• Happy 2012 ~ New Year Fun Facts



    New Year's Eve the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Many folks gladly welcome the New year  as a time to celebrate last year's accomplishments and/or to put behind them and to look forward to the new year. We generally look forward to the year ahead with hope, excitement and great anticipation for things to come. It's a time to start a new, clear out the cobwebs, get organized and make resolutions that can help us to grow and become the people we want to be. Whatever you are planning for  this New Year - 2012, we hope you have fun, celebrate responsibly and receive many blessings throughout the year ahead.


    Today on the Charming Chick Blog we are going to feature a few New Year's Eve Fun Facts for your reading pleasure.



    It was once believed that the first people you saw in the New Year would bring you good or bad luck depending on if those people were friends or enemies, for this reason most people generally celebrate with friends and family.


    If the first person to visit you in the New Year was a tall dark haired man, this was believed to be especially lucky.


    Serving food in a ring shape represents coming full circle and is thought to be good luck for the year ahead. So make sure you eat a lot of "ring food" tonight!


    The current New Year's ball that drops in New York City's Times Square is made of Waterford crystal and weighs over 1,000 pounds. The ball begins to drop at 11:59pm and continues down until it reaches the bottom at 12:00am January 1st.


    December 31st 1907 mark the first ball drop in Times Square.


    The act of celebrating the New Year dates back over 4,000 years. Back in those days the celebrations would last 11 days! However, it was usually celebrated during the Spring Equinox.


    It was Julius Caesar that set January 1st as the beginning of the New Year but not all cultures celebrate it as the New Year.


    Some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions today are to:

    * Lose Weight/get healthy

    * Deduce Debt/save money

    * Get Organized

    *Try new things










  • The History of Labor Day

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    Most of us view Labor Day as the last real weekend of summer. If they haven't done so already, this is the time when the kids go back to school and fall is about ready to begin. We are also advised not to wear white and soon we will notice the crisp, cool smell of autumn in the air. Labor Day is a popular time for those last out-of-town or camping trips as well but some of you may be wondering -- what exactly is Labor Day? What is it for and when did it begin? On the Charming Chick blog today we will answer some of these question and provide a few fun facts along the way.  



    Labor Day is observed on the first Monday of September. This holiday is dedicated to the hard-working men and women of our country -- that means YOU! It is a celebration all the social and economic contributions of the American peope. On May 18th, 1882 cabinetmaker Peter McGuire attending a meeting at Central Labor Union and proposed a holiday for all those who labor. The first Labor Day was help on September 5, 1882. However, 1883 few workers were given this holiday off so over 10,000 New York workers showed up to take a stand against employers not willing to recognize the holiday. Actually, at that time it was more of an unoffical holiday though.


    In 1887 Oregon was the very first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday. It didn't become a national holiday until 1894 but by that time 30 states were already officially observing it.  President Grover Cleveland rushed the request to make Labor Day a national holiday through congress -- where it was unanimously approved. The reason they were in such a hurry, had to do with several tragic deaths during heated labor disputes. It was an attempt by President Cleveland prevent further violence from erupting due to labor issues.



    Labor Day is usually a time for rest, for parties and for just enjoying the extra day off. Did you know that the time between Memorial Day a Labor Day is considered hot dog season? It's true! Labor Day is actually the 3rd most popular holiday for grilling right behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.


    All of us here and Charming Chick wish you a fun, relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend!!!!! Enjoy!


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