Category: holidays and observances

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

The Birth of Jesus Foretold Luke chapter 1 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have … Continue reading Christmas Day

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“Tis the season to…

“Tis the season to…

Do we celebrate more special events and holidays the last six weeks of the year than the rest of the year combined? It feels that way to me.  We have the three major holidays- Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day   Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve have become mini holidays too. And this year, since … Continue reading “Tis the season to…

Advent Words from Luke

Luke chapter 2, New Living Translation  The Shepherds and Angels 8That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he … Continue reading Advent Words from Luke

Practical steps to healthy holiday eating

What do marshmallows, pumpkins, eggnog, popcorn, and pears have in common? Well, besides being foods associated with holiday recipes, they're also mentioned in songs about Christmas. You'll also recognize some less everyday foods like chestnuts , figgy pudding,collard greens and wassail.     We all enjoy our holiday traditions of eating and drinking special foods … Continue reading Practical steps to healthy holiday eating

Expert advice to conquer holiday stress

Expert advice to conquer holiday stress

Magazine articles, television programs and music playlists tell us that this is "the most wonderful time of the year."  That is until the extra work of shopping, cooking, decorating, wrapping, planning and entertaining makes it the least wonderful time. While most of us welcome the chance to celebrate with family and friends, sometimes those encounters … Continue reading Expert advice to conquer holiday stress

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

  I share a video with you this week.  It is a "flashwaltz" which happened, where else, in a hospital (after all, this is a health blog) . Music students played The Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky at the Hadassah Hospital.     As we in the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving … Continue reading Giving Thanks

Remembering Independence Day, July 4, 1776

Remembering Independence Day, July 4, 1776

" On Independence Day, Americans will celebrate our country’s freedom with fireworks, family, and friends. Amidst the fun and hoopla, let’s pause to remember the supreme price of freedom. The holiday is Independence Day. The day it is celebrated is July 4th. Because freedom is our most revered right as citizens of the United States, … Continue reading Remembering Independence Day, July 4, 1776

Weekend  Words for Fathers’ Day from Luke 15 

Weekend Words for Fathers’ Day from Luke 15 

  In the United States we observe the third Sunday in June to honor,celebrate and recognize fathers. Here is a story from the Bible about a special father and two different sons.   The Story of the Lost Son 11-1212 Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said … Continue reading Weekend Words for Fathers’ Day from Luke 15 

Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words

Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words

  Robert Browning, poet "Although the early part of Robert Browning’s creative life was spent in comparative obscurity, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important poets of the Victorian period."   Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words