December 31st is New Year’s Eve in United States…

New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is a major social holiday for many people in the United States. Many people hold parties at home or attend special celebrations to celebrate the upcoming New Year. In many cities, large scale public events are held. These often attract thousands of people.

A particularly striking aspect of the New Year’s Eve festivities is the ball drop in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City. The ball is made of crystal and electric lights and is placed on top of a pole, which is 77 feet, or 23 meters, high. At one minute before midnight on December 31, the ball is lowered slowly down the pole. It comes to rest at the bottom of the pole at exactly midnight. The event is shown on television across the United States and around the world. The event has been held every year since 1907, except during World War II.

December 31 is not a federal holiday, but it does fall in the holiday season at the end of the year. Most schools and other educational institutions throughout the United States are closed. Some organizations are closed and others are open but offer limited services. Many stores are open on New Year’s Eve, but may close early. Many theaters, clubs and other entertainment venues have special programs. It may be necessary to reserve tickets many weeks in advance.

Public transit systems may operate normal or reduced services. Some companies extend their schedules into the early hours of January 1 to enable people who have attended New Year’s Eve parties to return home safely. If you need to use public transit on December 31, it is wise to check the appropriate timetables carefully before you travel.

Around the start of the 1900s, New Year’s Eve celebrations in America started to appear.

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Did You Know…?

Costus villosissimus

(Some botanists put the Genus Costus into its own family, the Family.) Costus shoots produce leaves that are spirally arranged around a central stem that typically reaches a length of 4 to 8 feet, with a terminal “cone-like” inflorescence at its end. The bracts may be brightly colored (red in Pineapple Ginger) or just green, as with this species. The flowers (pale yellow with this species) of all Costus species are edible, and some are quite delicious. What makes this particular Costus interesting is its very hairy leaves and stems. Once the inflorescence has bloomed out, the old stem should be cut off at the ground level to encourage new shoots to grow. It grows best if given partial shade in the afternoon.

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December 25th is Christmas Day in United States…

Christmass

The original meaning of Christmas is a special church service, or mass, to celebrate the birth of Christ. The story of the Nativity, or the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, are particularly important in religious celebrations of Christmas. However, many traditions that are around today have their roots in pre-Christian winter festivals. These include the importance of candles and decorations made from evergreen bushes and tree, symbolizing everlasting light and life.

The Bible does not give a precise date for the birth of Jesus. It is also unclear when December 25 became associated with the birth of Jesus, although it may have been around two hundred years after his birth. In the early centuries of Christianity, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus was not a cause for celebrations. The idea of turning this day into a celebration started in the early middle ages in Europe.

During Reformation and up until the middle of the 1800s, Christmas was often not celebrated because partying and merry making was seen as unchristian. From about 1840, celebrating Christmas became more widespread. December 25 was declared a federal holiday in the United States in 1870. Since then Christmas Day has become a steadily more important holiday.

Government offices, organizations, businesses and schools are closed, almost without exception. Many people visit relatives or friends and are out of town. This may cause congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not run on their regular schedules. In general, public life closes down completely. 

 

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A Christian Comment on War…

One of these occurred under my own observation. In the year 1817 I visited the island of Tubuai, about 300 miles south of Tahiti. While there, two or three natives of the Paumotu or Paliser’s Islands, which lie to the eastward of the Society Islands, came on board our vessel, and asked the captain for a passage to Tahiti. He inquired their business there? They said, that some weeks before, they left Tahiti, whither they had been on a visit, to return to their native islands, but that comtrary winds drifted their canoe out of its course, and they reached the island of Tubuai; that shortly after their arrival, the natives of the island attacked them, plundered them of their property, and broke their canoe; that they wished to go to Tahiti, and acquaint Pomare with their misfortune, procure another canoe, and prosecute their original voyage. Two Europeans, who were on the island at the time, told me they were very peaceable in their behaviour; that the natives of Tubuai had attacked the strangers because they had tried to persuade them to cast away their idols, and had told them there was but one true God. Our captain, and some others who were present, asked why they did not resist the attack, inquiring, at the same time, if they were averse to war; knowing that their countrymen were continually engaged in most savage wars, and were also cannibals? They said they had been taught to delight in war, and were not afraid of the natives of Tubuai; that if they had been heathens, they should have fought them at once; but that they had been to Tahiti, and had embraced the new religion, as they called Christianity; had heard that Jehovah commanded those who worshipped Him to do no murder, and that Jesus Christ had directed his followers to love their enemies; that they feared it would be displeasing to God, should they have killed any of the Tubuaians, or even have indulged feelings of revenge towards them ; adding, that they would rather lose their canoe and their property, than offend Jehovah, or disregard the directions of Jesus Christ.—Our captain gave them a passage. Pomare furnished them with a canoe; they returned for their companions, and subsequently sailed to their native islands. When they arrived, they and other natives of the same islands, who had also been to Tahiti, told their countrymen what they had learned there, and the changes they had witnessed; that Jehovah was the only God recognized at Tahiti, and that all was peace and good will. God was pleased to accompany their plain narrative with such power to the hearts of their countrymen, that they abolished idolatry, erected places for the public worship of Jehovah, opened schoolhouses, became professedly Christian people; and the cruelties of their idolatry, cannibalism, and war, have ever since ceased among them. These natives, in all probability, had never heard the question as to the lawfulness or unlawfulness of Christians engaging in war discussed or even named, but they had most likely been taught to commit to memory the decalogue, and our Lord’s sermon on the mount, and hence resulted their noble forbearance at the island of Tubuai. (Ellis)

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 (These are excerpts from a book by William Ellis that has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one that was never subject to copyright or whose legal copyright term has expired.)

Did You Know…?

Pentas lanceolata

These plants bloom continuously, producing numerous rounded inflorescences consisting of several dozen five-pointed 3/8 inch diameter star-shaped flowers each. Flower colors range from white to pink to purple and red; they are very attractive to butterflies. They self-seed very readily. Our plants are representative of the “wild”-type of the plant, and there are dwarf, compact varieties from which to choose at nurseries or from seed catalogues. They thrive in full sun and warm, well-drained sites. Our individual plants live for a year or two before soil nematodes cause the plants to decline in vigor and die, but there are always new ones sprouting up to take their place. It is highly recommended for color in the garden.

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