Friday, December 4th

Hanukkah, The Festival Of Lights

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Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, lasts for 8 days and is a celebration of light over dark. This year, Hanukkah starts December 6 and ends December 14. The symbols of Hanukkah include menorahs, dreidels, and foil-covered chocolate coins.

Hanukkah is commemorated by lighting the candles of a menorah, a 9-armed candelabra. Each night an additional candle is lit. The extra candle, which is used to light the other candles, is called a shamash and is situated in a distinct location on the menorah, either above or below the other candles. After blessings are recited, the candles burn for at least half an hour after darkness falls

Dishes traditionally associated with Hanukkah include latkes, braised brisket, noodle kugel and chocolate babka. The custom of eating food cooked in oil stems from the miracle of a small amount of oil keeping the flame in the temple lit for eight days.

It’s traditional to invite family and friends to Hanukkah dinner to enjoy the fellowship, good food, and fun games. Please see our Hanukkah Festival of Lights Pinterest Board  for recipe, home decor, craft, DIY and greeting card ideas.

In each of the years of his presidency, President Obama and family have had a special menorah take center stage. Some special menorahs included a 90-year-old menorah in 2012 that survived Hurricane Sandy and in 2013 the menorah was from the Jewish Museum in Prague. (More information available at Help Us Find Menorahs for the White House Hanukkah Receptions

We at Greeting Card Universe wish you and your family Hanukkah Sameach!

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Thursday, August 27th

Camping Out

In 1978, newspapers reported Bigfoot sightings in Hartford County, Maryland according to Robert Chance, an environmental education teacher at a local high school who claimed to have circumstantial evidence and had actually met the crypto-creature. Chance believes Bigfoot is intelligent, fears humans and walks around the Appalachian mountain region, hidden in the thick forests. He faces a great deal of criticism, but has faith that one day, his belief in Bigfoot will be vindicated.

If you decide to have a camping party in the woods, you don’t need to worry about Bigfoot crashing the fun when you send unique Kids Birthday Party/Camping Out Invitations. Just order on-line, add the date and times and we’ll put your invites in the mail the next business day.

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Thursday, October 16th

National Pasta Day

October 17 is National Pasta Day in the United States, where the average consumer munches through nearly 9 pounds of pasta per year. With a variety of pasta shapes and lots of choices for sauces, pasta is considered a culinary staple as well as nutritious and delicious.

While a popular myth has the explorer Marco Polo bringing pasta to Italy after his legendary voyage to China, the truth is somewhat less fantastic. In 1296, for example, before Polo’s return, a trade in obra de pasta was already well established in Sardinia. So who invented pasta? We don’t know, but we’re glad they did.

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Monday, September 29th

Let’s Do Tea: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Afternoon Tea

Come and share a pot of tea,
My home is warm and my friendship’s free.
Emilie Barnes

The scene plays out the same in many houses: a child sits around a table having a “tea party” with their stuffed animals, dolls, and playmates.  But when did the ritual of afternoon tea first start? Who began the tradition and why? To answer these questions, here are:

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Afternoon Tea

According to British legend, Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century, became hungry in the hours before a late night dinner. She called for tea and snacks, thus setting off a 200-year old tradition.

Tea was first sold in England in 1658, but cost as much as £4 per pound – in today’s money, about £131!

According to the Dictionary of Daily Wants (1860), a mid-Victorian era dictionary, the preferred tea blend for the average British householder was, “two-fifths black, two-fifths green, and one-fifth gunpowder (a type of green tea).”

The Victorian custom of the “morning call” – when a lady would visit another lady’s home as a social obligation – entrenched the afternoon tea as tradition since such calls were paid at house too early for a glass of wine.

Afternoon tea in the UK is also known as “low tea.” At an afternoon tea, dainty cakes and crustless sandwiches are served. A high tea is basically what working class families in the North of England called a hearty meal eaten just after 5 PM.

BONUS: By the way, it’s not good etiquette to stick up your pinky finger when drinking from a tea cup. It’s a misinterpretation of 11th century manners.

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