Welcome to the Carnival of Family Life â€“Bonfire edition
â€œRemember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.â€
In the UK tonight there will be bonfires, sparklers, guys and hot soup. However most of the celebrations were early this year; conveniently over the weekend.
Since Iâ€™m missing out this year on Guy Fawkes Night due to location Let the Carnival take you thereâ€¦virtually.
I enjoyed reading all 55 posts this week and what a smooth transfer from Kailani who did such a brilliant job of starting and promoting this carnival over to your new host, Janie at Colloquium.
When you visit a post, leave a comment if you enjoyed it. We have quite a few new bloggers this week- and we all love comments. Helps us know we’re not alone. If you prefer, try using your social networking sites like Stumble upon, delicious, Twitter,Digg or Sk*irt to spread the word about these wonderful posts. You are a talented lot!.
……..Grab your passports and fly!
In 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up a government building, “The Houses of Parliament”. He was hoping to kill King James I and all the Kingâ€™s leaders. Guy Fawkes was one of a group of men, who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly.
- Jenny presents Weekly Play Time posted at the so called me.
- James DeLelys presents WORDS A Prophecy Fulfilled | New Scriptures: Spiritual Growth, Healing, Help and Comfort posted at New Books.
- Terri Mauro presents Five Ways to Use All That Halloween Candy posted at About.com Parenting Special Needs.
- Matthew Paulson presents The Power Of Attitude posted at Keith Bundy.com.
- Veteran Military Wife presents Don’t Wish for Them to Grow Up and Here’s Why posted at Life Lessons of a Military Wife saying, ” I know at one time we all wished our kids were at the next stage in life…here are some reminders why we shouldn’t be doing that!”
- Alta presents I Gotta Think Simpler posted at Love Country Living saying, “Sometimes numbers just disappear. I tell my boys all the time that we have gremlins and they like to eat things. When a sock is missing, the gremlins took it. When their bedrooms get messed up, the gremlins did it. Last week the gremlins took some of MJ’s numbers. “
On the 5th of November, the king and his leaders were about to meet. So, Guy Fawkes men placed barrels of gunpowder in one of the cellars beneath the building where the king was having his meeting. Guy Fawkes was to light the fuse that would set off the explosion. But the plot was discovered before he had a chance to do this. The king was saved, and Guy Fawkes was hanged.
- Abel Cheng presents How to Choose the Right Toys for Your Children posted at Parent Wonder.
- Jennifer in OR presents a touching moment, You Know Your Mother Has Alzheimer’s When posted at Diary of 1 saying, ” Caregiving for an aging parent certainly has its moments!”
- Brip Blap presents rich mom, poor mom posted at brip blap saying, ” Robert Kiyosaki introduced the world to his Rich Dad, Poor Dad concept – but what about Rich Mom, Poor Mom?”
- Laura presents Play it again: famous (and natural) families posted at Adventures in Juggling.
- Sheila Scarborough presents Is there any doubt about car seats and air travel? posted at Family Travel saying, ” Yes, lugging a car seat onto the plane is worth it, and here’s why.”
- Melitsa presents Teaching young children how to think posted at Play-activities.com saying, ” Easy to use ideas to start the thinking process.”
The tradition of Guy Fawkes-related bonfires actually began the very same year as the failed coup. The Plot was foiled in the night between the 4th and 5th of November 1605. Already on the 5th, agitated Londoners who knew little more than that their King had been saved, joyfully lit bonfires in thanksgiving. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate.
- Aurelia presents Fun Autumn Activities For Kids posted at Real Life Solutions. Easy activities to do with little ones.
- Jen presents In Memory of My Nanny posted at Jen’s Genuine Life saying,”This is a post in memory of my grandmother, who died of
breast cancer 9 years ago, encouraging people to do their regular exams. This is my first time participating in this carnival.”
- Linsey Knerl presents Raising Adult Geeks One Child at a Time….. posted at Facipiers and Stinky Toes.
- Matthew Paulson presents How to Get a Gorgeous Wedding Dress for $300 or Less – FinanceIsPersonal.com posted at FinanceIsPersonal.com.
- Mina Togonon presents A Tough One posted at 24 Hour Paradigm saying, ” We bid goodbye to my dear younger sister who flew to Brunei for her employment. This is one of the major changes we’ve had as a family and I personally take the matter seriously. Facing the days, months and possibly years of being separated with my dear sister is never an easy thing.”
- Super Saver presents A Safe Car for a New Driver posted at My Wealth Builder.
- Dr. Hal presents Nine Ingredients for For Creating a Wonderful Marriage posted at North Star Mental Fitness Blog.
- Robert Bach presents Bug Casting Call posted at Kintropy In Action saying, ” The bugs invade the Kintropy household; no one is safe.”
- Tupelo Kenyon presents What God Wants posted at Tupelo Kenyon saying, “What if the earth’s major belief systems, religions and cultures are based on an inaccurate assumption? What if the fundamental idea, upon which everything else is based . . . is simply incorrect? We have been trying to ‘fix’ the effects of this error for centuries . . . millennia. This life-changing book asks a pivotal question in the spiritual journey of mankind: ‘What does God Want?’ This simple, yet profound question implies another: are we spiritually mature enough to hear the answer? “(Enjoy soothing instrumental music as you read plus songs with lyrics related to each article all free.)
- Silicon Valley Blogger presents 8 Lessons I Learned From The Cheapest Family In The Nation posted at The Digerati Life saying, ” This story is about how the Economides family works as a team to acquire the title of “cheapest family in America.” They’re an inspiration to us all, championing living simply under $35,000 a year after taxes! “
- Leisa presents Speak, think, speak posted at Down with the kids.
- Paidtwice presents When Free Isnâ€™t Really Free posted at I’ve Paid For This Twice Already….
- Christine presents November is National Diabetes Month posted at arewethereyetmom.com.
- Henry Cate presents First Day of School – Part 2 posted at Why Homeschool saying, “Janine writes about the first day in kindergarten for a foster care child we are taking care of.”
Towns and villages light huge bonfires, let off fireworks and burn a ‘Guy’.( A homemade man traditionally made by children.)
The English have been burning effigies to mark Guy Fawkes’ treason for almost 400 years. The tradition started in 1606, the year after the Gunpowder plot failed. In these first bonfires, called ‘bone fires’ at the time, it wasn’t an effigy of Guy Fawkes that was burned, but one of the Pope. It was not until 1806, two centuries later, that the people started burning effigies of Guy Fawkes instead.
- Super Mega Dad presents some interesting issues. Certainly got me thinking. The Adventures of Super Mega Dad – That just ain’t right… posted at The Adventures of Super Mega Dad.
- Free From Broke presents EMOTIONS GOT THE BEST OF US AT THE PICTURE PEOPLE posted at Free From Broke saying, ” It’s tough to say no when your kids are involved.”
- Cathy Loewen presents Family Generosity & Fun posted at Joy Thru Generosity saying, ” When you take the Banana Gang Pledge “you pwomise” (among other things) “to twy to have some fun evwy day”. Here’s an example of how easy it can be.”
- Chief Family Officer presents Potty Training Tip: Buy different kinds of underwear for home and school posted at Chief Family Officer.
- Summer presents an amazing poem Twas the Day after Halloween posted at Summer’s Nook.
- WorksForMom presents Marketing posted at What Works For Us.
Children make a Guy by stuffing some old clothes with newspapers, craft a head out of material, and either draw a face on it or buy a special cardboard Guy Fawkes mask. For a few days beforehand children are pushing guys around in prams, push chairs and go-carts, saying ‘A penny for the guy’. Adults then give them money – how much depends on how good the guy is. The money is then spent on sparklers, or at least it would be, if children were still allowed to buy fireworks in the UK, so it is probably spent on sweets instead.
Penny for the guy
- Ben L presents a lighthearted look at How to change a nappy and live posted at Time for Dads.
- Pickel presents Wait for it… posted at My Two Boys saying, ” Ah, but you won’t have to wait by the time you read this…you can simply visit and enter.”
- Summer presents Get Off Your Butt and Exercise! posted at Mom Is Teaching .
- Lucy presents Getting Rid of the “H” Word posted at An Ordinary Mom saying,” Life is just too good to be passing up while we are rushing here, there and everywhere.”
- Carole G. McKay presents an honest look at the pressures and expectations placed upon children and what we can do about it. Extracirricular Insanity posted at McKay Today.
- Donetta presents When you have a family life comes at you. posted at A Life Uncommon saying, ” When you have a family life comes at you.”
Other popular bonfire fare include, hot apple cider or mulled wine; Parkin cake, thick homemade harvest soup or my favourite Hot chocolate with Cadbury’s flake crumbled on top. ( The Flake is my addition. )
- Kailani presents a interesting discussion on the hidden vegetable phenomenon Deception vs. Nutrition posted at An Island Life saying, “Is it ok to deceive your child if the end result is in their best interest? What do you think?”
- Megan presents WIN $250.00 cash for Christmas posted at Imaginif child protection became serious business saying, “WIN $A250.00 just by talking about child safety? Are you for sure? Yep, child safety and child protection are so important that Imaginif has decided to offer a healthy cash prize for our November competition. Open to international participants too.”
- Host Bee presents some great Thanksgiving fun activities for kids posted at Busy Bee Lifestyle.
- Summer presents If I Could Fix My Life in 5 Classes posted at Your Frugal Family. An encouragement to make a special quilt for Christmas.
- Lisa presents Toddler Thanksgiving Fun – Books, Toys, Costumes & More! posted at Lil Duck Duck.
- Karen presents Another Mile Marker On the Journey posted at Family Briefs.com.
The weeks leading up to this festival the schools and fire service do a lot of talks about the dangers of fireworks and safety as many firework display are done in the back garden by mum and dad. The firework code is repeated, drawn, enacted and learnt every year.
- Aparna presents Burning incense and candles bad for health? posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming , saying, “Burning incense and candles for long has been a part of religious ceremonies and rituals in Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and other major religions of the world. The pleasant aroma emanating from the smoldering incense sticks might send you into a state of ecstasy and trigger the spiritual mood in you but did you know that it causes the release of some harmful pollutants that is hazardous to your health?”
- Summer presents Personalized Quilts – 30 Gifts in 30 Days posted at Creative Mom Cafe.
- Alvaro Fernandez presents Cognitive Fitness: 10 Debunked Myths posted at SharpBrains saying, “Information that can be very useful for our kids, our parents, and ourselves…”
- Stephanie presents Making Christmas Green . . . posted at Stop the Ride! saying, ” These are ideas that are good for your wallet and for the earth.”
- Derek Brown presents Omega-3s can aid mental and emotional disorders posted at Omega 3 Investigations saying, ” The brain’s need for omega-3 fatty acids does not go away post-infancy. Omega-3 deficiencies in adults have been linked to various mental and emotional disorders. In fact, some doctors even think the epidemic amounts of mental illness in modern societies can be traced back to the omega imbalance in the food supply, according to Eat and Heal, by the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing.”
- Deb presents The next one of you with underwear on your head is getting a time-out! posted at Mom Of 3 Girls saying, “One of those phrases you never thought would come out of your mouth! ”
An unusual Bonfire night tradition in Ottery St Mary: men carrying burning tar barrels down the local high street.
- Matt M presents The Degu posted at The Pet Haven saying, ” Here’s an interesting little creature you may want to
consider as your next family pet.”
- Kevin presents Top Toy Recalls in 2007 posted at More4kids Parenting and Family.
- Csara presents Tips for getting the kids dressed posted at Baby Talkers.
- KevinL presents Happy Halloween! posted at Family Of Nine saying,” Just a story and pictures of our family celebrating
- SummerM presents Do You Dine Without Whine? posted at Our Family Village.
- Stephanie presents A Thanksgiving to be Thankful For posted at Unclaimed Money.
Thank you for all the submissions this time. It was fun being your host. Don’t forget to submit your posts for next week’s carnival over at All Rileyed up before Saturday Midnight Pacific time ( Note: the new time).