10 Things I hate about Christmas
- 1. I hate it that original Claymation Christmas stories have gone out of fashion!
- 2. I hate it that I can only find the best Christmas candy cane ONLY this time of the year.
- 3. People calling Xmas decorations “decs”. Nearly as bad as writing “Xmas”
- 4. I dislike it that we only have a major family (from all over the world) get-together in these holidays.
- 5. Struggling to find the perfect gift for everyone…especially for those who I call the “Perfect Gift People”
- 6. I definitely do not like it that my cats and kitties destroy my tree and tree ornaments EVERY YEAR! ( haha )
- 7. I dislike it that Santa Clause come home only around Christmas Eve. He should work more often, spreading the jolly feeling through out the year!
- 8. I don’t like it that I can only put my snow globes on display one time a year. I mean, I could have them all year round but it’d ruin the magic, huh?
- 9. Since I am a bit impatient, I don’t enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts. It can take a lot of time (lack of practice lol)
- 10. Where do you stand on egg nog: do you love it or hate it?
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my patients, my website subscribers, contacts and followers all over the digital world. 🎄🎋🎇🎍🎄🎁
You are a blessing in my life and I wish for you and your loved ones a jolly time full with love and perfect health.
December 17-23 Predating the birth of Jesus by centuries, this Ancient Roman celebration, in honor of the God Saturn, is marked by parties, gift-giving, and role reversals.
The first-century AD poet Gaius Valerius Catullus described Saturnalia as ‘the best of times’: dress codes were relaxed, small gifts such as dolls, candles and caged birds were exchanged.
Saturnalia saw the inversion of social roles. The wealthy were expected to pay the month’s rent for those who couldn’t afford it, masters and slaves to swap clothes. Family households threw dice to determine who would become the temporary Saturnalian monarch. The poet Lucian of Samosata (AD 120-180) has the god Cronos (Saturn) say in his poem, Saturnalia:
‘During my week the serious is barred: no business allowed. Drinking and being drunk, noise and games of dice, appointing of kings and feasting of slaves, singing naked, clapping … an occasional ducking of corked faces in icy water – such are the functions over which I preside.’
Saturnalia originated as a farmer’s festival to mark the end of the autumn planting season in honour of Saturn (satus means sowing). Numerous archaeological sites from the Roman coastal province of Constantine, now in Algeria, demonstrate that the cult of Saturn survived there until the early third century AD.
Saturnalia grew in duration and moved to progressively later dates under the Roman period. During the reign of the Emperor Augustus (63 BC-AD 14), it was a two-day affair starting on December 17th. By the time Lucian described the festivities, it was a seven-day event. Changes to the Roman calendar moved the climax of Saturnalia to December 25th, around the time of the date of the winter solstice.
From around 1583 the Church of Scotland ( Presbyterian) discouraged ‘Yule’ celebrations. The church believed that there was no basis for celebrating the day as it didn’t reflect what was in the bible. There are even records of some people being arrested over unlawful celebrations during
the years it was officially banned.
When something is just ‘made-up’ the permutations can be endless.
HARBIN ICE SNOW IN CHINA
Harbin Ice and Snow fiesta is China’s original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.
The first Ice lanterns were a winter-time tradition in northeast China. During the Qing Dynasty（1644 – 1911), the locals and fishermen often made and used ice lanterns as jack-lights during the winter months.
At that time these were made simply by pouring water into a bucket that was then put out in the open to freeze. It was then gently warmed before the water froze completely so that the bucket-shaped ice could be pulled out.
RIO DE JANEIRO
The awesome celebrations of this county mark the start of the Lent period, dancers and revellers celebrate the occasion with colourful street parties.
Considered one of the biggest carnivals in the world, Brazil erupted in magnificent colours and samba parade.
Dancers performed on top of monumental floats, and orchestras and musicians played samba music for all to enjoy.
ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON
The Fiesta continues for nine days, and you can enjoy various musical performances, see night glows in which the balloons propane burners are ignited, but the hot air balloons are tethered to the ground.
One of the best events is the Mass Ascension where hundreds of hot air balloons are launched in two waves and fill up the sky with bright colors.
Cheltenham Festivals in the United Kingdom
This festival is held every March in the United Kingdom, and it is an event that gathers some of the best British and Irish trained racehorses.
Since the meeting is usually held around the same time as Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, the Cheltenham Festival is extremely popular with Irish visitors. There are several Grade I races held over four days.
Best Inspiration Post of the Year 2018 Get Out of the Blues!
MASSAGE RELAXATION SPA DAY
Dads don’t need much. Just a little gift to know that their work is appreciated. BUT if you really wanted to, he probably wouldn’t mind if you took the time to look around to get him something more suitable to his likings:
- Is he a geeky dad?
- Is he the executive type?
- Does he love sports, and what kind?
- Is he metro-sexual and super-neat?
- Does he like traveling?
- Does he like music, plays a certain musical instrument?
- Maybe your dad is the scientific one?
ALL IN ONE CHARGING STATION
Think of all the things Dad did for you: Life lessons, guidance, and unconditional love. Maybe your dad would love an expensive drone that will show up all the other dads at the park. Or a super-slick TV that doesn’t look like all the others.
A great idea would be to give him a gift card for him to spend in a relaxing environment like a spa, so he can get a massage with herbs and lotions, facial masks, a haircut, sauna, and then go with him and the whole family to a fancy restaurant for dinner.
Send your dad to the country or place he has always dreamed of visiting and he has never been able to go for one reason or another. You can find out when he has time off and which are his plans. I assure you, he will be very happy.
REVOLIGHTS FOR HIS BICYCLE
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY FUNNY QUOTES AND IMAGES
To all my followers, readers, friends and contacts who are mothers, I wish you have the best Mother´s Day, full of love, happiness and fulfillment, surrounded by your loved ones.
In my family there are several mothers we celebrate today with much love, respect and admiration for everything they have done for the Castro-Pruitt-Schneider Family: my mother in law, my aunt, my daughter, and more. Gladly I am included in the celebration as a mother and grandmother as well, so I am looking forward to lots of hugs and kisses!
Even “bad children” love their Mummy (LOL)
MOTHER IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD, ISN’T IT?
FROM THE CASTRO-PRUITT-SCHNEIDER FAMILY, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL!