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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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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Tracking Santa Claus

December 24, 2010

Christmas issue of NOAA's Weather Bureau Topic...
Image via Wikipedia

Secret Santa: NORAD Mum On How It Tracks St. Nick

http://www.ktvu.com/holidays/26265354/detail.html

Check out this link for tracking Santa Claus throughout the world with Norad.

Phone: 877-HI NORAD

Website: http://www.noradsanta.org

Twitter: noradsanta

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/noradsanta

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NORADSANTA

Trooptube: http://www.trooptube.tv/videos/3278 Phone: 877-HI NORAD

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone

December 14, 2010

A Christmas tree inside a home.
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MERRY CHRISTMAS !
 
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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Elks Holiday Brunch

December 6, 2010

Our yearly Holiday Brunch will be on Sunday, Dec. 12th this year. Bring up the whole family to toast the holidays with friends and family. Main dish will be provided, please bring a side to share. Santa will be arriving around noon for pictures and to bring presents for the good little girls and boys.

When reserving your spot, please give us the number of children, their gender and their age. Sunday 11 – 1.

********Bring your change from your Purple Pig for an entry into a special drawing held that day***********

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San Carlos First Holiday Happenings

December 4, 2010

Tonight was a great evening, the weather was great. I was amazed at home many children we had. The best part was the train ride, the line must have been a 2 hour wait. But, it was worth it, the train was all decked out in lights and the kids loved it as well as us adults. The street was closed and everyone had a great time. One plus was the West Bay Community Band. They were great! And, yes they will be playing tomorrow to welcome Santa‘s Sleigh in town. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain on them. Another plus was the monkey man, the kids just loved the monkey who took a penny and put it in his bucket… Another plus was the “Snowman”,  he was  one of the friendliest that I have seen and most kids seem to love taking their pictures with him, or the parent’s did at least.

The snow came later with the lighting show, what a great ending to a wonderful evening. Thanks to the workers of the SC Community Center and all the volunteers who made this happen and our finest police force.

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Belmont Carlmont Tree Lighting

November 27, 2010

A christmas tree.
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A little side history of the Belmont Tree Lighting Ceremony that we have every year. The lighting of the Christmas tree and the caroling by children represented by local public and private schools is a continuing tradition since 1974 where the tree was proclaimed the city’s official Christmas tree November 10, 1975.  We sponsor this event and give a donation as a thank you to the schools that participate in the tree lighting known as “The City of Belmont Tree”.  The festivities include an arts and craft boutique with Santa mingling amongst the crowd giving candy to the children. This is our way of sharing the spirit of giving during the holiday season.

  • Where: Carlmont Village Shopping Center, 1049 Alameda de Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002
  • Date: November 29, 2010
  • Time: 3:30pm–6:30pm
  • 4:45pm Santa arrives and mingles with the crowd.
  • 5:00pm Christmas carols by Notre Dame/Serra/Mercy mixed chorus.

  •   6:15pm  Santa lights the Belmont

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Santa Arrives By Helicopter

November 25, 2010

 

Santa Arrives by Helicopter at Hiller Museum in San Carlos On Saturday, December 4th, the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce‘s Annual Santa Arrives by Helicopter Event will be held.  The event will be at the Hiller Aviation Museum at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos.  

9:30 am to 10:30 am – Music by West Bay Community Band
10:00 am – Noon Santa’s arrival and visits; refreshments from Bianchini‘s Market; children will receive a candy cane & coloring book from Kindercourt Schools
Noon – 2:00 pm  Escort by fire truck and police to Santa’s house – Bank of America Lot, 760 Laurel Street & children visits with Santa.  Santa returns to his house every Saturday through Dec 19th.

For more information, contact the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce at (650) 593-1068.      

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San Carlos First Evening of Holiday Lights

November 20, 2010

 


The City of San Carlos & the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce invite you…
to the First Ever “Night of Holiday Lights” in Downtown San Carlos
 
Friday, December 3, 2010
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6:30 pm – Lighting Festivities !

Downtown Laurel Street (San Carlos Ave. to Olive St., street closed) and featuring Festive Lights with a Snowfall Forecast, Music & Carolers &
Children’s Crafts & Train Rides. This should be a great evening for everyone. See you there!

Downtown Restaurants & Businesses will be open!

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