November 9th, 2015

Christmas Classics Animated Movies

Christmas moviesThanksgiving is just a scant two and a half weeks away in the US but it never too early for Christmas movies!

If you love the old classic Christmas animated specials grab this set and settle in with a big mug of hot chocolate and some buttered popcorn.

The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set includes 7 Christmas favorites:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Santa Claus is Comin to Town

Frosty Returns

Mr. Magoos Christmas Carol

The Little Drummer Boy

Cricket on the Hearth

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November 9th, 2015

A Boy’s Thanksgiving Day

A Boy’s Thanksgiving Day
by Lydia Maria Francis Child, 1802-1880

cabin_horseOver the river, and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood,
to Grandfather’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood –
when Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “o, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for every one.”

Over the river and through the wood –
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

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October 22nd, 2015

Halloween Activities: Boxes From The Attic

halloween-pumpkin-2This is a fun craft and very inexpensive project for Halloween parties. You will need several large boxes (copy paper boxes, boot or shoe boxes are perfect) to create these.

You can pick these items up at the craft or dollar store:

A bag of cobwebs
Black cloth
Spooky stuff for the inside of each box

Make a hole in the end of each box large enough for a hand to reach in and feel what is inside.

Add a different spooky/creepy item to each box and then drape the whole thing with black cloth and some spider webs. Add a few plastic black spiders and maybe some dust (talc, baby powder or cocoa powder and you are ready to pleasantly frighten your guests.

When each guest reaches into a box, be sure to mention what you think might be in it in a spooky creepy voice so they are already prepared to be creeped out!

Eyeballs: Frozen peeled grapes or wet olives (not the pitted variety).

Intestines: cold, wet spaghetti. Thoroughly spray if with a non-stick cooking spray so that it feels slimy and doesn’t clump up.

Liver: A half of a canned peach

Clammy Skin: A piece of plastic trash bag that has been oiled or has Crisco lightly spread on it or an oiled soft flour tortilla

Fingers: Chicken bones or hotdogs

Hand: Freeze water in a latex glove. Drape it over a small bowl to form a realistic shape while it is freezing. Place in a tray of sand or rice so that your guests have to dig around in the graveyard dirt to find the hand. Very spooky!

Hair: An old wig, a dolls head or the silk off of a cob of corn

October 20th, 2015

Witches Hats Halloween Snack

Halloween Treats

These are fun and cute Halloween treats, not to mention quite tasty!

Ingredients

Bugles brand snack
Cheese Spread
Ritz Crackers

Instructions

  1. Spread Cheese on round crackers
  2. Place Bugle snack on top to form hat

Make plenty… they don’t last long!

December 7th, 2014

USPS Operation Santa Post Office Locations 2014

Please bookmark this page and visit often as this list will be revised and updated between now and December 5, 2014.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Operation Santa Claus

California

Los Angeles District
7001 S. Central Ave
Los Angeles CA 90051

Days of Operation:

Dec. 4, 9 ,11, 16, 18
Tuesday & Thursdays Only
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge:

Cleofe Erguiza
(323) 586-4380

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

 

Oakland

Oakland Main Post Office
1675 7th Street Lobby

Days of Operation:
Dec. 3 to 19, 2014
Monday through Friday

Elf-in-Charge:

Carla Jackson
(510) 874-8737

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Sacramento

Royal Oaks PO
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95813

Days of Operation:

November 28th – December 19th
Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge:

Candi Cheathon
(916) 263-7161

Christmas lights divider bar
Santa Ana District

3101 W. Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92799

Days of Operation

Dec. 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Tuesday & Thursdays Only
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Melissa Homsany
(661) 775-6731

Christmas lights divider bar
Sierra Coastal District

28201 Franklin Pwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91383

Days of Operation

Dec. 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Tuesday & Thursdays Only
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge:

Jennifer Clark
(714) 662-6227

Christmas lights divider bar
San Francisco

San Francisco P& DC (Customer Lobby)
1300 Evans Ave
San Francisco CA 94188

Days of Operation

Dec. 2, 9, 6
View & Select Letter – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dec. 5, 12, 19
Return Card or Package – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge:

Kim Wu
(415) 550-5005

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

 

Washington DC

Curseen and Morris, P&DC
900 Brentwood Road NE
Washington DC 20066

Days of Operation

December 2nd is start date. December 22nd is the last day to return packages.
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Corey Adams
202-636-2244
Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

Florida

Orlando, Florida

10401 Post Office Blvd
Orlando, FL 32862

Days of Operation

Dec. 2nd – Dec. 17th
Tuesday – Friday
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Deborah Vick
407-826-3450
Christmas lights divider bar
Gainesville PO

4600 SW 34 Street
Gainesville, FL 32608

Days of Operation

Dec. 1st – Dec. 23rd
Monday – Friday
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Teressa Hill
312-983-7676

Christmas lights divider bar

 

Illinois

Chicago Main Post Office

433 W Harrison St
Chicago IL 60699

Days of Operation

December 2nd – 19th
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Robin Anderson
(312) 983-7676

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

Louisiana

New Orleans Main Post Office

701 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

Days of Operation

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Last day to adopt a letter: December 17th

Elf-in-Charge

Sharon Varnado
(504) 589-1416

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

Massachusetts

Boston P& DC

25 Dorchester Ave
Boston MA 02205

Days of Operation

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Fran Griffith
(617) 654-5802

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

Missouri

Kansas City

Mid-America District Office
300 W Pershing Rd Ste 251
Kansas City MO 64108

Days of Operation

Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm

Elf-in-Charge

Chris Breshears
(816) 374-9124

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

 

New Jersey

Newark

Newark Main PO
2 Federal Square, Room 211
Newark, NJ, 07102

Days of Operation

December 3rd – December 19th
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Cynthia Conklin
(973-693-5231

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

New York

New York City

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

Days of Operation

Dec 4 to Dec 24th-Letter Adoptions & Drop Off
Monday – Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Elf-in-Charge

Pete Fontana
(212) 330-3000

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Ohio

Cincinnati

Cincinnati P&DC
1623 Dalton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45235

Days of Operation

November 3rd – December 5th for letter adoptions
December 19 & 20 to return card or package (8am – 7pm)
Monday – Friday 12 noon to 7:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Tanya Lawson
(513) 684-5133

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

 

Cleveland

Northern Ohio District Consumer &Industry Affairs 2
400 Orange Ave RM 23
Cleveland OH 44101

Days of Operation

TBA
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Elf-in-Charge

La Vanda Fondren-Copeland
(216) 443-4416

Christmas lights divider bar

 

Illinois

Chicago Main Post Office

433 W Harrison St
Chicago IL 60699

Days of Operation

Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Robin Anderson
(312) 983-7676

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Philadelphia Main PO
3000 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Days of Operation

November 24- December 12
Monday – Friday 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Devra A. Jamison
(215) 895-8631
Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

Texas

Houston District

4600 Aldine Bender Road
North Houston, TX 77315

Days of Operation

December 1st – December 19th
Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge

Dionne Montague
(713) 226-3827 or 713-412-2954

Christmas lights divider bar

 

 

Wisconsin

Madison PO

3902 Milwaukee Street
Madison, WI 53714

Days of Operation:

TBA
Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Elf-in-Charge:

Bob Sheehan
(608) 246-1329
To contact Operation Santa at the James A. Farley Post Office in New York please call 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.

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December 2nd, 2014

2014 ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule!

Here’s the 2014 ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas schedule!
Here's the 2014 ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas schedule!

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November 20th, 2014

Glazed Pecans Recipe

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1/2 up 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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