“The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.” ~ Phillips Brooks

5 more weeks til December 25th!


As mentioned last week, I’ll be searching “Christmas” in various search engines and recording the results (2nd, 50th, and 100th place, #1 is always Wikipedia Christmas, which I previously posted about, here).

Here’s the results with Ask.com:

2. Christmas.com

50. A British Christmas

100. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in many Languages

If you do your own search, please feel free to share them with us. Depending on where you live, you may come up with different results.

Please NOTE: Before checking out these sites I recommend that you have your pop-up blocker turned on and your virus scanner up-to-date, just in case. I don’t endorse these sites, these are just what I found using search engines.


I was surfing the web today looking for “Christmas All Year”. Yes, every now and then I need to check to see where we are in the Search Engines. Just making sure we still exist. We do!!! :-) (#1 at Ask.com, Bing, Yahoo, Google, and Startpage) I couldn’t believe it, that just means I’ve got more work ahead of me – the main website needs a lot of fixing and updating.

Anyway it got me to thinking, wouldn’t it be neat idea to see what other Christmas sites are out there. Now I’ve done this before (and I’m sure you have too), but then I had an idea to take it a step further – why not type in the word “Christmas” to every search engine. In the weeks to come I’ll share what I’ve found (the 2nd, 50th, and 100th results, as the 1st result, in all my searches, was Wikipedia Christmas and I already share that in another post). If I get a “page does not exist” type error, or the site is rather inappropriate for all ages, I will go to the next appropriate result.

Come back next week for the first “Christmas” search engine results.

If you do your own search, please feel free to share them with us. Depending on where you live, you may come up with different results.

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Xmas NotebookToday the Holiday Grand Plan starts, feel free to share you thoughts and comments about it, either here (in this blog) or at the CAY Community.

Since my holiday plan uses a bit of something from the other Christmas plans (here) with a bit of me thrown in, I figured I would come up with my own name and acronym too – Holiday Organising & Planning or HOP. So I guess I’ll just HOP to it (groan) and briefly tell you my weekly schedules.

Each week, from now until the beginning of December, I’ll focus on a different room and holiday aspect (very similar to the plans). Because I live in a cooler climate and celebrate Thanksgiving in October, I’ve needed to tweak a few of them to better suit my needs.

All my weeks start on a Monday (giving me the whole weekend to finish a week if I get behind). Here’s the first 3 weeks to start (don’t want to make the post too long):

Week 1: August 27 – Preparation
This is the week I review what’s in my notebook (sometimes I get excited and do this earlier) and make lists (cards, gifts, etc). My cleaning focus is my children’s rooms. (I want them to have clean rooms before school starts.)

Week 2: September 3 – Money Week
It’s time to start reviewing what we’ve saved (specifically earmarked for Christmas) and what we still need to save. So it’s Budget Review time. Cleaning focus is on the Storage Areas (including shed and garage).

Week 3: September 10 – Party Planning
Every year we have (what I like to call) a Santa Claus Parade After Party. After watching the parade, we all come back to my house and eat. So I need to start making lists, buying food, etc.. Cleaning is all about appearances, the Front Yard and Foyer.


I just love Wikipedia’s synopsis of Christmas. It does a great job of briefly explaining the history behind the holiday without going overboard. It avoids the controversies and confusion over the variety of ways its celebrated. There are plenty of other websites where you can find that. Kudos to Wikipedia! Thank you.

Read it for yourself and feel free to tell me what you think (and you don’t have to agree with me): Wikipedia Christmas.

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Haven’t had much time to post anything this week, but I wanted to get this out there, since it is Sunday and all. Also I am working on a few somethings that you’ll hopefully like. :-)

And remember Christmas is getting closer . . .

17 more weeks til December 25th!

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Getting closer to the most wonderful time of the year and not back to school like some television commercials would have you believe.

18 Weeks till Christmas!!

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