The Wonderful Traditions of New Year’s

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Photo Credit: Jay Haung via CC Flickr

The annual celebration of New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite times of the year. It is during this time that we reminisce about the past year and, at the same time, look ahead, plan, and make resolutions for the future. Millions and millions of people around the world take part in the festivities and revelry as they welcome in the New Year.

As with many of the holidays that we have throughout the year, I always find it very interesting and enjoyable to find some history and fun facts about each day. This holiday is no different. So, I decided to share some interesting facts with you about the celebration of New Year and some other intriguing things…so…here we go.

Interesting Things That Are Dropped New Year’s Eve

Most people from around the world, know that every year, New York City welcomes in the New Year in Times Square, by dropping a big “ball” which gradually descends from the top of a pole to the bottom, where it rests while all kinds of lights blink and shine as the new year begins. It all started in 1907 after there was a fireworks ban. In 1907, the iron and wood ball weighed 700-pounds and was covered with 25-watt bulbs made of iron. Today, it weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is adorned with 2,668 Waterford crystals. Meanwhile, close to a million people in the square, dance, party, hug and kiss, and have a good time at this joyous moment. Around the world, approximately 1 billion people watch world-wide festivities from their televisions or computers.

But are there other things that are dropped in celebration of New Year’s instead of a giant ball? You bet there is!!! Here are some remarkable objects that are “dropped.” So, without further ado, here are some things from around the United States that I think you will find entertaining.

In Brookville, Florida, a giant tangerine was dropped 40 feet in 2009.

In Traverse, Michigan, a cherry is dropped.

In Flagstaff, Arizona, a pine cone is dropped from a hotel.

In Prescott, Arizona, a boot is dropped

In South Lake, California, a gondola is lowered.

In Temecula, California, a bunch of grapes is dropped.

In Niagara Falls, Ontario, a 10 foot guitar is dropped from a specially designed 120-foot scaffold at the Hard Rock Café.

In Easton, Maryland, a red crab is dropped.

In Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a 100-pound stick of bologna is dropped.

In Easton, Pennsylvania, and giant M&M is dropped

In St. George’s, Bermuda, a paper-Mache Bermuda onion covered with Christmas lights is dropped.

In Black Creek, North Carolina, a large red heart drop is lowered.

In Eastover, North Carolina, a three-foot tall, thirty-pound flea is dropped.

In Elmore, Ohio, a sausage is dropped.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, a flying pig is “flown”, not dropped, demonstrating to everyone that there is at least one occasion “when pigs fly.”

In Red Lion, Pennsylvania. A wooden cigar held by a lion, is raised.

In Panama City, Florida, a 800-pound beach ball is lowered from a tower 12 stories high.

In Praire du Chien, Wisconsin, A carp (real but dead) caught by a local fisherman and weighing between 25-30 pounds is lowered.

In Vincennes, Indiana, a giant 18-foot, 500 pound steel and foam watermelon is raised 100 feet during the final 60 second countdown to midnight.

…..and there are many, many others!!!

 

Several Amazing Facts About the New Year Celebration

The Babylonians celebrated New Years over 4,000 years ago.

The New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by.”

If you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are usually eaten to celebrate.

In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.

In some countries, the use of fireworks are used for more than just celebrations…they are also believed to scare off evil spirits and bring good luck

44% of American adults plan to kiss someone at midnight.

61% of people say a prayer.

Over 1 million people line the 40 miles of shoreline of the city of Sydney, Australia.

In Japan, at the stroke of midnight, Buddhist monks strike the gongs 108 times in aneffort to drive out the 108 human weaknesses.

New Year’s Day is the oldest celebrated holiday.

Many people in America, eat Black Eyed Peas, cabbage, and ham on New Year’s Day for good luck.

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Well, I hope that you enjoyed these tidbits and facts. I would like to personally wish each and every one of you the healthiest and happiest New Year!!

And here’s to many, many more! J

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Sources:

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CNN.com

History.com

The Beauty Inside You

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The Holidays are here! Millions upon millions of people rush around looking for gifts to buy, decorate their homes, spend time with their family and friends and enjoy welcoming in the New Year with their loved ones.

Unfortunately, there is a flip side to this time of year…a dark side you might say. The holiday season is also the pinnacle of year in which an untold amount of individuals suffer depression, loneliness, and despair. It is during this point of time that the suicide rate around the world, is at its highest.

It is for this reason that I decided to share this video with you. Watch it to the very end. It is my hope and prayer that it will encourage and uplift you but most importantly, help you to realize that there is a simple beauty inside each one of us!

 

 

If you Need A Smile Today…You Need to Watch This!

Photo Credit: Adina Voici via Pixabay

Photo Credit: Adina Voici via Pixabay

Every once in a while, I come across a video that brings a smile to my face and makes me want to watch it over and over.

We all know that there are special bonds between people and their pets but there seems to be something really beautiful, joyful, and innocent about a toddler and a puppy. What’s makes the video even nicer, is listening to the toddler squeal in delight as his pet plays with him…then gives him a special treat at the end.

If this little video clip doesn’t bring a smile to your face…nothing will!

Today’s video

How Will You Be Remembered?

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn via CC Flickr

When I was growing up, my grandma (aka Grammy) used to live with us. Every once in a while I would see her at the dining room table or sitting in her favorite chair reading the newspaper. I would ask her what she was reading and she would usually give me the silly answer..I am searching the obituaries to see if my name is here.

Of course it wasn’t but it would make me think…how when the day comes and I leave this earth…how would people remember me? How would I WANT people to remember me?

The following short illustration which I found on Great Motivations is a great reminder of the legacy that we will leave behind someday. 


“About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.”

What is your legacy?

How would you like to be remembered?

Will you be spoken well of?

Will you be remembered with love and respect?

Will you be missed?

Remember, take the time each and every day to build and improve your character. How will you be remembered by your family and friends?

The Flag That Doesn’t Fly

Field1Between the fields where the flag is planted, there are 9+ miles of flower fields
that go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies.
It’s a beautiful place, close to Vandenberg AFB.
Check out the dimensions of the flag…
The Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions, as
described in Executive Order #10834.
This Flag is 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars, comprised of White
Larkspur.
Each Star is 24 feet in diameter, each Stripe is 30 feet wide.
This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each, for a total of more than 2 million flowers.
For our soldiers….
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Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen. 

I Dare You NOT To Smile!!

A few days ago, i posted a video called “A Video That Will Make You Smile” and  many, many people enjoyed it. Well, today, I am posting another video made by the same people, Lindsay Stirling and Devin Supertramp…“Children of Africa.”

If you are having a lousy day, don’t feel like smiling, feeling sorry for yourself, or your life just seems rough right now…then this video is for you!! After watching this video of these darling, precious little children that live in poverty and have virtually nothing…you not be able to do anything but smile!!

Life is good…love every moment!

 

Creating A Beautiful Heart

Photo Credit: Igor Menezes via Flickr

Photo Credit: Igor Menezes via Flickr

What kind of heart do you have? I am not talking about your physical heart but your “heart”…in other words, your soul. How do you feel towards other people? Do you love them? Are you filled with bitterness and pride? The following story is a great lesson how we all can create a beautiful heart!

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered around him and admired his heart for it was perfect because there was not a mark or flaw in it. Yes…they all agreed it was truly the most beautiful heart that they have ever seen.

The young man was very proud and boasted louder and louder about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old mad appeared at the front of the crowd and said to the young man, “I have some news for you; your heart is nearly as beautiful as mine.”

The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly but it was full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in but didn’t quite fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places, there were seep gouges where whole pieces were missing.

The people stared – how can he say his heart is more beautiful than the young man’s heart?

The young man looked at the old man’s heart, saw its state and laughed “you must be joking,” he said, “compare your heart with mine and you will see that mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars, tears and holes.”

“Yes,” said the old man, yours is perfect looking but I would never trade my heart with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love. I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them…and often they give me a piece of their heart and give it to me which fits into the empty place in my heart but because the pieces don’t fit exactly, I have some rough edges which I cherish…because they remind me of love that we shared.

These are the empty gouges…giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love that I have for these people too, and I hope that someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting for them. So, now do you see what true beauty is?”

The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out.

He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart then took a piece from his own scarred heart and placed it in the wound of the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.

The young man looked at his heart. It wasn’t perfect anymore but it was more beautiful than ever, since the love from the old man’s heart flowed into his. They embraced and walked away side by side.

There is always a price that we pay when we do anonymous acts of kindness and share our love without any expectation of reward with other people. The joy is found is found in the act GIVING not RECEIVING…THAT is what makes a beautiful heart! So, what kind of heart do you want? A beautiful heart? A Perfect heart? A bitter heart? The choice is yours!