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Happy Holidays from the "Valley of the Sun," Scottsdale, Arizona!
Here's a terrific idea! When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:
A Recovering American Soldier
In the desert, we do Christmas differently. The winter grass is growing, the palms swaying are in the breeze. We decorate our houses and the cacti in our desert yards with chile pepper lights while wearing our t-shirts and shorts. We also drive around town looking at the Christmas lights in our convertibles with the top down.
Our version of the 12 days of Christmas is also unique. Click here for an Arizona desert rendition.
We have put together a great "Christmas Tour" for you and your family. We have researched the history behind many of the events and traditions of this holiday season. Follow the links at the bottom right of each page to complete the tour.
You can even send your "Relationship Wish List" by e-mail to Santa Claus - designed to help you fit the pieces of the relationship puzzle together in a healthy way. Santa's Christmas elf, Larry James, will answer your e-mail.
Christmas is both a holiday and a holy day. In America it is the biggest event of the year (especially for kids), and for members of the Christian religions it is an important day on the religious calendar. The federal government, all state governments, all schools/colleges/universities and the vast majority of businesses in America give employees one or two days off at Christmas, making it an important holiday.
In the Roman Catholic calendar, Christmas is one of six holy feast days celebrated in America, the others being:
Where Did Christmas Lights Come From? - Albert Sadacca was fifteen in 1917, when he first got the idea to make Christmas tree lights. A tragic fire in New York City involving Christmas tree candles inspired Albert to invent electric Christmas lights. The Sadacca family sold ornamental novelty items including novelty lights. Albert adapted some of the products into safe electric lights for Christmas trees. The first year only one hundred strings of white lights sold. The second year Sadacca used brightly colored bulbs and a multi-million dollar business took-off.
In America, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest shopping weeks of the year. Many retailers make up to 70 percent of their annual revenue in the month preceding Christmas.
The tradition of gifts seems to have started with the gifts that the wise men (the Magi) brought to Jesus. As recounted in the Bible's book of Matthew, "On coming to the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."
Christmas was largely a non-event in America until the 1860s. 1867 was the first year that Macy's department store in New York City remained open until midnight on Christmas Eve. 1874 was the year of the first window displays with a Christmas theme at Macy's. It has snowballed from there.
December 12th is Poinsettia Day, to honor Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the U.S. diplomat (the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico) who introduced the Central American plant to America. Poinsettias were attached to Christmas starting in 1828.
Q: What do you call children who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Traveling during the Holidays? Learn some quick tips to make your travel safer and less stressful. Read, Don't Stress Holiday Travel.
Follow this link to 10 Classic Christmas Flicks. Get into the holiday spirit with these festive flicks.
Christmas music plays a big part in celebrating the holidays. Here is a list of the most popular songs that are played continuously during the Christmas Season. Since there are not that many, it is estimated that you could hear each song anywhere from 500 to 700 times over the course of the few weeks leading up to Christmas.
read by Og Mandino.
Have yourself a "Jazzy Little Christmas" with Dave Koz and friends and Kenny G. Hear many of your favorite Christmas songs and a few new surprises. Excellent additions to your Holiday CD collection.