Soarin’ With Santa – Thank Your For a GREAT Event!

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Yesterday I took the kids to the Worcester Airport for an event that I was invited to on Facebook called Soarin’ With Santa.  What an awesome day!!!  First we were greeted at the door where we were given a ticket  with a number on it so we could go up and see Santa once he arrived.  Then we enjoyed some free samples of Polar beverages and got to visit with the Polar Bear.  Zach & Will went on to make some Christmas ornaments and then we rushed outside to make sure we didn’t miss Santa’s arrival.

Watching closely we first saw a blue Ford SUV drive down towards us.  There was someone waving graciously at the crowd and at first I couldn’t tell who, but then I saw the lovely Jennifer Roy.  Jen is a beautiful Worcester TV & radio newscaster who I recently met outside of Facebook through Karaoke For a Cure.  She is very involved in doing great things in our community.

When Santa landed from his airplane he drove down in a firetruck to come greet all of the anxious children and parents.  For a second I thought us adults may have been more excited than the kids when we spotted him in that small plane on the runway!

We enjoyed free snacks and activities while we awaited our turn to go up the magical escalator to see Santa. Once up there, we were able to take as many photos as we’d like on our digital cameras and phones of our families with Santa.  What a beautiful display!  Just as I arrived at the top with my kids the fire alarm started going off.  Luckily just a false alarm that one of the kids in the building must have setoff.  When I asked Zach his favorite part of the day he said “seeing Santa to tell him about the Legos I wanted and the worst was that fire alarm going off!”.  LOL

Thank you to all of the sponsors yesterday and to the Children’s Smile Coalition, Inc for creating this magical day.  The Children’s Smile Coalition is a non profit organization created to help underprivileged children in Massachusetts.  Please click the LIKE button on their page to support and learn more about them.

Here is a picture of my family enjoying a visit with Santa:

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8 Super-Secret Hiding Places for Holiday Presents

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After you’ve fought the crowds for the best bargains, you’ll face another dilemma: Where to hide all those presents?

Whether you’ve got a nosy spouse or a curious kid, you need a good hiding place to squirrel away those gifts until you find time to get them wrapped and under the tree. Here are some ideas we came up with:

1. Borrow a friend’s house. Swap storage spaces with a trusted friend or neighbor, and you won’t spoil any surprises. This is particularly useful if you’re buying someone a big present, like a bicycle or a car — you might talk a neighbor into letting you borrow space in their garage until Christmas morning.

2. Pop the trunk. This won’t work if you have an SUV or hatchback, but if you’ve got a car with a trunk that’s closed off from the backseat, it’s a primo place to hide gifts. Small children will never get in there.

3. Make your office work for you. If your office is a safe, secure place, squirrel some presents there. This is only an option if you work out of your home, though — home officesare prime targets for prying eyes.

4. Take stock of kitchen pots. Got a huge stock pot? Unless you’re planning to make a giant vat of soup anytime soon, the stock pot can hold a load of small gifts, and chances are your family will never think to look there.

Christmas presents under the tree5. Make use of your underwear drawer. Small presents can easily fit there. Your spouse probably won’t hesitate to look there, but your kids might stop short of rifling through your skivvies. (We hope.)

6. Crack the crawl space. If you don’t mind a little dirt and some creepy-crawlies, the crawl space can hold some sizable presents. Don’t store anything there for too long, though — unless your crawl space is insulated. Moisture and temperature changes could damage items. Plastic toys are OK to keep outside; electronics should be stored inside.

7. Rent a storage space. If you’ve got a ton of presents to hide, you’ll need to look outside your house. Some storage units offer one-month-minimum specials for as low as $25. Check the storage units in your area for deals.

8. Go for the cleaning supply closet. Worst-case scenario: Your kids might find presents there, but they’d also find the cleaning supplies, which means they might actuallyclean something. Now that would be a Christmas miracle.

Where do you hide holiday presents?

‘Gangnam Style’ Christmas Light Show Goes Silent

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An Austin, Texas, resident had to unplug the music to his Christmas light show to cut down on all the car traffic.

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Holly Santa Claus, being a YouTube sensation can cause a traffic jam.

John Storms and his family have been putting together eye-popping holiday light shows for years without a hitch, but this year’s display has become too popular.

Their “Gangnam Style” Christmas show went viral this week and was driving too many rubberneckers to their doorstep. Feeling overwhelmed, and probably to keep the peace with the neighbors, the Stormses decided to keep the lights on but ditch the music.

Guess they didn’t want to be bad neighbors. But we suspect many will miss it.

Here’s the video for all to enjoy safe & soundly online: