Valentine's Day

Who was Valentine and why is it associated with love?Valentine's Day is in the popular calendar, especially in the stores of various countries of the world.February 14 is the day to celebrate love and friendship.

Based on several legends, historians believe that the current Valentine's Day has its origin in a festival of Ancient Rome.

The party marked the beginning of spring and celebrated fertility.It was, then, a pagan festival. In the year 494 after Christ, Pope Gelasius I decided to turn it into a festival. For this, he needed a saint And he chose Valentine.

So it was that on February 14, 494, it was the first day of Valentine's Day. But today it is not clear who was that martyr.According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the saint whose holiday fell on the date known today as Valentine's Day was possibly one of the three martyrs executed at the time of the Roman Empire.A Roman doctor who became a priest and whom the Emperor Claudius "The Gothic" ordered beheaded in the year 270.A bishop of the city of Interamna, currently Terni, Italy. The rest of its body is conserved in the basilica of the city, and the patronal feast is celebrated the 14 of February.

A bishop also called Valentin de Recia who lived in the fifth century. But the best known story is that of the first, that of the Roman doctor who embraced the Christian faith and was ordained a priest.

At that time, in the year 270 BC, Emperor Claudius II forbade the marriage of young people, because according to him, the single men without children were better soldiers.According to the story, the priest Valentin considered the decree unfair and challenged the emperor.And secretly to young couples.The actions of the priests irritated the emperor and brought him to the palace and ordered him to be beheaded.

And so it is now considered Valentine patron of lovers.

The Catholic Church does not consider it a holiday,only that it became a big business in the twentieth centuryfor those of greeting cards, in one of the most frequent love or friendship demonstrations on Valentine's Day.

Feast of the Epiphany or Kings Day

Feast of the Epiphany or Kings Day
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The shepherds and kings of the East visit Jesus Messiah, the gifts and worship him with gold, incense and myrrh.
Origin of the party:January 6 was celebrated from time immemorial in the East, but with a pagan sense: In Egypt and Arabia, during the night of January 5 to 6 the birth of the god Aion was remembered.

 They believed that he manifested himself in particular at the rebirth of the sun, on the winter solstice that coincided with January 6. On this same date, the prodigies of the god Dionysus were celebrated in favor of his devotees.
 The feast of the Epiphany replaced the pagan cults of the East related to the winter solstice, celebrating that day the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God in the wise men who came from the East to worship him.
 The tradition passed to the West in the middle of the 4th century, through what is now France.The history of the Magi can be found in Matthew 2, 1-12"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the time of King Herod, some magicians of the East appeared in Jerusalem saying: where is the child, the King of the Jews? Because we have seen his star in the East and we come to adore himUpon hearing this, King Herod became very worried;

 Then he called some gentlemen who called themselves to the Pontiffs and Scribes and to whom the place of the birth of the Messiah, of the Savior that the Jewish people had been waiting for a long time, was asked.They replied: In Bethlehem of Judah, well it is written by the Prophet:And you, Bethlehem, land of Judahin no way are you the leastamong the main cities of Judahbecause a boss will come from youwho is the shepherd of my people IsraelThen Herod, calling aside the magicians, sent them to the city of Bethlehem and said: Go and inform yourself very well about that child; and when they find it, also so that I too will adore it.

 The Magi went away and the star that had seen in the East, went before them until it was to stand on the place where the Child was. Upon seeing the star, they felt great joy.
 They entered the house and saw the child with Maria his
mother. They knelt down and worshiped him.
 They opened their treasures and offered gifts: gold, incense and myrrh. Then, having been warned in dreams that they did not return to Herod, (as he wanted to look for the Child to kill him), they returned to their country by another way ".

The end of the year

The end of the year party is a very important date all over the world, it is a beautiful moment to reflect and to put new challenges.
 In the same way, it is the perfect opportunity to stop doing that which impoverishes our lives and makes them more miserable.
 This good mood for the beginning of a new year can be many ways .
                                  The best wishes for you !
                                             HAPPY NEW YEAR  !

Santa Claus

 Santa Claus


The story tells that Nicolás secretly gave a bag full of gold coins to three women
"whose father did not have the resources"  when they reached the age of marriage. It is said that the priest entered through a window
 and put the gold bag inside the girls' socks, which hung over the fireplace to dry them.


Records indicate that the transformation occurred in the year 1624. "It was in the seventeenth century
 when the image of Santa Claus arrived in the United States from the Netherlands, - a country in which Sinterklaas or San Nicolás is venerated,
 a character who brings gifts to children on December 5. "

However, in 1809 the writer Washington Irving deformed the name of the Dutch saint Sinterklaas in the vulgar pronunciation of Santa Claus.
 This could be considered the birth of the name.
 Then the poet Clement Clarke Moore made his contribution in a poem where he talks about Santa Claus as a dwarf and thin,
 but who gives toys on Christmas Eve to children and travels on a sleigh pulled by nine reindeer including the leader, Rodolfo.

In 1863 Santa Claus adopts his new physiognomy thanks Thomas Nast,
a cartoonist who designed the character for his Christmas strips in Harpers Weekly.
 Their new clothes would have influence of the bishops of yesteryear and without relation with San Nicolás de Bari.

The story and celebration began to spread by the hand of Santa Claus,
 with the fat character, barbel and red after an illustration made in 1870
 by the German-American cartoonist Thomas Nast on the basis of a poem by Clement Moore.

Santa Claus has been widely used as a commercial tool. At the end of the 19th century,
 from a US announcement of the Lomen Company, a US company in the refrigeration sector,
 who incorporated the tradition that Santa Claus would come from the North Pole;
and Christmas reindeer would be popularly popularized as a means of transportation for Santa Claus.
In 1930 Coca Cola acquired the rights of this living object and in its advertisements began to use it.

                               Merry Christmas to YOU !


One of New York City’s biggest holiday traditions !

Christmas it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

One of New York City’s biggest holiday traditions,  Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting,
 this year's 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 75-foot Norway Spruce from Jason Perrin in State College,
The show is broadcasted to millions of viewers watching from home.

Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center Tree has been the symbol of Christmas in New York City the first official tree lighting was in 1933 .

 And  hundreds of thousands of visitors passing by each day while the tree is on display.
Between West 48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues.Is the ceremony free and open to the public.
And there will be a large crowd, as tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world come to view the lighting each year.
More than 50,000 lights will brighten up the tree this year with a sparkling .
At the top stunning Swarovski star is comprised of 25,000 crystals with one million facets .
 This is 85th Christmas tree and will be on display until January 7, 2018.

The Christmas tree or Christmas tree is a decorative element ,
  typical of the Christmas party.

 Traditionally an evergreen conifer is traditionally used,
  highlighting among them the fir species (abies nordmanniana).
  Nowadays, the use of artificial trees is also very popular,
  of plastic and other synthetic materials.
It is decorated with ornaments such as colored balls of glass or other less fragile material,


  lights, stars, bows, tinsel, garlands or other decorations.It is possible that the first Christmas tree,
  as it is known today,
it arose in Germany, where it was implanted for the first time in 1605 to acclimate the cold of Christmas.

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Last News ! .. Santa Claus in economic troubles, Does this remind you of a situation in real life?

Last News ! .. a Santa Claus in economic troubles,

Does this remind you of a situation in real life?

Dear friends a few days before Christmas, we learned some details about Santa that no television channel announced,
 with the loans he asked the banks to buy his house, he went bankrupt and had to pawn his sleigh to return the money as you can see here,
 and only stayed with the deer.


As Santa was left in ruins, and since he has so many friends, one of them lent him his little horse to finish his job of distributing toys like every year.

His friends when seeing him so sad invited him to a Christmas party where he enjoyed music,

 he danced as far as he could, he ate tamales tacos, lechon, rice with beans and even broke a pinata and his joy was so great,

 that again he heard his so famoza laughter JO-JO-JO-JO JO!

When the party ended Santa could not return to the North Pole,

 and asked to spend the night with one of his friends that his job is to make snow flavors and know him as the snowman,

here you can see him even with I dream, since I got up early because I had to be ready to distribute the toys on the night of December 24th.

And with the help of his friends, Santa was able to continue with his work of distributing his toys.

         Well I hope this story is fun for you, but sometimes real for some parents.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

   Merry Christmas !


Texts and photos

 Mariano S.


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Happy Holidays !

The history of black friday originated in Philadelphia
where it was called to describe the dense traffic of people and vehicles
They filled the streets the day after Thanksgiving.

For the year of 1961 among the police officers
responsible for traffic regulation, popularizing around 1966,
and extending to the rest of the states from 1975.

Later, an alternative explanation emerged, referring to the term "black"
to the accounts of the stores, which go from red to black numbers thanks to the surplus.
Black Friday is not a holiday,
but many entrepreneurs see this day as a holiday along with Thanksgiving,
giving employees a day off, in fact increasing the total number of potential buyers.
It is usually the day of greatest commercial movement of the whole year.