The History of Birthdays (Part II)


Since our readers enjoyed our first post all about the history of birthdays, we thought we’d share even more fun birthday facts that you may not know. Isn’t it funny that we all do similar things on our birthdays without any thought about how or why we do them?             For instance, where did the idea come from to wear pointy hats? Why do we give gifts? And who came up with that birthday song in the first place? Read on for some fun and interesting information regarding the special day each one of us celebrates.

Pointy Party Hats

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Though there is no one origin of the pointy party hat, this distinctive headgear has been around at the very least since     2800 BC, and was recognized as a symbol of power or status:

  • In ancient Egypt, only the nobility were allowedEgypt hat      to wear pointed hats as a symbol of their elevated status above their subjects. The different designs made individual pharaohs identifiable to their subjects.
  • In medieval Jewish traditions, some people started wearing cylindrical hats secured around the chin to distinguish themselves in Christian Europe. These hats were higher and more pointed than the traditional Jewish Kippah of today.
  • It was believed that witches and wizards wore pointed hats because the hats   were representations of the cone  of power.HarryPotterWicked Witch


  • CaPrincesstholic princesses and noblewomen                                   in Medieval Europe would wear                                             cone-shaped hats intricately decorated                           with long veils, precious jewels, and even                         intricate butterfly and flower detailing.




  • The party hat can also be traced to the dunce cap, worn by misbehaving or poorly
    performing schoolchildren from the mid-19th century to the dunceearly 20th century, signifying that the wearer engaged in frivolous and foolish behavior—naturally what we all expect of the birthday person on their special day!




Overall, these cylindrical birthday hats continue to be the proud tradition in many different cultures, with the point of the hat elevating the wearer to the status of royalty—which, we all agree, a person becomes on their birthday.

Giving Birthday Gifts

One theory regarding the giving of birthday gifts dates back to early Europe, when people believed that evil spirits would seek out and haunt someone on his or her birthday, most importantly the king.Presents Therefore, on one’s birthday, people would gather to protect that person and would bring with them good wishes. These gatherings later became our modern day birthday parties, and over time, people brought more than just good wishes to ward off evil spirits; they brought presents, too.

Who Wrote The Birthday Song?

HappyBirhtdayAccording to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, and its lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages. But where did it come from?

In 1893, sisters Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill wrote a song they called, Good Morning to All,” which was part of the book Song Stories for the Kindergarten and was intended to be sung by students before classes began. As the song caught on across America, it developed a number of variations, becoming “Good Morning to You” and then, in 1924, Robert Coleman published a songbook and added a few extra lyrics that would quickly come to overshadow the original lines and came to be the rendition we all know today, “Happy Birthday to You.”




easter_moodboardAlthough Easter Sunday is just one day in the year, the 40-day Lenten period before it combined with Eastertide following it, create the entire religious season of Easter, which coincides with spring and the earth’s renewal. It’s a time of great rejoicing among Christians worldwide and is considered the holiest day of the year.

As with Christmas, there are many other secular traditions that have grown up around this religious holiday in terms of food, festivities and celebrations. Of course those include Easter parades, Easter bonnets, Easter hams and breads, decorated eggs, baskets full of chocolates and jelly beans, and, of course, the Easter Bunny!

Here are somme Easter Fun Facts from PopSugar ( You can visit their website to learn even more!

  • When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
  • During the Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps – making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  • Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) over dark chocolate (27%).
  • 86% would prefer having chocolate bunnies instead of a live rabbit.
  • Each day throughout the year, 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter which is enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9-story building.
  • Eighty percent of parents carry on the tradition of the Easter bunny by preparing a surprise Easter basket filled with goodies for their children and 90% of adults hope for their own Easter treat.

Of course what they don’t list is how many thousands of pounds of egg salad will be made with all those leftover Easter eggs! Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

In the mood board: “Happy Easter” from



Most Popular Love Quotes From the Movies


We’ve all heard the phrase, “Words can’t express how much I love you.” But over the  years, writers have melted many a heart with the sweet somethings they’ve had to say. And everyone has their favorite quotes.

So instead of proclaiming to list the most popular love lines of all time, here’s a classic collection of snippets from movies scenes that are bound to pull at your heart strings.

Can you name all the films? The answers are  listed at the bottom. Give it your best shot, Cupid!

Your love quotes…

“No amount of time with you will be enough. But let’s start with forever.”

“I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

“You should be kissed, often, and by someone who knows how.”

“I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling for the rest of my life the way
I do when I’m with you.”

“I looked up and it was the nearest thing to heaven. You were there!”

“You look good wearing my forever.”

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

“I want all of you. Forever. You and me. Every day.”

“But soft; what light through yonder window breaks? It is my lady! O, it is my love. O that she knew she were.”

“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”

“Don’t forget, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

“I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.”

“Why do you want to marry me anyway?” “So I can kiss you anytime I want!”

“I love you—without knowing how, why, or even from where.”

“This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.”

“I knew it. The very first time I touched her. It was like coming home.”

“You had me at hello.”

Your movie list…

Breaking Dawn, Bull Durham, Gone With the Wind, Dirty Dancing, An Affair to Remember, Some Kind of Wonderful, When Harry Met Sally, The Notebook, Romeo and Juliet, City of Angels, Notting Hill, As Good As It Gets, Sweet Home Alabama, Patch Adams, Bridges of Madison County, Sleepless in Seattle, Jerry McGuire

So now are you tempted to curl up with a pile of tissues and DVDs?

With Valentine’s Day on the way, you can find a wonderful selection of romantic ecards with some of their own wonderful quotes and expressions of love at




Celebrate Groundhog Day–Shadow or Spring?

On February 2, 1886, a hibernating woodchuck crawled out of his burrow near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, didn’t see his shadow—granting an early Spring—and Groundhog Day was born! A year later Clymer H. Freas, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper and member of a group of local hunters and businessmen known as the “Punxsutawney Groundhog Club,” dubbed this furry little fellow “Punxsutawney Phil.” Little did Phil know he would be carrying on a tradition known as Imbolc that was started long ago by ancient Celts in Europe.

Nowadays, locals and visitors still flock to Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, site of the annual ceremony to catch a glimpse of Phil, the now-famous groundhog to see whether or not he will see his shadow. Attendance at the event skyrocketed after the release of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray as a TV weatherman assigned to cover the event. As anyone who has seen the film knows, he ends up reliving Groundhog Day over and over and over again.

Groundhog Day film trivia:

  • The film was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, not Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and John Travolta were all considered  for the lead before Bill Murray was cast.
  • Bill Murray was bitten twice by the groundhog during filming and needed anti-rabies injections due to the severity of the bites.
  • Director Haroldn Ramis states that Bill Murray’s character, Phil, lives Groundhog Day over and over for approximately 10 years in the film.
  • The American Film Institute ranked it #8 in the 10 Greatest Films of the Fantasy genre.
  • The film received fairly warm critical reception upon release, which only grew over time, with religious groups and others eventually calling it “transcendental.”