Lake Tahoe: A Sweetheart of a Lake

This 2 million year old lake was discovered February 14, 1844.

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States straddling the state line between California and Nevada. Crater Lake, in Oregon, is the only United States lake that is deeper (by about 300 feet).

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Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka (Meh-le Keh-liki-makah) is Hawaiian for “Merry Christmas”. In the song, by the same name, I’ve always had a mondegreen, misheard lyrics in the song. I thought they were saying “Mele Kalikimaka is the wise way to say Merry Christmas to you” when the correct lyric is “Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you”

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(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag

He’s got a sleighful, it’s not gonna stay full

The first time I heard this Christmas song was from Kellie Pickler, the fifth season American Idol contestant. She is a country music singer, songwriter, and television personality. Her 2013 single is great and I just assumed it was her original song until our pharmacist Kelly said it was an old song.

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Santa’s Other Reindeer

Now there’s Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blixzen, Rudolph, Flossie, Glossie, Racer, Pacer, Fearless, Peerless, Ready, Steady, Feckless, Speckless, Steven, Fluffy, Horace, Chantel, Skippy, Rainbow, Patches, Montel, and ???

I mentioned a few alternate reindeer in my previous post “Santa’s Reindeer“, like the South Park rescue team and the reindeer in L. Frank Baum’s book. Here I’ll go into more detail about those other less known reindeer. We all know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blixzen, and Rudolph, but who were the others? Like, Robbie the Reindeer is the son of Rudolph and appeared in two BBC specials.

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Santa’s Reindeer

To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall, now dash away, dash away all!

Reindeer and caribou are the same animal (Rangifer tarandus) and are a member of the deer family. In Europe, they are called reindeer, in the United States, the wild ones are called caribou while the domesticated ones are reindeer.

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Why Do We Eat Turkey On Thanksgiving?

We eat nearly 50 million turkeys each Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was made a national holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln but there had been hints of that day being a holiday in prior years. George Washington declared Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” Today, about 50 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving.

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