Mistletoe at Christmas

Mistletoe is a plant that grows on willow and apple trees (and in garden centres!). The tradition of hanging it in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids. It is supposed to possess mystical powers which bring good luck to the household and wards off evil spirits. It was also used as a sign of love and friendship in Norse mythology and that's where the custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from. When the first Christians came to Western Europe, some tried to ban the use of Mistletoe as a decoration in Churches, but many still continued to use it! York Minster Church in the UK used to hold a special Mistletoe Service in the winter, where wrong doers in the city of York could come and be pardoned.

The custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from England. The original christmas hampers in singapore custom was that a berry was picked from the sprig of Mistletoe before the person could be kissed and when all the berries had gone, there could be no more kissing! The name mistletoe comes from two Anglo Saxon words 'Mistel' (which means dung) and 'tan' (which means) twig or stick! So you could translate Mistletoe as 'poo on a stick'!!! Not exactly romantic is it! Mistletoe was also hung on the old English decoration the Kissing Bough.

@ 10:50 AM on September 23 | 0 Comments

Christmas Ingle

The word Christingle could have come from two sources. It might be an 'English' version of 'Christkindl', the present bringer is some parts of Germany and other European countries, who represents the baby Jesus. Or it could be a the putting together of the words Christmas and ingle. Ingle is an old Scots word for fire and so that would make it mean the 'Christ Light'. But no one is really sure how Christingles came into being! There are several stories told of how the custom was started. There is an ancient Welsh service called a 'Celenig' where Christingles are used and the Moravian Church (an area that's part of what's now the Czech Republic but historically had strong connections with Germany and the German language) has held Christingle services for over 200 years. This is how some Czech people think the first Christingle might have been made:

Many years ago, children were asked to take a gift to put beside the crib in Church. Christmas hampers One family had no money for gifts but were determined to take something. They found an orange which they felt would be okay, but were disappointed to find it was going mouldy at the top. However, they thought they would scoop out the bad bits and put a candle in the top and turn it into a lantern. Thinking that it looked a bit ordinary, one of the girls took a red ribbon from her hair and tied it around the middle. They had difficulty getting it to stay in place, so fastened it with four small sticks, on the ends of which they put a few raisins. They took their lantern to church and were afraid of the reactions of the other children.

@ 10:30 AM on September 16 | 0 Comments

Christmas Disaster

The Italian Hall Disaster (sometimes referred to as the 1913 Massacre) is a tragedy that occurred on December 24, 1913, in Calumet, Michigan. Seventy-three men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely yelled "fire" at a crowded Christmas party.The Calumet and Hecla Mining Company ("C&H") was the single largest copper mining company in the copper country in the Keeweenaw Peninsula of northwest Michigan. 

One of the longest strikes in the copper country took place in 1913, and included all the C&H mines.Christmas hampers The Western Federation of Miners first established a local in the area in 1908 but it wasn't until 1913 that the WFM had a large enough membership to effectively strike. At the time, there were perhaps 15,000 men working in the mines and the WFM claimed 9,000 of them as members. The membership voted in favor of demanding union recognition from management, and asking "for a conference with the employers to adjust wages, hours, and working conditions in the copper district of Michigan.

" The membership also voted to "declare a strike" if management refused to "grant a conference or concessions." After the vote was held, the WFM sent letters to the mines demanding the conference; the mine managers refused the request and the strike was called on July 23, 1913. 

The strike would not end until April 1914; the miners and the mines were still at a standoff at Christmas, 1913, in a strike that was then five months old. On Christmas Eve many of the striking miners and their families had gathered for a Christmas party sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners.[4] The party was held on the second floor of Calumet's Italian Hall. A steep stairway was the only way to the second floor, although there was a poorly-marked fire escape on one side of the building and ladders down the back of the building which could be reached only by climbing through the windows.

@ 11:10 AM on September 10 | 0 Comments

Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus are technically subtropical forest cacti. They have beautiful, drooping red or pink flowers on unique, paddle-like foliage. They are usually bought in bloom already, but it is possible to bring a Christmas cactus back to bloom. There's something wonderful about a home full of flowering plants. But as anybody who has spent time around houseplants knows, there's often a huge learning curve between keeping a plant alive and getting it to flower. So in some ways, this list of the best flowering houseplants represents a master class in green-thumbery. There's something wonderful about a home full of flowering plants. But as anybody who has spent time around houseplants knows, there's often a huge learning curve between keeping a plant alive and getting it to flower.

But don't despair. The plants on this list are usually already flowering by the time they're offered for sale as a christmas hampers ,  and in some cases, they aren't really meant to be flowered by home gardeners. This is especially true of the holiday plants (I'm thinking about you, poinsettias). Other plants on this list are easier to flower at home, and once you get the basics, you can expect regular blooms. Christmas cactus is one of the example of houseplants.

@ 01:37 PM on September 09 | 0 Comments

Christmas Picture

When you think that the season for taking family photos, you are correect. Capturing the perfect Christmas hampers card photo—especially if your family includes toddlers, teenagers or pets—can prove challenging for even the most patient of Santa’s helpers. If you want a photo beyond the family selfie, you might want to try t find some tips from Hallmark photographers. From what to wear to camera settings, we’ve rounded up some of their tried-and-true tricks for family photos, kids and babies and even pets, plus some fun Christmas card photo ideas.

First, take a deep breath and relax, advises Steve Wilson, a senior photographer at Hallmark. Accept that getting a great photo may take some time and, most likely, some serenity mantras. As a general rule, my friend Steve suggests taking at least twice as many photos as there are people in your photo christmas card. You can’t beat the outdoors for backdrops. Steve likes to shoot in open shade, such as the shade of a tree. It provides flattering light on people without making them stare into the sun or squint. Indoors he says to keep it simple. To avoid a lineup against a wall, shoot the group in the middle of the room to create depth. Find a backdrop view that isn’t too busy and doesn’t detract from the focus of your portrait—the people.

@ 10:47 AM on September 08 | 0 Comments

Christmas treasure hunt

You might want to create clues for more fun on Christmas hampers morning. You can absolutely turn on the holiday delight with a Christmas day treasure hunt the whole family will enjoy! A treasure hunt before gift opening is a great way to keep kids from getting restless—and keep grown-ups entertained while Christmas dinner's cooking. You can also do a treasure hunt after the unwrapping to keep the day's excitement going. The treasure hunt doesn't have to be with a Christmas present, it could be a birthday present or anything like that.

My friend's oldest sister used to make these for me when I was Cathlolic all the time - they were so much fun I didn't even need a prize at the end. Christmas gift basket Other ideas include drawing maps with fun instructions ("Starting at the potted plant, go ten paces east, 5 paces north, and look up") and making physical objects into clues (one was a little plastic tiger with wings glued on top, which was a reference to the West African Tiger Fly featured in a particular favorite book - the next clue was tucked in the pages). If you had lots of time, you could replace a DVD from their collection with a near copy, after splicing a video clue into the middle. By the way, my inner grammar cop can't help pointing out that "the el" in "taped on the el espejo" is redundant.

@ 11:09 AM on September 02 | 0 Comments

How Parents Prepare for Christmas

Here are some tips for parents how to prepare Christmas. First, if you plan to make a traditional Christmas cake from scratch then this needs to be started at least a month before Christmas. If you have forgotten never fear; you can buy ready-made cakes in a store. Secondly, Christmas shopping can be very stressful with all the crowds and you can't take the children with you because they will see their presents. If you have kids get them to write out a list for you. That way you know what they most desire. You do not have to buy everything on their list; just get a few of the items and the rest is up to you. Also a good tip for Christmas shopping if you have children is to leave them with a trusted adult. If you do this make sure you tell the adult what they are to eat in case of any allergies.

Third, christmas for kids is all about the presents but make sure that you don't just buy them toys, buy the things they actually need as well. christmas hamper ideas Most parents buy nothing but toys for their children, and by Boxing Day the kids want something else, so make sure you buy them things such as clothes, vests, socks, handkerchiefs, pajamas, combs etc.

@ 11:44 AM on August 25 | 0 Comments