25 July 2012

Rudolph Day - July 2012

"Rudolph Day" is a way of keeping the Christmas spirit alive all year long. You can read a Christmas book, work on a Christmas craft project, listen to Christmas music or watch a Christmas movie.

It's Happy Christmas in July! Perhaps you watched QVC's famous "Christmas in July" sales over the past weekend. Or perhaps like some folks, especially people in the Southern Hemisphere, you celebrate a chilly Christmas in July with all the traditional foods.

Perhaps it's stereotypical, but thoughts of Christmas preparations bring to mind Santa Claus' most beloved helpmeet, his wife. His story has certainly pre-dated hers, but when did she first appear? Wikipedia sums it up quite nicely:

Mrs. Santa Claus

One of the most famous representations of Mrs. Claus is Katharine Lee Bates' "Goody Santa Claus on a Sleigh-Ride."

Here's a neat discussion about a side of "Goody Claus" you might have never thought of.

And a bit more about Mrs. Claus' American origins.

How about Mrs. Claus astrologically?

The Guideposts Christmas Treasury
This is a little gem of a book with short essays, stories, and poetry devoted to the spiritual aspects of Christmas, published, of course, by the Guideposts folks. This particular volume is from 1972 and reeks 1970s with its opening fonts and illustrations of clean-cut guys with the "dry look." However, many old standards are here, from Dorothy Canfield Fisher to Pearl Buck to Taylor Caldwell, to short inspirational pieces and poems taken from "Guideposts" magazine. This is a perfect book for bedside reading during Advent and Christmastide.

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