Its already the end of the year 2011.
Can you imagine that this year is actually already over?
I experience time as very fast running nowadays.
It’s like as if time is going faster and faster every year, every week, every hour of my life.
I am not sure if that is because I am getting more and busier or if it is happening because I am getting older and as a child time seems to stop.
Anyway, why do we care soo much about time?
All the lives we live in past memories or future happenings.
For sure we live in the present too, but more with our body, our mind is always somewhere else.
Having spent the better part of my life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives, I have come to believe that in between these two extremes is peace.
We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. ~Art Buchwald
History of Sylvester/ New years day
In the 1st January was Julius Caesar of the Roman Empire.
This was a bloody day then. Romans used to execute Jews is masses.
Janus is the Roman god of doors and gates, who as 2 faces, one looking into the past and the other into the future.
Later on, the Romans were famous for the way they celebrated the new years, by organizing drunken orgies.
As Christianity spread through Europe many is this kind of Pagan celebrations and dates were abolished.
By the early medieval period, most of the Christians regarded Annunciation day (March 25) as the beginning of a new year.
After that, the Norman French, William the Bastard, became king of England and the new year’s dates were changed to the old Roman ways.
Unfortunately for him, the dates were moved back later on to March 25.
But in 1582, Pope Gregory VIII decided to abandon the Julian Calendar, which resulted in the transfer of the new year’s celebrations to the 1st Jan.
The Christian church would force the Jews to be present for Christian mas, under pain of death, on the new years day.
The Christian church then confiscated all literature of the Roman Jewish communities. 1000 were tortured and murdered.
Throughout the medieval and post-medieval period, January the first – supposedly the day on which Jesus circumcision initiated the reign of Christianity and the death of Judaism.
The new years day was the day in the year when Christians would go hunt down and Jews and their families.
The Israeli Term for New years night celebrations, “Sylvester” was the name of the “Saint” and Roman Pope who ruled during the Council of Nicaea, around 325 C.E.
Sylvester then convinced the Roman Emperor Constantine to prohibit Jews to live in Jerusalem.
All Catholic “Saints” are awarded a day in the year on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that saint’s memory.
December 31st is Saint Sylvester day – dedicated to Sylvester’s memory.
Since a new fresh year is starting, I thought of my new year’s resolutions.
I tried many times in the past to follow those aims, but I usually always took it very lightly.
This new year I have planned to live a bit healthier.
I am sure lots of you might include this little resolution in mind and might want to try out some new fresh recipe ideas.
For this occasion, I had kept a simple organic breakfast/ dessert idea, Fruit Salad with Flax Seeds.
There are 2 types of flax seeds, brown and golden variations.
This seed is one of the most nutritional foods in the world, with fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids.
Additionally, it is low in carbs which makes it a great food for those who follow a low carb diet and for those who want to lose weight.
Further, it is filled with different types of Vitamin D and minerals as Manganese and Magnesium.
The seeds are very oily and so get rancid very quickly. Best is to store them in a fridge.
Flax seeds are difficult to digest for our stomach and so have to be soaked in whole overnight before you consume them or you can grind them too to flour.
I heard from my friends and read many times while surfing the web, that one should only have it raw and not in cooked food or the Nutrition might get destroyed.