Happiness Quotes

by: Henry Fernando (reading – 2.12. - 8.12.)

Happiness is what we are always looking for. Without happiness everything else has no use. The following quotes about happiness might change you thoughts about happiness. Do we need money or other luxuries to be happy? Are they important at all? You can decide after reading the following happiness quotes.

"If you want happiness for an hour? take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day? go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year? inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime? help someone else"
Chinese Proverb

"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have"

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it"
Groucho Marx

"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?"
Albert Einstein

"If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree"
English Proverb

"Happiness is not a goal, it's a by-product of a life well lived"
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you"
Nathaniel Hawthorne

"If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come"
Chinese Proverb

"There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness"
Spanish Proverb

"Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so"
Robert G. Ingersoll

"Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful"
Norman Vincent Peale

"There is only one success - to spend your life in your own way"
Christopher Morley

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years"
Bertrand Russell

"It's good to be just plain happy; it's a little better to know that you are happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss"
Henry Miller

"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be"
Abraham Lincoln

"No one is happy all his life long"

"It is the trouble that never comes that causes the loss of sleep"
Chas. Austin Bates

"So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast"
Peale, Norman Vincent.

I hope you've enjoyed these quotes. You can find many other quotes about happiness on the internet.

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How to Celebrate Advent

by: Shirley Solis (reading – 9.12. - 15.12.)

Advent is the special season that comes just before Christmas. After celebrating Christmas in the same tradition of our parents, with food, fun and shopping, we realized we had missed so much when we found out about Advent a few years ago.

Though you may not have heard of the Advent, most liturgical churches celebrate it in order to focus on the profound meaning of the coming of Christ.

The celebration of Advent is much deeper than the popular Advent calendar with its 25 cute little windows to open! Advent is a rich and meaningful time-making Christmas very, very special!


The word Advent comes to us from the Latin word "adventus" which means "coming." Advent is a beautiful and worshipful way of preparing our hearts and minds for the celebration of the first coming or birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and a time of preparation as we look forward to His Second Coming.

Celebrating Advent helps our family focus on Christ's coming and not on material gifts. We gather every evening to read from our chosen devotional book for the season. Then we move to the dining room where our Advent wreath adorns our table.


The lighting of the candles on the Advent wreath begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.

The Advent wreath is traditionally used to celebrate this wonderful season. Though traditions may differ regarding candle colors and order of lighting them, often a new purple candle is lit during the first three weeks of Advent, and on the fourth week, the pink candle is lit. The white candle is lit on Christmas Eve.

We adorn our wreath with greens and Brazilian pepper (which is the only thing that is red and green in Florida at this time of the year!) It may also be left unadorned, but will still be lovely.

Though you can purchase Advent wreaths, it is very simple to make your own. Simply place four candles in a circle and put one candle in the center of the circle. Some families use tapers, others use votive candles.

You can use the traditional candle colors of purple, pink, and white, or you can create a family tradition in the way the Holy Spirit leads you! One family I know of uses four white candles, symbolizing purity, set around a large red and white striped candle, symbolizing the blood of Jesus and His stripes for our healing.

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Shirley Solis is an expert author in the area of family, child training, and homeschooling issues.

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Traditional German Christmas Markets

by: Avril Betts (reading – 16.12. - 22.12.)

In Europe the Christmas Markets take over the town center, the market square, or the narrow, cobblestone streets and they all come alive in the dark of winter with festive decorated wooden stalls offering hot wine, regional food, Christmas decorations, sweet confections, toys, regional crafts and local entertainment.

Here we highlight some of the German Christmas markets, celebrating the magic of the season with holiday decorations and traditions such as gingerbread, and Christmas Carols.

Winter is a wonderful time to visit the beautiful German Christmas markets. If you are looking for the best Christmas gifts, the wonderful smell of a Christmas tree or the sound of Christmas carols, check out the following with the whole family - the best Christmas markets in Germany.

AACHEN Christmas Market - 20th November - 23rd December

Just before Christmas the squares and streets round the Cathedral and the Aachen Town Hall are transformed into a paradise of lights, colors, festive sounds and seductive smells. The fair offers an enormous choice of goodies big and small fascinating young and old alike.

Christkindelsmarkt - BADEN-BADEN - 23rd November - 31st December

Located in the world-famous green corridor "Lichtentaler Allee" at the start of Baden-Baden, visitors will encounter small streets of festive stalls, where thousands of shimmering lights create a romantic atmosphere. The entire experience is capped with wonderful entertainment catering to all ages.


One of the region's largest and prettiest Christmas markets with around 100 stalls offering a selection of arts and crafts, Christmas decorations, handcrafted nativity scenes and more you are invited to marvel, browse and shop. Younger visitors enjoy Christmas treats, a children's bakery, merry-go-rounds and a program of Christmas entertainment on the open-air stage.

The baroque Charlottenburg Palace in City West is a plush backdrop. Elaborate lights bathe the market, the palace, the trees and decorative fence of the palace in a romantic glow. The highlight is a pyramid in front of the palace's main entrance.

Wood huts and tents, decorated with natural materials offer a wide range of crafts and impressive culinary choices. In addition to traditional stalls selling hot chestnuts, crepes or Hungarian langos, many hotels and restaurants from Berlin and Brandenburg offer fine dining in heated tents.

The Winterwald (winter forest) in front of the small orangery offers magical attractions for children, including a carousel, an air swing and a small railway. In the Märchenzelt (fairy tale tent) little ones can make their own arts and crafts. Combine a visit to the market with a palace tour or walk through its garden.

COLOGNE - 23 November - 23 December

In Cologne the magic of Christmas can be felt throughout the festively decorated city. The scent of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine drifts through the alleys. You will be enchanted with Cologne's Christmas Markets that draw millions of visitors from around the world. The larger markets in the downtown and the small markets throughout the town offer different themes and invite you to stroll, shop and explore.

DRESDEN - 26th November - 24th December

If you like Christmas, you'll love Dresden with its eleven completely different Christmas markets, from traditional stalls to the charm of apres ski alpine huts. Dresden's churches brim with festive insider tips, from the many oratorios, Advent, organ and gospel concerts, holiday sounds fill the air throughout the city.

Christmas tales come to life in the city's theatres, museums host special exhibitions and bejewelled, lighted boats glide along the Elbe. If only Christmas could last longer

DUSSEFDORF - 19th November - 23rd December

The city gears up for Christmas after the St Martins Parade. The traditional Christmas market Is set up at various locations throughout the City centre. Elaborately designed theme worlds are set up around the Königsallee to lead visitors on a discovery tour.

More than 200 huts decorated in Christmas splendor transform the city into a winter wonderland for the whole family. One of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany, Düsseldorf provides unique experiences for visitors.

LEIPZIG Christmas market - 24th November - 23rd December.

This market dates back to 1458 and is set up in 6 different areas in tune with the historical scenery of the Leipzig city centre. With more than 250 twinkling stalls set in the historic centre, the Christmas Market is one of the oldest and largest in Germany. Visitors enjoy a multitude of festive and culinary delights: or can explore the city's traditional medieval market.

The main area is Marktplatz (market square) where a Saxon spruce Christmas tree as high as twenty meters stands and a wide variety of performances are offered on the market square stage. Seasonal views can be seen from the 38-metre-high ferris wheel on Augustusplatz square.

NUREMBURG - 27th November - 24th December

Enjoy the aroma of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausage at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. First mentioned in 1628, its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when giving children Christmas presents started. Since then the 180 stalls decorated in red and white offer a unique atmosphere with traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats.

The Market is opened on the Friday before the first Advent by the "Christkind" a blonde curly-haired lady wearing a golden crown and golden white gown. She proclaims "You men and women who once were children, be young again", as she welcomes guests to the Nuremberg Market Square. Childish enthusiasm awaits as you explore Christmas tree decorations, tinsel angels, wooden nutcrackers, cribs and colored stars walking through the romantically lit market.

ROTHENBURG - 27th November - 23rd December

The medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber transforms into a fairytale winter wonderland at Christmas time. Celebrated since the 15th century tradition has changed little over the last 500 years and the historical customs have been closely followed. Find your heart desires at this charming market, from traditional Christmas pastries, mulled wine, gadgets and treasures as well as lovingly crafted Christmas decorations.

STUTTGART- 25th November - 23rd December

During the weeks of Advent the Stuttgart Region is bathed in a yuletide glow. With its 287 stalls and a tradition of more than 300 years, the Stuttgart Christmas Market is one of the loveliest in Germany and one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Europe. Ornately and lovingly decorated the stallholders compete for a jury awarded prize for the most beautiful stall. The town hall is transformed into a gigantic Advent calendar. Each day a "door" is opened, revealing by degrees the coats of arms of Stuttgart's boroughs.

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The Norwegian Christmas Tree in London

by: D K Mukherjee (reading – 23.12. - 29.12.)

A time-honoured London tradition has been the lighting of the Norwegian Christmas Tree in the heart of the famous Trafalgar Square during the Christmas season each year. The beautifully lit Christmas tree and the air filled with the lilting voices of carol singers in the evenings at Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas for most Londoners.

The tree certainly has a fascinating history ...

Since 1947, a Christmas tree has been presented by the people of Norway to the people of London as a mark of gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II. The tree is a continuing symbol of peace and of friendship between the two countries.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is usually a Norwegian spruce, towering well over 20 metres in height and is usually 50-60 years old. The tree is chosen specially from the forests surrounding Oslo, often months, and even years, in advance. The tree that finally makes its way to London for Christmas has been described by the Norwegian foresters as the 'the queen of the forest'.

Sometime in November, the tree selected as the Christmas tree is felled in a solemn ceremony in Oslo, attended by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo. It is then brought to the UK by sea, completing the final leg of its long journey by road. A specialist rigging team then erects the 20-25 metres tall tree in Trafalgar Square employing a hydraulic crane.

At the base of the tree stands a plaque, bearing the words: 'This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45.'

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is decorated in traditional Norwegian style with hundreds of individual white lights - energy-efficient bulbs - running vertically on all sides. The twinkling 20 - 25 metres tall tree has today become an iconic London Christmas image.

The tree is lit during a short ceremony in Trafalgar Square on the first Thursday in December (close to Advent Sunday). The Lord Mayor of Westminster, accompanied by a band and a choir, performs the honours of lighting the tree with the flick of a switch, and formally announces its arrival in London from the forests surrounding Oslo. The ceremony is a much-awaited one and is attended by thousands of people gathered around the Square.

The Norwegian Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square provides an arresting background to the traditional Christmas carolling groups. From Advent Sunday till Christmas Day, groups of carol singers perform daily next to the tree in the evenings, helping to raise money for various charities.

About The Author

Former journalist Daya brings her vast writing experience to the UK gift industry. Her forte is writing on the most important aspect of any occasion - gift giving! Here, she tells you all about the best Christmas presents for her and how to lay your hands on the most suitable Christmas pressies for all the women in your life - wife, girlfriend, mum, nan, sister and a female friend. She also helps you pick great stocking fillers for women which are sure to delight just about any woman on your Christmas list.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/D_K_Mukherjee/463924

The Origins of New Year's Resolutions

by: Gordon North (reading – 30.12. - 5.1.)

We all know that New Year is a time of celebration, a time to join with family and friends to say goodbye to the problems of the past and welcome the fortunes that the future holds. But have you ever wondered why January 1 marks the beginning of the year? Have you ever thought about why we celebrate in the way that we do?

New Years Traditions and Superstitions

There are a number of superstitious traditions that began many years ago that have lost their meaning in present day. Typically these traditions were enacted to influence the luck one would have in the coming year. For example, the New Years Eve parties that we all know and love began due to the belief that what one did on the first day of the year could affect their luck. This is why parties go past midnight and into the new year and it also explains why they involve lots of family and friends.

When the clock strikes midnight it's common for us to kiss our loved ones and make lots of noise to celebrate the beginning of a new year. While most of us just do this without really thinking about it, there is a superstitious reason behind this. Traditionally, people kissed each other to ensure that the relationship lasted for the rest of the year and they made a lot of noise as they believed it would scare the evil spirits away.

History of New Years Day

The origins of New Years celebrations date back thousands of years. In around 2000BC the Babylonians celebrated the new year over an 11-day period. This period did not begin on January 1 as we would expect, it actually started with the first new moon after the first day of spring (also known as the Vernal Equinox).

It was not until 153BC that January was declared as the beginning of the year by the Romans. The month was named after Janus the mythical god of beginnings. The calendar year became much more like that used in present day in 46BC when Julius Caesar established the Julian Calendar. After consultation with an astronomer he matched the calendar year with the movement of the sun and marked January 1 as the start of the new year.

New Years Resolutions

The popular tradition of making new years resolutions also has origins in Ancient Babylon and Rome. The Babylonians would typically return farm equipment that they had borrowed during the year, while in Caesar's time Janus became the symbol for resolutions because he had two faces that could look to the past and into the future.

Today we make New Years Resolutions to try to improve some aspect of ourselves in the coming year. Popular resolutions include quitting smoking, losing weight and getting out of debt. This sounds good but the sad truth is that most of us break them well before the year is out. In fact, a recent study found that 22% of people give up on their resolution in the first week and by the end of March more than half of New Years resolvers have fallen off the bandwagon.

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