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January 11th, 2010 | Author:

By now, I bet many people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions, especially the ones you hear the most like losing weight, quiting smoking, or exercising more.

Kids usually don’t make resolutions.  My guess is that most don’t think that far ahead or some probably think they don’t need to change anything. But when you think about it, why make resolutions anyway?

Does a new year really make a difference in the way people think? If a person was not exercising last year, will they really do what it takes to change things this year?

I think when people declare their resolutions, it’s actually more of a negative than a positive. For the majority that break them, those people probably feel pretty bad like they failed.

The better way might be to just keep working at what you want to change without announcing this big resolution. If one day you mess up, give yourself a kick in the pants and just try harder the next day but keep moving forward.

January 05th, 2010 | Author:

My 12 Days of Christmas Trivia has come to an end.  I’ve had a lot of fun finding little-known facts and trivia about Christmas.  I hope you had fun reading them too.

This last bit of Christmas trivia is good to remember all year long since it is health-related.  It is estimated that 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.  I read this on several websites but couldn’t find the actual source to verify it but if you’re like most families, there was lots of food set out during the holidays.  Everyone seems to take more time eating holiday meals than regular meals any other day of the year so food sits on the table or counter a lot longer. Then there are the people who like to keep eating all day long so some munchies sit out for hours.  But how long should food be left out before it starts to go bad?

This ABC News/Health story explains how to tell if food has gone bad and how long you should keep leftovers.  It’s good to remember all year long, not just during the holidays.

My parents have a saying, “When in doubt, throw it out” because it’s better to be safe than sorry.  And who would want to get sick between Christmas and New Years just because you ate some bad leftovers or food that set out too long?  Even your favorite leftover turkey or stuffing wouldn’t be worth it.  And if you’re not sure if it’s spoiled or not, please don’t feed it to your pets either.

Happy New Year to everyone!  Eat healthy!

If you missed any of my 12 Days of Christmas Trivia, just scroll down to read the rest.

January 04th, 2010 | Author:

My aunt sent us this joke before Christmas.

The big question:  Are Santa’s reindeer male or female?  As the joke goes, apparently all of his reindeer must be female because only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red suit all around the world in just one night and not get lost.  Okay, even my dad laughed at that one.

But maybe the joke isn’t that far off – well, at least as far as whether they are male or female.  According to the University of Alaska, older male reindeer start shedding their antlers in December but female reindeer keep theirs until they give birth in the spring.  So it’s likely that if Santa’s reindeer were males, they would have lost their antlers by Christmas.  But since most pictures are drawn with antlers on all of the reindeer, even though they have male names, it’s more likely that Santa’s reindeer were probably female reindeer.

Now, the bigger question.  Does it really matter?  No, but it makes for a good joke.

January 03rd, 2010 | Author:

Ever thought about eating a Christmas tree?  Well, don’t.  The needles from certain types of pine trees are actually poisonous although I don’t know why someone would want to try eating one anyway.  But you can make a pine needle tea from the Eastern White Pine tree and it’s actually healthy for you because it’s high in vitamin C but I bet it tastes like eating grass.

If you are interested in finding out which trees have pine nuts that are safe to eat, visit Rhora’s Nut Farm and Nursery.

Sources: University of Colorado-Boulder and Survival Topics

Just another little-known trivia to add to my 12 Days of Christmas Trivia.  If you missed any of the previous days, scroll down in my blog to catch up.

January 02nd, 2010 | Author:

There are two islands in the world named Christmas Island.

One is a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean, about 1600 miles northwest of the city of Perth, Australia. It has a population of approximately 1400 residents.  The majority of the people are Chinese so it makes sense that the main religion is Buddhism. Their official language is English.

If you can afford it and are into nature expeditions, this seems like the perfect place to visit.  It’s 52 square miles of wildlife, birding, and natural history.

Do I sound like a travel agent?  🙂

The other Christmas Island also goes by the name of Kiritimati.  It is actually an atoll which is an island made up of coral that circles a lagoon either partially or completely.  The entire island is a wildlife sanctuary.  While I was finding out about this island, I ran across a website by Jane Resture who actually lived there for about five years.  She has some pretty interesting information and photos.

Sources:  Christmas Island-Australia and Christmas Island-Pacific Ocean