- Holidays and Celebrations
I Believe in the Magic of the Season
Do you believe in Santa Clause?
Call him St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, St. Nick or just good old Santa, he's a man that brings a lot of joy, magic and wonder to a very special time of year. Believing in Santa is believing in the Magic of the Season.
Santa shows up in malls all around the country to listen to every child's dearest wish. Santa often rings that familiar bell while standing next to a red bucket. Santa often shows up at holiday parties to spread a little cheer to everyone in attendance. Santa makes the season brighter all around.
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The Story of St. Nicholas
AKA Santa a quick summary of how he came to be
Santa, known first as Nicholas, was orphaned at an early age. His parents had been rich and left him with a sizable inheritance. Nicholas just happened to have a naturally generous spirit and was raised to be a good Christian to his fellow man. This meant that he did not waste his money on frivolous things, but instead used it to do good by helping the poor. There are many wonderful stories of how Saint Nicholas used his resources to help those in need and because of this he has been a favorite Saint through many difficult times.
Learn more at: www.stnicholascenter.org/
But how did the wonderful Saint Nicholas turn into a jolly fat man with 8 flying reindeer? That's a very good question and well the answer is rooted in tradition as many good things are. In the 19th century the world was changing for children. Instead of being born as extra hands to help support the family, children were allowed to have a childhood. Christmas up until this point had been somewhat of a frat party. People were shifting their values to a calmer family focused home life and holidays shifted along with it and were celebrated at home.
Remembering their European heritage, many writers and artists cultivated the image of St. Nicholas, who they honored on St. Nicholas Day by leaving small gifts and coins in each others shoes, and turned him into a lovely way to sell pretty consumer gifts to new customers at this time of the year. This image of Santa blew up in the 1950's, when a boom of consumer products were on the market.
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Santa Clause - Hard not to believe...
Santa is a very special guy that brings wonder and joy to children around the world.
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Santa Claus Movies - Christmas Time Classic Films
A collection of my all time favorite Santa Claus movies. It's just not Christmas until you've watched a few of these. Settle in with a cup of coco, a comfy blanket and a warm crackling fire.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Sit back, relax, and enjoy this traditional story
Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas Online - Don't forget to wish your online friends a Happy Christmas
- Whip up a Fancy Warm Drink at WhatToDrink.com.
Spice up plain hot chocolate with a whole slew of drinks in adult and kid friendly versions.
- Try your hand crafting a homemade gift at MarthaStewart.com.
Unique gifts that are unlike anything you could buy in a store. Martha makes it sound so simple.
- Elf Yourself at JibJab.com.
Select some pictures of you are your friends and turn them into an animated song and dance greeting card. You can get some hilarious results.
- E-mail your wish list to Santa Claus at the NorthPole.com.
Easy to use web form to fill out with a free form box to detail your wish list. Santa will write you a letter back!
- Send an E-Christmas Card at BlueMountain.com.
Brighten someone's Monday morning with a lovely Christmas Card in their in-box.
- Track Santa at NORADsanta.org.
Follow Santa and his reindeer as he delivers presents all around the world. This only works on Christmas Eve!
- Watch 101 Online Christmas Videos at FanPop.com.
From classic movies like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" to Christmas episodes of favorite sitcoms like the "Brady Bunch".
- Volunteer for the Salvation Army at RingBells.org.
I saw a lot of empty kettles with no bell ringers last year. A lot of communities are in need of volunteers for this annual campaign to help the needy. Find out how to sign up with this online directory.
- Find a New Cookie Recipe at Christmas-Cookies.com.
Christmas is the best time to test out new baked goods. Just make sure to share!
- Open an Advent Calendar atSantaGames.net.
Starts on December 1st! Play a new game each day.
When you think about Christmas... - What do you think of first?
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