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

Bethlehem A.D. in Redwood City

December 21, 2011

Bethlehem A.D. starts tonight on Middlefield in Redwood City. Bring the family for a walk thru the set of this remarkable scene. Makes you think about the true meaning of Christmas. You won’t be disappointed!

Dec. 21, 22 and 23 from 6 – 9:30. Rain or shine. Free

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San Carlos Street of Lights

December 17, 2011

Everyone knows the great street in San Carlos on Eucalyptus. It is closed to one-way traffic at the moment. If you would like to see this street now is the time, when it gets closer to Christmas, it is almost impossible to get down the street.

These are the homes on Eucalyptus that have a great display. However, San Carlos does have other homes that are on Arroyo, Cordilleras and other streets as well.

Please come by and see the San Carlos light show…

1900 Eucalyptus Ave
1932 Eucalyptus Ave
1953 Eucalyptus Ave
1957 Eucalyptus Ave
1962 Eucalyptus Ave
1963 Eucalyptus Ave
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Best Haunted House

October 30, 2011

Check out this line from Youtube for this Halloween House.

This is an amazing, dazzling light show that will boggle your mind. Similar to what you would see at Christmas, this guy in Riverside, CA used thousands of lights to create four singing pumpkin faces, light-up tombstones, light-up hand-carved pumpkins and strobe lights in the project. All of these were programmed to complement each song. Kevin J., the 39-year-old mastermind behind this extravaganza said it took 15 hours of work for each minute of music. This is his fourth year of doing Halloween shows; this one being his project for last year.

My neighbors Keith and MaryJo Hoffman used to do this as well. However, our neighborhood will miss the light show since they moved down to So. Cal….

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Christmas Day

December 25, 2010

Santa Claus with a little girl
Image via Wikipedia

Welcome Christmas Day! I want to wish everyone a fabulous and loving Christmas with family and friends. Christmas is a time to reflect on what is important in our lifes and I know we all have family, children, grandchildren and friends that we care about. Let’s wish them many blessings this Christmas. Thanks to all of you for watching my blog and your comments. Happy Holidays to all of you!

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Redwood City Best of Lights

December 23, 2010

Enjoy the lights this year with our top of the line in Redwood City.

411 Topaz in Redwood City

Also enjoy this home at 1726 Vera in Redwood City

And, a delight is 2674 Eaton in Redwood City

I am so proud that we live in an area the lives by tradition and the joyful faces of our children. And, I have to say, if any of you take any seniors out, they just love it. It is nice to leave our problems behind and enjoy the lights and our families. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone

December 14, 2010

A Christmas tree inside a home.
Image via Wikipedia
Click on Christmas Card 
 Christmas Card
Happy Holidays from my home to yours. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season!
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