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Friday, December 28, 2007
  Low Snow in the Mother Lode
Of course, it snowed last night all the way down to Sonora. I don't know if it went any lower than that. But I've got a couple of quick pictures and a video (click below to watch it) for you to check out the snow at the Sugar Pine Realty Corporate office this morning. It really looks pretty. Where ever you're at today (above 2000 feet) I'll bet it looks the same. It's one of the many blessings of living in the Gold Country. We have all four seasons in the Mother Lode. And here are the pictures and video to prove it!

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Monday, December 10, 2007
  Test Your Knowledge of Christmas
Sing with me: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With the kids jingle belling, And everyone telling you, “Be of good cheer,” It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And I just can’t help but sing. The Christmas spirit’s got a hold of me and won’t let go. How ‘bout you? And I couldn’t help but think what better way to spread some more "good Christmas cheer” like the song says than for (did you guess?) another quiz? So how are you with the subject of Christmas – songs, traditions and other assorted facts? Find out with the following questions (answers below). And most of all, have a Merry Christmas, everybody (2 weeks to go!).

1. Who wrote the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and in what year? (a) Eddie Pola, George Wyle in 1963; (b) James Lord Pierpont publ. 1857; (c) J. Fred Coots, Henry Gillespie in 1934; (d) Irving Berlin, 1942.

2. The names of the Magi/Wisemen/Astrologers in the Christmas story were: (a) Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego; (b) Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh; (c) Larry, Curly and Moe; (d) none of the above.

3. Robert L. May wrote the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Which of the following stories did he look to for inspiration? (a) The Ugly Duckling; (b) A Christmas Carol; (c) It's a Wonderful Life; (d) Charlie Brown Christmas.

4. The big guy in the red suit and hat that says, "Ho, ho, ho," goes by many names including... (a) Tim Allen; (b) Saint Nick; (c) Father Christmas; (d) Kris Kringle.

5. The official determination on whether or not it's a "white Christmas" is: (a) snow flurries at noon on December 25th; (b) heavy snowfall for at least 10 minutes on Christmas day; (c) 1 inch of snow on the ground at 8 a.m. Christmas morning; (d) 1 inch of snowfall taking place any time between midnight and midnight.

6. The most famous Christmas Carol of all time is: (a) O Come, All Ye Faithful; (b) Away in a Manger; (c) Silent Night; (d) Joy to the World.

7. One of the most popular/infamous gifts at Christmas is - can you guess? - the fruitcake. (Have you ever received one?) Which of the following facts are true about the fruitcake: (a) 25 is the number of years that a fruitcake can age and still be enjoyed, as long as it has the right preservatives and is stored in a tightly closed tin; (b) 1 to 1 is the ratio of the density of the average fruitcake to the density of mahogany; (c) a little more than 1 in 10 people say they would make time to regift a fruitcake to give it to someone else; (d) all of the above.

Answers: 1. (a) – “b” wrote Jingle Bells; “c” wrote Santa Claus is Coming to Town; “d” wrote White Christmas 2. (d) 3. (a) 4. (b), (c) & (d) 5. (c) 6. (c) 7. (d)

(This test was developed and based on information from the following websites: Christmas Songs Lyrics, All Things Christmas, Counting on Christmas Statistics and Christmas Carols.)

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