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Fireworks are traditionally used to scare away evil spirits from the year to come. In addition to the firecrackers, the celebrations feature music and dancing. And everything is decked in red and gold, signifying luck and wealth…

In China, people made more than 3.5 billion trips this week in order to celebrate with their families. Most traveled from the country’s fast-growing, industrializing cities back to the countryside, to their families’ ancestral homes. The mass movement—called chunyun in China—is a major logistics challenge. It involves hundreds of millions of people and is humanity’s biggest annual migration…

In addition to visiting family, celebrants also traditionally avoid a number of taboos on New Years Day, including taking medicine, washing hair, sweeping, or killing things. To break the rules would be to invite bad luck. –Brian Clark Howard

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a family during the Chinese New Year.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a traditional celebration in your family.

Art Prompt: Chinese New Year

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a humorous story about a family celebration.

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“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. –Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a tough or magical Christmas from your past.

Art Prompt: Christmas presents

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story about a tough Christmas.

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…the Mocovi people [of southern Brazil] make ritual use of mead as a ‘sacred, shared beverage’ at festivals and ‘the natives lived in a constant state of intoxication.’ It was being made this way in 1943 – for there is only one recipe, and it goes back to the dawn of time… No fire is needed, nor even in this case a wooden trough or a cooking pot, which shows that it predates any form of industry. ‘The dried skin of a jaguar or deer was hung up by the corners to form a pouch, into which the honey was poured along with its wax, and then water was added. In the space of three or four days, the mixture ferments naturally in the sun.

The leather pouch, also used over a heart by the Fuegians and Eskimos is certainly the ancestor of the cauldron. –History of Food by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a sacred beverage for your story.

Journaling Prompt: Growing up, cranberry juice was a sacred beverage in our family. We only had it on Thanksgiving. What is your family’s sacred beverage?

Art Prompt: Sacred beverage

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the purpose of sharing a sacred beverage and share a toast with them.

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Christmas is the time to celebrate the love of God.
It is the time to share the blessings of God.
This time is to spread cheer all around.
Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.

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“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
Maya Angelou
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There wasn’t an empty seat at the Grand Ole Opry’s eightieth birthday celebration in October 2005. –The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon by Colin Escott

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene at the Grand Ol’ Opry.

Journaling Prompt: What’s the biggest celebration you ever attended? Tell a story about that event.

Art Prompt: Grand Ol’ Opry

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the traditions of the Grand Ol’ Opry.

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