Your December Birthday!

Happy December Birthday, You Unshakable Lovers of Life

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Ambitious, reliable, and with an unshakable love of freedom, the individuals born during the month of December have a wrought-iron will to turn their ideals into reality. You build a solid foundation for yourself and use that to create an empire for all of your enterprising pursuits.


If born a fiery Sagittarius, you have an insatiable enthusiasm for life and spontaneity that is visible to everyone you meet. You see the world as your oyster; not only for you, but for everyone else as well. The pearls awaiting are big, bold, and brilliant—just the way you like them! Opportunity knocks at your door so often you might as well install a peephole and stand by to keep watch. Not only do you create your own good fortune, but you also possess an earnest faith in life that continually replenishes your spirit.


If you were born a Capricorn, you are renowned for your discipline, determination, and dedication in all you do. Said to be the sign of the professional, Capricorns are also focused on  reputation and public standing. Once you set about to tackle a project, you will have an unwavering sense of commitment and drive to get things done. Dependable to say the least, people look to you for your leadership qualities.

December Birthstone

imagesYour birthstone, turquoise, is an ancient gem whose name comes from French and means “Turkish stone,” as it was believed to be commonly traded in Turkish bazaars before making its way to Europe. Considered “the gemstone of the people,” this blue-and-green stone is said to have protective properties and can benefit one’s health, wealth, and prosperity. Ancient Egyptians used it to decorate graves, and Persians wore it on the wrists and around the neck to preserve their good health.  Nowadays, it is used in making fine, ornate jewelry.

December Flower

The Narcissus, December’s birth flower,
comes from the Latin form of the Greek Narkissos.  Hailing from Greek mythology, he was known as the figure so captivated by his own reflection, he eventually died and became the renowned flower.  Representing faithfulness and modesty, Narcissus is also said to be given to the person you value as “the Only One.”

Famous December Birthdays

Celebrate your birthday this month with these famous figures:

Steve Allen, Kirk Douglas, Ira Gershwin, Howard Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Bette Midler, Jim Morrison, Sir Isaac Newton, Steven Spielberg, Donna Summer

Important December 2012 Dates

Advent begins 12/2
Hanukkah  (begins and ends at sundown) 12/7—12/16
Christmas Eve 12/24
Christmas 12/25
Kwanzaa 12/26—1/1
Boxing Day 12/26
New Year’s Eve Day 12/31

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Happy October Birthday, Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!


Those born in October fall under two signs:

Libra, the Scales, September 23–October 23

Scorpio, the Scorpion, October 24–November 21



Flowers of the Month…Calendula, Cosmos

Birthstones/Meanings…Opal, Tourmaline, Pink  Sapphire/Hope

To read more about those born in October, please see our October 2011 birthday blog

If you know someone having a birthday this month, ober Birthday blog from last year:

Why not check out the large offering of birthday ecards at Blue Mountain…there’s so many types to choose from including interactive ecards, Create & Print, postcards, talking ecards and so many more!






Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!” For many of us, the character of Mary Poppins, so delightfully played by a young Julie Andrews, made us want to “find the fun” in anything we had to do. Julie Andrews’ work in film, stage, and television appeared to the rest of us, it seems, to be a consistent way for this incredible entertainer to share the fun with us. 

As an Academy Award winning actress, a singer and Broadway star, Julie Andrews has captured the hearts of audiences for nearly sixty years and she’s still going strong. Andrews debuted on Broadway in 1954 and in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins just ten years later. Her box office successes also included The Americanization of Emily, Torn Curtain and The Sound of Music, for which she is probably most well known. More recently, she starred in The Princess Diaries and has offered her voice talents to the Shrek movies and Despicable Me as well.

By 1966, Julie Andrews had starred in six hit films. She married film director, Blake Edwards in 1969 and celebrated 41 anniversaries with him until his death in 2010. Together they raised five children as
a blended family.

In a career that has spanned over six decades, Julie Andrews has motivated and inspired us to value our roles in life, to reinvent ourselves when times call for us to change, and to be willing to seek the best in what life has to offer.

In 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Julie Andrews a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to the performing arts. Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, born in England on the first of October in 1935 with a crystal clear, incredibly beautiful voice, has helped us hear, “The Sound of Music” wherever we go.

Happy Birthday Julie Andrews and we thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us. We celebrate you with love on your birthday!



In Celebration of Jim Henson! (9/24/12)

Since the day Jim Henson brought Kermit the Frog to life, we’ve all been getting a better understanding of what it means to be green. Kermit set his own rainbow in the sky
and we saw a new promise of joy in the world.

It’s an honor to celebrate the life of Jim Henson, whom we miss even to this day, for his extraordinary talents and fascinating character. If you’ve ever wondered whether
a person can truly be drawn to their life’s work at an early age, you only have to look at Jim as a teenager in high school to see how his passion for puppetry began. Of course, it was later—after his college years and his collaboration with Frank Oz and others—that he became known as the greatest tenant that ever moved to Sesame Street.

Because of him, some of us had relationships with Big Bird and Bert and Ernie well before we realized there was another world apart from our TV sets. We learned what it meant
to be a friend, what it meant to be different, and even what it meant to be an adult. We learned to appreciate and acknowledge each other in new ways.

Jim Henson was one of the first puppeteers to give precise mouth movements to his characters so that they could become more human. He wasted no time designing appealing and fun characters for every age group. Soon, Miss Piggy was born to be Kermit’s “girlfriend,” Fozzie Bear joined the team of friends and numerous other personalities emerged, all of whom helped to make the Muppets a household name.

Henson, who was born in 1936, built a legacy that few can rival and certainly we are all
the better for it. When he stepped out on the stage of the Ed Sullivan show in the 50’s a new kind of star was born and it shone brightly.

Today that star lives on in the work that Jim Henson’s children continue to build, bringing a new generation of viewers a reason to look at life with renewed joy each day. It may not be easy being “green,” but it’s easy for all of us to embrace the work of this innovative puppet creator.

On September 24th, we sing Happy Birthday to Jim Henson and are grateful for the role he played in giving all of us a beautiful rainbow connection.



eCard of the Week: “Celebrate Your Day” Slider

Our “Celebrate Your Day” Interactive eCard is this week’s feature pick and one of our  newest favorites for its heartwarming and smile-bringing qualities. Slide the cupcake across the bottom of this charming image to watch the scene change into a real birthday celebration! There are probably a few people on your birthday list who would appreciate being remembered with a special ecard like this one.

It’s just one of the new interactive birthday eCards we’re featuring this month, but there are many more for other occasions as well. Why not check them all out at and see for yourself how much fun sending and sharing these special eCards can be.



Writing Birthday Message Magic

Writing the perfect message for a birthday ecard you’re sending can sometimes be a challenge. You want to create a warm or lighthearted, personalized message that speaks from your heart and makes your

recipient happy, but often, it’s hard to know just where to begin.

Perhaps you can start by asking yourself a few questions as you begin thinking about
your message:

  • Is the recipient a family member, friend, or acquaintance?
  • Would they prefer something heartfelt or funny?
  • What types of things would you say to them if you were talking to them in person?
  • What would you like someone to say to you on your birthday? They’d probably like to hear the same kinds of things.

Once you have a better idea of where you’re headed, the rest will come a little easier. We’ve included some fun and heartfelt birthday messages you can add to your ecards to help get you started. You might even want to write down those you create yourself as reference for the next time you’re looking for the perfect words that sum up your own thoughts!

Wishing you lots of fun and surprises on your special day!

Thinking of you with love on your birthday.

Hoping all your birthday wishes come true.

Birthdays put the magic in your years!

Enjoy all the happy moments of your special day.

Here’s wishing you love and laughter on your birthday.

Hope birthday magic helps make your wishes come true!

May your birthday be filled with wonderful surprises!

Wishing you the best birthday ever…full of smiles, laughter, and love!

Have fun personalizing your birthday ecards for family and friends and enjoy knowing you’ll be brightening someone’s day!



eCard of the Week: Sweet Surprice Tic Tac Toe









“Sweet Surprise Tic Tac Toe,” our  ecard pick of the week, is another fun interactive selection in our online game series that makes for a lighthearted and entertaining way of sending birthday wishes and greetings.  We’d love
this birthday ecard by artist Drew King even if we didn’t have a sweet tooth!
Of course the fact that it features birthday cupcakes as the design makes it
that much sweeter to send.

If you’re looking for other Interactive eCards, Online Game eCards, Talking eCards,
or fun Postcards,  Blue Mountain can help you stay connected and celebrate birthdays
in may different ways! Have you already sent this card? Let us know who you sent it to and their reaction. We love hearing from our members!





Your August Birthday–You Lead the Way!

You may be as creative and innovative as Martha Stewart, as persistent and strong as Magic Johnson, and as talented as Dustin Hoffman, all of whom share your August birthday month.  The truth is you are a born leader and whatever you choose to do in life, you have what it takes to achieve it.  Your aspirations come from deep within you, challenging you, and giving you the courage to try again and again to follow your heart and meet the goals you set for yourself.  You persist when life hands you a curve and you find a new approach when an old one no longer works well.  You serve as an example to others simply by the way you live your life.

Your friends find you to be open and honest, positive and generous.  They love to hear your ideas and sit with you over coffee  to discuss the strange and wonderful nuances of life.  You’re one of the people they go to, when they can’t come up with a new plan for themselves.  You always know how to open doors and lead the way.

The August zodiac symbol of a lion associated with guarding and guiding others, is not lost on you.  You’re a ferocious advocate of the things you believe in and a staunch protector of the people you love.  You always put your best foot forward and move quickly and carefully to make changes for the good of others.

Your birthstone is a rich and elegant spring green gem known as a Peridot.  In ancient legends, it was often thought to be a symbol of strength and a mysterious force of nature exhibited in powerful people.  The gladiolus, in an array of vibrant colors is your birth flower, signifying a sincere heart and a strong character.   Yes, you were born in the month of those who respect all of life, who are out-going  and happy, and who offer a strong legacy to the world.  You’re a force to be reckoned with and it’s a great joy to celebrate your birthday.

If you know anyone else who is celebrating a summer birthday, why not share some of your sunny, out-going attitude with them by sending or posting a day-brightening birthday ecard!



Your October Birthday – Oh Iridescent, Remarkable You!

The Latin word for your birthstone means “Precious Jewel” and that’s what most people would say about you. You’re a gem of a friend, an indescribable treasure and a gift to those around you. You attract people with your kind heart and gentle qualities and make others feel safe and protected. Your friends admire your easy diplomacy and subtle abilities to lead.

Your birthstone, the Opal, was believed to have come from heaven in a flash of lightening. The Romans referred to the stone as “a child beautiful as love.” It was believed to have protective powers and could ward off evil and promote healthy eyesight. It could even be ground to a fine powder and consumed to prevent nightmares and offer other mysterious healing powers. The Opal is as old as the dinosaurs and was built around geothermal hot springs. If it is given as a gift, it represents faithfulness and confidence. That’s one of the reasons the stone fits you so well. You inspire confidence in others and you’re always a faithful and loyal friend. You can be trusted to keep your word and to be thoughtful about what you say and do.

The flower that represents October birthdays is the calendula, from the Latin Kalendae, meaning ‘first day of the month,’ which is when it usually blooms. Because of its strong connection to the sun, the calendula represents characteristics such as warmth and friendliness. From a religious standpoint, this flower also represents the Virgin Mary.

Happily for you, your nature is to bring passion and love to all you do and to speak up about the people and things you believe in. You express yourself well and that endears you to others. You have a little psychic awareness too and often know the motives of those close to you before they do, but with your kind heart and loving ways, you make it easy for them to grow on their own terms.

Yes, you’re quite remarkable and since it’s your birthday, celebrate your October birthday in a way that reflects all the colors of the rainbow. After all, you’re opalescent all the time! Happy Birthday to you!



Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

Happy birthday to one of the world’s most beloved children’s book authors, Shel Silverstein!  Sheldon Allan Silverstein was born on September 25, 1930, in Chicago,Illinois, to Nathan and Helen Silverstein.

Growing up with his sister, Peggy, in Logan Square, a community northwest of Chicago, Shel pursued his two favorite pastimes, baseball and drawing.  As an avid White Sox fan, he hoped to one day join the team, but realizing early in his adolescence that he possessed no athletic ability, drawing became his singular passion.  As a student at Roosevelt High School, he tried his best to get the attention of girls—at first through his failed athletic ability, then through his art—both to no avail.  Concentrating on his drawings in solitude, Silverstein had no mentor to study under and freely developed his own style.

He studied art at the University of Illinois for a year before expulsion due to grades, transferred to Chicago of Fine Arts for a year, finally to study English at Roosevelt University where he cartooned for the student paper, The Torch.  He did not complete his education, however, as he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.  In retrospect, Silverstein looked upon his college years with contempt, feeling he could have seen the world rather than waste it in school.

Shel further blossomed as a cartoonist—and a reporter—during his time in the Army with his work on the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes, lampooning the military.  Still, this time help a special place in his heart and he credits it towards his artistic growth, when he also learned to play the guitar.

Upon returning home, he worked odd jobs, including a stint atComiskeyPark, while freelancing as a cartoonist before meeting Hugh Hefner.  Shel then worked as a cartoonist for Playboy in 1956 while reporting stories for them from around the globe.  After a severe car accident rendered him immobile, he spent his recovery time cartooning and composing music.

But perhaps the most serendipitous encounter arose when a close friend of Silverstein’s, Tomi Ungerer, introduced Shel to his editor at Harper & Row, Ursula Nordstrom.  Both Tomi and Ursula persuaded Silverstein to give writing children’s books a try.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Among his classic children’s book collections are The Giving Tree, which a publisher rejected for being “too short”, as well as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and Runny Babbit.  Silverstein had never envisioned himself a children’s book writer and illustrator, with his darker humor and sardonic wit.  Yet both playful themselves out whimsically in his collections, whether walking a fine line or something more akin to a flying trapeze.

All in all, this artist led a rather unexpected career that ranged from cartooning for the military to working for Playboy, with eventually writing and illustrating award-wining children’s books, as well as playwriting and composing film scores.  It was a combination as eclectic as the man was talented.  Sadly, Shel left the world on May 10, 1999, inKey West,Florida.  However, his literary legacy lives on as his poetic humor continues to tickle funny bones and warm hearts around the world, both young and old.