Welcome to the Holiday Page of the MARC !

As we do each year at holiday time, the MARC website wishes you joy in your home and peace in your world during this holiday season. To help celebrate this season, we are pleased to bring you our annual Holiday Webpage with lot's of holiday inspiration and celebration. This year we've included everything from holiday music to food, festive lighting displays, gift ideas, screensavers to tracking Santa Claus himself with the help of NORAD. You'll also find links galore to other holiday sites. We hope you enjoy our holiday gift  !!!

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Did Someone Say Cookies ??

Holidays are about indulging in life's guilty pleasures especially cookies. Thanks to the clubs resident Holiday Baker Linda - K8MOO, she sent me a website containing a bunch of cookie recipe's.  In fact 330 of them !

Here you'll find dozens of great selections from Amish Sugar Cookies to Will's Famous Apple Jack Cookies. 

Thanks Linda for the great site and time to fire up those ovens !!!!

Click the cookie graphic to check out this site !.

 


Thanks to Northpole.com for this link !

 

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Here are a couple of late additions to the Holiday Page sure to brighten your Holiday Spirit !

Next is a great PowerPoint Presentation called "Christmas Blessings" thanks to member Ric, K8RIC. This one has beautiful graphics.  Thanks Ric !

Click on this link:  Christmas Blessings

 

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Looking for a great list of holiday events going on in the greater Canton/Stark County area ? Click on the link below to see the events list on Canton's newest radio station, My 101.7. 


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The History Channel has a very interesting special that covers the history of our treasured holiday. Click on the link below to begin your journey !

Each year, during the month of December, millions of homes across America are decorated with Christmas trees and fairy lights.

But how much do you really know about this festive holiday? Explore our site to find out the true history!

Start: The Real Story of Christmas 

Do any of you know the real history of the Christmas Tree ?  Have a look at this link and find out some very interesting little know facts about this staple of the holiday season !

 

Have a look at the real reason for the season thanks to a Charlie Brown's Christmas 

 

 

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One of my very favorite parts of the Christmas Season are the many holiday light displays that decorate homes and businesses. But if you want to see some really fantastic light displays, two are located a short drive from our area and are described below.

 

Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights
November 10, 2017 - January 1, 2018

 

Link to Festival of Lights activities page

The Winter Festival of Lights
November 10,  2017 - January 1, 2018

In 1985 a holiday tradition began at Oglebay and soon spread throughout the city of Wheeling. That tradition is the Winter Festival of Lights/City of Lights celebration. The first year, displays and landscape lighting covered 125 acres over a three-mile drive throughout the resort.

Since then the show has grown into one of the nation's largest, covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. The Winter Festival of Lights has been listed on the American Bus Association's Top International Events, was named as a top 100 event by Eventcrazy.com and was recently listed as one of the top 200 events in the country by Discover America.

 

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How About A Ride On The Polar Express !

BelieveGet on Board! Next Stop: The North Pole!

Take The Polar Express™ train ride at a railroad near you.

Inspired by the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, and the run-away hit movie starring Tom Hanks produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., and coordinated by Rail Events, Inc., this classic holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride to the North Pole.

“All Aboard” says the conductor, as your train ride begins. Families are sure to enjoy their trip to the North Pole, complete with cocoa and cookies served on board the train, followed by a reading of The Polar Express™ by Chris Van Allsburg.

Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own jingle bell, just like in the story. There will be caroling on board the train as your trip returns to the depot. This is a holiday ride the entire family will enjoy.

 

 

Click here to see the Schedule of Excursions in a city near you. All Aboard the Polar Express!

 

Here in Northeast Ohio The Polar Express is run by The Cuyahoga Valley Senic Railroad in Peninsula, Ohio. Click Here for details or phone 1 - 800 - 468 - 4070.  www.cvsr.com

 

 

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Some Great Holiday Video's From YouTube !

Click on the links below to see some of the greatest Holiday Video's from the past & present !

Some video's from Coke 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hjtd__eEmA

The famous Coca Cold Christmas Truck ! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogetBqMgau0

Christmas Lights Gone Wild Thanks to Trans Siberian Orchestra ! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLmAPW39uE

Another Great Lights to Music Show ! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHsR6clrPg

 

And Giving us the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKk9rv2hUfA

 

 

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Click Here to see NORAD's Special Video !

 

Welcome to NORAD Tracks Santa. Please come back on December 1st to Track Santa with NORAD!

 

                Every year, Santa's travels are watched by the men and women of NORAD. This year will be no exception. Starting early in the morning of Dec 24th, we'll be tracking him. Based on careful record keeping from years past, and highly skilled radar and satellite technicians, we normally know exactly where Santa is throughout Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve we'll post a map of the world on this Web site. Like the one shown here, it will pinpoint a few of the thousands of places Santa visits. We'll update the map throughout Christmas Eve, showing you where Santa is every moment, where he's been and where he's going. Clicking on that map will display SantaCam videos of his journey.

www.noradsanta.org

 

 

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What would the holidays be without great food !  Check out the links below for some great ideas on holiday recipes.

    

Smucker's

 

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Enjoy Christmas Ideas, Cards, Gifts and lots of other Holiday Celebrations at these two popular Christmas Websites !

 

Hammacher Schlemmer   

Since 1848, Products as Unique as Our Name
To our customers, the name Hammacher Schlemmer, means many things. It means shopping from one of the most unique and innovative collections of products available anywhere in the world. It is an assurance of the highest quality—always backed by our unconditional guarantee. It means customer service—second to none—provided by dedicated professionals who are willing to go that extra step.

Check out their online catalog for plenty of unique gifts for that special someone this year at Christmas !

 

 

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Christmas Cards: Merry Christmas Send holiday Greetings to your family and friends with  E-Cards. Choose from a wide range of card styles and customize your heartfelt message. Also, include any song on MP3.com with your e-Card and make your wishes extra special and sentiment truly unique !  Click on either graphics to begin !  Christmas Ecards: Friends

 

 

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Some of the greatest feel good music occurs at Christmas Time. Check out the links below for some of the best Songs of the Season !

 

http://feelslikechristmas.com

http://songsofpraise.org/christmas.htm

http://www.christmasgifts.com/music.html

Does your Cellphone need some holiday spirit? Click Here to download a bunch of Holiday Ringtones for a nominal charge.

 

 

 

Local Canton Radio Station My 101.7  is currently playing continuous holiday music that is available on your computer as streaming audio plus lots of additional holiday season ideas. Click the link above to check it all out !

 

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Why not add a little holiday theme to you computer ? I've found a few places to download some free Christmas Screensavers !

 

 

http://christmassavers.com

http://www.freechristmasscreensavers.com

http://www.christmas-graphics.com

 

 

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How about checking out a few Christmas Craft Ideas ? We've found a few neat sites you should try out !

 

 

From Better Homes & Gardens

http://www.imagitek.com/xmas/crafts



 

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Check out these links for a great assortment of holiday this and that !

 

http://www.christmasfreebies.com
http://www.holidays.net/christmas
http://www.merry-christmas.com
http://www.santa.com
http://www.christmas.com


 

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How About A Few Great Holiday Video's To Put You In The Christmas Spirit ! 

                                     

The Polar Express is a great holiday movie and is now available is DVD for home viewing. The Movie Soundtrack also has lots of great holiday music.

If you would like to visit the official website go to:  http://polarexpressmovie.warnerbros.com

 

 

Night CastleChristmas Eve and Other Stories is a great DVD that tells a holiday story on Christmas Eve with the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 

This is a great holiday music and the video is a best seller every year at holiday time.

Check out their website at http://www.trans-siberian.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can practically feel like you're there with the visual and sound clarity of DVD. Created using 2 dozen 35mm motion picture cameras, 6 tracks of original digital sound and countless hours of editing. A platinum best seller worth sharing with family and friends.

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 23 million Christmas albums. Now you can get these immensely popular Christmas albums in one spectacular gift, a perfect opportunity to discover that holiday magic that captivates so many people.

Click Here to visit their great website and check out their great Holiday Music.

 

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The North Pole Network

 

Every child gets a buttonIn the spirit of the holiday season, Amateur Radio (Ham) operators from across the country have found a way to bring joy to hospitalized children. Thanks to the world-wide range of Amateur Radio equipment, it's possible for hams to communicate with other hams almost anywhere on earth, including the North Pole. Fortunately, Santa Claus is able to take time from his busy gift production duties to speak individually to the hospitalized kids. 

Click here to learn more.

 

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A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A JOYOUS NEW YEAR

FROM

THE MASSILLON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

 

A HAMS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through two-meters,
Not a signal was keying up
Any repeaters.

The antennas reached up
From the tower, quite high,
To catch the weak signals
That bounced from the sky.

The children, Tech-Pluses,
Took their HT's to bed,
And dreamed of the day
They'd be Extras, instead.

Mom put on her headphones,
I plugged in the key,
And we tuned 40 meters
For that rare ZK3.

When the meter was pegged
by a signal with power.
It smoked a small diode,
and, I swear, shook the tower.

Mom yanked off her phones,
And with all she could muster
Logged a spot of the signal
On the DX PacketCluster,

While I ran to the window
And peered up at the sky,
To see what could generate
RF that high.

It was way in the distance,
But the moon made it gleam -
A flying sleigh, with an
Eight element beam,

And a little old driver
who looked slightly mean.
So I thought for a moment,
That it might be Wayne Green.

But no, it was Santa,
The Santa of Hams.
On a mission, this Christmas,
To clean up the bands.

He circled the tower,
Then stopped in his track,
And he slid down the coax
Right into the shack.

While Mom and I hid
Behind stacks of CQ,
This Santa of hamming
Knew just what to do.

He cleared off the shack desk
Of paper and parts,
And filled out all my late QSLs
For a start.

He ran copper braid,
Took a steel rod and pounded
It into the earth, till
The station was grounded.

He tightened loose fittings,
Resoldered connections,
Cranked down modulation,
Installed lightning protection.

He neutralized tubes
In my linear amp...
(Never worked right before-
Now it works like a champ).

A new, low-pass filter
Cleaned up the TV.
He corrected the settings
In my TNC.

He repaired the computer
That would not compute,
And he backed up the hard drive
And got it to boot.

Then, he reached really deep
In the bag that he brought,
And he pulled out a big box.
A new rig? I thought!

A new Kenwood? An Icom?
A Yaesu, for me?!
(If he thought I'd been bad
It might be QRP!)

Yes! The Ultimate Station!
How could I deserve this?
Could it be all those hours
that I worked Public Service?

He hooked it all up
And in record time, quickly
Worked 100 countries,
All down on 160.

I should have been happy,
It was my call he sent.
But the cards and the postage
Will cost two month's rent!

He made final adjustments,
And left a card by the key:
"To Gary, from Santa Claus.
Seventy-Three."

Then he grabbed his HT,
Looked me straight in the eye,
Punched a code on the pad,
And was gone - no good-bye.

I ran back to the station,
And the pile-up was big,
But a card from St. Nick
Would be worth my new rig.

Oh, too late, for his final
came over the air.
It was copied all over.
It was heard everywhere.

The Ham's Santa exclaimed
What a ham might expect,
"Merry Christmas to all,
And to all, good DX."

 

The following version of Twas The Night Before Christmas was provided by club member Denny - N8UDL

As you read it, pause a moment and say a short prayer for our many men and women serving in the armed forces who will not be spending the holiday's with family and friends, but in a hostile land far from home.

 

Christmas

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by a Marine.

 

 

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