Good Morning Friends!  I Hope you all are waking of from your dreams of mistletoe kisses and a White Christmas (Even though the outlook shows no Snow for Christmas). 
As the time flies by, we are once again at Friday. TGIF fellow readers! Friday is upon us. This time next week, the road will be filled with Christmas travelers and Santa’s elves are finishing up the last details for the Christmas Eve sleigh ride. The excitement is still building. Our Christmas festivities are just beginning in earnest now, so just imagine my eager and cheery mood! I will make no promises of posting this weekend (but I will try) because tomorrow we are headed in to the big city for not one, but two Christmas Parties. Bring on the spiked punch and homemade food, family and friends. My Christmas Cheer will be lavish. With my weekend plans, my prodigious mood and my jingles that I am listening to while drinking my coffee and sending Christmas Plans to the home front (there it is again), I can’t help but make a Christmas List (or two).
12 Interesting (and Random) Facts I found Out About Christmas:
·         Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzer, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female.
·         All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
·         The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.
·         Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
·         Each year there are approximately 20,000 “rent-a-Santa’s” across the United States. “Rent-a-Santa’s” usually undergo seasonal training on how to maintain a jolly attitude under pressure from the public. They also receive practical advice, such as not accepting money from parents while children are looking and avoiding garlic, onions, or beans for lunch.
·         The British wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.”
·         Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins
·         It is estimated that the single “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin is the best-selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide.
·         The first person to decorate a Christmas tree was reportedly the Protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). According to legend, he was so moved by the beauty of the stars shining between the branches of a fir tree; he brought home an evergreen tree and decorated it with candles to share the image with his children.
·         In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas Eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.
·         Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.
·         According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are 2,106 million children under age 18 in the world. If there are on average 2.5 children per household, Santa would have to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, traveling 221 million miles. To reach all 842 million stops, Santa would need to travel between houses in 2/10,000 second, which means he would need to accelerate 12.19 million miles (20.5 billion meters) per second on each stop. The force of this acceleration would reduce Santa to “chunky salsa.”
Second order of business is something that a lot of people don’t mess around with: Their Letter to Santa. Whether it is a wish list or a full pledged ‘Dear Santa’ Christmas list are all one in the same. While reading some articles online, I came across a Christmas list that I couldn’t help but snicker at.
Christmas List
·         1 Magenta colored crayon
·         4 marbles that are yellow inside
·         box of toothpicks
·         fuzzy bunny slippers
·         a Hot Wheels version of the Oscar Mayer wiener mobile
·         a pad of post-it notes
·         wheat penny
·         peacock feather
·         Burger King crown
·         orange flip flops
·         6 pack of Mountain Dew
·         a goldfish
·         Elmer's glue
·         Saddle shoes
·         Superman cape
·         1 square foot of Ireland
·         Support Hose
·         Sponge Bob Square Pants sheet set
·         Pink Flamingo lawn ornaments
·         An O-ring for the engine in your Barbie jeep.
·         A map of the flat world
·         An electronic flyswatter
Umm, Should I be embarrassed if I actually did ask for one of these because I definitely did. I will let you guess which one (or two) it is. As the morning wanes down, I hope I have educated you some and brought on a couple of laughs (and for all of you reacting from the pictures of a ‘Salsa Santa’, I promise that miracles do happenJ).  I will now leave you with good tidings of great joy! Until next time…..
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