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Wake Up Young Fans with Santa’s Three Holiday Cheers

Posted by Stumps Spirit on November 29, 2012

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! Deck the halls with boughs of holly this Christmas season with the joyous sounds of holiday cheer. The children love songs of Santa and the presents and joy he brings with the winter season. Here are three songs from the jolly man himself to put the children in the right spirit!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

You better watch out, you better not cry… you know the rest! A classic song sung by all ages, this cheerful tune is one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time. This song fills children with the wonderful fantasies that Christmas brings, like Santa Claus landing on the roof in his sleigh, coming down the chimney with his bag full of presents for everyone. Here is a very familiar version of the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” for you and your family to sing along with!

.I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

…Underneath the mistletoe last night! From the innocent eyes of a young child witnessing his mother kissing Saint Nick, this song is another popular song sung during the Christmas season. We all heard this song when we were kids and imagined our mothers kissing the man with the belly like a bowl full of jelly by the fireplace on Christmas night. Some of us even sneaked downstairs in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve just to see if we could catch our mothers in the act! A great rendition of this song was covered by none other than the Jackson 5, bringing an upbeat and catchy tune to the song we all know and love.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

A very old but still very popular song during the winter holiday season, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” tells the tale of Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve and of a child telling Santa Claus what he/she wants for Christmas this year. The song begins by describing how Santa brings the presents and then goes on to tell of which stocking the child wants him to place his/her presents. This is the perfect song for teaching children about what the idea of Santa Claus is all about. Below is a sing-along version of the song.

No matter if you decide to sing one of these songs or all of them, they will all surely bring you and your family many tidings of great joy this holiday season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly… and sing, too!


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Team Fundraising Ideas That Ooze with Holiday Spirit

Posted by Stumps Spirit on October 30, 2012

Team fundraising doesn’t have to be a chore this time of year if you have the right goods and the holiday spirit. Here are three general venues with ideas for working the holiday fundraising magic with personalized products.

In School
Your school store soon will be full of secret Santas and others looking for cool but affordable gifts, and Christmas Event Favors is the place to bookmark for this. Select mint tins, chocolate lollipops and glitter frames in holiday motifs and a jolly message. Take a look also at items you already carry, for which you may want to order a special holiday version, such as keytags.

In the mornings or at lunchtime, travel mugs can be similarly personalized, cleverly packaged and sold along with hot chocolate mix from Event Favors in a “winter survival kit.”

Plan a bake sale, but a couple weeks before the sale show off 2-3 designs in cookie tins, and take orders to fill them with homemade treats to be picked up on bake sale day. Since there are no minimums on cookie tins, you can order only what you need to fill.

Taking orders can likewise be done for customized candle favors.

During Sports & Outdoor Events
Add a “holiday edition” design to your usual team supplies this time of year, such as stadium mugs and seat cushions, especially if you’ve got special sports events such as holiday invitationals on the calendar.

Broaden your horizons, too. Don’t just sell at your own games, but seek out additional venues for your fundraising items. For example, you might check with your local parks department or district to see if you can make arrangements to sell hot beverages (perhaps served in your special holiday travel mugs) during scheduled winter activities such as skating parties and winter festivals.

At Holiday Shows & Sales
Much of November through mid-December are full of holiday craft shows and fairs, and a good way for a fundraising team to participate is to offer a gift-wrapping service for fair-goers.

Customize favor boxes for small ornaments, and include curling ribbon, tote bags, tissue paper and shred with your wrapping supplies. Think about small ornaments your group might be able to make (such as these awesome angels made of pasta) that you could hang from a tabletop Christmas tree and sell as well.

Help customers identify your group by hanging a personalized Christmas banner across (or behind) the wrapping table, and by wearing your team shirts – and perhaps Santa or elf hats, just for fun.

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