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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014! ~ MAGNIFICENT DISPLAYS!

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The following video from Taipei, Taiwan, ‘2014 Taipei Midnight Fireworks’ is a memorable event with a fireworks display, music and dancing featuring many of Taipei’s youth singing. The smiling faces of these children and their delightful joy is contagious.  I find the fireworks shooting from and spiraling out and up from skyscrapers really impressive! (Must find out how they accomplish that.)

New Years Midnight Fireworks Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Full Show HD ~ stunning effects – again using the skyscrapers ~ accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

The following video is a must to help ring in the New Year with Abba’s classic “Happy New Year”!

Happy New Year!
Best wishes for health, happiness and prosperity in

NEWYEAR 

from Martin, Dave, Louise

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CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS QUIZ ~ HAVE FUN WITH THIS!

 CHRISTMAS QUIZ  

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1)  Who invented electric Christmas lights?
Thomas Edison
Gottlieb Daimler
James Naismith 

2)  How many people in the world know the carol “Silent Night”?
10 million
1 billion
3 billion

3)  What is the ninth candle in the Hanukkah Menorah for?
It lights the other candles
It’s blown out first
It’s a candle for children

4)  Who flies through the air and fills children’s stockings with candy and presents?
Santa Claus
La Befana

5)  British people wear paper crowns at Christmas events because of
The Three Kings
Queen Elizabeth
Christmas crackers

6)  What does “Auld Lang Syne” mean?
Old friends
Long, long ago
Good memories

7)  Why do Southerners eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Years’ Day?
To honor farmer forefathers
To cure a hangover

8)  Who first used live people in a Nativity scene?
St. Francis of Assisi
Queen Victoria
Pope Pius XII

9)  How much does the New Year’s Eve ball in Times Square weigh?
5,619 pounds
11,875 pounds
21,200 pounds

10)  Candied lotus seeds are a popular Chinese New Year’s treat and are said to bring:
Good luck
Better finances
Boy children

11)  Pointsettias get their name from?
Their lovely, pointed leaves
The Spanish word for flower
A U.S. minister to Mexico

12)  What sports activity is celebrated on Christmas Day in Ireland?
Cross country skiing
Skating
Swimming

13)  What do children leave outside the door in Germany on Nikolaustag on December 6th?
toque
mitten
boot

14)  In areas of France what burns in homes from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day?
incense
simmering fruit
a log

15)  What do Norwegian families hide on Christmas Eve?
boots
knives
brooms

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CHRISTMAS STRING LIGHTS1)  Thomas Edison – he not only invented the electric light bulb, He also created the first strand of electric lights. He hung them outside his New Jersey lab during Christmas season in 1880. Lights for Christmas trees weren’t sold to the public until 1917.

SILENT NIGHT2)  3 billion – Of the roughly 7 billion people on Earth about 3 billion are familiar with “Silent Night.” The carol was first heard on Christmas Eve 1818, in Oberndorf, Austria, and was written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber. It has been translated into more than 300 languages

HANNUKKAH MANORAH3)  It lights the other candles – The ninth candle is the “shamash,” which is used to light the other candles. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday marking the defeat of an army that had invaded Israel. After the victory, the Jews celebrated at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. They found enough oil to light the lamp for only one day. But the oil lasted eight days and nights, and it’s celebrated as a miracle.

SANTA CLAUS4)  Both – American children know Santa, but Italian children wait for La Befana, the good witch who rides a broomstick the night ofLA BEFANA January 5th. The children wake up on January 6th – the Feast of the Epiphany – to find toys, candy, and fruit that she left. Some families in Hispanic communities in the U.S. practice traditions brought from Latin  American countries. Children place hay and water under their beds the night of January 5, for the camels of the Three Kings, and wake up to find presents.

CRACKERS5)  Christmas crackers (pretty paper tubes that you pull apart) – are a British tradition. The tubes pop open with a bang when pulled. Inside, there’s a small gift like a mirror and a joke written on a piece of paper. There’s also a paper crown, a nod to the Lord of Misrule, an old custom that put a peasant in charge of village Christmas events. Brits wear the crown and read the joke out loud.

AULD LANG SYNE6)  long, long ago – This well-known New Year’s Eve tune is from a poem by Robert Burns, based on a Scottish folk song. “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne.” It’s a tribute to days gone by.  The words are in the Scots language, which today is spoken in the Lowlands and Northern Isles of Scotland.

PEAS AND GREENS7)  To bring wealth in the New Year – The black-eyed peas stand for coins. The greens or collards stand for paper money. Eating these dishes is supposed to bring good luck and wealth in the coming year.  Cultures around the world celebrate the New Year with foods meant to bring prosperity: fish in China, lentils in Italy, and gold-colored food in Peru. (The tint often comes from the spice turmeric.)

NATIVITY SCENE8)  St. Francis of Assisi – widely known today for his love of animals — created the first live nativity scene, in 1223 in the Italian village of Greccio. He recreated the scene of Christ’s birth with people playing Mary and Joseph and animals from the village as the creatures in the stable.

N Y EVE BALL9)  11,875 – It’s also covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles. Americans began dropping a giant ball at New Year’s Eve in 1907. The first was a 700-pound iron-and-wood beauty lowered from a flagpole atop One Times Square.

LOTUS10)  Boy children – In China, lotus seeds symbolize male children. Eating the sweetened seeds is supposed to bring boy babies into your family.

POINTSETTIAS11)  U.S. minister to Mexico – The poinsettia is native to Mexico, where it’s used to decorate churches at Christmas. It gets its name from American diplomat Joel Poinsett, who introduced the flower to the U.S. in the 1800s. The red and white parts of the poinsettia — which some people think are petals — are actually colored leaves called bracts.

IRISH12)  Swimming!  There are some intrepid people who get out in the open air and away from all the excess on Christmas morning, though it can be fairly miserable out there at that time of year.  One long standing tradition in Sandycove, a suburb of South Dublin is the Christmas Day Swim – in the sea. Yes, in Ireland, in December, they swim in the freezing Irish sea – and let me tell you it is MUCH colder even that it looks in the picture! Crazy, but they say it’s fun!

BOOT13)  On December 6 is Nikolaustag, St. Claus day. A shoe or boot is left outside the door on Dec.5 with hopes the following morning you find presents, if you were good – or, unfortunately a rod if you had been bad.

BURNING LOG14)  In southern France, it is a tradition among some families to burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. In olden days, farmers would use a part of this log to make the wedge for the plough as good luck for the next harvest. In Lyon, December 8th is annually celebrated as the Festival of Lights or ‘fete des lumieres’ in honour of Mother Mary for all the blessings through the year. Other important French traditions include the Nativity Scene, the midnight feast called ‘le reveillon’ and Pere Noel.

BROOMS15)  Norwegian legend has it that when Christmas Eve arrives it brings with it a series of evil spirits and witches.  The evil spirits and witches could not just walk from place to place but needed a form of transportation to fly around and they often used brooms for this.  It is Christmas tradition for Norwegian families to hide all brooms, mops and brushes on Christmas Eve so that these trouble makers can not use them.

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WATER ~ NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION ~ YES!!!

WATER WEIGHT LOSS

Is losing weight one of your 2013 New Year’s resolutions?

Perhaps the following article, The Water Weight Loss Cure from Care2, posted by Annie B. Bond, September 2005 will help.

Water can be one of your best friends during a weight loss regime. Although beauty is largely a matter of inner radiance, physical treatments can help keep us feeling and looking our best. Water remedies can be quite effective in maintaining the figure and skin in particular.

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Weight gain from overeating can cause unflattering changes to the figure, but it can be fought with a water remedy. By drinking generous amounts of water (more than a half-gallon (or 2 liters) a day, you can reduce the amount of food consumed and also eliminate false hunger pains.

Furthermore, good hydration of the tissues encourages enzymatic activity and therefore the burning of fat deposits. To lose weight drink 2.5 to 3.5 liters a day, on the higher side the more you weigh and eat.

WATER WEIGHT LOSS10Water is an essential ingredient for skin regeneration. The skin of a 130-pound individual contains around 2 gallons of water, and the skin of a 160-pound individual contains almost 2.5 gallons of water. This water is retained by special molecules capable of holding in place a thousand times their weight of the skin and the loss of a fresh youthful appearance. When the skin lacks water, it becomes dull, dry, and wrinkled and loses its elasticity, firmness, and color, and glands eliminate toxins poorly and become congested causing skin problems. Hydrating skin properly by drinking enough prevents these assaults on the skin. To maintain youthful skin, around 2.5 liters of water a day should be sufficient.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-water-weight-loss-cure.html#ixzz2INoHuXbV

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 ~ AWESOME!

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I hope you enjoy this rather creative YouTube video, uploaded by flashdance987, artistically mixing ABBA singing their Happy New Year song with the pan flute music of Dinu Bomha.
 

“Happy New Year,
Happy New Year,
may we all have a vision now and then
of a world where every neighbour is a friend…”

The exhuberance of the children singing in this video is CONTAGIOUS!

YouTube video, “HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 -The Fantastikids, english children choir” Uploaded on Dec 29, 2010,  the Fantastikids & Monsieur Nô wish you “HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013”
This English children’s choir is made up 20 pupils from Ermitage International School of France. They sing to help Plan International France, www.planfrance.org  Welcome on http://www.thefantastikids.com/ andyou can see many video-clips on YouTube -The Fantastikids

LYRICS ~ Happy Happy New Year another reason to rejoice is here – 52 weeks to make your heart sing and see what four new seasons will bring.
Happy Happy New Year, toss out bad memories by their ear.
Gather up new ones in a bouquet, ring out the old ring in a new day.
Happy Happy New Year our resolutions now we will hear.
If we could all run toward the light so many wrongs could be put right.
Happy Happy New Year lets not forget about the things that we’re so lucky to have in our lives – our sons and daughters, husbands and wives.
Happy Happy New Year, let there be summer,let there not be fear.
The clouds will pass over our heads, and let the sun shine on us instead.
Happy Happy New Year, another opportunity is here to just believe in what we can be and see our dreams become reality.

MUSIC ICON TRANSPARENTI’ve included the following Abba Happy New Year video because I felt that in the first video the music mixing is dominated by the pan flute (as lovely as it is – you can’t hear the lyrics).

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Happy New Year!
Best wishes for health, happiness and prosperity in 2013 to all our readers
from
Rainsoft Ottawa ~
Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc.

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE A LA ‘POPEYE’ ~ FUN!!!

 Your ‘Happy Almost’ chuckle – 
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This will take some of our readers w-a-a-a-y back down memory lane and will be an eye opener for our young readers ~ the POWER of Popeye’s spinachWOW!!!  The original air date of this classic animated film was January 21, 1938. The song that Popeye and Bluto sing at the beginning was originally featured in Max Flesicher’s 1936 “Color Classic“, “Christmas Comes But Once a Year“.

YouTube video, Popeye The Sailor 057 – Let’s Celebrake, uploaded by James Flynn on Dec 11, 2009.  Animators: Seymour Kneitel, William Henning, Uncredited animators: Graham Place, Abner Matthews

Here’s a comment I like posted by a YouTube member, sashi138, 2 years ago, “NOW THAT ONE IS WORTH IT!! Its one of those rare ones where Popeye and Bluto get along, AND It shows just how huge a heart the one-eyed sailor has for children, animals, and the (often forgotten) elderly. GO SPINACH POWER!!!”

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 Have an enjoyable and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and come back tomorrow for our “Happy New Year 2013 – Awesome!” blog.

HO! HO! HO! ~ CHRISTMAS ~ HA! HA! HA!

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