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Christmas, my favorite time of the
Christmas season has become quite commercial
with displays in stores as early
as October, most know the reason
for Chirstmas is to celebrate the birth of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the beginning of
Christianity. It is true we are not
sure of the exact date when Jesus was born. Some
say it was during the spring months, but it is by
tradition established more than 2,000 years ago
that we celebrate His birth in
Christians and many non-Christians know the
story of the birth of Jesus in Bethleham 2,009 years
ago, His life and death on the cross to save our souls
and his ascension into heaven, our Easter celebration.
However, at this time we are commemorating His
birth and what it means to the world and to you.
However you spend Christmastime, I
hope you open your heart to everyone in your
family, to your circle of friends, to
strangers, and most of all to Jesus Christ.
There are no strangers on Christmas
Foods to Make for the Christmas Season
Browse our collection of
recipes in Cyber Kitchen and in our Christmas
Recipes sections will make you
want to fire up your oven and
whip out a mixing bowl. You can
also download cooking and baking
Recipes from other parts
of the world: European ~ African ~ Asian and Pacific Islands ~ North and South American Native
Recipes ~ Jewish Recipes ~ Jewish Cooking in America.
Holiday Season is Baking Heaven in
Stacey Reszler's friends in Wisconsin call her
culinary skills a gift. Her husband, Jim, jokingly
calls them a disorder.
"My husband says I suffer from CFD - chronic feeding
disorder. I love having people over. That's the Greek in
me. Everyone has a gift; this is mine," she said.
"Christmas is special. I always have a tray of
cookies put together, and it makes it very convenient
and easy to see a friend and say, 'Come on over for some
tea and cookies.' You don't have to plan way ahead," she
said. We have Stacey's recipes in our Christmas
Christmas in the San Francisco Bay
2008 Window Wonderland
The holiday season is upon us. If this
realization makes you feel stressed and overwhelmed,
counter it with something meaningful and something
mirthful: Head over to Geary Street, along and near
1. The San Francisco SPCA Holiday
Windows at Macy's
170 O'Farrell and Stockton streets (at
Geary Street): Inside the Macy's windows on this corner,
homeless kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need of
loving homes romp, play and nap. If you're considering
adoption, talk to the SPCA representatives here. Each
adoptable animal is medically and behaviorally screened,
vaccinated and spayed or neutered. They go home with a
30-day gift of pet health insurance, a free dog or cat
advice DVD and more. Through Jan. 1. www.sfspca.org.
2. Safeway Holiday Ice
Union Square: Whether you aspire to become
the next Shizuka Arakawa or haven't skated before, at
this ice rink it doesn't matter. Put on a pair of
skates, hold on to the rink's railings, wobble, fall
down or gracefully glide along the ice. $4 for children
8 and younger and adults older than 55; $8 adults (50
cents more per person after 6 p.m. Friday). 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday. Skates $4 each and hockey skates $5
each. Through Jan. 4. (415) 781-2688. www.unionsquareicerink.com.
3. Emporio Rulli il Caffè at Union
Stockton and Post streets: If skating
isn't your thing, or you'd like to take a break
afterward, pop into this lively Italian cafe adjacent to
the ice rink. Order up a prosciutto panini sandwich, a
caprese salad, a glass of Italian wine or a beer, a
scoop of house-made gelati, a slice of an Italian cream
cake or a house-roasted specialty coffee. Then grab a
seat at a table outside, which affords views of skaters,
backdropped by a soon to be lit 80-foot Christmas tree.
(415) 433-1122. www.rulli.com.
4. See's Candies
350 Powell St. (at Geary): Whether it's
milk chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil for Hanukkah;
a Christmas tree-shaped box filled with butterscotch,
chocolate, cafe latte and vanilla lollipops; egg nog
truffles; or classic nuts and chews, entering this
old-fashioned candy store, with its familiar
black-and-white decor, is a holiday tradition for many
in the Bay Area. (415) 434-2771 www.sees.com
5. Lefty O'Doul's
333 Geary St.: For generous portions of
American comfort food, along with a glimpse back to
1950s San Francisco, stop in for a traditional breakfast
or a hofbrau-style lunch or dinner with choices such as
hand-carved meats. Named after San Francisco native and
baseball great Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, who played for
the New York Giants and worked as a coach and manager
for the San Francisco Seals, the spot holds lots of
baseball memorabilia. (415) 982-8900. www.leftyodouls.biz
6. American Conservatory
415 Geary St.: Remind yourself of the true
significance of the holiday season with the American
Conservatory Theater's endearing production of Charles
Dickens' poignant tale "A Christmas Carol," playing next
Thursday through Dec. 27. Tickets: $14-$102. (415)
The Union Square Garage, 333 Post St.,
between Powell and Stockton streets. Rates range from
$5.50 for up to two hours to a maximum of $31. Lost
ticket: $31. Open 24 hours, seven days a week. (415)
BART: From the Powell Street Station, take
the Ellis/Stockton Street exit to Stockton Street and
walk one block up to Geary Street. By car: From the Bay
Bridge, take the Fremont Street exit. Turn left onto
Howard Street and turn right onto Third Street. Cross
Market Street and turn left onto Geary Street.
Tree at Union Square
Lighting Event to Benefit UCSF Children’s Hospital
Lights for this year’s
Macy’s annual ceremony celebrating the lighting of an
80-foot Shasta fir in Union Square — the traditional
kickoff to the downtown holiday shopping season — are on
sale, with proceeds benefiting UCSF Children’s Hospital.
The tree is adorned
with 21,000 twinkling, energy-efficient LEDs and 1,500
red and gold ornaments.
Light Displays Around the Bay
Interactive Map: 2008
holiday lights around the Bay Area
Do you like to drive through neighborhoods
to admire the decorating people do to their homes?
Well, now you can find out where they are on an
Interactive Map for
Holiday Light Decorations to Drive By Around the Bay
Is your house decked out for the
holidays? List your favorite Bay Area holiday light
displays on our interactive map, then click the add
button to include your house or one that you recommed
worth driving by.
Sausalito's Yacht Parade of
Dozens of yachts and other
boats decorated for the season will light up the
Sausalito waterfront for the annual holiday parade. This
year's event, sponsored by the Sausalito Yacht Club and
the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Dec.
13. If the night is a clear one, the San Francisco
skyline will provide a dramatic backdrop. www.sausalito.org
Details: 6-8 p.m., along the
Sausalito waterfront, from the north end at Clipper
Yacht Harbor. Judges' station at the Yacht Club. Free.
32nd Annual Lighted Yacht
Encinal Yacht Club —
32nd Annual Lighted Yacht Parade, Dec. 6. Parade will
begin just after sunset, around 5:30 p.m. This year's
theme is "An Old-Fashion Christmas." Spectators can
watch the parade from any waterside restaurant along the
Alameda/Oakland Estuary. Public viewing areas will also
be available at Wind River Park, Alameda and Jack London
Square, Oakland. Details and parade route: http://www.lightedyachtparade.com
Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
The historic estate in
Oakland is celebrating 38 years of gracious tradition.
This elegant 37-room mansion set on 50 acres is spruced
up to welcome the holidays with a full schedule of
festivities. Follow docents dressed in Edwardian
costumes on house tours through decorated rooms, each a
unique statement of jewel-toned ornaments, garlands and
whimsy. Come for a cozy tea in Dinkelspiel Cottage or
breakfast with Father Christmas, stay to enjoy puppet
shows and holiday music and then shop for treasures and
ride the festive trolley on a one-mile track around the
Details: 2690 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland; (510)
615-5555; www.dunsmuir.org. 11
a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21. Cost: (Advanced
tickets) $12 general, $7 children 6 to 13. Tree lighting
ceremony: 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Check Web site for dates
and prices for teas and breakfast with Father
The Great Dickens
Eat roasted chestnuts
and make beeswax candles. Step into your favorite
Charles Dickens novel at San Francisco's Great Dickens
Christmas Fair, November 28 to December 21. The streets
of 19th-century London come alive inside the Cow Palace
where you can meet characters from A Christmas
Carol, Oliver Twist, Nicholas
Nickleby, and Great Expectations. Kids can
try their hand at being "printer's devils" at an actual
1860s printing press, learn to tie intricate knots and
sing sea chanteys with the Paddy West sailors along a
re-creation of a dock, and create holiday gifts such as
rolled beeswax candles and miniature wreaths. Info: dickensfair.com.
The Oakland Holiday Parade
has not only become Northern California’s premier family
event, but has become recognized as " America’s
Children’s Parade. In December 2007, the eighth annual
parade attracted more than 100,000 children of all ages
to the streets of downtown Oakland and received
television coverage in more than 21 markets throughout
the United States, Canada and overseas. Come see
the parade Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. For
more information, click the image.
Christmas on a
you're on a tight budget this Christmas consider
browsing local flea markets. This list gives you
dates, times and locations.Bay Area Flea
The Christmas Tree
therory of the history of the Christmas Trees goes back
to the 7th century when St.
Boniface, a monk from Crediton,
Devonshire traveled to Germany to teach the Word of
God. He used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree
to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the
Fir tree as God's Tree, as they had previously revered
the Oak. By the 12th century it was being hung
upside-down from ceilings at Christmastime
throughout Central Europe as a symbol of
Then in the 1500's the trees were turned
upright and decorated with paper, fruits and sweets.
Then in 1600's trees were decorated with ribbon,
tin shapes, small books and lace as well as food,
In the 1700's candles adorned the
Mark Carr opened a retail Christmas Tree lot in New York
City, the first in the United States. And in 1856,
Franklin Pierce, our 14th President, brought the
first Christmas Tree into the White House. In 1923,
President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas
Tree Lighting Ceremony now held every year on the White
According to the National Christmas
Tree Association, there are
approximately 30-35 million Real Christmas Trees
sold in the U.S. every year. The top Christmas
Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina,
Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington. (See
a Complete List of all 50
states ranked by several
The top selling
Christmas Trees are: balsam fir, Douglas-fir, Fraser
fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and white
Christmas Trees Work provides an avalanche of
interesting information and photos about Christmas
trees: fresh cut, living, or artificial.
California Christmas Tree Association has a listing of all the
certified Christmas Tree Farms in the state, plus
information on where to find certified trees and how to
choose a tree. Take a day
trip to a
California Christmas Tree Farm or to
tree farms in other
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and
produce oxygen while growing.
- North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in
all 50 states and Canada.
- Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide
are manufactured in China, according to the U.S.
Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable
resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable
plastics and possible metal toxins such as
came Santa Claus and his reindeer
St. Nicholas was a man of
faith who lived his life in devotion to Christ. Saint
Nicholas loved children and cared for the needy. He
brings the love of Christ and the healing of Jesus.
When we honor this saint, follow his example of
selfless giving, we honor the Christ Child who
selflessly gave the greatest gift of all—himself.
the evolution of St. Nicholas into today's Santa
Claus: Saint Nicholas and the Origin of Santa
Claus and see the Timeline of St.
Nicholas and the beloved story
Night Before Christmas.
Christmas stories from around the
world and more online
Christmas Stories. One of the cutest and most creative
is A Christmas Story by
Santa Claus ...
You can track
Santa Claus from when he leaves the North Pole on
Christmas Eve. Detecting Santa all starts with
the NORAD radar system called the North Warning
System. It is available in the following
languages: Deutsch, English,
Español, Français, Italiano,
Just click the "Track
than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the
Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked
Santa. The tradition began after a Colorado
Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. store
advertisement for children to call Santa on a special
"hotline" included an inadvertently misprinted telephone
number. Instead of Santa, the phone number put kids
through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations
"hotline." The Director of Operations, Colonel Harry
Shoup, received the first "Santa" call on Christmas Eve
what had happened, Colonel Shoup had his staff check
radar data to see if there was any indication of Santa
making his way south from the North Pole. Indeed there
were signs of Santa and children who called were given
an update on Santa's position. Thus, the tradition was
This powerful radar system has
47 installations strung across the northern border of
North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the
radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the
North Pole on Christmas Eve.
NORAD receives record
number of Santa inquiries
Questions for Santa ...
know, this is Santa's busiest time of the year.
But if it’s re ally important,
click here to send Santa
an email. His helpers
will be sure he gets it.
"Yes, Virginia, there is a
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists
as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists,
and you know that they abound and give to your life its
highest beauty and joy."
~ From Francis Pharcellus Church, an
editor with the New York Sun, 1897, responding to a
letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon
Virginia's letter and the editor's reply. A very
Christmas Around The
Christmas Traditions Around the
. . .
In which language might you like
to say this heartwarming greeting?
the way Merry
Christmas is spoken in other
parts of the world.
or hate it everyone seems to have a story about
fruitcake. I happen to be one of those who loves a
good fruit cake. Notice I
said "good?" That's the key.
years ago my daughter bought me a fruitcake from
Collin Street Bakery and
with one bite I fell in love. Sure, there have
been a lot of fruitcakes I've tossed in the trash, but
not the ones from Collin Street Bakery or the ones I
have on our "Hard to Find Wonderful
Things" page from the Monestary Monks.
History of Fruit
oldest reference to fruitcake dates back to Roman
times. The recipe included pomegranate seeds, pine
nuts, and raisins mixed into barley mash. Honey,
spices, and preserved fruits were added during the
Middle Ages. Crusaders and hunters were reported to have
carried this type of cake to sustain themselves over
long periods of time away from home. In the
1400s the British began their
love affair with fruitcake when dried fruits from the
Mediterranean first arrived.
1700s Europe had a ceremonial
type of fruitcake that was baked at the end of the nut
harvest, then saved and eaten the next year to
celebrate the beginning of the next harvest, hoping it
would bring them another successful harvest.
The previous year's
fruitcakes were eaten as a superstitious hope that
by eating it would insure another successful
early 18th century, fruitcake was referred to
as plum cake and was outlawed entirely
throughout Continental Europe. These cakes
were considered "sinfully rich" and by t he end of that
century laws restricted the use of plum
From 1837 and 1901 fruitcake
became very popular. A Victorian "Tea"
would not have been complete without the addition
of fruitcake. Queen Victoria is said to have
waited a year to eat a fruitcake she received for her
birthday because she felt it showed restraint,
moderation and good taste.
It was the custom in
England for unmarried wedding guests to put a slice of
the cake, traditionally a dark fruitcake, under their
pillow at night so they would dream of the person they
would someday marry.
~ Gingerbread Houses ~
The making of
Gingerbread in North America began with the early
settlers from all parts of Northern Europe. They
brought their family recipes and customs for the making
of this spicy-sweet treat.
built by my
the most part American Gingerbread recipes call for
fewer spices than their European counterparts as bakers
could not get the array of spices common in Europe and
their region in America. For example, Maple syrup
gingerbreads were made in New England while in the South
sorghum molasses was used. Regional variations began
occurring as more people arrived from Europe. In
Pennsylvania, the influence of German cooking was great
and many traditional Germany gingerbreads reappeared in
this area, especially at Christmas time. Make
a gingerbread house and so
much more. Step by step instructions
and photos will guarantee your success in building your own
Gingerbread House by HGTV's Gingerbread House Chef Aaron
Just for fun,
try your hand at decorating this Interactive Gingerbread House.
~ Historic White House Gingerbread
Lincoln: The Great
Emancipator Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary, raised
their two sons, Robert and Willie, in this Springfield,
Illinois, cottage. The only home the President ever
owned, Lincoln and his family, lived here for 17 years
before moving into the White House during the Civil War.
Located on the Ground
F.D. Roosevelt: Purchased by his
father James 15 years before his birth, President
Franklin Roosevelt's lifelong home was a large frame
house called "Springwood" in Hyde Park, New York. The
previous owner had built a three story tower and full
length porch, but James Roosevelt added two rooms,
enlarged the servants' wing, and built a large carriage
house for his horses and
gingerbread houses of the nation's Presidents were created by White House staff members and
displayed in a wintry forest throughout the rooms of the
White House. See all fifteen. It's quite a
The poinsettia (Euphorbia
pulcherrima), also known as the Mexican flame leaf,
Christmas star, Winter rose, Noche Buena or Pascua, is a
sub-tropical plant known for its striking red displays
at Christmastime. They are named after Joel Roberts
Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico,
who introduced the plant in the U.S. in 1825.
Care of Poinsettias
water when the surface soil is dry to the
touch. Then water until it runs freely
out the drainage hole in the container. Discard the
water that collects in the saucer. Do not leave the
plant standing in water. Overly wet soil lacks
sufficient air, which results in root injury.
plant may drop its leaves prematurely, so check the soil
frequently. Plants exposed to high light and low
humidity require more frequent watering. If wilting does
occur, immediately water as described above, and 5
minutes later water again.
your plant near a sunny window where it will have the most available
To keep the
plant in bloom, maintain it at a temperature of 65 to 70
degrees F during the daylight hours and, if possible,
move it to a cooler place at night. Because root rot
disease is more prevalent at temperatures below 60
degrees F, do not put the poinsettia in a room colder
than this. Avoid exposing the plant to hot or cold
drafts, which may cause premature leaf drop.
An excellent guide to keep your
so it will reflower next Christmas
are not poisonous. Even though they are a Euphorbia and
have a milky sap, there reputation for being a dangerous
plant is totally unfounded. Some people may experience
some sensitivity to the sap. If exposed simply wash your
hands with soap and water.
Bracts - What we
commonly call flowers are in fact bracts which are
modified leaves. This is not an uncommon plant feature.
Plants such as bougainvillea and dogwood also use bracts
to show off their colors.
Cyathia - The true flowers of the
poinsettia are small, yellow, round and located in the
center of the showy colored bracts. They will fall away
in a week or two and leave the bracts. If the cyathia
are missing or are being dropped, the poinsettia is not
at it prime and should be avoided.
Kissing under the Mistletoe has long been
a Christmas tradition. Using Misteltoe in
winter celebrations dates by to Druid priests 200 years
before the birth of Christ.
Celtics believed mistletoe had magical healing
powers and used it as an antidote for poison,
infertility, and to ward of evil spirits. The plant was
also seen as a symbol of peace, and it is said that
among Romans, enemies who met under mistletoe would lay
down their weapons and embrace.
associated the plant with Frigga, their goddess of love,
and it may be from this that we derive the custom of
kissing under the mistletoe. Those who kissed under the
mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck in
the following year.
Mistletoe Q & A
Wanna be prepared to do a little kissing, but
can't find mistletoe in your neighborhood? Don't worry,
you can buy mistletoe online at: More Kisses
Decorating your yard for the
decorating the outside of your house this holiday
season, you might be like most of us concerned
about the high cost of electricity. Well, not
anymore! Meet your
new best friend in holiday decorating . . . LED
lights. LED yard
lights use just a fraction of the
energy of regular lights.
Hardware to make dazzling light
Woodcraft Holiday Decorations for your
Stunning holiday displays in
neighborhoods across America
Inflatables - Christmas
for inflatable on Google
inflatables and other Christmas
Christmas Trees and Inflatables Galore -
Unique Christmas inflatables and so much more
to entertain the child in us all - the above photo of a
snow man decorating a Christmas Tree is one of
their creative inflatables.
Jesus is The Reason for the
Still Seek Him
~ The Birth of Christ
us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
The birth of
Narrated by actor Dean Jones,
God's Story is presented in chronological
order and in an entertaining manner. Great for all
Click above image.
blends the elegance and visual power
of a major motion picture with the intimacy of a private
Would you like
to know how to be saved? Click
Are You Going to
Are you sure you know the answer this
extremely important question?
"I Heard the Bells
I heard the
bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols
And mild and sweet the words repeat,
peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how as
the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll'd along th' unbroken song
Of peace on
earth, good will to men.
And in despair I
bow'd my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the
bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."
singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
on earth, good will to men!
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"I wish we could
put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a
jar of it every month."
2008 White House
30, 2008 - The tree
arrives at The White
Remarks During the Presentation of the White House
Christmas Tree on the North Lawn
MRS. BUSH: Well, here we are once again.
This is the eighth time we've waited for the very first
event of the holiday season, and that's when the big
tree is brought. This is the Fraser fir for the Blue
Room. It'll be the great big tree that this year will be
decorated with ornaments from all around the United
States, decorated by artists from all around the United
But this tree is from
North Carolina. And I want to recognize the Christmas
Tree growers from River Ridge Farms, Crumpler, North
Carolina -- Jessie Davis and Russell Estes. They are
both growers and they were picked by the National
Christmas Tree Growing Association -- Growers
Association, and they're represented here, as well, with
Mark Steelhammer from the Christmas Tree Growers
Association, the National Association.
So this is the first event of the
holiday season, and as you all know there are many more
to follow later this week. We'll announce what the theme
is when I give you a tour of this year's decorations. I
will have to say -- just a sneak preview -- that this is
the perfect theme for this year. So I think you'll like
it when we get to see it later this week.
Christmas at the White House
theme is "A Red, Whte, and Blue
White House Christmas 2007
White HouseTree |
Presidential Holiday Cards
| National Tree |
Menorah Lighting |
Bush's Hot Chocolate Recipe
| Mrs. Bush's
a fascinating tour of Past
White House Christmas Trees. You can
order a White House ornament for your
very own Christmas
Enjoy the spectacular 360 degree
tours of the famous rooms in The White House that are
all decked out for
Green Room | Blue
State Dining Room | Center & Cross Halls.
Vermont Country Store - Perveyors of the
Vermont Country Store
was featured on Good Morning America. Where
to find the old-time favorites of Christmas' long ago,
including such novel items as an aluminum Christmas Tree
and electric color wheel. From candy to home
accessories, fashions, fragrances, toys, and so
much more. Definitely worth browsing.
Vermont Country Store
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your
To a customer, service.
To every child, a good example.
Legend has it that in 1670, the
choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany handed
out sugar sticks among his young singers to keep them
quiet during the long Living Creche ceremony. In honor
of the occasion, he had the candies bent into shepherds'
crooks. In 1847, a German-Swedish immigrant named August
Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decorated a small blue spruce
with paper ornaments and candy canes. It wasn't until
the turn of the century that the red and white stripes
and peppermint flavors became the norm.
For 200 years, the candy cane came
only in one color — white
National Candy Cane Day is
celebrated December 26th in the United States
Each year 1.76 billion candy canes
are made — enough to stretch from Santa Clause, IN to
North Pole, AK and back again 32 times.
Ribbon Candy, a colorful “twisted Christmas
candy”, was invented in Winsted in 1883, by Henry O.
Atkins. Mr. Atkins opened his own shop in 1887, and
named it “Atkins’ Kandy Kitchen”. It stayed in business
in downtown Winsted, Connecticut until
Hammond Candy in Colorado is a good source
to buy ribbon candy
A Lump of
Everyone knows that Santa gives all the
naughty girls and boys coal for Christmas, but if you’re
afraid he might have overlooked someone, you can give a
bag of coal yourself. Hammond's in Colorado is a
good buy a bag of coal
Hammond's makes a large selection of
traditional Christmas candy. It's like
turning the clock back to your
With the increasing number of allergies to some
food-dyes, Hammond's has created a full line of handmade
all natural candy containing natural colors and flavors
including lollipops, ribbon candy, candy canes, sour
balls, and hard candies. Browse Hammond's All Natural
"Peace on earth
will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every
~ Helen Steiner
The pickle ornament
A pickle used as an ornament on the
Christmas tree seems odd at first, but
an old German tradition.
When decorating the
Christmas tree, it was a practice to hang the pickle
ornament last, hidden among the twigs.
The first child on Christmas Eve to find the
Christmas pickle ornament would receive an extra gift
from St. Nicholas.
The first adult who finds the pickle
traditionally gets good luck for the whole year.”
an authentic pickle ornament made in Germany
Big kids and adlts can play this
Christmas word search game online. Visit the Wilstar Christmas
for games, puzzles and more.
Here's an interactive
puzzle with a
special message just for
a break and enjoy these little flash shows
snowflakes with these step-by-step
instrucitons. A good project
while watching TV.
Print a copy of this Christmas
Tree for children to
color and to use in craft projects. Or print and color this plain Christmas
Print out a three-dimensional Christmas
Tree and folding instructions. A fun
project for young and not so
Christmas Carols - A site devoted to giving lyrics to
classic Christmas carols.
adorable interactive card
from Dan Klimek and also from
Barbara Jones. And The Snowdog -
animated e-card by Jacquie
For the classiest cards on the
net, see Jacquie Lawson's awesome creations.
Preview Jacquie Lawson's
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"Be always at war with your vices, at
peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find
you a better man." ~ Benjamin Franklin
New Year History
The New Year is celebrated all around the
world though not at a single time. This is because
people in different parts of the world use different
calendars. Some calendars are based on the movement of
the moon; others are based on the position of the sun,
while others are based on both the sun and the moon. All
over the world, there are special beliefs about New
Year's Day History and Traditions Around the
Year's Celebrations Around the San Francisco Bay
It's that time
of year again when many people resolve to improve their
health. The problem is that most good intentions get
derailed within a few weeks.
New Year's Quiz
10 New Year's Resolutions
Popular New Year's Resolutions at the USA.gov
Tips for Making Good New
Make this year
the year you make good on your New Year's resolutions.
This New Year's guide, which features advice from
University of Maryland Medical System experts, should
help. Tips on making
effective New Year's Resolutions
to hang the stockings with care ...
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you enjoyed our Christmas
May you and your family have a safe
and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New
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