Archive for November, 2009

November 30th, 2009

Many Thanks to Hostgator

Operation Letters To Santa

Operation Letters To Santa

A Big Thank You to Hostgator!

This is the season of both giving and receiving and we would like to thank our hosting company for their generous support.  Operation Letters To Santa gets hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the year, and particularly after Labor Day.  In fact the first year that site was operational it actually crashed a server.  Finding a way to pay for the extra bandwidth immediately became a problem as Operation Letters To Santa is not a commercial site. Fortunately for us, HostGator very graciously offered to host the site and gives us unlimited bandwidth during the holiday season.  For this, we are eternally grateful!

Please visit their website for your hosting needs and while you are there, please thank them for their continuing support of Operation Letters To Santa!

Operation Letters To Santa

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November 30th, 2009

Operation Letters To Santa Announces Annual Christmas Contest

This year one lucky boy or girl will win an Apple iPod Touch 32 GB! 

iPod Touch lets you enjoy everything you love about an iPod and then some. Watch your movies and TV shows on a brilliant 3.5-inch display. Use the revolutionary Multi-Touch interface to flick through your music in Cover Flow. And anytime you’re itching for more entertainment, just tap iTunes to browse and buy on the fly.

Surf the web, send email, and get directions from anywhere you are.

Most of what you do online with a computer can easily be done on iPod Touch. Built-in Wi-FI means you can check your favorite blogs, write an email with a photo attached, or find out how to get to that new restaurant. When you think about it, iPod Touch is a computer in your pocket. How handy is that?

Operation Santa’s contests are only available to subscribers of Santa’s Newsletter. Signup for our newsletter today so you don’t miss any chances to win! Santa’s subscribe list is double-optin so please be sure to respond to the email that you receive when you sign up in order to be eligible for our contests.

Be sure to join Santa’s FREE online community where you can create a family page and share music, videos, pictures and blog posts!

Please visit Operation Letters To Santa for almost 1000 pages of Winter Holiday and Christmas family traditions, recipes, games, crafts, Christmas sheet music, Christmas carols, tales and so much more!
 
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November 29th, 2009

Operation Santa Claus Program Begins December 1 in NYC

Table of contents for USPS Operation Santa Locations

  1. Operation Santa Claus Program Begins December 1 in NYC
  2. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Alaska – 2009
  3. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Alabama – 2009
  4. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Arkansas – 2009
  5. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in California – 2009
  6. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Washington, DC – 2009
  7. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Delaware – 2009
  8. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Florida – 2009
  9. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Illinois – 2009
  10. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Indiana – 2009
  11. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Kentucky – 2009
  12. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Maine – 2009
  13. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Maryland – 2009
  14. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Massachusetts – 2009
  15. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Michigan – 2009
  16. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Minnesota – 2009
  17. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Missouri – 2009
  18. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in New Jersey – 2009
  19. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Nevada – 2009
  20. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Ohio – 2009
  21. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Oklahoma – 2009
  22. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Pennsylvania – 2009
  23. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Puerto Rico – 2009
  24. Operation Santa Claus Post Office Locations in Wisconsin – 2009
Operation Santa Claus answers Dear Santa letters from needy children

Operation Santa Claus answers Dear Santa letters from needy children

Operation Santa Claus in NYC is back for another year to offer an opportunity to help the less fortunate this Christmas.

For more than 100 years, volunteer postal workers have answered letters to Santa from children who would otherwise have no Christmas at all.

Operation Santa Claus, based out of the James A. Farley building across from Madison Square Garden, continues to grow and evolve each year. And this Christmas season, Operation Santa Claus may be available at your local post office. Please check with your postmaster to find out where you can get “Dear Santa” letters. Call 1-800-ASK-USPS to obtain the telephone number of your post office.

All you have to do is show proper identification (drivers license or other government photo ID) and fill out a brief application form. Then you can choose up to five letters from children who have little of no hope of receiving a Christmas present.

If you are a company or other group wanting to pick up to 10 letters you will need to make a third party appointment by calling 212-330-3000 and filling out a brief application form.

LETTERS to SANTA PROGRAM

Delivering the Holidays, Delivering Dreams

As close as we can tell, the Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 100 years ago. However, it was in 1912 that Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters in the program that became known as Operation Santa.

In 1940, mail volume for Santa increased so much the Postal Service invited charitable organizations and corporations to participate to provide written responses to the letters and small gifts to the children who wrote them. Over the past 69 years, the program has taken on a life of its own. Postal facilities in cities around the country today allow charitable organizations, major corporations, local businesses and individuals to adopt letters to Santa to make children’s holiday dreams come true from coast to coast.

Individuals and organizations interested in adopting a letter should go to a participating office and complete a participation form.  Click here to print a PDF of participating post offices. You can also call your local post office to see if this wonderful program is available in your area. Call 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Kick off of Operation Santa Claus, 2008


Operation Santa Claus (NYC)

When: December 1, 2009 through December 24, 2009. Please note that you will not be able to pick up letters on December 1st until after the kick off of the program. You will be able to pick up letters at 1 pm.

Hours:

Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm

Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm

Third party by appointment: 212-330-3000

Where: the James A. Farley Post Office, 33rd and 8th, New York, NY

Customer Relations Office
James A Farley Building  (Click here for map and driving directions)
Room 3023
421 Eighth Avenue
NY NY 10199-9998

For more information about the program, call 212-330-3000.

Participating Post Office Locations Across America

Click here to print or view Operation Santa Claus locations in other cities.

Click here to print Individual Participant Form.

Click here to print Organization Participant Form.

Call your local post office to find out if this wonderful program is available in your area. 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Please email us with new locations that are not listed on this form and we will immediately add them to our list!

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Thank you so much for your interest and participation in Operation Santa Claus and we wish you and yours the very merriest Christmas!

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November 26th, 2009

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

I always look forward to the autumn holidays and absolutely love Halloween and Thanksgiving. Being an inveterate list maker, my Thanksgiving meal grocery and to-do list is pulled together months in advance and lovingly attended to in the run up to the actual day. My lists help put tasks, goals, principles, accomplishments and history into context. They also act like a form of journaling as my traditional holidays lists change very little over the years and it is always nostalgic to go back over previous years lists and instantly re-visit that notebook memory and the people who shared the holiday with us.

If you’re like me, you look forward to the Thanksgiving Day feast. Our traditional Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli casserole and a whole variety of delicious side dishes. Baked pumpkin, pecan and apple pie covered with heaps of fresh whipping cream end the meal. And the leftovers! Breakfast for me the day after Thanksgiving always consists of my unfinished dinner plate from the day before. For my husband, it is pecan or apple pie!

Particularly enjoyable to me are those traditions that are just too important to lose. I begin the day by rising much earlier than the rest of the household. No matter what the weather, I wind up outside with my cup of hot chocolate or tea, swathed in layers of pajamas, robe and bunny slippers and tucked under a blanket waiting for the sun to come up. Once the sun has greeted the world, this is the signal for me to begin simmering the giblets for the dressing. This is my alone time before the day becomes filled with family and friends. This year we will be at home with our loved ones and we will do something that is increasingly important in our world. We will be thankful.

Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and blessings of the past year. From pre-meal prayers to providing holiday meals to the homeless, to sending holiday messages to our troops, the holiday is truly a celebration of praise and thanksgiving for all that we have, all that we have done, and all that is before us.

From our home to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 23rd, 2009

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973

Table of contents for Thanksgiving Videos

  1. Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
  2. Jerky Turkey (1945)
  3. A Day of Thanksgiving
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is the tenth prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network in 1973, and won an Emmy Award the following year.

The special opens with Lucy enticing Charlie Brown to kick the football she is holding. Charlie Brown at first refuses, correctly suspecting that Lucy will pull it away as always; but Lucy convinces him that kicking the football is a Thanksgiving tradition, and that being asked to do so is an honor. Charlie Brown decides that Lucy would never pull her trick on a national holiday, and ends up getting deceived and landing flat on his spine once again for the 4th time. His best friend Linus saved the ball.

Charlie Brown and Sally are preparing to go to their grandmother’s place for Thanksgiving dinner when Charlie Brown gets a phone call from Peppermint Patty, who invites herself over to Charlie Brown’s house for the holiday dinner. Two quick subsequent phone calls add Marcie and Franklin to the guest list, and since Charlie Brown cannot get a word in edgewise with Patty, he quickly finds himself in a quandary with no easy solution—at least not until Linus shows up.

Linus suggests to Charlie Brown that he could have two dinners: the first one for Patty and her friends, and then the second one at his grandmother’s home, forcing Charlie Brown to admit that all he knows how to make is “cold cereal and maybe toast.” Regardless, Linus recruits Snoopy and Woodstock to set up a ping-pong table and chairs in the backyard (setting the table has its own problems as Snoopy goes toe-to-toe with an uncooperative, folding deckchair that comes to life and tortures him). Snoopy and Woodstock set the table, then help Charlie Brown and Linus with the food. When the food is readied, Snoopy and a reluctant Woodstock go to Snoopy’s doghouse and dress in Pilgrim clothing. They return to the house with Snoopy holding a musket, which fires unexpectedly and causes Charlie Brown to lose his patience.

The guests arrive, and they all make their way to the backyard for the feast. Linus leads the group in prayer, and Snoopy serves up the food, throwing the plates to each guest Frisbee-style. Each person gets:

  • Two slices of buttered toast,
  • Some pretzel sticks,
  • A handful of popcorn, and
  • A few jelly beans.

At first Patty is shocked, but her shock quickly turns to outrage, and she angrily berates Charlie Brown for the “meal”. Embarrassed and dejected, Charlie Brown timidly leaves the table and goes back into the house. Patty’s tirade continues until Marcie gently reminds her that Charlie Brown did not invite her to dinner; she invited herself—along with Marcie and Franklin. Realizing Marcie is right, Patty comes to her senses and begs Marcie to go and apologize to Charlie Brown on her behalf. Marcie reluctantly does so, but Patty soon follows her and apologizes to Charlie Brown herself.

In the midst of the quasi-feast, Charlie Brown loses track of the time he and Sally are supposed to be at their grandmother’s home for dinner in half an hour. So he calls his grandmother to tell her that they are going to be a little late and to explain the situation—that he has friends over and none of them have eaten yet. But his grandmother suggests that he bring all his friends with him for Thanksgiving dinner; the idea is welcomed with cheers from everyone.

After Charlie Brown and the gang leave, Snoopy and Woodstock go to the doghouse and cook up their own traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings (they pull apart the wishbone, with Woodstock getting the bigger piece). Over the end credits the two friends each devour dessert—a large piece of pumpkin pie—and then sit back with contented smiles as Woodstock pats his full stomach. (Summary courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part 1

 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part II

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part III

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Part IV

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November 22nd, 2009

A Day of Thanksgiving

Table of contents for Thanksgiving Videos

  1. Popeye – Pilgrim Popeye (1951)
  2. Jerky Turkey (1945)
  3. A Day of Thanksgiving
  4. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, 1973

A Day of Thanksgiving With the Johnson Family

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

At Thanksgiving, the Johnson family is awaiting the dinner hour, but Mom and Dad have some bad news. Because of increased expenses that month, there’s no money to buy a turkey.

However, instead of feeling bad that they don’t have a turkey for Thanksgiving, the family begins to think about all the things they do have to be thankful for.

 

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November 22nd, 2009

Turkey-A-La-King

Turkey-a-la-King

Turkey-a-la-King

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, fall is in the air and our thoughts are turning to that fabulous Thanksgiving turkey dinner that so many of us lovingly prepare for family and friends.

If you’re like me, when you think about Thanksgiving dinner, you probably anticipate the leftovers as much as the meal itself.

Why not take advantage of the seasonal sales and buy a small turkey even if you are not cooking this year? Turkey can replace chicken in many dishes and it makes wonderful soups and casseroles. 

One of our family favorites for left-over turkey is a very simple Turkey-A-La-King recipe. We crave something smooth and creamy after consuming that rich Thanksgiving meal and this is the meal that we curl up on the couch with to watch holiday movies!

Turkey-A-La-King  (Click here for printable recipe)

1 stick butter (not margarine)

¼ cup flour

2 cups milk, half-and-half or evaporated milk

Fresh or canned mushrooms (4 ounces)

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

2 ½ cups cubed cooked turkey

Green onion tops

Salt and black pepper

 Directions

  1. On low heat melt butter, slowly add flour and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Add mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add half-and-half or milk and stir mixture until smooth.
  4. Add Cream of Mushroom soup and bring to a light boil, or until smooth and thickened, whisking constantly.
  5. Add turkey, salt and lots of black pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish with green onion tops and serve over biscuits, rice or noodles

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