The 4th of July is fast approaching. Do you need a few great 4th of July picnic ideas to help you and your family celebrate this day? It is almost a tradition that this is one of the best times of the year to head out to the local park with a picnic basket in hand, a few towels and nothing to worry about except for where the best seat in the park is to see the fireworks display. Do you need some ideas to help you to make this 4th a memorable one? No matter whom you are with, what your traditions are and how you do it, there are many ways to enjoy this grand holiday.
To help you, consider these simple yet fun picnic ideas.
Go for color. One of the simplest yet most effective ways to celebrate the 4th of July is with red, white and blue. From table cloths, napkins, paper plates and even ice cubes, you want to have all the colors of the day come shining through. You can make your deserts and foods with these colors as well. Add color for lots of fun.
Dress up! A great way to bring the true history of the day out is to have everyone come to a July costume party. Everyone has to dress as one of the Founding Fathers, Lady Liberty or any other important figure of the time. Even Uncle Sam will do. This is a great way to have some fun on this special day and to do something different to celebrate it.
Plan for water fun. Since July is almost always one of the hottest months, make your 4th of July picnic cooler with a bit of swimming and water fun. Let the kids get out the sprinklers and the wading pool. Get yourself into a water balloon fight. Go for a dip in the local lake or take a trip to the ocean. Enjoy the water and enjoy the day outdoors.
There are plenty of picnic ideas for the 4th of July ready and waiting for you to enjoy them. You can create your own theme, style or method of celebrating if you like. Just look for fun ways to share the day with family and friends. Never forget that music, good food and lots of laughs with friends is the best way to spend the day outdoors waiting for the fireworks to light up the sky.
Why Does Santa Bring Gifts
The history of Christmas and in particular the reasons for the giving of gifts are not known for certain, but several things are known for a fact. The traditions of Santa Claus and giving presents at Christmas time began long before the birth of Jesus Christ, although it really depends on where in the world you live as to how you believe the whole tradition started.
The giving of presents at Christmas time actually dates back over 4000 years to the Mesopotamians. They believed that every year in winter their primary god Marduk would do battle with the evil spirits of chaos. Upon Marduk’s return it was necessary for the king to then pledge his allegiance to the God and he would die at the end of the year. The Mesopotamians obviously cottoned on to the fact that they were going through kings quicker than they could produce them, so they would dress a convict up as the king and treat him as though he were a king for one day. At the end of the new year festival they would kill him.
On this day they would present gifts to one another to mark the beginning of the new year and the success that Marduk had yet again bestowed on them. This is where the giving of Christmas gifts began.
St Nicholas is believed to have been born around 300 A.D and lived in what is now Turkey. He was a widely revered and loved monk due to his overwhelming kindness. His most famous act of kindness was to save three sisters from slavery by providing them with a dowry in order that they could be married.
As such a popular character he soon became the patron saint of many different groups of people, eventually resting on children and sailors. Traditionally St. Nicholas day was celebrated and remembered on December 6th, although his role as patron saint of children has seen his special day moved to coincide with Christmas.
So one thing that is certain is that Santa Claus visits us on the wrong day every single year. Celebration of Saint Nicholas should in fact be on December 6th, although the moving of St. Nicholas day to the 25th was presumably done to combine his special day with the Christian festival. If the large superstores and toy manufacturers were given the choice I’m quite sure they would rather celebrate them separately, so be warned for next year.