Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas

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    I was blessed to grow up in Risingsun, Ohio next door to my Grandma and Grandpa Hoover on their farm that embraced where we lived, surrounding us with its loving arms on both sides (until the age of 11) and behind, with our woods over yonder a bit, that I loved to walk through as a boy, always looking for my “brother” hawk, circling overhead, to greet me.

    Anyway, besides my parents, Grandma and Grandpa Hoover always made sure we had a rich Christmas celebration, in every sense of the word. We always went to their house, next door (an orchard field in between us), on Christmas eve and to my Grandma King’s in Fostoria on Christmas Day.

    Grandma Vivian Hoover always made sure we had plenty of wonderful homecooked food and baked goods of every kind and different types of fudge and peanut brittle (my sister Sue and Grandpa liked it), and that we each had ten presents to open. She bought year round from mail-order catalogs and hid them upstairs somewhere. She also preferred the blue Christmas lights, like the candles in the windows, and always had us bring down the box with her artificial tree (because she was allergic to the real thing) and the horse sleigh bells to put around the front door and candy canes for the tree…

    As kids, my sisters and I, we always wanted to open up our presents right away, but Grandma would leave that decision to dad to decide if we ate first or not. We ate first (which is undoubtedly wise).

    So I know the warm and lovely cherished Christmas memories many have, having experienced them, but once I learned that such holidays are actually pagan in origin, unclean observances that the Great Creator God of the Bible forbids His children, and that God wants us to enjoy family and friends and wonderful memories keeping His biblical festivals that are kosher, I promptly stopped keeping Christmas and started keeping God’s holy days with His blessing. Now I try and help expose Christmas is an abomination to others who might have never known otherwise!

    I hope and pray for America, and our Israelites peoples everywhere who have been Gentilized in too many ways, to remember our Hebrew roots (identified at the website of Brit Am Israel) and biblical responsibilities and draw closer to our God and increasingly further away from those ways and days He strongly disapproves of since God loves us.



    Source by David Ben-Ariel

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    Colored Multifunctional Pencil Case,Cartoon Face Icon Set Big Pencil Bag Stationery Bag Makeup Brush Bag Passport Bag Hand Book Bag, for School/Office/Travel (5.5×9 inch)

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    History of Valentine’s Day Celebration

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    Every year, February 14 is celebrated as the day of love and romance in the memory of St. Valentine. On this day, we share and express our emotions by giving especially chosen gifts, greetings and flowers. The feeling of Valentine’s Day fills us with unexpected joy and warmth. But do you know how, why and when it was started. Let explore the history of Valentine’s Day to make it even more special and meaningful.

    According to Catholic Church, there were three saints named Valentine who were martyred in the name of divine love.

    Saint who perform secret marriages:

    When Emperor Claudius II restricted marriages of young men because he believed single men perform better in military then those with wives and families, a saint named Valentine stood against this. He defied the outrageous law and continued performing secret marriages for young couples. When the secret was opened, he was imprisoned and killed.

    First Valentine Greeting:

    Another legend states that Roman emperors even after three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ were forcing people to worship Roman gods. When a Christian priest named Valentine keep on practicing Christianity, he was put in prison. There he did a miracle by giving sight to the blind daughter of the jailer. For following Christianity and doing the miracle, he was executed on February 14. The day before his death, he sent a farewell letter to the girl, signing it ‘From Your Valentine’. It was the first valentine greeting, which set a tradition of sending greetings, love quotes and poems to the loved ones. Today, in America, more than 1 billion cards are sent every year on Valentine’s Day.

    Why February?

    It was believed that St. Valentine was executed on February 14. To remember him and his teachings of love, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on this date. Another story states that Roman people celebrate the harvest festival of Lupercalia, which was celebrated on February 15. The festival was dedicated to Roman god of fertility and the founders of Roman Empire. Celebrating Valentine’s Day on February 14 was the Christian effort of ‘Christianizing’ the pagan feast.

    In the Middle Age, it was considered that the birds start mating from 14th February. So it was anyways related with love and romance.

    Gifts

    People not just use greetings but also acquire numerous gifts to express their emotions. While flowers, candies, chocolates, plush gifts and gift baskets are the regular gifts, many people even choose fine yellow gold sapphire rings, gemstone earrings, watches, holiday packages and many lavish presents to make it a treasured event of the year.

    People also considered it as an auspicious day for engagement and wedding. Gradually, proposing on Valentine’s Day is becoming a trend. Like Christmas and New Year, it is another significant day to create milestone moments.



    Source by Jennifer Citrine

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    Natural Bug Repellents

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    As a devout camper and real nature lover I don’t want to be constantly in fear of ticks or other bites which can transmit diseases like the West Nile virus. We all just want to enjoy late-summer and fall outdoor gatherings, camping, hiking, and hunting without biting bugs.

    At the time when I was done with those annoying insects that ruined my every year’s holidays I tried all kinds of methods how to get rid of bug bites. Since then I discovered a bunch of effective natural ways and a few storage bought repellents that really worked out for me and which at the end saved my vacations. If you’re at your wits end with this nuisance pest, take a few minutes to read these tips for getting rid of bug bites.

    Natural bug repellents:

    Homemade bug repellents are very effective and can be made inexpensively and naturally at home. I have been using these self-made alternatives constantly for many years and I have tested them in lots of different countries. Below are the few natural repellents that I found worked best for me:

    1) Essential oil

    You will need 10 to 25 drops of essential oil, witch hazel and distilled or boiled water.

    1) Fill a jar ½ full with distilled or boiled water

    2) Add few drops of witch hazel oil

    3) Add 10-25 drops of essential oil of your choice (the more oil you use the stronger the spray will be). I prefer rosemary oil, lavender oil, citronella, clove and peppermint oil. It works efficient and also smells good!

    4) After that, you will need to add one tablespoon of aloe Vera and two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Blend the ingredients and pour the mixture into an open glass.

    5) Apply a few drops of the content to your pulse points to deter insects when outdoors. Reapply as needed.

    This preparation is suitable for adults and it is advisable to be aware of the contra-indications for each essential oil. It worked very efficient for me against ticks, mosquitos and biting flies.

    2) Fresh or dried herbs

    Again you will need distilled or boiled water, witch hazel and herbs (lavender, citronella, clove, peppermint, lemon-grass)

    1) Fill a jar with distilled or boiled water

    2) Add 3-5 TBSP of fresh or dried herbs in any combination. I usually use lavender, citronella and some mint herb.

    3) Stir the mixture well, cover it and let it cool

    4) Add 5 TBSP of witch hazel oil

    5) Remove the herbs and apply the mixture on your skin as needed.

    It is working very efficient and it is also refreshing for your skin. It has a very delicious smell! It used to worked on ticks and mosquitoes for me.

    3) Vinegar

    The vinegar mixture is a super strong and effective bug repellent. It works incredibly well though, and this is the one I use when I’m going to be camping in the woods or in tick infested areas.

    You will need apple cider vinegar, 5 TBSP each of rosemary, lavender, thyme and mint and a glass jar with airtight lid.

    1) Put the vinegar and the dried herbs in a glass jar with airtight lid

    2) Mix or shake the mixture every day for at least 2-weeks

    3) Remove the herbs and store the mixture preferably in fridge

    4) Before using it dilute it by half with water

    5) Use it only if you need radical bug control.

    Warning: This mixture has a strong smell when it is wet but it is making wonders. After being applied it loses the strong odor. It worked out for me on any insects!

    Store bought repellents

    If you don’t have the proper resources for homemade repellents or if you prefer to buy bug repellent in the store, then you should make sure that you get one of the most effective ones. Below are my favorite repellents that I tried on different camping trips around the world:

    3M Ultrathon

    This type of repellent is recommended by many experts. It is especially good for repelling insects in very wet and wooded areas. It is also very effective for long-term use and has been shown to repel insects for up to 12 hours. One of the reasons that 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent is so effective is because it contains DEET. DEET is a type of yellow oil that is found in most of the store-brought bug repellents. Some people claim that the asset is dangerous and that it would cause skin damages and rashes. Since I am not an expert in this field I just want to share my experience with this product. Ultrathon was working very good in wet and moist conditions in Indonesia and Taiwan. It didn’t smell so bad as other products and I just apply it twice a day( in the morning and before going to bet). I haven’t got bitten once!

    Bite Blocker Organic Extreme

    As an good alternative to 3M Ultrathon which don’t contains DEET I was totally impressed of Bite Blocker Extreme. I was using it during my camping holidays and I didn’t get any mosquito or tick bites (mostly in the woods and by the sea). This repellent is not only very effective, but it is safe because it only contains plant-based ingredients. It can repel insects for up to 3.5 hours. You will have to reapply the spray frequently. To my taste it smells a little bit.

    How to Apply Insect Repellent:

    Insect repellent is any type of substance that is designed to repel insects. All you have to do is apply it directly to the exposed skin and clothing. Avoid putting any repellent on cuts or skin abrasions. You should make sure that you wash the skin as soon as you come back indoors. All the same, if you haven’t already used essential oil products on your skin, do a skin patch test before using and it is recommended to talk to your health care professional before using it as a bug repellent.

    Safety Concerns!

    Pregnant women can use repellent because there has been no evidence to suggest that it can harm the mother or baby. The safest types of repellent for pregnant women to use are the natural ones and the repellents that contain DEET. Children can use insect repellent, but parents should avoid putting it on a child’s hands because children often put their hands in their mouth. The repellent should also not be used around the mouth or the hands.



    Source by Stefan Grasic

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    Womens Witchcraft Witch Salem Slut Sexy Witchy PopSockets PopGrip: Swappable Grip for Phones & Tablets

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    History of Gift Baskets

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    Although we might think of gift baskets as a modern way to give gifts, gift baskets have actually a rather long legacy. Spanning years and cultures, there are several fascinating stories of gift baskets that have been given throughout history.

    Likely one of the earliest accounts of a gift coming in a basket is the basket of young plants that the pagan goddess Eostre carried in a basket, to be used as a sacred offering. Although some scholars argue the place of Eostre in Easter history, nevertheless this is the likely source of the idea of what came to be the modern-day Easter gift basket.

    Another early gift basket story that had sacred connotations is the Old Testament story of Moses’ mother placing the infant Moses into a wicker basket. She then hid the basket in the reeds on the river’s edge so that the daughter of the Egyptian royal family would find him and eventually take Moses into her custody and protection.

    Baskets have been used not only for gift basket purposes but also for utilitarian reasons for centuries. They were used to carry eggs into the house from the chicken coop, or baskets called trugs were needed to harvest vegetables from the kitchen garden and get them into the home to prepare for meals. Baskets were used as a kind of large saddle bag on horses, donkeys and mules to carry supplies, and even people on occasion.

    Most baskets, including your next gift basket, even today are made by hand. Even with the advent of the Industrial Age, basket making is almost impossible to do using machinery, and instead requires the same hand-crafting that has been used throughout time. Some cultures have turned basket making into an art form. Today you will find many Native American groups who craft special baskets that are used to gather wild huckleberries in the late spring and early summer. Many Native American tribes are famous for their basket-making artistry.

    The care taken with making anything by hand lends a level of special attention to detail that makes gift baskets so lovely to give and receive. Every item that goes into personalized gift baskets can be selected to meet the specific desires of the recipient. As well, the basket can be finished with the favorite colors of your special someone in terms of wrap, ribbon and bows used.

    Gifts in baskets can also be focused around a particular theme, such as a baby gift basket or holiday gift baskets. You can include gift items particular to any event you wish to celebrate, including anniversaries and weddings. Even corporations bestow these baskets to employees or clients, so that they will be remembered in a positive way.



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    How Has Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ Influenced Our Modern View Of Christmas?

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    Today, Christmas is one of the most anticipated holidays in the entire year, and people all over the world look forward to it with excitement and joy. However, it wasn’t always this way, and there’s just a chance that we have Charles Dickens, one of our best authors, to thank for the Christmases we celebrate today.

    In Victorian times, Christmas wasn’t celebrated in any way we would recognise today. As the website charlesdickenspage.com explains, ‘at the beginning of the Victorian period the celebration of Christmas was in decline. The medieval Christmas traditions, which combined the celebration of the birth of Christ with the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia (a pagan celebration for the Roman god of agriculture), and the Germanic winter festival of Yule, had come under intense scrutiny by the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell’.

    Not only this, but the Industrial Revolution also meant that the workers running the factories in which English history was being made were being worked to the bone. Living standards were slow to improve at the start of the Industrial Revolution, meaning that working class families had little to live on, and so times were understandably tough. To find out more about this interesting topic, consider reading Clark Nardinelli’s in depth research into the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the standard of living, which can be found at the Library of Economics and Liberty.

    Essentially, at the time of Charles Dickens’ novel ‘A Christmas Carol’, Christmas was just starting to become popularised again, and the book gave the final shove that was needed to get Christmas back for good.

    As explained by Historic UK: ‘The wealth and technologies generated by the industrial revolution of the Victorian era changed the face of Christmas forever. Sentimental do-gooders like Charles Dickens wrote books like “Christmas Carol”, published in 1843, which actually encouraged rich Victorians to redistribute their wealth by giving money and gifts to the poor – Humbug! These radical middle class ideals eventually spread to the not-quite-so-poor as well.’

    The themes in Charles Dickens’ novel did a lot to change the face of Christmas as well, and one thing it certainly did was to make Christmas a time for children. Though Santa Claus didn’t exist as an idea in England yet, Victorians did believe that Christmas celebrations ought to be very child-centric. Victorian Web explains that Dickens’ ‘interest in Christmas as a time for children is clearly evinced by the fact that the first of Scrooge’s journeys in A Christmas Carol is a re-visitation of winter holidays from his own childhood’.

    The BBC possibly sums up Charles Dickens’ effect on today’s Christmas the best though, saying that ‘while Charles Dickens did not invent the Victorian Christmas, his book A Christmas Carol is credited with helping to popularise and spread the traditions of the festival. Its themes of family, charity, goodwill, peace and happiness encapsulate the spirit of the Victorian Christmas, and are very much a part of the Christmas we celebrate today’.



    Source by Christina B Jones

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