5 Medieval Facts of New Year’s

1.  January 1st was not considered a new year until recently. Most medievals celebrated New Year’s in mid-March, when melting snow followed by sprouting greenery signaled the awakening of new life.

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2.  The first medievals to celebrate the New Year on January 1st were the Romans in 153 B.C. January, as a month, did not even exist until Julius Caesar created a new calendar based on the sun instead of the moon.

In order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, he extended the year to 355 days. It was this new ‘Julian’ calendar that included the months of January and February, and heralded the celebration of the New Year in January.

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Christmas Tree Culture

Love Christmas trees?

How do our Christmas trees differ from those around the world?

From New York to Brazil to France – even a tree in Hong Kong that glows with Swarovski crystals – each culture has its own decorative interpretation of this famous holiday tree.

Have a look at Christmas trees around the world!

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Foreign Eyes Friday

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World Christmas News Roundup 3

1.  North Korea’s state-run Uriminzokkiri website says that lighting the first Christmas tree is a form of psychological warfare and would trigger an “unexpected consequence.”

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It’s no secret that North Korea does not like Christianity. But, as reported in Forbes, it’s hard to fathom anyone would go to war over Christmas trees.

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2.  Christmas shopping the pawn shop instead of the mall?

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Apparently so.

Pawn shops are giving malls a run for the Christmas dollar this season.

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3.  Top 5 Christmas Sports Events this year include skiing, skating, snowflake dancing, and…

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…a surfing, scuba-diving Santa?

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5 Medieval Facts of Christmas

1. Christmas wasn’t the jovial holiday of today.

In medieval times, the celebration of this particular holiday was taken very seriously, for it was a celebration of the birth of Christ. Hours-long masses were attended daily during this holiday – which lasted until the Egyptian winter solstice on January 6th.

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But that didn’t mean there was no fun to be had after mass. Who wouldn’t need to party after praying solemnly day after day for hours on end? Long masses were followed by performances and dances in villages and castles.

In the villages, peasants reveled boisterously with much singing, dancing, food donated by the rich, and fountains of ale arranged by the King.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Song: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Artist: Norah Jones & Willie Nelson

Country: U.S. (Texas)

Genre: Holiday Music

Mood: Country Jazz smooths out holiday music to a fine, soft suede…

 

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World Music Monday

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Zulu Christmas Song

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Song: Zulu Christmas Song

Artist: Siyabonga Cele

Country: So. Africa

Mood: Chills! His voice gives me absolute chills! I want to listen forever, and ever, world without end.

 

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World Music Monday

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Up Above the Northern Lights

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Song: Up Above the Northern Lights

Artist: Mannheim Steamroller

Country: U.S. (Ohio)

Genre: Holiday Music

 

Mood: That after-dinner, stuffed, satiated-feeling, belly-up on the sofa with family all around, everyone’s shirts barely covering protruding bellies, ripped gift paper all over the place ‘cuz too comfy & pooped to clean it up because barely able to keep eyes open with this song lulling you to sleep…

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World Music Monday

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Štědrej Večer Nastal

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SongŠtědrej večer nastal

Another beautifully played versionŠtědrej večer nastal

ArtistKühnův Dětský Sbor

Country: Czech Republic

 

 

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World Music Monday

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Fox News Anchor Tells Kids: No Santa!

This Smackdown goes to the Fox News anchor who, just weeks before Christmas, announced to every child in America that there is no Santa.

Right before Christmas!

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What. Was. She. Thinking??!!

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