Archive for August, 2007

Lucky 4 Leaf Clovers

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

image Have you ever found a four leaf clover? Your odds of finding one are about 1 in 10,000. They are a rare occurrence found among the common 3 leaf clover, or shamrock, which occasionally produces a fourth leaf. There are other plants that may be mistaken for true four leaf clovers. These plants always have four leaves. A real four leaf clover is a mutation from the trifolium repens plant and typically has a smaller fourth leaf than the other three leaves.

Superstition holds that finding one will bring good luck. Ancient druids believed that four leaf clovers had a great value and considered them a sign of luck. Many people today share this belief. In 1620, the English author and politician, Sir John Melton wrote that “If a man walking in the fields finds any four-leaved grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing.”

Legend holds that each leaf of a four leaf clover has a special meaning. The first leaf is said to represent hope, the second faith, the third love, and the fourth luck.

Do you feel that a four leaf clover or other good luck charm or symbol has ever brought you luck? Maybe you have a lucky horseshoe hanging in your home or your own special object that has brought you good luck. Are you in love and do you feel that LUCK brought you two together? Click on the last picture to obtain more information on our Laser Engraved “Lucky Love” Wooden Photo Frame.

Personalized Christmas Tree Ornaments

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Personalized Christmas Ornaments can be one of the most treasured Christmas decorations. Some of the first ornaments used to decorate trees were fruit and nuts. These items, along with the tree, were a symbol of hope that life, as it was before winter, would return in the spring. As time went on, other decorations were added to trees such as shiny decorations and food decorations like gingerbread and other hard cookies that were baked into shapes.

As the practice of decorating a Christmas tree spread, other countries began adding their own customs and decorations. Many of the traditions and customs for Christmas trees and ornaments that are in use today are believed to have originated in Germany.

Many families have large ornament collections that they use to decorate their Christmas tree each year. These collections often include special and meaningful ornaments that are family keepsakes, or handmade ornaments made by family, friends, or even children. Children often make ornaments for their parents at school. It is common in some families to see children’s or kid’s scribbles with “My First Christmas” written all over it. These decorate the chimney, or are put adjacent to the tree.

Many collections also include personalized ornaments. These ornaments can commemorate a marriage, a baby’s first Christmas, and may even contain a special photo.

An ornament collection is unique to each person or family and creates a special Christmas tree that is unlike anyone else’s Christmas tree.

Baking Christmas Cookies

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Every year during the holiday season, one of my favorite things to do is to bake cookies for my family and friends. Baking is something that I love to do and homemade cookies are a thoughtful and personal gift that I can give to anyone. After having done this for a few years, it’s now a tradition that I plan on continuing. imageHomemade cookies are a great way to spread some love and cheer during the holidays. Cookies make a perfect gift for everyone on your gift list, even during other times of the year.

Another fun cookie tradition is to have a cookie exchange. This is a great way to get together with your neighbors or friends and family. Each person makes a batch of cookies to share at the party. Everyone at the party exchanges their cookies and their recipe. Not only do you get to spend an enjoyable time with good people, you get to try new cookies, and also acquire some new recipes to add to your collection.

And don’t forget to make some extra cookies for Santa. There is also the tradition of leaving out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. As a child, this was one of my favorite things to do. I would pick out the best cookies for Santa and then try as hard as I could to stay awake and wait for him to arrive. I never could stay awake long enough to see that he ate them, but every Christmas morning I woke up to find that both the cookies and the milk were gone.

I often watch the Food Network on TV and I am always amazed every time I see how clean the chefs can keep the kitchen. Is it just me or is this an impossible task? My mess seems to start as soon as I start taking out the ingredients. No matter how hard I try, I cannot keep the kitchen clean. I guess making a mess can be part of the fun of baking, although cleaning up is usually not very much fun.

Personalized Christmas Stockings

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

A common Christmas tradition is for children, and usually adults, too, to hang up a Christmas stocking. These empty socks or sock shaped bags are left out for Santa to fill up with small gifts during his visit on Christmas Eve. These stockings are typically hung over the fireplace, but if there is not a fireplace in the home, they can be hung just about anywhere else. Other places where stockings are hung include the backs of chairs, on doorknobs, on bed posts, and along stairs. These suggestions are just a few of the possibilities.

The traditional Christmas stocking is red with white trim. Stockings today are available in just about any size or design that you can think of. A personalized stocking is a special gift that can be used year after year during the Christmas season.

Hanging up a stocking is similar to traditions in other countries. One variation that may have brought about the hanging of stockings is the Dutch tradition of children leaving their clogs out near the fireplace for Sinterklaas to find so that he could fill them with gifts or treats.

There are many legends that describe the origin and history of the Christmas stocking. No matter where this tradition started, one thing is certain, the stocking is a commonly practiced American custom and highly recognizable Christmas symbol.