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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/22/11

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THANKSGIVING IN THE BIBLE!





   The Bible is the most sacred text, which associated man to God through love, faith, forgiveness and Thanksgiving. There is a special relevance of Thanksgiving in the Bible. Thanksgiving Day also is the day to express gratitude towards each person who is connected with our lives. The Bible says that each day we should be thankful to feel the love of God. There are several Bible verses for Thanksgiving that open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. Let us know about the Thanksgiving thoughts in the Bible.


Thanksgiving in the Bible


Psalm 106:1- "Praise ye the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever."

   This means that we should thank God everyday and for everything because he is merciful. By giving thanks to Him you will never feel away from God.

Phil. 4:6 - "We tell God our problems, making our requests known to Him with thanksgiving."

   This means though Thanksgiving we can offer our prayers to God who will know what are our problems.

Thessalonians 5:18 - "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God."



   This verse talks about the power of faith and thanksgiving. It says that you must believe in God's will and should trust Him because only He knows what is good for you. Once you will start trusting his will you will give thanks for everything which happens.

Psalms 50:14 - "Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most high"

   According to this Thanksgiving thought in the Bible it is believed that God commands us to be thankful so that we are humble enough to offer our gratitude towards the Almighty who protects us.

Psalms 92:1- "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High"

   In this Thanksgiving Bible verse, thanksgiving is believed to be a good thing and this habit of thanking and praising lord should be inculcated.





Colossians 3:17 - "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

   This verse shows the strength and power that Jesus provides to all the people who believe Him and thus, it is said that whatever we do, we do it though Jesus. So, we should thank him for loving us.

Psalms 140:1 - "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence."

   This beautiful verse from the Psalm tells us about the power of Thanksgiving. It says that if you are thankful to God then he will always be with you. You can feel His presence by giving Thanks.
   Thanksgiving does not only bring us closer to the people but also to God. Share these Thanksgiving thoughts in the Bible with your friends and make you life more beautiful.

FUNNEL CAKES, OH MY!

   This comes from www.pizzazzerie.com .  When I saw this recipe my mouth started to water, thinking of the funnel cake drizzles with heaping mounds of stawberries and whipped cream.  If you make these you'll be the hit at any dessert party! OOOHHH MMMYYY!



Funnel Cake Recipe

A wise person once said, “There are two types of people in this world: people who love fried food and people who won’t admit they love fried food.” I couldn’t agree more and I will openly admit, I love fried food! So, I’ve always loved the idea of making hot funnel cakes for guests at a party, but the thought of hot oil splashing everywhere, making a huge disaster in front of my guests was a little intimidating. Until, I found this great recipe and finally got up the nerve to try it. They are so easy to make and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract {This wasn’t on the original recipe, but I added it and it made them extra delicious!}
2 cups vegetable oil {To fry the batter}

Directions:

1. Heat 2 cups of oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet. Test the temperature by dropping a pinch of flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles right away without smoking, the oil is perfect!

2. Beat egg and milk. In a separate bowl, mix all of the other ingredients and slowly add to the egg mixture, beating until smooth.

3. Using a funnel, drop the batter into the hot oil, working from the center outwards, create a spiral and then a web-like pattern on top of it. {I used a plastic ketchup bottle and cut the tip about halfway down. It worked perfectly! But, you could also pour the batter into a gallon-sized freezer bag and cut the corner off of it.}

4. Sprinkle with powder sugar and serve hot! {Jazz it up and serve with strawberries, hot fudge, chocolate chips, or sprinkles.}

85th ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE 2011!



   America’s favorite holiday tradition returns once more to dazzle and enchant millions nationwide with its signature magic. On Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at 9 a.m., the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® will take to the streets of New York City with a cornucopia of whimsical treats for the whole family. From new giant character helium balloons, including Paul Frank’s iconic monkey Julius and Sonic the Hedgehog, to out-of–this world floats including ZHU-NIVERSE! and Frozen Fall Fun, the magic begins at the sound of Let’s Have A Parade! This iconic phrase has catapulted gaggles of clowns, exciting performance groups, pulse-pounding marching bands, celebrities and the one-and-only Santa Claus down the streets of Manhattan for 85 years of unrivaled wonder.
   In 1924, a foundation was set for an incomparable procession that has grown into a world-famous icon. Giving thanks while giving back to New York and the nation, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become the benchmark for pageantry and the official kick-off celebration to the holiday season.



   “Since the first storied march in 1924, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a call to celebration. Over the years, gathering to watch the parade, whether in person or on television, has become a tradition for families across the nation and synonymous with the start of the holiday season,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “This year as we celebrate 85 years of magical moments, we are truly humbled by the unique role the Macy’s parade now fills in the lives of Americans, and we are thrilled to celebrate this special milestone with an unparalleled line-up of the new balloons, floats and the nation’s best performers - all here to kick-off the spectacular holiday season.”
   Before the event kicks-off, the ribbon must be cut and the iconic words “Let’s Have a Parade” must be shouted, as has been the tradition since 1924. Joining parade Executive Producer Amy Kule for this very special moment are kids from Tuesday’s Children, a family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual impacted by the events of September 11. This ribbon-cutting is meant to signify both a moment of remembrance and serve as an uplifting tribute to the lives lost on that day 10 years ago.


Tim Burton and the balloon he created for the 2011 parade


   Ready for it 85th anniversary edition, the parade of wonder will feature 15 giant character balloons; 44 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles and balloonheads; 27 floats; 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers and performance group members; 800 clowns; 11 marching bands; a host of celebrity performers, and the one-and-only Santa Claus.
Since 1927, the parade’s signature balloons have captured the imagination of the world. First conceived by famed Macy’s window designer and puppeteer Tony Sarg as upside-down marionettes, the balloons have grown to be one of the parade’s signature elements. This year, taking flight in the 85th edition will be a jetpack-sporting awesome monkey, Paul Frank’s Julius, and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog, which returns to the big show after its pioneering debut in 1993 as the procession’s first-ever video game character.
   Also joining the balloon procession is a special creation by world-renowned filmmaker and artist Tim Burton. B., a lonely balloon boy outsider with a special wish to fly in the Macy’s parade, will debut as the line-up’s latest acquisition for its “Blue Sky Gallery” series. The airborne gallery features inflatable versions of artistic works by world-renowned modern artists. Previous marches have featured balloons by Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami.





   Rounding out the new balloon cast will be the extremely outspoken and affable Aflac Duck balloonicle, a recreation of the 1948 Harold the Policeman balloon, and the winning design of Macy’s nationwide Great American Elf Adventure which invited the public to design a new Elf balloon for the parade - Keith Lapinig’s Gazer.
Returning buoyant balloon favorites will include Buzz Lightyear, Clumsy Smurf, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, “Super Cute” Hello Kitty, Kermit the Frog, Kung Fu Panda™, Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy®, Ronald McDonald®, Sailor Mickey, Snoopy the Flying Ace, Spider-Man® and SpongeBob SquarePants.


Kiki and Kai Kai Balloons

   The parade’s wonder-filled floating stages depict the familiar and the out-of-this world. From a hometown hockey game with a twist to a wonderland of fun, the five new floats set to join the parading fun will have audiences mesmerized, leaving behind a trail of enchantment. Completing the convoy of 27 floats the magic on board for the ride include scenes depicting a Turkey Day slap shot showdown on the Frozen Fall Fun float, the celebration of the nation’s beacon of hope and liberty on the Gift of Freedom, the special nod to Macy’s parade history on the Hats Off To Our Heritage float, the frolicking celebration aboard P.B. Polar Bear, and the zhany fun found on the ZHU-NIVERSE!



Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley Balloon
Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon prototype


   The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street, Big Apple, Bridge To The Future, Christmas in Central Park, Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure, Elves Raise the Roof, Home Baked Goodness, International Cele-bear-ation Clock Tower, Jolly Polly Pirate Ship, Local Heroes Helping Everyday, Macy’s Parade Drum, Marion-Carole Showboat, Mount Rushmore’s American Pride, On the Roll Again, Pep Rally, Santa’s Sleigh, The Smurfs?, Snoopy’s Doghouse, Tom Turkey, The True Spirit of Thanksgiving, Wild West Express and Woodland Family Gathering.
   Set to get the party started and bring the beat to the holiday spectacular, America’s best marching bands will hit all the right notes as they step into the spotlight. After more than a year’s worth of preparation, the 11 marching bands set to wow the crowds with their musical and marching ability are ready for the start of the holiday season.   



Sonic the Hedgehog returning to parade



Representing their home state and local community, the bands in the line-up are truly the best of the best. Stepping-off to kick start the holidays will be Carmel High School, Carmel, IN; Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, TN; Na Koa Ali’l: Hawaii All-State Marching Band, Hawaii; Homestead High School, Cupertino, CA; Homewood High School, Homewood, AL; Legacy High School, Broomfield, CO; Miami University, Oxford, OH; Nation Ford High School, Fort Mill, SC; NYPD Marching Band, New York, NY; Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, Canton, MI; and Macy’s Great American Marching Band, featuring students from all 50 states.
   The parade’s most ardent purveyors of razzle dazzle are the nation’s most entertaining performance groups. They add a dose of dance, pomp, cheer and vocal acrobatics that set the stage for a celebration. From cheerleaders to a Bolivian dance ensemble, this year’s parade features a host of unique performers. Set to wow the crowds are performers 610 Stompers, Alma Boliviana, Camp Broadway, CAP 21, Mobile Azalea Trail Maids, Spirit of America Dance, Stagedoor Manor, United We Sing and Varsity Spirit Cheer.



Julius the Sock Monkey balloon drawing

   Taking the stage to help spread holiday cheer will be stars from music, film, stage, sports and television, who are set to perform for the nation at Macy’s famed red star mark on 34th Street. Stars joining the festivities this year include Rodney Atkins, the Big Apple Circus, Mary J. Blige, Cobra Starship, Michael Feinstein, The Fresh Beat Band, Cee Lo Green, Avril Lavigne, Shelby Lynne, Mannheim Steamroller, China Anne McClain, Scotty McCreery, Ingrid Michaelson, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Savannah Outen, Power Rangers Samurai, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, Willard Scott, Straight No Chaser, U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, Johnny Weir and Zendaya.
Since its first national broadcast in 1948, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the nation’s star attraction. Regularly one of the country’s most viewed events, millions of families tune-in from coast-to-coast to watch the telecast. This year, the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker will treat viewers from 9 a.m. to Noon, in all time zones in the United States, to Thanksgiving’s best entertainment special. On board to add an extra dose of star power are exclusive performances from some of the hottest Broadway shows including Daniel Radcliffe and the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sister Act, and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. In addition, the telecast will feature a special performance from the world-famous Radio City Rockettes?.




   The 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will step-off this year at 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will travel down to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South before making a right turn to march down 7th Avenue to 42nd Street. The Parade will then turn east towards 6th Avenue where it will march down the Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the parade will make its final turn west marching in front of Macy’s Herald Square. The Parade will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and end at Noon.
   A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere, the motto of the Macy’s Parade has stood for 85 years, and will continue to usher in the season of joy for years to come.