snowy mountains

Winter

snow falling on a house

Introduction

Winter is a season with cool, refreshing air, and colder temperatures. The days are not as hot, and shorter. Since winter offers beautiful views that come with the fluffy white snow, many of the most beautiful landscape photos are taken in winter. With winter also comes much needed rain, soaking the ground and allowing for plants to grow. Winter is truly a beautiful season.

Holidays

Christmas

christmas tree

Christmas is one of the most popular holidays of the year. Stores have sales, radio stations play Christmas music, and people are full of Christmas sprit. Although Christmas may have had Christian origins, many people who are not Christian also celebrate the festive holiday by hanging lights, decorating trees, and giving others gifts. Carolers roam the streets, people become more generous, and everything is overflowing with goodwill. All this contributes to make Christmas a beautiful holiday.

  • All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  • Christmas wasn't declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
  • One in four adults admit to getting carried away with Christmas spending so that they end up spending more than they can afford.
  • Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.

For more interesting facts about this holiday, go to this website: 50 interesting facts about Christmas

New Year's and New Year's Eve

times square ball view from above

New Year's is a fairly simple holiday that is exactly what it sounds like. New Year's celebrates the end of one year, and the start of the next. Some traditions that are involved with the holiday include counting down, staying up late, throwing parties, and making New Year's resolutions. In Times Square, New York, there is a giant ball that starts its descent every year at exactly 11:59 pm, marking the beginning of the new year when it reaches the bottom. People like to make plans, wishes, and dreams for the upcoming year on New Year's Eve. Here are some facts about New Year's:

  • 1 in 8 18-to-25-year-olds say they have broken up with someone on New Year's Eve.
  • 45% of Americans make New Year's resolutions.
    • Some of the most popular include losing weight, getting organized, saving more, spending less, quitting smoking, and staying fit.
    • About 75% of Americans only keep their resolutions for one week.
  • 22% of Americans admit to falling asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve.
  • For more interesting facts about this holiday, go to this website: New Year's facts by the numbers

    Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

    Everyone knows that there are benefits to eating fruits and vegetables that are in season. So here are some things you might not have known about each fruit or vegetable!

    oranges

    1. About 20 per cent of the total crop of oranges is sold as whole fruit; the remainder is used in preparing orange juice, extracts, and preserves.
    2. Navel oranges get their name from the belly-button formation opposite the stem end.
    3. After chocolate and vanilla, orange is the world's favorite flavor.

    persimmons

    1. Persimmons taste sour, until they are "touched" by winter frost and become a very sweet fruit.
    2. Persimmons were introduced to the United States from China in the 1800s.
    3. During the Civil War, some Southern families boiled, roasted, and ground persimmon seeds to produce a drink similar to coffee.

    kale

    1. Gram for gram, kale has more Vitamin C than an orange.
    2. Kale is one of the most likely crops to have residual pesticides (it's better to grow your own!).
    3. Kale has 150 mg of calcium per 100 grams, while milk has 125 mg.


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