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  1. 11 points
    Does anyone else long for the days when the phone was attached to the wall, NASA was the only one with a computer, and we had one T.V. in the house and four channels and the news was only on 3 times a day?
  2. 9 points
    Creator of “Kneeling Santa” was Lifelong Catholic and Activist The Kneeling Santa idea came to Ray Gauer while he was on retreat at a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky in the 1940s. National Catholic Register August 4, 2020 Jim Graves EXCERPT: With the coming of the internet, pornography has saturated society and become a challenging addiction for many to overcome. A few generations ago some saw the harm porn would unleash, and joined early efforts to have local and state governments enforce anti-obscenity laws. Among those was lifelong Catholic Ray Gauer (1921-1997), who is perhaps better known for his creation of the “kneeling Santa.” Gauer was born in Chicago, where he attended both Catholic and public schools. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy, but contracted tuberculosis and was discharged in 1947. He recovered, married wife Ella and became the father of seven children. He studied accounting at DePaul University and moved to Hollywood, California, in 1954. ... Perhaps Gauer will be especially remembered for the Kneeling Santa, an idea which came to him on retreat at a Trappist Monastery in Kentucky in the late 1940s. His plan was to depict Santa Claus kneeling before the Infant Christ, because, as he explained, “Santa Claus is really St. Nicholas and would be the last person to detract from the real reason for the season — the birth of Christ.” Gauer tried for years to interest others in his idea — including Walt Disney — but it wasn’t until 1976 that Gauer brought his Santa vision to reality, the same year he got his law degree. A chance meeting with the religious woodcarving artist Rudolph Vargas led to a hand-carved prototype that made the kneeling Santa an international symbol of Christmas. It is made and marketed by Roman, Inc. in Chicago, a major distributor of religious articles. Gauer was a daily communicant at St. Simon and Jude Parish in Huntington Beach in the Diocese of Orange, California. He died of a heart attack in 1997. His first wife Ella had died of leukemia in 1982; he married his second wife, Betty, in 1996. At the time of his death he had seven children and 13 grandchildren. SOURCE: https://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimgraves/creator-of-kneeling-santa-was-lifelong-catholic-and-early-anti-porn-crusade
  3. 8 points
    Psychologists Confirm People Who Decorate For Christmas Early Are Happier Yahoo.com Murphy Moroney August 4, 2020 EXCERPT: If you were one of those families who had their tree decorated and the Christmas village out and in full swing by Nov. 1, you might be in luck. According to experts, decorating for Christmas early may make you happier, so you might want to consider pulling your garlands and gigantic Santa statues down from the attic a bit sooner. "In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy, and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of the childhood," psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told Unilad. "Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!" That seems logical enough. SOURCE: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/psychologists-confirm-people-decorate-christmas-150611213.html
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    I am really getting tired of the cancel culture crowd...
  6. 6 points
    Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members! We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for August 2020 is Hubcity Santa! Hubcity Santa Featured ClausNet Member – August 2020 Profile: Hubcity Santa Real Name: Michael Location: Lafayette, Louisiana USA ClausNet member since: October 16, 2018 Community Reputation (as of today): 308 – Awesome! Membership Level: Member Our August 2020 Featured Member of the Month hails from Louisiana. Santa Michael aka Hubcity Santa, only donned the red suit two years ago, but is well on his way to becoming a great Santa Claus. We caught up with Michael a few weeks ago and here is what he had to say... ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started? Hubcity Santa: "I have two seasons under my belt but last year is when I went full steam ahead. I went with my Mrs. to her Churche’s Christmas in July event/concert in 2018 and the guy they hired for Santa never showed up and couldn’t be reached. Nobody from her church wanted to put on the suit so after about 10 minutes of them arguing in the back and watching the children getting restless in the sanctuary I volunteered to do it ‘just to get the show going again and over with’. (Yes, I said it just like that) and I don’t know, just something in me came alive that night and I was just immediately drawn in." ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "Definitely Richard Attenborough, Edmund Gwenn, and Douglas Seale were my first ideas of how Santa would act. Then I just started studying and researching the bios from the Santa Claus Hall of Fame to gain insight and influence. Going to the Charles W. Howard Santa school and other conferences; just letting me meet and interact with other veteran Santas have all greatly influenced and helped me in some ways." ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "The memories, hope, and joy people of all decades in life seem to have when they see Santa. From the little ones telling you their innermost dreams and secrets, the angel visits when for the time being, they forget their pains, the elderly who remember the first time they sat on Santa’s lap, etc. Getting to be a part of people’s lives and their memories is just amazing for me." ClausNet: What do you enjoy the LEAST about being Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "I’m optimistic so bad things or events I always look at as a learning and growing experience. I haven’t had good experiences with filling in as a mall Santa so maybe that’s my least favorite thing for now." ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit? Hubcity Santa: "I’d have to say my first hospital visit I ever did. It was only my third time ever being Santa and I filled in cause there was absolutely nobody else and even though I knew I wasn’t ready, I couldn’t bear thinking some of the children might not make it until Christmas and not get to see Santa one last time. What was supposed to take 2 hours turned into almost 7 because I would just completely lose it between rooms and have to gather myself but refused to not let every child see me. By the time I got back to my room to change I was literally shaking and my eyes looked swollen shut from so much crying, it was then I knew I was hooked being Santa." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig? Hubcity Santa: "Sneak-a-peeks or catch me in the act I believe there referred to. The Christmas Eve visits when the children catch you delivering presents." ClausNet: What is your dream gig? Hubcity Santa: "I don’t really have one." ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa? Hubcity Santa: "I’m a Kitchen and Bakery manager of a local business and that keeps me pretty busy and if I’m not there you’ll find me figuring out how to fish or visiting friends and family." ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests? Hubcity Santa: "Fishing and golf although I’m not really good at either one of those. I love watching hockey and just spending time with friends and family!" ClausNet: What is your favorite color? Hubcity Santa: "Red." ClausNet: What is your favorite food? Hubcity Santa: "Italian or anything pasta !" ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi? Hubcity Santa: "Dr. Pepper." ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie? Hubcity Santa: "Sugar or Snickerdoodle." ClausNet: What is your favorite movie? Hubcity Santa: "Casablanca, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Pursuit of Happiness." ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Hubcity Santa: "It’s a Wonderful Life.’" ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song? Hubcity Santa: "Way too many to have an ultimate favorite. Currently, ‘We all need Christmas’ by Def Leppard has been playing in my head." ClausNet: What was the last book that you read? Hubcity Santa: "The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek and just started The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett." ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hubcity Santa: "Airline Pilot." ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt? Hubcity Santa: "Paramedic." ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child? Hubcity Santa: "Definitely Hot Wheels and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were big ones. Also Lego and anything you got to create and build yourself I enjoyed." ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up? Hubcity Santa: "I was born and lived my childhood in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area and there is a small amusement park called Santa’s Workshop in the mountains and Santa used to ride the rides with us and would talk and interact with everyone." ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response? Hubcity Santa: "The hardest questions that come to mind is from that hospital visit. Not so much that they were difficult to answer but rather heartbreaking to hear. A lot of the children knew their situation and would ask questions like ‘will you make sure mommy and daddy know I’ll be ok with (relative) in heaven?’ Or to make sure an Elf takes care of their dog/pet? It amazed me how selfless they were even in their situation." ClausNet: What is the strangest request you have gotten as Santa Claus? Hubcity Santa: "A coffin to sleep in as a bed." ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet? Hubcity Santa: "Internet search. I was looking up books, schools, anything I could find to help me figure out why I wanted to be Santa and to get training and after connecting with a few Santas from Texas, they recommended I check out ClausNet." ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet? Hubcity Santa: "There is always something to read and learn from Santas around the world. It’s also a place to tap out of the real world and just kick back and learn. I don’t post a whole lot usually but I do enjoy reading the threads." ClausNet: Is there a Santa or Mrs. Claus over the years that you admire or has inspired you? Can you tell us a little bit about him/her? Hubcity Santa: "Wow, where do I begin? There’s a bunch that I’ve gotten to know and ask questions and talk with from various places and sites that have helped and inspired me that I admire. I’ll mention Steve Gillham as one of my first encounters because I’m privileged to have a copy of his book Santaology. He had about 15 copies left total when we met and I explained that do to a family emergency I was flat broke but if he would hold a copy for me for about a month to let me catch up on my bills I’d love a copy. He got my information and 3 days later I was surprised with a book with a wonderful inscription and I remember thinking that this is truly a Santa I wish to become like. Also, when I attended Charles W. Howard Santa School last October, I was still struggling with my family situation, but my Mrs. refused to let me cancel my ticket I already had purchased and had me attend. I cancelled my car rental and had literally $60 to spend up there. I remember it was pouring rain when I was walking to the auditorium when Mark Demonbrun offered to give me rides the rest of the time and let me just ask him millions of questions. Also Fred Honerkamp from Michigan let me ask a ton of questions and offered me a nice suit for cheap while up there and I explained I just didn’t have the money at the time but let me take it home anyway and paid him 2 months later. These are Santas I definitely admire and strive to be like. There are so many others that have helped me without even knowing and hopefully I’ll be able to do the same for others." ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus? Hubcity Santa: "First, don’t try to figure out why or what’s calling you to become Santa, just accept it and be prepared for a wonderful calling on your life; it can truly be life changing. Second, everyone was a first time or rookie Santa, don’t be afraid to ask questions and be prepared to make mistakes. Don’t give up, you have a family here that will bend over backwards to help and answer questions, bounce ideas off or just shoot the breeze with. Last, network and join organizations like ClausNet, IBRBS, and local Santa chapters to help you grow and develop who you want to be as Santa. Welcome to the red suit and if I can do anything in the world to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Merry Christmas." ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add? Hubcity Santa: "To everyone here that posts, I want to say thank you! I don’t post to much (maybe I should be a little more active) but I do read threads and you may not know how much your words, jokes, pictures, whatever has helped me and Santa’s gain knowledge or insight. Take care of yourselves and thanks for your time! " Thank you Michael! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Hubcity Santa, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for August 2020!
  7. 6 points
    Hallmark needs to remain true to their main audience, I really feel that those who follow an alternate life stile need to respect those who chose not to partake of that life style. Christmas is not about who you live with but how you act as a person.
  8. 6 points
    These folks are filled with hate. There is no other way to describe it. Only hate can enrage an individual as many of the cancel culture seem to be enraged And, that hate helps explain how the Star of David could offend. It's the Star of the Savior who can take away the hate, pain, and anguish. We must pray that what is in the dark will be brought into the light.
  9. 6 points
    Twitter is not on my nice list. Don't go there!
  10. 5 points
    The Church where I was blessed enough to do this twice, ..... many years ago. They were getting rid of the 9" display. So I was able to recover it and save it! I am still trying to make one for our Outdoor display, life size paper mache, making it water proof is the challenge.
  11. 5 points
    One of my favorite ornaments, I keep a small one out all year long to remind me why I do what I do and that at some point I will have to answer for my actions.
  12. 5 points
    Charles W. Howard in Albion, NY in 1955. It was the cover for a church bulletin...
  13. 5 points
    My 11th great grandfather was Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony, who declared the first Thanksgiving. it is a very special holiday for my family! I'm happy to see this and hope more corporations follow their lead.
  14. 5 points
    good - I would rather be home and enjoy family
  15. 5 points
    It is STILL ALL I HAVE! Really! We have a pay as you go VERY OLD cell phone that Doesn't flip / fold No screen to it other than to read the caller ID We were going to use her work smart phone if we were going to Disney this year. But Disney cancelled us, and I'm off the hook to having to get one! So back to WALL MOUNT PHONE Kitchen Cordless Phones Front room & basement I'm just NOT THAT important enough to have one of those fancy phones! LOL!
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  17. 5 points
    You're damn right it was a mistake! Thank God people spoke up, and had this thing reversed.
  18. 5 points
    Agreed. I feel bad for people who go in early and run home at noon on Thanksgiving, or report at noon after a rushed time at home. A national holiday should be a holiday for everyone who would otherwise be working. If someone wants to volunteer on Thanksgiving day that's an admirable choice for them to make, but not up to their employer.
  19. 5 points
    BAM !!! You said it !! There was a time I used to love to go out shopping on Black Friday just to enjoy the crowds and the chaos - just get a coffee and sit back and watch the craziness - but that was Friday - Thanksgiving should be a time for family and being together and being thankful - not choking down some food before running off to stores to fight over stuff you think you want . . . I prefer to be home with family on Thanksgiving !
  20. 5 points
    Good. Return to the way it once was. It's a shame it took all of this to get them, the father of Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving, to return to respecting Thanksgiving and family.
  21. 4 points
    Probably not, can anyone be as driven and OCD as you? But when it comes to exterior illumination, I am probably over the top for some, but not even a rookie for someone like @Santa Everett. My display is more static
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    I'm sorry - was this ever a question ??? I mean seriously - who puts away Christmas decorations ??? Well - at least I know have validation for my behavior !
  24. 4 points
    Walmart ends Black Friday tradition by closing stores on Thanksgiving Updated Jul 21, 2020; Posted Jul 21, 2020 By Bob Johnson | Bob_Johnson@mlive.com Walmart announced Tuesday, July 21, that it will close all stores on Thanksgiving Day 2020, saying that it wants to have its employees spend time with their families during the coronavirus. The move marks the first major indication of how COVID will affect Black Friday store shopping, which for almost a decade kicked off with big crowds on the turkey feast and expanded into Friday. The closures, affecting both Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, mark a huge departure from Walmart’s tradition of kicking off Black Friday in-store doorbuster sales on the Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on November 26 this year, Business Insider reports. Source: https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/07/walmart-ends-black-friday-tradition-by-closing-stores-on-thanksgiving.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0U5Ap0aSgTiTDWm3eFTaMfpGTZJ4PF0JN5TVbbVEeFzuDxmlsFo4xsfvY
  25. 4 points
    This is great news. If these company that talk about family values can't allow their employees to have family time on a national holiday are they truly standing by their believe in family values?
  26. 4 points
    Reckless hate can't be allowed to prevail
  27. 4 points
    From the article: "Why is this applicable to Christmas?" Um, Jesus Christ is of the House of David.
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  29. 3 points
    Pops, Easy for you to say ......... Your single and carry the HAMMER! Or solo VOTE! LOL! LOL! LOL! When I do things ........ Even when it takes a few days to find that change If it gets a NO, it's typically a NO!
  30. 3 points
    Its nice to have some up, but then I always get a thrill putting them up and seeing them fresh each year, so if I left them up all year, they would become more routine to me. I did enjoy starting my Christmas village in Sept and completing in October, so that's probably what I will do again.
  31. 3 points
    I just dust them off now and then. One of the only advantages of artificial trees.
  32. 3 points
    Thank you @Michael Rielly NOW I HAVE PROOF! As well as a reason to get started while putting the Halloween decorations away! (Approximately 10 PM EST October 31st) It's a Saturday this year! Maybe start slow. Say an empty Nativity SET With Sunday all day to keep adding!
  33. 3 points
    Covid or no Covid, Thanksgiving should be a day for home and family, every year.
  34. 3 points
    Full movie A Muppet Family Christmas was a 1-hour tv special that broadcast originally in 1987 and was re-broadcast in 1988 & 1989. This video is from one of the rebroadcasts because the title card is displayed when the Muppets are driving in the truck to Fozzie's Mom's house. For more information on the movie, check out the Muppets Wiki page for the film here.
  35. 3 points
    I am in the same situation. Very few of my college students believe me. (or colleagues for that matter) No Cell Phone, No Facebook, Twitter, etc. ad nauseum either. Just email, ClausNet and my Santa website
  36. 3 points
    People can't believe it when I tell them I don't have a cell phone. My wife and daughter have one but if it were up to me, I'd still be using carrier pigeons.
  37. 3 points
    New Hampshire woman already collecting thousands of holiday cards for troops MSN 7/6/2020 It may be July, but one Granite State woman is already looking ahead to the holiday season in her effort to spread love and kindness. Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/new-hampshire-woman-already-collecting-thousands-of-holiday-cards-for-troops/ar-BB16ntd7
  38. 2 points
    I'm glad that this has happened, too many times my sons and daughter would have to work on Thanksgiving in order to get the store ready. Maybe now we can start examining what it means to have a day when we give thanks for our families and for the good things we have have.
  39. 2 points
    Something else I'm beginning to question, a million people signed the petition? How many people are in this country? A million sounds like a lot of signatures, but in this country and everywhere else Hallmark show the movies they make, million doesn't seem so many. Why even listen to them? There's no reason they can't make movies the way they want and show them as they please. So as I was taught live and let live. Each to their own.
  40. 2 points
    The Mistletoe Bough "The Mistletoe Bough," lyrics by Thomas Haynes Bayly, music by Sir Henry Bishop, is a ballad composed around 1830 retelling a traditional tale about a newlywed bride who accidentally locks herself in an old oak trunk while playing hide-and-seek with members of her wedding party, who then spend a long night searching for her in vain. The Mistletoe Bough The mistletoe hung in the castle hall, The holly branch shone on the old oak wall; And the baron's retainers were blithe and gay, And keeping their Christmas holiday. The baron beheld with a father's pride His beautiful child, young Lovell's bride; While she with her bright eyes seemed to be The star of the goodly company. Oh, the mistletoe bough. Oh, the mistletoe bough. "I'm weary of dancing now," she cried; "Here, tarry a moment — I'll hide, I'll hide! And, Lovell, be sure thou'rt first to trace The clew to my secret lurking-place." Away she ran — and her friends began Each tower to search, and each nook to scan; And young Lovell cried, "O, where dost thou hide? I'm lonesome without thee, my own dear bride." Oh, the mistletoe bough. Oh, the mistletoe bough. They sought her that night, and they sought her next day, And they sought her in vain while a week passed away; In the highest, the lowest, the loneliest spot, Young Lovell sought wildly — but found her not. And years flew by, and their grief at last Was told as a sorrowful tale long past; And when Lovell appeared the children cried, "See! the old man weeps for his fairy bride." Oh, the mistletoe bough. Oh, the mistletoe bough. At length an oak chest, that had long lain hid, Was found in the castle — they raised the lid, And a skeleton form lay mouldering there In the bridal wreath of that lady fair! O, sad was her fate! — in sportive jest She hid from her lord in the old oak chest. It closed with a spring! — and, dreadful doom, The bride lay clasped in her living tomb! Oh, the mistletoe bough. Oh, the mistletoe bough. A video of the poem was made in 1904 . . .
  41. 2 points
    There are many Christmas decorations worth leaving up all year round...
  42. 2 points
    I love this. Very well done. I believe
  43. 2 points
    That's great news. People should be home with their families..
  44. 2 points
    a little bit more of a good thing . . . . Target and Dick's Sporting Goods will close stores on Thanksgiving Day By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business Updated 11:19 AM ET, Mon July 27, 2020 New York (CNN Business)Target (TGT) and Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) will close stores this Thanksgiving as the coronavirus pandemic forces major retailers to alter their upcoming holiday shopping plans. The companies' announcement to close on Thanksgiving came after Walmart (WMT) said last week that it will stay closed on the holiday. "There's no question, the holiday season is going to be very different this year," Target said in a blog post Monday Closing on Thanksgiving has been a source of tension between retailers and labor advocates in the past, especially as many retailers in recent years have opened their doors on the holiday to get a jump start on Black Friday -- generally considered the start to the year-end shopping rush. Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/business/target-thanksgiving-stores-closed/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0LZDmCuGFP3Rplmi7yMX3Z4Myae4br5ct_7Ay14_Yavcha5g5SrhqIn50
  45. 2 points
    Name: A Muppet Family Christmas Category: Movies and Television Date Added: 07/27/2020 Submitter: jeffh Full movie A Muppet Family Christmas was a 1-hour tv special that broadcast originally in 1987 and was re-broadcast in 1988 & 1989. This video is from one of the rebroadcasts because the title card is displayed when the Muppets are driving in the truck to Fozzie's Mom's house. For more information on the movie, check out the Muppets Wiki page for the film here. A Muppet Family Christmas
  46. 2 points
    Someone had to write that software, and I bet they were paid by Twitter. Don't get me started on the irresponsible misuse of recognition software. Too many horror stories, including a personal one of my own. I wonder what would happen if someone accused Santa Claus? How many of us would be hauled off to jail? Ho Ho Ho!
  47. 2 points
    I remember spending Christmas in the sandbox and receiving cards and letters thrilled me to no end. I remember a Boy Scout troop in Arizona, I believe it was, sewed stockings for us. Receiving a card with a thank you brightens a service member's day. It lets you know that while you're not with your family back home, Americans' hearts are with you in the sandbox or wherever you are deployed.
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