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The origins of Mardi Gras

Did you know? On Mardi Gras and the period leading up to it, families would feast on all the foods they would give up during Lent. Pancakes were popular items during this time because they are made from eggs, fats and milk. Although many people no longer abstain from all of these foods, the custom of filling up before giving foods up has remained.
The following article, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives interesting facts and origins about Mardi Gras.

Myra Miller

How to declutter your home

Do you tend to clutter your home? I try my best to tackle clutter or junk at my home on a quarterly basis.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives you tips on how to tackle clutter.
Tackle rooms such as the garage, basements, bedroom closets, and pantries, or those areas that tend to accumulate clutter the fastest.
Clutter can be a major source of stress that affects how individuals feel about their spaces.

Chocolate linked to Valentine’s Day in the 1800s

How did chocolate become tied to Valentine’s Day?
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, explains the sweet link. After reading the article, I learned more about traditional chocolates at Valentine’s Day, different kinds of chocolates and their origins, how popular name brands of chocolates came about, and much more.
Chocolate has been considered a special gift for centuries. It became linked to Valentine’s Day in the 1800s.

Facts about February

Today is January 31. It’s hard to believe that the month of February is upon us. It seems like we just celebrated New Year’s Day.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives interesting facts about the month of February.
Despite being the shortest month of the calendar year, February has an interesting history.
Early calendars marked the start of the new year in March, but when the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius, rose to the throne in 713 BC, he synchronized the calendar to the lunar year. That required the addition of January and February.

Seven ways newspapers benefit students

Newspapers provide a welcome break from tablets, smartphones and computers, and kids may have fun flipping pages and getting a little ink on their hands.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives ways in which newspapers in classrooms can benefit students.
Classrooms have come a long way since the days when pioneering settlers would send their children to single-room schoolhouses. Modern classrooms might be technical marvels, but one less flashy learning tool remains as valuable as ever.

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