Merry Christmas > warm wishes to all

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May the Spirit of Christmas be with you bringing you and your family and loved ones, the gifts of Health, Happiness, Prosperity, Peace, Friendship, Love, Brotherhood to all the people on planet Earth.

Have a Safe and a Merry Christmas!

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 …… and a Happy New Year 2010!

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Letter from the Editor

Posted On January 29, 2008

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Dear Readers,

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008!

For the last 3 months this blog has been sitting idle. There were no updates, no articles, no news. Much to my regret, and due to serious health reasons, this blog has not been updated. I am sorry for not being able to communicate with you during my absence.

Now that I have fully recovered, I am looking forward to keep writing this blog. I am confident of your kind understanding and thank you very much.

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PS > So keep up reading us! Thank you.

NEW > Translation of our articles or pages

Posted On September 27, 2007

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We are pleased to announce that as from today, we are providing you with a NEW feature > to translate our English language articles or whole pages, within seconds, using the FREE service of Automatic Translation provided by Google.

Just go to our LINKS category and use it (right click to open link in a new window or in a new tab).

If any questions, please read Google’s FAQ > http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/faq_translation.html

We trust that you will find it very easy as well as usefull for you to use!

Christmas 2007 Countdown >

Posted On September 23, 2007

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Today is September 23, which is about 13 weeks or 93 days until Christmas.

If you plan ahead, start compiling your shopping, gifts and cards lists, your travel schedule and all those little and sometimes time-consuming details, you will never, never get panic stricken. You will enjoy much more free time with your family and friends and you can also devote more ease time to yourself.

Think about it!

NEW > Main parent categories added

Posted On September 19, 2007

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Dear Readers,

In our effort to improve as well to make this blog easy and friendly to navigate through our many and different categories, we have added NEW main [parent] categories, under which all other sub-categories are listed in alphabetical order.

Our NEW main categories are the following >

  • THE CHRISTMAS PAGES
  • THE CHRISTMAS TRAVEL PAGES
  • THE NEWS PAGES

We trust you will now find this blog a better one. If you have any suggestions or comments for any further improvements you would like to see, we would love to hear from you.

The New Year begins with some resolutions

Posted On January 1, 2007

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January first.  The beginning of a new year.  As far back in history as we can tell, people have celebrated the start of a new year. The people of ancient Egypt began their new year in summer.  That is when the Nile River flooded its banks, bringing water and fertility to the land.

Today, most people celebrate New Year’s Day on January first.  People observe the New Year’s holiday in many different ways.

The ancient Babylonians celebrated by forcing their king to give up his crown and royal clothing.  They made him get down on his knees and admit all the mistakes he had made during the past year.

The idea of admitting mistakes and finishing the business of the old year is found in many cultures at New Year’s. 

So is the idea of making New Year’s resolutions.  A resolution is a promise to change or do something different in the coming year. 

Making New Year’s resolutions is a common American tradition.  Today, popular resolutions might include the promise to lose weight, stop smoking, or be more productive at work.  

Some of our Special English writers and announcers offered New Year’s resolutions of their own.  One person decided to get a new cat to replace a beloved one that recently died.  Another promised to stop telling stories about other people.  And another staff member promised to spend more time with his family.

Other people use New Year’s resolutions to make major changes in their lives.  One such resolution might be to “stop and smell the flowers.”  This means to take time to enjoy simple pleasures instead of always being too busy and in a hurry.

Another resolution might be “don’t sweat the small stuff.”  This means not to worry or get angry about unimportant things.  Another resolution might be to be happy now and to forget about bad things that happened in the past.  Or, to be thankful for the most important things in life, like family and friends. 

Our resolution is to wish all of our readers a happy, healthy and productive New Year! 

The New Year is here > Time for resolutions

Posted On January 1, 2007

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What is the motivation to embark on something new on an ordinary day? Why do something today that you can just as easily do tomorrow?

People need special occasions that force them to remember other people, God or even themselves. Birthdays, anniversaries and festivals are opportunities for celebration.

New Year’s Day is just such a day, which stops the clock and makes one take stock of oneself.

This day has gained its cultural and emotional significance over hundreds of years. The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the God of beginnings.

He was always depicted as having two faces, one at the front of his head and one at the back, for he was simultaneously looking forward to the future and backward at the past.

Over the years, cultures have evolved their own customs to mark the beginning of a new calendar year. The Spanish eat 12 grapes at midnight as representative of the 12 months to come.

The Chinese use cymbals and fireworks to drive away ghosts of the past. Even the American tradition of kissing at the stroke of midnight is derived from masked balls where a kiss purged the evil spirit of the past year inherent in the mask.

New Year’s Day is an acknowledgment of time passing by. The daily grind leaves little scope for deviation from routine, which is what is required for a new resolution.

You may vow to quit smoking every Monday of the year but regularly push it off to next week until your spouse demands it as a birthday present.

You may mean to call your mother every day to enquire after her health but finally do so only on Mother’s Day. Certain days force you to recognise certain people or relationships.

New Year’s Day is a day kept aside for new beginnings, so a resolution made on that day will always hold special meaning.

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