When it comes to baby names, it seems as if anything is acceptable, especially nowadays. From fictional characters to foods to random, obscure words, baby name trends are getting more outrageous as more parents get incredibly creative with their children’s names. Check out our top picks for the most unforgettable and absurd baby name trends of the past several years. Continue reading
Here at Doozy Cards, we love helping people share special moments with family and friends with original eCards, but we also love helping those in need and we believe in giving back to our community. That’s why we donate a portion of our proceeds to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels–the largest privately funded meals program in the U.S. – every time someone signs up for a membership St. Vincent provides over one million nutritious meals every year to homebound seniors and others that are too weak, ill or impoverished to buy or prepare food for themselves. Continue reading
No matter how old we get, most of us will always be kids at heart. At Doozy Cards we love celebrating that kid in all of us and helping people spread the laughter and love of childhood to everyone they know. And do you remember all of the fun toys you used to dream about or ask your parents for your birthday when you were a kid? Well, just because you’ve grown up on the outside, doesn’t mean you can’t still dream of toys today: they may just look a little different that your childhood ones.
Let’s take a look at some of our favorite childhood dream toys and compare them to what toys we might dream about today:
Toy Cars vs. High -End Sports Car
Over the decades kids have loved playing with toy cars of all types. From wooden ones to matchbox cars to fancy remote controlled ones: you’d race them around, make engine and tire noises, and build awesome obstacle courses. Now that you’re grown up, the cars of your dreams are a bit bigger, a lot faster, and you don’t have to make any sound effects for them. How about a sweet new Porsche, a Lamborghini or a Tesla for your driveway? Continue reading
We absolutely adore holidays at Doozy Cards–celebrating, days off school and work, great food–but these days it seems like there’s a holiday everywhere you turn! We’re not talking about just your classic ones like 4th of July or St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve noticed more holidays for seemingly everyday things like National Pizza Day (Feb. 9th), National Chip and Dip Day (Mar. 23rd), and even National Gummi Worm Day (Jul. 15th)! There are even tons of non-food holidays like National Friendship Day (Aug. 2nd) and National Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14th)!
Don’t get us wrong; we love eating pizza and dancing like a chicken, but where did all of these holidays come from and who decides when and what we celebrate? Is there some magical Wizard of Oz-type person that decides? If so, he or she must really love food and hugs! And let’s say you wanted to start your own special holiday, how would you do that? Well, it turns out there are a few different answers regarding where we get all of these holidays: Continue reading
Are you Jewish and you have friends who have no idea what Passover is about? Are you gentile and you have always been curious about exactly what Passover is and wanted to learn more about the holiday? Well, you’re in luck! We at Doozy Cards, want you to be able to impress your friends and family with all of your amazing Passover knowledge. Read on:
When and Why
Passover, also known commonly known as Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the most-celebrated Jewish holidays – even by non-observant Jews – and can mean different things to different people. It can represent a celebration of springtime, a chance to gather and eat with family and loved ones, an acknowledgment of birth and rebirth, and, most significantly, can commemorate a journey out of slavery to freedom for the Jewish people.
Passover takes place on the 15th day of the month of Nissan in the Jewish calendar, usually around April, and lasts for seven days. This year it starts on Friday, April 3rd. The holiday commemorates the liberation of the Jewish people from 210 years of slavery in Egypt 3,300 years ago. This is also known as The Exodus and is described in the Torah, the most sacred Hebrew religious text. The English name for the holiday, “Passover”, comes from the final of 10 plagues told of in the story of Passover, in which the homes of the Jews in Egypt were “passed over” by God’s avenging angel and their first born sons were spared.
Food at the Passover Seder and Other Customs
One part of Passover that with which most people are familiar is on the first two nights of the holiday, when a special meal, called a Seder, is prepared and various customs and ceremonies are performed. Many people look forward to eating the food that is prepared for the Seder, as well as the story that is told and songs that are sung. During the meal, a Seder plate is placed at the center of the table with different foods on it to represent the story of Passover, including bitter herbs for the bitterness of slavery, salt water for tears shed during slavery and a lamb shank bone to symbolize the sacrificial lamb offered to God.
You’ve also probably heard of matzoh, the unleavened bread eaten during Passover, which represents the unleavened bread the Jewish people ate in the desert after fleeing Egypt because they did not have time to let their bread rise as they left in a great hurry. A favorite food eaten in the Seder is Matzoh ball soup. Maybe you’ve even heard some hilarious matzoh ball jokes or even seen some singing matzoh balls! Another favorite is gefilte fish. During the course of the meal four small glasses of wine (grape juice for the little ones!) are drunk to represent the four expressions of freedom in the Torah.
Fun for the Kids
Passover is, importantly, for children in the family, to educate them about Judaism, the meaning of its history and customs. A favorite Passover tradition, especially for kids, is the hiding of the afikomen, a small piece of matzoh that is broken off and hidden somewhere around the house. Children are then asked to search for the afikomen and whoever finds it receives candy or a prize!
Just as part of the Passover tradition involves opening a door to the house to welcome the prophet Elijah, it is also traditional to invite guests to a Seder, Jewish and gentile. Are you planning to celebrate Passover this year or attend a Passover Seder with a friend? Tell us about some of your favorite Passover traditions in the comments section, and remember to send a hilarious Passover eCard.