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Τετάρτη, 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Poinsettias at Christmas


There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettia's and Christmas.

There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita, who had not to give the baby Jesus a gift. 
As Pepita walked to the chapel was very sad and her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
*Pepita* , he said *I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.*

Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a small bouquet. 
She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. 

As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. 
Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. 
From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena' or  'Flowers of the Holy Night'.

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves symbolize of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. 
The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. 
The white leaves represent his purity.

http://clubdelasdiosas.com/origen-de-la-poinsettias-o-flor-de-pascua/

Τρίτη, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

Christmas tree history.

The Christmas Tree 1911 by Albert Chevallier Tayler

The Christmas tree is one of the most popular and cherished Christmas customs. 
The first documented use of a tree at Christmas and New Year celebrations is in town square of Riga, the capital of Latvia, in the year 1510. 
In the square there is a plaque which is engraved with "The First New Year's Tree in Riga in 1510", in eight languages. 
Not much is known about the tree, apart from that it was attended by men wearing black hats, and that after a ceremony they burnt the tree. 


Young woman decorates the Christmas tree, painting by Marcel Rieder (1862-1942) 

A picture from Germany in 1521 which shows a tree being paraded through the streets with a man riding a horse behind it. The man is dressed a bishop, possibly representing St. Nicholas.
Vladimir Yakovlevich Shcherban ( 1919)

The first first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. 
A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. 
It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. 
Father and son with their dog collecting a tree in the forest,by Franz Krüger (1797–1857)

Once on a cold Christmas Eve night, a forester and his family were in their cottage gathered round the fire to keep warm. Suddenly there was a knock on the door. 
When the forester opened the door, he found a poor little boy standing on the door step, lost and alone. 
The forester welcomed him into his house and the family fed and washed him and put him to bed in the youngest sons own bed (he had to share with his brother that night!). 
The next morning, Christmas Morning, the family were woken up by a choir of angels, and the poor little boy had turned into Jesus, the Christ Child. 
The Christ Child went into the front garden of the cottage and broke a branch off a Fir tree and gave it to the family as a present to say thank you for looking after him. 
So ever since them, people have remembered that night by bringing a Christmas Tree into their homes.
There is another legend, from Germany, about how the Christmas Tree came into being, it goes:

Once on a cold Christmas Eve night, a forester and his family were in their cottage gathered round the fire to keep warm. Suddenly there was a knock on the door. 
When the forester opened the door, he found a poor little boy standing on the door step, lost and alone. 
The forester welcomed him into his house and the family fed and washed him and put him to bed in the youngest sons own bed (he had to share with his brother that night!). 
The next morning, Christmas Morning, the family were woken up by a choir of angels, and the poor little boy had turned into Jesus, the Christ Child. 
The Christ Child went into the front garden of the cottage and broke a branch off a Fir tree and gave it to the family as a present to say thank you for looking after him. 
So ever since them, people have remembered that night by bringing a Christmas 
Tree into their homes.
Franz Skarbina - 1892. Remembering Christmas 

The Christians had the fir as a symbol of the Tree of Life.

Early Christians knew their symbolism well, as they added candles and apples to their Christmas firs.
These candles represented the light of Christ.
The apples symbolized knowledge which spawned man's original sin according to Christian belief.
Here we see the light of Christ absolving the “fall of man” within the immortal symbol of the Christmas tree .

Δευτέρα, 15 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

History of Christmas Star.


                                                     ★ History of Christmas Star  ★
The Star we place at the top of our Christmas Tree represents the Star of the East mentioned in the Bible.
It shown so brightly on the night of Jesus' birth that the three Wisemen followed its glow to Bethlehem where they worshipped our newborn King.
This symbol is used in Christian tradition everywhere.

 Even though the stars we see each night are the same stars that filled the sky on the night of Jesus' birth, the scientific community and religious skeptics continually try to logically explain the Star of Bethlehem's appearance.

The three Wise men followed the Star for weeks as they searched for Jesus.
And even though the exact moment of His birth is not known, modern-day astronomers cannot place the appearance of a new star within a calculated time frame.

Many people still prefer to believe the star was a part of the great miracle that occurred that holy night.
Throughout the Christian world, the holiday to celebrate His birth begins with the appearance of the first star on Christmas Eve.

As a representation of high hopes, high ideals, hope for good fortune, the Star holds a special heavenly meaning for all.
This makes it the perfect universal symbol of Christmas.

Κυριακή, 21 Σεπτεμβρίου 2014

Children in art history....

  
 Forgive Us Our Trespasses
William Henry Gore (1880 – 1927, English)

 Behind The Times
William Henry Gore (1880 – 1927, English)


                                      Pino Daeni (November 8, 1939 – May 25, 2010)

 
Pino Daeni (November 8, 1939 – May 25, 2010)

 James Hayllar (1829 – 1920, English)

 Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627 – 1678, Dutch)

                                                       Grandmother’s Birthday
                                           Edmund Adler (1876 – 1965, Austrian)

❤✿♡ Scorpions - Maybe i maybe you. ♡✿❤



Σάββατο, 12 Ιουλίου 2014

Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart - I'll Take Care of You

     

              

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Charles Baudelaire - Get Drunk


    One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters...
    that’s our one imperative need. So as not to feel Time’s
    horrible burden one which breaks your shoulders and bows
    you down, you must get drunk without cease.

    But with what?
    With wine, poetry, or virtue
    as you choose.
    But get drunk.


 
   And if, at some time, on steps of  a palace,
    in the green grass of a ditch,
    in the bleak solitude of your room,
    you are waking and the drunkenness has already abated,
    ask the wind, the wave, the stars, the clock,
    all that which flees,
    all that which groans,
    all that which rolls,
    all that which sings,
    all that which speaks,
    ask them, what time it is;
    and the wind, the wave, the stars, the birds, and the clock,
    they will all reply:

  “It is time to get drunk.
    So that you may not be the     martyred slaves of Time,
    get drunk, get drunk,
    and never pause for rest!
    With wine, poetry, or virtue,
    as you choose!"

                                ✧❥✧❥✧❥✧❥✧✧✧❥✧❥✧✧❥✧            ✧❥✧❥✧❥✧❥✧✧✧❥✧❥✧✧❥✧

Πρέπει να είσαι πάντα μεθυσμένος.
Αυτό είναι το μόνο που έχει σημασία ...αυτή είναι η επιτακτική ανάγκη μας.
Για να μη νιώθετε το φριχτό φορτίο του Χρόνου
που σπάζει τους ώμους σας και σας γέρνει στη γη,
πρέπει να μεθάτε αδιάκοπα...... Αλλά με τι?
Με κρασί, με ποίηση ή με αρετή, όπως σας αρέσει.
Αλλά μεθύστε.

Και αν μερικές φορές, στα σκαλιά ενός παλατιού,
στο πράσινο χορτάρι ενός χαντακιού,
μέσα στη σκυθρωπή μοναξιά της κάμαράς σας,
ξυπνάτε, με το μεθύσι να έχει ήδη υποχωρήσει,
ρωτήστε τον αέρα, το κύμα, το άστρο, το πουλί, το ρολόι,
το κάθε τι που φεύγει, το κάθε τι που βογκά,
το κάθε τι που κυλά, το κάθε τι που τραγουδά,
ρωτήστε τι ώρα είναι,
και ο αέρας, το κύμα, το άστρο, το πουλί, το ρολόι,
θα σας απαντήσουν: - "Είναι η ώρα να μεθύσετε.

Για να μην είσαστε οι βασανισμένοι σκλάβοι του Χρόνου,
μεθύστε, μεθύστε χωρίς διακοπή!
Με κρασί, με ποίηση ή με αρετή, όπως σας αρέσει."