Category Archives: Holiday

Top Revelations About Cyber Monday

1.) So called Cyber Monday started like last week. It’s over played. Stop saying Cyber Monday if it’s only Saturday.

2.) there are a good number of deals out there, but also the unimpressive fake deals that have been a different variation of the same sales from last week. Shop accordingly.
3.) Just about everything was sold out on Target dot com making me angrier than if there were no sales at all.
4.) Cyber Monday makes me just want to buy stuff for myself, hmmm, I think I need new pants.. oh, hello new vacuum!
5.) I have people to shop for and no ideas. And darn, If only we could’ve picked work secret Santa names last week, I could’ve gotten them a much cooler gift for the ten dollar limit.

6. The only thing I don’t like about buying online is buying something one day, then the next day, better prices.
7.) Free shipping is the best, I won’t buy anything without it.
8.) Shopping is much better done from home, also more dangerous for my wallet. Ouch!

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New Mexico Teacher Is Discliplined After Telling A Student ‘Santa Is White’

Last week in a school in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, (about 15 miles north of Albuquerque) a teacher was in hot water after telling a black student that was wearing a Santa hat and beard in class,  “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?” Students prior to that day were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

The school has put out a statement saying that the teacher was “disciplined,” but not actually what the disciplinary action consisted of. The parents of the boy said that the teacher apologized to the family and the boy has been switched to another classroom.

This incident comes on the heels of Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly saying on the air that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.

It is true that both Santa and Jesus are most often depicted as white, but it’s an absolutely ridiculous thing to claim that Santa even has a race or that Jesus in the flesh was actually white.

why is it so hard for people just to be accepting?

why is it so hard for people just to be accepting?

A Santa Character was in fact fabricated by Western culture, which is why we often think of him as being European descent, but the idea behind Santa is that he’s a man bearing gifts ALL OVER THE WORLD (to good children). His mythical being is often tied with the altruistic spirit behind Christmas; and yes of course he’s a guy in a red suit that we have fun with for the sake of our children on December 25th. To think that non white families can’t conjure up an image similar to their own likeness is silly in itself because of the mythical nature behind the whole story. He’s made up for freaking sake, why are we even worrying about this?! Why are Fox news reporters trying to prove he’s a white guy? Oh wait, nevermind: They are Fox News, and this is what they do.

Sorry, but one specific race or specific culture, not even pop culture, owns the myth of Santa at this point. How do people even begin to think that they could dictate what an imaginary figure looks like in other families’ minds?

The modern day pop culture depiction of him was largely created by cartoonist, Thomas Nast (a German man) and Clement C. Moore who wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas which later became known as Twas the Night Before Christmas, and is widely used as what many of us typically think of Santa looks like. But just because a cartoonist colored the guy with a peach-toned stroke, doesn’t mean that that’s the one true Santa. I really have trouble even getting past the fact that people feel the need to argue over a made up guy. It’s like saying the Easter bunny has white fur, it should be a non-issue.

1881 illustration by Thomas Nast who, with Clement Clarke Moore, helped to create the modern image of Santa Claus.

1881 illustration by Thomas Nast who, with Clement Clarke Moore, helped to create the modern image of Santa Claus.

But on the other hand, Saint Nicolas who was a 4th century Greek predecessor of Santa is often portrayed as having darker skin.

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Jesus has been studied by archeologists and they have determined that he indeed is not white and probably looks something similar to the image below.

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What we typically see as an image of Jesus

What we typically see as an image of Jesus

Super Easy Ribbon Christmas Card Holder Display

I’m not a Pinterest Mama by any means, but I created a super easy way to display Christmas Cards this year.

I bought 12 feet of glittery green ribbon and a package of glittery bows (total cost approximately $5.50).

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Cut each green ribbon in half.
First I tried super-gluing it together, but the glitter didn’t want to stick, so I just taped it together.

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Then I simply tacked it to the wall with a thumb tack.
It’s probably going to be too heavy to use tape alone, but I taped the top and bottom of the ribbon to the wall to reinforce it and so it doesn’t sway.
It’s best to staple cards to the ribbon to ensure they won’t fall off.
I hung them on each side of a big doorway between the living room and dinning room.

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Ok friends, send me more cards, I need to fill these babies!

Never Fear, Santa Now Gets A Fighter Escort

noradIt’s been a tradition to watch Santa fly around the world on Christmas Eve on the NORAD tracker online. This year there’s a twist.. the site is adding a fighter plane to trail Santa.. presumably to protect him from.. the war on Christmas maybe?? What do you think? Too much? Is this just an innocent fun thing or is it going overboard causing kids to think Santa is in danger?

Weigh In below

It Wouldn’t Be A Kardashian Christmas Card If It Wasn’t Crazy Over The Top

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Don’t think the boys aren’t in this mess.. Look closer and see Bruce’s Wheaties box in the window, Kayne’s Rolling Stone magazine cover and Lamar on the cover of a gossip mag. You even see a baby under the “coming soon” sign in the middle. I didn’t see Rob, but maybe his socks are someplace?

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Uh oh.. Vader on the Shelf Is Back Again!

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“I’ve been waiting for you, Elf. We meet again at last.”

If you missed yesterday’s picture and my rewritten version of the Elf on the Shelf book check it out here! Be sure to visit tomorrow to see what sort of deadly mischief Darth Vader will cause next.

Beware Elf, It’s Vader On The Shelf

“It’s unwise to lower your defenses.”
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Have you ever wondered how the Big Guy could know
if you are from the Light or Dark Side, as you grow?

At holiday time Palpatine sends me to you.
I watch and report to my Dark Jedi crew.

My Job’s an assignment from the Emperor himself.
I am his Master’s protégé
not some measly Elf on the shelf.

I got sick of that that annoying goodie-two-shoes-elf
so I came to your home to rule Christmas myself.

The first time I come to the planet you call home
you quickly will learn I will make it my own.
Don’t even think about naming me Markle or Zart.
If that sort of thing happens, you’ll get struck by a dart.
I won’t be re-named or bring you any fun.
Do you take me for a fool? I am the chosen one.

I used to go by Ankakin back in the day
But now I am Darth Vader on the Shelf and I’m not here to play.

Each night while you’re sleeping
back to Palpatine I’ll fly
high in the Death Star in the dark galaxy sky.
Of course Jedi magic helps me to be quick.
I laugh alongside my pal Bobba Fett because we just killed Saint Nick.

I tell the Emperor if you have been good or been bad.
The news of your alliance makes him happy or sad.
A push or a shove, I’ll report to the Boss,
but small acts of evilness will not be a loss.

In the spaceship, at the pod-race
Or even at Jedi School
The word will get out
That you comply with my rules.

I’ll be back at your planet you tiny little bloke.
Don’t think about conspiring against me, or your neck I will choke.

Every day in December when you awake
your knees will quiver, wobble and shake.
You won’t rise and shine to find this red-suited twerp elf
I will now be watching carefully from my throne on the shelf.

Maybe you will find me the kitchen, bathroom, or den-
but don’t forget, my subjects, I am not your new friend.
Where will you find me, let’s make it a game?
And if you get sliced by a lightsaber, you’ll know who to blame.

It will be my rules that you have to follow,
like it or not I will be back tomorrow.

Don’t think about touching me- don’t even bother.
I will not hesitate to cut you, even if you call me your Father.

Check out the second day of Vader on the Shelf here!

Happy Thanksgiving

Complaining about what’s not right comes easy. I’m sure for many of us, there’s always a number of things that could make the list. I could rattle off ten things that isn’t perfect for every one thing that is. Its always much easier to let those things spew from our brains and be thrown blindly into the crowd of fellow social media users like grenades. It’s much harder to reflect from within and really focus on what we’re thankful for. Full stop. I mean be thankful without a but this attached at the end..
That’s what I’m focusing on today. Being thankful within for the important things in my life. End of. Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

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My 6 year old drew a picture of what Thanksgiving is to her. There’s a table full of good food and she says the balloons are to celebrate being together as well as Hanukkah. And no, we’re not Jewish, but I love my daughter’s sentiment. It’s amazing how children are born so inclusive with open arms. That’s something I hope to always instill. We are happy for others customs and celebrations; even if there is a lack there of. I find it hard to swallow when we demand people do it our way. So much hate and energy is wasted in our daily lives being angry that others don’t do what we do. Whether it’s parenting, holidays, religion, shopping, etc. sometimes we need to reflect within and focus on what makes us happy and healthy and safe and let others do the same.

Vintage Veterans Day

I love vintage posters and post cards. I especially love these old Veterans Day and Armistice Day posters below.

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Apparently The Word ‘Gay’ Is Too Much For Hallmark

Recently the popular card store, Hallmark, released a Christmas ornament with the words, “Don we now our fun apparel” instead of the traditional words, “gay apparel.”

Which I wouldn’t think twice about the change, except they do admit they changed the wording for fear of the “double meaning.”

They released a statement justifying the change:
“When the lyrics to ‘Deck the Halls’ were translated from Gaelic and published in English back in the 1800’s, the word ‘gay’ meant festive or merry,” according to a statement released Wednesday. “Today it has multiple meanings, which we thought could leave our intent open to misinterpretation.”
The Hallmark statement went on to explain that the ornament was created in the spirit of “fun.”
“The trend of wearing festively decorated Christmas sweaters to parties is all about fun, and this ornament is intended to play into that,” the statement said. “So the planning team decided to say what we meant: fun.”
It added: “That’s the spirit we intended and the spirit in which we hope ornament buyers will take it.”

Dear Hallmark: gay is not a naughty word. We, the general consumer, are more than capable of deciphering what the word means and I’m sad that you feel you have to act like a child and omit the word. I’m wondering why they would even open this can of worms and risk backlash. The ornament should have either stayed traditional, or never have been created. And honestly the new wording wouldn’t have been a big deal if they hadn’t opened their mouths about the “double meaning.” SMH.

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