Hey Folks. I am SO excited. Christmas Eve has ALWAYS been my favourite day of the year, even more the Christmas day itself. Even as a small child (yeah, I know, I’m still one of those lol) I loved Christmas Eve more. All that anticipation and excitement was often more then I could stand and yes, one year I even fainted because I thought Tinkerbell had caught me out of bed on Christmas Eve, hehe. My kids love hearing that story over and over again and they are all grown up with kids of their own now.
One of the ‘traditions’ we began a good few years back was to track Santa via Norad. If you’ve never tried this I urge you to go there today. We put it on first thing Christmas Eve Morning and watch it all through the day. It is so exciting to see him get closer and closer. I especially love the celebrities that come in to inform us of the latest videos from folk who have spotted him and I think its a fantastic thing that NORAD do this. I hope they never stop. Check it out HERE
Another Christmas Eve Tradition
One of the ‘traditions’ I started a good few years back was to invite family and friends over on Christmas Eve afternoon for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. It became a big hit with my family and something they all look forward to. This year Jays family will be joining us as we are now much closer to them and I’m both excited and nervous. I hope they enjoy this simple yet fun festive ‘tradition’ of mine.
Do you have little ‘traditions’ that have become popular with friends and family over the years? I’d love to hear your stories.
….was magnificent. I loved every minute of it and if you get the opportunity to go yourselves, I urge you to grab it. The whole production was breath-taking and totally blew me away. I want to go again….and again….
It’s Christmas Eve, time to Party On
This collection is perfect for both your Christmas AND New Year parties. Check it out HERE
and a little layout from me using the Signature Papers
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Just a bit of fun…
Check out the cards I made for Elly and Jay this Christmas. Can you guess what kits I used for them??
Your Party On Goodies
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Have fun with todays quiz folks.
Congrats to our winner Bekki yesterday with this comment
It’s Frosty the Snowman! Merry Christmas to you!!!
Comment by Bekki — December 24, 2013 @ 2:46 pm
Well done hun, be sure to email me for your prize
and for all those who wondered where to get snaps for the crackers I found THIS link useful. In the UK I checked Amazon and found some there. If you google Cracker snaps you should have some good luck finding what you need. Hope that helps ladies and have fun making those crackers.
and again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took part and left great comments. I really appreciate your time and love reading your stories.
We will have one final tune tomorrow (Christmas Day) if any of you have a moment to yourselves lol.
Let’s have your best caption for this fab pic. Leave them in the comments and the winner will get a super dooper prize from me
*Winner will be announced after Christmas
Well folks, I’m off to check on Santas whereabouts via NORAD. I leave you with some interesting NORAD facts and a little reminder that Christmas Fayre Sale ends soon. Swing by the store to grab it today if you haven’t already.
Boo’s fun and festive WEB FINDS
Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?
On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado began ringing.
The red phone meant it was either the Pentagon or CONAD commander in chief General Earle Partridge on the other end, and their reason for calling would probably not be pleasant.
U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, director of operations at the center, rushed over to the phone and grabbed it.
“Yes, Sir, this is Colonel Shoup,” he barked.
Nothing but silence in response.
“Sir? This is Colonel Shoup,” he said.
“Sir? Can you read me alright?”
Finally, a soft voice on the other end.
“Are you really Santa Claus?” a little girl asked.
Shoup was stunned for a second. This must be a joke, he thought. He looked around the room, expecting to see his men laughing at their prank, but found stony, serious faces all around.
He realized that there was “some screwup on the phones,” and decided to play along.
“Yes, I am,” he answered. “Have you been a good little girl?”
The girl explained to Shoup that she would leave some food out for both Santa and his reindeer and then recited her Christmas list to him. Shoup thanked her for her hospitality, noting that Santa had a lot of traveling to do. How did he get to all those houses in one night, anyway, she asked.
Apparently, that was classified intelligence in Shoup’s mind. “That’s the magic of Christmas,” he said. If anyone asks her about that, he said, she should tell them to stop asking so many questions or Santa would put them on the naughty list.
“That red phone, boy,” Shoup later recalled. “That’s either the old man—the four star [General Partridge]—or the Pentagon. I was all shook up.”
The red phone would keep ringing throughout the night. Not because of Soviet nukes or fighter planes heading toward U.S. soil, but because of a typo.
That day, Shoup would later learn, a local newspaper ran a Sears Roebuck ad inviting kids to contact Santa.
“Hey Kiddies!” the ad read. “Call me on my private phone and I will talk to you personally any time day or night.” The ad listed Santa’s direct line, but the number in the copy was off by a digit. Instead of connecting to the special line Sears set up with a Santa impersonator, kids wound up calling a secret air defense emergency number.
After a few more Santa-related calls, Shoup pulled a few airmen aside and gave them a special assignment. They would answer the phone and give callers—barring the Pentagon, we assume—Santa’s current location as they “tracked” him on their radar.
From that night on, tracking Santa became a yearly tradition, carried on by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) when it replaced CONAD in 1958. A new phone number, separate from the red phone, was established and publicized, and people were invited to call in and find out how close Santa was to their home. Every Christmas Eve, military service members staff phones and email accounts and the Santa Tracker Twitter account to keep kids up to date on Santa’s whereabouts.
Harry Shoup passed away in 2009, remembered by his peers and the public as the “Santa Colonel” who gave a special gift to millions of kids.
This post originally appeared here
Go on folks, you know you want to….
Track Santa now by clicking HERE
and have yourselves a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Yes, I will be back tomorrow for those of you who might have a spare moment or two, with a final Christmas tune and one more special ADVENT for you
Stay safe and enjoy the best day of the year
Boo and the Blossoms
ps, don’t forget to leave Santa some goodies
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