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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December #1: Official start of Winter

The world is divided into two hemispheres: the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In the Northern Hemisphere ─ where countries include the entire continent of North America (and Central America) and all of Europe, most of Asia, two thirds of Africa, and about 10% of South America ─ the first official …

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December #2: Time of Death & Rebirth

Speaking of the Winter Solstice, in ancient times, the prolonged darkness and coldness which brought on the very real threat of starvation, was seen as a time of death and rebirth. Early cultures, in their pagan beliefs, held a variety of rituals, rites and celebrations to hurry the sun back. …

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December #3: Birthstones Zircon, Tanzanite & Turquoise

For the December-born, the gemstones of Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise are all blue in colour, making them the perfect match for the frigid months of winter. Here are the meanings and origins of the stones and why you would want to wear them.   Turquoise Turquoise has been valued from …

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December #4: Birth Flowers Holly & Narcissus

For the December-born, the birth flowers are Holly and Narcissus (specifically, the Paperwhite). The Holly According to runtedrun.com, the Holly, which figures abundantly in traditional Christmas decorations, is a symbol of goodwill and is also often used as a name for baby girls born in winter. The meaning of the Holly flower is: the Coming …

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December 5: Rollo the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Everybody knows the jolly Christmas carol Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but did you know that his original name was Rollo? And that he was invented by a department store? In 1939, Montgomery Ward department store chain in Chicago wanted to hold a promotion by creating Christmas books as giveaways to …

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December #6: Many Happy Holidays!

December is called the Holiday Season for good reason. It is the month where at least four important festivals are held: Christmas, Hanukkah (a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple), Kwanzaa (a week-long holiday honouring African culture and traditions in the US) and of course, the biggest …

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Bread Art, Hair Art, Straw Art…Unexpected Art from Unusual Materials (Part 3)

This is the third and final segment of our art appreciation series. Expect the unexpected from unusual materials like, say…bread. It’s not just good for eating, it’s the inspiration for a whole lot of creative projects like baking lifelike portraits of the Mona Lisa ─ no kidding, thanks to the …

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More Cakes that Don’t look like Cake No: #1: Fender Stratocaster

Evil Cake Genius made this more-than-cool Fender Stratocaster ─ the guitar played by legends like Jimi Hedrix, John Lennon, Eric Clapton ─ for a soon-to-tie-the-knot young man back in 2012. The cake is detailed down the last fret, complete with picks and music sheet of the song to be played …

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More Cakes that Don’t look like Cake No: #2: Breakfast

Bacon and Egg with toast and strawberry jam ─ what a filling breakfast set! Called the Oversized Breakfast cake and rightly so, this one is going to confuse your brain nicely. While your tongue gets ready for a savoury, meaty feast, you’ll be tasting sweet and creamy instead. Think about …

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