Monday, December 16, 2013


   Santa knows whether you’ve been naughty or nice, but he doesn’t know how much he’s hurting the environment. In one night, Santa uses as much carbon as Qatar does in one year! I like getting toys for Christmas, but I don’t think I need them that badly!    Maybe we need to raise our standards on who makes the ‘nice’ list.
   Not sure what else to say about this infographic. Santa’s a carbon glutton and needs to be put away. In this kind of economic recession we need to cut down on spending and we are wasting too much on Santa. Or maybe get him a hybrid sleigh?
   Well I guess this infographic is a good exercise for thinking critically about our energy usage. Although I’m not sure where they got the statistics. But now you know to limit the amount of wrapping paper you use to help offset Santa’s ridiculous carbon usage. 


   This dify comes from www.theletteredcottage.net  Many get ideas on how to add that extra detail to your holiday dinner. Enjoy!

Christmas Craft: Festive Napkin Ring Ideas

Hey there!
Are you having a nice December? Hope so!
We saw our niece and nephew sing at church tonight and it. was. wonderful! There’s something about little ones signing & singing songs about Jesus that always makes me teary.

Speaking of Christmas and fellowship, if you’re hosting a family dinner and you’re looking for some inexpensive and easy ways to festify (get it? festive? fy?) your dining room/kitchen table, how about creating some holiday napkin ring bling!

All ya need are some napkin rings…
…a hot glue gun, glue sticks, and some “holiday bling” from the arts & crafts store…
Everything in the photo above was marked 50% off, so each item only cost between 50 cents and $1.
Normally, I wouldn’t have purchased so many different options, but I wanted to have fun creating a variety of looks for this post, so I just grabbed a bunch of stuff that looked like it would sit right on top of my napkin rings.
Kevin and I had a ball putting them together today, and of course we had to name them all too.
“Bingle Jells”
“Flutter By”
“Mistle. Yo”
“It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a napkin ring!”
And if you wanna get eggs-tra fancy schmancy with this one…(hardy har har)
Kinda pretty, huh?
Or is it weird to have a bird nesting in the middle of your plate right before you eat off of it?
Anywho…this next one isn’t quite as…uh…………….this next one doesn’t have eyeballs.
“Is that dessert on my plate, or just a really cute napkin ring?”
“Napkin ring/After Dinner Hint”
These little adhesive-backed poinsettias went on especially quick…
(You could probably even make these if you wanted to get really crazy. They’re just made out of felt and corn kernels.)
“I want some spaghetti-a, under my poinsettia”
And last but not least…
Because if you don’t use some kind of sealer on the snowflake, and you wipe your face with this napkin, you’ll be as sparkly as a vampire in the sun.



 In RussiaChristmas is annually celebrated on January 7th, thanks to the Russian Orthodox Church that has made it an official holiday in the country. Previously the occassion was observed on December 25th in much the same way as it was in the rest of the world, complete with Christmas trees and Christmas gifts, Saint Nicholas and the like. But after the 1917 Revolution, Christmas was banned throughout Russia, along with other religious celebrations. It was much much later, in 1992, that the holiday began to be openly observed again. However, the church in Russia still uses the old Julian calendar which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar used in the Western nations. This is why, Christmas is celebrated in Russia on January 7th. But these days, a few Russians have begun to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December.

A Christmas tree in Red Square

   Today, Christmas is celebrated in the country in a grand fashion, with the faithful participating in an all-night Mass in Cathedrals. The main religion in Russia is called Russian Orthodox. The Russian Orthodox Church is more than one thousand years old and most of the Christian population in the country belong to it. In Russia, many people don’t eat meat, eggs or milk from a few weeks before Christmas and it is customary to fast until after the first church service on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve dinner is meatless but festive. The menu usually depends on the wealth of the families. A typical Christmas dinner however, includes delicacies such as hot roast Pirog (Russian pies made out of meat or cabbage), and Pelmeni (meat dumplings). The most important ingredient is a special porridge called kutya. The traditional ingredients that go in its preparation are wheatberries (or other grains which symbolize hope and immortality), and honey and poppy seeds which ensure happiness, success and peace. The kutya is eaten from a common dish to symbolize unity.

   A Christmas ceremony of great significance here is the blessing of individual homes. During Christmastime, a priest visits every home accompanied by boys carrying vessels of holy water. A little water is sprinkled in each room, which is believed to usher in happiness and fortune to them. Another popular custom here is that of young children going from house to house on the first day of Christmas carrying a star and singing carols and getting sweets from adults.
   Russia celebrates a white Christmas what with the weather being very cold and snowy during this time and the temperature always dropping to minus degrees. .