Just watched Elf!

And it’s just as funny as ever…

Where’s Santa

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Are you watching for Santa?

You and the kids can track Santa’s progress all day and night on Norad’s Official Santa Tracker right here: http://www.noradsanta.org/ He and the reindeer and heading toward Drammen Norway right now…

Happy Solstice!

snowflake-mdThe Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st this year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. At the Winter Solstice, the Sun enters the part of the space-time continuum belonging to Capricorn. This is the official first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The word Solstice is derived from the Latin sol, or “Sun,” and stitium, or “stoppage.” At the Solstice, the Sun appears to both rise and set at the same spot on the horizon.

On or around June 21, the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted most directly Sunward. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience this as the longest day and shortest night of the year. On or around December 21, the Winter Solstice, the North Pole is pointed away from the Sun giving us in the Northern Hemisphere, our shortest day and longest night. It is this tilting of the Earth’s rotational axis that gives us our seasons. If you want more information on how this works, just ask and I can recommend some articles and books that explain it really well. I don’t know about you, but to me, the important part of this is that from here on out, we get a few minutes more of daylight each day, until the Summer Solstice, that is.

Symbols of Winter:

Snow, bare-branched trees, icicles, yule log, Santa Claus with his elves and reindeer, a crèche with Magi and star, etc.

Foods of Winter:

Mulled cider, brandy, eggnog, Julekake, fruitcake, pumpkin, nuts, yams, satsumas, candy canes and fudge, spices.

Colors of Winter:

Blue and white, silver and gold, red and green.

Stones of Winter:

Capricorn is represented by onyx, hematite and garnet.
Aquarius is represented by pietersite, malachite and amethyst.
Pisces is represented by aquamarine, and turquoise and jade.

Activities of Winter:

Skiing and snowshoeing, hanging up lights and decorations, Holiday celebrations, shoveling snow and watching movies like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Christmas in Connecticut, White Christmas, Die Hard, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…

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My Holiday Card

I think you’ll enjoy this whether you celebrate Christmas or not…

Merry Christmas from the animals!

The best part is that by sharing this video with anyone else who needs a laugh IAMs will donate food to shelters all over the USA. So enjoy, share, and have a wonderful holiday.

The Little Drummer Dog…

This is too cute! Make sure to show it to any kids you know…

I can’t stop staring at the husky. Everyone else is moving around and the husky just keeps watching the camera,  like “come on, throw the ball!” LOL

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Click the photo to launch or here is the link: http://www.wimp.com/banddogs/

Frost on the Rose Leaves

Don’t you just love how those dark, drab Autumn colors turn into Christmas colors with that bit of white frosting around their edges? So pretty!

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

Dreaming of a WHITE CHRISTMAS?

Just click the link above and type in your complete address, then look through the window to see snow falling on your home. Beautiful! 

How much do you know about Christmas?

Merry Christmas QuizHo, Ho, Ho.

Okay, I took the quiz. I got 11 correct out of 22. That is only 55%

I started out with a bang but got really anxious once I started getting questions wrong. A few of these are real nail-biters too!

Try it and put your score in the comments, ok?

How much do you know about Christmas? A quiz – Royalty – CSMonitor.com.

I am seriously hoping that someone is even more culturally challenged than I am…

Home For The Holidays

Yes, it is that time already!

Thanks dad, for forwarding this beautiful song to kick off the holiday cheer.

Click here for more about the song: Home For The Holidays

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