As a Santa, I found out years ago that it is important to try to keep up with the current trends in the toy market. When talking with children about what they might like for Christmas, being able to talk to them about all the neat toys out there can help make a visit with Santa all the better. To help with this, I try to find what I can on the internet by visiting toy manufacturer's websites, watching videos from people who visited the New York Toy Fair, and reading articles from Toy magazine
There are only 209 days until Christmas, but you only need 12 hours to grow your very own Christmas Tree! I am not sure how it works exactly, but it looks pretty cool!
The Magic Christmas Tree comes with a string of red beads, sparkles, and a gold star. Set the tree's trunk into the base, decorate, add the magic water and in 12 hours - viola! - a beautiful Christmas Tree!
The same company makes a Magic Snowman too! Like the Magic Christmas Tree, growing the Magic Snowman is just as easy!
Was raining outside the other day so all of my outdoor chores were canceled. My wife suggested I clean and organize my closet. This meant phasing out clothes that I no longer wore (or could no longer fit into), and taking the disgards to the local Goodwill.
My closet is also storage for my junk collection. Odds and ends, flea market finds, collectables and not-so-collectables. Things I meant to sell on Ebay but never got the chance. The back of my closet is piled with boxes and the shelf on
Sitting here on a rainy spring night one might find it odd to be thinking of the Christmas season. Not me of course Christmas is with me always and I hope that it never changes. Last week for instance I has a new suit delivered and had it on for a fitting. Everything fit great except the hat. Too small for my gourd of a head. Well it was off to the post office to send it back to Sam to be made larger. Soon the bigger hat will arrive in the mail and again the suit will go on this time in full mak
I have been associated with the BSA for over 25 years and I am personally of Scottish descent. I don’t own a plaid or tartan Kilt, but I do have a nice green one that matches well with my Scout Uniform. I take a little grief from friends when I wear my kilt. But that doesn’t bother me I am proud to be a Scottish Scout.
Yes, Virginia, That is a Real Beard
Monday, December 24, 2007
By Marie Dougherty
And this Kaysville Santa has grown his own since 1999
Red suit? Check.
But what about the beard?
And it's real.
To Matty Ross, there's no other kind.
The 50-year-old Kaysville resident sat on his couch and stuck out his chin while his wife held a measuring tape.
"It's a good 9 inches," Shelley Ro
As a relatively new Santa each experience is a new experience. One of the first of these was visiting a young family, a mother named Chris and her 5 children. I had met Chris as a clerk at a local convenient store. I knew very little about her other than she was Divorced and not doing very well financially. I had spent several days working for a photographer in a typical children visiting Santa Claus setting but I had not done any kind of home visits.
I arrived at the home early in the eve
I love to hike. I used to hike 3-4 times a week. Since changing jobs I have not had as much time as I once did. I went out for a couple hours today. Where I live in Northern Utah, it’s a hikers paradise. I live only a couple miles from the mountains and can be on the trail in less than five minutes. The weather was perfect today around 70 degrees and a gentle breeze. I was not the only one to come up with this great idea today. There were several cars in the parking lot and I passed quite a few
In a conversation with my sweet wife today I told her I had finally found a Santa Claus web site I really like. I have frequented four other Santa forums in the past two years. I also follow three other non-Santa discussion forums. Being somewhat a forum junkie I often log in several times per day just to see what’s happening. I know most of you are aware of the problems some of the other boards have. Some of then are just a little slow or awkward to follow. I just love this place I like the
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As most of you know, I want to make a difference this year. I decided to join thousands of men and women across the country and participate in the 3Day Breast Cancer Walk for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization. My event will take place in one of the 14 cities across America - Philadelphia on the weekend of October 17, 18, and 19th of this year. This 60 mile walk is over a 3 day period throughout the streets of Philadelphia and it's suburbs.
I posted this on my personal site a few days ago. Jeff reminded me that this would look great on Santa's desk too! I think he is right!
Anyone old enough to remember when you had to get your phone from the telephone company?
I was thinking about that last night when I stumbled across a site that sells old phones. A few of the phones reminded me of the Batphone Adam West used. So then I started wondering if it would be possible to build you own Batphone. A quick search came up with this sit
Well after a short stint of unemployment, I am now back to work. Actually my first day with my new company was the second week of March. But I have been so busy since then, that I havn't had much time to post or blog. Hopefully the travel will subside a bit soon.
Well it's been a while since I posted here. Actually if Santa Rielly hadn't mentioned it, I may not have been enthusiastic about another entry. But with surgery coming up in 3 days I know it'll be a while before I get here so now is a good time.
Yes total knee replacement surgey comes up March 11th and that means staying in the hospital for about a week and then on rehab at home with very little activity other than strengthening excercise for about 6 weeks. I'll go bonkers!!
We are moving the
The National Christmas Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by Santa Johnny Boy
I’m sure there’s many of you out there, like myself, that experience Christmas Withdrawal Symptoms: The depression that is felt when the holidays are over; being the last one in the neighborhood to take down the Christmas decorations, and still playing Christmas music in the privacy of your own home or car. Still hanging on to any bit of Christmas possible. Why does it have to be over so quickly?
It doesn’t !
Here it is Feb 2nd and the winter still has a grip on Alberta. The last week has been bitterly cold with temperatures dipping to the -40C range but producing a windchill of -50C on some evenings. It wasn't this cold last year, but those of us who live here know that usually for at least 4 days every winter it does get down to that range. The exception was 2006 when snow fell in October and lasted until April, with occassional snowfalls just to keep things white, however we did not get as cold as
I guess I had better get to using this blog. Santa Rielly has made it available and I signed in so I'll try to use it as much as I can.
First of all the ClausNET site is one of education and social and I appreciate the work and effort that goes into a development such as this. It's not always easy. So first of all Santa Rielly, my thanks for taking this on and for standing up for the site.
You gotta stand for something or you'll fall for anything. I also appreciate the fact that this site
Yes, a month has past since the magic of Christmas Eve 2007 was upon us all. As darkness fell on the 24th I began my yearly journey into Christmas making home visits and wonderful memories for young and old. Just a month ago checking every last detail of beard and costume ready to step out for the one great finale of the 2007 Christmas season. What a wonderful night it was ,snow on the ground, clear and cold but dry clear roads for travel. I visited many homes greeted many young and old leaving
On January 2, my company informed us that they made a 'strategic' decision to move the business unit that I manage to another division within the company.
Unfortunately, there was no room at the new division for most of the team including me. The company was nice enough to provide me with a decent severance package though. I only hope it is enough to get me through to securing a new position.
So I am home now. I guess I will use my spare time to paint a few rooms in the house. Oh and I ca
Well I sit here at my computer on this January night watching the thermometer dip below ten degress looking out my home office window at a dark cold darkened cul-de-sac which only a few short days ago was festooned with Chistmas lights and decorations of all kinds. It was also the first Christmas in some time we had a substantial snow cover which is all but gone now. I sit here with feeling a bit low as the gloom of winter nights sets upon us.I will have my tree up at least through the week-end
I have never styled my own whiskers before. So last year I decided I would give it a try.
I needed some way to hold the whiskers while I set the curlers, so I bought a Styrofoam head to place the whiskers on. However, before I had a chance to pin Santa's whiskers to the head, my 9-year old daughter spied the Styrofoam head (without the whiskers thankfully) sitting on a shelf.
She asked me what it was for. Well naturally I couldn't tell her, so I said it was Grandma's and I was going to thr
It has been a while since I've been around, sorry to be gone so long.
Life has just been very busy the last couple of months. I hope all is well with everyone and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas season.
Just remember as you spread joy to all the young and young at heart you take some time for yourself.
Always remember it started with Jesus, the greatest Gift Giver, 2,000 years ago.
Glory to God in the highest !
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