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About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.


Fact: Nova Scotia is the world’s leading exporter of Christmas trees.

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Go West Young Man! We Did!

Fact: Clement Moore’s poem introduced eight more reindeer for Santa’s sleigh, and their names were Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Duner and Blixem (for the German words for thunder and lightning).  These later evolved into Donner and Blitzen. We … Continue reading

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We Are Off; Christmas Is Here

Fact: On 16 December 1965, the song ‘Jingle Bells’ made history by becoming the first song to be played in space during NASA’s Gemini 6A space flight. At least… we think it was the first… Today was a great day; … Continue reading

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We Are Tired Of Being Sick!

Fact:  Christmas decorating sends nearly 15,000 people to the ER. If you’ve ever watched Clark Griswold decorate his house in Christmas Vacation, that stat likely doesn’t shock you. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 14,700 people visit hospital emergency rooms … Continue reading

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Work Work Work; I Need to Go Back To Work To Rest Up!

Fact: “Silent Night” is the most recorded song.  We all know the same few handfuls of Christmas songs play at stores and on the radio in a loop all season long.  But one of them has adapted more than the … Continue reading

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The Fun Begins!

Fact:  The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle, Washington.  According to the Guinness World Records, the world’s tallest cut Christmas tree was a 221 ft Douglas fir that stood at Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington, during Christmas … Continue reading

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Tuesday; Time For Getting Ready To Decorate!

Fact: Many of us have done a prank that almost went too far.  Nine days before Christmas in 1965, two astronauts aboard the Gemini 6 told Mission Control that they saw an “unidentified flying object” about to enter Earth’s atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Monday Has Arrived And We Are Ready!

Fact: Christmas wreaths are religious symbols.  The Christmas wreath first originated as a symbol of Christ.  The holly represents the crown of thorns Jesus wore at his crucifixion, and the red berries stand for the blood he shed.  So when … Continue reading

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Stayin’ Home; Takin’ Care!

Fact: St. Nick was more generous than jolly.  You probably already knew that the idea of Santa Claus came from St. Nicholas.  The saint wasn’t a bearded man who wore a red suit; that look came much later.  In the … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Down; Christmas Up!

Fact: Hanging stockings started by accident Legend has it, we hang stockings by the chimney with care thanks to a poor man who didn’t have enough money for his three daughters’ dowries. Generous old St. Nick dropped a bag of … Continue reading

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