New Year’s Eve and the beginning of a new year are certainly causes for celebration. Many people have traditional ways of saying farewell to the old and ringing in the new. Here are a few ways to celebrate at home and have a great time with your family and friends.
The holiday season is here—the perfect time of year to be thankful for all that we have and pass our good fortune along to others. Lending a helping hand can start in your own home; from donating much-needed clothing to filling a local food pantry, every effort will benefit an individual or family in your community. Here are five simple ways to spread joy this month.
This time of the year is often called “the season of giving.” It’s a great time to give not only thoughtful gifts to family and friends but also to give a needy animal the gift of a loving home. If you’re ready to bring an animal into your home, see our tips below to make the process as easy as possible.
Black Friday is approaching (cue the theme from Jaws). If you plan to brave the crowds, it’s not too soon to plot out a strategy for finding the best deals! With a little planning, you’ll be sure to successfully navigate the chaos and make the most of this traditional kickoff to holiday shopping. Here are some great tips.
Thanksgiving is a hard-to-beat holiday. It’s all about families, fellowship, food, and fun. Oh, and football, of course! Just thinking about the traditional dinner can conjure memories of wonderful aromas and pies almost too pretty to eat. While every family has its own favorite dishes, it’s all about gathering together with loved ones. This might be your immediate family or extended family, or a group of special friends as close as family. While this special day is centered on togetherness and thankfulness, the focus is also on the food!
As September comes to a close, we also move a month closer to the winter holidays and the season for giving. Holiday giving doesn’t have to cost you a bundle. If you start now, you can learn to crochet a variety of beautiful items for gift giving—anything from baby blankets and afghans to stylish ponchos, shrugs, berets, hats, and scarves—pretty much something for everyone on your list this holiday season. Read on for some of the basics, as well as tips about sites where you can get more details on patterns and directions for advanced stitching.
The month of March is host to one of the most festive days of the year. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. For Christians of many denominations, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the story of how he brought Christianity to Ireland. However, it gradually became a more secular celebration of all things Irish all over the world. Every year on March 17th, celebrations abound from Ireland to the United States, Argentina, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, and even Japan and South Korea. What are some of the most long-standing Saint Patrick’s Day traditions, and how did they come to be? Read on to find out.
Valentine’s Day is the second-most celebrated holiday worldwide, taking the number 2 spot after New Year’s Day. Originally, it was a feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, who was rumored to have been a martyr for love. Nearly a thousand years later in the 19th century, this day become popular for exchanging handwritten notes between loved ones. From there, it developed into the commercialized Hallmark holiday we know (and love?) today. Last year, Americans spent about $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day, making it the second-highest grossing holiday—Christmas takes the top spot. Who is spending all that money, and what are they buying? Let’s take a look.