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Who Knew Wednesday: Family Heritage Month (Kind of) – Part two!

Today Todd and I couldn’t turn down another amazing Family Heritage story, so we pretended that October lasted just one extra week!

 

Here is the Story we shared today:

Click on the pictures to hear the Stories!

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Here are the stories we shared last Wednesday:

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Dennis shares his Family Heritage

 

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What of these groups maintains the largest genealogical library in the world?

  1. The Catholic Church
  2. The National Genealogical Society
  3. The U.S. National Archives
  4. The Mormon Church

The answer is The Mormon Church!

If you want to take a fun quiz and learn more about Genealogy click HERE! 

Congrats to Sandi from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed our Trivia Question and won the $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday

Today Todd and I talked about something with an unsuspecting depth to it and that is names! It’s “Fun facts about names day”,  so we celebrated by sharing the meaning of our names and talking about names in general!

The meaning of Todd’s Name 

The meaning of Hannah’s Name 

The Power of God’s Names  

We also talked with Joe Rinehart who is on the way to the NAIA basketball tournament to cheer on and report back the games with our MVNU Men’s Basketball Team, The Cougars! Click here if you want more information! 

We played Mystery Box today, and because our item was a little abstract we jumped right into the touch test!

Todd had two questions to ask, here they are with the answers!

  1. Is this a piece of paper?  – yes!
  2. Is this paper blank? – No!

At this point, we asked for what was on the paper.

Congrats to Peter from Howard who guessed what was on the mystery box Paper, which was a list of names – our birthday list to be exact. He won that $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

If you want to put your name on our birthday list or anniversary list, here is a link to the online form. You can also give us a call at (740) 397 – 9090 or (740) 397 – 9697 and ask to be put on the birthday or anniversary list!

 

Thank you so much for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd

 

Who Knew Wednesday: Love Your Pet Day

Today and Lilly talked about Pets! We shared some stories about our pets and along with some fun facts about our favorite furry friends and gave you a chance a $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Vally!

Here is the link to the history of Love your pet day! 

Some fun facts:

1. The nose pad of each cat has ridges in a unique pattern, not unlike a person’s fingerprints.

2. pet owners in the United States spent $60.28 billion on their furry friends in 2015.

3. Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet, and 42 percent of those households have more than one 4. One survey found that 81 percent of cat owners let their felines sleep on the bed, compared to 73 percent of dog owners.

5. The Basenji, an African wolf dog, does not bark in a normal way but may yodel or scream when excited!

6. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.

Who Knew Trivia Question!

Q: What is the technical term for a pack of kittens?

A: A pack of kittens is called a kindle.

Congratulation to Herb from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed our trivia question and won a $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Vally!

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Cherry Pie Day!!

Here is the link to the Cherry Pie recipe we shared!

 

Here are the pictures of our pets that we promised!

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Sammy and Sully

Mystery Monday!

Today Todd and I gave you some chances to win with our Mystery Monday Question and a Christmas Gift Exchange!

Here is today’s Mystery Question:

Can you name two out of the top five most popular Christmas songs? 

  1. Jingle Bells – 45
  2. White Christmas – 16
  3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – 8
  4. O Holy Night – 7
  5. Silver Bells – 6
  6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 5
  7. Silent Night – 4
  8. Jingle Bell Rock – 3
  9. Joy to the world – 1
  10. All I Want for Christmas is You – 1

Congratulations to Jana from Utica who guessed Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Here are the fun facts that we shared about these Christmas songs:

  • “White Christmas” is the top-selling Christmas song of all time. The song was written by Irving Berlin, a Russian Jewish immigrant who also wrote “God Bless America.”
  • The song “Jingle Bells” was written in the 1850s for a Unitarian church by James Lord Pierpont, but it wasn’t written for Christmas. It was originally written for Thanksgiving and called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
  • “Silent Night” is one of the most recognizable songs at Christmas Mass and on a radio playing non-stop holiday music. (While most people recognize the lyrics “Silent Night, Holy Night, all is calm, all is bright,” the original lyrics are “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, alles schlaft, einsam wacht.”) The song was originally written in German in 1816 by Father Joseph Mohr, a Catholic priest in Austria. Two years later, it was set to music by Franz Gruber. It was translated into English by John Freeman Young of Manhattan’s Trinity Church.
  • Silver Bells, written in 1950 by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The original title? “Tinkle Bells.” The title was changed when Livingston’s wife told him about the double meaning of tinkle. 

We also played the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange! Congratulations and thanks to Karen from Mount Vernon who played the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange with us and won a gift from under our tree! If you want more information, click HERE.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

– Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday

Today Todd and I talked about a somewhat mysterious Christmas Carol, The 12 days of Christmas!

Here is what we talked about:

What are the 12 days of Christmas?

The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25  and runs through January 6. The four weeks preceding Christmas are collectively known as Advent, which begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on December 24.

The history of the carol is somewhat murky. The earliest known version first appeared in a 1780 children’s book called Mirth With-out Mischief.  Some historians think the song could be French in origin, but most agree it was designed as a “memory and forfeits” game, in which singers tested their recall of the lyrics and had to award their opponents a “forfeit” — a kiss or a favor of some kind — if they made a mistake.

Many variations of the lyrics have existed at different points. Some mention “bears a-baiting” or “ships a-sailing”; some name the singer’s mother as the gift giver instead of their true love. Early versions list four “colly” birds, an archaic term meaning black as coal (blackbirds, in other words). And some people theorize that the five gold rings actually refer to the markings of a ring-necked pheasant, which would align with the bird motif of the early verses.

In any case, the song most of us are familiar with today comes from an English composer named Frederic Austin; in 1909, he set the melody and lyrics (including changing “colly” to “calling”) and added as his own flourish the drawn-out cadence of “five go-old rings.”

The song is not a coded primer on Christianity

A popular theory that’s made the internet rounds is that the lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas” are coded references to Christianity; it posits that the song was written to help Christians learn and pass on the tenets of their faith while avoiding persecution. Under that theory, the various gifts break down as follows, as the myth-debunking website Snopes explained:

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch,” which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.

6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation

7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes

9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments

11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles

12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

The partridge in the pear tree, naturally, represents Jesus Christ.

If you want some more information on the 12 days of Christmas, like how much it would cost to buy all of these items, click HERE. 

We played the WNZR Christmas gift exchange and had two lucky people pick a present from under our tree! Click HERE if you want to know more.

Here was today’s Trivia question:

Question: What Christmas decoration was originally made from strands of silver?

Answer: Tinsel
Congratulations to John from Utica who guessed right and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Thanks for checking out our blog!
-Hannah and Todd

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