Merry Christmas Everyone 2017

 

As we prepare for New Years, be happy, healthy, safe!  From our family to Yours.

Jackie Paulson

WPC: PATH TO HIGHER EDUCATION

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On a funny side, I was dropped off at a dollar store to buy things that needed for college. When I left the store I thought I was opening a door to the car I wanted, but instead I opened a car with a man waiting in the drivers seat, and it was not my car! I apologized and he said that’s okay because my car was next to his. I was laughing so hard! That is a Path story that is true. I can imagine if he drove away with me in it!!
I want to share random photos with all of you that make me smile.

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Christmas Lights Aglow Around the world

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Austin Trail of Lights

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Bright lights, illuminated displays, nightly festivals, and attractions are some of the many things you have to look forward to during this time of the year.

Holiday light displays are a popular seasonal attraction; they have long been a tradition throughout the United States and essential part of Christmas celebrations. Communities come together and families make new memories as towns, parks, and popular sites are transformed into magical displays.

Whether you would rather walk through a synchronized music light show, drive through three miles of more than 700 light displays, or take a stroll through a glimmering Botanic Garden, there is something for everyone on this list.

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Celebrate the holiday and get out there once the sun goes down to experience the thrill of these mesmerizing displays; you will not be disappointed.

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“Wild Lights Festival,” Palm Desert, Calif.

Admire more than a million twinkling lights at the 24th Annual WildLights festival from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. Explore newly added pathways with holiday lights and luminescent animal lanterns. Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy live entertainment, carousel rides, and arts and crafts.

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“Circle of Lights,” Indianapolis

More than 100,000 people gather on Monument Circle the Friday after Thanksgiving to participate in the Circle of Lights. The 4,784 lights strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument will leave you breathless. This display continues through early January.

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“Lights of Dyker Heights,” Brooklyn

When many of us think about Holiday Lights in New York City, we usually think about Rockefeller Center, but the truth is that Dyker Heights Brooklyn goes over and beyond. Home-owners participate in an unspoken competition for the most lavish holiday light display. Walk through Dyker Heights or drive through in your car to experience the joy.

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“Fantasy of Lights,” Pine Mountain, Ga.

Located in Pine Mountain is the famous Callaway Gardens. Visit during the winter months for a chance to experience the Fantasy in Lights holiday lights and sound show. Admire glimmering lights, watch fireworks, visit the Christmas Village for photos with Santa, and bring the kids to an hour of storytelling and Christmas carols with Mrs. Claus.

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“Gardens Aglow,” Coastal Main Botanical Gardens, Maine

Visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to experience the largest light display in Maine: Gardens Aglow. Experience more than 350,000 LED lights that decorate the central gardens and buildings. The display will be held from Nov. 18 through Dec. 31, Thursdays through Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m.

“Bentleyville,” Duluth, Minn.

Stroll under the sparkles of more than 4 million lights in a 20-acre park set on the shores of Lake Superior at one of America’s largest, free, walk-through lighting displays. Take photos with Rudolph, visit Santa, roast marshmallows, eat cookies, and drink hot cocoa. The display will run from Nov. 19 through Dec. 26.

“Festival of Lights,” Galveston Island, Texas

The 15th Annual Festival of Lights is one of the largest holiday celebrations in this region. Admire more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. Listen to live entertainment nightly, take photos with Santa, and skate around the areas only outdoor skating rink. The festival will run from Nov. 12 through Jan. 8.

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New Horizon College

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New Horizon

As the holidays approach I enrolled in my new horizon of getting my Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management  I hope to accomplish this!  That is why I have two photos: one to say what my goal is and then the other as I plan to accomplish this goal. Below is our little Christmas tree!  Its a miracle it still stands with 14 cats in the house!  We rescue homeless kitties.  Dec 2 16. 018.jpg

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Snowy Day In Ohio

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I have to say that waking up to the snow was such a delight.  I then put up my DOODLE PAGE NO. 15.

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cropped-r5.jpgas the holidays arrive!  I am going to start College online with DeVry starting Jan 2, 2017!!  Wish me luck.  I need it.  With my bachelors degree  of Technical Management no job offers in 2 years.  At age 49…but really I will be 50 on December 12, 2016!!  I have been doing a lot of reflecting.  As I keep posting my Doodle Pages know that I am almost out of pen ink, so buying a new set is in order.  I have never run out of ink my entire life.  I must enjoy coloring.  I hope to have a Poll on all of the coloring pages soon.  May you all be blessed this holiday season.

7 Christmas Books for Kids

7 Christmas Books for Kids

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The story: The Grinch, a grouchy, selfish creature who lives in a cave above the town of Whoville, grows annoyed at the Whos’ joyful Christmas celebrations and decides to stop Christmas from coming by disguising himself as Santa Claus and stealing all their presents and decorations on Christmas Eve.
Why you should read it: Dr. Seuss’ critique of the commercialization of Christmas is just as relevant now as it was when the book was published in 1957. The small-hearted Grinch’s transformation reminds readers young and old that Christmas is about much more than gifts.

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Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

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Frosty the Snow Man:  Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will feel the magic of the holiday season with this full-color storybook retelling the tale of the most famous snowman of all, Frosty the Snowman!

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The story: Old, bitter Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and its celebrations until four ghosts appear to him one Christmas Eve and show him how miserable his life has become and how he must change if he wishes his life to be worth anything.
Why you should read it: This abridged version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale stays true to the original story in a way that younger readers can understand. As a bonus, the artwork by Brett Helquist (illustrator of the Series of Unfortunate Events books) is gorgeous and compelling.

 

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The story: While his family sleeps on Christmas Eve, a man is preparing to go to bed when he hears Santa Claus flying through the sky to his house. He goes downstairs to see what’s going on and runs into Father Christmas himself.
Why you should read it: No Christmas book list would be complete without this classic poem, and this edition’s beautiful illustrations make Clement C. Moore’s stanzas even more magical. Highly recommended for Christmas Eve bedtime reading.

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This book is fabulous. The letters are adorable, sure to win the hearts of young and old.  We loved the letters and decided that reading them together.  It was a new Christmas tradition for us. Even better are the illustrations. I ordered a second copy as I plan to frame some of them as the most charming Christmas decorations. I wish I could buy the originals of the illustrations. Truly, Tolkien was a genius. If you only know his “Lord of the Rings” or “Hobbit” booms, you’re in for a treat.

11111.pngThis “new classic” Christmas story brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity. Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pine-cone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pine-cone to become a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need.  Written by children’s nonfiction author David Rubel in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Gorgeous illustrations crafted by Jim LaMarche. The Horn Book said, “Rubel’s story of compassion hits all the right holiday notes; LaMarche’s lush, warm illustrations of glowing Christmas trees and smiling, caring characters’ drive home the central message of charity.”