December 25th Christmas

It’s Christmas Day. It has so many means to so many people. The true meaning is, it’s the day of Christ’s birth. Now we don’t know the day He was born for sure but December 25th serves the point as well as any other day.

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Today we give gifts, eat with our families and celebrate what is most important in our lives… even if we don’t celebrate it for the “right” reasons. The giving of gifts imitates the Three Wise Men giving gifts to Jesus. The tree the three symbols of Christianity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

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We have sort of made up the rest over the years. Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas, who was a real person that gave gifts to his village in the name of the Lord. He wasn’t fat either, Coca-Cola did that. No, not his drinking it, they just thought he looked better on the bottle if he was fat.

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So today is a birthday celebration that all Christians celebrate. We all do it in our own way and that’s okay. I remember a Pastor telling me that he thought it was great to light up your lawn with every light you could manage to place. It lights up the night and shows all what you believe in, for the right… or the wrong… reasons.

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How to celebrate – Have a Merry Christmas. Respect others beliefs. Celebrate the season.

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December 4th Santa’s List Day

Christmas is coming and Santa is getting his lists together, or rather his Elves are getting the lists together for him. So have you been naughty or nice this year? You can’t hide the truth from Santa, or rather his Elves. (You can’t hide it from Mom or Dad either)

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And who is to say what is naughty and what is nice? There are times that being naughty is nice and sometimes when being nice is being naughty. I guess it is all how you view things. So while everybody is getting their shopping lists together Santa is determining who gets what.

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There is an incentive for Santa to give out a lot of nice listings. After all, he will have the rest of the year to contend with those he has left on the naughty list. His vacation could even be effected by leaving someone on the naughty list. Naturally if you are going to the beach you certainly do not want to leave sharks on the naughty list.

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Even animals want to be on the nice list, well most of them anyway. It affects the rest of their year too! The types of treats they get, whether they get to sleep in the bed with you, whether they get that toy they have had their eye on. Come to think of it, kids and pets are very similar to each other.

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So as you are planning your year you should keep in mind which list you want to be on. After all it would be a shame to end up on the naughty list for something you did on December 26th.

How to celebrate – Try and figure out if you are on the naughty or nice list. make up a list of your own and send it to Santa. Plea bargain your year.

December 18th Answer the Phone like Buddy the Elf Day

December 18th is Answer The Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day
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Who hasn’t seen Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell) in “Elf”? Good, or bad, the character has launched itself into our society and in some way, gives us something to strive for. The movie came out in 2003 and is becoming a classic as we head into Christmas 2017.
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To accomplish this feat, you need to answer the phone in a particular way. “(Insert your name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”
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How to celebrate – Answer the phone as above (I do not advise this at work). Be an Elf this Christmas instead of a Scrooge. Tell everyone your home is the North Pole

December 4th Santa’s List Day

It’s a busy time of year at the North Pole. Santa is gathering his list finding out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Which list are you on? It seems like a lot of people are making the list this year, maybe a few more naughty than nice.

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Of course there are still things that you can do to get your name moved from the naughty list to the nice list. It all starts with your wanting to be moved! Treating people nicer, doing more for others, doing what you say you will do all will get you moved up on the list while apparently being a politician, an entertainer or a newscaster may move you to the naughty list.

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Now I am not sure who determines what is nice and what is naughty. Some think being naughty is nice while others think that what they are doing is nice. I guess it gets back to that old saying, “In the eye of the beholder”. If you are a child you know Santa is watching but if you are an adult…

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So that leads to what you think is naughty and what you think is nice., the lines can become blurred at times. And can you imagine the size of that list! If everyone is on the list it would take most of us a lifetime just to read the list. I’d better get busy, there are over a billion Chinese people alone!

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How to celebrate – Make sure you are on the nice list, at least with your loved ones. Create your own list and send it to Santa with your approved and not approved on it. If you dress up as Santa and pretend to be him, are you naughty or nice?

December 21st Humbug Day

For anyone who has gone shopping on Black Friday, this is your day to celebrate! Characters like Scrooge, the Grinch and the Abominable Snowman love this holiday. It’s the day to celebrate all that is wrong with Christmas, Hanukkah and any other religiously based holiday.

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The holiday was actually created on the Seinfeld show with the alternative holiday becoming Festivus. Festivus is a holiday where you don’t anything. Instead of a Christmas tree you use a plain aluminum pole, not decorated of course, tell everyone about your grievances and end the day with a Festivus dinner of whatever you might normally have if it wasn’t a holiday.

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Christmas is often a difficult time to get through. There are many people who have regrets and are sad about something. The holidays seem to increase their awareness of all they have to be sad about instead of what they have to be happy about. While I completely understand and sympathize with their plight, it is so much easier to find things to be sad about over finding things there are to be happy about.

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So I suggest that instead of look at all the negatives, look for the positives. Look for all that you do have over the things that you don’t have and  if all that fails, remember the real reason for the season, regardless of what religion you celebrate. If none of that works…

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…celebrate Humbug Day.

How to celebrate – Don’t enjoy any of the Christmas lights or decoration you see. Don’t have a family dinner with all the trimmings. Return any gifts you get whether you like them or not.

December 18th Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf

December 18th Answer The Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day

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Who hasn’t seen “Buddy the Elf”? Good, or bad, the character has launched itself into our society and in some ways, gives us something to strive for.

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The movie came out in 2003 and is becoming a classic as we head into Christmas 2016.

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To accomplish this particular Buddy feat, you need to answer the phone in a particular way… “(Insert your name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”

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How to celebrate – Answer the phone as above (I do not advise this at work). Be an Elf this Christmas instead of a Scrooge. Tell everyone your home is the North Pole.