Archive for the ‘Christmas Spirit’ Category

American Greetings The Countdown to Christmas

November 18, 2014

The Christmas-friendly folks at American Greetings have come up with an app called The Countdown to Christmas.  Watch with wonder as the clock on the mantel counts down the days, hours, even seconds to Christmas!

  • Non-Member Price:$2.99 per download
  • Member Price:$1.99 per download

 

Have a look and enjoy.

 

A Christmas Carol – free online

December 22, 2009

Ever read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? 

Now, you have no excuse!  You can read the whole thing free, online. 

Just click on the book…

 

 

 

 

 

Macy’s Christmas Window Display

December 19, 2009

Ever been to New York at Christmastime?  Me neither.  But thanks to the nice folks at travelistic.com, we can all enjoy the Christmas display windows at Macy’s.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

December 18, 2009

Standing outside an airport bookstore last month killing time before boarding, my eyes scanned the new books on display…Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue, Glenn Beck’s Arguing With Idiots, Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny…so many books, so little time.

Then, a few inches above floor level on the bottom shelf I spotted a small book with a beautiful cover…but the title is what grabbed me: The Man Who Invented Christmas.

“Another attack on Christmas,” I thought, assuming it was a story about some evil capitalist pig responsible for the commercialization of Christmas and rendering it nothing more than any other holiday.

Curiosity got the best of me, so I picked it up and read as much as I could in the 10-15 minutes before my flight.  Not near enough time, but what I was able to read certainly convinced me that I need to get this book and read it.

Not some toy company CEO, or Macy’s board of directors, or ad agency is the subject of Les Standiford’s latest book.  The subject is no less than Charles Dickens: the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time.  Standiford describes…

…how a struggling Charles Dickens came to write the small book that would transform a somber, faded holiday into the celebration of charity and good cheer we know today.

Just before Christmas in 1843, a debt-ridden and dispirited Charles Dickens wrote a small book he hoped would keep his creditors at bay. His publisher turned it down, so Dickens used what little money he had to put out A Christmas Carol himself. He worried it might be the end of his career as a novelist.

The book immediately caused a sensation. And it breathed new life into a holiday that had fallen into disfavor, undermined by lingering Puritanism and the cold modernity of the Industrial Revolution. It was a harsh and dreary age, in desperate need of spiritual renewal, ready to embrace a book that ended with blessings for one and all.

I still haven’t had the time to read the book, but I will (famous last words).  If you’ve read it, please comment and share your review with the rest of us.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

December 6, 2009

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest Christmas Theme Park and Carnival!

Located in Miami, Florida, Santa’s Enchanted Forrest offers endless excitement and fun with over one hundred rides, shows, games and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. 

Open November 5th through January 3rd, the park features hundreds of themed displays, the most prominent of which is a 92 foot tall Christmas Tree!  They also have pony rides, a petting zoo, and over 3,000,000 lights!  You’re sure to be amazed.

Don’t forget to stop by and visit Santa while you’re there and tell him what you want for Christmas…or you can send him a letter through their post office.

You can even visit Santa’s Enchanted Forest on Facebook.

We DISH You a Merry Christmas

December 2, 2009

Here’s a wonderful commercial from the Nice folks at DISH Network.

I’m going to see about ditching my cable service and switching to DISH 🙂

After the video is done, check out the related video from Bill O’Reilly, who calls them Patriots for their unabashed celebration of Christmas.

Please be sure to send a note of thanks and encouragement to Robin.Zimmerman@dishnetwork.com at DISH Network for providing me with the imbed code so I can share their video with my loyal readers.

Rasmussen: ‘Merry Christmas’ vs ‘Happy Holidays’

November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds:

  • 72% of adults prefer "Merry Christmas," while 22% like "Happy Holidays”
  • Older Americans favor "Merry Christmas" more than younger adults
  • Married adults fancy the traditional greeting a lot more than unmarrieds, although there is virtually no difference in the views of those with children in the home and those who don’t have children living with them
  • 91% of Republicans and 70% of adults not affiliated with either major political party like store signs that wish them a "Merry Christmas," compared to just 58% of Democrats
  • Last year, 68% of all adults wanted holiday signs to read "Merry Christmas," while 25% preferred "Happy Holidays"

 

Christmas Makes a Comeback in Patchogue

November 3, 2009

Due to our support here at Where’s Christmas?  I received this email from Phil Butler just this morning:

from: Phil Butler
date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 8:08 AM
subject: Christmas Holiday Boat Parade 

Christmas

Great News – No more holiday boat parade in Patchogue–it has been agreed and accepted that this year and for ever more the boat parade will be called the: 

Christmas Holiday Boat Parade

So please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors to come to the 16th Annual Christmas Boat Parade on Sunday, November 22nd and join the fun and excitement as big and small boats parade from Shorefront Park to head of the Harbor fully decorated in lights, colors and the spirit of Christmas.  The Grucci Family will again donate the fireworks with the arrival of Santa Claus.

For those who e-mailed us last year, thank you very much and please be assured that your support and encouragement greatly helped and was most appreciated and if you wish to help us make this the biggest and best Christmas Boat Parade on all of Long Island, you can again help; to do so, simply mail a donation as follows:

Sponsorship of the Best Boat Christmas Decorations $500.00
Sponsorship of the Best Boat Theme …………………..$250.00
To donate any amount from…………………$25.00 to $100.00

Simply mail us sponsorship or donation to:
Christmas ‘n Patchogue Committee
38 West 1st Street
Patchogue, NY 11772

Philip Butler
Chairman
Christmas ‘n Patchogue Committee

Thanks to all of you who called and wrote in last year to express your support for the Christmas Parade.  This is just one of several examples I’m planning to post this year of success stories I’ve witnessed since last year.  The Grinchs are feeling the push back, so be encouraged and continue to speak out in support of Christmas!

Take a moment to email your support to Phil Butler: PButler@grucci.com

Don’t Forget Our Merry Christmas Poll!

December 14, 2008

Before you forget, take a moment to vote…

See the gray box in the lower left sidebar: “I joyfully wish others a Merry Christmas…”

  • I don’t want to, but I’m forced to.
  • My (boss/job/etc.) won’t allow me to, but I want to.
  • Never…I wish Christmas would disappear.
  • Yes…unless I feel pressure not to.
  • Always – it’s my favorite time of the year!
  • Other (fill-in your own response)

After you vote, you’ll see the results.

Overstock.com Celebrates Christmas!

December 11, 2008

wwwoverstockcom_p_960Overstock.com is becoming one of my favorite online Christmas retailers. 

You may remember last year’s post about their TV commercial.  Well, they’ve made progress since then…

Click the ad and have a look at their 12 Days of Christmas promotion.

Now they’re showing their Christmas spirit ~ Merry Christmas Overstock.com!