Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Twelfth Night? What's It All About?

If you think that New Year's Eve is really the end of this holiday season you have obviously forgotten about Twelfth Night. Here is your chance to learn about Twelfth Night cake, wassailing the apple trees, Molly dancers, Mummers, grand balls & more!

Take a look at these interesting links about this particular celebration:

Understanding Twelfth Night: The Holiday That Time Forgot
by the Camden County Historical Society

Twelfth Night by The School of the Seasons

& Twelfth Night (Holiday) by Wikipedia


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Too Cute Bookmarks to Download!!!

Are you giving books as presents this holiday season? Then you will want to go to Jinjerup and snag some of these adorable bookmarks to go with them.

All you have to do is download, print on card stock , & cut them out. How easy is that?

Christmas Penguin & Snowmen Bookmarks

(OMG! Only two days til the BIG DAY! Where's a good elf when you need one???)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Non-Fiction Books for the Ten and Up Crowd On Your Shopping List . . .

Here are some great book recommendations from an article in Bookslut by Collen Mondor.
(In case you were wondering: "Bookslut is a monthly web magazine and daily blog dedicated to those who love to read. We provide a constant supply of news, reviews, commentary, insight, and more than occasional opinions.") Find the article here: Nonfiction Books For Curious Readers  Then go explore the rest of the site. You'll be glad you did!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is the first day of winter and also the shortest day of the year (if you live in the northern hemisphere that is).

The good people at National Geographic have put together a  few facts about this annual event. Check it out here: Winter Solstice 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Can You Name All of Santa's Reindeer???

Then Christmas Trivia is the site for you!

All of the quizzes are available online or in printable pdf format. And there are several categories to choose from: General Christmas Trivia, Christmas Tree Trivia, Christmas Music Trivia, & Christmas Movie Trivia. Quizzes are rated by difficulty so there is a little something for everyone to be found here.

So put your Christmas thinking cap on and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Frosty the Snowman....


What's winter without a snowman?

Ever wonder where the snowman comes from? Glad  you asked! It turns out that the snowman does have a history and it just might be one that you weren't expecting. Check out this Smithsonian article by Bob Eckstein (who also wrote a book on the subject called History of the Snowman): Snowman Gone Wild.

We are so glad that Frosty was able to clean up his act which led to the famous song from the 1950's. Get the scoop on the song @ Wikipedia: Frosty the Snowman 

And then take a look at this original vintage Frosty the Snowman video (with lyrics) from 1954:

To finish our "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Snowmen" tour try building one of your own online from the good people at Highlights:
Build A Snowman (Don't forget to print your creation!)

Now we just need a good snow day!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Snowglobe for the Slightly Warped

Hey, Peeps! Check out this flash snowglobe from E-Tractions. It's a great way to get your holiday aggressions out in a safe & amusing way. Enjoy!

E-Tractions Snowglobe

Friday, December 11, 2009

About Snowglobes plus make a Digital one of your own! TGIFF!

Snowglobes are quite in keeping with the season and there is nothing like having your own miniature world  (complete with blizzard) at your fingertips.

Ever wondered about the history of these sometimes lovely, sometimes tacky curios? Check out what Wikipedia has to say about Snow Globes. You may be surprised.

Then go here: Sony Ericsson Snowglobe where you can make your own little wintry world (you can upload your own photo if you'd like to) , add a message, and send it to friends and family!

Get your blizzard on!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Make Your Own Advent Calendar

Here is a nice template and instructions for making an Advent Calendar using your own photos from the good people at Kodak.

Yes, I know the season has started already but there is always next year, right?


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hot Chocolate on a Stick from The Giver's Log blog

The Giver's Log is the place to go for ideas on gift giving, gift wrapping and more!

AmberLee has collected ideas on gifting, wrapping, thoughtful gestures, and gift etiquette from friends, bloggers, and herself.

There are do-it-yourself projects as well as links to nifty things on the Web. She also has gift ideas by category such as teacher, hostess, grandparent, client, farewell, new baby, & teens, to name a few.

Here is one that would be a perfect treat to make for this time of year:

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

'Tis the season for giving.....Go forth & be inspired!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Winterbells for TGIFF!

Winterbells is a fun little game to play on a winter's day.

Click on the snowflake to get started.

You use your mouse to move.
Click the mouse button to jump
& touch the bells to score.
Birds will double your score.

Sounds simple, right? Good Luck!

This game comes from the Orisinal:Morning Sunshine site by Ferry Halim (from Fresno, CA) where you can find many other nicely crafted Adobe Flash games with nice art and ambient music. Orisinal: Morning Sunshine has won several awards. Find out more about it here: Orisinal - Wikipedia

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Get The Skinny on Christmas Foods & Their History . .

 The Food Timeline - Christmas Foods History is the place to go for information on your favorite holiday food traditions, as well as recommended reading, some recipes, & specific topic resources.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

About "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

What would Christmas be like if this wonderful story had never seen the light of day? Go to David Perdue's site and find out how Charles Dickens saved this holiday.

Christmas and Dickens

(While you are there take a look around at all the other fascinating info on this author!)

And then, by the wonder that is the Web, you can go here:                                                  

Looking Over the Shoulder of the Creator of "A Christmas Carol" (by the New York Times)

and actually look at a high resolution (hand written) copy of the only manuscript of the story that Mr. Dickens left behind. How amazing is that?

Wait! There's more!

Last, but not least, is a rather nice electronic edition for your online reading pleasure:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Ok, Peeps, there should be no bah-humbugging around here!