December 2016 Original Standard Holiday Box Review – Tiffany Marascio Planners4Kids

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A huge TY @tiffanymarascio and @planners4kids for the awesome review! #Repost @planners4kids ・・・ It was so fun to open up my @unboxbizarre box today on Facebook! I found this little gem here on Instagram and I just love how this box makes the days special by highlighting the interesting national holidays, going in depth on the history of each one, and even suggesting fun things to do for each one! It makes for great activities to share with my kiddos. Some of the holidays I knew about from my research into national fun holidays to put into my planners for kids. So check out the video! Link in bio. Also I'm wearing my fav necklace from @theartwerks – go check out her fabulous colorful art!

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December 2016 Original Standard Holiday Box

 

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December Make Up Your Mind Day

You’ve just spent a year doing whatever it is that you do. Are you happy? Are you doing what you want to do? Is your relationship where you want it to be? Are there still choices you can make? Of course there are, you just need to decide to make them.

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If your job is not the job you want, then change it. If you aren’t happy doing what you are doing you will be doing yourself, and probably your employer a great service by changing. No one succeeds doing things they don’t like doing. If you find your calling it won’t even seem like work, it will be more a joy. Yes money is important, but as the old saying goes… it’s also the root of all evil. It doesn’t mean you or your family have to suffer, it means make a plan to get yourself into something that is worth while to you. Pick out something attainable and then work your way towards it.

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If your relationship is not where you want it to be, work on it to make it right. Sometimes the littlest of changes will take it where you want it to go. People normally treat others the way they want to be treated. By example, if they offer you a back rub read it that they would like the same in return. People rarely choose for others what they would not choose for themselves. Seeing things for what they are can be more important than standing your ground because you think you are right. Is it more important to you to win a battle and lose a war?

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They say change is always for the better. I’m not sure I buy that one, perhaps it would be better said slight change is always for the better. That often means changing yourself, not trying to change others. Change the way you look at things, the way you accomplish getting to the end, ask yourself how others see something before you take the final look yourself. If major change is required, then do it but make sure you know what you are giving up in order to gain what you hope to change.

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The key to everything is being decisive. Don’t commit 50% to anything unless you are only looking to get 50% back. It means that you are equally okay with failing as you are with succeeding. And never look back, you can’t change the past, living in the past does nothing for you or anyone around you. There are many things in life I wish would have worked out different but they all led me to where I am now and that is a reality I have to deal with, so do you. It is far better to take one step forward instead of looking over you shoulder at what is behind you.

How to celebrate – With the New Year just around the corner, make a list of things you want to accomplish in the new year and accomplish them one step at a time. Learn to do something new. Whether it is dancing, drawing or writing it doesn’t matter, show yourself you are till capable of doing things you never thought you could. Make new friends. Don;t forget the old ones but expand your horizon as you look to make things better for yourself, and those around you.

December 30th Bacon Day

If you love meat, you love bacon! Of course it is really bad for you but who can resist it, provided you are not a vegetarian. It comes on sandwiches, ice cream, candy and just about anything you can think of. What was once a breakfast meat has become an any time treat!

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Bacon was known to be in use during the days of the Roman Empire. It was called ‘Petaso’ but was probably only available to the wealthy. For years, no one in the world would eat pork because they thought it was unhealthy. Well it was, but not for the reasons they thought. No one knew how to prepare it and botulism ran amuck. By the Middle Ages though, bacon had become a normal part of the meal, still probably more for the wealthy than the peasant but it’s use began to grow. The English called it “Bacoun”.

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In France they call it “Bako”, Germany “Bakko” and in old Teutonic it was known as “Backe”. Whatever they call it you will know by the scent that it’s cooking. I even know a lot of people who love the smell even though they are vegan.

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It has become such a part of our everyday now that we expect it to be available for anything, any time we choose. Breakfast, lunch, dinner even as a snack. We put bacon on pizza, spaghetti and even apples.

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And why not. It goes with just about anything!

How to celebrate – Make bacon for every meal today. Invent your own bacon dish. Try bacon on something you’ve never tried it with before.

December 29th Tick Tock Day

Every year we regret the things we should have done, or could have done, but never seem to get around to. Well, you have 2 days left in the year, a chance to finish something you meant to do.

Doesn’t really matter what it is, maybe something as simple as sewing buttons on shirts that are missing them. You’ll feel a lot better about yourself and actually get something done that needs to be done at the same time.

Or maybe it’s a little more complicated like painting the house. You can still get it done though you might need a little help. In this case not only will you feel better but your neighbors will as well as you accomplish something before year’s end and make the entire neighborhood look better while doing it!

Maybe you’d like to learn to dance. It will take you more than 2 days but getting started is more than half the battle! You might even find you enjoy doing something you never knew how to do before.

And then there’s always giving the dog a bath. This is more often than not a difficult thing to do, but think how much better both of you will feel. Your dog will eventually get over it, and if they are like most dogs, they will enjoy even more the ability to get dirty all over again.

How to celebrate – Find something you wanted to accomplish before 2017 gets here. Make sure it’s something realistic you can get done though – nothing like rule the world of fly to the moon. Help someone else accomplish something on their bucket list for the year. Take before and after pictures so you’ll have something to remember your accomplishment by.

December 28th Pledge of Allegiance Day

December 28th is the Pledge of Allegiance Day for the United States. It’s designed to demonstrate our commitment to our country like saluting the flag. No, it doesn’t seem all that popular anymore and it seems some people constantly complain about our country, but most Americans still have Pride for America.

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It is believed that the pledge was written by Francis Bellamy for the Youth Companion sometime in 1892.  Adjustments were made to it in 1923 on National Flag Day and again in 1924. The changes were minor.

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Surprisingly, at least to me, it was not adopted until December 28th, 1945. I had always assumed it was much older than that! The term, Under God, was added in 1954 on June 14th. Now of course many are trying to get that removed. Others are trying to get the entire pledge removed.

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Maybe it should be voluntary. Maybe it can show us who loves this country and who doesn’t. I frankly don’t know why anyone who doesn’t love this country would even want to stay here. I mean, the only way to know you don’t love something is to find something you do love. So if it’s such a bad place, go where ever you think the world is better….By no means is it perfect. Our kids aren’t perfect, our mate isn’t perfect, we aren’t perfect… so to expect a country to be perfect is a little beyond reason. And if you so chose to leave God out of it, that’s fine, you havevthat right. Remember, you live in America where our country gives you the freedom to think what you want, you can even say what you want, but you can’t make me believe it just because you said it.

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So celebrate it by saying the pledge, or any portion of it you deem acceptable. Respect it for what it stands for, not what might be in practice in your part of the country, and take a little pride in being an American. I do not see how any of that is going to spoil your day.

December 27th National Fruitcake Day

There are so many wonderful traditions involved with Christmas. The Christmas Tree, Decorations, Presents… the Fruitcake. Okay, well maybe not the fruitcake but it can be really good if you soak it for a few years in brandy! Some choose to use wine! I’ve even had a piece with white lightning that took me a couple of years to recover from.

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The fruitcake has been around since the days of the Roman Empire. I believe a few of the originals still exist! Back then, they used pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins blended into a barley mix. I’m not sure how popular it was but it lasted longer than the Empire did!

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It carried over into the the Middle Ages (perhaps as shields at times for the Knights), but they added fruit, honey and various spices. The fruit had been preserved so that it could be used months after the season had ended.

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As sugar became more available in Europe from the American colonies, the fruit cake became more popular during the 16th century. The recipes began to stabilize and by 1913 the fruit cake became a mail order item. It was a good gift because it could be sent in July and received in December and still be considered fresh! In 1935 the phrase “Nutty as a fruitcake” came into use as companies loaded up the fruitcake with cheap nuts. It wasn’t really any better but it was nutty! Apparently even then people who liked fruitcake were considered a little odd.

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And now we have even turned them into cookies. Wow, I wonder if they last a really, really long time too!?! Well, fruitcake can be good… maybe not a lot of it in one sitting. I know one family who passed around a fruitcake for nearly 10 years, each recipient adding a little more whiskey to it each year until they finally ate it (they ran out of family members to pass it on to). No one remembers how that night ended but they do remember finishing the cake to the very last drop!

How to celebrate – Make your own fruitcake, maybe using the recipe provided. Most fruitcakes are not served with alcohol… find out why? Start your own tradition of handing down the fruitcake to the next generation.

December 24th Christmas Eve

Today, or rather tonight, is Christmas Eve. For the Christian world it’s the night before Jesus was born, for the children it’s the night Santa travels around the world to deliver gifts to all the good girls and boys. In a world too often filled with hate it is the one night we should all take the time to be truly thankful for what we have. It doesn’t matter what religion you are you can find some reason to celebrate. (We really should do that every day anyway.)

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This is the day Jesus was born. (Well not really but it is the day we recognize that he was born.) Whether you believe he was the Son of God, a profit or just a guy born is your choice. No one has the right to choose who, or what, anyone else believes in. I happen to believe in Jesus and yes, I believe everyone should, but if you do not that is your choice So to me, Christmas Eve is an important date.

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If you believe it is the night Santa Claus travels to the homes of children and gives them gifts for being good,so be it. Santa Claus if based on a Saint, Saint Nicholas who did deliver toys and gifts to children in his area (Greece). So just as with Jesus, there is some truth to the matter. Time may have expanded what he did, we may have blown it out of proportion but who did it hurt? It gave children something to believe in and I don;t really know when that was ever a bad thing.

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So whether you wait for Christmas Day by a fireplace in your home (If you have one) for Santa to come down the chimney and bring you something good…

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…or wait by the manger for Jesus to be born… or if your thing is just sitting in a dark room and sulking, it’s your choice. It is not a day to rain on anyone’s parade except your own if you so choose. If you can not be tolerant of my faith, then why should I be tolerant of yours? Jesus taught peace and what’s wrong with that no matter what faith you have or even if you have no faith at all.

So Good Night, Laila Tov or Laylat Saiidat. Have a good evening and Merry Christmas to all.

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