Countdown to Christmas!

Countdown to Christmas 13 Days left! 

With only 13 days left are you starting to panic? I hope not but, I can assure you I am. I have been so busy I have yet to complete my shopping. I have to get on it!

Today lets have some fun

Did you know? 

There are currently 78 people living in the U.S with the name S. Claus and one Kriss Kringle? What were those parents thinking?

Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had no roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter. 

In the show, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Grinch cuts out a Santa beard, but never wears it.

12 million packages are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service every day during the holiday season through Christmas Eve. The busiest delivery day: December 20th.

Finally A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

Deck the halls with boughs of non-endangered plant species
Fa la la la la, la la la la
“Tis the season to be self-actualizing
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Don we now our organic apparel
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Toll the ancient non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday-Carol
Fa la la la la, la la la la 
See the blazing log on non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday non-endangered wood before us,
Play the harp without unnecessary brutality and join the chorus
Sing we emotionally stable in a collective group effort,
Heedless of the weather patterns despite the effects of global warming,
Fast away the chronologically challenged year passes
Hail the new year without any implicit ageism, ye persons
Dance in a non-ierachical manner in  merry measure,
While I tell on non-materialistic, non-demoninations-winter solstice-holiday treasure.
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Finally- What do you call people who are afraid of Santa? 

Claus-trophobic

Happy Holidays!

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Countdown to Christmas 13 Days left!

Countdown to Christmas 13 Days left! 

With only 13 days left are you starting to panic? I hope not but, I can assure you I am. I have been so busy I have yet to complete my shopping. I have to get on it!

Dog with Santa Hat Popping out of Present

Today let’s have some fun

Did you know? 

There are currently 78 people living in the U.S with the name S. Claus and one Kriss Kringle? What were those parents thinking?

Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had no roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter.

In the show, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Grinch cuts out a Santa beard, but never wears it.

12 million packages are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service every day during the holiday season through Christmas Eve. The busiest delivery day: December 20th.

Finally A Politically Correct Christmas Carol

Deck the halls with boughs of non-endangered plant species

Fa la la la la, la la la la

“Tis the season to be self-actualizing

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our organic apparel

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Toll the ancient non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday-Carol

Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing log on non-denominational-winter-solstice-holiday non-endangered wood before us,

Play the harp without unnecessary brutality and join the chorus,

Sing we emotionally stable in a collective group effort,

Heedless of the weather patterns despite the effects of global warming,

Fast away the chronologically challenged year passes,

Hail the new year without any implicit ageism,

ye persons Dance in a non-hierarchical manner in  merry measure,

While I tell on non-materialistic, non-denominations-winter solstice-holiday treasure.

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Finally- What do you call people who are afraid of Santa? 

Claus-trophobic!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Happy Holidays! http://www.snohomishcountyhomes4u.com

Have A Green Christmas!

Countdown to Christmas only 14 days left!

Green Giving 101:

Are you hoping to share some “green” holiday cheer this year? Here are some ideas to consider:

Give a consumable gift

Organic teas, fair trade coffee, fresh flowers, fresh or dried fruits and nuts all make great gifts.

Share your time and attention

Offer to baby-sit, pet-sit, house-sit, deliver home cooked meals or help clean.

Give a gift where it is needed

Make a friend smile when they get a card describing the child in another part of the world whose life will be improved by the gift on their behalf. There are several wonderful websites offering charitable gift opportunities, including: http://www.heifer.org and http://www.charitygiftcertificates.org.

Creative gifts show you care

The baby sweater or cozy scarf you knit yourself or is more likely to become a family heirloom, extending the life cycle of the materials in your gift.

Buy a local gift

A gift made or grown locally can tell a story or share a unique product you have discovered on your own stomping grounds.

Use packaging that will not go to waste. Your packaging may be part of the gift itself, such as wrapping the gift in a scarf or enclosing it in a box that can be reused for collecting life’s odds and ends. Reusable wrapping, such as a gift bag, will pass on the fun.

Happy Holidays!

 

Countdown Christmas Tips for the Holidays

 

Well first off I apologize I must admit I have fallen down on the job. Or should I say my body did as I woke up Saturday sick and then Sunday one of my sons was! Darn this freezing cold weather. I hope your holiday season is going the way you hope or at least plugging along.
Today you get a bunch of great stuff- Here is Countdown 17, 16 and 15!
Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

  • Prune the to-do list. Ask “if I dont do this, what will happen? “Aim to knock down the list of chores to the rock-bottom necessity.
  • Cut the gift list. Rein in gift exchanges that have been outgrown or lost their meaning. Limit gifts to children only, draw names, or organize a gift exchange.
  • Wrap as you go. Who needs to spend Christmas Eve catching up on wrapping chores? Sticky notes will help you keep track of gift contents.
  • Buy, dont bake. Turn your back on the oven this year. Supermarkets, bakeries and the freezer department at the discount warehouse are a great source of delicious, pre-baked holiday treats. Costco here I come!
  • Email your cards. Reach out and touch someone-the easy way. Online greeting cards are easy, inexpensive and fun to send. No more lines at the post office! I would not suggest this for close family however. I know my parents would NOT appreciate an email card versus a real one with a picture of the kids. Of course use your judgement.
  • Scale back the decor. Substitute a simple door wreath for outdoor lighting and a tabletop tree for the over the top Tannenbaum. You can bring a festive feel to the house without day-long decorating sessions.
  • Cut the clean-a-thon. Focus cleaning attention on kitchen and public rooms; private areas can slide till season’s end. Better to schedule deep-cleaning chores like carpet cleaning until after the wear-and-tear of the holiday season.
  • Downsize dishwashing. Hand washing fine china is nobody’s idea of a good time, so move to everyday stoneware. Simpler still: paper plates!
  • Finger food, not feast. A smorgasbord of tasty tidbits is easier on the cook and kinder to the waistline that a sit-down dinner. Share the work by hosting pot-luck events.
  • Stay home! Cuddling down close to the hearth beats holiday travel any day. A holiday “stay cation” allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. Fun!

Here is a bonus one and something I have learned the hard way. Write down where you have hidden the gifts. I swear the last few years I alway lose a few and then end up finding months later. One year I even gave one of my boys a lego set that was supposed to be for Christmas in his Easter basket! Think you’ll remember? I always thought I would too but NOT!

Go See those lights. Link here to 9 De-Lightful Neighborhood Light Displays

Last Tip!
Have you ever heard of Froogle.com (powered by Google)? to compare prices quickly across online and offline retailers. Check it out! I just did because the store I went to ran out of Skylanders Swap force. Wish me luck!

Countdown Christmas Tips for the Holidays.

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Well first off I apologize I must admit I have fallen down on the job. Or should I say my body did as I woke up Saturday sick and then Sunday one of my sons was! Darn this freezing cold weather. I hope your holiday season is going the way you hope or at least plugging along.

Today you get a bunch of great stuff- Here is Countdown 17, 16 and 15!

Ten Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

  • Prune the to-do list. Ask “if I dont do this, what will happen? “Aim to knock down the list of chores to the rock-bottom necessity.
  • Cut the gift list. Rein in gift exchanges that have been outgrown or lost their meaning. Limit gifts to children only, draw names, or organize a gift exchange.
  • Wrap as you go. Who needs to spend Christmas Eve catching up on wrapping chores? Sticky notes will help you keep track of gift contents.
  • Buy, dont bake. Turn your back on the oven this year. Supermarkets, bakeries and the freezer department at the discount warehouse are a great source of delicious, pre-baked holiday treats. Costco here I come!
  • Email your cards. Reach out and touch someone-the easy way. Online greeting cards are easy, inexpensive and fun to send. No more lines at the post office! I would not suggest this for close family however. I know my parents would NOT appreciate an email card versus a real one with a picture of the kids. Of course use your judgement.
  • Scale back the decor. Substitute a simple door wreath for outdoor lighting and a tabletop tree for the over the top Tannenbaum. You can bring a festive feel to the house without day-long decorating sessions.
  • Cut the clean-a-thon. Focus cleaning attention on kitchen and public rooms; private areas can slide till season’s end. Better to schedule deep-cleaning chores like carpet cleaning until after the wear-and-tear of the holiday season.
  • Downsize dishwashing. Hand washing fine china is nobody’s idea of a good time, so move to everyday stoneware. Simpler still: paper plates!
  • Finger food, not feast. A smorgasbord of tasty tidbits is easier on the cook and kinder to the waistline that a sit-down dinner. Share the work by hosting pot-luck events.
  • Stay home! Cuddling down close to the hearth beats holiday travel any day. A holiday “stay cation” allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. Fun!

Here is a bonus one and something I have learned the hard way. Write down where you have hidden the gifts. I swear the last few years I alway lose a few and then end up finding months later. One year I even gave one of my boys a lego set that was supposed to be for Christmas in his Easter basket! Think you’ll remember? I always thought I would too but NOT!

Go See those lights. Link here to 9 De-Lightful Neighborhood Light Displays

Last Tip!

Have you ever heard of Froogle.com (powered by Google)? to compare prices quickly across online and offline retailers. Check it out! I just did because the store I went to ran out of Skylanders Swap force. Wish me luck!

Countdown Day 18! Have you got your tree yet?

Countdown Day 18! Have you got your tree yet?

Christmas tree with presents and fireplace with stockings --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

P U G E T S O U N D ———-U-cut tree farms

www.pscta.org | www.pickyourownchristmastree.org

Arlington Farmer Brown’s Tree Farm | 12017 109th Ave NE | http://brownxtree.com/

Pilchuck Secret Valley Tree Farm | 9533 Mose Rd | www.pilchuckxmastrees.com

Auburn Pfaff’s U-Cut Christmas Trees | 29204 124th Ave SE | http://pfaffschristmastrees.com/

Trees ‘n Bees | 34747 162nd Ave SE | http://www.treesnbees.com/

Carnation Carnation Tree Farm | 31523 NE 40th St | http://www.carnationtreefarm.com/

Fall City Fall City Farms | 3636 Neal Rd | http://www.fallcityfarms.com/

Gig Harbor Mitchell’s Christmas Tree Farm | 6923 54th Ave NW | 360-851-2970

Issaquah Trinity Tree Farm | 14237 228th Ave SE | http://www.trinitytreefarm.com/

Enchanted Winds Tree Farm | 8021 Issaq-Hobart Rd | www.enchantedwinds.net

Lake Stevens Lochsloy Acres | 5511 SR 92 | http://www.lochsloyacres.com/

Maple Valley Three Tree Farms | 28033 SE 216th St | http://www.threetreefarms.com/

Monroe Sky Valley Nursery | 18318 SR 203 | www.skyvalleynursery.com

St. Nick’s Trees | 25211 74th Pl SE | www.stnickschristmastrees.com

North Bend Christmas Creek Tree Farm | 15515 468th Ave SE | http://www.yourchristmastree.com/

Crown Tree Farm | 13005 424th Ave SE | www.crowntreefarm.com

Puyallup Honeytree Farm | 7215 134th Ave E | www.honeytreefarm.com

Spooner Farms | 9710 SR 162 E | www.spoonerfarms.com

Redmond McMurtrey/Redwood Farms | 13925 Red.-Wood. Rd | www.red-woodfarm.com

Renton Country Tree Farm | 18225 116th Ave SE | http://www.countrytreefarm.com/

Snohomish Reade Christmas Tree Ranch | 7724 171st Ave SE | 360-862-8778

Tacoma Double 4 Tree Farm | 4217 E 72nd St | www.double4treefarm.com

Christmas Fun!

Countdown to Christmas 17 Days left

Countdown to Christmas Day 19

Saturday, December 7

Santa’s Coming to Mill Creek” Parade followed by Tree Lighting at City Hall Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 and please join Rotary of Mill Creek, Mill Creek Town Center & Mill Creek Parks & Recreation for the annual Parade/Tree Lighting at City Hall & Town Center Celebration.

This Saturday, December 7th, Santa is coming to the Mill Creek Town Center!

And dont forget after to check out the Tree lighting Event

Mark your calendar and please join Rotary of Mill Creek and Mill Creek Parks & Recreation for the annual Parade & Tree Lighting in Town Center. Parade begins at 3:30 pm on Main Street followed by the annual Tree Lighting at City Hall. A few highlights from the event include live music, performances by Jackson High School Drumline, Dickens Carolers, Cookie Decorating, Carriage & Wagon Rides, Train Rides, Santa & his Elves and even live Reindeer. Photo opportunities with Santa in Town Center following the Parade & Tree Lighting event – bring your cameras and add to your family memories.

Then come to our office (Remax Town Center) We will host a gingerbread house coloring contest from 4-7pm. Children can come in and Gingerbread Houses and join the contest! We will help them place their pictures in the window for display. A hot chocolate station and coffee station will be set up for refreshments.

Hope to See you there!

Location: North end of Main Street and end at Mill Creek City Hall

For more information, please visit: the City”s website at www.cityofmillcreek.com

 

In The Spirit Of Giving

Not only are there many wonderful charities that desperately need as much help as they can this year what about getting something in return from one of them when your out for dinner?

Did you know? Azteca has partnered with Kiro 7, United States Marine Corp, Cadillac Dealers of the Pacific Northwest and Norwest Centers in TOYS for TOTS!  Please help them provide over 70,000 underprivileged children with a fabulous Christmas Gift from YOU! Here is how it works:

BRING a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY to ANY Participating Azteca (Western Washington and Oregon) and you will receive an Azteca certificate good for $8.00 OFF your SECOND DINNER ENTRÉE of equal or greater value when you purchase TWO DINNERS & TWO BEVERAGES. 

 
 
 
Happy Holidays from www.snohomishcountyhomes4u.com 
 
 
 

 

 

In The Spirit Of Giving

Not only are there many wonderful charities that desperately need as much help as they can this year what about getting something in return from one of them when your out for dinner?

Did you know? Azteca has partnered with Kiro 7, United States Marine Corp, Cadillac Dealers of the Pacific Northwest and Norwest Centers in TOYS for TOTS!  Please help them provide over 70,000 underprivileged children with a fabulous Christmas Gift from YOU! Here is how it works:

BRING a NEW UNWRAPPED TOY to ANY Participating Azteca (Western Washington and Oregon) and you will receive an Azteca certificate good for $8.00 OFF your SECOND DINNER ENTRÉE of equal or greater value when you purchase TWO DINNERS & TWO BEVERAGES. 

Happy Holidays from www.snohomishcountyhomes4u.com

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