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  2. I remember my grandfather putting his tree into a bucket of wet sand. Add a tree skirt and you're done. Loved that guy. Ex Navy. Had been on the Arizona, not December 7th, but before that.
  3. Mom whispers to Santa that son is ‘blind and autistic,’ and his response is amazing Inspired June 24, 2019 Excerpt: Santa Claus is the embodiment of Christmas cheer for many a young boy or girl. One eve each year, they willfully part with cookies and milk to pay tribute to him, whist dreaming of presents appearing magically under the tree while they sleep. Those children, if they are lucky, might even get a chance to sit on Santa’s lap while Christmas shopping with Mom or Dad in a shopping mall. Of course, there’s no better time to deliver one’s Christmas wish list in person, ensuring no crisscrossed lines of communications when the big night finally comes. Mathew was one such boy whose interest in Santa brought him face to face with jolly Old Saint Nick while out with his mom one day. This would be no ordinary lap-sitting for Santa, though, as Mathew was somewhat different from other young boys: he was blind, and he was also autistic. Mathew’s blindness, of course, meant that he could not see the world or other people around him. Meanwhile, his autism meant that he had difficulty communicating or interacting socially with others—and this required some special treatment during his meeting with Santa. **** “I whispered to Santa, ‘He is blind and autistic and is very interested in Santa,’” Misty recalled afterward. “He said, ‘Say no more,’ and immediately got down on the floor to greet my little man.” Santa knew that rather than asking Mathew to join him on his lap, the jolly, bearded man would have to join Mathew where he was comfortable, even if it meant sitting on the floor with him, and communicate in a way that he understood—not just with his voice but also through touch. Not only did Santa talk to Mathew for a long time, but he also let him feel his beard, hat, and soft red suit. [Santa] asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything and Matthew said, ‘Your eyes that twinkle,’ (from the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.) So, Santa let him touch all over his eyes for as long as Matthew wanted. Santa treated Mathew like someone truly special. He also brought him over to pet a life-size reindeer prop surrounded by fake snow and other Christmas decorations. “It was great,” Misty wrote. “My heart was full seeing Matthew so interested. Best Santa ever!” SOURCE
  4. Choosing between the Best christmas tree stands! What are the christmas tree stands Reviews 2019 ? by Newsnifty June 24, 2019 Excerpt: When it comes to selecting between the best christmas tree stands brands, things can be confusing. The top brands and its reputation does make an impact on the choices you have on offer. Cheaply-priced faucets are just that – cheap. christmas tree stands and fittings are more like investments, and you wouldn’t want to spend huge in repairs and replacement, which is why selecting a known and reliable brand is important. You will be also surprised to know that the bigger brands actually spend considerable money in research and creating designs. No matter whether you are creating a traditional or want to go for one of the contemporary , you will find products to suit your budget and needs. These brands often have great warranty on their products, so think of this like an investment, at least for the next Two to Three years. Over the years, these top brands have added more choices to each range and collection, and with new products, better technology, finishes and makes, people have more choices. In fact, most of these so-called ‘cheaper’ brands rely on the christmas tree stands brands for ideas. **** When it comes to christmas tree stands, you need to go for the best. Here we review the best of them found in the market today. You need a better christmas tree stands! Hey, I am just a “Dude” after all! I don’t spend hours at my local Wall-Mart checking out christmas tree stands, but it is the new age… And you can just hit up the internet to check out what will work best for you! So, today’s topic will be christmas tree stands… And what to look for when buying them. Most of us are not too picky when it comes to christmas tree stands, we just want one that will do the job. But when we run across a christmas tree stands that just doesn’t perform, we can get pretty annoyed! That’s when we put on our eye glasses and do some research, luckily, we are here to help you out! I will talk about some things to look for when buying a christmas tree stands and my past experiences. When it comes to christmas tree stands, I would rather spend a little extra to get a quality Product that will do the job all the time. SOURCE
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  6. Search continues for 2019 state (MI) Christmas tree by UP Matters June 22, 2019 Excerpt: The state of Michigan - and especially the U.P. - is full of beautiful trees...and one of those will be the perfect tree to be center stage over the holidays at the state Capitol building in Lansing! **** To be considered, trees should be: TYPE: Spruce or fir SIZE: At least 60 feet tall with a maximum crown of 24 feet and maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches ACCESS: Easy access to the road with no interference from wires COST: Available at no cost The deadline for tree nominations is August 15. **** “We are looking for help from Michiganders to select the perfect tree,” explained DTMB Director Trish Foster. “As people are traveling the state this summer we ask them to be on the lookout for that one tree that would look great adorned in lights in front of the Capitol this winter.” The tree will be harvested in late October and will be part of a mid-November tree lighting at the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. SOURCE
  7. A cold and white Christmas arrives early for Tulbagh residents by WEEKEND ARGUS REPORTER June 21, 2019 Excerpt: Cape Town - Christmas is coming early to the small town of Tulbagh yet again this year with the annual Aquila Safari and Tulbagh Christmas this weekend. While we usually celebrate Christmas at the height of summer, enjoying the warm weather over sizzling braais, dips in the pool and ice cold cocktails. It is rare for South Africans to enjoy an ice cold white Christmas. Now with the storm heading to the Western Cape this weekend, snowfall along the mountain slopes will make for a great experience. It is sure to be an absolute family fair this weekend at the Tulbagh Christmas in Winter celebrations. **** For as little as R100 for adults, patrons who attend the white Christmas can be sure to marvel at the array of Christmas trimmings and glittering lights, browse through the arts, crafts, photographic exhibitions, art galleries and quaint shops. A Christmas hat, programme and entrance to four museums as well as an entry to win amazing prizes which include an amazing giveaway of a big 5 safari getaway for four to Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa – worth R31 500.00 will be included. According to the organisers, visitors are bound to find something to start filling the Christmas stockings with. Enjoy cheese, Belgian chocolate and olive tastings. There will also be some fun activities to keep the little ones entertained with Jumping castle, face painting, pony rides and tractor trips. SOURCE
  8. Drosselmeyer

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    my company carries the Hemp from BlueBird - but I am sure there are other good brands out there - we did a lot of research and consulted with several nutritionists before we went with that brand - you can get cheaper, but I know this is pure and doesn't have the THC in it.....
  9. The company formerly known as Toys R Us is reportedly opening stores in time for Christmas by Dennis Green - Business Insider June 21, 2019 Excerpt: Toys R Us is coming back from the dead — sort of. Tru Kids, the company that holds the majority assets of the defunct Toys R Us chain of toy stores, will open about a half dozen new physical locations in time for the holiday season, according to a new report by Bloomberg. Measuring about 10,000 square feet, the new stores would reportedly be smaller than Toy R Us' old stores but would be more experience-oriented. The brand will also launch a new e-commerce shop. **** Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and liquidated its hundreds of stores in the US in 2018, leaving the US without a dedicated nationwide toy retailer. To fill the gap, big-box stores like Walmart and Target made more space for toys. Some of the changes lasted even after the holidays, as the American retail landscape moves to cover the sinkhole left by the evaporation of Toys R Us. It remains to be seen how US consumers and competitors would react to a revival of a nationwide toy-focused brand. SOURCE
  10. Jason2274

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    Doterra has a Copaiba that is really nice.
  11. Jason2274

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    My wife has MS and my daughter has Tourette's. Both have seen benefits with it.
  12. Carlo Klemm

    Bringing Christmas Camp to life

    Obsessed with Hallmark Christmas Movies? Now You Can Go to a Real-Life Christmas Camp for Grown-Ups by Megan Elliott - Showbiz Cheatsheet June 21, 2019 Excerpt: Do you live for Christmas? If you’re the type of person who puts up your tree before Thanksgiving and DVRs every single Hallmark Christmas movie, then you’re going to want to book a flight to Phoenix this December. That’s because screenwriter and author Karen Schaler is bringing her Christmas Camp story to life for two weekends at The Phoenician in Scottsdale. Even if you don’t know Schaler’s name, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with her work. She’s a three-time Emmy winner who penned the script for Netflix’s 2017 holiday movie A Christmas Prince. She also wrote the novel Christmas Camp and upcoming Hallmark movie of the same name. Now, she’s invited Christmas lovers to join her at a real-life Christmas Camp. “This Christmas Camp is for grown-ups,” Schaler said. “From culinary classes, Christmas crafts, charitable activities, cocktail mixology, signature spa treatments, holiday movie watching and so much more, it’s all about taking time before the hectic holiday season to relax, reset and rejuvenate, so you can embrace the true meaning and magic of Christmas.” **** Not only will Christmas Camp attendees get to experience all kinds of fun holiday activities, but they’ll also get to stay at the Phoenician, a luxury resort that just completed a three-year renovation and now features a three-story spa, state-of-the-art athletic club, multiple dining options, and an updated pool complex. “It is truly a wonderful time of year to be partnering with Karen, sharing the joy from her Christmas Camp Hallmark movie and books with our guests, while showcasing our premier resort and talented staff,” said Denise Seomin, the director of public relations for The Phoenician. “Karen’s passion for Christmas is truly inspiring, and we are thrilled that she will be hosting all of our Christmas Camp events. We look forward to bringing her Christmas Camp to life as a one-of-a-kind Phoenician holiday tradition.” SOURCE
  13. Santa Johnny Boy

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    Which brands of CBD would you recommend?
  14. bllwnkl

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    That's a given, I sure saw this coming. And the revenue generated as well. Something that can benefit some patients, with abuse going two ways. The "high" and the "high dollar".
  15. Drosselmeyer

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    There is a lot of research that is showing incredible benefit with use of the CBD oil - helping children with epileptic seizures and adults with Parkinsons tremors - but sadly too many are claiming need of those benefits and going for the cannabis (CBD and THC) to get the psychadellic effect - it creates a whole other level of issue - people end up feeling they need the "high" to get the benefit of the CBD and it gets abused very quickly now the issue is that the cheaper brands of CBD are not filtered and they are not purging the THC so you still have the issue of the psychadelic - without good regulation (which there is not) I fear you are going to see a lot of "legitimized" abuse very quickly . . .
  16. Black River Santa

    Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas

    Santa's going to have to be careful which cookies he eats when he's making deliveries to Canada on Christmas Eve.
  17. Cannabis edibles likely available in time for Christmas by Spiro Papuckoski - Toronto Sun June 15, 2019 Excerpt: Canadians could be opening a new gift under their Christmas trees this year that could literally give them a high. The market for cannabis-infused products is expanding with the addition of edibles, drinks, extracts and topicals, which are tentatively set to be available at the Ontario Cannabis Store and licensed retailers no earlier than Dec. 17. Just over a week before Santa Claus comes sliding down your chimney. The Liberal government has set Oct. 17 – a year since pot legalization and four days before the federal election – as the date when all regulations for the production and sale of edible cannabis products, extracts and topicals will come into effect, Health Canada announced Friday. Heath Canada is requiring federal licence holders to provide a 60-day notice of their intent to sell new products once the new regulations take effect, meaning consumers can start purchasing everyday items infused with cannabis as early as mid-December. **** For Rae-Ann Gammon, who created and sells her own line of cannabis-infused products from her Toronto home, the regulations governing the amount of cannabis per product (10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol) is very restrictive. “People don’t want to eat 30 chocolates to get their medicine,” Gammon said, referring to people requiring higher doses of THC to alleviate their health issues. “They are not making it easy for people.” She can see why the government is leaning toward food like brownies and staying away from candy-like products that could end up in the wrong hands. SOURCE
  18. Salvation Army's Christmas in June fundraiser falls short by Laura Beamish - Fort McMurray Today June 20, 2019 Excerpt: Despite dozens of people making their way to the Salvation Army’s Christmas in June fundraiser Saturday, the organization said it was only able to raise enough money to cover the event’s expenses. The first-time fundraising event was held because of a $345,000 deficit, mostly due to provincially-mandated renovations to their downtown site in 2015. The shelter programs have also been impacted by a recent $75,000 cut in funding from the United Way of Fort McMurray. The fundraiser only managed to raise approximately $15,000. Although the Salvation Army did not meet their fundraising goal, the Christmas in June event will return next year. “First time out of the gate you’re learning all the pluses and minuses and pros and cons of it,” said Major Stephen Hibbs, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in Fort McMurray. “We’re excited to see what we’ve learned and how we can do a better job next time around.” The night included a dinner, silent auction, baked goods, a chance for a picture with Santa and a performance from Tom Jackson. In 2018, the Salvation Army saw more than 19,000 beds filled between their shelter and mat program. Between October and December 2018, they served more than 21,000 meals and provided more than 3,000-bagged lunches. Currently, the Salvation Army provides an array of programs, including Housing First, emergency and disaster services, men’s emergency shelter, a thrift store, and community meals and soup kitchen. SOURCE
  19. bllwnkl

    Twin Cities Santa Claus searches for new kidney

    I hope and pray something turns up real fast.
  20. Santa Bill Reiller

    Twin Cities Santa Claus searches for new kidney

    Good Luck on your search for a kidney.
  21. At 102, Nikkila has seen a century of history By Nicole Bales, The Astorian June 17,2019 Excerpt: Norma Nikkila doesn’t like to fuss. But she does have one wish for her 102nd birthday: Santa Claus. “I feel pretty good,” she said as she prepared to celebrate this week. Nikkila, who has lived at Clatsop Care since 2015, spends most of her time in her reclining chair. She still enjoys activities like the morning readings and bingo, her favorite. **** Nikkila credits her longevity to a life of hard work. Her youngest son, Norm, said she has the ability to adjust to life’s changes and get along with everybody. She also comes from a long line of centennials. “She’s very impressive,” said Rosetta Hurley, a life enrichment coordinator at Clatsop Care. “She is beloved here. She is inspirational to everyone. She has a high level of awareness and has kept it for all these years, and she is very gracious with people.” Although Nikkila is not physically independent, Hurley said, “she has an independence of spirit.” Her friends and family are planning a birthday party. Even though it’s June, they are confident Santa will make an appearance. Source
  22. Twin Cities Santa Claus searches for new kidney By Paul Blume, FOX 9 June 15,2019 Excerpt: One of Santa’s helpers in the Twin Cities is hoping for a Christmas miracle in June. Known simply as Santa Steve, Steve Van Hale has his own wish: a new kidney. A retired correctional officer working with troubled youth in Ramsey County, Steve has gone all in on his Santa persona, appearing at countless parties and events over the years as jolly Saint Nick. But, with complete kidney failure, there hasn’t been much joy over the last 18 months. “Even last year, I had to cut back pretty significantly on my Santa business and the visits because I didn’t have the energy I had before," Steve says. "And being Santa takes a lot of energy. You are always on." In his current condition, Santa Steve is going to dialysis three times a week for three and a half hour sessions. It’s actually what keeps him alive, but if he doesn’t get a new kidney, who knows how many more Christmases he has left? **** Steve, who is now 61, is on a couple of donor lists, but, so far, no matches. The Van Hales are desperate. "Even though you may not match up with me, please think about doing it," pleads Steve. "A lot of other people are in the same situation. Please help out your fellow man. Do this and, plus, you’ll be on Santa’s nice list." SOURCE
  23. Black River Santa

    Santa do you know Jesus

    Amazing - thank you for sharing.
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  25. SantaDon

    Santa do you know Jesus

    Well...I love the sentiment and, like Felix, I also look forward to those opportunities for testimony. As far as tunes go, it's not my cup of tea (but I'm the guy who won't listen to sad songs...ever).
  26. Tommy

    Santa do you know Jesus

    Great song and an important message for everyone! Do you know Jesus? He is the only way.
  27. Drosselmeyer

    Santa do you know Jesus

    Wow - just wow - just have to sit for awhile - what an incredible song the power of the faith of a child is a wondrous thing thank you for sharing
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