Posts Tagged ‘tradition’

Happy Hanukkah!

December 20, 2011

Soft candlelight, donuts, potato pancakes and chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil. Not to mention the Western custom of 8, yes EIGHT, days of presents. Pretty fun holiday. So, Happy Hanukkah to all…

Hanukkah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday, possibly because it is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts, and the lighting of beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate.

Many Jewish holidays commemorate events invested with historical and religious meaning, and Hanukkah is no exception. Hanukkah means “rededication,” and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. The celebration also reaffirms the continuing struggle to live by God’s commandments and to lead Jewish lives.

When all is said and done, perhaps the most important message of Hanukkah may be found in the name of the holiday itself: Dedication. When Jews have dedicated themselves, through faith and action, to the pursuit of high religious and human ideals, Judaism has been strong. That imperative, to strengthen our religion and our people, remains an important challenge at this season, in every generation. —Jewish Outreach Institute

The Wikipedia entry on Hanukkah.  Other holidays around this time include Kwanzaa. Then there’s Festivus, birthed by a defunct TV show. And our Brit-descendent friends get to have Boxing Day as well.  Then there’s Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day, Winter Solstice, getting your toenails done for New Year’s Eve… well, seems like December is the time to celebrate!

So maybe saying “Happy Holidays” is appropriate…





Give a holiday gift to your town.

December 18, 2011

Your holidays can be special and frugal… and help your community be stronger.

Celebrate your town: shop local!Did you realize that you can help your town recover from challenging economic times? Preserve and protect your town by shopping for the holidays locally. What better gift to give the community where you and your family live, than by supporting it with your shopping dollars?

What does this involve? Buying from your neighbors. The locally-owned pet-supply store you rely upon for the unusual things or the special order you need: shop his store, too, for the standard stuff that you might otherwise pick up at a Big Box store. After all, Gertie the Gerbil would miss her little maple-flavored treats if your neighbor’s store couldn’t survive.

The greengrocer, if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area, or the farmer’s market. The little dance-studio shop for your daughter’s tutus. Your peer-owned consignment shop. The local charity’s thrift store. The oil-change joint run by your friend’s uncle. All economics are local. In other words:

Shop Locally to Keep your Wallet Local.

Yes, sometimes (but not as often as you think) you may pay a little extra because Amy Flo’s Floral Shop pays more for its holly wreaths than MallMart does. That’s a fact of life. But think of it this way: the extra 3 or 7% you spend at Amy Flo’s will keep your town viable economically. Consider it an investment in Main Street.

And what of us who don’t live in the postcard-perfect little town…or whose little town died a shopping death long ago, thanks to huge retailers who call your town Store #3482? Take the time to search out locally-owned enterprises. Shop the Christmas-tree farm out on the national road, or do your gift-buying in the museum shop or the Friends of the Library sale or a church’s holiday bazaar. And while you’re shopping locally, you’re also saving time and gas, meeting your neighbors, making contacts, and supporting your neighbors. And imagine the memories you’re making for your children (and yourself): That’s where we always buy our tree, from Mr. Overalls… the lady at the meat market always gave us a candy cane…  As we say over at, a Merry Thrifty Christmas to all!

It’s kinda “save the earth” as your Christmas gift to all…one neighborhood at a time.

A version of this post, addressed to resale shopkeepers, originally appeared in Auntie Kate the Blog.

Naughty or Nice? An email from Santa

December 11, 2011

Personalize a video from Santa for your favorite youngsters… or young-at-heartsters.

It’s a frame-up, just in time for the holidays

December 10, 2011

What better holiday gift than that of family?

And, yes, you can buy it at a 091002familyconsignment, resale or thrift shop!

Reframe a treasured family photo (you can scan the original into a digital file to print out or take it to a professional for this service) in a frame than suits the current generation.

When you are looking for Read the rest of this entry »

More on-the-button Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips

December 8, 2011

Okay, so you want a green holiday celebration. We Professional Resalers of applaud you! We, of course, believe in recycling, reusing, and reinventing. (And this Professional Resaler adores these little button wreathes and plans to give lots of them this year! After all, every resale shop in the country has boxes of “lost” buttons*…)

And there are so many ways to have not only a joyous and green celebration. Here’s a bundle of ideas from our friends in the UK.

* Here’s another way I’ll be using lost buttons for holiday decor. And if I had fat quarters lying around, this is what I’d make with them.

May your boot be filled with Lebenkuchen, not potatoes.

December 6, 2011

St. Nicholas Day is December 6, and is celebrated by modest gifts, often tucked into a boot, much like we Read the rest of this entry »

Give a child the ultimate gift: Your attention

November 26, 2011

There's nothing a child wants more than time with youWhich option do you think just about any child on your holiday gift list like:

  • Another plastic toy made in China that they’ll play with for 20 minutes and forget (imagine the earth’s resources…not to mention yours…that brought that “toy” all the way just to bore your beloved child, nephew, granddaughter…)
  • Or an hour and an activity with you that makes a memory they carry for the rest of their lives?

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A tradition we’ll be very happy to see the end of.

November 20, 2011

091005 dont get mauledIt’s SO old-fashioned to get mauled at the mall.

Noise, traffic jams, and worst of all, Read the rest of this entry »

A gift only you can give. Make it once, give it to many!

November 16, 2011

Whether you’re the family’s favorite cook, the custodian of Grandma’s recipe box, or simply a creative lover of food, how about making a

Family Favorites cookbook for your relatives?

This Slideshare shows the pages of a template you can use to make an attractive collection of recipes yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Every tradition starts sometime.

November 14, 2011

The nicest thing about the holiday season isn’t the parties and the gifts or even the chance to finally dress up.xmasvintage gift cert

The real joy is in traditions. Traditions link us to personal and family history. Traditions make us look forward to a season of looking back. The best thing about traditions is that they don’t cost a lot and that anyone…yes, you, in the year 2011…. can start, uphold, or re-fresh them.

Here’s a few traditional holiday Read the rest of this entry »