Friday, December 21, 2012

The origins of the Santa Claus Tradition

     Dr Clement Moore wrote this poem, "Twas the Night before Christmas" and had it published in 1822 after reading the "Knickerbocker History"  by the famous writer Washington Irving. This poem describes old St. Nicholas as Santa Claus, a white bearded man flying a sleigh pulled by eight reindeers.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"


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 This is the original image of Santa Claus illustrated by Political cartoonist, Thomas Nast based on the poem by Dr. Clement Moore. It was published in January 3, 1863 in the Harper's Weekly edition. It showed Santa Claus handing gifts to children and soldiers in the Civil War camp. From then on til 1886, Nast has drawn more than 2,200 images of Santa Claus for the magazine, Harper's  Weekly.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Gift of Persons

We must periodically take time out
to look at each of our experiences
and the people that we have been
and reflect on how they are shaping the person that we are.

Sometimes when things have become too heavy, hurting or that we think our lives is not taking any direction at all, we find ourselves sitting alone and thinking how our life has gone by these days. We stop and ask ourselves how we are after all these times. We travel past our experiences and the people we have encountered. There were those who have been truly good, and still there are others whom we’d rather not talk about. There were good, bad and even bitter experiences.

            I have enjoyed the company of people who are truly honest and good. There are lots to talk about and share. Time becomes too short for us. Everyday is not a bore. Though our personalities vary, we are not afraid to show who we truly are because we have accepted each other’s personalities. Yes, there were misunderstandings but there was always room for communication. If we look back over the years and think about the stages and journeys and the risks we have taken, we couldn’t help being grateful for the gifts of persons who have truly loved us and have shown us real friendship. The gift of a person is shown not only through good times and smooth roads but even through hard times and tough roads. It was worth the journey traveling with them.

            On the other hand, we too are met with persons who are incredibly selfish and are not very honest…persons who have not contributed to our growth but rather to our own detriment. I have encountered such people. To some point we think that they are a challenge to us but having done everything and nothing has changed for the better and you know your personhood is getting destroyed and growth has no place then, by all means…leave. Some just give you a good face and lavish you with sweet talks and yet you never know some ugly stories have already been passed around behind your back. Ruthless people take advantage of what we are and what they can get from us, belittle us, hurt us, insult us, destroy us, etc. Evidently these people do not contribute to our development. If our own relationship too has this pattern I think it is about time to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “hey, I deserve more than this, I can make a great future ahead of me, there is a lot more to love and appreciate in this world”  then, shake  the dust off your sandals and walk on. There are persons out there waiting to hand the gift of them selves and support our success. The lessons we have learned from the good even the hurtful and bitter ones will have made us a seasoned person.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Look at the latest 2012 Haircuts and Styles

      December is a busy month searching for gifts and keeping up with the latest hair fashion for the season. For those who have kept their hair as it is the whole year round, maybe it is time for you to have a new look, a new hair cut or a new hair style whether you're keeping your tresses long or short. A new look would be interesting! Vogue has introduced the latest cool hair cuts and has been shown off lately around town.

The hottest hair cut in town


      Short and long hair is given an attitude with a bob cut whether fringe,or blunt and taken a little shorter than the traditional eyebrow line. Long hair is given a little layering to add volume and is made interestingly attractive with the new ongoing trend of balayage (hair colouring trend). You would sometimes think that someone's haircolor needs a retouch.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

The Truth About Love

      "...When we love someone our love becomes demonstrable or real only through our exertion - though the fact that for that someone we take an extra step or walk an extra mile. Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful..." (M. Scott Peck)

      How do you define love? How do you know if you really love someone?
      There are many misconceptions about love. Some equate love to sex but come to think of it, sex can be done without love. Some say love is a feeling. Most men and women have gone through heaven and hell because of it. Some say it is an act of will. It is a choice. But how can you say you choose to love someone when in fact you do not love?

      'Love is effortful.' Sadly, many relationships fade away because one or the other does not truly make any effort of loving. Many infidelities are borne out of not taking an extra step or walking the extra mile in consideration of the other. A person who truly loves will always seek to see the uniqueness and the value of the other person. A person who truly loves will respect the individuality and the position of the other and will never find ways to hurt. In a loving relationship, a sincere person can only say, "I love you" to the person he truly loves and cares about. On the other hand, there are some who hide their infidelities behind the word, "I love you."

      The journey of love requires courage, thought and action. It is only you who can go through the decisive path. It is truly a lonely road for those who are going through a wounded relationship. But it would be the happiest journey once you have found true love.

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