Archive for December, 2010
Inside and outside, up on the roof and down in the yard, above the chimney and under the tree. Everywhere you can think of, there’s a decoration intended to make the holidays feel, or at least look, a little more festive.
I so vividly remember when I was young, driving through my grandmother’s neighborhood at night and being in complete awe of the way the houses were lit up with seasonal spirit and a whole lot of twinkly bulbs, their reflections bouncing merrily off of the pure white of freshly fallen snow.
Even now, my breath can be taken away just by the right display. Personally, I’m not a fan of the new, huge, inflatable displays. I know I’m in a minority there, given how I see them just about everywhere now. I just happen to prefer the old-fashioned artistry of well-placed strings of light.
I also happen to think that some of us leave our decorations up perhaps a little longer than we should. But, I wonder, how long is too long? So, I thought I’d get some input. What do you think?
P.S. Deck the halls!
Just because Santa’s sleigh is parked safely back at the North Pole, remember, the spirit of the holiday season is far from over. For many, in fact, it has only just begun! And with that, I wish you a very Happy Kwanzaa!
Since 1966, when Ron Karenga first introduced this relatively young holiday, African Americans have dedicated this week to a celebration of African culture. The festivities include decorating the home, lighting the mishumaa saba (seven Kwanzaa candles) in the kinara (candle holder), drinking from the kikombe cha umoja (unity cup) and partaking in Karamu, the culminating feast.
There are seven principles that guide each of the holiday’s seven days. These are – in English with Swahili translations – Unity (Umoja), Self-Determination (Kujichagulia), Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima), Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), Purpose (Nia), Creativity (Kuumba) and Faith (Imani).
If someone you know is observing Kwanzaa, be sure to send them the proper greetings that specifically wish them a Happy Kwanzaa!
P.S. That’s the traditional Kwanzaa greeting, which means “What’s the news?”
So, on this festive, glorious Christmas Day, we hope you’re surrounded by the love and wonder we feel from you all year long. And if Santa didn’t happen to give you everything on your list, we hope he gave you enough gift cards to go and get it yourself!
Ho Ho Ho!
P.S. Fa la la la la!
“‘Twas the night before Christmas and…” uh oh! No visions of sugar-plums. Not even sheep jumping over a fence. Just the sudden awful realization that there’s someone (or several someones” that you’ve forgotten to include on your holiday greetings list!
It’s okay. There’s no need to panic!
Grab some cookies and a glass of milk (Santa can spare them!), stir that mouse and point it to the Christmas section of MyFunCards.
In just a few minutes, without having to leave the house or spend a penny on postage, you’ll have guaranteed that you’ll retain your place on everyone’s “Nice” list.
Ho ho ho!
P.S. “… and to all a good-night!”
Get-togethers and shopping and cooking and traveling and this and that. It’s inevitable that a few things might fall through the cracks. If sending out your family’s greetings slipped your mind, you’re in luck! It’s not too late to create the perfect holiday greetings to send out to all your friends and distant family.
Just use the MyFunCards Photo Editor to turn your family portrait into an animated holiday surprise! We’ve added brand new frames just for this reason, so you can make your card truly festive. You can enhance and decorate as much as you like, even turning your card into a classy, black & white vintage masterpiece. You can type out exactly what you want your message to read and style the text to match your card’s vibe.
Email individual cards to each person or make just one to send to everyone. It’s all up to you! Hit send and they’re on their way. No licking envelopes, no springing for stamps!
Consider it our holiday gift to you!
P.S. Don’t forget to SMILE!