Origins & Traditions ☃ Yule Logs

Yule was the name of the ancient winter festivals held by the indigenous Germanic people of Northern Europe. In fact on the modern calendar, yuletide lasts for the period between late November and early January. The word “Yule” has several suggested origins, including Old Norse mid-winter festival “jól” and the […]

☦ Russian Orthodox Christmas

Christmas is officially celebrated in Russia on January 7. This date is actually December 25 on the Julian calendar, which the Russian Orthodox Church follows. The Julian calendar currently runs 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar – the standard international calendar in use today – since the day of conversion in […]

♬ My Merry Playlist

Ever since I was a child, my mom would play The Ray Conniff “Merry Christmas” album (among others) throughout the Christmas season. Eventually, when I got older, by mid-November, I would be the one who would to start off the seasonal record-playing. This really starts me off for the season. I’m […]

✡ The Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is an 8-day celebration commemorating the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century B.C.E. during the Maccabean revolt against Greek rulers. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls anytime between late November and late December on the Gregorian […]

❄ Let The Celebrations Begin!

December is here! And that pretty much says “winter” to me! The stores have been decorated since Halloween and my email account is being bombarded with offers, deals, and promises of “Holiday Wishes” if I buy this {fill in random item here} today! This very night on TV, Nintendo was […]

Final Day of NaBloPoMo

Finally, the last day of my blogging commitment is here! Woo-hoo! Blogging target fulfilled! A blog post everyday! Well, other than that one day when the dog ate my homework we had a massive power cut last Sunday, I pretty much submitted a post everyday. Sometimes even more than one on one […]