Archive for the ‘Christmas Trees’ Category

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.

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Santa & Sons Christmas Tree Lot

December 3, 2008

I stumbled across and read a 4-year-old post the other day at coyoteblog.com.  One of the comments caught my eye…here’s an excerpt:

Hello,
I am the owner of Santa and Sons Christmas Trees in Los Angeles, an Oregon Christmas Tree Farm. I have operated retail Christmas tree lots since 1977…every Christmas tree we sell (we don’t sell holiday trees!)…[are] high quality fresh trees that are properly displayed in water and in the shade, and the full service we provide…[we understand] that keeping it fun to pick out a tree together is part of the reason people choose a retail Christmas tree lot instead of a tree from the chain store.
Mark Rohlfs

Santa & Sons 2001[1] I contacted Mark and asked if I could write-up a post about him and his Christmas tree lot.  He promptly and cheerfully provided me with a link to his website, and I have to say it is much grander than I had expected!  (…not only that, I was also surprised to discover his lot is located at Valley College, where I took a couple of classes…a few decades ago).  Read the About Us article (click on the picture of their delivery truck) and learn all about Mark and Patricia and the family atmosphere they’ve created for their customers…their journey over the years reads like a rough draft of It’s a Wonderful Life.

He also has a flash version of his website, and the Showcase page provides a nice graphic overview of the content, including: various celebrities Santa & Sons 2005[1]who have visited his lot; various news stories (in newspapers & magazines, and on TV, & radio) about his Christmas tree lot and his Christmas tree farm in Oregon; his Christmas Spirit – charitable work with Trees for Troops, the Grossman Burn Center, The Christmas Spirit Foundation, and several other good causes; etc. (all of this content can be found on his regular site as well).

Mark’s Christmas trees have been used on many notable occasions, such as at the premiere of the Warner Brothers movie, The Polar Express, with Tom Hanks.

So, if you live in the San Fernando Valley, start a new Christmas tradition: become part of the Rohlfs family and buy your Christmas tree each year at Santa & Sons Christmas Tree Lot.

Who Cares What They Call the Tree in Wisconsin?

December 23, 2007

Annual Wisconsin Christmas TreeWho is it that opposes State Representative Marlin Schneider’s efforts to return to the sane practice of calling a Christmas tree a “Christmas tree”?  Why, it’s the Freedom From Religion Foundation, that’s who.  And, just who are they?  Well, there a dedicated group of only 12,000 people who think they are better equipped at running America than the other 99.999999% of us.

So just what does the Freedom From Religion Foundation do?  Do they create programs like the Boy Scouts to help children become productive members of society; or the Salvation Army to help feed and clothe the needy; or hospitals to care for the sick; or schools to promote education?  Well, uh, no…we file lawsuits. 

And, what has the FFRF accomplished in it’s short life? 

The Foundation acts on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of members and the public, including: Prayers in public schools, payment of public funds for religious purposes, government funding of pervasively sectarian institutions, and the ongoing campaign against civil rights for women, gays and lesbians led by churches.

The Foundation keeps several challenges in the courts at all times, and has ended a variety of violations of the First Amendment.

They also implement crucial informational efforts such as their “Wake Up” Campaign:

Initiated by a generous benefactor offering a $25,000 matching grant, the Foundation undertook a well-timed “Wake up America to the dangers of theocracy” campaign in 2006.  With wonderful response from its membership, FFRF launched public outreach, including our first foray into national radio advertising on Air America radio.

The FFRF’s purpose statement is, “protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.”  Never mind that neither the constitution, nor any other document of state mentions any such principle (see here for a well presented history of the issue).

Apparently organizations such as the ACLU, People for the American Way, and Americans United weren’t doing enough to eradicate Christianity from American history and contemporary society.

 

Support Representative Marlin Schneider (WI-D)

December 22, 2007

Wisconsin Representative Marlin Schneider has requested that I enlist your help to pass the bill he is sponsoring.  If passed, Wisconsin’s “Holiday Tree” will be restored to its proper name: The State of Wisconsin Christmas Tree (see my previous posts here & here).

Here’s the email I received from him this morning:

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  Well, it looks like Senator Decker wants to kill it in the Senate so if you can apply some gentle persuasion to him and the other senators it would maybe help. – Marlin

I am so glad to read about a man with conviction who is willing to stand-up to the politically-correct grinches.  I fully support Marlin Schneider’s efforts, and I am encouraging my readers to contact Senator Decker right away (especially your Wisconsin Senator for you Wisconsin residents) to express your support for Marlin Schneider’s bill:

Here’s the email I sent to Senator Decker:

Dear Senator Decker,

I urge you to vote in favor Representative Schneider’s resolution to reinstate the name of The State of Wisconsin Christmas Tree.  A Christmas Tree is no more a “holiday” tree, than a dreidel is a holiday toy.  Please vote to preserve our treasured traditions and our heritage.

WI Representative Marlin Schneider Replies!

December 6, 2007

See my post from yesterday: O Christmas Tree.

After posting, I emailed Representative Schneider, and he replied immediately this morning:

Thank you for your nice note and for your help on this.  I expect this bill will have tough sledding in the State Senate so any help there would be appreciated.

Spread the word to voters in Wisconsin to contact their Representatives ASAP.  Here’s the directory for the Wisconsin State Assembly.  Whether you’re a Wisconsinite or not, be sure to take a moment to email your support to Rep.schneider@legis.wisconsin.gov.

 

O Christmas Tree

December 5, 2007

Here you go folks…more evidence of the existence of the war on Christmas.  Here’s a little excerpt, but please be sure to read the complete story:

Michael Schoenfield, legislative aide to Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Wisconsin Rapids, who is sponsoring the resolution, said the state should refer to the tree as a Christmas tree because that is what it is.

“As a Jew, I have a problem calling it a holiday tree,” Schoenfield said. “It’s not my holiday.”

According to WISCTV.com, “Schneider said it was a Christmas tree until politically correct state officials changed its name to the holiday tree in 1985.”  As of this moment, the poll on their website shows 4,300 out of 5,437 votes agree with Schneider’s resolution.

With a Democratic Representative and his Jewish aide agreeing that there’s a war on Christmas, the home office of the ACLU must be freezing over right about now.

WRN.com reports:

Annie Laurie Gaylor with the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation says it’s not necessary.  She says it’s just jumping on the bandwagon for the phony “War on Christmas” that has been identified by Conservatives.  Gaylor says labeling it a Christmas Tree insults the many non-Christians living in Wisconsin.

If you live in Wisconsin, be sure to let your voice be heard and contact the representative for your district.  Here’s the directory for the Wisconsin State Assembly.  Whether you’re a Wisconsinite or not, be sure to take a moment to email your support to Rep.schneider@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Support Christmas

November 11, 2007

While it seems as though their aren’t any organizations left, public or private, that haven’t gotten the anti-Christmas Grinch memo yet, I will do my best to recognize honest Christmas spirit here whenever I come across it.  Please help out and comment with those you find as well – and spread the word to your friends and family about this blog.

If you’re in the market for any products or services at Christmastime, please support those who attempt to maintain our national sanity by ignoring the egalitarian push from the Left.

Speaking of…I found an ad in Parade Magazine this morning advertising The World’s Finest Artificial Christmas Trees.  You can find them here: http://www.treeclassics.com/default.aspx.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t monetize my blog (at this point, anyway).  Any links I provide are just that.  I’m more than happy to give information to like-minded people who celebrate Christmas (whether Christian or not) enabling them to find manufacturers, retailers, forms of entertainment, etc. that have resisted kneeling at the alter of political correctness. 

I remember hearing James Dobson say years ago that his father taught him that we vote with our dollars.  So, let’s vote for Christmas while we still can.

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