Uses for Holiday Cards

January 25, 2013

American card, circa 1940

American card, circa 1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Holiday cards always make me smile and reminisce about the person who sent it. I really hate to dispose of them, so mine are still sitting in a basket – for one more look. This year I plan on recycling some of the cards by sending them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Please read below for further information on how to do this.  

I also heard a clever idea for the family photo holiday cards. Take a picture of the card with your smart phone and then store it as the picture in your contact information. Then every time that special person calls you will see the wonderful family photo.

Donating Tips for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

  • All types of greeting cards, including Christmas are accepted.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
  • They do not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards.
  • 5 x 7 size or smaller is preferred
  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use the United States Post Office in a Flat Rate Box (available at the Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds.
  • Mail donations to :
    St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
    Recycled Card Program
    100 St. Jude’s Street
    Boulder City, NV 89005
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Santa Clause Town

December 13, 2012

Nowadays, the Christmas season and spirit kicks in before we’ve even had a full day to recover from our Thanksgiving Day feasts. Christmas trees are bought and decorated, old holiday jingles reverberate from radios reminding us of childhood, gifts are given and unwrapped and a little more quality time is spent with loved ones. As magical and lovely as the Christmas season is, it passes as quickly as it comes and we collectively set our sights on the new year and eagerly await the warmer weather of spring.

Now this usually is the case across the board. But not always. For the most festive town in AmericaSanta Claus, Indiana – Christmas never ends and is celebrated every single day of the year!

This small town of nearly 2,500 was established in 1854 as “Santa Fe” but had its request to establish a post office denied because there already was a town with that name. From that serendipitous moment, they reconvened and “Santa Claus” was ultimately chosen and they’ve been working for well over 100 years to do right by their namesake and celebrate Christmas year round.

sign courtesy of route 12 The Most Festive Town in America   Santa Claus, IndianaEvery street has a holiday themed name
*Image Courtesy of: Route Twelve

Santa Claus is more than just a town name. You can find an ode to the Christmas holiday everywhere you turn. Every street name was carefully chosen to have some sort of hint of Christmas in it. Who wouldn’t want to live on Reindeer Circle, Prancer Drive, Ornament East or Rudolph Lane? Every business in town have Christmas related names as well. You can visit Santa’s Candy Castle to satisfy your sweet tooth, have a cup of coffee and listen to music at Silent Night Cafe or even grab some dinner with the family at Frosty’s Fun Center.

Beyond the phenomenally decorated homes of Christmas Lake Village and large Santa Claus statues that outwardly show cheer; the people of this small town seem to carry within them the true spirit of Christmas 24/7.This is highlighted by a group of volunteers who call themselves “Santa’s Elves” who have replied to every single letter sent to “Santa Claus” (they get thousands of them from around the globe) since 1914!

Courtesy of santa claus museum facebook post office mail The Most Festive Town in America   Santa Claus, IndianaVolunteers have answered every letter to “Santa Claus” since 1914!

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Biggest Gingerbread House

December 1, 2012

In keeping with its annual tradition, Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian opened up its life- sized cookie doorsfor guests to buy gingerbread treats and holiday décor in the lobby of the Victorian-themed hotel.

Santa Comes to Hiller Aviation in San Carlos

December 1, 2012

  • Join us for Christmas Carols by the San Carlos Community Band
  • Cookies, sodas and candy canes
  • Santa will be available from 10am-12pm to listen to the kids Christmas list
  • No Charge for Santa’s arrival – sponsored by the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce
  • Museum doors open at 9:30AM

Special Snow Globe with Your Address

November 28, 2012

Snow Globe icon

Snow Globe icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a fun snow globe for this time of year. You just have to put in an address and it shows up with your house in snow. Of course, this is based in Google. I watch my house change all the time in google. All you need to do is:

ENTER YOUR ADDRESS and ZIP CODE (City & state not needed)

Then click the “Shake” button.

http://www.draftfcb.com/holiday2011/

My friend, Doug Anderson shared this with me and I thought it would be fun for everyone.

Happy Holidays!

Nancy

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012

During this time of Thanksgiving Celebrations, my thoughts turn to you with warm appreciation for your continued support, loyalty and trust!

May the day be filled with happy cheer and memories that last throughout the years!

Wishing you and yours a Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving!

Goblin Walk in San Carlos

October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

4:00 – 5:30 pm, 600 – 800 Blocks of Laurel Street

For children 7 years & under. Must be accompanied by parent/adult. Be dressed in your Halloween Gear.

Trick or treat at Laurel Street businesses displaying the ‘Goblin Walk Stop’ sign. Pick up your Goblin Walk Trick or Treat Bag at the Downtown Park or from any Goblin Walk Volunteer.

Support Downtown Businesses – Shop San Carlo, A Free Community & Downtown Event

‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ House Was Truly Scary Before Rehab

October 21, 2012

 A little history before Halloween!!!

Angie Hill bought the “Nightmare on Elm Street” home in 2006, even though it was not really on Elm Street. This was the house the Freedy Krueger haunted as a real nightmare on “Nightmare on Elm Street”.

Angie Hill lives in one of the most legendary horror homes in movies: the house with the scariest basement in America, where Nancy Thompson faced the sharp-fingered Krueger in the original 1984 slasher flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” (Of course, the real home used for filming is in Los Angeles, not the fictional Springwood, OH, and it’s on North Genesee Avenue, not Elm Street.)

It was a delightful suburban cottage when it appeared in the film, but when Angie snatched it up 22 years later, it looked like something out of a scary movie. Neglected by the previous family who owned it, the house was falling apart.

“It was horrible,” Angie said. “It was the only house on the street that looked beaten up. …The pool looked like it hadn’t been touched in 10 years — it was black.

Paint was chipping, and cracks were showing all over the home’s exterior, and the concrete patio in the backyard was breaking apart.

“It had the weirdest vibe,” Angie said. “You could feel the weird energy. There was a really oppressive odor.”

Angie bought the place anyway with the intention of completely renovating it. First, she burned sage to clear the energy in the house, she said. Then, she took apart 90 percent of the entire home — walls, ceilings, the roof — and replaced them. “I ripped off half the house.”

Only a portion of the exterior shell of the house remained intact while she gut-renovated every room. The work was so extensive that it took nearly a year to complete before she could officially move in. But it was all worth it: “I love my house,” Angie said.

The front exterior of the house still looks mostly the same as it did in “Elm Street,” save for a new, striking red door. Cult followers of the classic horror film still recognize it today.

“People stop and take pictures, and there’s a tour bus that goes by three times a day,” Angie said. “Sometimes people come to the door and say stupid things like, ‘Do you know what house this is?’ ”

But, she admits, the home’s fictional history of horror still has a very real effect on her.

“I used to be afraid to go in the basement,” she said.

4th of July San Mateo County

June 29, 2012

Looking for a place to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July in San Mateo County? Check out:

Foster City Fourth of July Celebration. Music, food and beverages, a parade, dog show, pancake breakfast and arts and crafts. 8 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Leo J. Ryan Park, Shell Boulevard and East Hillsdale Boulevard. www.fostercity.org.

Redwood City Independence Day Festival and Fireworks. Arts and crafts, food and beverages, kids’ activities, carnival, 9 a.m., Broadway and Hamilton streets. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Marshall and Winslow streets. Fireworks will begin about 9:15 p.m. www.parade.org.

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Earth Day Free Compost San Carlos

April 21, 2012

The San Carlos and Recology San Mateo County invite San Carlos residents to the San Carlos Compost Giveaway on Earth Day.  Each resident is welcome to take up to 5 gallons of nutrient rich compost to enrich their gardens. This will be just in time for all of our vegetable gardens out there.

The event is for San Carlos residents only – no commercial gardeners, please. Bring proof of residence.  And remember, it’s BYOB – bring your own bags and buckets.

See you there!

Sunday, April 22, 2012 – from 9am to Noon
Highlands Park, Tennis Courts Parking Lot
2600 Melendy Drive

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