Archive | December 2015

“Auld Lang Syne”

December 31st Celebrates The Song Auld Lang Syne

Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Auld Lang Syne” but who wrote this New Years Day Song?

The song started out as poem as most infamous songs do but it was written by Robert Burns, and was later set to tune as traditional folk song.

It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight.

By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth movement, in many countries, uses it as a close to jamborees and other functions.

What does the title Auld Lang Syne mean?

The title of the Scottish tune translates to “times gone by” and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten.

I myself think it’s important out loved one that have passed on not just for the New Year but always.

If someone was important to you in life, they why should they be hidden memory if their gone?

Think about it?

As you go through the New Year, times does go by, but if we think of the “Could of,” “Should of,” feelings nothing changes in the New Year because of our focus.

In the movie called, “What A Wonderful Life,” at the end of the movie when George Bailey was surrounded my friends and family, they sang the song called,

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, “Auld Lang Syne” to remind George that not all was forgotten.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Paul from MN brings to the ending clip of that infamous move.

Remember as you cross over to the New Year that no person is ever a failure as long as you have friends!

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Why is New Year’s Day Always Celebrated on January 1st?

December 30th Celebrates Why is New Year’s Day Always Celebrated on January 1st

Why New Year’s Day always celebrated on January 1st?

Our modern celebration of New Year’s Day stems from an ancient Roman custom, the feast of the Roman god Janus the god of doorways and new beginnings.
The name for the month of January also comes from Janus, who was depicted as having two faces. One face of Janus looked back into the past and the other peered forward to the future.

Many New Year customs that we take for granted actually date from ancient times. This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a New Year tradition—or two!

In ancient Thailand, guns were fired on New Year’s Day to frighten off demons, and in China firecrackers routed the forces of darkness to go somewhere else.

Did you know eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a donut) symbolize “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune?

One of my favorite traditions that I celebrate comes from Spain, where at the stroke of midnight you eat 12 grapes representing the 12 months giving you good luck throughout the New Year.

Twelve grapes are eaten at midnight, each grape symbolizing a different month. If your grapes are very sweet, then it means that specific month will also be sweet and pleasant. If your grapes turn out sour, then you know the month will also be sour, so hope that the grapes are sweet!

In Scotland, the custom of first-footing is an important part of the celebration of Hogmanay, or New Year’s Eve Day.

This practice holds that the first foot to cross a threshold after midnight will predict the next year’s fortune.

If the first butterfly you see in the year is white, you will have good luck all year, because white butterflies symbolize angels.

Italian people welcome the New Year in an extremely interesting way, by tossing old things out of their windows! Old things are tossed out in an effort to make room for the new and lucky to enter their households and lives in the year to come.

The Italian people eat a traditional New Year dish called cotechino con lenticchie: pork sausage served over lentils. This New Year food is eaten because of the presence of fatty rich pork sausage and lentils in it. Cotechino sausage is a symbol of abundance because they are rich in fat; while lentils symbolize money (being both green and coin shaped). This New Year food promises double-packs of luck!

However what you eat or drink, can’t guarantee a successful New Year.

What does is believing in yourself, with that added spice of thinking positive and overlooking any silly ritual that doesn’t fortify your desire to keep on trying, because our mistakes define us to be better person, because starting over is half the fun, of having successful New Year!

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The Celtic New Year

December 29th Celebrates The Celtic New Year

Today on Day’s To Remember we celebrate the song called “Celtic New Year written by Van Morrison. Northern Irish singer and song writer Van Morrison wrote this song on his album called, “Magic Time.”

As we enter into the New Year, the New Year is magic time for all of us, to be optimistic on new changes.
Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name Steve Walker is Van Morrison singing the song called, “Celtic New Year.”

What is a Celtic New Year?

Most people don’t know that Halloween originated in Ireland. The word Samhain means summer’s End in Gaelic (pronounced Sow-wen or Sow-wain) it falls on Halloween night and is considered the end of the Celtic year.

On this day, as legend goes, the great God of the Sun dies, and leaves his widow, the Goddess Crone, to mourn him until Yule which is the Winter solstice.

When Yule is reborn and with his rebirth, light will return to the Earth. With the Sun God gone, nights grow longer, plants and trees die back, and all around us begins to freeze and harden in the cold chill of late autumn and winter.

Samhain and related rituals were our wise ancestors’ way of putting language and imagery to the realities of life and death. The cycles of life are powerful, and the month of October is about reconnection with ancestors at a time when the distance between us and them isn’t so far.

In Mexico, this magical time is known as los Dias de los Muertos and the dead are celebrated now, their legacies, traditions, and blessings remembered.

Beyond costume parties and trick-or-treating, the origins of Halloween can be traced to the Celtic New Year. The Romans, the Christian Church and, ultimately, commercialized society revised and reinvented this holiday, but inside the modern traditions traces of Halloween’s ancient past remain.
Sounds like a pagan holiday doesn’t it, but did you know the term “Pagan” stems from the Latin word paganus meaning “country-dweller” which in roundabout way means the Celtic New Year and Halloween are both country dweller holiday.

I’m not asking you to change sides regarding how the Celtics celebrate New Year’s Day, but I just find other avenues of bringing in New Year fascinating to me.

From the words of the author, Neil Gaiman, “I hope this new year comes to you in doing mistakes, because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”

So that’s my wish for you and all of us, and my wish for me. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

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I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Clause

December 28th Celebrates The Song Called I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Clause

Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Clause.”

I don’t know about you but who would write a song about infidelity involving Santa Clause?

The infamous song was written record by Jimmy Boyd. Boyd was only 13 years old when he recorded this song. Mitch Miller at Columbia Records had him record the song, which was written by Tommie Connor.

When this was released in 1953, some people thought it was a little too risqué, the thought of a married woman, possibly having an affair. A closer listen implies that Santa Claus is actually the child’s father, but this didn’t stop radio stations in some cities, including Boston, from banning it when it came out. Columbia Records appealed to the Council of Churches to clear the song where it was banned. The tactic worked, and it became a Christmas favorite.

Boyd died on March 7, 2009 at age 70. With Frankie Laine, he had a hit in 1953 with “Tell Me A Story,” and then moved on to acting, where he appeared in the movie Inherit The Wind and the TV show, Bachelor Father. In the early ’60s, he was married for 2 years to Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on TV.

It later reached Number 3 in the UK Charts when issued there in November 1953. The song was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue to promote the store’s Christmas card for the year, which featured an original sketch by artist Perry Barlow, who drew for The New Yorker for many decades.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Magic Melodies is the infamous song called “I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Clause,” sung by Lynn Anderson.

The song describes a scene where a child walks downstairs from his bedroom on Christmas Eve to see his mother kissing “Santa Claus” (presumably his father in a Santa Claus costume) under the mistletoe.

Boyd’s record was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in Boston when it was released on the grounds that it mixed kissing with Christmas, ignoring the fact that mistletoe, under which many couples kiss, is traditionally hung in many homes during the Christmas season. Boyd was photographed meeting with the Archdiocese to explain the song. After the meeting, the ban was lifted.

Who came up with the idea of kissing someone under the mistletoe?

Kissing under the mistletoe is first found associated with the Greek festival of Saturnalia and later with primitive marriage rites.

They probably originated from two beliefs. One belief was that it has power to bestow fertility. It was also believed that the dung from which the mistletoe would also possess “life-giving” power.

In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up.

Later, the eighteenth-century English credited with a certain magical appeal called a kissing ball.

It’s a nice tradition no matter how you look at it, whether you’re kissing Santa Claus or not, have a wonderful Christmas!

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Feliz Navidad

December 27th Celebrates The Song Called Feliz Navidad

Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Feliz Navidad,” but who wrote this infamous song?

“Feliz Navidad” a macaronic Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano.

With its simple Spanish chorus (the traditional Christmas/New Year greeting, “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad” meaning “Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness”) and equally simple English verse “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart”, it has become a classic Christmas pop song in the United States, throughout the Spanish-speaking world and internationally.

José Feliciano was born in Lares, Puerto Rico, on September 10, 1945. Left permanently blind at birth as a result of congenital glaucoma, he was first exposed to music at the age of three; he would play on a tin cracker can while accompanying his uncle, who played the cuatro.

When Feliciano was five, his family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City, and at nine he played the Teatro Puerto Rico in The Bronx.
At 17 he quit school to play in clubs. He had his first professional, contracted performance in Detroit.

After two more successful albums, Feliciano, now a household name all over Latin America, moved to Los Angeles. He got together with RCA Victor producer Rick Jarrard who was, at the time, also producing Harry Nilsson and Jefferson Airplane.

In 1970, Feliciano wrote and released an album of Christmas music, Feliz Navidad. The title song has been covered by many artists, becoming a traditional part of the musical landscape in the U.S., Canada and Latin America at Christmas time.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, estllavirgo1 in this delightful animation of this classic song sung by José Feliciano.

Each year, during the Christmas season, “Feliz Navidad” returns to US airwaves as one of the most-played and most-downloaded songs of the season. “Feliz Navidad” is also recognized by ASCAP as one of the 25 all-time most-played Christmas songs in the world.

The reason he wrote the infamous Christmas song in 1970 was because he was homesick in Los Angeles for his family who still lived in New York City.
As the New Year approaches us now, this infamous song lyric had an important message in the song, when you heard, “From the bottom of my heart.”

Hearts have been broken, lied too, and even taken the out of context at times, but as we approach this New Year remember this below;
When you have a good heart;

You help too much,
You trust too much,
You give too much,
You love too much,
And always seem to hurt the most, but no beauty shines brighter than to have a good heart!

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Blue Christmas

December 26th Celebrates The Song Called Blue Christmas

Today on, “Days to Remember” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Blue Christmas,” who wrote this infamous song?

“Blue Christmas,” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.

The song was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948; however Elvis Presley cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album.

It wasn’t released as a single until 1964, when in the US it was backed with “Wooden Heart” from Elvis’ soundtrack to his film G.I. Blues, but from 1965 and on, it was backed with “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”

Elvis’ performed this song for the first time on his 1968 television special, which was called (Singer Presents) ‘Elvis’ (it was sponsored by Singer sewing machines).

Recorded in June, the special aired on December 3 and helped revitalize his career. His performance of “Blue Christmas” is the only video footage that exists of Elvis singing a Christmas song. Before he begins the song, Elvis states: “I’d like to do my favorite Christmas song of the ones I’ve recorded…”

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Russell rentfro is Elvis Presley singing a Blue Christmas.

As the Christmas holiday winds down now, some people weren’t as fortunate as you and I to have a good Christmas.

Several factors can produce Christmas blues; hectic activity can bring physical and emotional stress. Overspending can produce financial pressure. Year-end reflection and focus on loss can magnify sorrow.

One possible influence, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a form of depression the medical community doesn’t completely understand.

The Mayo Clinic says genetics, age and body chemistry could be the culprits. Mayo recommends seeing your doctor if you feel down for days and have motivation problems.

Symptoms can include changing sleep patterns and appetite, feeling hopeless, contemplating suicide, or seeking comfort in alcohol.

How can you cope with Christmas loneliness? Some suggestions below that might surprise to actually work out.

Spend some time with people, especially positive ones who lift your spirits. Perhaps you’ll be grateful for their cheer.

Exercise regularly. Blood pumping can help clear your mind. Eat right. Chocoholics’ beware. Overindulgence can mean temporary highs followed by disappointing flab.

If you’re not the depressed one, try giving a smile to a stranger. Sometimes a vibrant smile can lifts up someone else’s spirits, the bottom line is?
Help someone get out of their Blue state of mind, so next Christmas really means joy and happiness to them.

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Holly Jolly Christmas

December 25th Celebrates The Song Called Holly Jolly Christmas

Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Holly Jolly Christmas,” who wrote this infamous song?

“A Holly Jolly Christmas” was written by Johnny Marks in the early 1960s and featured in the 1964 Rankin-Bass Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in which Burl Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman.

Originally to be sung by Larry D. Mann as Yukon Cornelius, the song, as well as “Silver and Gold,” was given to Ives due to his singing fame.
Johnny Marks although he was Jewish specialized in Christmas songs and wrote many holiday standards, including “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Christmas Music is Burl Ives singing, “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

Who was Johnny Marks?

His career in carols all started when he wrote “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in 1949. The song was based on a poem that was written by his brother-in-law, Robert L. May, for the Montgomery Ward Company. The song was also his biggest hit, selling a total of 25 million copies, making the album the best selling record of all time up until the 1980s.

In the 1964 movie Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Burl Ives sings the infamous song in the movie.

I wanted to share some interesting facts with you about the movie that was made in 1964 for television.

Did you know the reindeer Rudolph was actually created for Montgomery Ward’s department store by employee Robert May in 1939 as part of an advertising campaign for the movie?

Although the Rudolph puppet which still exists appears to be about three feet tall when viewed on screen, it’s only an illusion: in reality, “Rudolph” is palm-sized approximately the same size as a very small kitten.

The Santa puppet is 8″ tall. Young Rudolph is only 4″ tall. Rudolph’s nose really lights. The puppets are made from wood, wire, and fabric, and are quite fragile. The Japanese company that handled animation made several copies of each puppet, since they didn’t last long under the constant handling of stop-motion posing. None of these copies are known to exist.

The black and white live action footage at the beginning of the show presumably portrays the bad snowstorm mentioned late in the story. Since the cars in the footage are of mid-to-late 1950s the decade vintage apparently the story in 1964 takes a special place in the recent past. However, the newspaper in that footage shows the date, of Christmas Eve, to be precise, 12-24-1964, (Thursday, December 24th, 1964).

What a story it was and even today, of course in today’s standards it looks a little hokey, but as remember the nostalgic times of Christmas, we have remember Christmas is a state of mind not just another day on the calendar, as I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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