Tag: Holidays

Easter, The Beginning…

Easter. New Life. Spring. The winter has come and gone … the sun begins to shine longer as new life erupts.

The word Easter, the beginning of spring attached to the goddess Eostre, became entwined with the 7th century celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ by early English Christians. They were celebrated at the same time. Over the next centuries, as immigrants traveled to America they brought their own celebrations and they were incorporated slowly into what is now Easter.

It is easy for kids to be caught up in holiday celebrations without knowing where they came from. Many parents are rethinking the whole season and seeking to help their children understand where Easter began and why we celebrate.

It truly began in 33 BC. But, by the 1700s it was intertwined with so many celebrations. German immigrants brought their spring celebration in the 1700s to America which included an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”. Rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. The children made nests for the mythical creature and they were rewarded with colored eggs.

Over the years the nests became baskets and buckets designed in spring colors, filled with gifts and candy and the eggs became chocolate.

Christians use the egg as the symbol of new life and to represent Christ’s resurrection from the tomb. At one time eggs were forbidden during Lent by the Catholic Church so they were decorated and saved, eaten at the end of Lent.

It is never too young to begin introducing the Easter season’s real meaning into your child’s life. Many children’s programs now include the resurrection eggs craft to explain the story of Christ’s death, burial and Resurrection to children.

As Easter celebrations have become more secularized, some church schools, churches and families have made them into two separate events, Spring and Easter, so that children can separate the two in their understanding.

As you plan your Easter and Spring celebrations for your families, let me be the first to wish you a blessed Easter, Resurrection Sunday and celebration of Spring. ~ Gail @ Gail’s Personalized Gifts

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2012 – THE YEAR OF WEDDINGS

Chinese New Year is one of the most vivacious and exuberant celebrations you’ll ever see. It consists of fifteen days of vibrant costumes, larger than life animal displays, numerous fairs, musical performances, acrobatics, prayer, food and good luck. As the participants are counting down the days to the start of the lunar calendar, they’ll be dressed fabulously… perhaps in costumes but definitely in COLOR. Oh the colors! The red, green, silver and gold… just one glimpse of the colors and you cannot help but to join in the celebration!

2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. Singapore is even constructing a 360 meter waterway as a centerpiece for their ‘water parade’ performers, consisting of thousands of dancers and lineup acts from around the world. Dragons (known for their boldness and short temper) have long held a powerful place in representing Chinese Emperors. 2012 is a special year because the Water Dragon makes an occurrence in Chinese Zodiac only once every 60 years. One can only assume the celebrations (starting January 23, 2012) will be much more elaborate than normal! The Water Dragon exudes calm and empathy in contrast to the temper and boldness of the regular Dragon.

Don’t feel left out if you cannot travel to China for the celebration! World wide, participants gather to celebrate. A few of the notable destinations are Vancouver, BC; San Francisco, CA; Sydney, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Even with these destinations, we here at Gail’s Personalized Gifts aren’t really close enough to participate. Cleveland, Georgia is a far cry from any of the above (but a great city to work in). Since we won’t be visiting the Chinese New Year celebrations, we’ve decided to have our own celebration for 2012… The Year of the Wedding!

We’ve all felt this way – 20 of our closest friends and family members are getting married! Truth is, we’re probably not in 20 weddings but they do seem to happen concurrently. We LOVE it but there are also lots of details and lots of gifts!  That’s where Gail’s Personalized Gifts steps in to help. We specialize in The Year of the Wedding! From the bridesmaid’s and groomsmen’s special gifts to  bride/groom champagne flutes to Personalized Tervis Tumblers to PSA Personalized Stamps to crystal invitation plates for the bride and groom … we have your gifts taken care of.

Have you procrastinated? Though we don’t suggest it, don’t you worry – we have several of our wedding selection gifts in stock and can ship them out within 24-48 hours (shipping time additional). Our prices are extremely competitive and our customer service is sensational! Click here to see our current wedding gift options and allow us to help you celebrate The Year of the Wedding!

Best regards,

Gail’s Personalized Gifts

details for the Chinese New Year extracted from TheStar.Com

(A very special thank you to my guest blogger, my daughter, April!)

Why We Are ‘All About’ Tervis Tumblers

Christmas is over already.  It’s flown by!  The stress of parties, shopping, wrapping, cooking and cleaning is over – but sadly also the enjoyable part of spending time with friends and family.  Christmas is a favorite holiday not just because of the pretty tree (by the way, my husband designed ours this year) and lights but also because of the reason for the season.  It’s a favorite because it is a time set aside to celebrate our faith, our family, and our friends.

Here are a few pictures of our party and decorations. . .christmas tree cropped

Another opportunity to spend time with friends and family is during the holiday football games.  Whether it is tailgating at the game or hosting an NCAA or NFL football party at your home, the food and drinks are just a chance to see those you love.  As the NFL season starts to wind down, Gail’s Personalized Gifts is promoting our New NFL Tervis Tumblers and Ice Buckets.  Let’s face it, though we love having people over, we don’t want that glass tipped off the table or dropped in the kitchen.  If you drop a Tervis Tumbler, all you have to worry about is cleaning up the drink (not the glass).  Tervis Tumblers are strong, durable and GUARANTEED FOR LIFE!  They also reduce condensation and prevent rings (perfect for those guys hanging out around your beloved, wood dining table).

Of course, we are really hoping that our Atlanta Falcon’s will make it to Super Bowl XLV.  Regardless of which 2 teams will be playing, I know what we will be doing on Sunday, February 6th!!!   

See http://www.gailspersonalizedgifts.com/site/1656822/page/3882876 for the full list of pros in using Tervis products.  You’ll also find the teams, logos and sale prices we offer.  To make the Tervis Tumblers a perfect gift, have your friend’s first name or 3 initial circle monogram added to the back of the tumbler.  The ice bucket cannot be personalized, but still completes the gift set well.    Email us at gailsgifts@windstream.net if you have any questions before ordering.

Enjoy the holidays, cheer on your favorite teams, and be confident in your glassware by ordering our Tervis Tumbler products today!