IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Happy Holidays’ Category

12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at IERNA’s Heating & Cooling hope you have a great start to the year and a fruitful 2015.

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10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Ierna Air, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Every year on the final Monday of May, citizens of America come together to honor those who have served our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day came to prominence after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen soldiers on either side. Although its origins are somewhat ambiguous, it has always been about bringing people together to recognize our country’s military personnel and history. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have served our county.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer. We hope that you have a wonderful day off, and that it is a great start to your summer!

If you need air conditioning service in Lutz this summer, we are here to help!

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Everyone at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling wants to wish you a very happy New Years! We hope you have a fun (and safe!) time saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new.

If you are a person who makes resolutions, why not try to make your home more environmentally-friendly next year? Upgrading your air conditioning system can reduce the amount of energy you need to keep your home comfortable. You can also save energy by adding insulation and sealing any air leaks. A greener home is not only better for the environment, but it also saves you money by reducing your utility bills. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your HVAC system.

Have a great New Year’s Eve!

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Happy Holidays from Ierna’s Heating & Cooling!

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Everyone at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling wishes you a very happy holiday! We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful customers who make our business possible. We look forward to working with you in the future. Have a wonderful celebration, and enjoy this time with friends and family!

And a quick reminder, if you haven’t yet scheduled a maintenance visit for your HVAC system, you could be losing money. Annual maintenance will not only cut down on repair costs, but it also ensures that your system is running as efficiently as possible, which lowers utility bills. A comfortable, efficient home is a gift that everyone can appreciate.

Happy Holidays from Ierna’s Heating & Cooling!

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Metropolitan Ministries Jacket Drive

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Metropolitan Ministries Jacket Drive | Lutz | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling of Lutz, FL will be partnering with Metropolitan Ministries to collect jacket, coats and blankets for the local homeless.

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IERNA’s PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Pumpkin Carving Contest | Tampa | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

OVERVIEW:  Fans can submit photos of their Ierna’s-inspired pumpkin carvings on Facebook or Twitter between Wednesday, October 24th at 8am ET, and Tuesday, October 30th at 5pm ET. Two winners will be selected based on creativity, originality and connection to Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. Each winner will win a family four-pack to Lowry Park Zoo’s Wild Wonderland.  Photos of their pumpkins will be featured on Facebook, Twitter and www.IernaAir.com

ELIGIBILITY: Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Ierna’s Heating and Cooling are not eligible to participate or win a prize.

HOW TO ENTER: A computer, or mobile device with Internet access, is required to participate in this Contest. Registration to become a member of either Facebook or Twitter is required, but registration is free.

A complete Facebook entry includes:

1. An original photo of your carved pumpkin

2. A brief description of the carved pumpkin and how it’s connected to Ierna’s Heating & Cooling

3. A valid email address

Visit – https://www.facebook.com/iernaair?ref=hl#!/iernaair

A complete Twitter entry includes:

1. The link to an original photo of your carved pumpkin, available on public domain (ex. Twitpic, Lockerz, Yfrog, Photobucket, Flickr, etc.)

2. A brief description of the carved pumpkin and how it’s connected to Ierna’s Heating & Cooling

3. The @Ierna’s handle and #Halloween hashtag.

Visit – https://twitter.com/iernaair
Two photos will be selected as winners. The fans who submitted them will be notified by email (Facebook submissions) or direct message (Twitter submissions) and will be required to respond via a valid email address to confirm their eligibility.

No additional methods of entry will be accepted. There is no limit to the amount of submissions any person may submit.

No mechanically reproduced, illegible, forged, software generated, other automated or incomplete entries will be accepted. Contest entries will be deemed null and void and will be rejected if not submitted through authorized, legitimate channels. If a dispute as to the identity of any entrant cannot be resolved to Ierna’s satisfaction, the entry will be deemed ineligible. Entry must be made by the entrant, only in the manner as set forth herein. All other methods of entry are considered void.

All entries become the exclusive property of Ierna’s.  As permitted by law, each entrant agrees that personal information collected in connection with the Contest may be shared with Ierna’s to contact you regarding contest update; information; messages; and for other reasons via electronic and/or ordinary mail.

 

SELECTION: The winner(s) of the Contest will be selected by an Ierna representative(s). Selection will be based evenly on the following criteria:

1. Creativity of the pumpkin carving

2. Originality of the pumpkin carving

3. Connection of the pumpkin carving to Ierna’s Heating & Cooling

Each winner will win a family four-pack to Lowry Park Zoo’s Wild Wonderland, and the photos of their pumpkins will be featured on Facebook, Twitter and www.IernaAir.com. The decisions of Ierna’s are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

The Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions or substitutions except at Ierna’s sole and absolute discretion. Ierna’s reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole and absolute discretion.

Ierna’s reserve the right to remove or deny entry to winner and/or his/her guest(s) who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

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