Posts Tagged Holidays

Happy Mother’s Day To You!

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Christmas Food & Family Traditions

The sense of smell is a strong catalyst for remembering moments from the past. Fond memories of Thanksgiving at your grandparents can be conjured up by the smell of an apple pie or the aroma of hot chocolate can bring back memories of a week in the mountains with family and friends.

For me there is a smell in the outdoor air that has a “it’s gonna snow” smell to it. You might know what I mean and you might not, but when I smell that, whether or not it is supposed to snow, has me remembering all the Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners I had as a child. These are the times when all the additional sections of the dining room table have been added and the card tables have been pulled out so the kids have a place to sit and eat. When even though family members were packing the house and bringing whatever their assigned dish was, the overpowering smell was the cinnamon from the still baking apple pies. I was blessed with a wonderful family. From my nuclear family to the extended family as well as my new found blogging family. Our get-togethers have never been the kind of fiasco you’ve seen in movies. Thank God! Although, it might have been fun to have an Aunt Bethany say grace like in Christmas Vacation!

What food conjures up images and memories of Christmas past for you?

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Giving Thanks…

I was very surprised to find out that Thanksgiving is not just a North American holiday. Food is a very important part of life so it stands to reason that when other nations choose to set aside a day for being thankful, food is at the center of the day.

I am very thankful for so many things that I could not begin to name all of them, so alas, I will take the easy way out and name none (wiping the smirk off my face)! Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with family and friends, watch football, eat to your heart’s content and help clean up the dishes for your mom.

I found this information on About.com and Yahoo! Answers.

Ancient Chinese
Chung Ch’ui, was celebrated during harvest time.

Ancient Greeks
Celebrated during autumn, a festival to honor the goddess of corn and grains, Demeter.

Ancient Romans
Celebrated during autumn, to honor the goddess of corn, Ceres.

Brazil
Dia Nacional de Acao de Gracas, 4th Thursday of November.

Japan
Labor Thanksgiving Day, is on November 23.

British Isles
Lammas Day is a harvest festival.

Canada
Thanksgiving Day or Fete de Grace, or Harvest home Festival, is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Israel
Sukkot, the 5th day after Yom Kippur.

Liberia
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the first Thursday in November.

Mexico
Independence Day, is celebrated on September 16th.

Germany
Erntedankfest, is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.

Switzerland
The Federal Day of Thanks, Penance, and Prayer, 3rd Sunday in September.

Korea
Chusok, is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the traditional Korean calendar.

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