Sunday, December 2, 2007

Free Samples -- December

Welcome to the December edition of Free Sample Quest. "Jingle all the way!" Well, it may be a bit early for that but there are some great Christmas themed freebies coming up this month. Some are time sensitive so lets get to them right away. Since this is a special month, I'm linking right to some great freebies and special free things for families to enjoy. Plus a few cools facts about Christmas and Hanukkah. So, let's get to it!

Chat With Santa is a spectacular treat for any child. It's free to register and free to chat with Santa on his specially made North Pole web cast. This wonderfull experience is starting on December 10th and running for 3 days. Registering gets you all the information, such as the time to link up with Santa. So you have to register very soon. You'll receive a toll free number that links to Jolly Old St. Nick himself and your child gets to chat with Santa, live on his web cast. The page to register still says December of 2006 but all you have to do is check the schedule up at the top. A absolute must see!

Santa Claus Letters Online

You remember writing Santa those long letters full of present ideas? Remember how sometimes he wrote back? Well now it's time for your children to get there own personalized letter or email from Santa. This website helps you put together a wonderful printable letter from Santa. Personalized with your child's name, best friend, most wanted gift, and even their greatest accomplishment this year. But my printer is broken right now! Okay, I hear you and so does this site. Luckily for you, Santa is one old guy that is technologically savvy. He'll send an email right to your child's inbox. A great treat for kids.

ToTally Bright

December isn't just about Christmas. This is also the time of year that our Jewish friends and neighbors are celebrating Chanukah. It starts at sunset on December 4 and runs until sunset December 12 this year. So here's a great freebie for those who are Jewish or simply want to know more about the Festival of Lights. This site is offering a free copy of ToTally Bright - a fun guide to everything Chanukah. This is a great opportunity to perhaps learn something about someone else or just to immerse yourself in your own culture. A must see.

Santa's Net

This is fun site for the whole family. It includes recipes, stories, Merry Christmas in other languages, and even a good and bad list. Type in your name to see if you've been good or bad. Yes, Santa knows what you were REALLY doing this weekend. Santa has even given us links to the most popular toys this year. Check it out for lots of fun.

Happy Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is celebrated on December 26th this year so lets not forget. In celebration of this holiday check out this site for all the history, symbols, music, and recipes. A great site full of great information.

Christmas Fun and Games

This time of year is so expensive so how about a site full of free games and free fun ideas for the family. This site has it. Check it out for some holiday fun.

Christmas Myths and Legends

- A child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.
- Snow on Christmas means that Easter will be green.
- In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.
- To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.
- And old Irish legend states that the gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those who die then go straight to Heaven.
- Christmas candles should be left burning until Christmas morning and should rest undisturbed from time of lighting until they are snuffed.
- The yule log should be lit by a piece of the log used on the previous Christmas. Once that is done, no evil spirit can then enter into the house. The remains of the Yule log were also considered lucky, and would be a protection against lightning or fire.

Christmas Holiday Trivia

- The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.
- The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce, the only president to come out of New Hampshire.
- Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
- "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion.
- "Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
- If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", you would receive 364 presents.
- In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
- The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama
- Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.
- In Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from.
- More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
- In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.

No matter what you're celebrating this year, make it a wonderful day or days and cherish the love around you. I'll see you all in 2008!

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