Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Resolution/s for every NEW YEAR

When the clock strikes midnight and the year 2015 is ushered in, chances are you will be awake. Might be partying with friends; or standing outside and being dazzled by fireworks; or you might be texting your loved ones to wish them a Happy New Year or, perhaps, you'll be quietly contemplating the 12 months that have passed and the 12 that are yet to come. At the end there’s no escaping the fact that the turn of the new year is a very big deal.

New Year Day (Varies with people and traditions)

Babylonians rang in their new year with an 11-day festival in March, and ancient Egyptians celebrated the advent of their new calendar during the Nile River's annual flood. Chinese have their own ways and dates and Indians usually count their new year with either Dipawali or Basant celebrations.

New Year, no matter when people celebrated it, has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's time to reflect on the changes we want, or often need. Lets begin with discussing traditions that are carried out around New Year's Day. The first thing would come in your mind is to keeping a New Year RESOLUTION... 

Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?

The origin of making New Year's resolutions rests with the Babylonians, who reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they'd earn good favor in the coming year. Many of us are still believe in making resolutions with hope to turn it out as beautifully as we imagine. Be it fitness one, job one or studies one.. be it staying happy and positive around the year or just to be little more creative.. New year is the time when an idea born somewhere in your mind, to grow and flourish with time.

WHY waiting for New Year to grow?

Because most of us thinks that New Year magically provide the catalyst, motivation and persistence we need to reinvent ourselves. Unfortunately with time we often forget our resolution, however this year, don't set yourself up for failure by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep. Instead follow simple steps for successfully making a new year’s resolution you can stick to for good.

For me 

I have some big goals.. and no its not about more money, more power or more fame... its about more PEACE!

1. When someone has wronged you, continue to treat them with civility: It's the ultimate goal/resolution of my life.
2. Give far more than you take
3. Genuinely acknowledge others: Taking the time to give sincere praise to those who deserve is fuel for the soul.
4. Default to kindness
5. Embrace diversity: Every person is a world. The uniqueness of each human being makes our communities a more beautiful place.

Share your resolutions in the comments :) have fun in remaining 4 days of '14.. Thanks for reading


Sunday, December 14, 2014

DIY for Christmas

Personalize your Christmas season with some DIY projects..

I am sure its not the best time to start something entirely new, but you can always give it a try... if you are not sure how to decorate your home this Christmas, make these adorable items at home, just to add a little creativity in your fun Christmas decorations!!

DIY 1: This paper garland would add a little color in your decoration. It is super easy, all you need are, colorful hard paper, scissors, thread and needle. Create any shape like stars, teddies, trees etc using scissors and connect them through thread using needle... You can also create this garland according to your Christmas decoration theme like golden start and red santa :) 

DIY 2: This holiday season, let it snow. For this piece you need scissors, lightweight white craft paper, thread. For each snowflake, fold a paper square in half once, and then in half again. Create a fold so that the upper right corner meets the lower left corner and fold the paper in half diagonally once again. 

Cut random smaller notches in the paper edges. Then, unfold the paper to check the snowflake. Attach strings/thread with the snowflakes and enjoy the show!

DIY 3: Haven't worn a scarf or a sweater in a while... if its actually not wearable anymore and you are pretty sure, you can't even donate it then no problem, don't throw away.. recycle it! Cut it in a square, make sure these cuts are really fine and you are not end up spoiling it. Fill with some goodies, so it will take a nice shape, make it it look a little Santa’s sack and tie it with the heavy thread! You can use it either like an ornament or like a gift bag!

DIY 4: Love wall art? Use popsicle stick to make snowflakes, that will give you the special feeling of winter, perfect art for the holidays. Use glue to attach the popsicle sticks together. You can google some snowflake designs if you like. After a while spray paint the sticks in silver, gold or any other color and put the art on the wall :) Super easy to make right :) 

Share your ideas in the comments :) Thank you for reading, Enjoy your Christmas!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It’s Christmas... Not ‘X’mas

Christmas posts, before Christmas :) The best thing about having a writing platform is that you can write about anything and everything... Today I m going to write about Christmas...

I love Christmas.. to be honest I love all the holidays but Christmas brings festivity for the whole season... its not a 'one' day holiday... its an event, a series of celebrations... :) 

First of all It’s Not ‘X’mas, It’s ‘Christ’mas

Christmas celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ... Christmas is the message of a child born in a manger in a city of Bethlehem but for his deeds worshiped around the world.

For some reason Christmas has been shortened by the use of ‘xmas’. ‘X’, cannot take the place of Jesus Christ, the most venerable name, in Christianity! the name that upholds a vision, an inspiration, can NOT be shortened.

The season of Christmas remains in the air entire month of December and beginning of January. The real essence of the festival is in the feeling and sense of sharing love and the reason why it is celebrated.

There are many things that can spark the Christmas spirit, the arrival of cold weather, the smell of cookies, cakes baking in the oven, the presence of family... Let me share few examples...

The Christmas cake is also called the ‘Plum cake’, given that the main ingredients of the cake are tiny bits of plums. Although there is no specific time to start baking cakes people generally begin baking it few days before Christmas. Other then the authentic Plum Cake there is a Ribbon and Chocolate-Walnut cakes for the cake lovers.

The custom of singing Christmas carols is said to have come from 13th century, Italy where a man named St. Francis of Assisi led songs of praise. It is considered bad luck to send carolers away empty handed as it is customary to offer food, drink or even a little money. A Christmas Carol is basically a song or hymn whose lyrics are on the theme of Christmas or the winter season in general, traditionally sung throughout the season of Christmas.

Decorations trigger the magical feelings of the holiday season. A Christmas without the Christmas tree is incoherent. They played a symbolic part because they stay green and alive when other plants appear dead and bare. They represent everlasting life and hope for the return of spring. The tree is decorated with Christmas ornaments like coloured stars, balls, bells, drums, Santa-Claus, angels.

Christmas is a season of great joy and is marked by reading the story of Jesus' birth, singing Christmas carols and giving gifts after the pattern of God's greatest gift to us- His own Son. People usually put up the decorations around their home after Thanksgiving to mark the beginning of Christmas season. Since Christmas comes about the same time as New Year the celebrations are coincided and therefore the festive season is intact for a longer period.

So don't wait more... start baking cookies, decorate your tree and home and enjoy the festivity :) Thank you for reading :)