Thursday, December 16, 2010

Festive Town Names Across America!

Will Deliver Toys for Food***
You have read several posts on this blog featuring towns with odd names. We have been to DingDong, Texas, Boring, Oregon and Gas, Kansas. Don't forget  Greasy, Oklahoma, Lickskillet, Ohio and Oniontown, Pennsylvania, they  have also been destinations in our never-ending search for the oddest town names in the country. Today we will follow that basic theme, except instead of  odd town names, we are on the lookout for Christmas-y town names. As a matter of fact, I just happen to have a list of them right here! This list proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that America is a Christmas-y Kind of Place.

                                                                         The List
  • Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Mississippi are home to Christmas, while you can find Christmas City in Utah, Christmas Cove, Maine, Christmas Valley, Oregon and Christmasville, Tennessee.
  • Santa Claus has a home in Arizona, Georgia and Indiana.
  • If you are looking for Rudolph, you might visit South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas or Wisconsin.
  • A few other of Santa's reindeer have towns named after them too. Comet is well-represented in several states - Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.
  • Cupid is in Nebraska.
  • Dasher is a Georgia Peach.
  • You'll have to travel to Louisiana to find Vixen.
  • California, Florida and Louisiana brag about Donner being in their state.
  • Oregon may have Boring, but it also lists Blitzen on its maps.
If you're interested in finding more American towns and cities with festive names, you can find a Santa's Toy Bag full of them right here .

Feliz Navidad, y'all.

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Texas Tidbits: The Wonderfullest Christmas in the United States of America

Old Time Christmas
Christmas is only nine days away. Doesn't seem possible, does it? As the big day draws near, the "visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads" are closer to reality. That particular phrase comes from "Twas the Night Before Christmas", a story we've all heard and love. But what about the day after Christmas? My first thought about the day after Christmas is to avoid any and all kinds of shopping by any means possible! I have seen enough brutality - the punching, the spitting, the hair pulling - and that's just the little old ladies in the produce section! You should see the younger women in the toy department! I don't even want to get into the bloodshed going on over the Dora the Explorer doll house. It's a sad commentary on the human condition. But! it's funny as hell....if you are watching from a safe distance.

Back to the day after Christmas. A Texan named John Henry Faulk, a name that is vaguely familiar to me, was a teacher, Marine medic in WWII, a broadcaster and author. For today, I don't want to focus on the details of his life, but rather his work. A specific piece of work to be exact. In 1974, Faulk recorded a piece for radio to be broadcast after Christmas. And what a story it was! The first paragraph is as follows:

"The day after Christmas a number of years ago, I was driving down a country road in Texas. And it was a bitter cold, cold morning. And walking ahead of me on the gravel road was a little bare-footed boy with non-descript ragged overalls and a makeshift sleeved sweater tied around his little ears. I stopped and picked him up. Looked like he was about 12 years old and his little feet were blue with the cold. He was carrying an orange."

This is a great story! It's not your typical Santa saves Christmas story, it runs much deeper than that. It'll take you several minutes to read it, but please do. You'll be glad you did and maybe you'll want to share it with somebody. The full story is right here. Enjoy.

Oh, yeah, I hope you have the "wonderfullest Christmas in the United States of America".

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