Christmas 12 12 12 - The Earth Will End

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

We Must Play Golf And See Zack & Becca (On Our Last Day On Earth!)

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The End Of The World is today!!

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Time For Golf

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Early morning swing at El Dorado Golf Course

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The ball has no idea how much this is going to hurt

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Swooooooosh

OK... We Are Ready For Old Ranch Now

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Checkout the footprints.... Has someone been here before???

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Looks like James perhaps walked backwards??

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Studying the slopes

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The magic tootpick is working...

Did You Know? - It is the oldest instrument for dental cleaning. Toothpicks are well known in all cultures. Before the toothbrush was invented, teeth were cleaned with hard and soft dental woods. Toothpicks made of bronze have been found as burial objects in prehistoric graves in Northern Italy and in the East Alps. It was also well known in Mesopotamia.

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Zack and Becca join up for a trip to Naples

Ancestors had tails
Sometimes we feel old when the grandkids as questions


A Walk Though Naples

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Checkout the self timer

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Run and jump in the picture

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An aerial view

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A daytime view and Not at Christmas

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The magic happens

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Lights everywhere

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The canals are ablaze with lights

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Time for dinner???

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A stop by Mr. Gladstones

Did You Know? - The Christmas tree was adopted in upper-class homes in 18th-century Germany, where it was occasionally decorated with candles, which at the time was a comparatively expensive light source. Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles started to be used. Early electric Christmas lights were introduced with electrification, beginning in the 1880s.

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Fixing the audio... We had Zack "Mr. Wizard" with us

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Griswald's Family Christmas was back

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Can you find the one that it out???

Did You Know? - In the United Kingdom, electrically powered Christmas lights are generally known as fairy lights. In 1881, the Savoy Theatre, London was the first building in the world to be lit entirely by electricity.

Sir Joseph Swan, inventor of the incandescent light bulb, supplied about 1,200 Swan incandescent lamps, and a year later, the Savoy owner Richard D'Oyly Carte equipped the principal fairies with miniature lighting supplied by the Swan United Electric Lamp Company, for the opening night of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Iolanthe on 25th November 1882.

The term fairy lights for a string of electrically powered christmas lights has been in common usage in the UK ever since.

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The reflections were great

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The lighting is quite well done

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Tonight is judging night... A 1938 cartoon from Disney was playing in the window

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Wow!

Did You Know? - The first known electrically illuminated Christmas tree was the creation of Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison.

While he was vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, a predecessor of today's Con Edison electric utility, he had Christmas tree light bulbs especially made for him. He proudly displayed his Christmas tree, which was hand-wired with 80 red, white and blue electric incandescent light bulbs the size of walnuts, on December 22, 1882 at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Local newspapers ignored the story, seeing it as a publicity stunt. However, it was published by a Detroit newspaper reporter, and Johnson has become widely regarded as the Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights. By 1900, businesses started stringing up Christmas lights behind their windows.

Christmas lights were too expensive for the average person; as such, electric Christmas lights did not become the majority replacement for candles until 1930.

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Not a spot left for any additional lights

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Frosty is peeking out

To Gladstones For Dinner

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Crab legs anyone???

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I am eating my veggies...

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Hamburgers at a sea food restaurant? YES, when it is the best in town

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Chomp!

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Watching our diets

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I am doing pretty good...

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The Cotton Candy Girl

Did You Know? - Cotton candy (US, India, Canada), candy floss or candyfloss (UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa), or fairy floss (Australia) is a form of spun sugar. Since cotton candy is mostly air, a small initial quantity of sugar generates a tremendously greater final volume, causing servings to be physically large and voluminous. A typical serving on a stick is approximately one ounce/30 grams.

It is sometimes sold in bags containing several servings (see accompanying photos). Cotton candy is often served at carnivals or circuses. Food coloring can be used to change the natural white color. There are many flavors, including strawberry, lemonade, blueberry, lime, grape, orange, watermelon, pineapple mango, and more. A similar confectionery is the Persian Pashmak, and the Turkish PiĊŸmaniye, although the latter is made with flour and water in addition to sugar.

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"I can do this...."

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Carri assisted in the devourement

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OMG... It might take over Long Beach

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Someone likes cotton candy

Did You Know? - About Cotton Candy:

  • America celebrates National Cotton Candy Day on December 7th
  • Cotton candy was originally called fairy floss
  • In 1920 fairy floss was re-named cotton candy
  • Cotton candy contains only one ingredient: sugar

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Let's go plant one in Becca's front yard

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Huge

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A halo for Jon

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Don't drop it....

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"It's so very pretty!!"

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Zack cannot watch it....

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OMG... You are scaring the little kids

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$1,000,000 smile

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