New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

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New Year’s Resolutions – Part 1

New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life

Religious origins

Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.[

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.[

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.[

At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions. This tradition has many other religious parallels. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People can act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, although the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. In fact, the Methodist practice of New Year’s resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

Participation

At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year’s resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40% did.[5] In fact, according to the American Medical Association, approximately 40% to 50% of Americans participated in the New Year’s resolution tradition from the 1995 Epcot and 1985 Gallop Polls.  A study found 46% of participants who made common New Year’s resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were likely to succeed, over ten times as among those deciding to make life changes at other times of the year.

(Information from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )


NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONAL MEALS

NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONAL MEALS

Most New Year’s traditions are believed to ensure good luck for the coming year. Many parts of the United States observe the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. Auld Lang Syne: “Auld Lang Syne” is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

According to popular folklore, if these foods are eaten on New Year’s Day, they guarantee good luck throughout the year. Peas or beans symbolize coins or wealth. Choose traditional black-eyed peas, lentils or beans to make a dish seasoned with porkham or sausage. Greens resemble money, specifically folding money.

Pork and sauerkraut is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead. … Part superstition and part tradition, eating pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is like a Pennsylvania Dutch-style insurance policy for the new year. It is believed to bring good luck and good fortune in the months ahead.

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Cabbage has many good points, and a context that dates back before recorded history. It always has been an inexpensive vegetable, an even more compelling virtue these days. Wrapped in plastic, a head of cabbage will last two or three weeks in the refrigerator, or four if you don’t mind peeling off a yellow outer leaf or two.

Cook cabbage for New Year’s and you find yourself richer in the coming year. I grew up in a New Orleans Southern family eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. My family also always had cooked cabbage as part of our New Year’s meal. My mom and aunt said it will bring the person that eats it money in the coming year. At the time, I thought it was just to get us kids to eat the stinky smelling cabbage. Although both ladies were very good cooks and the cabbage dish very tasty, it was rather smelly as it was being cooked. It turns out that cabbage is actually very good for you!

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Cabbage is really good for you. Raw, it’s got lots of vitamin C, plus potassium, iron and calcium. Red cabbage has more fiber and even more of the above-mentioned minerals, while Savoy and Napa cabbage have lots of vitamin A. Bok choy has even more vitamin A, 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance.

Red cabbage is loaded with beneficial phytochemicals. Cabbage (and sauerkraut) also fight cancer, along with the other members of the cruciferous family, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts and collard greens. The National Cancer Institute includes cabbage among foods with high cancer-fighting powers, and notes two compounds. One helps protect against breast cancer and another helps detoxify carcinogens. And, it has been shown that people who consume lots of cabbage generally have lower rates of colon cancer.

(Information from history.com)

Best After Christmas Sales to Shop – Part 3


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Holiday Decor

If you want to be the most impressively decorated house on the block, you’ll need to plan for next year. Set a reminder to spend December 26 stocking up on everything from holiday lights to inflatable snowmen, and from pre-lit Christmas trees to sparkly tree toppers. Of course, there’s a chance that these items could hit sale shelves just before Christmas, too.

Last year, Lowe’s kicked off a Christmas clearance sale a couple of days before the holiday, offering shoppers the chance to grab last-minute decor for cheap.S

However, buying decorations right before Christmas means you won’t be able to leave them up long, unless you prefer to leave your house decorated year-round. So why not wait a few more days for the really good sales? Last year, Home Depot kicked off its sale on December 30 and took 50% to 75% off Christmas trees, lighting, and other decor. Shopping sales like that means you can deck the halls with savings in 2019, while everyone else is paying full price.

Exercise Equipment

Last year, about 21% of the fitness deals we listed were Editors’ Choice picks. That might not sound like much, but they’re definitely worth checking out (especially if you have a certain New Year’s resolution on your list).

REI was one retailer to watch last year, as it took 50% off apparel and gear right after Christmas Day. And if you were interested in outlet shopping, REI Garage took an extra 25% off one item. Additionally, check for item-specific discounts — in 2017, we saw weight sets drop to $15.

Video Games

If you didn’t find the video game deals you wanted before Christmas, you’re in luck! Last year, nearly 50% of the video game deals we saw during After Christmas sales were Editors’ Choice-worthy. They included titles like Fallout 4 for only $8, and an Xbox One X bundle that was $108 cheaper than buying the items separately.Last year, nearly 50% of the video game deals we saw during After Christmas sales were Editors’ Choice-worthy.

Prefer PC gaming? Look for the Steam Winter Sale to kick off sometime around December 20. Since this promotion lasts longer than the Autumn Sale, you should have more of a chance to grab all the titles on your wishlist. Amazon tends to drop game prices, too.

And if you prefer console gaming, be sure to check out GameStop’s sale. Typically that retailer hosts a buy two, get one free sale on used items.

Electronics

You won’t find a ton of Editors’ Choice deals on electronics post-Christmas — in fact, only about 13% of the deals we saw last year earned our best-of-the-best designation. However, it’s still worth checking them out! It’s possible you’ll find an unbeatable deal on a gadget or device you’ve been eyeing. TVs and headphones will be popular items for deals, with a wide variety of prices and types on sale.

In 2017, we saw a Samsung 55″ smart set that beat its Cyber Monday price by $99 and an LG 43″ smart TV bundled with a $100 gift card for $330. We also saw Klipsch earbuds drop to the lowest price we’d seen.

We also expect to see a few Amazon device bundles. Last year, a second-generation Dot and Fire TV Stick were sold together for $60 during the After Christmas sales. If you don’t mind refurbished products, you can usually find a slew of deals, including TVs and headphones. You should also keep an eye out for Canon‘s refurbished sale, which tends to take an extra 15% off select items.

(Information obtained from dealnews.com)

15 Best After Christmas Sales to Shop – Part 2

15 Best After Christmas Sales to Shop  – Part 2

Christmas may be over, but After Christmas sales are only just beginning! Here are a few of  the top sales you should shop before they’re done for another year.

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Holiday Decor

If you want to be the most impressively decorated house on the block, you’ll need to plan for next year. Set a reminder to spend December 26 stocking up on everything from holiday lights to inflatable snowmen, and from pre-lit Christmas trees to sparkly tree toppers. Of course, there’s a chance that these items could hit sale shelves just before Christmas, too.

Last year, Lowe’s kicked off a Christmas clearance sale a couple of days before the holiday, offering shoppers the chance to grab last-minute decor for cheap.

However, buying decorations right before Christmas means you won’t be able to leave them up long, unless you prefer to leave your house decorated year-round. So why not wait a few more days for the really good sales? Last year, Home Depot kicked off its sale on December 30 and took 50% to 75% off Christmas trees, lighting, and other decor. Shopping sales like that means you can deck the halls with savings in 2019, while everyone else is paying full price.

One visit to Goldwiser and you will make it your favorite place to buy and sell your precious metals!!!

15 Best After Christmas Sales to Shop – Part 1

15 Best After Christmas Sales to Shop  – Part 1

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Christmas may be over, but After Christmas sales are only just beginning! Here are a few of  the top sales you should shop before they’re done for another year.

What to Expect From After Christmas Sales

If you thought December 25 marked the end of the winter shopping season, you’re definitely mistaken. After Christmas sales have exploded in recent years, providing yet another opportunity to score awesome deals before the year is over.

Despite the moniker, we actually saw sales begin on December 21 last year. Neiman Marcus led the pack with free overnight shipping — which meant you could get your After Christmas goodies before Christmas Day. That said, in 2018 the bulk of the After Christmas sales will fall between December 26 and New Year’s Eve.

Here are the best things to buy during After Christmas sales.

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Clothing

Clothing deals tend to dominate After Christmas sales. Last year, about 55% of the post-holiday deals we saw were for clothing and accessories. Even better, these sales often matched Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales — if not outright beating them.

For example, last year Men’s Wearhouse took an extra 60% off clearance, tying as the strongest general clearance sale we’d seen from the clothier all year. Additionally, Banana Republic and Kate Spade hosted their best extra discounts of the year. They took an extra 60% and 40% off, respectively.

Last year, about 55% of the After Christmas deals  were for clothing and accessories.

Be sure to look out for clearance clothes, which are sure to have incredibly steep discounts. Last year, New York & Company had an excellent buy one, get three free offer on clearance items.

For its part, Jos. A. Bank offered a scarf and hat set for only $7. The menswear retailer also had polos for only $6, while American Eagle Outfitters had reversible beanies for $4.

Stay turned to Part 2 for more about the Best After Christmas shopping deals!

(Information obtained from dealnews.com)

DISNEY PARKS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DAY

DISNEY PARKS MAGICAL CHRISTMAS DAY

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The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day parade once again brought the celebrations from Florida’s Walt Disney World resort directly to American television screens.

The parade traveled down Main Street, U.S.A., the first “themed land” at the park, and passed a Christmas tree that stands around 60-feet tall. Later in the evening, the iconic Disney castle was lite up prior to a huge firework display. There was also a slew of musical performances.

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The parade aired from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) on the ABC Television Network. It is also available to watch on the ABC app on both iOS and Android devices, and will stream on ABC.com and connected devices Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

According to a press release on the Disney Parks blog, airtimes did vary.  This year, the segment was hosted by Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland. Jesse Palmer also performed co-host duties at the Christmas Day celebration.

The festivities brought together the “Christmas Day parade, musical performances, celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories”. Parade correspondents were listed as actor Trevor Jackson and Cierra Ramirez, star of upcoming series Good Trouble.

Here are the musical performances for the day:

  • Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album.
  • Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”
  • Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”
  • Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his new holiday album.
  • Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.
  • American Idol winner Maddie Poppe performs “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
  • Disney’s DCappella performs the popular hit “Last Christmas.”
  • Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album.

This is THE holiday parade at the Magic Kingdom and one of the best of all the parks. Up until about a week before Christmas, this parade is shown exclusively during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party — and shown at night. Then, about a week before Christmas, the parade is shown once or twice in the daytime during regular park hours. The Kringle Crew provides a “pre-parade” experience with singing and crowd interaction. The parade, itself, consists of tons of Disney characters decked out in holiday-garb, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Claus and plenty of holiday music.

Hope all readers had a wonderful Christmas!  Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

(Information from DisneyWorld.com)

Soft Gingerbread Recipe

Soft Gingerbread Recipe

This Soft Gingerbread recipe dates back to the year 1934 and is also know as “spice bread” in France and “pepper cake” in Germany.  It was a favorite holiday treat in the home of Walt Disney!  This recipe is included in the book, “Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food”.

Serves 9

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 Cup hot water

1/4 Cup butter, room temperature

1/4 Cup vegetable shortening

1/4 Cup sugar

1 Egg, well beaten

1 Cup Molasses

2 Cups flour, sifted

1 Teaspoon ground ginger

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

Steps:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, shortening and sugar for about 3 minutes.

Scrape the mixing bowl before adding egg,  molasses, flour, ginger and cinnamon. Blend until combined.

Add baking soda water to mixture and beat until smooth (about 1 minute).

Grease and flour an 8-inch by 8-inch pan.  Pour in batter.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool before cutting into nine even pieces and serving.

TIP:  lightly coating your measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring out your molasses will help the molasses pour easily and completely.

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Two decades before the California food revolution, Walt Disney was planning a revolution of his own. Walt knew that food could be more than nourishment – it could be entertaining, too. The concept of families eating and playing at the same time was an innovation in mid-century America. Food in Disneyland wasn’t gray or humdrum. It was full of fantasy and color!

Eat Like Walt is a culinary tour of the park’s six lands. Every attraction has a story, and so do many of the menu items. Disneyland’s food transports us as much as it satiates us, or as Walt declared, “The food is as fabulous as the fun, too.”

(Information obtained from Disney Files Magazine)

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 2

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 2

 

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Here Comes Mickey… and Santa Too!

This Christmas season, get ready for a magical holiday gathering with your loved ones—and some familiar Disney faces.When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom Park lights up with excitement for Guests of all ages. Cinderella Castle shimmers and joyful music fills the air. Disney Characters don their most festive attire. Favorite attractions take on a holiday theme. And enchanting surprises lie around almost every turn!

During Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you’re invited to share hugs, receive autographs and capture photos with over a dozen beloved Disney Characters as they spread holiday cheer around Magic Kingdom Park.

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Discover dozens of iconic Magic Kingdom attractions you’re welcome to enjoy as you explore each land!

This year, many of your favorite experiences will be available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party—including one re-imagined with holiday spirit:

Frontierland

Fantasyland

Tomorrowland

Savor delicious yuletide sweets as you sip on seasonal beverages, all complimentary and available all throughout the park.

An assortment of holiday cookies and other sweet treats during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Several holiday treat locations will be open until midnight during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, serving up a variety of complimentary delights!

Please note that alternative healthy and gluten-free options are available upon request. All menus and offerings are subject to change and availability.

Schedule and Pricing
Save $10 on your tickets compared to the day-of purchase price when you buy at least a day in advance! The party takes place on the following dates:

  • November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30
  • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

Prices vary based on event night. $10 advance purchase discount available for all event dates except December 21, 2018, when full day-of purchase price will apply. Be sure to purchase your tickets online today!

Please note: separate theme park admission is required for this special event.

One visit to Goldwiser and you will make it your favorite place to buy and sell your precious metals!!!

(Information from DisneyWorld.com)

 

 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Part 1

 

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

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This is an absolutely spectacular Christmas Parade.  This parade has it all including marching soldiers, dancing reindeer and gingerbread men, and even the big man himself, Ole Saint Nick!  Children of all ages will be amazed!!

The parade begins in the Magic Kingdom on Main Street, USA, and features the appearances of many Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Scrooge McDuck and Chip & Dale, as well as floats featuring celebrities.  Musical performances and marching bands from various schools and community groups across the USA are also showcased.  The parade concludes with the arrival of Santa Claus.  Most of the program is taped for television in November and early December for broadcast on Christmas Day. Until the early 1990s, the parade was broadcast live on Christmas Day!!

 

The conclusion of the nightly parade is Holiday Wishes, a nightly fireworks show.  Holiday Wishes is amazing!! It joins the fireworks with accompanying Christmas song lyrics. It is truly a spectacular Christmas fireworks show!

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and the Holiday Wishes fireworks are shown nightly and are not to be missed if you are visiting Disney World for the holidays!

Visit any of our Goldwiser locations for selling your precious metals and buying your Christmas gifts of jewelry or coins.  You won’t be disappointed!

(information obtained from disneyworld.com)

 

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional – Narrators

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Narrators

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Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, and accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir. Performances are at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM daily from November 22 through December 30, 2018.

Candlelight Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. All the while, gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the production as an orchestra and choir provide an inspirational backdrop with songs of hope and joy.

This year, an exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are set to lend their talents.

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Narrators and Dates

  • Chita Rivera – November 22 to 23, 2018
  • NEW! Helen Hunt – November 24 to 25, 2018
  • NEW! Alfonso Ribeiro – November 26 to 27, 2018
  • Robby Benson – November 28 to 30, 2018
  • John Stamos – December 1 to 2, 2018
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 3 to 6, 2018
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 7 to 9, 2018
  • NEW! Bart Millard – December 10 to 12, 2018
  • Blair Underwood – December 13 to 14, 2018
  • Gary Sinise – December 15 to 17, 2018
  • Pat Sajak – December 18 to 20, 2018
  • NEW! Auli’i Cravalho – December 21 to 23, 2018
  • NEW! Joey Fatone – December 24 to 25, 2018
  • Jodi Benson – December 26 to 27, 2018
  • Cal Ripken Jr. – December 28 to 30, 2018

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When & Where

Performances take place daily at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM from November 22 through December 30, 2018 at America Gardens Theatre in Epcot.  Epcot admission is required but this is not an extra ticket event.  Seating is limited, however, you can enjoy guaranteed seating when you purchase a Candlelight Dining Package.

This is a show you will not want to miss.  A choir joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator reads the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke.  The story is told in words and music.  Disney cast members try out to be part of the Christmas Tree (in the middle of the choir) and high school and college choirs from different parts of the country are invited to participate.

If you are planning a trip to Disney at Christmas, this show will be going on until the end of the year.  A very moving performance that should not be missed!!

Once you visit one of our Goldwiser locations, you will be back to sell precious metals and to buy gold, silver or our discounted jewelry!!

(information from disneyworld.com/events)