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Happy New Year

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The hats have been tossed, the horns have sounded, the confetti cleaned and thenewyear3 champagne finished. Like millions of others I watched the ball drop in Time Square, saw the new year ushered in around the world and saw sparkly fireworks. 2011 is here, whether we are ready or not.

What I love about holidays is they provide an environment where families and friends spend time together and enjoy festive, newyear21delicious meals. It’s a time many share when they don’t make the effort to get together otherwise. Many make resolutions for the new year; some will keep them, but most just do it as a tradition rather than a commitment.

This week many kids will head back to school with 2010 being just a memory. As a mother and grandmother, like you, I only want the best for my family in the year ahead … for them to be safe, healthy, productive and happy.newyear1

Enjoy everyday of 2011. Time passes so fast, it will be 2012 if we aren’t careful to stop, take time and make those memories that can be cherished for years to come.

Happy New Year!

Halloween Magic

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

blackcat12Ghost, goblins, jack-o’-lanterns, costumes and candy are all symbols of Halloween, a holiday children in many countries observe. In the United States it is celebrated each year on October 31. Festivals, parties and trick-or-treating all create the fun and sugar-high collection kids accumulate from mall stores handing out candy to neighbors dispensing treats into plastic pumpkins and Halloween bags.

trickortreat1Each Halloween, moms are busy helping the little ones select just the perfect costume. Ballerinas, cowboys, politicians, celebrities, witches and others adorn the night landscape as little munchkins go door-to-door in search of sweets.

pumpkin11Houses are decorated with carved pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts and witches. Spooky lightening and scary music, haunted houses and carnivals all contribute to the fun of the holiday for kids, and many grown ups as well. Parties, and traditions such as bobbing for apples, have existed for decades.

witch11According to some historians, Halloween had a religious beginning and trick-or-treating did not become a widespread practice until the 1930s. The first U.S. printed appearance of the term was in 1934, and the first use in a national publication didn’t occur until 1939. Haunted attractions in the United States, many operated as fund raisers by philanthropic organizations, bring in an estimate $300–500 million each year, and draw some 400,000 customers.