Happy Holidays DVD GiveAway From Main Street Mama to YOU

HO HO HO the Holiday season is in full swing and what better way to receive a gift to give then by being a reader of Main Street Mama … That’s right Happy Holidays DVD GiveAway From Main Street Mama to YOU my readers is on…

 

Finding presents for your loved ones can be no easy task! That’s why Warner Bros. has come up with their awesome Happy Holidays Blog App featuring some classic and new movies out on Blu-ray sure to please everyone from your teeny nephew to grandma wrinkles!

We are all running around so crazy this time of year, many of us take no time for ourselves. This Blog App is great because you can take the Holiday Movie Challenge and decide are you a true cinephile? Make sure your movie skills are sharp. You may want to Decode-A-Scene to figure out what movie scene is slowly being decoded in front of your eyes.

Everyone knows I LOVE PARTIES so I myself love the Holiday Survival Guide they have some awesome tips to make you look like a total holiday master.

At a loss of what movie to get your loved ones here are some of the Survival Guides Favorite Ideas

 

 

We will give you a copy of Peanuts Deluxe Holiday CollectionClassic Christmas Favorites or Dr. Seuss’s Deluxe Holiday Collection on Blu-ray. (Prize will be chosen randomly from the above Blu-ray titles!)

All you have to do is post your results from the Holiday Movie Challenge and one lucky Reader will be randomly chosen. Contest ends on Tuesday December 18th at 11:59pm
Disclaimer: Main Street Mama is working with Warner Bros for this Holiday Giveaway and all promotional materials were supplied by Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

 

Chanukkah Is The Festival of Lights

 

We celebrate Chanukah in our house also known as the festival of lights. As a child growing up in a Jewish household we celebrated Chanukah with all the tradition trimmings, Latkes and Applesauce, Dreidels, menorahs but most of all FAMILY. The meaning in Hebrew means dedication or rededication.

 

Chanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of  Kislev.

Chanukkah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews (and even many assimilated Jews!) think of this holiday as the Jewish Christmas, adopting many of the Christmas customs, such as elaborate gift-giving and decoration. .

 

Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. Hanukkah is not a religious holiday. The only religious observance related to the holiday is the lighting of candles. The candles are arranged in a candelabrum called a menorah that holds nine candles: one for each night, plus a shammus (servant) at a different height. On the first night, one candle is placed at the far right. The reason the candles are lit from left to right, because you pay honor to the newer thing first.

 

A question that I always get from friends is why the shammus candle? The Chanukkah candles are for pleasure only; we are not allowed to use them for any productive purpose. We keep an extra one around the shammus, so that if we need to do something useful with a candle, we don’t accidentally use the Chanukkah candles. The shammus candle is at a different height so that it is easily identified as the shammus.

 

It is traditional to eat fried foods on Chanukkah because of the significance of oil to the holiday. We make homemade Latkes and we enjoy donuts filled with Jelly, cream or just plain ole glazed. It is not a holiday to diet for sure.

Another tradition of the holiday is playing dreidel, a gambling game played with a square top. A dreidel is marked with four Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin. The letters represent nit (nothing), gantz (all), halb (half) and shtell (put), which are the rules of the game! Children can use M&M’s , nuts or gelt.

Gift-giving is not a traditional part of the holiday, but has been added in places where Jews have a lot of contact with Christians, as a way of dealing with our children’s jealousy of their Christian friends. It is extremely unusual for Jews to give Chanukkah gifts to anyone other than their own young children. The only traditional gift of the holiday is “gelt,” small amounts of money. We give token gifts to friends and family but our biggest gift is inviting our friends over to show our dedication to their friendship and to celebrate the miracle of the candles and the festival of lights.

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove Is Coming and We Have A GIVEAWAY

When January 1st rolls around I know I am always like OK what NOW.. and NOW we have another fantastic Disney on Ice Show to look forward too.. Disney On Ice Treasure Trove  is Coming to the Tri-State Area in January and our house is very excited to see the newest of the Disney on Ice shows.

 

Discover endless riches when Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove comes to your hometown!  Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White.  Ahoy, Mateys!  Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land!  Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’  Tick-Tock!  Tick-Tock!  Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards.  Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Before the action begins, audiences have the opportunity to get fit with a taste of what Disney On Ice skaters do to prepare themselves for every show. Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles lead a warm-up routine that will have everyone up on their feet. Audiences will stretch with Mrs. Incredible, run in place with Dash, pump iron with Mr. Incredible, and work up some extra energy with Violet. The warm-up routine promotes keeping kids active, while also allowing them to participate in the show. If your child is like mine then this added feature will be sure to capture their minds before the show itself even starts.

You and your family can look forward to seeing this show in the new year as well by visiting TICKETMASTER for complete list of show times in the Tri-State area with the 1st show being January 2nd.

One Lucky Main Street Mama Reader can win a family four pack to an opening night show at the arena of your choice.

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Disclaimer: Main Street Mama has received a complementary family four pack for this giveaway, all opinions are 100% my own and we can’t wait for the show!

 

 

Did You Know Today Is National Cookie Day

Who would have thought when I decided to bake 20 dozen sugar cookies last night because I was not tired that I would wake up to find out today was National Cookie Day. December is filled with so many of favorite days for me and now the fourth is now another favorite. I love  cookies who doesn’t?? Sugar cookies a very simple cookie is my absolute best, and at holiday time I look forward to eating them, making them, decorating them and did I mention eating them?

I even brought in a tray of cookies for the patients and staff to enjoy at Main Street Pediatric Dentistry where I work. Working with children you get lots of questions when you celebrate a “National Day” they want to know why , so I use this time to educate myself on little tidbits and facts and today I learned that the word “cookie” is derived from the dutch word “koekje” . Dutch bakers would test the temperatures of the ovens by using small amounts of batter as to not waste it. It was not long before they realized that these “test pieces” tasted quite good and they became what we now enjoy … COOKIES

Cookies come in lots of flavors, shapes, sizes, colors. You can enjoy cookies with coffee, tea, milk or just enjoy them with cookies.

Did you enjoy a cookie today in honor of National Cookie Day? If so what kind of cookie did you enjoy? Was it homemade?