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Friday, November 27, 2020

Buy Nothing Day


Welcome to the day after Thanksgiving. Many love the sales and discounts that this day often brings. Yet others refuse to pay attention to all the commercialism of Christmas. For those individuals the day after Thanksgiving is less attentive to all the sales and discounts available and instead stand by the method of a "Buy Nothing Day". However the choice is yours to get your Christmas shopping started early or to take a stand against commercialism.

While there are many that both agree with this day as disagree. The idealism of the creator of this special day, Ted Dave from Canada was backed by the group adbusters and was first celebrated in 1992. 

Rather than concentrating on the good shopping deals perhaps you should consider to reflect upon the meaning of Christmas. As one of my grandchildren the other day said in their own words Christmas day is "Jesus's Birthday". Some other ideas you may try while avoiding shopping may include:

  • After such a large meal why not sleep in. Get plenty of extra room and allow your body to recover after such a large meal
  • lounge around and enjoy some Christmas movies with the kids
  • decorate the house
So if you headed out this year to do some early morning shopping was it good for you?? If not then perhaps you will consider trying a buy nothing day. However if you did enjoy the hustle and bustle then who am I to suggest this. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Strong Individual that Always Dreamed of a Nation Wide Thanksgiving


Did you know that it was a citizen of the united states that desperately drew attention to the need of a holiday to be thankful for?? Her name was Sarah Josepha Hale and for years she lobbied congress to create the holiday that would be known as Thanksgiving. Hale was very proud of her country and wanted to make a day that would be permanent and also become an American custom. 

So just who was this Sarah Josepha Hale?? 

Hale was born in New Hampshire in 1788 Her mother and father offered her an education but did son at home. In that day and time a woman and education was not always thought well of but to Sarah's parents it was something they believed their daughter deserved. That education would pay off when she found her self a widow in her mid 30s. Sarah Hale then became an author and published a collection of poems. Later she would become the editor of a magazine and became a strong activist against woman's suffrage. However in all her works she never lost way of her thought to bring the nation together by hosting a feast and giving thanks.

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No Bake Pumpkin Pie Parfait

  •  1 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup soft brown sugar
  • 250 g finely crushed cinnamon biscuits
  • 3 tablespoons icing or confectioner sugar

Add a teaspoon of pumpkin puree to each glass. 
In a bowl mix Mascarpone, the rest of the pumpkin puree, cinnamon and brown sugar until combined.
Whip the cream and icing (confectioner's) sugar to soft peaks.
Add a layer of the biscuits crumbs (about 3 teaspoons) to the pumpkin layer int he glass.
Follow with about 3 teaspoons of the Mascarpone and pumpkin cream.
Add  a layer of whipped cream (about 4 teaspoons).
Repeat the layers in order, until your glass is full, finishing with a  dollop of whipped cream on top. Refrigerate for at least two hours to firm up.
Just before serving add crushed biscuits on top. 

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Celebrate Thanksgiving Together


Did you know that Thanksgiving was not always celebrated on the same day in the United States?? The first Thanksgiving was held on Thursday November 26, 1621 and was held at Plymouth Rock. The Wampanoag Native Americans and the colonist came together to celebrate harvest with a feast. Previous to 1863 colonies and states celebrated a form of Thanksgiving on different days. However, during the civil war in 1863 Abe Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving day to be held each November. 

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