While we just finished our New Year’s Eve parties and (hopefully) started on our New Year’s Resolutions that we set for January 1st here in the states, those that follow the Chinese culture still have some time before their official end of the year sets in. And though we’re sure you’ve heard of the occasion before and may even be familiar with which animal is said to represent 2016, we’d like to share some more insight into their holiday so that you can get a closer look at how others symbolize the start and end of a calendar year; take a look at what we’ve put together below.
January represents a new year, a fresh start, and for some – a farewell to one age and “hello” to the next. While you may still be recovering from the holiday mayhem, those special few born in the first month of the year are keeping the party going!
After the insanity of holiday gifting in December, sometimes it can be tough to think of January birthday gifts. With that said, we’re going to help you out by providing January birthday fun facts and some awesome January birthday gift ideas, so you can send a perfect personalized gift that they’ll want to show off until their next birthday!
January Birthday Fun Facts
January Birthstone: Garnet
A ravishing garnet is the birthstone associated with those born in the first month of the year. Symbolizing trust and loyalty, this stone can be found in a variety of colors, most commonly red. The word “garnet” is derived from the Latin word “granatum” which translates to “pomegranate” – can you see the resemblance?! Continue Reading…
In honor of the holiday season, we at 1800Flowers.com thought we’d share some of our creative juices with you in the form of a DIY! We had one of our floral designers show us how he creates the Very Merry Modern Centerpiece. So, roll up your sleeves & get into the Christmas spirit with a festive DIY Christmas centerpiece for your home!
Kwanzaa History and Traditions
Kwanzaa began back in 1966, when Professor Maulana Karenga of California State University, Long Beach, created the holiday to reconnect African-Americans with their cultural roots and traditions. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which translates to “first fruits.” The first harvest has been celebrated in African history since ancient times, beginning with the Egyptians. It has been commemorated as a time to strengthen bonds between people, give thanks for the bountiful earth, honor past generations, commit to self-improvement, and rejoice for family and the many blessings of life. Continue Reading…
Here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, our employees LOVE their pets! This holiday season, we introduced Santa Paws the aDOGable to Methos the Cat (son of Marie in Web Marketing), and we thought it was too cute not to share! Who says cats and dogs can’t get along?! 😉
Hanukkah (חֲנֻכָּה), also known as “The Festival of Lights,” means much more than exchanging Hanukkah gifts and lighting candles eight nights in a row. It’s a celebration that brings families together to share and enjoy age-old customs that have been passed down from one generation to the next. So start some new and exciting traditions with your loved ones this holiday season; try out these fun family activities for Hanukkah!
Gather everyone ’round the kitchen table and have each family member create their own menorah out of any supplies you have lying around the house: food (apples are a great option), glass bottles, clay, Play-Doh or paper towel tubes. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your creative juices flowing!
Play a Traditional Game of Dreidel: The traditional game of dreidel is probably one of the most well-known Hanukkah activities to play with the family! There are four Hebrew letters on the dreidel to go along with the game, including “nun,” “gimmel,” “hey” and “shin,” each with a different meaning. Not sure how to play dreidel? NYC’s Temple Emanu-el has a great how to play dreidel article to help you learn and start having some fun!
Dreidel Spinning Contest: Add a “spin” to the traditional dreidel game! As a fun change of pace, hold a contest to see who in the family can whirl a dreidel and make it spin the longest.
Hanukkah Gelt (Chocolate Coin) Scavenger Hunt
What is Hanukkah without the gelt? Have fun with Hanukkah chocolates! Before your guests arrive, hide those delicious little chocolate coins throughout the house. After dinner, break everyone up into teams and search for them. Whoever finds the most coins wins a prize, in addition to the chocolate.
Find some Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters and whip up some yummy holiday desserts with your kids. Put your own personal touch on the cookies by decorating them with blue and white icing and sprinkles.
Make-Your-Own Hanukkah Magnets
Hanukkah magnets not only make the perfect kitchen decorations for the holiday season, but are also fun to make with the family! Set out some wooden craft sticks, children’s paint, glue and glitter, and have your kids make the Star of David by gluing the sticks together and decorating them. Stick an old magnet behind the star and display the kids’ art on the fridge. Menorah magnets are another fun option and feel free to be creative with the materials used! Continue Reading…
Nothing conjures up images of a traditional Christmas celebration quite like the rich, velvety poinsettia plant. Since these blooms have become so tightly connected with the winter holidays, we bet you didn’t know they’re actually tropical! Here’s how Christmas poinsettias became the ultimate holiday flower.
The History of Poinsettias
The Aztecs once called poinsettias “Cuetlaxochitl,” which meant “mortal flower that perishes and withers like all that is pure,” and used them to dye their clothing and cure illnesses. They believed that red was the color of wholesomeness, so they often included poinsettias in their religious rituals.
The plant wasn’t introduced to America until the 19th century, when U.S. ambassador and botanist Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett traveled toMexicoand discovered it in the Mexican wilderness. He was so enamored with the leafy blossoms that he sent some to his home inSouth Carolina. As time passed, the poinsettia—which was officially named after its American founder—caught on and became a staple of Christmas celebrations in homes all over the country. An official holiday was even created in honor of the wildly popular plant: National Poinsettia Day, which is celebrated on December 12. Continue Reading…
Can you believe it? Just like that an entire year has almost passed. With temperatures dropping and stores beginning to line their shelves with holiday gifts and decor, there’s nothing better than cuddling up by the fireplace with a hot chocolate in hand – except for celebrating a birthday, that is! Whether it’s you who has a birthday this month or you know someone who does, start December off right by learning more about what makes winter babies unique (and don’t forget to check out our gift ideas at the end too):
Aside from the food that never seems to run out, one of the best things about Thanksgiving dinner is getting to spend time with family. It doesn’t matter if it’s family that you see every day, family that you see every few months, or family that you only see on major holidays, the fact that you get to spend quality time with your loved ones is reason enough alone to love a day like Thanksgiving. But while you may be looking forward to seeing your immediate and extended family, we know that getting everyone together can be quite a show when personalities collide! Which of the following family members do you expect to encounter this year?
The Quiet One
You know this one – the one that shyly says hello (you may even only get a wave) and heads to the table to claim their seat before the festivities begin. In fact, chances are once they’re down they won’t ever get up, even if the rest of the clan is congregating elsewhere. Oh, and don’t expect them to utter a word during dinner either.
History of Singles’ Day
Singles’ Day began at Nanjing University in China. It was initially called “Bachelor’s Day” since it started out with only young men celebrating the occasion, however, it is now celebrated by both genders. The holiday is celebrated on November 11th (11/11) because of the four single “ones,” and the Chinese name of the holiday, “Guanggun Jie,” appropriately translates to “bare sticks holiday.” The occasion started in the 1990s and has been spread throughout China and beyond. It was created to help stop the negative connotation surrounding the idea of being single, especially in universities. The holiday is celebrated with fun, uplifting activities to enjoy the fun of being single!
How to Celebrate Singles’ Day
A Night on the Town Dancing and Singing Karaoke
What better way is there to meet new people and enjoy your single life more than singing your heart out and dancing the night away? We couldn’t think of any either, which is why Singles’ Day often involves parties and karaoke!