Saturday, December 6, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Christmas celebrations vary greatly between regions of the
The majority of Americans celebrate Christmas with the exchange of gifts and greetings and with family visits. For many, the day begins on Christmas Eve with the Midnight Mass. At Christmas it snows in many states, so dinner is usually eaten indoors. Dinner usually is roast turkey, goose, duck or ham served with cranberry sauce, then plum pudding or pumpkin pie followed by nuts and fruit.
American homes are decorated with holly, mistletoe and branches of trees, most have a Christmas tree hung with electric lights, tinsel, baubles, and strings of popcorn and candy canes.
There are two homes for Santa Claus in the
Human Rights Day
December 10, 2008
A celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in
That day in 1948 could arguably be called the birth of the modern human rights movement. With widely agreed-upon universal standards in place, "atrocities" could be more concretely labeled "violations" and could be more readily acted against. States that have embraced these standards have, since 1948, observed December 10 as Human Rights Day.
World AIDS Day
December 1, 2008
Worldwide the estimated number of people living with HIV is over 33 million.
An estimated one million Americans are living with HIV.
WAYS YOU CAN TAKE ACTION:
- Join the “Facing AIDS: World AIDS Day 2008” Campaign
- In four easy steps, you can help reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS:
- Take a picture of yourself wearing a red ribbon. Be creative!
- Add the photo to your social network profiles, Twitter, blog, and/or website before December 1. Leave it up for at least a week.
- Add your photo to the “World AIDS Day 08” Flickr group!
- Encourage your friends to do the same and to promote HIV testing!