Calling Santa for Free

Calling Santa for Free

Can you imagine the kinds of messages Santa must get? Calling Santa is easy — and now free. In a new video released today by the North Pole Santa shares a few of the messages he receives on his toll free number. They are, to say the least, adorable: Most published phone numbers you see for Santa are not toll free. In fact, most calls to Santa not only require you to pay the long distance or cell charges — they have their hand out in selling something else. Not this one. Maybe that’s because it comes from the realRead more

The Perfect Halloween Mood Setter

The Perfect Halloween Mood Setter

Bach’s Toccata in D Minor might not be known by name for those who don’t follow classical music but it’s signature sound is recognizable by millions as being associated with suspense, terror and especially Halloween. Here it is in spooky splendor as presented by the great Richard Elliott, famed organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It is the perfect mood setter as we head into Halloween: Many think this was written specifically for the organ but experts say it was intended instead for the violin. However, a history of use in 20th century film and on stage for various scenesRead more

Lies the Internet Tells You About Christmas

Lies the Internet Tells You About Christmas

If it is Christmas truth you’re looking for there is no deeper resource than the Internet. But be careful — the Internet lies about Christmas. That’s right – linked in the list below are credible websites that get Christmas completely wrong. That should be sign enough for you that maybe it’s time to rethink Christmas overall. There are many mistruths about Christmas spread online. But these are the real whoppers – just flat out lies that bear correcting: Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Wrong. Nearly every big website out there gets this wrong, including Wikipedia. ChristmasRead more

The One Secret to a More Organized Christmas

The One Secret to a More Organized Christmas

If there is a common wish for Christmas that goes unanswered every year it would have to be celebrating an organized Christmas. From the food to the decorations to managing all the parties and events it seems that no matter what efforts are made there seems to be not enough time, too much to do and no way to fit it all in. On the Internet entire forums and websites are dedicated to the making the organized Christmas. There are planners and calendars galore. People share pictures, menus, recipes, patterns, and resources for everything Christmas. But for many the organizedRead more

The Real History of Christmas Ornaments

The Real History of Christmas Ornaments

The humble Christmas ornament rarely gets much thought for its significance and purpose. For many the Christmas ornament is merely decorative, a simple environmental adornment of the season. Most can look at an ornament and see it as nothing really special. Like nearly all things Christmas the history of Christmas ornaments is glossed over by historians and peddlers of merchandise. At Hallmark, who makes millions from sales of specialty ornaments annually, they can only say “For many people, decorating their home and Christmas trees with ornaments is one of the most enjoyable ways to capture the magic and excitement ofRead more

The Great Christmas Social Media Survey

The Great Christmas Social Media Survey

Christmas is a social media event and there are a million ways to find Christmas online. While we like to think we have it all covered we know there are literally thousands of resources out there dedicated to Christmas. And we want to find them all. We’re looking to find new, unique websites, apps, Facebook pages and groups, Twitter feeds and other resources dedicated to Christmas. We desire to find new contacts, to interface with Christmas experts and to share resources via our own site, social media channels, newsletters and podcasts. Long before we were online we learned the powerRead more

Celebrating Christmas Year Round

Celebrating Christmas Year Round

For some people the Christmas tree never comes down. Their reasons vary. And others just think it is weird. “Right around this time of year you start hearing the uncomfortable comments,” Mitzi Unger, 64, said from her Louisiana home. She has kept her tree up and decorated in various themes since 2011. “When my husband was sick and then later died in December of 2011 we had the tree up for him,” she explains. “He loved it, it made him happy. He requested Christmas trees at his funeral and people made it happen. It was a wonderful and different kindRead more

My Private Christmas

My Private Christmas

The presents are all unwrapped. Santa’s stockings are emptied. Signs of yet another great Christmas celebration are everywhere. And my husband and children are asleep. The lights on the tree still shine and this is my time for my private Christmas. It is private because most don’t understand it. I didn’t understand it at first. Like everyone else I grew up with the traditions of Christmas. The mistletoe, the concerts, the decorations, the bustle of gifting and fixing foods and enjoying gatherings. Those things are still a part of it. But Christmas isn’t Christmas for me until my private Christmas.Read more

Perils of Playing Santa

Perils of Playing Santa

The cat-and-mouse game of hiding the Christmas presents begins as soon as a black Friday bargain is found. Whether you are hiding gifts from your significant other or your children the game can be intense. Take, for example, the year of the drum set. My then 10-year old son had his heart set on a drum set for Christmas. It was out of our realm of possibility until about two days before Christmas when a moving neighbor had to off-load his five-drum set due to a sudden move. The price was right but how to hide it for Christmas morning?Read more

Real Onion Dip

Real Onion Dip

The staple of all dip standards when it comes to year round entertain is the timeless combination of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix with sour cream. Have that and your dips will be a hit. But what if you want an onion dip with a little zing…a little surprise shot of freshness, a dip that makes folks grab another chip and ask, “what’s in this stuff?” The rumor about the Lipton dip is that it was devised in the 50s and proves so popular as part of holiday entertaining that more of Lipton’s product ends up on chips and not reallyRead more