New Year’s Eve cocktails: Ring in the New Year with refreshing holiday cheer

It’s hard to believe another busy year and hectic holiday season is coming to an end. Whether you will be attending or hosting a small, intimate get-together with family and friends or celebrating with a great big holiday bash, ring in the New Year in style with a few fabulous cocktails and delicious appetizers perfect for parties of any size. Welcome the new year and pop open the bubbly with the following cocktail recipes that are sure to be a great big hit with all your holiday guests. Cheers! New Year’s Eve Champagne & Holiday Cocktail Recipes Resolution Martini – Whether you make a New Year's resolution or not, this cocktail recipe calls for gin, apricot brandy and lemon juice. Poinsetti

New Year's Eve Toasts, Quotes & Sayings to Ring in the New Year

It’s hard to believe another year is almost over. Whether you are planning to attend or host a great big holiday bash or a small family get-together, say goodbye to the old and welcome the New Year in style this year with a fabulous toast. Toasts, verbal expressions of sentiment, goodwill or good cheer, commemorate special occasions such as weddings, graduations, retirements or holidays. The best toasts do not need to be rambling, long-winded sentiments. In fact, the best toasts are often short, sweet and to the point. Whether sentimental, humorous or thought provoking, ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight with one or two of the quotes and toasts listed below that are perfect for y

20 New Year's Eve Movies: Best Flicks to Watch on New Year's Eve

Bring on the champagne, appetizers and noisemakers - another new year is right around the corner and it's time to celebrate! Dec. 31 is New Year's Eve and millions of people around the world are getting ready to ring in the New Year in style! Whether you will be hosting a great big bash or a small, intimate get-together with family or a few friends, say goodbye to the old and hello to the New Year with some wonderful movies. Whether you prefer romantic comedies, who-dun-its or tried-and-true classics, start the New Year off right with movie night! Top 20 New Year's Eve Movies When Harry Met Sally - Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star in this iconic 1989 movie directed by Rob Reiner. Who says men

Happy National Champagne Day

Get ready to raise your glass - December 31st is National Champagne Day. While the origins of this national "holiday" are unknown, nothing quite says Happy New Year like a sip or two of delicious champagne, a sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France. Although National Champagne Day is also celebrated in October and/or in August, December 31st is the perfect day for a bit of bubbly. In honor of New Year’s Eve and National Champagne Day, why not start a new tradition this year by hosting a champagne tasting party? Or get your guests into the holiday “spirit” with a new champagne cocktail recipe? As always - please drink responsibly.

Go Hog Wild: It's Bacon Day in the U.S.A!

If you are a bacon lover, and who isn't, go grab your fork! Hip hip hooray, Dec. 30 is Bacon Day in the USA! It's the perfect day to go hog wild! The annual food holiday, created by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard, celebrates bacon in all its tasty glory! Bacon is so popular, it is celebrated several times a year. Whether you prefer yours chewy or crispy, this popular meat product can be smoked, fried, baked, boiled or grilled. In honor of Bacon Day, why not whip up one or two of new bacon-inspired dishes, drinks and cocktail recipes? It's time to make some bacon!

Card Playing Day: Are you ready to play a game?

Go grab the dice - it's time to play a game! Dec. 28 is Card Playing Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates card games. No matter how old or young you happen to be, almost anyone can play cards. While some games can be played all alone, others require more than one player. But regardless how many people play, all of them are just plain fun! While the weather outside may be frightful and after the hustle-and-bustle of another hectic holiday season, today is the perfect time to unwind and relax with a great card game. In honor of Card Playing Day, why not gather up the family and make it game night? Grab some "chips" and a few tasty beverages, turn off all those handy-dandy electrical device

Mmmm - It's National Chocolate Candy Day: Sweet!

If your sweet tooth has been aching for a few sweet treats to eat, you’re in luck! Dec. 28 is National Chocolate Candy Day! Sweet! This annual “food holiday” provides the perfect excuse for chocolate lovers to indulge in some decadent chocolate goodness. After all, who can resist a few pieces of decadent, melt-in-your mouth chocolate candy? And with New Year’s Eve right around the corner, why not ask the kids to perform a scientific taste test on one or two new chocolate candy recipes? Chances are pretty good, you’ll probably have some very willing volunteers! Dec. 28 is also Card Playing Day.

National Fruitcake Day

Although another Christmas season has come and gone, chances are good you are still nibbling on holiday leftovers. Whether it's turkey or ham or sweet treats to eat, Dec. 27 is a food holiday that celebrates a food synonymous with the holidays. It's National Fruitcake Day! Whether you spell it "fruitcake" or "fruit cake," this dense yet moist “cake” is typically loaded with a variety of delicious nuts and candied fruits. Some are even soaked in a variety of liquors! Whether you love them or not so much, this annual holiday celebrates fruitcakes of all shapes, sizes and varieties. While its true fruitcake has gotten a pretty bad rap over the years, fruitcake has actually been enjoyed for cent

National Candy Cane Day

What’s red and white and sweet all over? Why candy canes, of course! Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day, an annual “holiday” that celebrates the swirl-icious holiday treats that are loads of fun to eat! Whether you lick them, suck 'em or bite them, children and adults have been enjoying candy canes for centuries. While there is some debate as to their origin, French priests are often credited as inventing the all-white candy cane stick back in the 1400s. In 1670, a Cologne Cathedral choirmaster bent the candy stick into cane shapes to signify a shepherd’s staff and handed them out to children during church services. In 1847, an immigrant from Ohio decorated his Christmas tree with candy cane

6 Festive Christmas punch recipes: Cocktails to get you in the holiday 'spirit'

As the busy holiday season approaches, Christmas can be a stressful time for adults. Between all the decorations, gift buying, parties and meal preparations, its no wonder the holiday hustle-and-bustle stresses us out! Get into the holiday "spirit" this year with the following Christmas punch recipe ideas. Guaranteed to be party favorites with family, friends and loved ones, the following beverage recipes offer two choices; alcohol or alcohol-free. Why not garnish drinks with a special festive touch by adding the Holiday Cheer Ice Cubes to your beverages? (recipe below.) For quick and simple Christmas punch recipes, the following holiday spirits are sure to be great big hits for years to com

Christmas sayings: 33 sentimental and humorous holiday quotes and toasts

With the hustle-and-bustle of the busy holiday season, it is important to reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. While we are busy buying and wrapping gifts, cleaning and decorating the house and preparing the holiday feast, we have so much to be thankful for. Whether it is the possessions in our lives or the people we hold near-and-dear to our hearts, Christmas serves as an important reminder of just how blessed we are. But while the holidays can be a magical and wondrous time for many, they can also be a difficult time for others. It is especially important to remember people who are alone, live in nursing homes, struggling with an illness and/or those less fortunate. The foll

National Eggnog Day: Cheers!

Hip hip hooray - today is National Eggnog Day! While its origins are unknown, National Eggnog Day, is an annual holiday celebrated every Dec. 24, which just so happens to be Christmas Eve (and Santa Claus Day.) Whether you spell it “egg nog” or “eggnog”, this popular holiday beverage is traditionally made out of milk, cream, sugar, eggs and a blend of delicious spices. But some people prefer their rich-and-creamy beverage to include a bit more holiday "spirit" with an added splash or two of rum, brandy, wine or even beer. In fact, rumor has it President George Washington had a hankerin’ for eggnog. As the hustle-and-bustle of another holiday season comes to a end and with Santa making final

Ho Ho Ho: Happy Santa Claus Day

To millions of children around the globe, one of the biggest, most important days of the entire year is hours away! While Christmas is tomorrow, another annual event that celebrates one of the most beloved men in the entire world. Dec. 24 is not only National Eggnog Day, but it is also Santa Claus Day! Santa, also referred to St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle or Father Christmas, is a jolly ole' soul who dons a red suit, black boots and belt and has a ginormous white beard. And according to unidentified elf sources, the origins of this holiday got its start somewhere in the North Pole. Throughout the year, Santa and his merry elves work hard making all sorts of gifts for all the boys and girls

Happy Festivus: It's Festivus for the Rest of Us!

With the big holiday just days away, some folks are celebrating another lesser-known holiday. Dec. 23 is Festivus, an annual, non-denominational “holiday” made famous by one of America’s best-loved television sitcoms. Cotchety Frank Costanza, played by actor/writer/producer Jerry Stiller, first celebrated Festivus during “The Strike” episode that aired on Seinfeld back in 1997 and folks have been celebrating Festivus ever since! While this quirky holiday really took off after the Seinfeld episode aired, Festivus was actually “invented” by the father of one of the Seinfeld writers. Dan O’Keefe Sr., is credited with creating the holiday decades ago. Just in case you are planning to celebrate,

Christmas Cocktails: Festive Drinks to Get You in the Holiday 'Spirit'

Have you heard the big “buzz?” ‘Tis the season – the holiday season, that is. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve right around the corner, it’s time to start planning that special menu. Whether you plan on ringing in the holidays with family, a few of your favorite BFFs of that significant other, you can’t celebrate the holidays without a few tried-and-true and perhaps one or two brand new cocktails, right? Whether you will celebrate by attending or hosting a great big bash or small, intimate get-together, there is no need to stress out about finding that perfect beverage. The following Christmas cocktail recipes are sure to get you into the holiday “spirit.” Candy Cane Cocktail – This simple-

National Cookie Exchange Day: Enjoy sweet treats to eat at a holiday cookie swap

Talk about a sweet day! Dec. 22 is National Cookie Exchange Day, an annual event created by the Queen of Holidays. Whether you host a party in your own home or have one at the office, cookie exchanges/swaps/parties are loads of fun and pretty simple to put together. Save the date, invite your guests and whip up a batch or two of your favorite tried-and-true homemade cookie recipes or try that brand new recipe you’ve been eyeing and share/trade with your guests. How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party Create the guest list. Set the date, time and location. (Remember – this is a busy time of the year so plan ahead.) Create the Rules. For instance - Cookies should be homemade, not purchased. How m

Crossword Puzzle Day: It’s time to play a brain game & stimulate your mind

If the holidays have you down-and-out and just plain stressed out, no worries. It’s time to play a game! Those unwrapped presents can wait. It’s time to get out the pencil, put on your thinking cap and de-stress a little. Dec. 21 is Crossword Puzzle Day, an annual occasion that celebrates crossword puzzles, the entertaining and often challenging word game played around the world. Legend has it that Arthur Wynne “invented” crossword puzzles decades ago. While he created puzzles for the weekly puzzle page in the entertainment section of the New York World newspaper, he wanted to come up with something new and different – a word game. Wynne adapted the game he used to play as a child, Magic Squ

Happy Humbug Day: Not!

With Christmas just days away, many people are feeling the stress of the holidays! While yesterday was all about singing joyful Christmas carols, today is another day altogether! For all you Oscars, Scrooges and Grinches out there, today may just be your (un)lucky day! Dec. 21 is Humbug Day! This annual “holiday” was created by the folks at Wellcat in an effort to let everyone vent their frustrations and blow off some holiday steam! But according to the rules, a person is only allowed 12 bah-humbugs during the 24 hour celebration so use sparingly! So move over, Santa! And all you grumblers, groaners and moaners take note. Whether you are wrapping up those last-minute gifts, standing in long

Winter is here: Winter solstice marks shortest day & longest night of the year

With Christmas just days away, another special day of the year is here. Today marks the end of a season. While the days are shorter and the temperatures are colder, autumn is officially o-v-e-r. It’s the Winter Solstice, an annual event that occurs in the Northern Hemisphere between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23. Today is the shortest day, and the longest night, of the entire year. Many Americans will only get about nine hours of daylight today. But folks in Alaska will only enjoy about four hours of daylight! People who live in the Southern Hemisphere will enjoy the longest day of the year today. Celebrated since ancient times, solstice means “sun stands still.” Thousands of people from all over the

Homemade Holiday Pet Treats: ‘Bone-afide’ Christmas Recipes for Fido & Fluffy

With the holidays right around the corner, many people are scouring the crowded stores in hopes of finding those last-minute gifts, busy wrapping presents and/or preparing for that big holiday meal. But in the hustle-and bustle of a busy and hectic holiday season, many folks overlook other valued members of the family – our furry, four-legged friends. Whether your family consists of a Fluffy or a Fido, it’s important to remember our beloved pets during the holidays too! And you don’t need to spend a fortune either. Why not whip up a batch of homemade pet treats that are safe to eat and guaranteed to be tail-waggin’ “bone-afide” hits? Grab a few of your favorite holiday cookie cutters and you

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