Christmas around the World

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It’s Christmas Day and if you are enjoying your time with family and friends, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like to continue sharing some little known facts about Christmas traditions around the world.

In Australia Christmas occurs at the beginning of the summer. School holidays begin from the middle of December to the early part of February. Because it is so warm in Australia during the summer, most families forgo cooking and opt for a barbecue cooking up lots of seafood. Australians also celebrate with Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve with celebrations occurring in every state across the country. Australians also decorate their homes with the native, “Christmas Bush.”

Only one percent of the folks who live in China are Christians. That means that most people don’t know much about Christmas. With that being said, a fairly new tradition that is becoming popular in China is called, “Ping’an Ye,” meaning a quiet or peaceful evening, it involves people handing out apples to family and friends.

Christmas trees are popular in Greece, but an older tradition that families still follow features a shallow wooden bowl. These wooden bowls have a piece of wire suspended around the rim with basil wrapped around a cross that hangs down from the wire. The bowl holds a small amount of water that keeps the basil fresh and alive. Once a day, mom will dip the basil and the cross into holy water before sprinkling it around each room of the house.

Just like Australia, Costa Rica’s school holidays begin in December with families decorating their homes with tropical flowers. The Pasito, a nativity scene, sits in the center of every homes display. Cypress branches, ribbons, and red coffee berries are used to make Christmas wreaths.

Armenia celebrates Christmas on January 6, which is also the day of Epiphany, meaning the public revelation that Jesus Christ was indeed God’s son.

As you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends this year, take a moment to appreciate other countries traditions and enjoy! Merry Christmas everyone!

Treat Your Pets for Christmas

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According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, Christmas is for the entire family including your fur sons and daughters, especially when it comes to the all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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The all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL, the staple of the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE product family, is perfect for dogs, cats, horses, and even guinea pigs. That’s right the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE works wonders for your animals.

Your fur family suffers from skin disorders just like you do and according to your vet can have problems anywhere including around the lips, on the edges of the ears, the bottom of the paws and the nose.

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Pet skin disorders are quite common, but can be helped the natural way with the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL. Skin disorders are very hard to ignore, as it can be difficult watching your fur family lick, chew, scratch, drag, or scoot along the floor. Other signs that your pets could be in need of the all natural herbal healing gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE include a thinning or dull coat, a bad odor and even hair loss.

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The all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE works on all kinds of skin issues whether Rocky has a bad case of fleas, or mites.

Other problems that could cause skin disorders in pets include ticks, lice, food allergies, warts, scabs, endocrine diseases, tumors, and even cancer. Treat your pet’s skin allergies with the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and make an appointment with your vet even if you are able to determine that fleas, ticks, or mites are causing the skin rash. There may be an underlying reason that Lucky is scratching.

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If your vet recommends a steroid, you may want to get a second opinion, as there may be side effects from pet prescription drugs. In the meantime, try the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural HERBAL HEALING GEL as it may help with the rash or skin allergy.

Take care of your family, including your pets, and order an extra bottle of the all-natural HERBAL HEALING GEL for every medicine cabinet in your home. Order 4 and shipping is free.

For all natural pet care, you can’t do better than SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, order your all natural pet and people products today.

The Most Unique Gifts for 2015

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This year the most popular Christmas gifts, according to the leading retailers in the United States, are certainly not surprising. The latest gadgets, electronics and toys are hot, hot, hot, but not everyone wants to buy the most popular item on the must have Christmas gift list. If you are one of those people, why not buy your presents from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Although not as unique as they were a few years ago, Camera Drones with live video action are a big seller. Once the drone is in the air, the operator will receive a live feed right back to a Smartphone. Camera Drones make the perfect gift, as long as the receiver doesn’t live next door.

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Back in the 70’s and 80’s Sand Art was all the rage. Making a comeback, it is much like an Etch a Sketch in that when it is flipped over a beautiful piece will begin to form right before your eyes.

Most people have had a love, hate relationship with the humble alarm clock, but thanks to the new Sunrise Simulator Alarm clock, people can wake without an annoying sound as the clock helps you wake up with a simulated sunrise.

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If that isn’t unique enough for you, how about the Entertainment Platter. This ingenious gift allows you to take dinner from the oven straight to the table thanks to the soapstone slab. The slab keeps your meals nice and hot so that you and your guests can enjoy food the way it was meant to be served.

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There is nothing like fried zucchini or a delicious piece of fried chicken, however, the oil isn’t the best thing if you are watching your waistline and want to eat healthier. The oil free air-frying machine uses air instead of oil to cook. Less fat means healthier food.

Of course, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home or office in search of the perfect gift when you shop online with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the best selection of all natural products for all of your friends and family, and best of all, you will not have to spend a fortune to help keep their skin healthy, soft, and supple. Order your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural skin care products in time for Christmas today.

Christmas Facts that you May Not Know

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As you decorate your tree and wrap up your Christmas gifts SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like to share a few things about the holidays that you probably aren’t aware of.

Although people all over the world celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, the Bible does not mention a date for Jesus’ birth. Most historians actually believe that Jesus was born sometime during the spring, which would explain the description of the shepherds who were herding their animals. Pope Julius decided on the Feast of the Nativity in the 4th century declaring December 25th as Jesus’ birthday.

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During WWI, after a grueling five months of battle, the Western front took a Christmas Eve break from fighting in order to sing Christmas carols to each other across the bloody battlefield. The allied troops called out, “Merry Christmas, in English. Thank goodness, it wasn’t a trick with dozens of fighters from Britain greeting and shaking hands with the enemy. Some even exchanged cigarettes as gifts. Dubbed the 1914 Christmas Truce, it was one of the last known examples of chivalry during wartime.

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Just like the popular Energizer bunny, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was created by Montgomery Ward. The advertising gimmick was devised to lure Christmas shoppers into the department store in 1939. Copywriter Robert L. May was hired to write a short story that would later be turned into a song thanks to his brother in law who loved the short story so much that he decided to write a song about it. Burl Ives recorded it in 1949.

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Frosty the Snowman was originally used to showcase whiskey in 1890. After Prohibition, the snowman quickly became the star of alcohol ads and appeared in Miller beer, Jack Daniel’s, Schlitz Beer, Chivas Regal Scotch, and Mount Whitney beer to name just a few.

According to Teutonic and Celtic legend, the mistletoe that you kiss under is actually magical as it can increase fertility, heal wounds, ward off evil spirits, and bring you good luck. The kissing tradition didn’t actually begin until the Victorian era, which is quite surprising if you consider how stuffy and repressed the behavior was at the time.

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Christians weren’t the first to decorate trees. Even before Christianity hit the scene, Germans would decorate the evergreens to brighten up the gloomy and dark days of Winter Solstice.

This Christmas take a moment to remember what it must have been like during the holidays and rejoice in the fact that you don’t have to leave your home or office to order something from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE for everyone on your list.

Spend Black Friday with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE

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These days people line up for days just to score bargains on Black Friday. Some even forgo Thanksgiving dinner to scoop up great deals on Black Friday, but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and doesn’t require a sleeping bag or an ice chest for Black Friday.

Of course, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is offering a fantastic Black Friday deal where you can purchase organic skin care products from the comfort of your home or office.

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Buy an organic skin care system online and you may get to enjoy a real Thanksgiving for the first time in five years.

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All of the products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are safe for everyone in your family, including your furry friends. Smart holiday shoppers include the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE healing herbal gel in Fido’s stocking.

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Speaking of Christmas stockings why not give your daughter or best friend the Spa System. For just 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at night, you and your family and friends can achieve healthy, radiant skin with results in as little as two weeks. The Spa System has everything needed to make your skin look younger. If you or someone you know has problem skin give the gift that keeps on giving with a Skin Care System from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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The organic skincare products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are all natural and so affordably priced that you can buy something for everyone on your holiday gift list this Black Friday including the men in your life.

Buy the herbal healing gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, add the Therapy Shave Gel, and don’t forget the Herbal Facial Cleanser and the Herbal Facial Moisturizer. Men and women would love this combination not to mention the teenagers on your list.

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Spend Thanksgiving at home this year and do your Black Friday shopping with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

The Spirit of Christmas

Puritan Christmas BanChristmas has not always been a welcome tradition in the United States. In fact, the Puritans called the holiday un-Christian and upon arrival to the New World back in 1620, actually worked on December 25th.

Even after Puritanism began to wane, an Episcopal bishop in 1827 told his congregation that the devil had actually stolen Christmas by converting it into a day that was filled with shooting, swearing and worldly festivities. All throughout the 1800’s, Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches closed their doors on December 25 because they did not accept Christmas Day as holy. In fact, only 18 states recognized Christmas during the Civil War.

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Christmas began to gain popularity after Clement Clarke Moore wrote, “Visit from St. Nicholas.” However, it was the weekly drawings by Thomas Nast Harper that really swayed the religious leaders who began to think that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. The drawings featured a white-bearded gentleman called Santa who gave out gifts to children.

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In 1881, storefronts began to decorate their windows with Christmas cards, colorful ornaments and brightly wrapped gifts, and in 1888 JP Robert of Stratford in West Ham, unveiled the very first, “Santa’s Grotto,” with the bearded gentleman himself greeting children in order to fulfill their Christmas wish lists. By the late 1890’s it was a tradition to sit on Santa’s knee with storeowners all over the United States creating their own Santa’s Village.

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The larger department stores adopted Christmas during the 1920’s by sponsoring the Christmas Shopping Season kicking off the day after Thanksgiving. However, all was not well with sermons all over the country calling Christmas a huge commercial racket.

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These days the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well with shopping traditions like, “Black Friday,” and, “Cyber Monday,” becoming the buzz words of the 21st Century, but not all of your hard earned cash stays in the United States. Do your part this Christmas and keep your dollars in the United States by purchasing all-natural skincare products online from America’s own SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.