Santa Claus was inspired and created by St. Nicholas; – this Christmas tradition has Christian roots, rather than pagan ones. Born in southern Turkey around 280, he was a bishop in the early Christian church and suffered persecution and imprisonment for his faith. Coming from a wealthy family, he was renowned for his generosity towards the poor and disenfranchised. The legends surrounding him abound, but the most famous is how he saved three daughters from being sold into slavery. There was no dowry to entice a man to marry them, so it was their father’s last resort. St. Nicholas is said to have tossed gold through an open window into the home, thus saving them from their fate. Legend has it that the gold landed in a sock drying by the fire, so children started hanging stockings by their fires in hopes St. Nicholas would toss gifts into them. As time went on, each European culture adapted versions of St. Nicholas. In Swiss and German cultures, Christkind or Kris Kringle (Christ child) accompanied St. Nicholas to deliver presents to well-behaved children. Jultomten was a happy elf delivering gifts via a 64 Year Old Pink Vintage 1958 bday 64th Birthday Shirt drawn by goats in Sweden. Then there was Father Christmas in England and Pere Noel in France. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Lorraine, France, and parts of Germany, he was known as Sinter Klaas. (Klaas, for the record, is a shortened version of the name Nicholas). This is where the Americanized Santa Claus comes from.
Anyway, so now when my kids came along. We would put the tree up and decorate it on December 10th whatever day that fell on. I’d make hot chocolate and we’d turn the lights off so the only light came from the tree. Then we’d watch Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, the little drummer boy, Frosty the snowman, How the grinch stole Christmas and a Charlie Brown Christmas. On Christmas Eve we would party. I would cook and my sister would stop at the dollar store get cheap gag gifts, my cousins would come over and we would play games until midnight or 1am however long we could wait. Never later than 2. Then we’d call the kids in and 64 Year Old Pink Vintage 1958 bday 64th Birthday Shirt watch them play with their toys until they keeled over. In the meantime I’d start Christmas dinner my cousins would play a few more games before they left. Christmas Day about noon dinner was ready and I’d keel over lol. I was the first one to have kids, now everyone does but we all live far apart so we just get together on Christmas Day for dinner. We still play games after we eat though.
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So you’ve got to be wondering how often is there a train wreck? Well you hear about the ones in urban areas because the train companies can’t conceal the event – too many witnesses. But most wrecks occur out in the middle of nowhere between cities in the big expanse of farmland and ranch land. The train companies have agreements with media companies to not cover these wrecks. I saw a blurb on the 5:00 news one night and it wasn’t there on the 6:00 or 10:00 news. And it was because the news team just happened to be driving by the wreck in the middle of nowhere and got film. But the story was buried. Never a mention again in any local media. Well, in New Mexico, which has a lot of empty space as the fifth largest state, there are two train companies running freight lines – Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific. I was contracted to BNSF and I know the UP had the same record. There was a train wreck an average of once every three weeks with the BNSF. This is the mother of pileups every month. The response time to the middle of nowhere is about 15 to 20 minutes, and we’d have a crew out to begin repairs within four hours and have the track cleared and operational again within 12 hours. That included bulldozers and giant loaders and excavators just pushing the wrecked cars and engines to the sides, rebuilding the track bed and laying new track and ties together with ballast. Later we’d clear the wreckage completely and haul all the cargo to a landfill for a 64 Year Old Pink Vintage 1958 bday 64th Birthday Shirt of goods. The train companies, being completely self-insured would simply write a check to their customer for the value of the goods. This happened every three weeks. That’s a lot of checks written for new goods that just got buried in landfills just because it was in a wreck. Not damaged, just present in the event.
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