Monday, December 30, 2013

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-25 Christmas Day

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It's Christmas Day.  As Lucy Van Pelt once told her boyfriend, Schroeder said, "Ho, ho, ho and mistletoe and presents for pretty girls." Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love that once a year we make an attempt to be cheerful and to wish peace on Earth goodwill toward men. Tell your Sweet Baboo that she's the best present you ever received for Christmas with this downloadable free printable Christmas card.

Just click on the caption below the picture of the winter sun.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside. 

© 2013 by Tom King

Greeting Card Campaign: 12-24 National Egg Nog Day

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National Egg Nog Day
. Since my wife and I moved 2300 miles from our home in East Texas, I miss having rum free Egg Nog every year with my daughter. It got to be something of a tradition with us since her mom and brothers didn't care much for Egg Nog. It was something she and I used to share and it was probably more special to me than her. She used to go shopping with her mom and they'd get a bowl of chili together just before Christmas. Egg Nog is a seasonal holiday drink and is usually available premixed between Thanksgiving and New Year.  Christmas Eve is the night the most Egg Nog is consumed. Nobody know who created National Egg Nog Day. For that matter no one really knows who invented Egg Nog but it may have originated in East Anglia, England. It likely developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk. The "nog" part of its name may come from the word noggin, a Middle English word for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcoholic beverages.  The English version was called an Egg Flip. English barkeeps used to flip the mixture between two pitchers to mix it up. 

Egg Nog was popular among the upper crust in England in the 1700s - those who could afford milk, eggs, sugar and rum. During the early1800s it crossed the Atlantic to America during the 1800s and became a popular holiday drink. Egg Nog even caused a riot at the US Military Academy on Christmas Eve 1826 when cadets smuggled a whole bunch of whiskey into the barracks to make egg nog. Things got out of hand and 20 cadets were expelled.

Tell your sweetie she's puts the Egg in your Nog with this free printable, downloadable National Egg Nog Day card.  Just click on the caption below the picture of the egg nog.  The link will take you to a pdf file in Google Docs.  Download the file. Don't try to print the file from within Google Docs. I use a lot of fonts and Google Docs doesn't seem to like them very much.  Instead, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "download" and copy the file to your own computer. Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you prefer.  Print the card from there and it should be fine.

This is a side fold card, so when you print it, be sure to select "landscape" and if you have two-sided printing, choose "flip on the short side" so that the inside of the card is the same way up as the outside.

Greeting Card Campaign: December 23 Roots Day

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December 23 is the made-up holiday "Festivus" (for the rest of us). Actually, it's a depressing holiday made up by the TV show Seinfeld as a sort of anti-Christmas. So I'm going with something else. A nice holiday is a genealogy celebration. It's Roots Day, a great day to celebrate your heritage. It's a good holiday for the Christmas season since Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays draw families together to celebrate.

Digging up your roots is a lot of fun. Many local libraries have genealogical materials and host genealogical societies. The Mormons have a huge database of church registers around the world. There are several geneological websites like Ancestry.com and tribalpages.com that have all kinds of resources. Discovering your ancestors can be fun. You may find you are related to famous people. Sometimes you find relatives you never knew and they have their own research on whole long branches of your family. 

Some of you kinfolk inevitably find some quirky relatives like my Great Great Grandfather Horatio Benjamin French, a circuit riding preacher who outlived five wives and baptized more than half the Adventists in Texas during the first 30 years of the 20th century. There was also his son Alonso, the special effects pioneer, who found him praying about the Second Coming in the hayloft one day and decided to create the effects of hell being kindled by lighting the haystack. 

Creative genes run in my family. 

The origins of Roots Day is shrouded in the mists of history, but, hey, what a nice thing to celebrate at Christmas time.  Tell your wife or loved one you are happy to have joined your family tree to hers and celebrate the cooling shade your life together has created with this free downloadable Roots Day card

For your card, just click on the caption below the picture of the family tree. Remember, instead of printing from Google Docs, click on "File" in the upper left corner, then select "Download" and copy the file to your own computer.  Open it with Adobe PDF Reader or whatever PDF reader you use and print the card from there. For some reason Google Docs doesn't handle fonts well, even though they are supposed to be embedded in the PDF document itself. 

This is a top fold card, so when it prints, be sure to tell your printer it's in "portrait" format so you get the whole file. Flip it on the short side to print double-sided. This also flips the inside upside down from the outside when you print in portrait mode, so that, when you fold it over, the inside comes out right side up.  If you're confused, I encourage you to give it a try with a practice sheet.

© 2013 by Tom King