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“April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three-hundred and sixty-four.” – Mark Twain

Maybe you know that in the sixteenth century in France, the start of a New Year was on the first of April (Some documents said that the New Year was celebrated for 8 days, beginning on March 25 and this celebration culminated on April 1). Certainly, there was no “Happy New Year” of ABBA but people also celebrated the New Year in nearly the same way as we do nowadays with parties and dance into the late hours of the night.

Suddenly in 1562 (under Charles IX), the new year fell on the first of January as Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar for the Christian world. It was a big change, however, some obstinate people did not accepted this change, or some others even did not know anything about the new calendar (you can figure out the reason when news traveled by foot on those days), so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people thought this was so ridiculous that they played tricks on them and call them “April fools.”

The word “April fool” or “Poisson d’Avril” (which means “April Fish”) has become very popular and the first of April turned to be a very special day of the year for tricks and pranks and making other people believe that something false is true. Let’s have a look at how people trick and prank on this day?

With the unlimited creativeness of human being, tricks and pranks perform in several ways from simple, such as “Hey dude, there is some mud on your face” to elaborate ones, such as setting roommate’s alarm clock back an hour. Whatever the prank is, the pranksters usually shout to their victims “April Fool!” at the end of a joke.

In France today, French children fool their friends by taping a “paper fish” to their friends’ backs. When those friends discover this trick, the pranksters yell “Poisson d’Avril!” In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called ‘gobs’ or ‘gobby’ and the victim of a joke is called a ‘noodle.’ It was considered bad luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.

The news media has flavored April Fool’s Day with more humor and hilariousness. For instance, a couple of years ago, one of the most popular magazines for teen in Asia informed that Westlife – the super band in Ireland and the U.K – had died in a plane crash. Many teen girls went on a hunger strike with countless teardrops in 1 week until the next issue of the magazine said it was only a joke on April Fool’s Day. One another example, a British short film showed on April Fool’s Day was a fairly detailed documentary about “spaghetti farmers” and how they harvest their crop from the spaghetti trees. Of course, it was also a prank but in fact, there were many people believing in it.

One more April Fool’s day is soon coming. Have you had any plan to fool somebody on that “for – fun – only” observance? If you say no, I would suggest a funny and polite way: make a prank call to your buddies with your changed voice. Just download a software called “Voice Changer Software” from which helps change your voice from male to female or vice versus and imitate the voice of movie stars or famous singers. Imagine how funny your buddies’ face is when they receive that call from you!

And you must remain forever vigilant otherwise you may be the next April Fool! Moreover, do remember that not everybody feels interested in your prank. “You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life even if you had an electrified fooling machine.” – Homer Simpson.

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Well, Mother’s Day is coming up on us again. Are you ready to “WOW” your mom with a show of thanks and gratitude? Will you honestly remember what motherhood is all about and what she did for you? To prepare you for adulthood, the stresses of life, teaching you how to make lemon-aide out of lemons.

Some say the Mother’s Day is too commercialized now, but what was it really for to begin with? Originally conceived by Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War as a day honoring (in her opinion) the inherent pacifism of mothers, Mother’s Day now simply celebrates motherhood and thanks mothers.

The first Mother’s Day as we would recognize it was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908, in the church where the elder Anna Jarvis had taught Sunday School. Grafton is the home to the International Mother’s Day Shrine. From there, the custom caught on
Imagine choosing between a guest house with a set of strict rules – and a landlady ready to enforce them, or a holiday camp with tents and daily chores to complete. Doesn’t sound like much of a choice, yet these were the accommodation options for those holidaying in Great Britain’s seaside resorts in the 1900s.

Given these were the only options, the ‘freedom’ offered by the holiday camp was instantly appealing and holidaymakers were welcomed at the UK’s first holiday camp in 1906 at Caistor-on-Sea, Norfolk. By today’s standards the camp was incredibly basic and certainly had no luxury accommodation on offer! Yet it paved the way for a holiday genre that has been thriving for more than 100 years.

Holiday camps continued to make steady progression and 1924 saw the arrival of a holiday camp in Hopton-on-Sea which boasted brick chalets, running water and electric lights – some of the ultimate facilities. However, global events were to have a serious impact on holidays with two World Wars, and the take over of holiday camps to be used as military bases in the Second World War.

Holiday camps really came into their own with a glorious golden era during the 1950s and 60s after the end of WWII. People hadn’t been on holiday for many years and many children had never seen the sea. Life had been incredibly hard and the public were in need of fun and entertainment. The holiday camp could provide all this and more. With swimming pools on site, entertainment in the evenings, competitions including ‘Glamorous Granny’ and ‘Knobbly Knees’ plus plentiful food the camps offered all the right ingredients for an fun and affordable family holiday.

While the offer of cheap sea and sun holidays drew many people to destinations such as Spain in the 1970s, UK holiday resorts such as Great Yarmouth have seen a resurgence of visitors in recent years. As the cost of living continues to soar and with the need to consider ‘greener’ ways to travel, a Great British seaside holiday – with glorious beaches, strolls along the pier and ice cream – is an attractive proposition.

And where better to stay than a holiday village? A far cry from their 20th Century counterparts, Great Yarmouth is home to some of the UK’s best including some with 5-star ratings. With the promise of modern accommodation, a huge range of indoor and outside entertainment for children and adults and onsite eateries, it’s the ideal choice for families.

Great Yarmouth has invested more than
The Christmas season is upon us, and with it one of the most difficult times to stick on a budget. It’s so easy to go overboard on gifts for those you love. There’s always some cute, cheap item that is just perfect, but when you find things like that over and over, they really add up.

It’s no fun being on a tight budget at this time of year. You wish you could give your kids the gifts they want the most, and give other family members just the right gift too.

There are several ways to give well thought out gifts at this time of year without overdoing it on credit cards or adding to your financial worries. All it takes is a little planning and creativity. Here are a few ideas.

Draw names.

You’ll still have to do the shopping for your kids, of course, but getting together with your siblings or other family members and drawing names can save a lot of money, as well as shopping time. This also allows a single, nicer gift to be given, as you can agree beforehand what should be spent on each person, and have it be a gift from all of you.

Give your time.

Make up coupons with favors you will do for the other person. This could be mowing the lawn for your parents or giving your husband a backrub. It could be babysitting a friend’s kids.

Share your talents.

If there’s something you do well that others have been expressing an interest in learning, give them a card saying you will teach them. This could be music lessons or it could be website design or organizing their home.

Note cards and stamped envelopes.

These are perfect for the person who loves to write. Find an attractive set and get some stamps, and you’re ready to go. You could even take this a step further and create your own design on plain cards.

Family calendar.

This one takes a fair bit of time, and you’ll need other family members to send you pictures, but makes a great gift. If they give you prints, you can make a collage, but if the photos are digital you can manipulate them for a wonderfully fun family calendar. Take the results to your local print shop and have them make them into calendars.

Make picture frames.

Get a cheap picture frame and decorate it with things that the recipient enjoys.


Homemade treats are often welcome. If you have a great pie, cake or cookie recipe, you can be sure people will thank you even if they grumble something about calories.

Make Christmas ornaments.

There are all kinds of ideas for beautiful Christmas ornaments. You can buy the cheap clear glass balls and fill them or paint them. Another idea is to take a clear jar or vase, and put in some Christmas lights, then add potpourri. It looks beautiful when plugged in and smells great.

Make gift baskets or jars.

This doesn’t have to mean cheesy, handmade stuff that you really don’t do normally. You can make gift baskets with special items inside, such as bath salts and other items good for relaxation. You can print a card with a special recipe and include the ingredients in a jar.

The possibilities here are just about endless, both in terms of affordability and creativity. Think about the recipient’s hobbies and put something together that relates; garden gloves with a plant or seeds for a gardener, gourmet coffee with a cup for the coffee lover, and so forth.

You don’t have to go overboard with gifts to have a wonderful Christmas. A little planning goes a long way toward easing the financial strain that so many feel at this time of year. Getting creative with Christmas presents doesn’t only save money – it makes the gifts more meaningful!

What are your plans for Halloween this year? You probably think it’s too early to start thinking of such matters, but it’s not. Halloween falls on a Tuesday in 2006, leading to a variety of pros and cons for you to consider. Getting a leg up on your game plan for All Hallows Eve will allow you to prepare for all the circumstances surrounding a midweek holiday that involves children, chocolate and costumes.

On the plus side, Halloween being celebrated on a Tuesday this year isn’t a big deal when it comes to children. No matter what day of the week this holiday comes, children are going to find a way to trick or treat and stuff themselves silly-regardless of the consequences of sitting through school the next day with a turbulent tummy. In addition, most kids will enjoy Halloween parties at school, at friends’ houses and on multiple weekends due to the Tuesday celebration. Translation: more candy, more fun and more time with friends.

For adults, a midweek Halloween means that many establishments will hold events on the preceding Saturday as well as the following weekend-on top of those events that fall on the holiday itself. Not only will it be more acceptable to leave your house decorated for longer periods of times and pretend you’re still a kid by dressing up more, but you will also have more opportunities to go costume shopping to ensure you find the right match for you. A Tuesday Halloween also offers a built-in excuse for going out on the town and staying away from work-and who couldn’t use another reason to do that?

Of course, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind with a midweek holiday. Even if it is going to be celebrated regardless, it is still a school night and a work night, and it will be tough to avoid a sluggish Hump Day after Halloween. Since it is primarily a children’s holiday, adults will likely have to take one for the team to make sure that their kids have a great Halloween.

But regardless of what day of the week Halloween falls on, costumes from Costume Party Shop will ensure that it is memorable. We boast a full line of adult and kids Halloween costumes, masks, wigs, hats and accessories. We’re constantly adding new outfits and ideas to our Web site, so check back often or contact us if you don’t see what you want right away.

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