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A sweetheart’s love is great. A dog’s love is even greater. But a mother’s love is the greatest. This is a slightly paraphrased Polish proverb and the gospel truth. A mother’s love is an inexhaustible resource that gives, supports, and protects life, happiness, and strength.

One day a year definitely isn’t enough to express all of the gratitude we have for everything our moms do or did for us. But still, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to tell our moms once again how much we love them and value their care about us through all the years.

How do you know that Christmas is coming? You don’t need a calendar to know it, right? You just feel it when you hear Dean Martin’s or Frank Sinatra’s Christmas songs in the local mall. Or when you suddenly come across a new holiday commercial from Coca-Cola. Or when your kid informs you that she will be Santa’s elf in a school play.

At such moments you realize that along with searching for a nice elf outfit you need to start hunting for presents, to remember where you put those boxes with Xmas ornaments, and to plan an unforgettable celebration in detail.

Have you already got enough candies and chocolate in reserve? Have you already decided where you’re going to place these big pumpkins? Oh! Hope you haven’t forgotten about absolutely outstanding costumes for your nearest and dearest, and for yourself, of course?

No? Phew! Then you’re almost ready to celebrate the sweetest national U.S. holiday. And we aren’t talking about St. Valentine’s Day now, seriously. If you are native to New England, you probably know it as Cabbage Night. You are highly likely to call it Devil’s Night if you live in Detroit. Or it might be more familiar to you as Gate Night if you come from the Middle West. Fortunately, in any case you mean no other holiday but Halloween! Or the night of October 30th and 31st, to be precise.

When Christmas holidays with their cozy home hustle and warm family dinners are gone, when there seems to be no more place for wonders and winter weekdays look all the same, – St. Valentine’s Day will come to cheer us up and once again adorn our homes and town shop windows with hearts, angels, flowers and other cute little things. The morning of February 14th will make us remember how important it is to tell our second halves that we love them and how wonderful it is to know that we are loved.

It is Christmas time again! How wonderful it is to repeat these words! Day after day more and more shop windows are getting decorated with smaller and bigger Santas and their reindeer, while the neighborhood is gradually turning into a fairytale town with numerous lights sparkling cheerfully as the evening comes. Beautiful Christmas songs are playing everywhere, and the spirit of the great holiday is hovering over houses and streets.

Thanksgiving originated in the former US in 1621, the day the first Pilgrims gathered their first harvest in the New World. The first celebration is believed to be attended by 90 Native Americans who actually taught Pilgrims to grow unfamiliar plants, particularly corn and beans. Turkey is the reminder of the 'Four Wild Turkeys' served at the first celebration, and the other traditional foods for the holiday are pumpkins and cranberries which are of North American origin as well.

Seems like it is the right time to carve pumpkins, check the number of intact candles and prepare a good basket of various sweets! Halloween is coming! Very soon, with all its festive spirit and fun, it will light up numerous jack-o’-lanterns, call kids to go trick-or-treat, and carry mouthwatering smells of delicious treats.

When it comes to the holiday home adornments and menu, Halloween time can always inspire you to create something really striking. Pumpkin lanterns and scarecrows, bats and spiders as well as the whole range of ghosts, witches and mummies will give your fantasy a good push and help you to come up with plenty of original and truly spectacular Halloween decorations.

In order to save your time for other holiday preparations, we have decided to look for some outstanding savory and sweet bits for your great menu on this All Saints’ Day, which could perfectly adorn your table and amaze your guests. Bet, they will add a few scarily awesome hints to the variety of your holiday treats, and surprise your nearest and dearest with their appearance and deliciousness.

Cheer up! It is October 2016, and again Halloween is coming with all its mysteries and magic. Noiseless, they will creep into our homes. The goldish glow of jack-o’-lanterns will light our rooms, and the cool October air will bring the delectable smell of a home-baked pumpkin pie.

Indeed, today it is completely impossible to imagine this fall holiday without its, probably, the brightest and most symbolic attribute. Pumpkins of all sizes and diverse colors are known to successfully serve both as quite a multifaceted festive home decoration and a multifunctional cooking ingredient.

So let us see how this wonderful fruit has appeared in Halloween traditional celebrations.

Seriously, one of the reasons to choose the first Monday of fall for Labor Day celebrations was the rather long time period with no holidays at all, from Independence Day in July to Thanksgiving Day in November. That is more than four months. So, in 1894 the very first September Monday was officially proclaimed an annual federal holiday. However, its history is also tightly connected with workers’ strikes and demonstrations which took place in the late 19th century, right at the height of American Industrial Revolution. Their aim was to affirm the American workers’ rights to safe working conditions and adequate wages. Nowadays we can see clearly that it was successfully achieved despite all the difficulties and obstacles.

Have you ever heard of Saint Patrick’s Day? Do you know that this holiday is popular not only in Ireland but in all over the world? Nowadays, people celebrate it everywhere, especially in the United States, Canada and Australia. This holiday is also celebrated in many other places far from Ireland, including Russia, Japan and Singapore.

You can easily avoid the rush on Valentine's Day and surprise your beloved with a special surprises throughout this romantic day. It's not only the restaurant dinner, by the way, which can also be done by yourself, but also the whole day full of love and care. You can start it with delicious breakfast in bed for you soulmate, than create some extraordinary appetizers, spend your evening with romantic homemade dinner and finish it with festive dessert.

Marky's gourmet blog has prepared some Valentine's Day ideas and recipes for you and your sweetheart. Enjoy!