December 16, 2014
Good Afternoon everyone. Hope everyone has had a great week. Weather here has been cold in the 20’s, cool in the 30’s, rainy and in between in the 40’s. I am very Thankful however that it has not snowed yet. Amen to that. I have been busy promoting Liana Werner Gray’s Earth Diet Book, as well as getting donations to be able to give books to people who need it. I have also been busy getting ready for the holidays. Here are some of the many ways people celebrate their holiday, and where we get some of the holiday traditions we use, and where it comes from.
In German, they use glass ornaments, gingerbread men, hand-carved wooden angels and tinsel. Years ago they used lighted candles, paper roses, cookies and fruit. They say Frohliche Weihnachten to say Merry Christmas.
In Italy, they say Buone Feste Natalizie to say Merry Christmas. The tradition that we get from Italy is the carnivale mask from their celebration called Carnevale.
In Mexico, we get the poinsettia flower plant. They say Feliz Navidad to say Merry Christmas. Breaking a pinata is part of Christmas Eve in Mexico. Treasures like toys or candy drop onto the floor for children to retrieve.
In the Jewish religion Hanukkah is celebrated. It lasts eight days. It honors a Jewish victory in war and a miracle in which a tiny pot of oil lasted eight days & nights. About five million people in the United States celebrate Hanukkah. Candles are lit each night in a special candle-holder called a menorah.
In the African-American holiday, Kwanzaa is celebrated during the last week of December. Candles are lit to represent the virtues of the people. Seven important ideas are celebrated. Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, & Faith.
In Muslim Americans, they use a different calendar from our traditional one to determine their holidays. Sometimes in December, Eid is celebrated. During this time, families sacrifice animals and share the meat with each other and the poor.
In Australia, Christmas is celebrated a lot like the United States of America. Both Countries have a mix of ethnic groups. Backgrounds are varied. They have traditional dinners like Turkey, Ham, cold cuts and steamed pudding. Christians in USA and Australians consider Christmas a time for remembering the true meaning of Christmas. A time for remembering the birth of Jesus and the spiritual meaning of Christmas. For many, Christmas will begin with families attending a mid-night mass. 70% of Australians are either Catholic, Anglican or Lutheran. After the mid-night Mass, a little sleep is attempted. For many, the children in various households, wake up the family at dawn. Swag Man takes over for our Santa. Swag Man wears a brown Akubra, a blue singlet and long baggy shorts because of the hot weather. He spends all winter under Uluru with his merry dingoes and then at Christmas time, he gets in his huge four-wheel drive and sets off through the red dust to deliver his presents. Gifts are unwrapped and the joy of Christmas begins. For many with relatives and friends overseas, it is a mad scramble to get an early phone call to relatives worldwide.
To all my friends celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or any other Holiday tradition you follow this month, May you have Health, Wealth, Inner Peace, Happiness, and Love, today and always.
Did you know that Our current agricultural system uses taxpayer money to subsidize the planting of GMO’s, while organic farmers are required to pay fees for certification.
Did you know Hot Peppers and Spicy foods contain capsaicin, an ingredient that may raise your body temperature when you eat, thus boosting your metabolism.
One of my delicious breakfasts that I make is Hemp/Chia seed cereal:
1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water mixed in with 1/4 cup Organic hemp seeds, 1 tablespoon of Organic Chia Seeds. You then can add any fruit you like – strawberries, banana slices, apples, or even blueberries. Or you can try:
1 cup + 1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
Dash of sea salt
1 banana, 1/2 mashed, 1/2 cut into slices
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Bring 1/4 cup of quinoa, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk, and dash of sea salt to a boil in a small pot.
2. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed (about 10 minutes).
3. Remove quinoa from stove and transfer to a bowl.
4. Mix in the mashed banana, cocoa powder, vanilla, and honey. Stir until evenly combined.
5. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of almond milk over quinoa, garnish with banana slices and mint (if desired), and enjoy!
I am grateful I meditated. I am grateful I did my visualization exercises. I am grateful I did my mirror work. I am grateful I did my Tapping exercises. I am grateful I am able to celebrate the Christmas Holiday. I am grateful I am able to share recipes and ingredients that are good for my body. I am grateful to be able to continue to pass on information I learn about health issues and companies that are keeping the truth from us, by not labeling our foods and that are hurting us and taking our money by keeping us sick to pay for more drugs. I am grateful to be able to tell you about companies that are helping us fight disease. I am grateful I have been able to help other people. I am grateful I am aware of my emotions, feelings and losses. I am grateful I am not giving up when my emotions are trying to sabotage me. I am grateful I will NOT Give up on Myself. I am grateful I am able to raise money thru my crowdrise website below to give the new book to people with health challenges. I am grateful I am keeping up with the new meditation to visualize the fat coming off me. I am grateful I am aware of my sadness. I am grateful Life Loves me. I am grateful I Love Life. I am grateful I accept myself as I am. I am grateful I have learned so much about myself, physical and emotional health. I am grateful I will have a new day tomorrow to learn more and feel better physically. I am grateful I have positive loving family and friends. I am grateful I ate nutritional foods. I am grateful I am raising my vibration. I am grateful I had a safe quiet day. I am grateful I am working toward a goal. I am grateful The Earth Diet Book is now out and available for everyone. I am grateful I have a new weight loss goal. I am grateful I appreciate myself and the progress I have made this past year. I am grateful for all the people who follow me and read my blog. Don’t forget to give that special person The Earth Diet book for the holidays. Go to http://www.theearthdiet.com.
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