Halloween History

31 10 2006

Happy Halloween!!
I just wanted to list some fun facts about Halloween…Have a great day, stay safe and have fun!

Halloween’s roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their “Druid” religion, November 1st was New Years’ on their calendar. The celebration would begin on October 31st ,and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year, would rise up and roam the earth on this night.

This is an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld.

Halloween as it is currently celebrated with costumes, trick or treat, and superstitions, takes from this Druid Holiday.

Halloween was commonly referred to as “All Hollows” Eve. It originated from the pagan holiday honoring the dead. The Roman Catholic Church created All Saints Day (also called Hallomas) on November 1st to honor Saints and All Souls Day on November 2and to honor and pray for the souls of the dead. These holidays were created by the church, in part to downplay the pagan holidays. Needless to say, it did not succeed. Halloween as we know it today, has grown from the ancient Druid Holiday. Along the way both fun, frights, and Satanic twists have been added to the mix.

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Clearing a stuffy nose

30 10 2006

Here is some great information about clearing your babies stuffy nose….

Does your baby have a stuffy nose? Learn how to help ease your little one’s discomfort, and soon everyone will be breathing easier!

It’s no fun when babies have bad colds and suffer from congestion. Because their nasal passages are so small, it doesn’t take much swelling and mucus to cause stuffy noses. Too little to blow their own noses, babies rely on your to help ease their discomfort.

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Baby Bath seat presents a hazard

29 10 2006

I found this article and had to post it. I just bought one of these seats for my daughter and I think they CAN be safe if you do not leave your child unattended. The link to the full article can be found at the end of the paragraphs….

Bath Seat Hazard

Baby bath seats, almost all of which stick to a bathtub with suction cups, have been blamed for about 120 drownings and at least 160 injuries since 1983.

In July 2000, Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, and other consumer organizations petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the seats. So far, the only reform in store is a revision of a voluntary industry safety standard that’s due to take effect on Feb. 1, 2005. Seats using suction cups are unlikely to adhere to the nonskid surface in new tubs and thus may tip with less force than the revised standard allows.

You can read the full article at Consumer Reports

What NOT to give out on Halloween

29 10 2006

I found this great article on Slashfood .
When you think of Halloween, you think of scary costumes and tons of goodies. Kids don’t want to see apples or rasins in their bag or do they? My kids sure don’t.

Eager trick or treaters look forward to participating in the ritual every year and we wouldn’t want to disappoint them. The worst “treats” include:

Apples — They’re tasty, but they’re not candy. They’re “disappointing as hell for a little kid expecting a Snickers.”

Marshmallows — Yes, they’re candy, but they don’t usually come individually wrapped — a must for Halloween treats.

A bag of pennies — “It’s like giving away a gift certificate for a piece of gum.” Save up all those pennies and buy a bag of the real thing.

Smarties — The U.S. Smarties are chalky and kids don’t even seem to enjoy them, despite the fact that they sometimes eat them on the grounds that they still constitute candy. Try to get U.K. Smarties (similar to M&M’s) or avoid the candy mixes that include these.

Anything homemade — “This one is alright if you only give them to kids with neglectful parents.” Any responsible parent is going to dump something unwrapped as fast as possible. Save your energy.

Raisins — “People generally give them out under the pretense that they want to make kids healthier. In reality, they give them out because they hate fun.” The boxed raisins never taste all that fresh anyway.

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‘Big Breastfeed’ demo

26 10 2006

One hundred young mothers gathered to breastfeed their babies in central Paris afternoon to campaign against the taboo on nursing in public.

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CPR for infants and small children

24 10 2006

Here is a link that gives you instructions on how to give CPR to an infant or a small child. I thought this was something I must share, especially being a parent of 3 children….

CPR link

Another FREE finding

24 10 2006

Here is a baby tooth chart that you can record when your child gets his/her teeth…

Click here for chart