stink for a lot of reasons – especially for children. For one thing, the closer the birthday falls near Christmas, the more the birthday is overshadowed by the holidays. Many kids who have December birthdays don’t really get birthday presents and Christmas presents, but...