Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Japan Holiday Traditions

Happy Wednesday!! May your day be filled with lots of learning!!

Jinger and Joey love to learn about other countries Christmas/Holiday traditions!! It is good to know how others celebrate the holiday season too!! Today, Jinger is going to tell you about the holiday season in Japan.

Jinger wants to know if you have ever heard that in Japan the people eat Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) instead of turkey for Christmas dinner? Yep, that is correct, they go to KFC and get a big dinner of chicken and other sides. Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan. Although some of the people in Japan still celebrate on December 24th and 25th. KFC’s busiest day of the year in Japan is December 24th. KFC gets so busy in Japan around the holiday season that people sometimes preorder their holiday meal so they do not have to wait in a long line.

 

What does your holiday meal consist of?

 

Facts about the holiday season in Japan:

1. The KFC chicken dinner tradition started in 1974 in Japan. The first Kentucky Fried Chicken appeared in Japan in 1970. It took four years for the tradition to start. Their slogan was Kentucky for Christmas!

2. Takeshi Okawara was the manager of the first KFC in Japan in 1970. Takeshi Okawara promoted party barrels of chicken instead of turkey for the Christmas/Holiday season.

3. The Japanese have winter illuminations and lights during the winter season. They decorate beautiful Christmas trees, train stations, parks, and monuments with lights and illuminations. They have festive Christmas markets where you can shop, buy good food, and decorations. Some of the Christmas markets even have nightly performances and light illuminations.  

4. About 1% of the people in Japan are Christian and celebrate the Christmas season. Many Japanese children love Christmas and Santa just like the children do in other parts of the world.

5. Strawberry shortcake is a very popular cake in Japan around the Christmas/Holiday season. Kurisumasu keki is a Christmas cake in Japan. It is a light sponge cake that is frosted and decorated with strawberries.

6. Christmas eve in Japan is more for couples. Couples in Japan get together and give each other gifts on Christmas eve. Gifts are exchanged more with family and friends during the New Year celebration.

What is your favorite part about the Christmas/Holiday season?

 

Books about Japan:

1. Japanese Traditions: by Setsu Broderick

2. Tree of Cranes by Allen Say

3. Introduction to Japanese Culture edited by Daniel Sosnoski

4. All About Japan: by Williamarie Moore

Parents be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

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3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming in 2022!!

 

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Merry Christmas in different languages

Wishing you a very happy Tuesday!!

Joey and Jinger want to tell you a few of the ways to say Merry Christmas in other languages. Here in America, we say Merry Christmas or Happy holidays, but there are many different ways of saying it in many different languages from all around the world.

 

Ways to say Merry Christmas in a different language:

1. Feliz Navidad is Spanish for Merry Christmas. Navidad is celebrated in Spain between December 4th and January 6th every year.

2. Zalig Kerstfeest is Dutch for Merry Christmas. The Dutch celebrate on the 25th and 26th of December.

3. Joyeux Noël is French for Merry Christmas. The French celebrate on December 25th.

4. Frohe Weihnachten is German for Merry Christmas. The German celebrate frohe Weihnachten on the 25th and 26th of December.

5. Geseënde Kersfees is Afrikaans (South Africa) for Merry Christmas. Geseënde Kersfees is celebrated on December 25th.

6. Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaiian for Merry Christmas. Mele Kalikimaka is celebrated on December 25th.

7. Wesołych Swiat is Polish for Merry Christmas. Wesołych Swiat is celebrated on December 24th and 25th.

8. Selamat Natal is Indonesian for Merry Christmas. Selamat Natal is celebrated on December 25th.

 

Can you say Merry Christmas in a different language? How do you celebrate Christmas?

 

Joey and Jinger celebrate Christmas on December 24th and December 25th.  On December 24th Joey and Jinger put out milk and cookies for Santa to eat. They also put carrots out for the reindeer. When Joey and Jinger are asleep all snuggly in their beds Santa arrives and leaves them presents under the tree. Santa also fills their stockings with goodies. On December 25th which is Christmas day; Joey and Jinger celebrate Christ. Christ is the reason for the season!! Joey and Jinger open gifts and eat dinner with family and friends.

 

Books about Christmas:

1. What Is Christmas? by Michelle Adams

2. Christmas Around the World by Mary Lankford

3. How Kids Celebrate Christmas Around the World by Pavla Hanackova

4. Celebrations Around the World: by Katy Halford

Parents be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

 

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching! Are you ready? Don’t forget what this Holiday Season is really all about! It is about Christ! The Savior that was born in a manger many years ago!

 

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE

2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S

3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming soon in 2022!!

 

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Christmas Tree Facts

Happy Monday!! May your day be filled with learning new things! You are never too old to learn something new.

Joey wants to tell you a little about the Christmas tree and where it originated from. Did you know that evergreens have been used to celebrate the winter season long before Christ was born? In the Bible Jeremiah 10:1-5 states about decorating a tree. The modern day Christmas tree started in Germany around 1531. The tree was an evergreen tree known as a paradise tree. The trees were decorated with apples to celebrate the Garden of Eden.

 

Facts about the Christmas tree:

1. The Roman Empire is one of the first people to celebrate Christmas. Although it was not called Christmas it was actually called Saturnalia. The Romans would decorate trees and have a big feast in honor of the God of Saturn. The celebration of Christmas by the ancient Romans started around 336.  

2. There are over 15 different types of trees people use to decorate for Christmas. There are Pine trees, Fir trees, Cypress trees, and Spruce trees. People have even used Cherry trees as Christmas trees.

3. In 1882 Edward Johnson who was Thomas Edison’s friend invented the first electric lights on a string for the Christmas tree.

4. In the 1900’s people that worked in large department stores started decorating Christmas trees for the holiday season.  

5. In 1923 President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to light up the first National White House Christmas Tree with electric lights on it. The bulbs were red, white, and green and there were 2500 bulbs on the strand of electric lights that decorated the Christmas tree.

6. Germany was one of the first to develop an artificial Christmas tree in the 19th Century. The trees were made by using goose feathers that were dyed green. They made the artificial Christmas trees to help stop the depletion of evergreen forests.

7. Christmas trees are grown and harvested in all 50 states in the United States. Oregon grows and harvests the most Christmas trees. Christmas trees have been sold commercially since around 1850 in the United States. Canada exports over 2 million Christmas trees a year.

8. The world’s tallest fresh cut Christmas tree is in Enid Oklahoma this year (2021). The Christmas tree is 140 feet tall. It has 18,000 lights and about 10,000 ornaments on it. After the holiday season is over the tree will be donated to habitat for Humanity!

 

Can you share a Christmas tree fact with us?

 

Books about Christmas trees:

1. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe

2. The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll

3. The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Pat Matuszak

4. Celebrate Christmas Around the World by Beth

Parents make sure all books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE

2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S

3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming soon in 2022!!

 

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Owl Facts

Happy Thankful Thursday!! 

May your day be filled with thankfulness, love, and kindness!

 

We are on letter Oo of the gratitude alphabet! O is for Owl. 

What are you thankful for that begins with the letter O?

Jinger is thankful for owls. Owl begins with the letter O. Did you know that there are over 200 species of owls in the world? Owls can turn their heads while rotating their neck 270 degrees without injuring themselves. Owls can even turn their heads upside down.

 

Facts about Owls:

1. Owls have big fixed eyes. They can’t move their eyes in the sockets. They have 3 eyelids. Owls are farsighted which means they can’t see things that are near to them, and they have binocular vision. Owls also have amazing night vision.  Owls are capable of seeing about a mile away from themselves. Owls are nocturnal.

2. Owls are carnivores. They eat small to medium sized animals, insects, and fish.

3. A group of owls is called a parliament. Adult owls are referred to as either male or female owls. A baby owl is called an owlet. Female owls are usually bigger than the male owls.

4. The smallest owl in the world is called the Elf Owl. An Elf owl weighs around 1.5 ounces. It is around 5 and a half inches tall.

5. The Bubo blakistoni owl also known as the Blakiston's fish owl is the largest owl in the world. It can weigh up to ten pounds and be as tall as 28 inches. The Blakiston’s fish owl is also one the rarest owls in the world.  

6. Owls have a total of four talons on each foot. Three of the talons point to the front and one points to the back. One of the three front talons can also rotate and point to the back.

7. Most owls sleep (roost) on branches in trees. They can also sleep in hollow trees, vacant buildings, and well hidden spots. Owls sleep around 10 to 12 hours a day.

8. Owls make sounds in order to communicate with other owls. Not all owls hoot. Some owls can screech, caw, whistle, chirp, scream, or growl.

 

What is your favorite type of owl?

 

Books about owls:

1. Owls (Amazing Animals) by Valerie Bodden

2. Owl Kids Coloring Book by Jackie Fluffy

3. A Little Owl on a Big Adventure by Carol Finkelstein

4. The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston

Parents be sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

Get your Owl coloring/worksheet here:

O is for Owl

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

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3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming soon in 2022!!

 

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Happy Weird and Wacky Wednesday to you! 

May your day be filled with lots of learning new and exciting stuff!!

It is pretty weird that a reindeer has a nose that shines bright red and can light up the night sky while guiding Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. Joey wants to know if you knew that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer first appeared in 1939 in a booklet for a Chicago area Montgomery Ward? Yep, that is right!! Montgomery Ward asked one of their copywriters who at the time happened to be Robert L. May; to write a story they could hand out to their customers during the holiday season. That is where Rudolph started on his journey to the cute fun Rudolph we know and love today.  

 

Who is your favorite reindeer?

 

Facts about Rudolph and his creator:

1. Robert L. May is Rudolph’s creator. He created Rudolph in 1939.

2. Montgomery Ward Department Store sold over 2 million copies of Robert L. May’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book in 1939 during the holiday season.

3. Sometime around 1947 the CEO of Montgomery Ward gave Robert L. May the rights to his book he wrote for them. Also, in 1947 Maxton Publishers published Robert L. May’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Poem book just in time for the holiday season!

4. Robert May’s brother-in-law was a song writer. His name was Johnny Marks. Robert May asked his brother-in-law to write a song about Rudolph and he did. Gene Autry sang Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer and it became number one on the charts during the week of Christmas in 1949.

5. Robert L. May wrote two sequels to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The first one is named Rudolph’s Second Christmas and the second one is named Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shines Again.

6. On Sunday December 6, 1964 the animated movie of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired on NBC for the first time. It has been airing for 57 years this year (2021).

7. On November 6, 2014 Rudolph was honored by the United States Postal Service. They issued four stamps that featured characters from the 1964 animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie.

 

Can you share a fact about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with us?

 

Books about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

1. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May

2. Rudolph's Second Christmas by Robert L. May

3. Rudolph Shines Again by Robert L. May

Parents make sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE

2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S

3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming soon in 2022!!

 

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Candy Canes

Happy Trivia Tuesday!! May your day be filled with joy and happiness!! 

How about a little trivia about the candy cane?

 

In what year was the candy cane first introduced to children? (A.) 1871 (B.) 1670 (C.) 1542 (D.) 1847


Legend states that the first candy cane was actually a straight white sugar stick. A choirmaster in Germany bent them into the shape of a candy cane. They were then handed out to all the children during a ceremony in hopes that it would keep them quiet during the show in 1670.

 

Facts about the candy cane:

1. August Imgard of Wooster Ohio was a German-Swedish immigrant who in 1847 decorated a Christmas tree (Blue Spruce) with candy canes and paper ornaments. He was the first person in the United States to put candy canes on a Christmas tree. The candy canes were just plain white.

2. Some say that a candy maker in Indiana made a candy cane to represent Jesus. They say the white stripes represent Jesus’ purity. The red stripes are for the blood of Jesus and the J shape is for the staff of the Shepherds. Some say the J shape is also a reminder of Jesus.

3. The red and white stripes were added to the candy cane in the very early 1900’s. Possibly 1900.

4. Did you know that there is a national candy cane day? National candy cane day is December 26th.

5. In 2012 a Swiss chef named Alain Roby made the world’s tallest candy cane. It measures 51 feet long.

6. In 1919 Robert E. McCormack founded Bobs Candies which was the largest manufacturer of the candy cane.

7. About 1.70 billion candy canes are made every year. Around 90% of the candy canes that are made each year sell during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. That is a lot of candy canes!

8. Candy canes come in a variety of flavors, but the traditional is the peppermint flavored candy cane. Did you know that they have a pickle flavored candy cane and a mac and cheese flavored candy cane?

 

What is your favorite type of candy cane?

 

Books about candy canes:

1. Candy Cane Magic by Beau Spearman

2. How the Candy Cane Got Its Stripes: A Christmas Tale by Kevin Brougher

3. Katie the Candy Cane Fairy Storybook by Thomas Nelson

4. Candy Cane Christmas by Helen C. Haidle

Parents make sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

 

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE

2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S

3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming soon in 2022!!

 

Thank you for reading my post!


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Monday, December 6, 2021

Reindeer and Santa

Wishing you a very happy magical Monday!!

Christmas is coming very soon so I thought I would blog about some Christmas stuff. Today Joey wants to tell you about Reindeer also known as Caribou. The Caribou is wild and native to Northern North America the Reindeer is domesticated and native to Northern Europe and Asia. Reindeer are a species of the deer family. Magical Reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh through the night sky on Christmas Eve! Santa and his Reindeer go to each house so he can leave gifts for the children. Only Santa’s Reindeer are able to fly because they are magical. Did you know that all Santa’s Reindeer are female? Scientist say that Santa’s Reindeer are all female. Male Reindeer lose their antlers in the winter and females don’t lose theirs until the spring time.

 

What do you put out for Santa and his Reindeer to eat on Christmas Eve?

 

Here is all of Santa’s Reindeer names in Alphabetical order:

Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, Prancer, Rudolph, and Vixen.

 

Facts about Reindeer:

1. Both the male and female Reindeers grow antlers.

2. Reindeers are herbivores. They eat grasses, herb, mosses, fungi, lichen, leaves, and other types of vegetation.

3. Reindeer have a four-chamber stomach. The four chambers of the Reindeer’s stomach are called: Rumen, Reticulum, Omasum, and Abomasum.

4. Male Reindeers are called a bull or a stag. Female Reindeers are called cows. A baby Reindeer is called a calf. A group of Reindeer are called herds. Reindeers travel and sleep in herds of 10 to as many as 500,000 reindeers. Some Reindeer herds are larger depending on what part of the world they live in.

5. Reindeers are very strong animals with very strong and powerful legs. Reindeers can run at speeds of up to 20 to 48 miles per hour.

6. Reindeer can swim when they need to cross the water. They can swim at speeds of up to 5 miles per hour sometimes maybe a little faster when necessary.

7. The height of a Reindeer measures about 3 to 5 feet tall from hooves to shoulders. They can weigh as much as 500 pounds.

8. Reindeer can live up to 10 or more years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

9. Reindeer prefer to live in cold climates like Alaska, Northern North America, Europe, and Northern Asia.

 

Books about Reindeer:

1. Remarkable Reindeer by Jeff Bauer

2. Facts About the Reindeer by Lisa Strattin

3. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

4. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May

5. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A 21st Century Retelling by Angela Nixon

Parents make sure books are child friendly before reading them to your child/children.

 

I have written 4 children’s books so far. My 15-year-old daughter illustrated two of them and will illustrate all the rest of them in the series. Two of them are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and Books A Million. 

1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE

2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S

3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR coming soon!!

4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO coming soon in 2022!!

 

Thank you for reading my post!

 

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Facts about Minnesota

Howdy to you!  Are you ready to learn some cool facts? Have you ever visited Minnesota before? Maybe you live there? Whichever it may be,...