December 24th, 2015

A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

December 7th, 2015

Glazed Pecans Recipe

glazed pecan recipe1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups pecan halves

Combine all ingredients except pecans in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Cook until candy thermometer reads 220 degrees. Remove from heat, add pecans and still until well coated. Spread on wax paper, separate with fork and cool.

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December 1st, 2015

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth [Lyrics]

IMG_7796Every body stops
and stares at me
These two teeth are
gone as you can see
I don’t know just who…
to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve
is as plain as it can be!All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth!
Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could with you
“Merry Christmas.”
It seems so long since I could say,
“Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!”Gosh oh gee, how happy I’d be,
if I could only whistle (thhhh)
All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth.
Gee, if I could only
have my two front teeth,
then I could wish you
“Merry Christmas!”

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November 30th, 2015

Dear Santa USPS Locations in Florida 2015

Operation Santa answers "Dear Santa" letters from needy children each ChristmasOrlando, FL

Dec. 8, 3pm – 5pm and
December 10, noon – 2pm

Orlando Post Office
10401 Post Office Blvd
Orlando FL 32862

USPS Contact: Debbie Vick
(407) 826-3450

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.
November 30th, 2015

Dear Santa USPS Locations in New York 2015

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New York, Ny

December 7th – 23rd, 2015
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

James A. Farley Post Office
421 8th Ave
New York, NY 10199

USPS Contact: Pete Fontana
(212) 330-3000

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.
November 30th, 2015

Dear Santa USPS Locations in California 2015

Letters-to-Santa

California

Los Angeles

December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17, 2015
11am to 1pm only

7101 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90051
Building at the North end of parking lot

USPS Contact: Cleofe Erguiza
(323) 586-4380

Oakland

Dec. 7 – 18, Monday through Friday
10am-3pm

Oakland Post Office
1675 7th Street – Lobby
Oakland CA 94615

USPS Contact: Toni
(510) 874-8737

Sacramento
Nov. 30 – Dec. 18
Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Royal Oaks PO
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento CA 95813

USPS Contact: Candi Cheathon
(916) 263-7161

San Francisco
December 1: 11am to 1pm
December 4: 11am – 3pm
December 8: 11am to 1pm
December 15: 11am to 1pm
December 18: 11am to 3pm

Post office lobby
1300 Evans Ave
San Francisco CA 94188

For info call (415)550-5005
Press Contact: Kim Wu – (415) 550-5082

Santa Ana
CALL FOR DATES & TIMES

Santa Ana District PO
3101 W. Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana CA 92799

USPS Contact: Kay Vang
(714) 662-6229

Santa Clarita
CALL FOR DATES & TIMES

Sierra Coastal District
28201 Franklin Pkwy
Santa Clarita CA 91383
Enter Gate 2

USPS Contact: Jennifer
(661) 775-6731

The Operation Santa Claus rules are as follows:

  • All “Dear Santa” letters are to be picked up at a post office in person. “Dear Santa” letters will no longer be sent out by mail and telephone requests are no longer accepted.
  • Companies and organizations can pick up letters by appointment only with your local post office if that facility has “Dear Santa” letters available. You will need to present a letter of introduction on company letterhead and a valid ID.
  • Individuals wishing to answer “Dear Santa” letters are not required to make an appointment. Please contact your local postmaster to see if Operation Santa Claus is available in your area at this time.
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers must agree with the USPS Privacy Act Statement listed on the PS Form 6012-1 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Individual) and PS Form 6012 (Operation Santa Letter Adoption Third Party).
  • All “Dear Santa” helpers are required to show one piece of acceptable identification.
November 10th, 2015

Autumn Fires [Poem]

Thanksgiving Poemsby Robert Louis Stevenson

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

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