Does Santa Exist

www.merrychristmascountdown.comMany years ago, in 1897, an eight-year old girl called Virginia, wondered whether Santa Claus was real because some of her friends had been saying he was not. She wrote to the editor of The New York Sun and received a reply that you can read in the museum of newspapers.

The same question is being asked today,especially by young children who have been told “the truth” by teachers (!) friends and other well-meaning people who believe in never lying and telling only facts and truth to everyone. Some of these people may be religious, others may be rationalists and some may be extremely factual people who will not even read fiction stories, “because they are lies”.

Do You Believe In Santa?

Do puppies, kittens and baby animals in general melt your heart? What about sunsets, sunrises or rainbows? How about babies learning to walk, a sandy coconut island, or gardens full of flowers or a fresh snowy landscape? Those skies, landscapes or animals are beautiful because we PERCEIVE them that way.

Have you ever experienced serendipity, a helpful coincidence or a lucky break? Maybe you went into an exam only having studied a couple of subjects and found those on the exam paper? Perhaps you found a piece of money exactly when you most needed it? Maybe your car broke down near a garage, rather than out on the freeway or the middle of a traffic jam? Maybe you heard about a new technique or a helpful book, just when you needed it most? Perhaps you found a new recipe just in time for Christmas or someone’s visit or birthday? Most of us are lucky at one time or another, provided we look out for luck and are open to it and not the opposite.

Has anyone ever been unconditionally kind to you? Maybe gave you something you really needed without expecting anything in return? A suit for an interview or funeral perhaps? Maybe your bus fare or taxi fare home when you had no money? A bunch of flowers when you needed to say sorry or even found you a birthday card for your friend when the shops were shut? Maybe a phone call when you just needed to hear a human voice or someone calling to say they missed you? Maybe you have even felt that someone was sending you a message that kept you from harm? When we give unconditionally, very often we also receive unconditional kindness or love.

Can you honestly say that you have NEVER felt or experienced any of these things? Only if you have never felt any of these things can you truly say there is no Santa. Santa is the embodiment of the perception of beauty, luck and unconditional kindness; and whenever you feel or experience any of those things, Santa becomes more real. At Christmas time, we are more open to appreciating this and also to giving to others but it can and should happen at any time of year.

Merry Christmas. And may Santa bring you your heart’s desire.

 

Christmas Music

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No Christmas Without Music

Music is everywhere at Christmas

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without music now would it? From the traditional Christmas carols sung in schools, churches, and in all the Malls and shops, everywhere, to those children’s favorites, “Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer”, “The Christmas Alphabet” and “When Santa got stuck up the chimney” to romantic and well-loved songs such as, “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “White Christmas” and the more modern songs, including all those published specifically at Christmas time to take advantage of the Christmas market.

The Very Best Christmas Songs

From traditional to contemporary, all the Christmas music you hear has just a single goal – to spark that happy Christmas spirit in every heart. Can you imagine getting ready for Christmas without Christmas music in the background? It complements the smell of cookies, the Christmas tree, puddings and that spicy cinnamon smell on the pot pourri.

Here are what we consider some of the best Christmas songs ever released. Just listening to them elicits a spirit of happiness and joy with the world.

Some of the most famous Christmas songs include “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” By Al Martino, “White Christmas” By Dean Martin and “Walking In The Air” By Aled Jones from the animated film “The Snowman”, another Christmas favorite.

There are of course, many favorite hymns for this season, including “Silent Night”, a hymn included by most Churches during the Christmas season, along with “The First Noel”, Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and the children’s favorite, “Away In A Manger”.

A more recent Christmas song can be heard in this Youtube video , with its wonderful Victorian Christmas street scene and great music.

At Work

Many people take their favorite Christmas albums in with them to work, even if only on the last day before Christmas and the selection of music chosen by work colleagues can be truly breathtaking, from Brenda Lee, “Rocking around the Christmas Tree”, to Carrie Underwood’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?”, giving you a whole new view of the boss or that grumpy person down the corridor. Of course, there are some businesses where music cannot be played, at least in the public areas but for many people, an MP3 player, with ear phones is a great way of getting into the Christmas spirit, especially if the office party starts at the end of the working day.

At Home

You can find lots of Christmas music for free on Youtube, especially for children and it often includes cartoons or graphics to keep them amused, although there can also be adverts and sometimes poor internet connections can spoil the fun.

As a Gift

Music is a great gift at Christmas, or at any time and if you do not know the person’s musical tastes, you can always give a gift card, so they can buy or download their favorite music or perhaps even buy themselves an ipod or MP3 player to listen to any music collections they already have.

What Christmas Theme to Choose For Your Home or Office Party

Do you want to go all out when decorating your home or office for the Christmas holiday? With thousands of different ways for you to decorate, coming up with the perfect theme to select for the home or office could be a bit difficult. If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose because you are feeling uncertain and slightly indecisive, there are a few different themes worth choosing that will quickly turn your home or office into the perfect winter wonderland for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, while it’s fun to pick your perfect color combination, not all colors will be available in all types of Christmas decoration, especially perhaps the larger items, such as trees. If you want to go for a more unusual color theme, you could  make one of the colors a more traditional one, such as silver, gold or green, as it will be easier to find larger items in these colors. Alternatively, you could go for a three-way color scheme, with the third color being the neutral silver or white, allowing your dominant themes to form the accents.

Assorted Color Themes

When trying to figure out what Christmas theme to choose, you will need to decide if you would like to stick with a specific color theme. There are a few different colors that are commonly used in the winter, especially around Chrismas.

Red, White, and Green

The red, white, and green theme is commonly used by people who are decorating their homes and offices for the Christmas holiday because these colors are commonly associated with the holiday. Red represents the color of Santa’s clothes, white represents the color of the snow that is normally on the ground during these colder months, and green represents the color of the Christmas tree. It is just one of many color themes for you to consider.

Green, Silver, and Gold

Some people prefer using a combination of green, silver, and gold. While green is a color that represent pine trees that are often decorated and situated inside of homes and offices during the holiday season, the silver and gold colors represent the decorations that are often hung from the tree. Both silver and gold are festive colors that look stunning.

Red and White

If you want to eliminate the green, you can always choose a red and white color theme. A combination of red and white decorations will remind people of candy canes, which are often placed on trees and consumed by both children and adults during the holiday season. You may even be able to find red and white striped table covers, napkins, and other assorted decorations to go along with this color theme.

Red and Gold

These are the two “richest” colors that can be used in decorating for Christmas and you will be able to find many items available to create a happy, vibrant and colorful theme for your whole Christmas or for a party.

Blue, White, and Silver

Not everyone likes using shades of red or green when decorating for Christmas. If you want something a bit more elegant, try using shades of blue, white, and silver. These colors tend to match perfectly with one another and will remind people of a beautiful wintry night.

Less Common Color Themes

Lilac / Purple Themes

You may wish to go for a lilac or lavender or purple main color teamed with silver or gold. For something totally different, you might want to team this with pink.

Black and White

While unusual, this color theme may suit some decor schemes and is certainly unusual and will form a talking point.

Character Themes

Snowflake Theme

Aside from the color theme, you could always choose a snowflake theme. There are a lot of snowflake decorations that may be used by you to decorate the home or office, including hanging sparkling glitter snowflakes, snowflake string decorations to place in the front of the doors throughout the building, and even centerpieces that are designed to look just like snowflakes.

Snowman Theme

Another great theme for you to consider is the snowman theme. There are snowman decorations available that you would be able to hang on the walls, on the ceilings, and even tape to the windows of your home or office when sticking with this specific theme.

If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose when you are trying to decorate your home or office for a Christmas party, you should consider some of these different options. If you are interested in sticking with a color theme, there are quite a few different colors that are commonly used during the holiday season, including shades of red, white, blue, silver, gold, and green. If you would prefer some other type of theme, the snowflake theme or snowman theme are two of the other options worth considering.