We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! In the new December issue of Jensen’s Healthy Home News, you’ll learn about some weird Christmas traditions, how to get gravy out of carpeting, and get some healthy holiday eating suggestions. There’s lots more, including the Mega Trivia Question—the first six people who call with the correct answer will win a $15 gift certificate to Pizza Ranch. Click Jensen’s Healthy Home News to download the complete newsletter. Here are some highlights:
Weird Christmas Traditions
Let’s go around the world to find some of the most bizarre Christmas traditions and lore:
Czech Republic: A pair of matchmakers. On Christmas Eve, unmarried Czech women stand with their back to the door and toss one of their shoes over their shoulder. If it lands with the toe facing the door, it means that they’ll be married within the year. If it lands with the heel facing the door, they’ll be single another year. (Perhaps it’s better than marrying a heel, though.)
Japan: All I want for Christmas is…KFC. Forget the Christmas turkey. For many Japanese, traditional Christmas dinner is Kentucky Fried Chicken. Due to a combination of tiny Japanese ovens and a clever marketing campaign convincing locals that fried chicken is a traditional American Yuletide feast, reservations have to be made to eat at a KFC on Christmas Day. During the run-up to Christmas, Colonel Sanders statues outside KFC’s Japanese outlets wear Santa gear. Demand is such that an online service has been created: order your Christmas Family Bucket in advance and have it delivered.
Other traditions around the world include:
- Greenland: Likes to eat raw whale skin and decomposed birds
- Wales: Parades the town carrying a horse skull
- Ukraine: Decorates trees with spooky spiders
- Iceland: Fears a wardrobe-judging cat
- Norway: Hides brooms to stave off witches
- Venezuela: Skates to Christmas mass
Q: Help! Our holiday feast became a bit rowdy, and gravy was spilled on our carpeting. How can I get it out?
A: Remove as much of the gravy as possible, using a spoon or other tool. Next, sprinkle cornstarch onto the spilled gravy, and let it soak up the gravy for approximately 15 minutes. Then, vacuum or sweep up the cornstarch, which should have absorbed some of the gravy and grease. Depending on the size of the spill, you may need to repeat this step once or twice. Next, using a spray bottle and a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, evenly mist the spot, and use a clean cotton towel to absorb the mixture and the spot. HINT: Stand on the towel to absorb more of the spill and cleaning solution. Repeat 2-3 times as needed.
Joel says: Remember, spots and stains can be tricky, and certain cleaners and techniques can cause permanent damage. Call Jensen’s anytime for a free quote if you’d like us to take a look.
Don’t miss out on a pre-holiday cleaning–Call now!
The countdown has begun. Many of our clients have responded to our reminders about calling us early for pre-holiday carpet cleaning, but if you are one of those people who still needs to grab an appointment waiting much longer can be…A real bummer.
It happens every year, like clockwork. At the eleventh hour we get a desperate phone call from a dear client who has let “clean the carpets before the holiday guests arrive ” slip to the bottom of their “to-do list.” Unfortunately, when they call we’re usually already booked solid. Instead of healthy, clean carpets before the holidays, this client often finds themselves on our “cancellation list” with their fingers crossed.
Please don’t let that be you this year. You can still have your tired carpets transformed into fluffy, clean carpet. You can still have all your spots and spills removed. (The ones that have been bugging you since last Christmas.)
You still have a little bit of time to call us and grab a pre-holiday cleaning appointment, but only if you call now. So if you want your carpets to shine for your guests, parties and celebrations please don’t wait one more day… grab your phone right now and call or text us at 920-393-4062 or contact us by email email@example.com. Just say or write in the subject line “Pre-Holiday Cleaning Now! (Find the “click for MONTHLY SPECIAL” button on the home page).