On November 16, the event “Droplet of love for Haiti” was held at the theatre of the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón. Models, photographers, designers and boutiques gathered to raise funds for an orphan children’s home in Peggyville, Haiti through Relief Foundation. The activity also aims to raise awareness among children and young adults that with a droplet of love you can help our neighbors in Haiti. Father Richy Gerena is in charge of distributing the funds raised. This year Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen 2014 Victoria Violeta was selected for her commitment to society, as one of the godmothers of the event.
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On a clear winter night more 400 years ago, Martin Luther walking toward his home. As feet followed the familiar paths, his eyes gazed upon the radiant beauty of the heavens which were declaring the glory of God.
Looking through the branches of the evergreens, he saw the stars beyond that seemed to be sprinkled on the sky like silver jewels.
So enthralled was Luther that he wished he might somehow preserve the vision and share its splendor. If he could only take one of these trees into his home, how greatly his family would rejoice in its beauty!
So it was, legend contends, that Martin Luther took one small tree into his home on Christmas Eve. On its branches he placed lighted candles so his family might know something of the beauty of stars shining through the branches of trees.
Whether his was really the first Christmas tree, no one can say. We do know that the custom of bringing trees into the home at Christmas time was soon thereafter well established in Europe.
In time, the Christmas tree came to North America, brought to the new world by Europeans. The Christmas tree remains today as the most important holiday display in homes and buildings.
If we look beyond the tree, we can still see the twinkling stars with their silent testimony of faith.
Advent is the four-week period leading up to Christmas. The Advent season begins on the first Sunday after November 26. The German Advent calendar tradition goes back to the 19th century when children would draw Christmas pictures on 24 pieces of paper and hang them in the house. In the 1880s the wife of a German pastor crafted small Christmas boxes (Schachteln) for her impatient son to open on each day leading up to Christmas. Each box was filled with a delicious cookie and Gerhard was allowed to open one each day and eat the cookie inside.
By 1903 or 1904, Gerhard Lang, as a partner in Reichhold & Lang in Munich, was manufacturing the first commercial illustrated Advent calendars (without cookies). The first calendars with fold-out windows appeared in 1920. Since the 1940s, Stuttgart’s Selmer Verlag has specialized in diorama calendars that display Christmas village scenes. The first chocolate-filled Advent calendars were being marketed as early as 1958.
December 1 is also the traditional starting day for many German and Austrian Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmärkte), depending on the date of the first Advent weekend.
Tune-In Alert: Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev to Present at the
American Country Countdown Awards
Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will join hosts Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, superstar duo of Florida Georgia Line, as a presenter on dick clark production’s inaugural American Country Countdown Awards, airing live tonight, Monday, December 15th.
This two-hour live event broadcast from the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, will honor country music’s top artists with awards, special performances, and additional surprises.
Don’t miss the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards, airing live tonight, Monday, December 15th from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET* on FOX.