Feb 012014
 

Will there be six more weeks of winter or an early spring?  Will Punxsy wake up to his shadow?
Groundhog Club for Punxsy Phil Groundhog Day Puxsny
Groundhog punxsutawney phil in a can The origin of Groundhog Day began with the celebration of Candlemas Day in medieval Europe.
Candles were blessed and handed out on a day that was midpoint between the first day of winter and the first day of spring.

In Germany, the hedgehog was chosen for predicting the weather.

When the German settlers arrived in Pennsylvania, they continued this tradition with a groundhog, since hedgehogs weren’t available.  In 1886, The Punxsutawney Spirit printed the first official observance in its newspaper.

We’ve celebrated Punxsutawney Phil’s debut on Groundhog Day ever since.

This tradition isn’t totally goofy, since animals are sensitive to the thawing of soil and other signs of spring.

If you’re not crazy about a cuddling a rodent on this special day, the “groundhog in a can” souvenir is available at this Punxsutawney website.

 

This is a recipe that allows you to play with your food.
The tootsie roll groundhogs pop up from the cookies with the help of your pinky finger.groundhog cookies recipe
The kids will love biting off the heads of their groundhog/dogs with this meal theme. Hotdog Groundhogs

The hot dog groundhogs can be placed inside cornbread muffins, a snowy mound of mashed potatoes or baked biscuits.

 

What fun ways do you celebrate this day?

There are lots more fun recipes at this website:http://www.sheknows.com
Enjoy many other great trips on the Photo Mondays link

Jan 032014
 

Did your kids get everything they wished for this Christmas?  This true story will tug at your heart and is a must read to share with your children.
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Colonel Halverson was one of the pilots airlifting food to war torn, Soviet-blockaded Berlin, Germany after World War II had ended.  On a snowy Christmas eve, thirty children were more concerned about freedom than food or gifts.

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They had little to eat, yet they didn’t ask or beg him for anything.  Still being Christmas Eve, he dug into his pockets and only found two sticks of gum.  He broke the gum into four pieces and passed it through the fence.  One by one, each small nose was pressed to the paper, breathing in the minty smell.  An idea formed in his mind.

  Christmas From Heaven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From what began as 2 sticks of gum, grew to dropping over 23 tons of donated candy.  His father always said “From little things come big things.”

As Colonel Halverson explained, you wouldn’t want to be hit by a piece of candy dropped from a plane, so he devised parachutes out of handkerchiefs.  “The Candy Bomber” is now a spry 93 years old and still fits into his World War II uniform. His recent interview with Nicea on Good Things Utah, Channel 4 television is very inspiring. 

What’s your favorite children’s book?

See more pictures at the Someone in Mind blog and how much her children love the Christmas from Heaven book.

Dec 282013
 

Yule logs, candles and anything else made with fire created cheerful warmth for families during their holiday season for centuries.early electric tree Christmas Lights at the ZooChristmas zoo lights
The tradition of placing small candles on trees began in the 19th century in Germany.  They were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins.

Around 1902, small lanterns and glass balls held the candles.

Trees were brought into homes right before Christmas and candles were lit for only a few minutes each night.  Buckets of water and sand stood nearby in case the tree caught fire.

One of Thomas Edison’s inventors created the first string of electric lights in 1882.  The red, white and blue bulbs were the size of walnuts and very expensive.

In 1917, after a tragic fire in New York at Christmas time was started by candles, affordable tree lights were invented.

Our family tradition, during the long and dark nights of the Christmas holiday season, is visiting the Hogle Zoo.

While most of the Zoo’s animals are sleeping, we ooh and ah at all the millions of lights that decorate bridges, trees and pathways.

Hot chocolate kept our grandchildren warm, while watching polar bears and seals play in the pools.

What holiday lighting displays are you enjoying in your area of the world?

 

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