Happy Holidays!

It’s the end of your first full semester in the BPS program – Congratulations!

Now is the time to relax and celebrate the season.

Happy Hanukkah!

  • Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday to celebrate the commemoration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd Century BCE.
  • In 2011, Hanukkah will be celebrated beginning at sundown December 20th through sundown December 28th.
  • Hanukkah holiday traditions include lighting the Menorah – a candelabra with 8 candles, giving of gifts to family and friends, eating foods like latkes, doughnuts, and cheese, and playing dreidel.

Festivus – It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!

  • Festivus is a holiday celebrated on December 23rd of each year. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you know all about it.
  • Festivus is celebrated with a Festivus pole (an unadorned, aluminum pole), the Airing of Grievances at the Festivus dinner, and Feats of Strength.
  • Ordinary occurrences are known as Festivus miracles.

Merry Christmas!

  • Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrated on December 25 to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas is a time of giving.
  • Christmas holiday traditions include the Christmas tree, presents given to family and friends, Santa Claus, Christmas cookies, Yule logs, Midnight Mass at some Christian churches, and more.

Joyous Kwanzaa!

  • Kwanzaa is a holiday to celebrate African-American heritage and culture. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and was celebrated for the first time in 1966-1967.
  • Every year Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26 through January 1.
  • Kwanzaa holiday traditions include decorating homes with art, colorful African cloth, sharing libations in a common chalice. Kwanzaa also celebrates with a candle-lighting ritual.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, enjoy and be merry! Get ready for the Spring semester – registration ends January 13th.


Sources: Festivus; Hanukkah; Kwanzaa; Christmas

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Study Fuel

The holidays are approaching and a recurring theme in holiday celebrations is food.

Don’t forget to keep up with your BPS studies while chowing down on turkey and stuffing this week and, while you’re studying, try these foods to fuel your study sessions.

1)      Complex carbohydrates – these can include whole grain breads, whole wheat or whole grain pastas.

2)      Fresh fruits and veggies – these will keep your blood sugar stead so you don’t crash in the middle of writing that big paper.

3)      Omega-3 fatty acids – find these in fish. These are good for your heart as well as your head.

4)      Above all: balance! – Keeping your study-foods balanced will help you through the long haul.

Of course, once you finish your paper or you’re ready for your test, you can always reward yourself with a nice cookie. :)

Keep up the hard work and happy holidays!


Source: http://dailyuw.com/news/2008/nov/24/positive-energy-a-study-on-study-foods/