The concept and structure of Christmas hasn't changed much since its inception. In its infancy, Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn (also held in December). The pagans had long worshiped trees (as did other historical cultures) and would bring them into their homes and decorate them, something that influenced our modern holiday decorations. While certain things such as gifts and ornaments have b...
We all know one of the most beloved family dinner favorites is pot roast! But, did you know it is also one of the easiest to make? In this tutorial, learn how to season and prepare your roast for a nice long simmer in a Crock Pot. All this recipe takes is about 10 minutes of prep, and some patience while it cooks. No family table is complete without this American tradition!
In this two-part cooking tutorial, learn how to make delicous & easy, tradition Christmas pudding with Sue McMahon, cookery editor at Women's Weekly. To make this pudding you will need the following ingredients: mised dried fruit, brown sugar, plain flour, white bread crumbs, shredded suet, two medium eggs, mixed spice, ginger, Guiness, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and brandy. Set a light to your pudding and wow your next holiday party with this beloved Christmas classic dessert dish.
With this two-part painting lesson, you'll learn how to paint "Three Friends of Winter," a traditional Chinese motif depicting pine, plum and bamboo — three plants admired for their beauty and, in Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, said to be representative of good virtue.
In this tutorial, we learn how to properly eat green mangoes the Vietnamese way. The ingredients you need are: washed cold green mangoes, a peeler, a plate, sugar, a spoon, a bowl, and fish sauce. First, peel your mango until it's all the way free of the skin and cut the mango into slices. Now, in your small bowl you will pour in fish sauce and add in sugar, then mix together. Now, you can dip your mangoes into the sauce and eat as much as you like! This is a delicacy in Vietnam and how they ...
Tired of the same old boring hamburger every time you grill out? Start up that smoker and let Rock and Roll BBQ's Travis Randall teach you to the time-honored tradition of beer Can chicken. Cook traditional beer can chicken.
Alien invaders are a constant threat, so it is important that filmmakers continue their long tradition of making educational films like Independence Day to ensure that we know what to do when the invasion comes. If you want to make aliens films yourself, watch this video for tips on using compositing to replace the sky and make an awesome UFO / flying saucer.
Looking to make your Google Nexus One or HTC Evo smartphone even better? Unlock your phone's full computational potential while following in a tried-and-true geek tradition: Install Linux on it! This video guide presents a complete, step-by-step walkthrough of the process. For more information, and to get started installing the Ubuntu Linux distribution on your own Android smart phone (without blowing out your phone's Android installation), take a look!
If you are looking to celebrate the Day of the Dead in style, check out this tutorial. In it, you will learn exactly how to apply makeup to your face so you like like the Sugar Skulls, a Mexican tradition.
Tradition says slice the turkey at the table, but we think your guests will just as happy with a pretty, plated presentation. Watch this video to learn how to properly carve a turkey this Thanksgiving!
Pecan pie is a Southern tradition, and is oh-so-yummy, so having a great recipe is essential. In this video, Betty shares her fabulous pecan pie recipe. Betty's recipe has been proven yummy for over 40 years! Just try and resist eating this delicious pie!
Bake a red velvet cake whenever you want to serve a dessert that’s as beautiful as it is delicious. You Will Need:
Caramel popcorn is a great American tradition - whether you are at the ballgame or the movie theatre, everyone loves this tasty treat! In this tutorial, Betty shows you how to make this sweet and salty staple at home, fresh out of the oven. So, grab a blanket, your favourite flick and cuddle up on the sofa with this delicious snack!
Alright, let's be honest, blues guitarists can get stuck in a riff rut and then everyone ends up singing the blues. In this video, Robert Renman shows you how to break out of the mold and bring some life into your licks. Using the A Minor blues scale, Robert shows you how to create interesting phrasing and ideas to let you put your own stamp on a long, long tradition.
Like the marvelous and awe-inspiring stained glass windows at Gothic cathedrals and churches, staine glass cookies offer a beautiful glimpse into history and tradition. With see-through tinted windows and intricate designs, these cookies are as interesting to look at as they are good to eat!
In this tutorial, Andew "Tank" Lanning takes to the streets of South Africa for a step by step on how to blow that vuvuzela. So, get up and participate in the tradition by blowing your own horn this year at the FIFA World Cup finals. You'll want to save up your energy, though! South Africans play this horn for the FULL 90 minute game! Phew!
Learn how to prepare a delicious Dominica/ Creole dish with this recipe video.
The days leading up to Christmas are arguably the most exciting days of the year, as they're filled with Christmas present shopping, baking Christmas cookies, and decorating ye olde Christmas tree and the house. Start a new tradition this year by counting down to Christmas with an advent calender.
Even though Christmas and the winter holidays have now passed, January is just as chilly and requires equal amounts of hot chocolate and steaming hot baked goods from the oven to warm your kids up after getting a good chill outside.
The number of Korean people that still make kimchi (or Kim Chee) from scratch is dwindling, but no store bought brand will ever taste as great as homemade. In this tutorial, take a trip to New York and visit Yu Um Chon, a great grandmother who has made kimchi over 10,000 times for her family. She will show you exactly how to make this tasty salad and offer you a few tips she has developed over the years (like adding a bit of artificial sweetener to make the salad less slimy). Follow along wit...
Beef brisket is a delightful tradition that all families will love. But, brisket can be one of the hardest things to BBQ. Check out this tutorial if you are having trouble. This recipe works very well.
Before the feminist movement gained prominence in America, there was a man named Al Capp. Capp was creator of the hillbilly comic strip Li'l Abner (1934-1977), and in 1937, his Sadie Hawkins Day spilled out into reality as the pseudo-holiday practiced throughout schools and colleges, where girls asked boys to the dance.
Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery teaches in this video how to make a British favorite dish: sticky tofee pudding. This tradition dish is served warm and in often during the winter. Phil soaks the dates in boiling water and baking soda to bring out more of their flavor for the dish. While the dates are soaking, he starts creating the sponge part of the cake. With basic ingredients combined, he creates his sponge cake in a way more like a batter than your tradition method of making a sponge cake. Ne...
This tutorial shows you how to make chainmail following the tradition European four in one method. You'll need many small metal rings of uniform size and some metal pliers (work gloves are also recommended!) Afer you make each individual unit, you're also shown how to bring them together in a larger piece.
The esteemed tradition of Chinese watercolor goes back thousands of years and hasn't changed much in terms of composition, subject matter, and materials used. So back then as much as today sky dieties and kings would sip green tea outside pagodas perched high above the clouds, surrounded by monumental mountains and far removed from mortal space.
Pixel Basher is a new online game available from Armor Games. It has it's feet firmly planted in the Breakout! tradition, featuring a platform, bouncing balls, and blocks that need breaking. This video shows you how to use Cheat Engine 5.6 to hack the game, changing it's associated numerical values to make the game easier and more fun.
Throwing a Halloween party or looking to send some treats to school with you kids? Look no further! In this video, learn how to make really cool mummy themed Halloween cookies that everyone will love. These little crowd pleasers are perfect for any age and will soon become a holiday tradition in your household.
It's a Chinese tradition to eat long noodles on New Years Day, ensuring a long, healthy life. Try these cold sesame noodles.
Garret Brown's original Steadicam® is an icon that revolutionized filmmaking. Being the first and the best, it naturally and justifiably commands a premium price. It is for this reason that homemade DIY Flying Camera Supports have been around since at least 1977, just one short year after Mr. Brown's invention. With this tradition in mind, learn the two fundamental principles behind the Steadicam and how to build your own Flying Camera Support by watching this video filmmaking tutorial.
In this video, JD, from Tying It All Together, demonstrates how to tie a knot known as a "Ringbolt Hitch". This is also known as "coxcombing". This type of knot was once a common tie used by sailors to dress-up items and parts of their ships. When tying a wheel, a "Turk's Head" knot was used to cover the part of the wheel where the two ends of the ring bolt met, which would firm up the hitch, and help to keep the tied ends from unraveling. It is a nautical tradition to use this type of knot t...
Oftentimes female style and tradition in the Middle East leaves little room for self-expression. This is where makeup comes in. Women covering their heads and bodies can personalize their look by applying dramatic makeup to their faces. Check out this tutorial and learn how to create a beautiful, exotic makeup look. This look is dramatic and inspired by the beauty of the Middle East. It is not difficult to accomplish if you follow along with the step by step. Start enhancing that lovely face ...
The Autumn Blaze maple tree is one of the iconic American trees, turning much of the eastern and central United States into an orange explosion during the fall. If you want to add some of that beauty and tradition to your yard, watch this video to learn how to find the right place to plant one, taking into account the relevant soil, shade, and space concerns.
Think you might like to dress like Playboy Bunny in the tradition of Debbie Harry this Halloween? Let this Halloween how-to be your guide. In it, you'll find detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a convincing and eye-catching Playboy Bunny look.
Talk about taking the adage "count your lucky stars" literally. This video demonstrates the birth and making of origami lucky stars, also known by their street name, puffy stars.
Chinese tradition has always honored lotus flowers. Essentially, the lotus flower represents peace, creativity and purity amid adverse surroundings. This is a perfect subject matter for sumi ink painting. Watch this instructional painting video to practice painting lotus flowers with ink and watercolors.
Generally, most people don't run properly due to their reliance on shoes. Shoes train you to walk from the heel to the toes instead of using the balls of your feet. Walking the tradition way causes your knees to lock. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to walk and run properly like a practitioner of Parkour.
Tiramisu is a long standing dessert tradition. It's delicious and can bring back memories of great times. This tutorial video will show you how to make an excellent tiramisu.
This video will show you how to origami an elephant from a towel. This has long been a standing tradition of cruise ships, and today, you can learn it too. Just be careful, some people might think it's a real origami elephant.
The American tradition of the buffet supper is shown in its simple preparation. A "must" for the homemaker or hostess. That any intelligent person would care enough about this subject and think it is so important as to make a film about it is astounding. Martha Stewart must have grown up on this.
Every Christmas, the fireplace mantel is transformed from a simple shelf to a center of tradition, beauty, and elegance. Watch Julie's tips on how to create an easy-yet-stunning mantel garland, complete with candles.