Nov 02 2012
Three winners of our Fall Photo Contest were announced this week. We're thrilled to congratulate the winners for their fantastic photo entries on our Facebook page.
1st Place: Corey M. with 528 votes
2nd Place: Mahi B. with 514 votes
3rd Place: Elyssa B. with 471 votes
It was a close competition, congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone for participating. Be on the look out for more fun Princeton Properties Facebook contests.
Tags:Facebook, Photo contest, Fall Photo, Princeton Properties contests
Oct 31 2012
As we dawn our scariest costumes and unwrap our favorite Halloween candies does it ever cross your mind - why? Why do we celebrate Halloween? October 31st, straddling the line between fall and winter, Halloween appears at a time of transition from plenty and paucity, is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as "trick-or-treating". In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
Happy Halloween everyone - note the "Princeton Zombie" pictured in this post! Have fun and be safe.
Tags:halloween, celtic, all souls day, all saints day, candy, costumes
Oct 11 2012
The Mayonnaise Jar.
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health, friends, and favourite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.” he said.
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you...” he told them.
“So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled and said, “I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”
Tags:Mayonnaise Jar Lesson, priorities, golf balls, coffee, important things
Sep 05 2012
The Boston Globe recently published an article about Salem, MA. It was titled "Salem without its masks, Night and day, city offers sights, scenes, arts, history, and food." We often think of visiting Salem in October given the amount of Autumn festivities and Halloween events offered in the "Witch City". But the Globe correspondent, Steve Holt points out the many attractions offered in Salem year round! There are even a number of self guided walking tours throughout the city, available for download here: Salem Walking Tours
Top 10 Highlights from the Boston Globe article:
1. Strolling For Snacks - check out Mike and Honey Green Grocer at 32 Church Street, a local favorite!
2. Secondhand Salem - stop into Witch City Consignment and Thrift at 301 Essex Street, known to many locals as "Jerry's Army-Navy Store".
3. Kids' Corner - Enjoy toys and games at Mud Puddle Toys at 221 Essex Street for kids of all ages.
4. Treat Yourself - Beverage break! Enjoy coffee or a pint of craft beer at The Gulu Gulu Cafe at 247 Essex Street.
5. Dinner time - In the mood for dark wood and plush chairs? Check out the warm and cozy Tavern on the Green at 18 Washington Square for a historic and tasty meal.
6. Stay the Night - Sleep over at the family-owned Salem Inn, 7 Summer Street originally built in 1834.
7. Revolutionary Brunch - On the outside, it's a late-18th century coffeehouse, on the inside it's Red's Sandwich Shop, 15 Central Street.
8. Cultural Shop - Salem's cultural and artistic jewel, the Peabody Essex Museum is a must see located at East India Square.
9. Still Hungry? - Enjoy your second brunch at the Scratch Kitchen, 245 Derby Street for a casual and fun atmosphere, frisbee-sized pancakes or a North Shore beer.
10. Historic Endings - Before you head home, take the time to walk down Derby Street which showcases the Custom House, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, House of Seven Gables and many more of the city's first homes.
Enjoy your visit to fun and historic Salem, MA!!
Tags:Salem, Massachusetts, Tourist attraction, Boston Globe
Aug 01 2012
We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s “Summer e-Reader Sweepstakes”. Congratulations to the three individuals who are now the proud owners of the newest Kindle Fire! In addition to reading your favorite books poolside on this vibrant color touchscreen devise, your new e-Reader gives you access to movies, apps, games, music, reading and much more! There is even cloud-accelerated web browsing. Yippee!
Drum roll please……congratulations to:
Mohan S. of Keene, NH
Ryan A. of Lowell, MA
Bridgette C. of Norcross, GA
We hope the three lucky winners enjoy their new Kindle Fires. Thank you all who participated, Princeton Properties certainly enjoyed hosting the sweepstakes. Be on the look out for more fun Princeton Facebook contests.