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31 December 2018
It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut
It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut

 

It's Tradition: Pork and Sauerkraut
 
There’s nothing I like better than a tradition mixed with a little superstition. I personally can’t celebrate the incoming New Year without the memory of my grandfather’s voice proclaiming, “We have to have pork and sauerkraut or this year’s going to be an unlucky one.” As a kid, I had no idea what he was getting at, but the tradition has persisted in my family. After all, who doesn’t want the coming year to be a fortunate one?
 
It was only recently that I was able to figure out what all the superstition was about. It’s a combination of Pennsylvania Dutch and German roots. While it has a lot to do with the way the harvest [of cabbage aka sauerkraut] and butchering seasons fell around the holidays, it also has a fun idea behind it.
 
The lore is that a pig roots forward in search of food while a chicken scratches back. In other words, it’s an instruction to look forward to the New Year rather than back at the old one. According to my grandmother, eating any poultry for the New Year will cause all your happiness to fly away with the feathers. The trick behind getting everyone to eat sauerkraut is that it’s green like cash money. [I’ve never found sauerkraut to be green unless it’s gone off so I think that one is more of my grandfather getting us kids to eat our odd-smelling vegetables.]
 
So, here in Pennsylvania, our New Year’s Celebration has a unique smell. Whether you can get behind our tradition or have a fun one of your own, have a Happy New Year!
26 December 2018
Twas the Night Before Christmas... Why Can't I Get In?
Twas the Night Before Christmas... Why Can't I Get In?

  

It’s that time of year again. We’ve put up our tree, our wreath, our many [many] lights. The tree is lit, the house is lit, the whole neighborhood is lit. It’s nice to admire our beautiful handiwork from the front yard. It’s nice to come home after work to our beautiful well-lit house. It’s nice to—hold up… Why isn’t the garage door opening? Why isn’t the remote opening the door? Guess the universe wanted you to have a little more time to admire your beautiful decor.

Just when you thought you were finished fighting with the lights… Truth is, all those beautiful holiday decorations can play havoc on the garage door opener. It runs on a radio frequency and all kinds of things that you wouldn’t expect can suddenly interfere with your remote opening your door—anything from a new refrigerator to that darling inflatable Frosty in the front yard to your neighbor’s new surround sound. Radio waves can travel pretty far, run into plenty of things, and then stop.

So, if your remote suddenly stopped working [or started working very sporadically], you might want to evaluate what changed inside your house. Try unplugging a few of those new decorations. If you still can’t get the remote to behave, come on down to A.B.E. Doors and Windows, where we can test the frequency your remote is sending and you can admire our lights while you wait.

You have enough to worry about with the holidays coming. Let us take care of the garage!

16 December 2018
Safe Home - Safe Travels: Tips for Both This Holiday Season
Safe Home - Safe Travels: Tips for Both This Holiday Season

 

 

“There's no place like home.”~~~Dorothy-The Wizard of Oz

 

According to AAA, the time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve will see the highest number of people traveling. Over 93 million people will be making their way to visit loved ones near and far. Unfortunately, this time of year also sees an increase in home break ins. Let's not let that information deter you from leaving your home. A little planning and common sense will ensure your home and your family stay safe during this busy time of year.

 Safe Home  

Although it may be tempting, don't broadcast your travel plans on social media. You never know who may be following your page. Let's not give any criminal a heads up to your activities.  Those pictures of you and all the cousins wearing matching PJ's can wait till you return.

 The use of lights on a timer inside the home is an excellent deterrent, as most burglars will look for signs of no one being home.  

 

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