Holidays

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a carnival celebrated on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. It is known for parades, music, colorful costumes and masks. In French, Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday, which refers to the rich food eaten before …[Continue]

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

The Chinese Year of the Goat begins on February 19, 2015. Chinese New Year is a fifteen day holiday celebrated with lots of food, family reunions and visits with friends. “Gong Hei Fat Choi” means “congratulations” in Chinese, and is …[Continue]

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

With cooler, shorter fall days, now is the perfect time to gather round the kitchen table with construction paper, glue, paint and scissors to make some Thanksgiving crafts. I could never design any of these clever craft projects myself, but …[Continue]

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

My childhood pumpkin memories look nothing like these fancy pumpkins. When did pumpkin carving get so elaborate? I can’t say, but these pumpkin patterns do look fun. Whether your interest is just in browsing the photo galleries, or you’re out …[Continue]

Memorial Day

American Flag for Memorial Day

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) was first observed in 1868 to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. Its origins can be traced back to General John A. Logan who proclaimed: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated …[Continue]

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread is a baked treat that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is thought to have first appeared in the U.S. in the nineteenth century, when the Swiss monks of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana baked gingerbread on holidays …[Continue]

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday (alternatively spelled Chanukah or Chanuka) that means “dedication” in Hebrew. It is an eight-day celebration commemorating the Jewish victory over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and dedication of the …[Continue]