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We Are The Weather Prophets Of Our Life! – Groundhog’s Message

The little Groundhog comes out of its burrow on February 2; the Groundhog Day. Its strange behavior helps us to predict the weather.

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If the rodent sees its shadow, it runs back in its hide, which depicts the extension of winters whereas if there is a cloud cover it stays out which implies, the onset of Spring season.

Nature leaves clues for us to understand and find solution to our life situations. It’s the slate of God, on which is chalked in bold that we have several choices at any given point of time.

We, like the groundhog, are the weather prophets of our life. The snow cloak will be removed from the garden and so will the frost covered silver trees surface, little blossoms of hope will grow and the little birds will sing happy songs if we can just understand that destiny is our own making. I just reflected upon my choices and I am making the one that lets my smile be free of all inhibitions.

In NYC we are craving for luminous skies and warm weather. We are awaiting the springtime to absorb some warmth and step out in the open. Till then it’s our choice to stay in gloom or celebrate the inner warmness that comes from loved ones.

Celebrate love and friendship. Rejoice in life with better choices and surround yourself with positivity.

Have a great day! I will be with you and my observations of life that shall inspire the best in us.

January 27, 2015   No Comments

Win Hearts At Work And Life With Generous Compliments And Sweet Sharing!

It’s a cold and grey winter evening in New York. Most New Yorkers like to snuggle down in wraps and enjoy the slumber.

Unlike, an always in a rush, American, Today, I was, kind of, in an agreement with the Italian saying-“dolce far niente” which means the pleasure of doing nothing!

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It is the National Pie Day on January 23. Pie is a guilty pleasure of mine; I just can’t help myself but have a piece of this delicacy. So many stories are weaved in my mind with the little ritual of baking and sharing pie dishes with friends.

When your heart expands with gratitude and love, you feel like giving back to the world. So I decided to make some dark chocolates at home with generous sprinkling of crushed hazel nuts. I had learnt it from my expert girlfriend, Aaliyah. I especially love the aroma of melting chocolate arising from the double-boiler. When the chocolates were all set I wrapped them in golden foils with printed compliments on them.

Chocolate Cake Day is celebrated on January 27, so be creative and make this starting month, a month of gratitude and fun and the winter blues would disappear.

I am gifting these homemade chocolates at office on Fun at Work Day. Creating kinship and harmony is the main theme of the leading month of the year. Work doesn’t always have to be a drag and these are my excuses to add some splash of joy and happiness in lives of family, friends, colleagues and those of you who believe in these doses of positivity.

Enjoy your choice of pie or chocolate; give a great compliment to your friends, colleagues and strangers! Have Fun at work and most importantly, be sure to stay warm in this frigid winter season!

January 19, 2015   1 Comment

Take Stock Of Your Dreams And Be Good To Yourself!

After a joyful holiday season we are on the roll for a happening month when we begin with a clean slate, yet again. January is an important month for renewing relationship with loved ones. It brings in many reasons to partake in the heart-felt expressions and celebrations.

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It’s important to know where we are going in life. There are wanderers who float like the cloud and never know where the wind is taking them. But we are creatures of habit and we need a plan. We thrive on our dreams. On January 13, Make Your Dreams Come True Day gives us the perfect time to take stock of our dreams. Help others achieve success and you will in turn reap the benefits from your kindness. If you strive to obtain great successes, you will no doubt achieve well beyond what you thought you could.

Following this day of dreams and accomplishments, treat yourself to a delicious dessert. Strawberry Ice Cream Day should be commemorated with glorious amounts of refreshing and sweet strawberry ice cream. When I was younger, my mother used to make strawberry ice cream from scratch, with huge chunks of fresh strawberries, which became one of my favorite treats.

Try something new this week and make homemade ice cream for you and your friends! Trying something new can turn into a hobby you love, or it can inspire others to try new things as well! There is no better time to be an inspiration to others or more importantly to self. No matter what the feat may be, it’s your time to shine and your time to create your own happiness!

Regardless of the outcome, be sure to have the utmost wonderful week eating strawberry ice cream, making all your incredible dreams come true and being that inspiration to others!

January 13, 2015   2 Comments

Celebrate Orthodox Christmas And Cuddle Up Day!

Although many Christians in the western world celebrate Christmas on December 25, some follow a different calendar, which has Christmas falling on Jan 7. The Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar, created in 45 BC during Julius Caesar’s reign. Latin Pope Gregory of Rome created another calendar later in 1582; this was referred to as the Gregorian calendar, which is now what most of the western world follows. There is only a 13-day difference between them and both Christmas are celebrated on what is considered the 25 of December, however, they fall differently on each calendar.

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With winter sweeping its way through, it’s tough to see flowers blooming. The month of January can be dreadful for any plants trying to make it through, the cold just too treacherous. However, the temperatures indoors can fare well for some plants like a crisp winter jasmine or a bright Amaryllis. Flowers can make a room feel comforting and less dreary, so spice up these cold winter days with an array of January Flowers!

Since the winter is cold, it’s the perfect time to cozy up with someone you enjoy and celebrate Cuddle Up Day on January 6. A hug and a cuddle is the best way to boost endorphins and induce happiness! Whisk away the cold feeling and get warm on a brisk January night!

Cuddle up next to the fireside, smell the delicious flowers and show praise for the Orthodox Christmas. Know anyone celebrating? Send a card to acknowledge their beliefs respectfully.

January 4, 2015   1 Comment

Grab A Drink And Toast To A Fun Filled And Successful Year Ahead- Happy New Year 2015!

In the United States, New Year’s Eve is a grand celebration that the entire nation looks forward to. It involves many parties, dancing, drinking and of course, fireworks! At midnight on New Year’s Eve, fireworks can be seen or heard all over the major cities. Some people enjoy setting off their own throughout the night. The whole eve is for celebrations, happiness and plenty of drinks. Grab a drink and toast to a fun filled and successful year ahead!

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We like to bring in the New Year with a fabulous party and this can be said for all over the world. Most countries in the world celebrate the New Year on January 1. It is considered to some, a fresh start to a whole new year. In New York City, a tradition that has many spectators every year is the watching of the ball drop in Times Square. The ball has been dropping since 1907, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter. This spectacular event has inspired many similar events all over the United States.

January 1 is a very religious holiday for many devout Roman Catholics. It is considered to be a Holy Day of Obligation, a day to honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Many people also have New Year’s resolutions that they intend to imply to their lives to better themselves on this fresh start.

To add to the New Year’s resolutions, send out a wonderful message and express the season’s greetings to all those you cherish. Express a heartfelt Thank You, well wishes and New Year greetings!

December 29, 2014   1 Comment

Seasons Greetings! Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas!

Christmas holidays are celebrated differently all over the world. Each culture has their own traditions special to them, just as every family has their own unique practices. One particular common theme found all over the world, is Santa Claus. Although he can be known by many different names, in most European countries, he is referred to as St. Nicholas and caters to children by bringing presents or delicious holiday foods.

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Santa Claus or St. Nicholas, formally known as Father Christmas was a Victorian tradition arising in the United Kingdom a long time ago. In fact, most of the traditions we carry out here in the United States come from the English and more specifically the depictions described in Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Places all over the world celebrate this holiday differently, however in Japan, their celebrations and traditions are very similar to ours here in the United States. There are decorated trees, feasts on Christmas Day, and nativity scenes that can be seen in abundance. Something interesting is that young girls in Japan are fascinated with this scene as it is the first time most of them encounter a baby in a cradle. Cradles are uncommon in Japanese households.

The nativity scene was first originated in Rome, Italy where a manger scene was recreated and then St. Francis performed Mass in front of the scene. This struck awe in the villagers and soon became one of the best-known traditions of the holiday season.

There are so many beautiful customs that occur around the world. The one thing to remember is that Christmas is a time for love, devotion and admiration for those around us. It is important to send well wishes to all and a very Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2014   1 Comment

Light Up Your Christmas Tree And Indulge In Decadent Chocolate!

Sending Christmas cards have become a vital part of our holiday season. We exchange cards ranging from pre printed reindeer to personalized family photos, that we then send out to friends and family. The messages we depict inside the cards range from simple Merry Christmas and a happy new year, to full biblical poems and scriptures. The cards are a significant part of Christmas time cheer. Take this day to get in the creative mood to send a sweet message to all your loved ones!

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After you get all your cards sent out and decorations put up, don’t forget the most important part to bring everything together, Christmas tree lights! On December 22, plug in those colorful lights to have a magical Christmas Tree Light Day. Perhaps your preference is frost white lights or blinking colors, no matter the choice the magic is apparent. An instant rush of Christmas feeling is felt when your tree is first lit up, nothing compares to familiar feeling.

Keep the spirit up by indulging in sweets that only come around once a year. Those special, delectable desserts that you look forward to every holiday season! No matter which sweets you like, take a moment for some chocolates on Chocolate Day, December 24. Perhaps you stave off sweets all year long, now is the time to live a little and share a little. A piece of chocolate is the best indulgence you can let yourself have this season.

This season, admire the twinkling lights, send out your favorite message and most definitely take a bite out of rich chocolate. Let your holidays roar with laughter and praise. Most importantly, have yourself a very merry Christmas!

December 15, 2014   3 Comments

Happy Hanukkah and Season’s Greetings This Week!

Summer time may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean ice cream has to disappear with it! Holiday pie wouldn’t be the same without a scoop of delicious ice cream! On December 13 we celebrate Ice Cream Day Worldwide. Go out and grab a pint of your favorite flavor!

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Following such a delicious day is a very important holiday. December 16 starts the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. For eight days, there is a celebration to commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. The first day of Hanukkah changes every year, as it marks the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.

There are a few wonderful traditions that come along with Hanukkah. Mainly: lighting the eight candles, eating oil-based foods and playing with a dreidel. The tradition of eating oily foods during this celebration derives from the oil that was used to keep the candles burning in the temple during the eight days. It was a tiny flask that lasted over a week, said to be a miraculous event and thus commemorated with the observance of Hanukkah. Some traditional foods eaten during this time are potato pancakes known as latkes and jam filled doughnuts known as fritters. Both of these items are deep fried in oil.

Along with traditional food, there is the well-known game of dreidel, commonly associated with the Jewish holiday. The dreidel is a children’s toy with four sides that spins. Each side has a Hebrew letter on it, referring to the miracle of the oil in the temple. The story behind the dreidel is that the Jewish people created the game to hide the fact that they were studying the torah (Hebrew bible), when soldiers would come the Jews would hide their Torahs and pretend they were gambling.

Everyone has his or her own traditions and celebrations, take this time to share season’s greetings with friends and family. Embrace the differences we share and make this holiday season a warm and happy time!

December 9, 2014   No Comments

Appreciate The Winter Flowers While Making Cookies For St. Nick!

Cookie Day is on December 4 and that means its time to break out the baking goods and create some of your favorite batches of fresh cookies! Whether you like traditional chocolate chip or good old-fashioned peanut butter, throw some dough in the oven and make your sweet tooth very happy! Did you know the word cookie is derived from a Dutch word meaning little cake? Cookies are just a crunchier version of fluffy cake!

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Cookies are an important part of the holiday season, it’s the one time of year we get indulge in all sorts of different holiday sweets! There is also a tradition in which children leave fresh baked cookies for St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve, sometimes even with a glass of milk! On December 6, we celebrate St. Nicholas Day. It is a mostly European tradition in which a festival is commemorated for children to show their appreciation for St. Nick and his reputation for gift giving.

Another beautiful tradition that can be seen around the world during the holidays is a very unique decoration. Poinsettias can be found everywhere during Christmastime, their gorgeous bright red leaves are very recognizable. Did you know the poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico and Central America? The plant was first introduced to the United States in 1825 and has been a holiday staple ever since!

The holidays bring a sense of warm, cozy feelings. Ignite the cheer by adding some of your favorite cookies! Don’t forget to appreciate the tradition that is St. Nick and complete your holiday decorations with a poinsettia.

December 2, 2014   2 Comments

Be Thankful On Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving celebrations can be dated all the way back to the 1620’s when settlers first made the journey to Plymouth, that’s how the story goes anyway. However, it wasn’t proclaimed nation-wide as a holiday until our first president George Washington declared it so on November 26 1789. This holiday has always been a day in history where we are thankful for the past years harvest and celebrate with a feast. That part of the Thanksgiving tradition has never changed. So, because the original date was never set in stone, its celebrations varied from state to state until the late 19th century. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving be celebrated on the last Thursday of November for every state.

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This changed again in 1941 when President Roosevelt amended the national holiday to be commemorated on every fourth Thursday in November. His reasoning for the change came down to what he believed would be an economic boost for the country. I can only imagine that shortly after is when we invented Black Friday.

Now, don’t get me wrong, for I am all for economic boost, but I chose to stay indoors on this day, for fear of the shopping madness that occurs. I’m more of a cyber Monday kind of guy; I enjoy the peace and quiet of finding great sales from the safety of my computer.

On Thanksgiving I’ll be feasting on glorious turkey and stuffing as everyone else should also be doing. Be grateful, be cheerful and don’t forget to be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

November 24, 2014   1 Comment