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The Hanukkah Holiday!

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Happy Hanukkah, Boys and Girls!

How do you celebrate this holy day of Judaism, the religion of the Jewish community? I’ve written a number of Blog posts to explore the history and the meaning behind these honored eight days, but here are some totally new facts about Hanukkah that you maybe didn’t know. Check out these three interesting points:

Enough Sufganiyot for Everyone!

Sufganiyot is a traditional doughnut treat that folks really fill up on during this celebration! First, the doughnut is deep-fried, then filled with jam or custard, and then topped with powdered sugar. There are about 17.5 million of these oily, little doughnuts eaten in Israel and during Hanukkah. That’s a lotta doughnuts!

You'd Better be Gambling in There…Why are dreidels such an icon of the Hanukkah holiday celebration?

Ever wonder how the dreidel became such a popular Hanukkah tradition? Well, back in the days of Greek oppression, studying the Torah was considered illegal. When the Greeks would make surprise raids, these quick-thinking students would stash the Torah under a sheet and start rolling a dreidel as though they were playing a simple, gambling game all along. Pretty sneaky, eh?

Are You Sure it’s Supposed to be Eight Days?

Yeah. Hanukkah is celebrated over the course of eight days, but the miracle of the oil really only lasted seven, right? When the Maccabees recaptured the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, it’s true that they found a jar of oil to use that was naturally supplied to them—nothing miraculous, you might think. But including the front day in the celebration signifies that everything of the ‘natural’ world is a miracle from God.

Did you already know any of these holiday facts about the celebration of Hanukkah? We hope you learned something today! And be sure to check out our new Hanukkah print apparel that we have available for the holiday by clicking here! And, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


You've Got Time...

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Hey, Seasonal Shoppers!

Despite what efforts we tend to put forward in our gift-giving this time of year, unfortunately, things don’t always go the way we plan. As crummy as late deliveries are, they happen—even when you made for absolutely sure that you’d have an on-time arrival. At Everything Summer Camp, we understand the importance of gift-giving and we want to help make sure that your gifting goes just the way you had planned this holiday season!Please direct your attention to the holiday map for easiest holiday ordering!

Order from Everything Summer Camp and you can rest assured that your delivery will arrive on time; we put it out in this convenient, little map when exactly you need to order by. It’s our hope at Everything Summer Camp that your gift-giving goes off without a hitch. SO, please allow me to call your attention to our handy holiday map.

This helpful, color-coded map eliminates any misunderstanding about how early you need to place your order on our website to have it ship to you on time. Of course, delivery times vary throughout the country, but, personally, I don’t like procrastinating, so I like to urge people to order as early as they can—better safe than sorry!

And that’s why I’m sharing the magic numbers with you of 1:00pm on December 17. That’s the time and date for everyone in the contiguous United States to go by for guaranteed delivery by December 24. If you want gifts any earlier, order accordingly!

Note that December 17 may be early for some of you; Everything Summer Camp is based in northwestern Wisconsin, so if you live in Wisconsin, most parts of Minnesota, or another nearby area, you have the luxury of placing your order as late as 1:00pm on December 20, but don’t push it too far! Happy holidays, Everybody! Get your orders placed with us on time and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Don't Dally in December!

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Hey, Smart Shoppers!

We hit Black Friday and we hit it hard this year! Sales continued past Cyber Monday. And after that, our Holiday Sale went into effect! Starting last week, Tuesday, we hope you’ve all had ample time to take advantage of the slashed prices on a plethora of our camping gear selection!

HOWEVER!

Get the last of your holiday sale shopping in and take advantage of our great deals while you still can!If you didn’t get your chance to grab all the discounted gear you wanted just yet, it’s still not too late! This is your final call before our Holiday Sale comes to an end. Get to your last minute shopping today while sales last!

Read on for a quick break down and links to take you straight to products you’re in which you’re interested:

First, C&N Camp Trunks and Pop-Up-Soft-Trunks are marked $10 off AND if you select your camp through the homepage on our site and enter in your camp code, you’ll get an additional $10 off! We also have new Candy Pink Holiday Apparel which we’re putting at a staggering 35% off! And, lastly, find Crazy Creek Chairs, Sleeping Bags, and Laundry Bags.

There are literally hundreds of discounted products on our site, so roll up your sleeves and shop while there’s still time!

If you’re still reading this and you have gear that you want to grab for a super-nice price, I suggest you stop reading right now and hop over to our homepage so you can start shopping—pronto!

To everybody else, tune in tomorrow to get details on our Shipping Cutoff time for the holidays so that you can rest assured that your delivery will arrive on time. Enjoy stress-free shopping for the holiday season when you shop Everything Summer Camp—the way this season is supposed to be! Till next time, Camp Fans! And, as always, thanks for reading.

 

- John


Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas

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Hey, all you good girls and boys!

Today is St. Nick’s Day—a sort of precursor to Christmas Eve in which this jolly ol’ elf makes a visit to our houses and leaves a small gift. It’s typically a bowl of ripe produce like apples and oranges and maybe a couple of tasty chocolate treats too. But I think it’s mostly just about getting kids of all ages excited about the coming Christmas visit that he’ll make!

More than 1700 years ago, before he was known as Santa Claus or he got the nickname Kris Kringle, he was known as Nicholas. As a young man who lost the both of his parents to sickness, Nicholas used his inheritance from his parents to give to the poor and help the sick people in his community.jolly ol' St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way!

Even in a society that rarely sought justice, Nicholas went through the trouble and risk of imprisonment in order to continue helping those in need. He even thought of sneaking on rooftops and dropping gold coins or medicine or toys down folks’ chimneys. 

Despite his deeds of goodwill—or more so because of his deeds of goodwill—St. Nicholas eventually was imprisoned. A law that claimed he could not help out his fellow man was something that he could not abide and so he rebelled against it by continuing his acts of goodwill. For this, he was made to spend 20 years in jail.

When finally released from prison, the Roman government had shifted its views on Christianity and Nicholas simply continued the life of goodwill he had started before his imprisonment. He was eventually made into a saint for his unending generosity. Since he’s never stopped his tradition of giving, to this day, girls and boys find presents magically waiting for them on Christmas morning.

Happy St. Nicholas Day and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Get a Good Look at Camp Nor'Wester

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Hey, Camp People!

We here at Everything Summer Camp consider ourselves more than just your summer camp gear supplier and we hope that you feel the same. After all, we do our best to go above and beyond simply selling summer camp gear; we want to help point you in the right direction of what you can get out of the summer camp experience, we try to give you a glimpse of what the summer camp lifestyle is like, and we try to introduce you to camps that are potentially a great fit for your camper in particular.C&N Camp Trunks are certainly the camp container of choice!

One way we try to help is through posting these Summer Camp Spotlights on the Blog. These posts give a virtual, little tour of the great camps with whom we’ve created helpful relationships! And today, we’re swinging our spotlight over to the West Coast on John’s Island in Washington State to show you around Camp Nor'Wester.

Their one-of-a-kind property features 135 acres of breathtaking landscapes. With more than 10,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, the area includes wetlands, open meadows, and diverse forests. The old Nell Robinson Ranch at the west end of Johns Island, in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, Camp Nor’Wester now proudly sits on this ancestral land of specific Native tribes. With respect, the camp  acknowledges the previous owners of the land and shows its gratitude for their stewardship.

With great facilities on their land, Camp Nor’Wester offers a slew of cool activities! Take advantage of their great waterfront with fun activities like Swimming and Sailing. Test your adventurous side with their Ropes Course and Climbing Wall. You can test your skills in Archery and get competitive with games like Soccer, Frisbee, and Capture the Flag. And enjoy quieter activities like Watercolor in the Craftshop or Nature Journaling in some peaceful outdoor setting.

Nor’Wester is more than accommodating for their campers, offering them the awesome experience of living in a canvas tent. Nor’Wester tipis and tents are built upon wooden platforms and house four campers each. Campers are shown proper means of maintaining tidiness and comfort in their canvas homes and are provided nearby shower houses with a heavy push for sustainability.

If Nor’Wester Camp sounds like it could be a good fit, be sure to check it out for your own summer camp experience  and get a better look on their website. Enjoy looking forward to your next summer camp excursion and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John