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  1. Hope everyone's 4th went well and you are all staying cool. I'm in the pre-pre prep mode for the podcast and if you listened to the end of the July podcast you heard me mention the topic for August was about Santa's that bring something else to the table...like singing, balloons, magic, etc. I'd love to hear from you so we can discuss this on the podcast. (I promise it won't hurt...much!) SO PLEASE!!! Reach out. podcast@clausnet.com If you know of someone that fits this...call them...tell them to reach out. Or better yet...email me and I'LL call them!!
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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGkQFlpH9xc whoever did this, is so cool
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  4. Here we are getting ready for the August podcast. I'd like to know from you how you view Rudolph. Is he an essential part of the squad or is he a member of the special team? Do you get into details with him or just mention in passing? Call my answering machine at: 509-392-6072. You have until Thursday, July 29 to respond. Thanks!
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  5. Another gloom, doom & guilt news article about Christmas - they come earlier and earlier every year. A lot of it is fake news, including my old favorite, "Make $10K a Year Playing Santa Claus!" which is due to be reprinted in your trashier news sites any time soon...
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  6. Retired Secret Service Santa shares experiences from when he wore the red suit By Deseret News Dec 15, 2015, 5:00am MST Jerry Borrowman, For the Deseret News While standing guard over a Christmas party at the White House, dressed in an elegant red Santa Claus suit, Jim Shea confided to a guest that he was actually a uniformed officer with the U.S. Secret Service. “Are you carrying a weapon?” the fellow asked. “That’s a secret,” replied Shea, “and that’s why they call us the ‘Secret Service.’” Shea was wearing a weapon, as was revealed a few weeks later by CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, who identified Shea as the “Pistol-Packing Santa of the White House.” Now retired after 27 years of active service, Shea reflects on having protected three presidents and their families, including the Reagans, the Clintons and George H.W. Bush and his family. And because of his unique theatrical flair, Shea had many occasions to do this while dressed in a crimson suit trimmed in white, and sporting a long white beard. Shea was the “Secret Service Santa.” A devout Irish Catholic, Shea and his wife, Linda, also love the Mormon missionaries, having invited many a companionship to live in the basement of their home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says that he holds the deepest respect for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the sacrifices they make in sending such wonderful young people into the world to minister. A confession Shea's stories from his years playing a double role at the White House are inspiring. For example, there was the time when a little boy named David had a terrible secret to confess to Santa. "The other day I made a mistake," David told him. "Mommy made some cookies and told me not to take any of them, but I did. She sent me to my room to think about what I did wrong. But, Santa, I told her I was sorry.” Santa replied, “Oh, David, I know that all people make mistakes sometimes; even Santa does. You can ask Mrs. Claus — she’ll tell you. Now, David, I want you always to continue to be a good boy and listen to your mommy and daddy. If you do, you will be on my 'very good list.'” The little boy replied that he would listen so he could stay on the “very good list.” Shea continued, “David turned to me, gave me a big hug and said, 'I love you, Santa.’” Hospital visits There were many occasions when Shea got the chance to accompany first lady Hillary Clinton on visits outside the White House. “I’m not partisan,” Shea said, “because you can’t be while serving on active duty. But I can tell you this: For eight years I went to the Children’s Hospital with her, and she was so very, very kind to those sick children. She would always bring me along dressed as Santa. I was there both to cheer up the children and to protect the first lady. One of the things I appreciated is that she let me sing at a lot of these events since I am something of a natural ham. "One year, toward the end of their time in the White House, she said to me, ‘You know, Officer Shea, you sang really, really well this year,'" Shea said. "I thought to myself, ‘Well, does that mean I didn’t sing so well in previous years?’ But that wasn’t what she meant at all — she was just being nice to compliment me.” Some of these outings lasted as long as 12 hours of constant activity over the course of several weeks, he said. Family parties Shea has had several experiences with the presidents and their families, such as the time when President George H.W. Bush observed Officer Shea, dressed as Santa, dancing with the Bush grandchildren at the family Christmas party. Shea said the president came up behind him and said, “Santa, you’re the best darn Santa I’ve ever seen.” “That was really nice of him to say,” Shea said. On another treasured occasion, first lady Barbara Bush specifically requested that Santa Shea be the one to offer her a present from the White House staff. The 'real' Santa Then there was the time that Shea and President Clinton cooked up a special response to a CBS News special. It was known in advance that Shea would be standing right next to the president while in his Santa suit. Just as predicted, the commentator asked President Clinton if he was standing next to the “real” Santa Claus. Without cracking a smile, Clinton replied, “Well, I’m pretty sure he’s the real Santa Claus — after all, he made it past my Secret Service, so I think he might be the real thing!” Shea retired before President George W. Bush took office, but he said the president and Laura Bush invited him back to the White Houe to act as Santa for a family party. Meeting the press Members of the press also enjoyed having that added measure of Christmas spirit. One year, a tent was set up outside the White House, and Shea, dressed as Santa, had his picture taken more than 700 times with practically everyone assigned to the White House Press Corps. A proposal One year, Santa Shea played a role in a romance when a young military officer who worked at the White House asked for a favor. He had invited his girlfriend, his parents and her parents to take a tour of the White House to see the Christmas decorations. At precisely the right moment, he said, he would point to Santa and ask his girlfriend to go sit on his knee. As Shea tells the story, he asked the woman, “And what do you want for Christmas?” She was at a loss for words and said, “I’m not sure, Santa.” “Well, then,” said the White House Santa, “it turns out I have something very, very special for you.” He then motioned for the young man to move closer and kneel by the two of them. At this point, the soldier turned to his girlfriend and said, “I love you with all my heart, and I can’t imagine living the rest of my life without you. Will you be my wife?” Shea, as Santa, then reached out his hand with the jewelry box. The young man opened it and took out an engagement ring. “She began to cry and said, ‘Yes, I will marry you. You are the man of my dreams,’” Shea said. “As neither of the parents knew about the pending proposal ahead of time, they were crying too. The lobby was filled with tourists lingering at the end of the tour, so I stood up and announced, 'Santa just witnessed a young couple getting engaged. Will you please join me in congratulating them?’ and the crowd broke into applause." Always on duty Being Santa was fun but also serious, Shea said. As a uniformed Secret Service officer, Shea could be called on at any moment to move into protection mode. This was particularly important when he was on an outside assignment with the president or his wife. Being in disguise also gave him the chance to help look for lost children — a child was far more likely to trust Santa than to trust a stranger in a dark business suit. One of Shea's cherished mementos from his service is a letter he received from President Ronald Reagan at the end of the president's second term, thanking the Secret Service members. Shea is now the “Retired White House Santa,” and he says his memories of special moments while in the service of his country have enriched his life. Jerry Borrowman is a chartered financial consultant with a master's degree in financial services. He is a best-selling author of historical fiction and a co-authored biography. His website is at jerryborrowman.com. Source: https://www.deseret.com/2015/12/15/20578768/retired-secret-service-santa-shares-experiences-from-when-he-wore-the-red-suit?fbclid=IwAR0bs3Ilj4Z1TwkAPyCc_k-UQyLo-Wxk9FzwO9cdp4VWlzBA2WcLb-gw4tI#officer-jim-shea-right-with-president-ronald-reagan
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  7. I’ll stop putting lights on the roof, because I cannot get up on a ladder anymore. So I just put them around my fence, and around the awning on the front porch, that I can reach.
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  8. Ok...for the moment...the new phone number is 509-392-6072. It's through Skype and of course after I hit the purchase button I found out that I cannot customize the voicemail message so you will get some generic message. This is not ideal and I will be looking for an alternative. But for the moment...509-392-6072
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  9. The electrical standard that the lights have to meet to be listed or approval by agencies are lower for TEMPORARY holiday lights. That is where the 90 day max use comes in. If they were designed to be used all year long, they would have to designed to a higher standard and thus $$$. That is why holiday cords for outdoor use do not last for years and years and years.
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  10. Christmas and mental health MIND December 2020 Explains how the period around Christmas and New Year might affect your mental health. Gives tips on how to cope and suggestions for supporting someone else. How might Christmas affect my mental health? Whether or not Christmas is part of your life, your mental health might be affected by it happening around you. It's a time of year that often puts extra pressure on us, and can affect our mental health in lots of different ways. For example, if you: feel alone or left out because everyone else seems happy when you're not wish you didn't have to deal with Christmas because of other events in your life feel frustrated by other people's views of a 'perfect' Christmas, if these feel different to your experiences want to celebrate with someone who's struggling. "Listening to other people's exciting plans makes me feel like an alien being, as I don't have all those wonderful relationships in my life." The festive period could affect your mental health in other ways too. For example: Your mental health problem might make it hard for you to spend Christmas how you want. Difficult and stressful experiences at Christmas can make your mental health worse. Enjoying Christmas might affect your mental health, for example if it triggers hypomania or mania for you. It can be harder to access services that normally help you. Some of these services may be closed. If you celebrate other religious festivals or holidays, you may feel overlooked if it feels like Christmas is given special attention. New Year may also feel like a hard time, if it makes you look back at difficult memories or worry about anything in the coming year. "I used to get so excited – I guess you could say hypomanic – when Christmas came around. But year after year the expectation vs reality would be a bit of a comedown and cause me to dip into a depression soon after the New Year." What can I do to get through Christmas? If Christmas is a hard time for you, it's important to remember that you are not alone. There are things you can try that might help, such as: learn about why Christmas is hard for many people find tips that might help you cope at Christmas find ways to be supportive to others discover useful contacts for finding support at Christmas. Source: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/christmas-and-mental-health/christmas-and-mental-health/
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  11. Sometimes you might be looking for something out of the ordinary, or unique, for your teenager. We have compiled a list of some unique toys for teens that could meet this criterion. Some of them might not even typically be thought of as toys but these are all great unique toys for your teenager. 9 Best Unique Toys for Teens Simple Dimple Fidget Spinner Simple Dimple Fidget Spinner Unique Toy Buy Now! This unique little keychain provides endless hours of fun to everyone young and old. The frame is made of high-quality plastic, which can be kept in your pocket while the colorful buttons are made of 100% silicone. This toy is fun to play with. Once you start playing, no one can stop your fingers from pushing, poking, and popping. It is available in four excellent color combinations. Crystal Growing Hedgehog Crystal Growing Hedgehog – Unique Toy For Ttens Buy Now! The main aim of playing with this toy is to grow back its spikes. Kids can learn something new about science with the help of Crystal Growing Hedgehog. You may ask; how can you help the hedgehog grow its spikes? It is not tricky, but make sure to follow the detailed instructions in the manual. Mix the solution with the toy in boiling water, and then set the hedgehog into the mixture. Wait a day; you will find the back of the hedgehog covered entirely in spiky clusters of glimmering, colorful, sturdy, solid crystals. It inspires a passion for scientific learning in teens and is available in five exciting colors. Build Your Own RC Robot DIY Construction Robot – Unique Toy For Teenagers Buy Now! This toy develops engineering and construction skills in teens. The teens can get a feel of becoming of real robotic engineer by connecting plastic pieces to build a fully functional robot featuring tank-tread wheels and a head that spins. It comes with a controller to move it forward, back, left, right, in any direction. Display your outstanding engineering skills. Get detailed knowledge about STEM exploration with an actual construction RC robot set. It is rechargeable, so no batteries are required, and it comes with a building instructions manual. It can be built easily with the help of a screw and nuts. Giant Animal Pool Float Giant Pool Float Buy Now! Any party, be it a birthday, anniversary, or retirement party, isn’t complete without a different balloon, and similarly, no pool party is complete without a giant balloon animal float. It is easy to inflate. The vinyl holds it strong, no matter how many days you kept it in sunlight, and once the summer is gone, you can quickly deflate it and store it in a safe place to enjoy the following summer. The best thing about it is its length. Measuring five feet, it is huge. It can easily be inflated by mouth and is the best thing to take with you whenever you go to pools and beaches, and it comes with an instruction manual giving you a clear guide on how to use it. It is available on Amazon. Space Station Metal 3D Motel Space Station Metal 3D Model Buy Now! The teens will enjoy designing the challenging Metal Earth designs. Once their designs are completed, they will be proud of the effort they put in to make these. You will love the way they look. These gorgeous 3D models have detailed laser etching for authentic design. Every model comes on a metal sheet, which you have to pop out using either hands or cutter. Use needle-nose pliers to bend those tabs. Then, follow the instructions and carefully and cautiously connect the structural points to make a beautiful masterpiece. Remember, patience is the key to creating these metal works. You can put the miniature replicas in your home, office, or dorm room. Learning about outer space is something every kid loves so this would make an educational item on our list of unique toys for teens. Apache Toy Helicopter Buy Now! This Apache helicopter toy will take you off on a fantastic adventure in engineering and construction. The stainless steel and plastic pieces screw together safely and easily to build a fascinating eye-catching model of an Apache helicopter, complete with a spinning rotor and landing gear. You can put it on display showing your unique engineering creativity, and you can also use it in an imaginary play adventure. HD Movie Projector Movie Projector For Family Movie Night Buy Now! Building a movie theater is a teenager’s delight. Once it is completed, your eyes will widen with wonder. Following the illustrated instructions written in the manual and building the intricate mechanisms that make this projector work, a fantastic movie projector can be made by sliding high-quality laser-cut wood pieces. Next, running the included film through the wheels and gears, dim the lights, and then start turning cranks. As the cranks move, a small generator powers a light that shines through each frame of the film and projects it through the lens and onto your wall. Padded Flooring Buy Now! This isn’t even really a toy by the strictest definition, but it still gets a surprising spot on our list of unique toys for teens. It’s a dynamic feeling to put your feet on the subfloor, like surfing on the ground. You will see the beauty of stunning colors flowing through your feet. Each of these tiles is filled with the perfect match of colors and liquid to create an astonishing display of bubbles. Collect multiple tiles or whatever combination you need to make. It can be used in many places, like in front of the sink to add an exciting twist to filling up the dishwasher, or your living room, and it will provide a unique sensory stimulation while the kids play board games or read. Real Working Onager DIY Kit – Unique Toys For Teens Buy Now! It is for those who have a keen interest in ancient engineering. These torsion-powered engines were used by the Roman army from the 4th to the 6th century AD to conquer cities around the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. Now, you have the chance to build one with your own hands. It can easily be made by following the step-by-step instructions written in the manual, and the final product can launch projectiles over fifteen feet through the air. Feel how ancient warriors used this weapon. You can buy this product on Amazon at the cost. The post Unique Toys for Teenagers appeared first on The Best Toys Guide. View the full article
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  12. My apologies to anyone trying to reach me. My Google phone number was deleted and I'm trying to recover it. If not...I will set up a new one for you to call in to. Thanks...and sorry!!
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  13. There is hardly any kid out there who has never watched a single Disney show or movie and immediately fell in love within their childhood. Do you still watch the old shows and fail to miss the newer movies released under the Disney franchise? If your Disney mania is just as strong as it was in your childhood and Lego building challenges help you focus more, The Disney Castle 71040 will be one of the best sets you will ever lay your hands on. Released in 2016, The Disney Castle 71040 set was designed as an expert-level model for those aged sixteen and above. As the difficulty level is not something you can ignore, younger kids might not be suitable enough for building such an enormous model consisting of 4080 Lego pieces. However, as you read the Lego Disney Castle review, you will understand that it entails enough role-playing opportunities and family activities so that kids can watch you and learn, as well as enjoy placing some Minifigures or assemble simple pieces. As one of the largest sets from Lego and designed by Marcos Bessa, you should be prepared for the cost of the model set at USD 349.99 or GBX 289.99. Weighing 5.76 Kilograms, the box has a dimension of 17cm x 48cm x 58.2cm. What To Expect From The Disney Castle 71040 If you have built any detailed architectural model from the Lego Modular Buildings section, this set will give you a similar experience where you will find several references to the new and old Disney shows while opening various levels and sub-levels of the multi-storied castle. Whether it is the new-age Brave and Tangled, or the classic Mickey Mouse from the early 20th century –there is something for every fan. Straight out of the Walt Disney World Resort, this miniature Cinderella Castle with its marvelous façade and the themed room will be a jaw-breaking display feature of your home. At a height of 29 inches with a depth of 12 inches and a width of 18.8 inches, the castle brings several highlights – The detailed façade follows the elaborate stone bridge, a grand entrance through the wide arch gateway, huge clock, spired towers, and fairy-tale balconies. Endless Disney elements are there to be uncovered from the main building with four levels and the main tower featuring five levels topped with the golden spire. The first floor of the Main Tower is filled with assorted pots, pans, food elements and kitchenette, buildable pumpkin, broom, workbench, and a large stove with a redbrick pattern, taking reference from Disney Cinderella.The second floor is dedicated to Disney Sleeping Beauty or Maleficent with its spinning wheel and pin. This room also gives access to the room on the third floor of the Lego Princess Disney Castle.Rapunzel’s story from Tangled comes alive with the room on the third floor where you will find a chest full of scissors, a black lock of hair element, and a brush. It has a balcony and two stud shooters that shoot fireworks from the golden spire tower.The story of the first feature film of Disney, Snow White, and the Seven Dwarfs is depicted through the red apple, glass vase, and golden mirror on the fourth floor of the Main Tower.The fifth floor of the Main Tower has an arched window and bench adjacent to it. There are also a golden crown and two frog figures referring to the Princess and the Frog. The roof section can be removed to show the concealed storage containing the glass slipper of Cinderella and a fairy tale printed book.The wooden colored walkway features a target, bow and arrow, and three cake elements in relation to Disney Brave. The first floor of the main building comes with the elaborate arched doorway leading to the main hallway featuring mosaic tiling on the floor, suits of armor, an ornate chandelier, shields displayed on the walls, floor-standing vintage vase, and buildable flowers, and a grandfather clock like the Beauty and the Beast. You will also find the golden lamp for genie and the Aladdin’s magic carpet on one side.The room on the second floor of the main building also brings the story from the Beauty and the Beast alive with dark blue buildable curtains on pole, glass case element for the rose, and buildable ornate candelabra.The third floor of the main building has a connection to Fantasia Sorceror’s Apprentice with its chest, spellbook, bucket, and mop elements, as well as access to the second floor of the main tower.The fourth floor is a bedroom with an intricate bedstead and ornate headboard features. One of the best parts of this set is the assorted Minifigures and you can also bring related Mini-dolls from other Lego sets. Let’s check out the five Minifigures of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Tinker Bell from the Lego Disney Cinderella Castle – Mickey Mouse –A well-proportioned head and intricately printed torso are accompanied by the Disneyland Park-special tuxedo with new fabric representing the jacket tails efficiently.Minnie Mouse –The white polka-dotted red dress and bow as seen in Disneyland Park look perfect in contrast with yellow shoes and printing on back and front. It has printed eyelashes. Donald Duck –His classic attire i.e. the sailor suit printed on the torso look in perfect sync with the detailed head and the separate hat that attaches onto the head. The white tail sticks out of the waist.Daisy Duck –Her pink bow sticks to the head and her pink skirt is printed to fit to the Disneyland look with lavender-colored shoes.Tinker Bell –As the exclusive doll figure of the set representing the doll from Peter Pan of 1953, it comes with wig hairpiece on the head that has a cheeky smiling expression printed on it. The green skirt has fabric wrapping around the hips and printed green dress while the translucent plastic wings are attached on her back and she holds a magic wand. Building Experience With The Disney Castle 71040 As you are aware of the highlights of the model, it is time to follow the Lego 71040 review to delve into the building process so that you do not miss any tiny detail. You need to assemble the shallow plates to create the steps that lead to the entrance and the balustrades on the sides topped with the pyramidal pillar caps. Creating The Doorway The detailed lamps on both sides of the door reminds of the headgear of Witch-King while the golden elements stand in contrast with the wall fitting in a reddish-brown color scheme. Add the hinges on the wall to let the doors open easily. Look out for the carved stonework around the archway, as well as the intricate railings by the steps. The small balcony gets more depth with the printed wall panel along with the finials in white and sprinkled bluish-grey color scheme along the terrace. There is a coat of arms hanging in front of the balustrade and the clock showing the time of 11:52 PM i.e. just minutes away from the stroke of midnight, the time before Cinderalla was supposed to leave the ball to keep the spell of the Fairy Godmother intact, above the double-arched canopy looks significant. Creating Castle Walls Use large panels adorned with stickers representing worn-out brickwork for the walls and masonry bricks with carved supports for the detailed parapet. The curve of towers is created with 4×16 bows. Place the frogs facing each other on lily pads for them to kiss and turn into the human form of Naveen and Tiana. The white and bluish-grey color scheme of the walls stands contrasting the dark blue color of the rooftops. Mount wedge plates on hinges to match the steep slope of the roof while the finial is formed by fitting the hinge. Creating Hallway For the walkway of the Lego Disney Castle Lego round 2×2 tile with printed target and three round 1×1 tiles with printed cakes are used for the Brave movie reference where Hamish, Hubert, and Harris, Merida’s brothers turn into bears eating the cake enchanted by the witch. Assemble the vaulted ceilings, flaming torches on the wall, and two guard statues for the large hallway. The ship’s wheel is used as a chandelier to hold 8 candles turntable beneath the floor is utilized to form the angled tile design. Hang the carpet element above Genie’s lamp and place the buildable knight statues. Add the vintage heraldic symbol printed shields on the wall on the right side. Use the cone, a few 2×2 dishes, and an inverted dome to create the ornate vase with a golden ring base. The Grandfather Clock timing is set to the one outside with the printed 2×2 tile as its face. Creating Upper Levels White and tan plates are used for the walls to create contrast with the grey of the curtain wall. Use scroll bricks with white frames to give the windows a complete look. Add the hearth, pearl dark grey cooking pot, and other elements for the kitchen. Place Lumiere, the candelabra on a wooden table, and the Enchanted Rose beneath the glass cloche. Tan masonry bricks can be used to decorate chimney stacks on the roof attached by 2 studs and add golden accents as matching elements to the flags on outermost towers. The book in the compartment as revealed on removing the roof has a ‘Once Upon A Time’ cover with 1×2 tile. The glass slippers are placed inside the three-piece glass case. Creating The Main Tower Use white railings and hinges to form the curved base of the octagonal tower and add spires with a pink curtain to the interior for the window. Two printed bricks and pearl gold and reddish-brown elements are used for the bed of the bedroom. Hang the magic mirror on the wall and stick the reflective element in the middle. The topmost room can hold a Minifigure and you can place any doll to create an imprisonment moment from a fairy tale. The intricate stonework with carved crenellations around the spires looks eye-catching. You can hold Tinker Bell on the gilded spire of this tower. Light Up The Disney Castle 71040 Set On finishing the structure, you can light up Lego with the Lightailing or Briksmax lighting kit for The Disney Castle 71040 that anyone who is six years old or above can install and there is no need to be an expert in electrics to install the kit. If you are up for some customization, there are 34 random Lego pieces that you can add to the existing structures. Also, as the kit comes without batteries, get some AA batteries in advance. Two illustrated and universally described instruction manuals will take you through each installation step and afterward you can take the user guide as reference.Get the Briksmax light kit that comes with remote control to switch between nine colors, change brightness level and even control the LED glow for specific areas.The kit contains one changing multicolor light string, two solid color projector lamps, six white LED strips, five white 30cm LEDs, ten 30cm, and fifteen 15cm warm white-colored LEDs.The light kit for Disney Castle 71040 comes with three 50cm, three 5cm, and seven 15cm connecting wires that you should insert between the stubs to keep them hidden and safe from damage.There are two Adhesive Squares, a battery pack, tweezers, a multi-function board, and a 30cm power cable for the USB hub. Testing the kit beforehand is necessary to avoid any issue later on as the return-and-replacement window is only open for a week after delivery. Once done, connect the hub to the main power maintaining the voltage below 5V and as manufacturer guarantee of two years, keep the after-sale card safely. The post Lego Review: The Disney Castle 71040 appeared first on The Best Toys Guide. View the full article
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  14. I like the white overalls, red hat and shoes!!! What a great look and a great Santa!!!
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  15. In the words of Don Meredith from Monday night football!!! “You can take me now Lord, I’ve seen enough!”
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  16. The Real Story Behind Christmas in July Started in North Carolina Pack your bags, we're headed back in time–and to camp. Southern Living By Katherine Owen Christmas in July has become such a cultural staple each year that you may not have even thought about who first dreamed up such a cheery, potentially cheesy, midsummer celebration. Well, as it turns out, per Country Living's reporting, it started right here in the South. (No, it wasn't marketers!) We can't say we're surprised though. Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls' camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina. "I never thought it was unique to us," Page Ives Lemel, the current director of Keystone Camp, said in an interview. "It seems like something other camps would do." But not so. According to the camp's 100th anniversary celebration book, the first time anyone celebrated "Christmas in July" was at Keystone, per the request of camp co-founder Fannie Holt. "Miss Fannie was such a character: a whimsical, dreaming, creative type who added all of this uniqueness to the program," says Lemel. "Most camps number the cabins to identify them. Here, we have Crabapple, Skylark, and Crow's Nest, for example. Instead of junior and senior campers we have Elves, Pixies, and Dryads." The first Christmas in July included carolers, a Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, presents, and fake snow made of cotton. As the tradition evolved, campers would use laundry bags as makeshift stockings, which they placed outside their cabins to be filled with candy overnight. Eventually elves, reindeer, and Mrs. Claus joined the act, along with a camp-wide gift exchange, counselors included. Lemel, who is the fourth generation in her family to hold the title of director, said the gifts were crafty and creative. "One time my dad got a bejeweled toilet plunger decorated with feathers and glitter," she said in the interview. The tradition carries on today, and blistering-hot Southern summers have yet to stop the camp's tradition—now they simply go for a dip in the lake post-presents. To bring a little Christmas in July spirit home, check out our ideas for a Christmas in July party and which movies to watch when. Source: https://www.southernliving.com/christmas/how-did-christmas-july-start
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  17. I’ve heard of folks leaving their trees up year round but not lights. They’d be destroyed quickly here in the Southwest. We have a couple of strings of white outdoor lights on the patio. But that’s to keep the pack rats away. I just can’t imagine keeping a house lit like the photo shows all year.
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  20. The summer Santa looks tremendous and I really like the cause that will be beneficiaries of the event Thanks for the share Is it a ClausNet Santa?
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  21. Yep, what he said.
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  22. Thank you for all you do for ClausNet. It is an HONOR to have you with us.
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  23. 5 Reasons Why It's Time To Bin Wrapping Paper This Christmas "Whilst it totally understand this and the need to protect our environment, I really cant see any meaningful change occurring in my lifetime! Rob" . 1. Keep Rolling. The UK gets through 100 million rolls of wrapping paper each Christmas - approximately 227,000 miles of the pretty paper stuff. That’s enough to wrap the equator nine times. 2. It's not like other paper As you’re slumped on the sofa half covered in discarded wrapping paper, while the cat settles down under it for a snooze, it’s tempting to think that it can all be bundled up and shoved in the recycling bin. Sadly, that’s not the case. The Sellotape, plastic ribbons and metallic or glitter on the paper generally make it impossible to recycle so the only option is landfill or incineration. 3. Think of the trees While we might all print less at work and send less letters, Christmas time sees us all go a little crazy on the paper front. It’s estimated by DEFRA that around 50,000 trees are cut down each year to make enough paper to wrap our presents. The UK’s Committee on Climate Change released a report in 2018 that said we need to commit to planting twice as many trees by 2020 to help capture carbon and slow down the impact of climate change. 4. Think of the emissions Most of the UK’s paper comes from Scandinavia so each roll of wrapping paper has an air mile footprint, while Greenpace found that the production process emits 3.5kg of CO2 to make one kilogram of wrapping paper. 5. Stop the sticky tape Wrapping paper needs Sellotape / sticky tape to hold it together which isn’t recyclable. If you’re trying to do a plastic free Christmas then don’t fall down at the last hurdle over the sticky stuff. Small bits of plastic like sticky tape often end up in the sea, breaking down into microplastics and infecting our food chains, waterways and marine wildlife. Why does this matter again? There are eight million tonnes of plastic in our oceans. SOURCE - WRAG WRAP
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  24. Hallmark Channel announces Christmas in July 2021 schedule by Sarabeth Pollack 6/7/21 FANSIDED Summer might be upon us, but don’t let the warm weather fool you because it’s time for Hallmark’s annual Christmas in July celebration. The fun begins on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on June 25 and carries over to the Hallmark Channel on July 9 with holiday programming that will last through the end of the month. Thanks to the Crown networks, you’ll have the little bit of Christmas you need to power through the summer. Each day of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries celebration is tied to a theme, running June 25 to July 8. Then, every weekend of the summer Christmas celebration on the Hallmark Channel is tied to a theme starting July 9, celebrating movies from the previous year, movies featuring soap stars and some of the most memorable Christmas movies from Hallmark’s impressive library. There’s even a brand new Christmas movie, Crashing Through the Snow, set to premiere on July 9 on the Hallmark Channel. Complete schedule for Hallmark Channel’s Christmas in July 2021 Christmas programming will run June 25 through July 9 on Hallmark’s family of networks. Here’s a list of the themes, and you can check your local listings for programming on each individual day. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Highlights: Blake Shelton Night (Monday, June 28), featuring all of the holiday movies with Blake Shelton as the executive producer. Titles include Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas, Time for You to Come Home for Christmas, and Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas. Holiday Jam Session! (Friday, July 2) will be a wonderful night filled with films that celebrate the songs of the holiday season, including Our Christmas Love Song, The Christmas Bow and Christmas at Graceland. Salute to Christmas (Saturday, July 3) honors the men and women first responders who protect our country with movies that include The Christmas Doctor, USS Christmas and Deliver by Christmas. Family on the 4th! (Sunday, July 4) celebrates family holiday movies with hits like A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, Holly & Ivy and The Christmas Ring. Hallmark Channel: 2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11), featuring all of the beloved hits from the 2020 holiday season. Soap Sunday (July 18) celebrates the many soar stars that have appeared in Hallmark Christmas movies, including Cameron Mathison, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe and Victor Webster. Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25) will celebrate the biggest movies of all with such hits as Crown for Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Christmas Under Wraps and The Nine Lives of Christmas. As soon as Hallmark’s summer holiday celebration wraps up, the countdown begins again as fans await the official kickoff to Christmas in the fall. Source: https://culturess.com/2021/06/06/hallmark-channel-announces-christmas-july-2021-schedule/
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  25. Any light Enthusiasts planning on attending the Light Expo in Las Vegas July 15-17th? I missed the one in the Dallas area several years ago before I saw the LIGHT. https://www.christmasexpo.com/
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  26. he should be in the hall, end of story
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