The Year of the Pig is Coming.

 

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On Chinese New Year, Feb. 5, 2019, the Year of the Earth Dog will officially be over, and the Year of the Earth Pig will begin.  The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. 

According to the myths, the Pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called for the great meeting. Legend holds that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term “lazy Pig” is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle.

 

Typically, those born in the year of the Earth Pigs are good at socializing and maintaining interpersonal relationships. 

Lucky things for Pigs include

       Colors: yellow, gray, brown

         Numbers: 2, 5, 8

         Mineral: agate

 

Just a few of our favorite and familiar pigs from literature, TV and movies –Porky Pig, Piglet, Babe, Gub Gub (Doctor Dolittle), Napoleon Snowball and Squealer (Animal Farm) Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web) Hamm (Toy Story) Arnold Ziffel (Green Acres) and of course, Miss Piggy.

 

 

 

There is no shortage of ways to surround yourself with pigs this year.  Check out these great finds from the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team and find the perfect little piglet.

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WINTER IN THE COUNTRY

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Fresh white snow on the trees and crunching beneath your feet, starry night skies, crisp cold fresh air, perhaps the jingle of sleigh bells in the distance, the cheerful call of a chickadee and the smell of a wood fire as smoke wafts up the chimney.  Winter in the Country. 

Here are a selection of gift idea and finds for everyone from the shops of the Forget-Me-Nots-Daily-Discovery Team.  Ideas to help you warm up, spend a lazy day inside, or enjoy the beauty of the season.  Enjoy your visit to the winter countryside.    

Ideas to help you stay warm.

 Enjoy the beauty of the Season. 

  

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Dec 12th National Poinsettia Day

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I recently saw a lovely blog post from an Etsy seller as she mused about Poinsettias.  Many of us associate the beautiful Poinsettias we see at this time of year with the Christmas holiday.  It got me wondering why?  How did this plant from the Mexican countryside become a botanical staple in our season of giving? So, off to do some research and here is what I found.

 

Many mistake the poinsettia’s leaves as flower petals, but the flowers are actually the smaller, yellow buds in a poinsettia’s center. These bracts, the upper portion of the leaves, are famously red, although they actually bloom in a variety of hues, such as pink, white and yellow. Poinsettias, also known as the “lobster flower” or “Mexican flame leaf,” bloom in December, making them an ideal holiday flower.

 

The plant is named for the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced America to the poinsettia in 1828, after discovering it in the wilderness in southern Mexico. Dr. Poinsett, who dabbled in botany when he wasn’t politicking between nations, sent cuttings of the plant back to his South Carolina home. While it wasn’t initially embraced, it caught on over the years, and by the 20th century it was a holiday mainstay.

 

In fact, National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on Dec. 12, honoring both the plant and the man who brought it to America

 

What does a poinsettia have to do with Christmas? One interpretation of the plant is as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem, the heavenly body that led the three magi, or wise men, to the place where Christ was born. A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).

 

 

The Poinsettia is now one of the most important floricultural crops in the US and December 12th is now celebrated as National Poinsettia Day, marking the date of Poinsett’s death, celebrating his life and his discovery, and noting his unfathomable enjoyment of the lush plants. And, just as Poinsett would have it; the Poinsettia, whether white, red or pink, remains one of the most frequently sold and delivered Christmas decorations during the holiday season.

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January Blues

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This is that time of year when we may start to feel the January Blues.  According to the Urban Dictionary, January Blues are defined as follows

This is the funk that you enter when the holiday season is over. It starts on January 2nd and often lasts until February 1st.   It is an unpleasant time because the holiday season is over, spring is still a ways off, the weather is cold and the only movies are lousy January movies.” 

January blues are a real thing, and it can be caused by a number of different things. It is different to Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is brought on by a lack of sunlight.   January can make even the most energetic of us feel down in the dumps.  Cold, dreary weather, lack of sleep and too much food and drink leave us feeling sluggish and overweight. 

But there are things we can do to brighten our mood and here the FMNDDTeam on Etsy offers up some wonderful BLUE items to lift your spirits and mood.  

 

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IMPORTANT NOTE

Depression is a serious issue and not one we ever want to make light of.  If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, say something, reach out and seek help, do not suffer alone.  Talk to a doctor or a friend, do not suffer in silence, help is there for you.

January 6th CUDDLE UP Day

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JANUARY 6TH – CUDDLE UP DAY

Many of us are experiencing extremely cold temperatures and major winter storms so I thought it was rather interesting to note that January 6th is CUDDLE UP DAY

Cuddle Up Day is an opportunity to snuggle up to someone on a cold winters’ day or night. Chances are it’s cold outside. So, cozy up to a special someone, and enjoy the warmth and love. This day is enjoyed by both young and old.

This day is a great opportunity to:  cuddle with your cutie, snuggle with your sweetie, hug your honey.  Of course, you do not have to cuddle up with someone……

  • Cuddling up in your easy chair is a great idea.
  • Cuddling up to a pet is rewarding.
  • Cuddling up to a stuffed animal is quite secure and comforting.
  • Cuddling up with a good book is enjoyable.
  • Cuddling up by the fireside is warm and cozy.
  • Cuddling up with a hot cup of tea or coca is relaxing

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Come cuddle close in daddy’s coat Beside the fire so bright, And hear about the fairy folk That wander in the night.”

Robert Bird

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Her

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Gifts for Mother, Grandmother, Girlfriend, Sweetheart, Best Friend – no matter who she may be – these gift ideas are just for her!  Here we offer this virtual gift basket filled with treasures to help with ideas for the lady in your life, all from the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find along with items for all your crafting needs.

 

Theme – GIFTS FOR THE LADIES

 

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Valentine Traditions and 2017 Gift Guide

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Love does not consist in gazing at each other,

But in looking together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Say the phrase Valentine’s Day and thoughts of hearts, roses, chocolates, love and romance spring to mind.  Valentine’s Day traditions include exchanging gifts, such as chocolates or roses, and a romantic night out on the town. School children often exchange Valentines Cards that may contain candy.

GIFTS OF LOVE FOR YOUR HOME

 

Decorations typically feature Cupid and his arrows, doves, and hearts.  Cupid became a symbol of Valentine’s Day due to the fact that he is the Roman god associated with the erotic, passionate type of love. His arrows cause his targets to fall in love.

ROMANTIC CARDS FOR YOUR SWEETHEART

With its roots in a religious celebration, Valentine’s Day is largely a North American celebration yet it is observed and celebrated in many countries around the world but in different ways;  as a sign of spring, and agricultural celebration, as a friends’ day etc.

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST

 

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird.

And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible

with ours, we join up with them

 and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness —

and call it love — true love.”

Robert Fulghum

 

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