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All around the world people are getting together to get in the spirit of the holidays. Here at Calendars.com we celebrated our annual holiday potluck and it was a delectable success! Check out what we cooked up and which special visitor decided to make a surprise appearance!
Behold our holiday cheer! The Calendars.com staff got together for our annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest, and we had a tough choice picking out the best (ugliest?) sweater this year.
We asked the Calendars.com staff to pick out their favorite holiday films, and we got some pretty interesting answers.
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Do ahead what can be done ahead! A lot of staging and assembly can be done well ahead of the official decorating.
Try to take one or two projects per week to prepare. Start early with lists: gift to purchase, house projects, decorating, baking, and entertaining.
Keep the holiday list separate by merging them with your master weekly to do list.
December 30, the day before the last day of the year, is known as the Festival of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute.
The new year is approaching fast. Are you worried you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to this year? Do you want to make your resolutions for next year before it’s too late? Today is a day dedicated to making those big changes before the year comes to an end! Spend the day reflecting on the past year(s) and making those positive life changes a reality.
Is there anything you resolved to do in the past year that you didn’t quite get to? You’ve got two days until the new year – do your best to make it happen! If two days isn’t enough time to take the leap and make those big changes in your life you’ve been meaning to, then spend the next two days planning out your resolutions for next year. Don’t wait until midnight on New Year’s Eve to decide on those important changes that will make you feel better about the life you’re living. If you’re pondering what you can resolve to do in the New Year, but are coming up blank, we’ve got a few ideas to get your resolution juices flowing:
- Get healthy. Whether this means eating healthier, exercising, or doing anything else that will make you a healthier person, this is your year!
- Get inspired. Go on adventures, challenge yourself, create! Do whatever you can to inspire yourself and those around you!
- Go green. Show some love to the environment you live in!
- Get organized. Get rid of those stacks of paper on your desk, make a schedule, and clean up that messy life you’ve been living!
- Learn a new language. Expand those linguistic skills and make another language less foreign to you!
- Laugh more. Tell a joke, watch a funny movie, and spend more time with those who bring a smile to your face!
Since today is a “festival,” it makes sense to let your friends and family know about the importance of today. Celebrate together by all coming up with New Year’s resolutions or accomplishing what you haven’t before the year is over!
According to legend, pepper pot was first concocted during the Revolutionary War – December 29, 1777, to be exact. It was a cold, harsh winter for the Continental Army in Valley Forge. Food was scarce – farmers in the area sold their food to the British Army for pounds over the Continental Army’s weak currency. Thus, the troops created a soup that included all they could find.
And apparently all they could find were scraps of tripe (aka animal stomach), beef stock, peppercorn and a few vegetables, as these are the main ingredients of pepper pot.
Though pepper pot may not sound like much to celebrate, the soup got the soldiers through the harsh winter, earning it the title “the soup that won the war.”
Celebrate Pepper Pot Day by making yourself a pot of pepper pot soup (recipe), but don’t eat it yet. Fill your bowl and head out into the cold outdoors to get the full effect of the soup’s warming powers.
By the way, we’ll totally understand if you substitute the tripe with chicken or beef. And if not, we’ll understand that, too.
Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
Eggnog is a popular holiday drink in the U.S. and Canada and is made with milk and/or cream, sugar, raw eggs (beaten), spices (particularly nutmeg) and (optionally) liquor, such as brandy or rum. It’s also very tasty…and very high in fat and sugar. Seriously. You might want to pass it up this year if you’re cutting back the calories. However, you can still enjoy eggnog without the high amount of fat and cholesterol by making or purchasing eggnog with skimmed, low fat, soy or rice milk.
Celebrate National Eggnog Day by making eggnog for your family! (But we won’t be disappointed if you go with commercial eggnog.)
Eggnog drink recipes:
If you want to go all out on National Eggnog Day, whip up one of these eggnog-based desserts:
Note: Commercial eggnog does not contain raw eggs. However, when making homemade eggnog (which includes raw eggs), use pasteurized eggs. Some recipes may also instruct you on how to cook the eggs for additional safety.
Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org Photo Source: Konstantin Ryabitsev, CC-BY-SA-2.O, via Wikimedia Commons
December 21 is National Flashlight Day! Today also happens to be the Winter Solstice which is the longest night of the year. Though we are not sure if these two days coincide on purpose, you won’t be left in the dark!
Flashlights first became a tool for exploring the darkness at the end of the 19th century. The first dry cell batteries were invented in 1896, which allowed electronic devices to become portable because they used an electrolyte paste instead of liquid, preventing spillage. David Misell, an English inventor who worked for the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company, obtained a patent for the first flashlight in 1899.
Misell created an “electric device” which consisted of “D” batteries arranged front to back inside a paper tube with a light bulb and brass reflector attached at the end. Some of the devices created by Misell were given to the New York City Police Department and were met with approval from officers. Because of the zinc carbon batteries used in these early devices, they could not provide a steady current and needed to “rest” periodically to continue working. The lights thus could only be used for short intervals, hence the name “flashlight.”
We’ve come up with a couple of ways you can celebrate National Flashlight Day:
- Make shadow puppets on the wall.
- Play a rousing game of flashlight tag.
- Plan a nighttime scavenger hunt.
- Stay up reading a book under the covers.
Today is also the perfect day to make sure your family knows where your flashlights are in the case of a power outtage or other situation which may cause you to need your trusty flashlight to find your way. Be sure to test all your flashlights and make sure the batteries are all working.
Happy Flashlight Day!
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