Monday, December 6, 2021

Recetas LuzDelMes: Chocolate caliente y más...

 ¡Celebra las tradiciones!... Y comparte... 

CHOCOLATE CALIENTE 

Cuando inicia la corta temporada de frío, me remontó a mi ciudad natal en Bogotá, Colombia y que mejor que disfrutarla con un chocolate caliente. Aquí la receta de mi madre:

Ingredientes:
• 1 taza de agua 
• 1 taza de leche

• 2 barras de chocolate

• 1 astilla de canela

Preparación: En la olla del chocolate colocar los ingredientes hasta que hierva. Batir bien hasta que haga espuma y servir caliente con queso mozzarella, y areapas si se desea. 

Arepas con Chocolate Colombiano

 ¡Comparte tus tradiciones! 
Desde la India nos comparten una deliciosa, receta con leche caliente, turmeric y miel

 Chocolate Recipe
Ingredients:
• 1 cup of water • 1 cup of milk • 2 chocolate bars • 1 cinnamon stick
Preparation:
On the stove, put the ingredients together to boil inside the chocolate pot. Add cinnamon sticks if you want to add a special flavor to the beverage. When is ready, whisk gentle to mix well. Serve hot with mozzarella cheese inside if desired.
Share your traditions!

 Turmeric Latte

Sharing traditions! 
My dear friend from India suggested me to try a healthy Turmeric Latte. It is essy, she said, 

"Put one cup milk in sauce pan for boiling. 
Add 1/4 spoon turmeric powder to it. You can use raw turmeric instead of powder. 
Boil for 2-3 mins. Strain in Cofee mug. 
Add one spoon honey. 
Delicious hot milk with turmeric and honey. 

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Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
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Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards. 

Sunday, December 5, 2021

St. Nicholas & St. Claus Tradition - Papá Noel

 

Image: Christian Daily & Story Basílica of Piat
Nicholas was born at Patara, a seaside town in Licia, in southern Turkey, in the third century. He came from a good family that raised him as a Christian. His life, from his earliest days, was marked by obedience. When he was orphaned at a young age, Nicholas, remembering the rich young man in the Gospel, used his inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the poor. He was elected Bishop of Myra, and under the emperor Diocletian was exiled and imprisoned. After being freed, he attended the Council of Nicea in 325. He died in Myra on 6 December 343. Many stories have been handed down about Nicholas, all testifying to a life spent in service to the weak, the small, and the defenceless.

Defender of the weak

One of the most ancient stories about Saint Nicholas involves a man with three daughters of marriageable age. The family was poor, and the young girls were in danger of being forced into prostitution, because their father could not afford to offer a suitable dowry. One night, Nicholas went to the family’s home, and threw a bag of coins through the open window -- then fled before he could be identified. With the money, the father was able to procure a marriage for his eldest daughter. Nicholas returned twice more, always at night so that he could not be identified. But the third time, the father rushed out of the house to identify his mysterious benefactor. Nicholas begged him not to tell anyone what he had done.

Another story relates the fate of three young theologians travelling to Athens. Along the way, they stopped at an inn, where they were robbed and killed by the innkeeper, who hid their bodies in a barrel. Saint Nicholas, then a bishop, stopped at the same inn when he travelled to Athens. In a dream, he saw the crime that had been committed by his host. Turning to prayer, Saint Nicholas miraculously restored the three young men to life, and obtained the conversion of the wicked innkeeper.

A third story tells how Saint Nicholas freed a young boy, Basileos, who had been kidnapped from his home in Myra, and forced to serve as a cup-bearer for a foreign potentate. While his parents prayed for his safety, Saint Nicholas appeared to Basileos, and miraculously restored him to his family -- still holding the potentate’s golden cup.

These and similar stories helped to spread devotion to Saint Nicholas as patron of children and young people

Protector of seafarers: St. Nicholas is also the patron of sailors and seafarers. When he was a young man, Nicholas boarded a ship to take him on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Following in the footsteps of the Lord, Nicholas prayed that he might be able to experience more fully the closeness of Jesus, and share in His sufferings. Returning to Greece, a frightful storm arose, and the ship he was on was in danger of flooding. Nicholas calmly prayed, and suddenly the wind ceased and the waves died down, to the wonder of the sailors, who feared shipwreck.

Saint Nicholas of Bari: After the death of Saint Nicholas, his tomb at Myra soon became a place of pilgrimage; his relics were considered miraculous on account of a mysterious liquid that flowed from them, known as the “manna of St Nicholas.” 

Basílica Myra- Bari 

Santa Claus:In the Low Countries, and throughout Germanic lands generally, the winter feast of Saint Nicholas (in Dutch, “Sint Nikolaas” and later “Sinteklaas”), and his patronage of the young, gave rise to the tradition of giving gifts on his feast day: on the Eve of his feast, children would leave socks or shoes on a chair, or next to the fireplace, and go to sleep trusting that the following morning they would be filled with gifts. 

Which sack would you like to receive?
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Book activities with The Saint Nicholas Day Snow




¿
Existió Papá Noel?

La Tradición de San Nicolás data del siglo IV del Obispo griego de Myra, llamado Nicolás, quien ayudaba a los pobres.  Debido a los muchos milagros atribuidos a su intercesión, también es conocido como “Nikolaos el Wonderworker”. Es decir, Una persona que realizó milagros. 

La leyenda narra que el obispo dejó el dinero requerido (dote) a la orilla de la ventana, dentro de una bolsa roja, de tres niñas pobres para permitirles casarse. Probablemente la tradición de las medias rojas que se llenan de dinero, está basada en esta historia. 

San Nicolás es el santo protector de los pescadores, necesitados y de los niños. 

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Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
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Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Welcome December - Bienvenido Diciembre

 

Reflections by Maritza Martínez Mejía

For Christians, December is a time of preparation for Christmas. During four weeks of waiting period called Advent, we prepare an Advent Wreath. Each Sunday a candle will be lit. The first, second, and forth candle are purple and the third candle is pink color. These colors represent a time of preparation and joy for the birthday of Jesus; reason for the season. This year, I invite you to set aside the commercial rush and find the real reason of the season. Don’t forget to collect family memories not possessions. 
Many blessings!

And...Happy New Year!


Para los cristianos, Diciembre es un tiempo de preparación a la Navidad. Durante cuatro semanas o período de espera llamada Adviento, preparamos una Corona de Adviento. Cada domingo se enciende una vela. La primera, segunda y cuarta vela son púrpura y la tercera vela es de color rosado. Estos colores representan la espera y gozo de la celebración al Nacimiento de Jesús; razón de la Navidad. Éste año, los invito a dejar a un lado las congestiones comerciales de ésta temporada y encontremos la razón de la Navidad. No olvides coleccionar memorias familiares no posesiones. 
Bendiciones lleguen a ti! ...y Feliz Año.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Advent Activity for kids - Actividad de Adviento

 NOV. 28, 2021 BEGINS ADVENT  

Advent season marks the new Liturgical calendar year in the Roman Catholic Church and many Christian Churches. It is also the beginning of a four week period of preparation in anticipation of the Nativity of Jesus Christ at Christmas and the reminder of Christ’s second coming. Each week has a meaning, color and expectation. Let's celebrate Advent with joy and hope for a better tomorrow.

What does it mean?

The circle is a symbol of eternity and the never-endingness of God, and the evergreen is a symbol of eternal life and the never-changingness of God. Tertullian in the third century wrote to the Christians of his day: "You are a light of the world; a tree ever green." Children love to learn by symbols.

Meaning and colors:

First Week of HOPE:  Prophet Candle (Purple)

Second Week of PEACE:  Bethlehem Candle (Purple)

Third Week JOY:  Shepherd Candle (Pink)

Four Week LOVE:  Angel Candle (Purple)

The emphasis is on our longing, our need — not only for the great graces of the feast of His Nativity, for the renewing in our hearts of the mystery of His birth — but our need to be ready for the glorious moment of His Second Coming. 

Activity for Kids:

Prepare an Advent Wreath with paper or using a donut and birthday candles. Each kid bring home the devotion to prepare during Advent. 

Happy Advent!
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 NOV. 28- EMPIEZA ADVIENYO - ACTIVIDAD INFANTIL 

El  Adviento se centra en la expectativa del nacimiento de Jesucristo y dura cuatro domingos antes de Navidad.  Cada semana tiene un significado y expectativa.

Significado y color:

1 semana de esperanza: Vela de los profetas  (púrpura)

2 semana de Paz: Vela de Belén (púrpura)

3 semana de Gozo: Vela de los pastores (rosada) 

4 semana de amor: Vela del ángel (púrpura)

Actividad para niñ@s:

Aquí una idea para crear una sencilla Corona de Adviento. Es mi tradición crear una Corona de Adviento con los niños de la catequesis usando una donut y unas velitas de cumpleaños. Cada niño lleva una a casa para iniciar el adviento en familia.

Feliz y bendecido Adviento

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Giving Thanks! Dando Gracias

 CLOSING NOVEMBER GIVING THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORT @Maritza Martínez Mejía, AWA

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Friday, November 5, 2021

The Purple Shell ~ La concha de mar púrpura

 The Purple Shell by Maritza M. Mejia

-About the Book-

On her first trip to the sea, a lovely girl realized how much garbage people leave in the sand and decided to clean up the beach with her mother. After collecting sodas and wraps, they found a purple shell, which they received with joy as a reward for such a laudable task.

This book contains facts and questions to take care for our planet, our common home.

 COMING JANUARY 2022


La concha de mar púrpura

De Maritza M. Mejia

-Acerca del libro-

En su primer viaje al mar, una niña encantadora se dio cuenta de la cantidad de basura que la gente deja en la arena y decidió limpiar con su madre la playa. Después de recoger sodas y envolturas, encontraron una concha purpura, la que recibieron con alegría como premio de tan loable tarea.

Este libro contiene hechos y preguntas para cuidar nuestro planeta, nuestra casa común.

Maritza Martínez Mejía 

                                                                                NEXT CHARACTERS!

Logo and Illustrations by ViVi Moji

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Welcome November ~ Bienvenido Noviembre

 Reflections  by Maritza M. Mejía

During November, in some places, is commemorated the Day of the Death and Thanksgiving. Life and Death part of our essence. I invite you to give thanks for your love ones and not only for what we have, but for what we don't have. Be generous and share with the less fortunate your blessings.
November Quatrain 
All ghosts are gone 
All souls remembered 
Preparations are done 
Welcome November!



Happy November!


Reflexión por Maritza M. Mejía

Durante Noviembre, en algunos lugares, se conmemora el Día de los Muertos y Acción de Gracias. Vida y Muerte es parte de nuestra esencia. Les invito a dar gracias por tus seres queridos difuntos y no sólo por lo que tenemos, sino por lo que no tenemos. Se generoso y comparte con los menos favorecidos tus bendiciones. 
 Noviembre  
Los fantasmas se fueron 
Las almas se recordaron 
Preparaciones se hicieron
¡Bienvenido Noviembre!

¡Feliz Noviembre!

 Maritza Martínez Mejía             
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