New Year’s – A Worldwide Celebration

In the United States, the coming of a new year is met with lavish parties and declaring resolutions that may or may not last. The most common of New Year’s festivities for North America is Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve extravaganza when the entire population of New York City is packed like sardines into Times Square and the entire country zeros in on television to watch a shiny ball drop at midnight. The event of New Year’s is the most internationally celebrated holiday of the year. People of all different races, religions, cultures, and continents recognize it and embrace it in their own way.

Scotland: This is the country where the song “Auld Lang Syne” originated. Just as Americans sing it around New Year’s, so do the Scots and every other English-speaking nation on this planet. The Scottish practice this New Year’s tradition known as “first-footing”. Good luck is supposedly brought to the house where a male visits after midnight. He might bring with him a gift of money, bread, or coal for the fire. This tradition is also practiced in Great Britain.

Greece: January 1st is a celebration for St. Basil in Greek culture. St. Basil’s day is celebrated much like Christmas; people will meet for meals and exchange gifts.

Russia: Also much like Christmas tradition, Russian children look forward to a figure known as Grandfather Frost who brings them toys on New Year’s.

Spain: All work stops at midnight on New Year’s, and the people consume twelve grapes, and sometimes wine, for good luck in the coming year.

Japan: The spirit of renewal is embraced. Bonenkai parties are held with the purpose of putting out of mind the cares and concerns of the past year and open up to a new beginning. It’s also tradition to clean house. New Year’s cards are sent, and if postmarked by a certain date, delivery on January 1st is guaranteed. Gongs from the Buddhist temples ring 108 times in an effort to expel the 108 different types of human weaknesses.

Korea: The Korean nations celebrate New Year’s according to both the solar and lunar calendars. The one that falls on January 1st is the lunar celebration called So-nal, and it is their second biggest holiday. Their festive traditions are more ritualistic, involving family reunions, eating special dishes, wearing new clothes, and bowing to their elders in respect.

Whether ritualized or spontaneous, the whole world celebrates another year of life on January 1st. Respected figures are honored and friends and family come together. Good fortune and gifts are bestowed upon one another. However the New Year is embraced, nothing on earth could be more common than accepting life’s clean slate on this day that begins a new chapter in our history.

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Furniture Your Way

You can be your own furniture designer with Yube Cubes! Yubes have simplistic set-up and are fun to use and customize. They’re the most eco-friendly piece of furniture you could own, because Yubes are made of woodlite, a compound of bamboo and plastic. The paneling for Yubes is made of sugarcane. Yube are very versatile. They measure over fourteen inches in all dimensions, so they can be used everywhere! You can use them as storage or desk space, coffee tables coffee tables or night stands, cabinets or entertainment systems. Doors and paneling for Yubes are available in assorted patterns or you can even use your own image, making these the most personal fixtures in your home. Also available are drawer and shelf pieces to further customize your cube for best use. For up to $34, you can buy a small set, or for triple digit prices (at the least) you can buy even larger sets, which also include feet and organizational accessories. Yubes are low-maintenance; for up to $10, you can purchase spare parts for repair and replacement. Yube Cubes are the best investment to make in interior décor. They’re a simple style, but at the same time they’re your style. They’re built from recycled material and can be used in any home or work space. They’re also easy on your wallet. You don’t need to hire a professional to help you decorate with style; all you need are a few Yube Cubes! Buy your own at Yubecube.com.

*Bloger’s note: Prices mentioned are before shipping and handling

Invisible Children

When countries go to war, oftentimes it is those that cannot or have no desire to fight that are hurt the most. Such is the case in Uganda. Uganda can bemoan the fact that it is home to the longest running war in the world: a horrifying twenty three years of bloodshed. Nearly two million innocents have been caught between the two factions, the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and left with nothing. Most have been forced out of the only place they’ve ever called home, and have no education or specialized skills to improve their lot in life.

However, Invisible Children intends to change that. Refugees are taught how to create culturally unique bracelets and the finished product is sent to U.S. Once a bracelet is sold, the money is returned to the refugees. Every bracelet-maker is required to attend a course in money management, investing, and how to cultivate small business. Because of these skills, many are able to return home and start anew. To find out how you can help just visit Invisible Children online.

Travel with Tutto

Airline travel can be arduous and annoying. The best flight to your destination is one at an ungodly hour with connecting flights. You arrive at the airport only to discover it has been delayed or cancelled. Then you have to worry about the ridiculous baggage fees and all the security searches and standards. Alleviate one less stressful hassle with your luggage and travel with Tutto carry-ons.

Tutto brand luggage is a product of Mascot Metropolitan Inc. This is a greatly accredited brand for the simplistic use of their product, its creative design, its convenient efficiency, and its remarkable capabilities. The Arthritis Foundation favorably assesses it for its four-wheel base that lessens weight and strain on the user’s back and arms, its U-shaped puller bar on either side of the frame that eases maneuvering and takes the bend and stretch of moving luggage. From Homearts magazine, Tutto received a seal of approval for qualities like design, appearance, uniqueness, innovation, and color. A writer from MercuryNews.com states that the lightweight characteristics and the exterior of his Tutto bag allowed him to carry more in a smaller bag. He praises Tutto as the “Rolls-Royce of lightweight luggage”.

There’s a Tutto tote for every need, whether you’re a business person working on the go, or a hobby enthusiast with materials on hand. Provided online are carry-ons and Pullmans for overnight, weekend, or retreat trips. There’s also the “office-on-wheels” and various laptop and PDA cases for stow and go working activity. “Crafts-on-wheels” are ideal for carting scrapbooking affects, and the “machine-on-wheels” for sewing machines and kits. Tutto’s pet carriers are rated the best by the top university of veterinary medicine and Whole Dog Journal. All larger Tutto bags compress to about three inches for storage when not in use.

There are 311 store locations in the United States that carry Tutto bags. With many products being available in an array of color choices, your bag will stand out in the sea of bland, homogenous suitcases known as the baggage claim. Any given bag is well into the hundred dollar range, some over two hundred before shipping and handling. The PDA cases run twenty-seven dollars. Product support is available on Tutto.com for demonstrations on how to use their products or for ordering and replacing parts. Tutto bags are a pricey investment, but they come with a year-warranty promising to replacing or fixing defective items. If Tutto is worth your wallet, then travel with less stress on your next trip!

Fur and Fun from Calendar Holdings

Need a calendar to track the New Year? Or fun activities for cold snow days? Then check out one of various Go! Calendars, Go! Games, Go! Games and Toys, Calendar Club, Calendars.com, or Dogbreedstore.com. All these retailers are operated by Calendar Holdings LLC. At your local shopping mall, their stores are either a freestanding kiosk, or an actual 6,000 square foot store space. Their merchandise includes calendars that can suit every need and satisfy any style. Wall calendars, desk calendars, agendas, and miniature calendars are offered in an array of subjects from sports, to pets, to religious themes, to kid-friendly cartoon posters. The games these companies carry include favorites like Scrabble, Apples to Apples, and classic index cards, along with crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. You can find games based on your favorite movies and TV shows or learn party tricks with magic cards and kits.

Dogbreedstore.com is the Eden for any dog aficionados. Calendars for your favorite canine breed can be found here, along with any other kind of miscellaneous nick-knack showing off your favorite furry friend. The newest and most interesting merchandise this spot has to offer includes playing cards, name frames, water bottles, key chains, stamps, rhinestone decals, fan pulls and more. Dogbreedstore.com lets you love your dog for less with a deal that allows free shipping with a purchase of $25 or more. There isn’t a lot over a sale price of $20, so there’s some good bark for your buck! Enjoy the New Year with calendars and games from Calendar Holdings affiliate stores! They’re in malls and outlets in all fifty states, so there’s sure to be one near you. Shopping online is also simple if you’re snowed in and unable to get out. You’re sure to find something everyone loves!

MiiBottle

A major problem in most modern-day households is the identification of whose drink is whose. I can speak from past experience that this is something that has went on throughout time and didn’t seem to ever have an end in sight. The United States in particular is the largest purchaser of bottled water in the entire world, that should say something for itself. Around 70 million bottles of water are purchased daily in the U.S. and nearly 60 million of them end up in the trash. A contributing factor are those bottles thrown away because you simply don’t want to drink out of someone else’s bottle.

One rising company is changing the way we identify our bottles and making it easy and fun to keep track of which drink is yours! MiiBottle is a simple and easy to use system of identifying your bottle. You simply take one of their variously colored snap-on bottle identifiers and clip it onto the bottle with no hassle or instructions other than that needed. They also boast a neat dolphin design making it that much more entertaining just to regard a bottle as yours. But you may be wondering, what makes MiiBottle such a great company?

Well, for starters their products are made of 100% recycled material! It’s great to know that you have a product that you will actually use, but it makes it that much better to know that the product that you are using is made of recycled material! Another cool thing about this company is, they have solved an issue that is simple yet bothersome, and they have done so in a very innovative way!

We have had the opportunity to try these ourselves and they are as simple and easy to use as they look. You will notice that they have a firm snap around your bottles lid, so there are no worries about them falling off of your bottle. The colors are also very vibrant and look great, especially when there are multiple bottles using them! The packaging is simple and conveys the same overall idea of simplicity and problem solving and lets you know the true purpose of this life changing product, to simply make your everyday life easier, save you money on bottles you may’ve thrown away and provide a fun solution to an age old question, “Is that my bottle?” Now you will know, “Yes, it’s MiiBottle!”

To learn more check out their oficial website at MiiBottle.com or like the MiiBottle Facebook page to keep up to date on news and info regarding this creative new product! If you are interested in helping them Kickstart this product and get it sold in more places while getting yourself a pack or two of these cool little things, check out the MiiBottle Kickstarter page to make a donation!