Chirstmas Stories,Santa Paws and Loving Your Pet Well children, you all know Santa loves you, but Santa also loves animals. One of my greatest joys is taking my dog Snowy for a walk.
I’m going to tell you a story about Snowy. Every time when I have been away and come back home, Snowy always runs to meet me and nearly knocks me over, he gets so excited.

A pet is not a gift it is a family member… If you want a pet for Christmas take Mom and Dad down to your local shelter and that lost family member and adopt before Christmas so that through the power of the Spirit of Christmas they to can enjoy this important time of love.

Pet adoption usually refers to the process of taking guardianship of and responsibility for a pet that a previous owner has abandoned or released to a shelter or rescue organization. Common sources for adoptable pets are

  • Animal shelters, in the case of dogs also known as dog pounds
  • Rescue groups
  • Pets found loose or stray without identification, and which are unclaimed by any owner
  • Advertisements placed by individuals trying to find a new home for their pet
  • Pets that have been abused or neglected and have been confiscated from the offending owner
  • A fast growing source is online pet adoption.[citation needed] These sites have databases of pets being housed by thousands of animal shelters and rescue groups, and are searchable by the public. They include, The Shelter Pet Project, Let’s Adopt, Pet Search Party, and

Dogs adopted from shelters are often referred to as shelter dogs or pound puppies; dogs adopted from rescue organizations are often called rescued dogs orrescue dogs (not to be confused with search and rescue dogs). Similarly, cats adopted from rescue organizations are commonly known as rescue cats. Many shelters and rescue organizations have put together informational websites to help the public choose the right pet for their family.

A cat waiting to be adopted

Pets are taken to animal shelters for many reasons.

  • BreedingBackyard breeders are a leading cause of overpopulation because they usually produce more dogs than they can sell and often produce animals that do not meet stated breed standards.
  • Death: Owner dies and no one in the family wants to (or can) keep the pet.
  • Changed circumstances: Financial or living arrangements change drastically and people feel they can no longer provide an appropriate home for the pet. This might also include someone having to move to a new living situation where pets are not allowed.
  • Second thoughts: A pet purchased on the spur of the moment or as a gift for another person (frequently for Christmas). Often the owner discovers that caring for the pet is much more work than expected, or requires more space or exercise than they are prepared to give.
  • Lost pet: Pet leaves home or cannot find its way back, and carries no identification tags or microchip. The owner does not succeed in finding it (or makes no attempt to do so). See also Lost pet services.
  • Health: The owner experiences severe health problems that make it impossible to care for the pet. Or the pet itself is diagnosed with a medical condition the owner is not prepared or willing to address.
  • Practice babies: Shelters use this term for animals that have been adopted by couples and which are then abandoned when the couple separates, or when a human baby comes along and the owners no longer have the time or inclination to care for their pet.
  • Moving across borders: People leave the country; quarantine laws in some countries can be traumatic to pets and owners, so to avoid the stress, the pet is surrendered to an animal shelter.
  • Allergies: Many owners claim to have developed allergies to their pets, or that their children have developed allergies to their pets.

People deal with their unwanted pets in many ways. Some people have the pet euthanized (also known as putting it down or putting it to sleep), although manyveterinarians do not consider this to be an ethical use of their resources for young and healthy animals, while others argue that euthanasia is a more humane option than leaving a pet in a cage for very long periods of time. Other people simply release the pet into the wild or otherwise abandon it, with the expectation that it will be able to take care of itself or that it will be found and adopted. More often, these pets succumb to hunger, weather, traffic, or common and treatable health problems. Some people euthanize pets because of terminal illnesses or injuries, while others even do it for common health problems that they cannot, or will not, pay for treating. More responsible owners will take the pet to a shelter, or call a rescue organization, where it will be cared for properly until a home can be found. Homes cannot always be found, however, and euthanasia is often used for the excess animals to make room for newer pets, unless the place has a no-kill policy. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the US because of a lack of homes.[1] Animal protection advocates urge people to spay or neuter their pets and to adopt instead of buying animals in order to reduce the number of animals who have to be euthanized.

A rescued BBD (Big Black Dog)from Atlantic Canada

To help lower the number of animals euthanized, some shelters have developed a no-kill policy. These shelters keep their animals as long as it takes to find them new homes. City shelters rarely have this policy because of the large number of animals they receive. No-kill shelters are usually run by groups that have volunteers or individuals with enough space to foster pets until a permanent home can be found. However, many of these groups and individuals have a finite number of spaces available. This means they will not take in new animals unless a space opens up, although they will often take back pets that they have adopted out previously. Sometimes they try to find the dogs foster homes, in which the dog is placed in a home temporarily until someone adopts the pet.

The central issue in adoption is whether a new owner can provide a safe, secure, permanent home for the pet. Responsible shelters, pounds, and rescue organizations refuse to supply animals to people whom they judge unable to supply the animal with a suitable home. Sometimes, a new owner may face training or behavioral challenges with a pet who has been neglected, abused, or left untrained. In the vast majority of cases, patience, training, and consistency of care will help the pet overcome its past.

forever home is a term that refers to an adopter who agrees to be responsible for the animal for its entire life. There are two basic understandings of the concept. A broad interpretation simply says that the adopter of the pet agrees that the animal’s well-being is now their personal responsibility for the rest of the animal’s life. If the adopter can no longer keep the animal for any reason, they would need to be responsible for finding a healthy and happy home for the animal, and making sure that the people of the new home are taking good care of the animal for the rest of its life. Should the adopter die before the animal, they should have a plan in place for the care of the animal. A more restrictive view that some shelters attempt to integrate as part of the adoption agreement puts conditions on when and why the adopter could arrange to move the animal to a new family. For example, forever home agreements might specify that the adopter will not get rid of the animal for trivial reasons, or that the adopter will always be sure that the animal will be permitted should they move to a new residence. Some agreements might specify allergies or violent behavior on the part of the animal as reasons allowable for an adopter to relinquish the animal.

One problem shelters are fighting to overcome is what they term “Big Black Dog syndrome“. Big black dogs (BBDs) are consistently the hardest dogs to place — even if they’re friendly, well trained, and in perfect health. This may be due to a number of factors, including fear stigma against certain breed types, attraction to ads and the fact that black dogs often do not photograph as well as lighter coated ones, and the fact that black dogs are often portrayed as aggressive in film and on television. Organizations have started campaigns to educate the public about BBD syndrome. Similarly, shelters often have difficulty placing black cats due to common superstitions regarding black cats as bringers or harbingers of bad luck. Some shelters also have policies halting or limiting adoption of black cats immediately prior to Halloween for fear that the animals will be tortured, or used as “living decorations” for the holiday and then abandoned.[2]

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Christmas Stories,How Santa Created Santa’s Village
These new Classic Stories will become a standard for generations to come. The stories weave together adding to the wonder of the spirit of Christmas. The lessons in these stories are life’s truth. Don’t just download these Christmas Classic Stories to your computer, but, invest in every Christmas to come for generations and order the Collector Edition and make it a Family Tradition.

Santa’s workshop is the workshop where Santa Claus is said to make the toys and presents given out at Christmas. In Santa Claus mythology, the “workshop” is a sprawling commune located at the North Pole[1] or in Lapland.[2] In addition to housing the factory where toys are either manufactured or distributed by the elves, the complex also houses the residence of Santa Claus, his wifecompanions and all of the reindeer.[3]      

In 1879, Thomas Nast revealed to the world in a series of drawings that Santa’s workshop is at the North Pole (specifically the North Magnetic Pole, due to the aurora borealis being centered around it and the fact that the workshop was on land, properties that at the time described the magnetic pole [which was under the Canadian Arctic Archipelago at the time; the magnetic pole has since drifted off to sea] but not the geographic one).[4] The Canada Post postal code for the workshop is H0H 0H0; the code was issued in 1994.[5] The United States Postal Service recommends mail to Santa’s workshop be sent to North Pole, Alaska, ZIP code 99705.

Each Nordic country also claims Santa’s workshop to be located on their territories. Norway claims he lives in Drøbak. In Denmark, he is said to live in Greenland (near Uummannaq). In Sweden, the town ofMora has a theme park named “Tomteland”. The national postal terminal in Tomteboda in Stockholm receives children’s letters for Santa. In FinlandKorvatunturi has long been known as Santa’s home, and two theme parks, Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are located at the Arctic Circle in the municipality of Rovaniemi.

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26 Days Until Christmas The Real Santa’s Mission Statment 2013

Today is Thanksgiving .. Kitty and I have so much to be thankful for as we make our push to the great day of happiness … Christmas 2013 … “Go Give Love”, this is our hope and mission statement. Your Presence is our present.

@  THANKS TO ANGIE M. PARISH,THIS IS OUR MISSION STATEMENT My beloved friends. What ever kindness it is you choose to do it will only go to prove that there are Angels who walk among us and you have just become one of them!

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times.[1] It has been proposed that Thanksgiving may be able to trace its earliest recorded origins to the ancient Mesopotamian harvest festival of Akitu.[2] The Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects of a harvest festival, even though the harvest in New England occurs well before the late-November date on which the modern Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated.[1][3]

In the English tradition, days of thanksgiving and special thanksgiving religious services became important during the English Reformation in the reign of Henry VIIIand in reaction to the large number of religious holidays on the Catholic calendar. Before 1536 there were 95 Church holidays, plus 52 Sundays, when people were required to attend church and forego work and sometimes pay for expensive celebrations. The 1536 reforms reduced the number of Church holidays to 27, but some Puritans, the radical reformers of their age, wished to completely eliminate all Church holidays, including Christmas and Easter. The holidays were to be replaced by specially called Days of Fasting or Days of Thanksgiving, in response to events that the Puritans viewed as acts of special providence. Unexpected disasters or threats of judgement from on high called for Days of Fasting. Special blessings, viewed as coming from God, called for Days of Thanksgiving. For example, Days of Fasting were called on account of drought in 1611, floods in 1613, and plagues in 1604 and 1622. Days of Thanksgiving were called following the victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 and following the deliverance of Queen Anne in 1705. An unusual annual Day of Thanksgiving began in 1606 following the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 and developed into Guy Fawkes Day.[4]

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27 Day Until Christmas

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Christmas is about Faith.

Faith with my Nativity and angels. This was beyond appropriate, not just because her name is Faith, but she was to mark an anniversary that marked the end of dealing with some health issues that would truly try anyone’s faith.

As well, this is the first Christmas that I do not have the child and family presence as I normally would, so I’ve been cutting out a lot of the Santa and commercial aspects of Christmas and focusing more on the actual purpose to this holiday, as I did as a teenager.

You’ll likely note the little New Testament Bible…I was given that, I’m fairly sure, in Sunday School as a wee girl. I obviously was getting my adult teeth at the time, as it is riddled with bite marks. I had a bad habit of chewing on it during service. I do hope God forgives me for that little mistake. 🙂

And no, I’m not shoving religion down anyone’s throat here. Celebrate Christmas as you see fit, for me I am turning back to why it is celebrated as that is how I see it. I would never push my beliefs on anyone.

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NORAD Tracks Santa

Combat Operations has a fix on bogey at...

Complete Transcript of the 1964 LP

Santa Promo Spot 1
Santa Promo Spot 2
S. Claus Files an Unusual Flight Plan
Early Warning Radars Acquire Track
NORAD Pilots Confirm Santa Vehicle

The Official NORAD Tracks Santasite starts “tracking” on December 6
[Requires FLASH]

ATOMIC PLATTERS: Geerhart’s Periodic Table of Atomic Music
CONELRAD 100: Our Atomic Films List and Viewing Guide
ATOMIC SECRETS: Excavations from the CONELRAD Collection
Instructional LP for stocking and living in a fallout shelter.
Ultimate Civil Defense ‘scare’ LP
PRODUCTION SERIES ’68 [1968] Emergency Broadcasting System PSAs LP
Federal Civil Defense Administration LP

NORAD Tracks Santa - 1964 33-1/3 LP
Santa News Reports & Holiday Music Selections
Presented as a public service by the North American Air Defense Command

Listen to NORAD Tracks Santa…

The 1964 Long Playing Record Experience

The “NORAD Tracks Santa” tradition goes back to the late 1950s when a young boy accidentally dialed the unlisted number of the Director of Combat Operations at NORADNORAD Tracks Santa - Concept Album 1964Headquarters in Colorado Springs. The boy was actually trying to phone a department store Santa Claus whose extension was only one digit removed from the phone at the NORAD center.

The Combat Operations Center Director was quick to realize that a mistake had been made, and carried on a long conversation with the boy assuring him that the forces of NORAD would indeed guarantee Santa a safe trip from the North Pole.

A novel idea and tradition was thus born, and you have the results of it inside this jacket…a series of spots citing the progress of Santa as he makes his annual journey down through the space tracking and radar facilities of the North American Air Defense Command.

To follow his unusual flight plan we must call upon all the of the resources at NORAD’s disposal…the Canadian Forces Air Defense Command, the U.S. Army Air Defense Command, and the U.S. Air Force’s Aerospace Defense Command. Two nations and three services working together for mutual protection.

Five “Santa Tracks” are found on side one…followed by two promo spots that you can use to advertise your station’s unique Christmas Eve service.

One other bonus rounds out side one of this production. It is the Charles Tazewell Christmas classic, “The Littlest Angel,” written and arranged by Major Franklin Lockwood, former Director of the NORAD Band. The song poem has received wide acclaim when performed in concert, and is included here to add a special touch to your holiday programming.

Side two features the NORAD Commanders, one of the finest big bands in the world playing their original variations of traditional Christmas themes.

The Canadian and American men and women of NORAD are pleased to bring you this Christmas production and hope it will earn a permanent place in your library…

(Note: Use Santa news reports, cuts 1-5, Dec. 24 only)
1. S. Claus files an Unusual Flight Plan [RealMedia]
2. Early Warning Radars Acquire Track [RealMedia]
3. NORAD Pilots confirm Santa Vehicle [RealMedia]
4. U.S. and Canadian Aircraft Fly Escort
5. Summary: Santa Claus is on His Way!
6. Santa Promotional Spot (use prior to Dec. 24) [RealMedia]
7. Santa Promotional Spot (use prior to Dec. 24) [RealMedia]
8. “The Littlest Angel” narrative
SIDE TWO  – The NORAD ‘Commanders’ Band
1. Here Comes Santa CLAUS
2. Winter Wonderland
3. Here Comes a Wassailing
4. Carol of the Bells
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
6. Sleigh Ride
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Produced by the Directorate of Public Affairs

Century Records
Copyright 1964

Cover: Bob Haynes, Colorado Springs
Music Coordinators: Chief Musician Jim Miller, USN; TSgt., USAF
Music Engineer: Saren Bredsdorff, Fred Arthur Studio, Denver
Producer: Captain William P. Campbell III, Chief, NORAD Radio TV Branch

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Santa’s Sleigh is Powered by Magic and GPS Santa’s Sleigh is Powered by Magic and GPS

Why Santa Relies On Precision Engineering

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house, machines were a-turning and using their mouse. The numbers were entered on the CAM machines with care, and Santa was glad CNC engineers were there.

Precision engineering plays a vital part in the aeronautics industry by ensuring that different components can be made uniformly, in an appropriate timeframe and in efficient manner. The importance for everything to be manufactured in the same way every time is obvious and so companies rely on the use of Computer Numerical Controlled machines during the construction process. This includes the rapid and continual production of intricate parts used in both planes and different types of spacecraft.

But what role could precision engineering play during Christmas?

Christmas engineering

The Sleigh

Everyone knows that Santa’s sleigh is powered by magic but it wasn’t just conjured up out of thin air. Something so purposefully designed and that carries out such an important task would have needed to be precision engineered in a variety of different areas. Firstly, the sheer size and mass of a vehicle like this would require large parts, weighing many KGs, to be machined; something which quality precision engineering companies are comfortable with.santa-sleigh

The conditions that the sleigh is subject to as it flies through the air will mean that it is likely to be made from high tensile steel; another material used frequently in this industry. There’s also a big chance that precision engineering was heavily involved in the complex refuelling mechanism that is used to ensure Santa makes it all the way around the world without having to top up the tank with magic.

Toy Production

We have all seen footage of the elves working hard in the factories trying to get the toys finished in time for December the 25th, but it’s clear that this couldn’t happen without the use of precision engineering. There is a need for each different range of toys to be exact replicas of each other so that no child feels hard done by because their toy car isn’t precisely the same as their friend’s toy car. There is no room for anything other than uniformity in Santa’s workshop and so most of the components used in toy production are likely to have been produced with the use of CNC turning machines.

Santa’s Secret Weapon –

Whilst you will no doubt be aware of the sleigh Santa travels in and the fact that the elves work hard to make the toys in the workshop, this next device is not so well-known. The ‘Slim-o-matic 2013’ is what Santa relies on in order to get into every home as he makes his way around the world. It allows him to instantly reduce his body mass so that he can fit down chimneys and through the gaps in doors and place the gifts under the tree.

The only problem is that each device can only be used once and so he has to manufacture around 108 million different ‘Slim-o-matics’ to use on each home he visits. Precision engineering holds the key to ensuring this can be done as quickly as possible (he’s a busy man) and to his exact specifications. There is also a need for each gadget to be exactly the same otherwise Santa’s health and safety could be at risk. Without the use of CNC machines the tiny parts used in the manufacture of the ‘slim-o-matics’ would be impossible to produce.

So when you wake up on Christmas morning this year and thank Santa for the gifts you find beneath your tree; don’t forget the role that precision engineering also played in getting them there.

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Christmas Songs for Christmas Eve 2013

Christmas Songs for Christmas Eve 2013 Top 20 Music A Christmas Music E-Card to email and share with your friends. It’s the count down to Christmas Songs to sing around the Christmas Tree. Christmas Songs Christmas Music Video Christmas Classic Songs for your Christmas  2012 party, Have a Merry Christmas and please listen to this new Christmas Music… Christmas Music Video from Tokyo Rose featuring It’s Christmas, Santa Claus and Dance with Santa Best Christmas Songs all available from Itunes
If you watch the full video. you will see Christmas Trees, Christmas Decorations. Christmas Toys. Christmas Presents. Christmas Santa’s, Christmas Carols, Christmas lights, Christmas wallpaper, Christmas wishes, Christmas pictures
Lyrics to It’s Christmas
Verse 1.

When you look to the sky and you see a sleigh fly.

You wish your friends a happy Yuletide.

and when you hear the sound of sleigh bells ring.

Listen to the Children shout and sing.


It’s Christmas, Christmas Eve, when the Kids

can’t sleep with ease.

Cos tomorrow it’s Christmas Eve, Giddy Up Rudolph

pull that Sleigh.

Verse 2.

And when you wish for a toy of a little love.

It could happen this time of Year.

It’s a magical time when you hear that sleigh.

Strange things have happen on this day.


It’s Christmas, Christmas Eve, It’s a sure bet.

you will hear, has he been yet.

Then you reply, Santa only comes when you close your eyes.

Santa only comes when you close your eyes.

Middle Eight.

It’s ten ‘o’ clock, it’s starting to snow.

You look at the clock there’s two hours to go.

Then over the sound of your television set.

You hear a small voice shouting.

Has he been yet.

Chorus. And Out


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