December 2010

December 1, 2010 in 2010 by Mary Ireland

December: In this Issue

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days; so each month she will share a few ideas that she thinks are interesting.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies. Read more…

Special Days and Monthly Celebrations

Grandma really enjoys celebrations and special days.

December Happenings

The holiday season is a magical time of the year — a time when we decorate, celebrate and give of ourselves. The day after Thanksgiving many people have the tradition of preparing for the upcoming holiday season by putting up festive lighting and/or decorating a tree. My family has a much less ambitious Thanksgiving tradition – we dust off the Nat King Cole Christmas Album and listen to for the first of the many times we will listen to it over the next month. The songs and music evoke feelings of peace and goodwill as few other things can.

St. Nicholas Day – December 6th
Nicholas was a 4th century Bishop, who used his inheritance to help those who were needy, sick and suffering. One story tells of a poor man with three daughters and no money for their dowries. Without a dowry to attract a husband, a woman was likely to be sold into slavery. The legend has it that at just the right time for each daughter, a bag of gold appeared providing the needed dowry. The bags of gold were tossed through an open window, landing in stockings or shoes left before the fire — thus giving us the tradition of placing stockings on the mantle.

Hanukkah – December 1st to 9th
Hanukkah is also called the “Festival of Lights,” referring to the miracle in the Jewish tradition of the menorah flame staying lit for eight days when there was only enough oil to burn the menorah one day. Hanukkah festivities include games, gifts, eating traditional foods and lighting a new candle on the menorah each night.

Ashura, December 16th

Ashura is an Islamic holy day observed on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram. Shi’ite Muslims regard it as a major festival marking the martydom of the Prophet’s grandson, Hussein.

Christmas Day – December 25th

The Christmas holiday is centered around a sacred religious occasion – the birth of Christ. Customs celebrating the birth of Christ include attending church services and singing hymns. Other activities include exchanging gifts, sharing meals with family and friends and getting gifts from Santa.
In any and all ways that you choose to celebrate this time of the year, may you find the Joy of the Season.

Universal Hour of Peace Day / World Peace Meditation Day / New Year’s Eve – December 31st

With the shortest day of the year behind us, we’re saying farewell to 2010 and looking forward to good things in 2011. The good things may seem even better if we end the old year with peace in our hearts and the goal of world peace as possible in 2011.

Good Health Can Be Yummy

Recipes and thoughts on making food taste good and build healthy bodies.

Did you miss any of these articles? These were some of the most popular blog posts and the most fun to write:

  • One More Reason to Make the Whole Grain Switch — this November 19th blog Dr. Grandma shares, yet another benefit for replacing refined grains with whole grains. In addition, she shares a new recipe for Flavorful Caramelized Onions, Lentils and Wheat Berries.
  • Watching out for the Flim Flam Vitamin Salesman — in this November 17th post Dr. Grandma discusses how we got into the supplement mindset and what is leading us away from it.
  • Brown Bagging It — in the November 12th post, Mary Ireland talks about the advantages of taking your lunch to work or school and enhances The Best Corn Bread Ever recipe.
  • Wishful Thinking in Dietary Choices — in this November 5th blog Dr. Grandma discusses some difficulties of eating a healthy diet. In addition, she shares a recipe for Savory Squash and Wheat Berries.
  • Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater — in this November 3rd blog Dr. Grandma reminisces about the growth of uses of pumpkin and shares some pumpkin ideas and cautions.

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