Discussion in 'Cannabis Pictures' started by MzJill, Dec 17, 2006.
Subcool and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Merry Xmas to you too......
A candy cane is a hard cane-shaped candy stick. It is traditionally white with red stripes and flavored with peppermint; however, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colored stripes of different thicknesses. The candy cane is a traditional candy surrounding the Christmas holiday, although it is possible to find them throughout the year.
The candy cane was originally a straight, hard, and all-white candy stick. The cane shape is traditionally credited to a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, legend has it, in 1670 bent straight sugar sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's staff, and gave them to children at church services. Whether the choirmaster had the "Good Shepherd" in mind is unknown. Another theory is, as people decorated their Yule trees with food, the bent candy cane was invented as a functional solution. Peppermint candy with red stripes first appeared in the mid-19th century in the Swedish town of Gränna, and striped candy canes in the early 20th century.
In Swedish the candy canes are called polkagris (literally "polka piglet"). The aforementioned Swedish town Gränna is called the "polkagris capital of the world".
Apocryphal tales suggesting the candy cane was created wholecloth (usually by an AmericanProtestant, usually described as being an unnamed candy maker in 1870sIndiana) to represent Jesus. The white in the candy cane is for His purity, one bold red stripe for the blood He shed, three thin red stripes for the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), and the general shape for the J in His (Jesus) name and/or to represent the cane of a shepherd. This has become a popular story in recent years and a factual basis for this is pending.
that is some very dank bud in that picture
candy canes and bud, two great things
I know what I want for Christmas!!!
Mistletoe is an evergreen plant well-known for its association with oak trees and Druids first documented by Pliny the Elder who wrote about the ceremonies of the Celtic Druids in Gaul in his Naturalis Historia. These Druids held the oak in particular veneration, used oak leaves in their ceremonies, and regarded anything growing on oak trees as having been sent from heaven. On the rare occasions when mistletoe was found growing on an oak, it would be gathered with great ceremony. A priest in white clothing would cut the mistletoe with a golden sickle and allow it to fall onto a white cloak; two white bulls would then be sacrificed. According to Pliny, it was believed that mistletoe in a drink would make any barren animal fertile and that it was a remedy for all poisons. Special powers are attributed to mistletoe by a wide range of cultures, both within Europe and further a field. The use of mistletoe as an all-heal and a cure for barrenness is reputed to have a very ancient history.
Mistletoe seeds disperse in late summer or autumn. Seeds are “shot” like tiny bullets powered by water pressure from within the fruit. The sticky seeds adhere to needles on nearby branches.....
Seed dispersal distance varies with mistletoe species. Large ponderosa pine mistletoe plants can shoot seeds up to 50 feet and sometimes farther. Tiny Douglas fir mistletoe plants seldom shoot seeds beyond 10 feet. Larch and lodgepole mistletoes shoot seeds up to 30 to 40 feet. Overall, for all species except Douglas fir, most mistletoe seed lands well within 30 feet.
The link between mistletoe and fertility persists to this day in Britain in the tradition of kissing underneath bunches of mistletoe at Christmas. In the early 19th century, it was traditional for each man who kissed under the mistletoe to remove one berry. Once all the berries are gone, so has the potency.
Poinsettias are flowers native to southern Mexico, Central America, and Africa. They are named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant in the U.S. in 1825.
In the U.S., poinsettias can be found in the wild in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Alternative names for the poinsettia are Euphorbia pulcherrima, Mexican flame leaf, Christmas star, Winter rose, Noche Buena and Pascua.
In areas outside its natural environment it is commonly grown as an indoor plant where it prefers good morning sun then shade in the hotter part of the day. However they are widely grown and very popular in subtropical climates such as Sydney, Australia.As this is a subtropical plant, it will likely perish if the nighttime temperature falls below 10° C (50° F) so is not suitable for planting in the ground in milder climates. Likewise daytime temperatures in excess of 21° C (70° F) tend to shorten the lifespan of the plant.
The Poinsettia can be difficult to induce to reflower after the initial display when purchased. The plant requires a period of uninterrupted long, dark nights for around two months in autumn in order to develop flowers. Incidental light at night during this time will hamper flower production. When watering it is important to allow the plant to drain out any excess water. Having a Poinsettia sit in water can do harm to the plant as it prefers moist soil to direct water.
A Mexican legend explains how poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas. Apparently, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on Christmas Eve picked some weeds from the side of a road. The child was told that a humble gift, if given in love, would be acceptable in God's eyes. When brought into the church, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers and the congregation felt they had witnessed a Christmas miracle.
The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexico's early Christians adopted the Poinsettias as their prized Christmas flowers. The Mexican Poinsettia, known as the Christmas Flower in North America, is used in most Christmas decorations.
A snowman is a man-like figure constructed from balls of compacted snow. The image of a snowman is popularly connected with Christmas and is embedded in Western culture. Building a snowman is a popular winter recreation for children. There are countless styles of snowmen across different cultures, but all of them follow the same basic principles.
A snowman can be constructed by rolling a large ball of snow for its body. A second (and often a third), smaller ball is placed on top, as its head. Facial features, such as eyes and a mouth, are added using coal, small stones, or buttons. A nose may be added, using a piece of fruit or a vegetable, such as a carrot; sticks are sometimes added as arms. Snowmen are often depicted with a pipe and a hat.
In the United Kingdom, snowmen commonly are built with two balls of snow, whereas in the United States the 'three-ball method'.
In Lithuania, a snowman is called "a man without brains." As a sign of protest against their government, in the winter of 2005, Lithuanians made 141 snowmen near their parliament—one for each member of Parliament. Japanese snowmen, or snow daruma usually consist of two, instead of three, snowballs. Twigs are used for arms, pieces of charcoal are used for facial features, and a bucket is used for a hat.
very nice weed.. looks tasty!
A Christmas stocking is an empty sock or sock-shaped bag that children in the United States and some other cultures hang on Christmas Eve so that Santa Claus can fill it with small toys, candy, fruit, coins, or other small gifts when he arrives. These small items are often referred to as stocking stuffers or stocking fillers. In some Christmas stories, the contents of the Christmas Stocking are the only toys the child receives at Christmas from Santa Claus. Tradition in western culture dictates that a child who behaves badly during the year will receive only a piece of coal.
By tradition, the stocking is hung on the fireplace, but, since many modern homes do not have fireplaces, stockings may be hung in almost any location.
The tradition started up in Germany. One traditional practice is to reserve the stocking for five gifts that stimulate each of the five senses, for example:
... Something to eat, like fruit or candy.
... A toy or other item that makes a noise (this can even include nuts to crack).
... An item that is visually pleasing in any way like jewelry, cuff-links or a coloring book.
... Something that has tactile appeal such as modeling clay, a soft toy, lingerie or a pair of novelty Christmas socks.
... Any item with a distinctive scent such as bubble-bath, cologne, perfume, etc.
Originally, children simply used one of their everyday socks, but eventually special Christmas stockings were created for this purpose. Today, stores carry a tremendous variety of styles and sizes of Christmas stockings, from small and conservative, to long and stretchy, to gigantic.
happy xmas you lucky lucky bastards
In most homes when Christmas is celebrated, people either chop down their own Christmas tree down and bring it indoors to decorate, or they buy one from a Christmas tree lot. Evergreen trees are used which began as a custom in Germany. It is said that this particular tree, which is green all year round and never loses its beautiful fragrance, symbolizes the never changing love of Jesus Christ. Young children wait for the arrival of presents from Santa Claus, a name derived from the original St. Nicholas who lived in the 4th century. St. Nicholas would deliver presents in secret to those in need in his small village. Christmas is one of the holiest of calendar days in the church year for Christians, as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,who came to save sinners from a life apart from God. Through the sacrifice of Christ's life, 32 years later, mankind would have the ability to be forgiven by God for sin as well as the promise of receiving ever-lasting life after death. Jesus was not actually born on December 25th, but the church made that day a feast (Probably also to counter other paganrites that took place at that time of the year. The feast to the god Mithras is said to have been held at that time).
History of the Christmas Tree:
Did a celebration around a Christmas tree on a bitter cold Christmas Eve at Trenton, New Jersey, turn the tide for Colonial forces in 1776? According to legend, Hessian mercenaries were so reminded of home by a candlelit evergreen tree that they abandoned their guardposts to eat, drink and be merry. Washington attached that night and defeated them.
The Christmas tree has gone through a long process of development rich in many legends.
Some historians trace the lighted Christmas tree to Martin Luther. He attached lighted candles to a small evergreen tree, trying to simulate the reflections of the starlit heaven -- the heaven that looked down over Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve.
Until about 1700, the use of Christmas trees appears to have been confined to the Rhine River District. From 1700 on, when lights were accepted as part of the decorations, the Christmas tree was well on its way to becoming a tradition in Germany. Then the tradition crossed the Atlantic with the Hessian soldiers.
Some people trace the origin of the Christmas tree to an earlier period. Even before the Christian era, trees and boughs were used for ceremonials. Egyptians, in celebrating the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year -- brought green date palms into their homes as a symbol of "life triumphant over death". When the Romans observed the feast of saturn, part of the ceremony was the raising of an evergreen bough. The early Scandinavians were said to have paid homage to the fir tree.
To the Druids, sprigs of evergreen holly in the house meant eternal life; while to the Norsemen, they symbolized the revival of the sun god Balder. To those inclined toward superstition, branches of evergreens placed over the door kept out witches, ghosts, evil spirits and the like.
This use does not mean that our Christmas tree custom evolved solely from paganism, any more than did some of the present-day use of sighed in various religious rituals.
Trees and branches can be made purposeful as well as symbolic. The Christmas tree is a symbol of a living Christmas spirit and brings into our lives a pleasant aroma of the forest. The fact that balsam fir twigs, more than any other evergreen twigs, resemble crosses may have had much to do with the early popularity of balsam fir used as Christmas trees.
Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus Mz Jill!
My very favorite present this year will be the Jillybean seeds I just ordered from cannaseur on Dec 5th in hopes it will get here in time for the holidays..... You go girl. That's one treat that will be welcome under my tree!
WOW... nice... lol merry xmas to you too!
Damn, how about I come spend my vacation with you guys, itll be like I was never there.
Your pictures makes my mouth water...
christmas card ideas?
very nice pictures
MzJill those pictures were amazing thank you, I'm drooling.
and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Quanza to everyone
Happy Festivus... indeed!
Happy Holidays to all of you, thank you for checking out my thread
Here are a few shots from Christmas' past.
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