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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 01/09/14

Thursday, January 9, 2014

HOW TO MAKE 3D PAPER SNOWFLAKES!

This comes from www.wikihow.com . These are really a neat looking idea to hang on your tree or at your annual holiday Christmas party. Make alot or a little.



Make a 3D Paper Snowflake


This is a little more complicated than a two-dimensional paper snowflake, but it looks beautiful and is a suitable craft for children adept with scissors and patient in making crafts. It will produce a 6-armed three-dimensional snowflake decoration that makes a perfect tree decoration or window-hanger.

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Steps


Assemble the materials.
 Assemble the materials.

Assemble the materials. You can See the "Things You'll Need", are at the bottom of the page.

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  1. Fold each of the 6 pieces of paper in half, diagonally. If the paper you're using doesn't make a perfect triangle, cut off the rectangular edge that sticks out and make it align perfectly.
  2. Cut 3 lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge (as per video), making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges.
     Cut 3 lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge (as per video), making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges.
    Cut 3 lines on each side of the triangle from the folded edge (as per video), making sure not to cut through the unfolded paper edges. The cut lines should be parallel to one another each side and come close to meeting in the middle but not touch; leave a small space between them. To make this easier, you can fold the triangle in half. This way you'll cut both sides at once, making a symmetrical snowflake. This might be or not suitable for thicker paper, since the number of layers makes it difficult to cut through.
  3. Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
     Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
    Unfold your paper and turn it so that the diamond shape is facing you for working with.
  4. Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube.
     Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube.
    Still keeping your paper diamond side-up, roll the first two innermost paper lines together to form a tube. Tape these two pieces together. You should see triangle shapes on each side of the roll.
  5. Turn the diamond over to the other side.
     Turn the diamond over to the other side.
    Turn the diamond over to the other side. Take the next two paper lines and pull them together on the opposite side of the tube and tape together as before. This will be a more rounded shape and wider than the first tube.
  6. Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
     Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
    Keep turning the paper and joining the paper lines together on opposite side until all paper lines have been joined.
  7. Repeat steps 3 - 7 with the remaining 5 pieces of paper. You may also now cut the paper in mass.
  8. Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand.
     Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand.
    Join 3 of the completed rolled pieces together at one end and staple together using the other hand. Do the other 3 pieces the same way. Now you will have 2 pieces consisting of 3 strands or "arms" each.
  9. Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.
     Staple the two new pieces together in the middle.
    Staple the two new pieces together in the middle. You're almost done!
  10. Lastly, staple where each of the 6 arms meet.
     Lastly, staple where each of the 6 arms meet.
    Lastly, staple where each of the 6 arms meet. This ensures that the snowflake shape is pulled into place. See illustration at top for the finished snowflake.

CHRISTMAS IN COSTA RICA!



During Christmas in Costa Rica, people like to decorate their houses with beautiful tropical flowers. A model of the nativity scene, called the Pasito or Portal, is the center of the display. It's also decorated with flowers and sometimes fruit. Some of the scene take a long time to make and all the family is involved. As well as the traditional figures, people add other models including houses and lots of different sorts of animals.
Christmas wreaths are made of cypress branches and are decorated with red coffee berries and ribbons. Most homes, shops and important buildings are decorated with Christmas lights.
In Costa Rica, the gift bringer is often 'NiƱo dios' (Child God, meaning Jesus) or 'Colacho' (another name for St. Nicholas).
On Christmas Eve, everyone puts on their best clothes and goes to Midnight Mass. In Costa Rica it's called the 'Misa de Gallo (Mass of the Rooster); it's also called that is Spain.




After Midnight Mass the main Christmas meal is eaten. It normal includes chicken and pork tamales that have been wrapped for cooking in plantain leaves. To drink there's lots of egg nog and rum punch!
After Christmas, and into January, there are lots of fiestas, parades, rodeos, street parties, bull runs and choral and dance festivals. On 26th December (Boxing Day) there is an important horseback parade called the Tope. The next on the the 27th, many towns and cities have 'Carnaval' with a big parade featuring dancing and big floats.

25 SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL EVENTS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY!!

Today begins a new year – two thousand and nine. To celebrate the new year, I have put together a list of significant events that have happened in man’s history on this day. It was not until the 16th century that the majority of countries in the West began to use January 1st as the first day of the year – prior to that many nations used the Feast of the Assumption (March 25). This list includes only events that happened on January 1st. The list is in chronological order. Happy New Year!


1.
Significant Events 1 – 5
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1.  404 AD – The last known gladiatorial competition in Rome takes place (gladiators pictured above)
2.  630 – Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.
3.  1515 – King Francis I of France (France’s first Renaissance monarch) succeeds to the French throne.
4.  1772 – The first traveler’s cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London.
5.  1788 – First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.



2.
Significant Events 6 – 10
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6.  1800 – The Dutch East India Company (the first international mega-corporation) is dissolved.
7.  1801 – The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
8.  1804 – French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and first independent country in the West Indies.
9.  1808 – The importation of slaves into the United States is banned.
10.  1863 – American Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation (pictured above) takes effect in Confederate territory.


3.
Significant Events 11 – 15
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11.  1877 – Queen Victoria of Britain is proclaimed Empress of India.
12.  1892 – Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States.
13.  1901 – The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton (pictured above) is appointed the first Prime Minister.
14.  1902 – The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena.
15.  1908 – For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City’s Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.


4.
Significant Events 16 – 20
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16.  1925 – The American astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way.
17.  1934 – Alcatraz Island (pictured above) becomes a United States federal prison.
18.  1934 – Nazi Germany passes the “Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring”.
19.  1956 – A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
20 1958 – The European Community is established.


5.
Significant Events 21 – 25



21 1959 – Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro’s forces during the Cuban Revolution.
22.  1962 – United States Navy SEALs established.
23.  1971 – Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television (vintage cigarette commercial above).
24.  1978 – Air India Flight 855 Boeing 747 crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure and pilot disorientation, off the coast of Bombay, killing 213.
25.  1985 – The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.