christmas-traditions
  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted December 19, 2018

Christmas Traditions

Christmas is celebrated by people all around the world, in many different ways, and for some countries, the celebrations go beyond the one day. At various times throughout history the celebration of Christmas was banned due to its religious aspects, and in some countries, it is still forbidden. In England during 1644-1660 Oliver Cromwell put … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted December 12, 2018

The First Day of Winter

Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the longest night, occurs every December. The date for the Winter Solstice varies from the 20th to the 23rd. The 21st and the 22nd being the two most common dates. 1903 was the last time that the Winter Solstice occurred on the 23rd, and it won’t … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted December 6, 2018

The History of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days and eight nights. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. Although most commonly observed in December, it has a few times taken place in November, even coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday. This year it will begin on … Continued


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Black Friday History

It may come as a surprise that the term “Black Friday” did not originate with shopping. It was first used to reference a stock market crash that occurred on September 24th, 1869. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the name became associated with retail. On the day after Thanksgiving, people would fill the city of … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving – In the Beginning & Today

Thanksgiving, as it is known today, is vastly different then from how it originated. There wasn’t always a Macy’s parade, or watching a football game, nor was pumpkin pie a dessert staple. These tried and true traditions only came into existence many years after the first Thanksgiving. How it all began In November of 1621, … Continued


  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted November 7, 2018

The Origin of Festival of Lights

Diwali is a Hindu celebration known as the Festival of Lights. It’s India’s biggest holiday and is observed for five days. It has been celebrated throughout the country for over 2500 years. The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which translates as “series of lighted lamps.” The festival is celebrated in either … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 26, 2018

What is Dia de Los Muertos?

When people hear the words Dia de Los Muertos, meaning Day of the Dead, they often think of it as being the Mexican version of Halloween. The two are in fact entirely separate holidays. Whereas Halloween is often dark, focusing on goblins, ghouls, costumes for adults and trick-or-treating for children.  Día de Los Muertos is … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 19, 2018

Tis the Season of Pumpkin Spice

Tis the Season for all the craze over pumpkin flavors. October hits and everyone runs for their favorite pumpkin flavored everything. The Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) can be blamed for the start of the pumpkin craze.  It has since blossomed beyond hot drinks. Which brings us to the ultimate question, why is there such a huge … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 12, 2018

Halloween and How It Started

It’s all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus, or is it? Around 2,000 years ago, on October 31st, the Celts celebrated with a festival called Samhain (pronounced Sow-in). This festival was a celebration of the end of the sunny summer season and the start of the gloomy, cold winter. They would light bonfires and wear … Continued


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  • By Gina Columbo
  • In Holiday
  • Posted October 5, 2018

Fun and Inexpensive Ideas to Celebrate Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day was created as a day for employees to thank their bosses for being so kind throughout the year. It is generally observed on October 16. Some people question the validity of this type of day, while others enjoy celebrating it. The story of how this day was started began by a woman named … Continued