Holidays and the Warmth of Friends

Johnson, Andrew

Andrew Johnson US President – 1865-69 Born: December 29, 1808 Biography of Andrew Johnson Courtesy of the Library of Congress With the Assassination of Lincoln, the Presidency fell upon an old-fashioned southern Jacksonian Democrat of pronounced states’ rights views. Although an honest and honorable man, Andrew Johnson was one of the most unfortunate of Presidents. Arrayed against him were the Radical Republicans in Congress, brilliantly led and ruthless in their tactics. Johnson was no match for them. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1808, Johnson grew up in poverty. He was apprenticed to a tailor as a boy, but ran away. He opened a tailor shop in Greeneville, Tennessee, married Eliza McCardle, and participated in debates at the local academy. Entering politics, he became an adept stump speaker, championing the common man and vilifying the plantation aristocracy. As a Member of the House of Representatives and the Senate in the 1840’s and ’50’s, he advocated a homestead bill to provide a free farm for the poor man. During the secession crisis, Johnson remained in the Senate even when Tennessee seceded, which made him a hero in the North and a traitor in the eyes of most Southerners. In 1862 President Lincoln appointed him Military Governor of Tennessee, and Johnson used the state as a laboratory for reconstruction. In 1864 the Republicans, contending that their National Union Party was for all loyal men, nominated Johnson, a Southerner and a Democrat, for Vice President. After Lincoln’s death, President Johnson proceeded to reconstruct the former Confederate States while Congress was not in session in 1865. He pardoned all who would take an...

Tacky Lights Across the USA

  Each year in Richmond, Virginia they hold a tacky lights competition. To qualify the house must use at least 10,000 lights, and those barely qualify. The top contenders use over 125,000 lights! Add the extreme light competitors in your area to the tacky lights tour USA map, and celebrate Christmas with the best. Best House in Richmond for Christmas Time When you mouse over the icons on the Tacky Lights Tour map, you’ll see where the ultimate houses are, and how many lights they use on their design. Some of these contestants start October 1st to outfit their homes for the holidays. Whether they are decorating for their Mom, their kids, or themselves, these amazing Christmas decorators light up the night and the holiday with their amazing holiday light displays. Visit the Tacky Light Tour site. Some Additional Christmas Wackiness from Things From Another Planet Christmas Carol: The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge HC Price: 11.99Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol , is given a fresh twist-with a female Scrooge! Rod Espinosa ( The Courageous Princess ) adapts and illustrates this story of the miserly Eliza Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of the past, present, and future on one fateful Christmas eve. * This hardcover volume makes a perfect gift for the coming season! Zombies Christmas Carol TPB Price: 15.99There will be no singing this Christmas – only screaming! Marvel presents Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas CarolÖwith a ghoulish twist! As London is overrun by a plague known as the ‘Hungry Death’ – a disease spreading rapidly among the surplus population –...

Stocking Stuffers – Scrabble

I love stocking stuffers! Some of the best things at Christmas used to show up in my stocking. Some of the strangest things too, but that’s a story for another time. If you have someone who loves stocking stuffers, then take a look at these Scrabble® goodies for the Scrabble lover in your home for the holidays.

Santa Wigs and Beard Sets

Looking to dress the part of Santa? Make sure that your wig and beard are in proper form. Santa Deluxe Wig Beard Instructions included. Eye glasses sold separately. Eyebrows not included. Economy Santa Beard Wig Set Adult Wig and beard. Does not include glasses. Santa Deluxe Wig Beard Instructions included. Eye glasses sold separately. Eyebrows not included. Cite this… (new...

Santa Suits and Costumes for Mrs Claus

If you’re helping Santa and Mrs. Claus spread the spirit of Christmas this year, you should dress the part with one of these great costumes for Christmas! Santa Suits Ultra Velvet Santa Suit Trimmed with rich fake rabbit fur and fully lined satin, this Ultra Velvet Santa Suit includes: jacket with zipper closure, inside front pockets and belt loops, pants with side pockets, hat, belt, boot tops and snap closure gloves. Available in Adult sizes: Large (40-48), X-Large (50-54) and XXL (58-60). Glasses, Wig & Beard not included. Regency Plush Santa Suit (Crimson Red) Trimmed with rich faux rabbit fur, this deluxe crimson red color Santa Suit includes: jacket with zipper front and belt loops, pants with side pockets, hat, belt, boot tops and deluxe gloves with snap. Can be stored for years in the box it comes in! Available in Adult sizes: Large (40-48), X-Large (50-54) and XXL (58-60). Glasses, Bell, and Wig & Beard set not included. Made of colorfast materials. Dry clean only. Professional Santa Suit (58-62) This suit is made of a bright red deluxe pile plush with luxurious, white long fake fur plush trim and completely satin lined. Suit includes: zipper coat with inside pocket and belt loops, pants, hat, belt, eyelets, gilt buckle with prongs and loop, boot tops, and gloves. Wig, beard and glasses sold separately. Fits Adult Men’s XXL size 58-62 Jacket (up to a 58″ waist). ...

One Share Stock For Christmas

The Perfect Gift Why is one share of stock® such a great gift idea? The reason why is that there are so many different kinds of values that you get with one share of stock. See our Featured Promotion below as an example of what we mean. Did you know there is also collector’s value to your stock certificate as well as the market value of one share? Some collectors like the historical significance that certificates have, others prefer the beauty of some stocks that are printed in various colors with intricate artwork or ornate engraving.Come See For Yourself! My First Stock Program® With the OneShare.com ‘My First Stock Program®’, you can start teaching your children how to invest in stocks at an early age. We have put together a terrific package that includes a custom My First Stock frame (shown), an engraved plaque (with message), stock tracking sheet, kids investment books, and online games. You can choose from any company that OneShare.com offers, but Disney is by far our best fit for children. Click here for this special! Cite this… (new...

New Gift Giving Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse…that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin’s on a foreign made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open....
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