Sunday, November 1, 2009

Holiday Previews for the week


November 1 All Saint's Day - All Saints Day and All Souls Day was originally in May. They were moved to November 1st and 2and to downplay the Pagan holidays of Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) and Dia De Loss Muertos. Religious leaders felt these holidays were too popular at the time to ban outright.

November 2 All Soul's Day - The Christian holiday of All Soul's Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven. Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. All Souls Day was started in 998. In Europe everyone takes off of work (no explanation needed) and go to the cemetery to replace the flowers and spruce up things while they spend time with the neighboring families of their own family's plots.

November 2 Look for Circles Day - this could mean crop circles, circle rings...just have fun looking! (i have already spotted some under my eyes!!)

November 2 Deviled Egg Day - now THAT is a YUMmy idea!! usually something served at a fancy dinner or summer bar bq - it's a good thing to serve them 'just because'!

November 3 Housewife's Day - uh Yah. I luv any excuse to celebrate me...wait? but, what does this mean? do we have to be more housewivey? or we are celebrated?
Housewife is an old term. It hails back to the days when one income could support the family in a manner of comfort. It was also a time when women did not have equal rights. While these days are long gone, women views of working or staying at home, fall on both sides of the fence. The decision to be a "housewife", or stay at home mom, is still preferred by many. Unfortunately, income needs often necessitate going to work. I celebrate all "mom's AND dad's" that take care of their home and house and do for their family as is our duty to do.

November 3 Sandwich Day - The annals of English history report that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Among other things, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was a heavy gambler. Montagu often spent many long hours in London's gambling parlors. In 1762, he created the sandwich, by putting meat between two pieces of bread. This allowed him to remain at the gambling table for long periods of time. Obviously, the sandwich was named after him ....YAY Mr. Montagu!! (is there a montagu sandwich?..if not, somebody should patent that)

November 4 King Tut Day - "..walk like an Egyptian!" King Tut Day celebrates the date of the discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb. Over 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamen became the King of Egypt at the age of 9. He died at the age of 19. He is commonly called "King Tut". The tomb of Egypt's "child king" was discovered on November 4, 1922. The tomb was discovered nearly intact in Egypt's Valley of Kings. King Tut's rule lasted a short nine years, from 1333 B.C. to 1324 B.C. The cause of his death is uncertain. Murder and an innocent accident are the two main theories. How about some Egyptian flair jewelry today or a fun Egyptian craft?

November 5 Gunpowder Day - Celebrate today for our 4th of July just would not be the same without the invention of said product! King James I took the throne in England in 1603 and as an avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country. He forbid Catholics from practicing their religion. He punished Catholics who did not convert to the Protestant church. The Gunpowder Conspirators were a group of Catholics who sought to take action against the king. They plotted to blow up the British Houses of Parliament. They planned to do so, when the king and his supporters were in the buildings. Their plot was uncovered on November 5, 1605. Thirty six barrels of gunpowder were found in the basement of Parliament. Guy Fawkes, the leader of the conspiracy, was arrested and tortured until he confessed. He was arrested just as he was about to ignite the gunpowder

November 5 Guy Fawkes Day - ehem, we just talked about him above.

November 6 Book Lovers Day - curl up with an amazing book, new or old. enjoy!

November 6 Marooned without a Compass Day - Just pretend, that for one day, you have no direction and you are forced to carry on with no guide. interesting fun will be had by all!

November 6 Saxophone Day - The Saxophone was invented around 1840. It was created by Adophe Sax, a Belgian musical instrument maker. The sax is made of brass. There are four types of saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. The Saxophone is a classical woodwind instrument. It is an essential instrument in jazz bands, symphonic bands, marching bands and more.

November 7 Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day - Chocolate is an amazing vegetable which is made from cocoa beans and Almonds is a super nut that helps to improve your Cholesterol levels. So, bittersweet chocolate with almonds is good for you, period. all is well in Happyland.

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