Let There Be Peace on Earth

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me……….

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Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment
And live each moment
To take each moment
And live each moment
To take each moment
And live each moment
In peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
Let there be peace on earth
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin
With me (me)
With me

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This popular Christmas hymn was written by husband-and-wife songwriting duo Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller as a simple reminder to be the change you want to see in the world.

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These cherished words have sounded a call for peace the world over since 1955. The song of the same name has echoed through schools and churches, community centers and summer camps, the White House, and meetings of the United Nations.

As the New Year is upon us, we want to emphasize how each of us can work towards being the change we want to see in the world!

In doing this, we thought that sharing Ghandi’s 10 rules for changing the world would be a great resource for reflection. We are sharing 5 of his rules today and the other five tomorrow!

  • Change yourself-  If you change yourself you will change your world. If you change how you think then you will change how you feel and what actions you take. And so the world around you will change As well.

  • You are in control-  What you feel and how you react to something is always up to you. You get to choose what you say and what you do in response to your life events. This realization lets us begin to take control and develop the mindset that we do not have to impulsively react but can take the time to choose because we are ultimately in control.

  • Forgive and let it go- When we can get to the point where we realize that holding grudges and stewing  in the negative emotions that life events can throw our way are like a cancer eating away at us, then we can work towards forgiving and moving on. Not living in the past!  If we don’t forgive then we let the past and another person to control how we feel.

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  • Without action we go nowhere. – realizing that taking action, can be hard, we have to take that first initial step. After that, it gets easier, but sometimes, one must take a deep breath, close our eyes, and take a step in faith  Just do it!! (As Nike says)

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  • Take care of this moment-  This very moment that we are in is so so important! Not the past and not the future, but the moment that faces us right now. No regrets about the past and no anxiety about the future!  We can’t change the past and tomorrow is not even here yet, but today, this moment, is here and we have control over it! So take that step- take action  and feel confident about your choice.

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We are are capable of so very much and have the capacity to make a difference for others around us. But first we have to realize our power and ability to be the change that we want to see!

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Think about these 5 tips and reflect on how you can implement them in your thoughts for the new year! Love and kisses!!!

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The 12 Days of Christmas

While Christmas Day is over, Christmas time is not!!  Christmas Day actually marks the beginning of the 12 Days of Christmas!

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It turns out that there is more to the 12 Days that just a song about someone receiving a ton of gifts from their true love!!

The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were quite a  time of celebration.

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Twelfth Night was a big time of celebration with people holding large parties. During these parties, often the roles in society were reversed with the servants being served by the rich people. This dated back to medieval and Tudor times when Twelfth Night marked the end of ‘winter’ which had started on 31st October with All Hallows Eve (Halloween).

Do you love cake? At the start of Twelfth Night the Twelfth Night cake was eaten. This was a rich cake made with eggs and butter, fruit, nuts and spices. There was a pea or a bean hidden in the cake. Whoever found it was the  the Lord (or Lady) of Misrule for night. The Lord of Misrule led the celebrations and was dressed like a King (or Queen).

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They also played lots of games.  One game should be really familiar to you. They would toss an egg between two people moving further apart during each throw – If you dropped it, you lost.  They also passed  an egg around on spoons. Another popular game was ‘snapdragon’ where you picked raisins or other dried fruit out of a tray of flaming brandy! Lots of excitement!!!

Twelfth Night is also known as Epiphany Eve. In many countries,  it’s traditional to put the figures of the 3 Wise Men into the Nativity Scene on Epiphany Eve ready to celebrate Epiphany on the 6th January.

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It’s also traditional to take your Christmas decorations down following Twelfth Night.

There is a lot more history to learn about the Twelfth Night!!  If you are interested in knowing more just Google it and read away!!

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We hope that you are all enjoying each and every day of Christmas!! Be merry- be bright- and shine away, our sisters!!!!

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The Little Things

Did you brush your teeth? Did you brush your hair? Did you pack your lunch?? These are the things Michelle finds herself asking her children every single day. These very little things make a huge difference!

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Just like Michelle’s morning routine, we as adults need to make sure that we are paying close attention to the little things. If your pants have been hanging on a hanger. and it has left a mark, plug in the iron! The two seconds you take to run a hot iron over that spot are the little things that make you look and feel just a hair better!

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Sometimes our laziness gets in the way of us putting our best foot forward. Could we have taken 3 more minutes to curl that piece of hair? Put that lipstick on? Or even add a necklace?

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What about a snagged or pulled sweater? A torn spot on your clothing? A missing button? Scuffed or dirty shoes? Are we paying attention to our clothing to make sure that it is in good repair and not in need of mending or cleaning?  Does our clothing fit us well? Too tight or too baggy?

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You might be thinking these girls are crazy…. talking about these minor little things, but in the grand scheme of the way you are presented, what do people say about you? Have you ever thought – wow, that chick looks so put together. Or something is missing on that look. We have…. thought both of these ways!

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So we encourage you to think ahead, plan some things out, take an extra minute to dazzle yourself up and put your very best foot forward! You don’t have to look like a beauty queen every day, that’s for sure. But even in your casual looks make sure your collar is laying down properly and if it’s not, take a second to run an iron over it. Or as our friend Melanie does- use your flat iron. Lol

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There are loads of tricks to looking put together, no one has to know the method. They just see the end result.

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We have always heard and totally believe that the secret to a fabulous event- party- or soirée lies in the tiny details!! Well the truth is that those same little The little things matter in every situation- even in fashion! So pay attention to the details and amp up your fashion game!!! 💕💕💕💕

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Twinkle All the Way!

‘Tis indeed the season to be Merry and Bright!   As we each are running from event to event, we are all challenged to do so without repeating the same outfit over and over as well as not breaking  the bank in order to sparkle the night away! One way to do this is by accessorizing, accessorizing, accessorizing!!

We decided to visit the deep recesses of our jewelry collections to see exactly what we could put together without running to the store to make a purchase! We promise no new jewelry was purchased in the writing of this blog post!!

Now, we are most certainly not suggesting that you overdo with the accessories!  As a matter of fact, listen  to Coco Chanel on this one, the iconic fashion designer once said: ‘When accessorising always take off the last thing you put on’ and it’s no wonder it’s become a world famous quote. Listen to Coco in order to avoid looking like you’ve just raided your jewelery box and left the house.

Michelle has chosen some of her favorites to showcase. Of course, there are so many, but these are not at all new. She just doesn’t wear them that often so that when she does, it catches people’s eye.

Susie pulled out a few of her glitzy little numbers which really add the pop to that perfect little LBD or LRD!! some of her looks are indeed vintage and have many great stories to tell of Christmases Long ago!!  They now grace her life with their style and glam!!!

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Statement earrings are always a perfect choice to bring  the glam shazam to the soiree! They stand alone in their own glory!!

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Pearls are always classic and stylish!! Whether long or short those strands are just beautiful!!

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Hair jewels are not be ignored and can bring the sparkle to a simple updo!!

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Fake diamonds and rhinestones stand the tests of time as an all time favorite when you want to feel that old Hollywood glam of the Elizabeth Taylor era!! The bigger the better!!!

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If you are like us, our collection of jewelry may look vast to some, but finding something new to wear is a challenge. Mixing different pieces with other earrings than the ones the necklace set came with always helps spruce up an accessory closet.

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Even though this last photo is from a store, Susie wanted you to know this -you are never too old for jewels!! This little number is going to be under the tree with her 80 year old mom’s name on it!!  She can’t wait to see Nanny’s joy when she opens that box!!!

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So our fabulous sisters,  during this holiday season and for the new year, Dream Big, Sparkle More, and Shine Brightly!!!   With love and kisses!!!

Find YOUR Sparkle!

This time of year it’s kinda easy to look around and think that everyone else looks so sparkly! Their tree has plenty of gifts twinkling under it, her outfit is perfection, that lipstick is amazing, or even that her children look so put together.

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It’s YOUR time ladies, to stop looking at everyone else and wishing you had what they have. It is time that you find YOUR sparkle. It’s time you start to own who you are and really shine! No one has it all! We can promise you that! In times of celebration we often think to ourselves, what do we have to celebrate? Truth is- you have something inside of you that NO ONE ELSE DOES!

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How can you find your sparkle? Here are a few tips to uncovering your true gemstone, that’s uniquely you!

  • Turn your focus- start to look in the mirror and smile. Sometimes we have to tell ourselves something over and over before we actually begin to believe it and live it. Tell yourself you are beautiful in the mirror. Sounds crazy, we know, but if you don’t love you- who will?

Being confident and loving the YOU God created you to be is imperative in finding your sparkle!

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  • Smile even when it hurts or you don’t feel like it. People are attracted to smiles! It’s a fact! And when you scan a room we can guarantee you those who are smiling get a little more eye time than the others. Some might say, there’s something about her….. it’s her smile!

  • Reminisce about the good ol days. Take a few moments every day to think back to a happy place. Maybe it’s a happy situation and event or even an age- but dwell on these things. True happiness comes from within. It’s the things we gather and take with us along the way! Leave behind the negative memories and think about all of the good times.

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  • Compliment others! The more you uplift and encourage those around you the more uplifted you will be. Susie and Michelle like to say throw compliments around like confetti! Mean what you say but by all means- if it’s something positive about someone else SAY IT! We are over run with negative! Speak nicely to people and about people. It will encourage them and encourage you as well.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the frustration of your job, your family, your church… whatever it is, we all have it. The deal is, don’t sweat it. Tomorrow you will probably feel better about it, give it time to calm down and breathe. Almost everything gets better when you give it a little time. So my dear, if you wanna sparkle, you gotta let all those small things go! They are putting a shadow on your glow!

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Everyone needs someone to help them along! If you already sparkle and you know it- help someone out who might need a burst of energy or a smile or a kind word. Kindness is what makes the world go round. And it allows your sparkle to shine!

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Happy sparkling ladies!

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Giveaway Time

Christmas time is a time of giving and receiving. PenelopeSeraphina would like to make receiving for you a possibility. Tonight we posted on our Instagram accounts a giveaway with our good friend Kelsey.

Be sure to drop by, like the post, follow us, and tag a friend… it’s just that easy! Good luck to all of our fellow fashionistas!

Susie and Michelle both have lipsense color and gloss and we are pretty big fans! You’ve got to try it if you haven’t. It would be such a treat as a Christmas gift!🎄❣️❤️

Make It a Season of Giving

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We’ll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year…

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We  truly  love everything, and we do mean everything about this time of year! It is indeed an exciting time, especially when you have children in your lives.  Seeing the holiday through their eyes and experiencing the magic of Christmas through their innocence makes the season even more special.

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While we  both love getting gifts – lots of gifts , we  know that there is much more to the season  than Santa, gifts and Christmas movies.   We are  also aware that this is the perfect time  to instill  and to develop a child’s philanthropic mindset while cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  Heck, it ‘s the best time to remind ourselves that it is not always about us as well.

Finding ways to practice kindness and God’s Love  doesn’t have to be a major production. Kindness comes in many different shapes, sizes and forms.

  • Make up coupons for your next door neighbors that give them one free lawn mowing, leaf raking, or car washing when the weather clears up. You could slip it in with a plate of cookies. It fosters a sense of community, allows you to get to know your neighbors, and shows them that you are willing to serve them as friends.

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  • Bake cookies or other yummy goodies for your local firemen, police officers, EMT service providers, or teachers. Public service men and women don’t make a lot of money, but they do a ton of hard work in our communities. It would be a blessing to let them know how appreciated they are by dropping by this year with some baked goods and a smile.
  • Spend time with the elderly, especially those who are homebound or in assisted living. Help an elderly neighbor with Christmas decorations, grocery shopping, yard maintenance — or simply spend some time with them talking and being a companion. This will mean more to them than you will ever know.

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  • Volunteer at your local soup kitchen. The cold weather sends people inside more than other times of year, and it seems harder this time of year for people in need to find a warm meal. Volunteering at a local soup kitchen can be a great bonding experience for your family and can give you a chance to make friends with those less fortunate in our community.
  • If you have a particular talent that you could share with others, now would be a great time to volunteer at a local children’s hospital or nursing home. If you play the piano, you could bring Christmas carols to the elderly or bedridden. If you have a knack for sewing, you could make a lap quilt for a child in the hospital.

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  • Take a name from a local Angel Tree and buy some presents for someone who probably will have no other gifts under their tree this year.

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  • Visit a homeless shelter or tent city and donate blankets, gloves, socks, hats, or coats. Each little item keeps someone warm and can help them survive those awfully cold nights.
  • If you’re a pet lover, often local animal shelters hold food or toy drives for the animals housed there during Christmastime. These shelters tend to see an influx of new animals when the weather turns cold, because people are more inclined to drop off a stray for fear of them not surviving the cold. Shelters rely on such food donations well into the new year to care for the animals that wander their way. It would be a wonderful way to teach children to care for God’s creatures by buying cat food or dog food and dropping it off at your local animal shelter this Christmas.

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  •  There are  so many people who just have old cell phones in their junk drawers that they’re never going to use again.  We know that  one of the biggest barriers to for homeless people trying to  get a job is that the business which they applied for can’t  get a hold of them. Donating  our old cell phones is an easy way to help out, and doesn’t cost us a dime!!The truth is that it doesn’t take much to bless the lives of others——–And what a wonderful time of year to make someone’s day magical.

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Rainy Day Add-Ons

My goodness it has been raining for a few days straight, and while we need a little pick me up on this Friday, your outfit does too! Sometimes by the end of the week we grow weary in our closets, searching for something to “just put on” to make it through the end of the week. Adding a little spark in the way of umbrellas, rainboots, hats, scarves, and jewelry can certainly take a so-so outfit and amp it up a tad!

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A great addition to an outfit for a rainy day would be the obvious… COAT! A cute raincoat or even a trendy trench coat can offer a fun layer and keep that rain off of you! Rain boots come in all sorts of patterns and styles these days and they can certainly dazzle up a rainy day outfit. When wearing boots or a coat, a great idea is to wear tight things underneath. Leggings with boots and a snug top or bottoms with the coat can make things seem less bulky.

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A hat is a fantastic idea on days like these becuase of that tendency of growing our hair does on super humid days. A hat offers shelter from the rain and also keeps that hair from growing outward exponetially.

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A cute umbrella is something that we all need to invest in! Afterall if it’s going to be a gloomy day, we should at least have something fun and whimsical to adorn us, right?

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If it’s cold where we are, we know it’s cold where you are! Put on a scarf. Not just any scarf, pick one that lifts your spirits and makes you perk up. Maybe it’s colorful or maybe it’s just super soft. Either way… scarves add an element to an outfit that is always a positive.

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And last but not least, jewelry! We wear it pretty much everyday, but if we have seen days of rain, why not add that statement necklace or some fun arm candy to help us cheer up. You might disagree, but we believe when you look good you feel good! Planning fun accessories to your outfit especially in not so great weather can make all the difference. We hope that as the weather clears, so do our spirits!

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Christmas Adventures Which Don’t Involve Food

Holidays and festivities and food– lots of food!!! It seems like every where we go at this time of year, we are tempted to eat, drink and be merry!!   Indulging in massive amounts of food from Halloween through the New Year is so not helping our figures!!  As fun as this is, let’s be honest, it’s not the healthiest choice to make all the time!!  We are in no means advising  anyone to deny yourselves the tasty treats and libations of the season!

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We do, however, want to offer some ideas for Holiday activities and traditions that will not pack on the pounds, but  instead will bring some laughter and fun to you and your loved ones!

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Here are some thoughts!

  • Sign up for a Race or Walk – It’s always a fun idea to get a group together to either run or walk  together in one of the holiday races. Imagine the laughter and the steps everyone can share while getting some exercise and working that turkey/cheesecake inch or two off!!
  • Take a Nature Walk-  Grab your family and head out to enjoy mother nature and the beauty of the parks around you. Don’t forget to bring your camera along and snap some fabulous photographs of the animal life and scenery as you enjoy the fresh air and soak up some needed vitamin D!  Be careful if the trails are icy and steep!! (Not a problem in South Carolina)

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  • Stroll Through the Neighborhood and Look at the Lights-  Driving around is an option as well, but it does not burn any of those turkey calories!! Take a stroll walk through the neighborhood and enjoy the holiday lights and sights!! There are so many people who are so creative with the decorations that they put up each year! Who knows, you may be inspired to add a few to your yard! We are not encouraging a yard competition or are we??????  We still remember the lights we would see with our family during the holidays!!! Make those memories!!
  • Perform Some Random Acts of Kindness-   There are many people around us who could use some holiday cheer in their lives. Volunteer to rake someone’s yard or shovel their snow.  fill parking meters with change, pack food boxes for the needy, cook a meal at the homeless shelter, distribute blankets and coats to those without….. The list is long!!!

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  • Make Homemade Gifts Together- We realize that this one won’t burn lots of calories, but it will be fun and a great way for your family to spend time together. People love getting gifts that you have put a lot of thought into!! You can even buy white wrapping paper or gift bags and let your family decorate them for the store bought gifts!! We used to do this with our children when they were smaller. It keeps them occupied and gives them a chance to participate in the holiday in a meaningful way!

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  • Go Christmas Caroling Together-  When is the last time you put on a Santa hat or a reindeer hat and went serenading others!!! Think of how much fun this is for your neighbors or the older people around your area to be surprised by a group of merry men, women, and children sharing the joy of the season through song!! No one expects you to be experts or rock stars, they just love the energy and the love shown through the gift of the songs!!!

So snap out of  the Carbohydrate coma, and let’s spread some Christmas cheer!!!  Oh, and while you’re at it!!! Take a picture of your festive outfit of the day and share it with us!!!

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The Man in the Red Suit

Christmas is fast approaching!!!! We all know what that means for our little ones!!!

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Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus Lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer pullin’ on the reins
Bells are ringin’, children singin’, all is merry and bright
So hang your stockings and say your prayers ’cause Santa Claus comes tonight…….

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Well, maybe not tonight but the days are passing by quickly, and it will soon be time!!! We thought that we would talk a little about the history of Santa’s Red suit on the blog tonight as we focus on the color red in  our two different outfits!!

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Red and green are two of the traditional colors which are associated with the Christmas season, but many people do not realize that Santa did not always wear red. Do what??? We know- We were a little surprised by this fact as well.

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As with many traditions, there is an evolution to the way the tradition has come to be in present times. Santa for example was wearing tan at one time and was depicted in numerous ways.  Many people believe that his red suit was the result of the Coca Cola advertisements.

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In 1931, Swedish-American artist Haddon Sundblom was commissioned to paint Santa Claus for the company’s Christmas adverts.  Prior to this, he had been portrayed in a variety of ways  including tall and gaunt; short and elfin; distinguished and intellectual; and even downright frightening. So while Coca Cola did play a role in shaping the round and jolly man that we think of, they did not create the red suit.

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Thomas Nast, an artist working for Harper’s Weekly, is actually the man who is credited with  creating and popularizing the modern image of the Christmas figure.   During the years of 1863-1886, Nast contributed 33 Christmas drawings to Harper’s Weekly.and Santa is seen or referenced in all but one. In 1881, Nast’s full-page illustration  quickly became regarded as an official portrait, and is still widely reproduced today.  Before Nast, different regions, ethnic groups, and artists in the United States presented Santa Claus in various ways. A sketch in Harper’s Weekly from 1858 shows a beardless Santa whose sleigh is pulled by a turkey.  Yep, you heard us!!!! A turkey!!!   Nast was instrumental in standardizing and nationalizing the image of a jolly, kind, and portly Santa in a red, fur-trimmed suit delivering toys from his North Pole workshop.

Many historians believe the colors were inspired by the Bishop of Myra in the 4th Century, and that may very well be where many historians believe the colors were inspired by the Bishop of Myra in the 4th Century. St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it.

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While we have offered some history about Santa’s red suit, we have to admit that we wear red because we LOVE the color!!!  A Pretty simple reason!  We hope that you are enjoying this festive season and that in all of the fun and festivities, you get to spend quality time with your loved ones and friends!!!  Remember!!!!

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