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Somewhere on the Mountains, our Photographers , the Pier<strong>ce</strong> Brothers and Sasha<br />

have waited for Santa Claus to come out of the White Star and when he does a big<br />

HO HO HO and a special one for Sasha, he yells Merry Christmas as they get their<br />

magic photo dust!<br />

Merry Christmas<br />

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reserved<br />

Founder & Chief Editor<br />

Peter Nadal<br />

Editor<br />

Pamela Kennoy<br />

Art & Design<br />

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Our Writers<br />

Rodrigo Esperanza<br />

Nomar Shaw<br />

Diane G<br />

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Michigan City, In<br />

Vol 4 De<strong>ce</strong>mber <strong>2022</strong> <strong>issue</strong> 12<br />

6 6 Hey Pete! Printing your ELF Stamp!<br />

9 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free<br />

10 CE MAGAZINE LINKS TABLET<br />

11 Jerry’s New Life … Christmas Story<br />

14 7 Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas That<br />

Have Nothing to Do With Zoom<br />

18 Retailers need to stoke the Christmas<br />

spirit to hit lofty holiday sales targets<br />

23 De<strong>ce</strong>mber 7 th 1941<br />

24 DAV Card<br />

25 Christmas Card to our readers<br />

Outside Sour<strong>ce</strong>s On This Month <strong>issue</strong><br />

Santa Claus / Lisa Milbrand<br />

Front Cover..<br />

Picture by Oliver Pier<strong>ce</strong><br />

“Waiting for Santa to come out of his star!”<br />

Original Computer-Ease logo © product<br />

Of Otherside Ministries<br />

ELFS Books & Magazines<br />

225 Rudolf lanes<br />

North Pole<br />

Vol 4 De<strong>ce</strong>mber <strong>2022</strong> <strong>issue</strong> 12<br />

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From Pete’s Desk<br />

To our readers:<br />

This has been a year and for some of<br />

you getting your Christmas<br />

decorations is plus for your home and<br />

because of this it has put all of us in<br />

a strong Christmas spirit, Santa and ELFS Books & Magazine<br />

gave us the go ahead. My staff and I have put together a<br />

Christmassy <strong>magazine</strong> and stories, from Santa Claus to make<br />

this holiday a loved one. We got the permission from Santa<br />

History Library, the story of “Jerry’s New Life” written about<br />

1950’s!<br />

This is our 4 th Santa and the staff decided to make the<br />

<strong>magazine</strong> look like an old fashion book and the staff along with<br />

Santa wants to keep this design!<br />

We hope you enjoy this Christmas edition and like always we<br />

hope we made your Christmas shopping easy.<br />

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!<br />

Peter<br />

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Santa Claus made a stop somewhere in the World to give a present<br />

only to learn that Joe gave his life for freedom. With tears in his<br />

eyes he kneeled, and then he took off to drop off his presents. He<br />

was amazed to see presents at veteran’s doors and to those who live<br />

in tents, HoHoHo he let out a laugh and laid extra presents under<br />

their Christmas tree for the love and kindness these people and<br />

their children did!! Blessings to you and your family -- Have a<br />

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!<br />

Made Available by Elf’s Publishing Inc<br />

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Printing your ELF Stamp!<br />

It is back again the most desirable<br />

stamp this time of the year, an ELF<br />

STAMP!<br />

I found it some yrs ago and used on my<br />

grandchildren‟s presents and it kept the miracle of Christmas alive for few<br />

more yrs.<br />

Press “PrtScn or Print Screen” on your keyboard then load “windows<br />

paint” and paste it, with the select tool outline the whole ELF STAMP<br />

then select crop then print it and use school paste (the blue one) with your<br />

finger smear a very lightly amount… Works great especially on 13 yr<br />

olds, have a very Merry Christmas<br />

Or press Zazzle link to buy elf <strong>ce</strong>rtified stamp stickers!<br />

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Some more of Santa elf‟s mailing dept…<br />

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CE MAGAZINE LINKS TABLET<br />

By Nomar Shaw<br />

The Legend of St. Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus<br />

Where does Santa Claus live, where is Lapland and where<br />

is the North Pole?<br />

Real Santa Claus Images<br />

Is Santa Claus Real?<br />

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Jerry‟s New Life<br />

Jerry‟s life crashed when the factory closed its doors some 5 yrs<br />

ago and everything crumbled for him. His mother and father died<br />

after an avalanche heading home and Grandpa died 3 yrs ago. The<br />

house was good enough for using it as a work shop, so, he attached<br />

the medium trailer to rebuild the portion of the house that<br />

crumbled. Winter, when it hits these valleys gets you stuck in your<br />

home from all the snow. So, in Jerry‟s life he builds toys, tools for<br />

dads and knit tablecloths for moms and he takes them to town and<br />

sells them before Christmas. So, there won‟t be any Christmas<br />

from the blizzard. Jerry was snowed in so he could not come up<br />

with a fix, his ideas faded away; he looked up in desperation and<br />

said “Lord, What do I do now?” Then he heard a knock on the<br />

cabin door, he went to the door opened it and was surprised on<br />

what he saw.<br />

FOOD, all kinds of food in the box, enough for him for the next 3<br />

months, but, what got him there were no tracks of any kind in the<br />

snow! “Well, (why he scratches his head) it has to be either Santa<br />

Claus or the Lord”<br />

He brought the big box of food inside and he spent 3 hrs putting<br />

cans food in his arms, when he got done, he looked in the box and<br />

was absolutely amazed how all this food could fit in it. So, he took<br />

toys for kids, tools for Dads and tablecloths for wives. When got<br />

done, he lifted the box up and to his surprise, it weighed hardly<br />

anything and put it out side.<br />

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Jerry made a great dinner and it‟s been a long time sin<strong>ce</strong> he had a<br />

dinner like this, washed his pot and pans, his plate and silverware,<br />

put on his bed clothes and went to sleep. The next morning Jerry<br />

went to the door to see how much snow fell and he saw a smaller<br />

box he picked it up and he closed the door. He put it on his bench,<br />

opened it and what he saw made him sit on the bench chair.<br />

Jerry pulled out the money and counted $3500 and there was a note<br />

and it said:<br />

Needless to say Jerry was jumping up and down <strong>ce</strong>lebrating<br />

everything he can get ready for. Well folks, that is the story of<br />

Jerry and Santa Claus, they met and through it all Santa took Jerry<br />

and all of his stuff and he is tops with<br />

making all sort of toys and stuff.<br />

Be good always believe in God and Santa<br />

Claus stuff. Claus<br />

Merry Christmas<br />

Elf History Library circa 1950’s loaned to CEoMC<br />

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REALSIMPLE<br />

7 Safe Ways to Celebrate Christmas That Have<br />

Nothing to Do With Zoom<br />

Here‟s how to find joy this holiday season—even if coronavirus cases change your<br />

traditions.<br />

By Lisa Milbrand<br />

site<br />

Click on REALSIMPLE for the main site or Lisa’s<br />

This Christmas, it may be hard not to feel a little Grinchy. But before you say,<br />

“Bah, humbug,” and try to fast forward into the New Year, look for ways to find<br />

some fun this holiday season. The coronavirus pandemic may mean your Christmas<br />

won‟t look exactly the same as it usually does, but you can get creative and find<br />

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some new ways to <strong>ce</strong>lebrate—and some of your ideas may be so good you‟ll make<br />

some new traditions along the way.<br />

Here‟s how to make your Christmas special, even if con<strong>ce</strong>rns about COVID-19<br />

mean you‟ll have to <strong>ce</strong>lebrate the holidays away from your friends and family.<br />

1 Prioritize the traditions that matter most to you<br />

“Think about what is the essen<strong>ce</strong> of the holiday for you, so you can try to preserve<br />

it,” says happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, author of Happier at Home. “Even if<br />

you‟re not doing everything you used to, you can set up the holiday decorations, if<br />

that‟s really important, or make the special foods you love.”<br />

RELATED: How to Put Lights on a Christmas Tree<br />

2 Do your gift shopping and shipping early<br />

Sin<strong>ce</strong> more people will be shopping online to avoid the stores, shipping companies<br />

will be inundated—so you‟ll want to shop and send gifts early to make sure they<br />

arrive right on time. (Check the USPS holiday shipping deadlines to make sure<br />

you‟re on track.)<br />

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3 Trim a tree outdoors<br />

Sin<strong>ce</strong> you might be entertaining outdoors more than you usually do this time of<br />

year, this is the year to go overboard with decking out your deck or patio—and<br />

adorning an outdoor-friendly tree (or even a live Christmas tree in a planter) with<br />

LED lights and shatterproof ornaments is the way to go. (Tip: Use twist ties or<br />

florist‟s wire to secure the ornaments to the tree, so they‟ll stay put even in a stiff<br />

wind.)<br />

Maybe Santa could even leave some of the best outdoorsy Christmas gifts of the<br />

year, such as snowshoes, skis, or sleds, at the outdoor tree, too.<br />

4 Make special memories<br />

Yeah, you and your household members may be a little tired of each other right<br />

now, but think of fun ways to help set the holiday season apart. Create a little<br />

advent calendar with festive activities for each day, rather than a treat. Your<br />

Christmas activities don‟t have to be elaborate—it could just be drinking hot cocoa<br />

together wearing Santa hats or watching one of the best Christmas movies on<br />

Netflix—but it‟ll help make the season brighter.<br />

5 Find ways to make the most of your time with loved ones<br />

To keep everyone as safe as possible, your best bet is following CDC<br />

recommendations and avoiding indoor get-togethers. (An outbreak of COVID is the<br />

Christmas gift that no one wished for.) And that means if you live in the northern<br />

part of the country, your time together will probably need to be briefer (and chillier)<br />

than you‟d probably like. Zoom fatigue is real, though: If you can, make events inperson<br />

and outdoors, even if it means a quick chat while everyone‟s bundled up.<br />

When gathering in person outdoors, consider keeping <strong>ce</strong>lebrations to the daytime<br />

hours, when it might be a little bit warmer and more comfortable to spend time<br />

outside. Look for outdoor activities that can be socially distan<strong>ce</strong>d and keep you<br />

active, like sledding or snow-fort making. And don‟t forget to serve hot foods and<br />

drinks to help keep everyone toasty. Do your Secret Santa or white elephant gift<br />

exchange around an outdoor picnic table or fire pit; for ugly sweater competitions,<br />

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strategize layering options so you can show off your light-up sweater and stay warm<br />

at the same time.<br />

6 Spread some joy<br />

If 2020 has taught us anything, it‟s how much the people in our lives mean to us, so<br />

go ahead and spread some happiness where you can. Write down how much the<br />

people you love mean to you and send it out to them. Make Christmas cookies and<br />

leave some with your friends and neighbors—or drop off pizza or other treats at a<br />

local nursing home, hospital, or fire department to brighten the lives of the people<br />

there.<br />

RELATED: 23 Amazing Gift Ideas That Don‟t Cost A Thing<br />

7 Remember that what’s different may make this holiday more special<br />

You may not remember exactly what happened at the holidays from year to year,<br />

but when something this different happens, it‟ll stick out. “Things that go wrong<br />

often make the best memories,” Rubin says. “This ex<strong>ce</strong>ptional holiday season will<br />

probably be more memorable because it‟s so different. We just have to find a way<br />

to make the most of it.”<br />

For more on this article and video click HERE<br />

Click on REALSIMPLE for more great articles<br />

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Retail<br />

Retailers need to stoke the Christmas spirit<br />

to hit lofty holiday sales targets<br />

Published Wed, Dec 1 2021 3:11 PM EST Updated Thu, Dec 2 2021 11:13 AM EST<br />

Melissa Repko @melissa_repko<br />

Lauren Thomas @laurenthomas<br />

Key Points<br />

Target, Walmart and other retailers hope to keep holiday sales going strong in<br />

De<strong>ce</strong>mber, despite a wave of early holiday shopping, scar<strong>ce</strong>r deals and new con<strong>ce</strong>rns<br />

over the omicron variant.<br />

The total number of shoppers and average spending dropped during the extended<br />

Thanksgiving weekend compared with each of the past two years, according to the<br />

National Retail Federation.<br />

The trade group has reiterated its forecast for a record holiday season and<br />

projected a total of between $843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales in November and<br />

De<strong>ce</strong>mber.<br />

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Shoppers as<strong>ce</strong>nd and des<strong>ce</strong>nd an escalator at the Willow Grove Park Mall in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, November 14,<br />

2020.<br />

Mark Makela | Reuters<br />

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Perhaps not, this year.<br />

With 24 days until the big holiday, retailers hope consumers will keep spending. Shoppers<br />

started purchasing holiday gifts early this year, but the Thanksgiving weekend shopping events,<br />

from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, weren‟t as strong as some had hoped.<br />

Although analysts expect retail sales will hit lofty expectations, there is a lack of holiday buzz,<br />

according to Deborah Weinswig, founder and CEO of Coresight Research.<br />

“Typically, people are like „How‟s your holiday shopping going? What are you getting so-andso?,‟”<br />

she said. “I feel like some of that we don‟t have this year — and I‟m not sure why it is.”<br />

She said that could be due to consumers feeling distracted by the return of family gatherings<br />

and bigger parties, disenchanted by inflated pri<strong>ce</strong>s or more measured about their shopping<br />

approach as they work ahead to avoid out-of-stocks and shipping delays.<br />

And while she anticipates that retailers will put up a solid performan<strong>ce</strong>, she said it will be<br />

interesting to see how much of that comes from inflation and more merchandise that is bought<br />

at full pri<strong>ce</strong> rather than an increase in volume sold.<br />

‘Halftime’ instead of the kickoff<br />

Retailers including Amazon, Walmart and Target blasted holiday deals and Black Friday-style<br />

promotions as early as October. Consumers had other motivators this holiday season to buy<br />

gifts early, too. Instead of chasing deep discounts or nabbing the hot, must-have gift, many had<br />

fears of not finding anything worth buying because of supply chain woes. For months, shoppers<br />

heard about temporarily shuttered factories, congested ports and a shortage of truck drivers.<br />

That wave of early shopping may have stolen some of the thunder from major shopping<br />

holidays, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The total number of shoppers and average<br />

spending dropped during Thanksgiving weekend, which spans from Thursday to Cyber<br />

Monday, according to the National Retail Federation. Nearly 180 million Americans shopped<br />

during the five-day holiday weekend compared with about 186 million shoppers in 2020 and<br />

about 190 million in 2019, the trade group said.<br />

Average spending fell, too, with Thanksgiving weekend shoppers forking over an average of<br />

$301.27 on holiday-related purchases versus $311.75 in 2020 and $361.90 in 2019, NRF said.<br />

Consumers spent $10.7 billion on Cyber Monday, marking a 1.4% decrease from year-ago<br />

levels, according to data released Tuesday by Adobe Analytics. That is the first time that Adobe<br />

has tracked a slowdown in spending on major shopping days sin<strong>ce</strong> it started reporting on e-<br />

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commer<strong>ce</strong> transactions in 2012. However, it comes after last holiday season when spending on<br />

the shopping holiday grew by 15.1% versus 2019.<br />

The pri<strong>ce</strong> point of shopping carts rose by nearly 14% on Cyber Monday — and 19% for the<br />

holiday season overall — as some shoppers bought big-ticket items like furniture and others felt<br />

the pang of inflation, Adobe said.<br />

NRF CEO Matt Shay said early shopping has shaken up the role of peak sales days. Consumers<br />

started buying gifts, decor and more in October a year ago to avoid crowds. This year, supply<br />

chain con<strong>ce</strong>rns pushed up that timetable on<strong>ce</strong> again.<br />

“The Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday, in particular, are closer to halftime now than the<br />

kickoff,” he said.<br />

Shay said NRF stands by its forecast for a record holiday season. The trade group projected<br />

spending in November and De<strong>ce</strong>mber will rise between 8.5% and 10.5%, for a total of between<br />

$843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales.<br />

Holiday retail sales have risen by 4.4% on average over the past five years, NRF said. Last year,<br />

they hit an all-time high of $777.3 billion, which represented a 8.2% year over year jump.<br />

Steve Sadove, former chairman and CEO of Saks and a current senior advisor for Mastercard,<br />

said he expects a strong season for the retail industry. He points to pent-up demand among<br />

consumers who have higher levels of savings.<br />

Mastercard SpendingPulse forecasts U.S. retail sales, excluding autos and gas, to grow 7.4%<br />

from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 from year-ago levels. It sees sales up 11.1% compared with 2019.<br />

And Sadove reiterated that expectation even after some data showed Black Friday and Cyber<br />

Monday demand tapering from each of the past two prior years. Mastercard sees particular<br />

strength in the luxury spa<strong>ce</strong>, jewelry and apparel, compared with 2020 and 2019 levels.<br />

“Clearly, it‟s been a spread out season,” he said. “Retailers started their promotions early. Black<br />

Friday wasn‟t about just that day.”<br />

A new variant and scar<strong>ce</strong> deals<br />

To hit high expectations, retailers will have to overcome fears of the new strain of the<br />

coronavirus, nudge shoppers to buy despite scar<strong>ce</strong> deals and fight off a potential De<strong>ce</strong>mber lull.<br />

News of the omicron variant broke just as Black Friday shoppers geared up for store visits.<br />

Some shoppers have run into unavailable items. Out-of-stock messages surged by 169% in the<br />

month of November compared to pre-pandemic levels in January 2020, according to data from<br />

Adobe Analytics. They are more than triple (258%) the levels of November 2019.<br />

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And discounting has been lackluster — even on shopping holidays. On Cyber Monday, for<br />

instan<strong>ce</strong>, discount levels for electronics were 12% off versus 27% last year, TVs were 13% off<br />

versus 18% last year and applian<strong>ce</strong>s were 8% off versus 20% last year, according to Adobe.<br />

Those discounts are expected to fade even more and settle into the 5% to 10% range in the<br />

weeks ahead, the company predicted.<br />

NRF‟s Shay said the omicron variant could actually lead to more sales for retailers. He said<br />

some consumers who had planned to book a trip, buy theater tickets or give another experiential<br />

gift may opt for goods instead.<br />

And even as public health officials and consumers learn more about the variant, he said “there‟s<br />

no need to panic.” He said the backdrop looks very different this holiday season, thanks to the<br />

majority of Americans being fully vaccinated.<br />

“We remain confident that we will continue to have a very positive trajectory in the overall<br />

economy and specifically, the retail industry, for this holiday season,” he said.<br />

Fighting De<strong>ce</strong>mber lull<br />

A wave of early shopping could increase the risk of a De<strong>ce</strong>mber lull, said Craig Johnson,<br />

founder of the consumer research firm CGP.<br />

The De<strong>ce</strong>mber lull in the retail industry refers to those few weeks after Black Friday and Cyber<br />

Monday and before the final days leading up to Christmas Eve when consumers may feel<br />

shopped out and decide to put their wallets aside for a pause in spending.<br />

Johnson said he has tracked the lull for more than a decade. As retailers pull promotions earlier<br />

and earlier into the season, they can steal sales from later in the season without increasing<br />

overall demand, he said.<br />

“People are either de-energized or they‟re taking a breather,” he said.<br />

According to his company‟s estimates, U.S. retail sales online and in stores on Black Friday<br />

totaled a record $34.9 billion, up 18% from a year earlier and up 12% from 2019. It is<br />

forecasting sales for the entire holiday season, including November and De<strong>ce</strong>mber, to be up<br />

6.7% year over year.<br />

He said two wildcards — the omicron variant and the rise of smash-and-grab crimes — could<br />

spook customers from returning to stores. In re<strong>ce</strong>nt weeks, Best Buy, Nordstrom and Louis<br />

Vuitton have all been targets of organized retail crime.<br />

“That puts a damper on everything,” Johnson said. “There could be an exa<strong>ce</strong>rbated De<strong>ce</strong>mber<br />

lull if that activity keeps popping.”<br />

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NRF‟s Shay said shoppers still have plenty of gifts to buy. About 84% of shoppers said they<br />

have already started holiday purchases, according to a survey of nearly 6,000 consumers in late<br />

November by the trade group. On average, they said they have completed about 52% of their<br />

holiday purchases, the survey found — meaning they have a little under half of their purchases<br />

still to make.<br />

Extended discounts, shoppable events and new merchandise are among the ways that retailers<br />

aim to grab attention and sustain momentum.<br />

The day after Cyber Monday, Rent the Runway sent an email to potential customers saying its<br />

one-day-only sale had been extended for another day. Fashion retailer Rebecca Minkoff‟s<br />

marketing email blasted out on Tuesday read: “Surprise! It‟s Cyber Tuesday!” Athletic apparel<br />

maker Bandier extended its deals. Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue also had a twoday<br />

Cyber Monday promotion, similar to previous years.<br />

Target will debut a limited-time collection of nearly 300 Lego-themed items in early De<strong>ce</strong>mber<br />

on its website and in stores. It will include colorful clothing, home goods, pet ac<strong>ce</strong>ssories and<br />

more. The big-box retailer has a long history of using short-term collaborations with brands,<br />

such as Hunter, Lilly Pulitzer and more, as a way to drive foot traffic and web traffic.<br />

And Walmart will have more than 30 livestreaming events over the holidays to point out<br />

products people may want to add to the gift list.<br />

Delayed shipments: A blessing or a curse<br />

Delayed shipments could be a blessing in disguise for some retailers, if they re<strong>ce</strong>ive inventory<br />

in the next week or two that could freshen up store displays and fill up emptying shelves,<br />

Johnson said.<br />

“There may be a silver lining that alleviates some of the early De<strong>ce</strong>mber lull <strong>issue</strong>s,” he said.<br />

“But I think the risk is still more to the downside than the upside.”<br />

Retailers could lure some people back to spend more money if they clearly communicate about<br />

new inventory or new deals, said Adam Pressman, a partner at the multi-industry consulting<br />

firm AlixPartners. Not everyone will have the flexibility to expand their budgets, he said, but<br />

some consumers do.<br />

“Customers who were buying in early October versus potentially the end of November might be<br />

open to additional purchases or other things that are coming back into stock,” he said.<br />

Mastercard‟s Sadove said the biggest challenges could come after the holidays. Retailers may<br />

re<strong>ce</strong>ive a delayed shipments of inventory that is out of season, and wind up with a glut of items.<br />

That would trigger a higher level of markdowns.<br />

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“The supply chain could mess things up quite a bit,” he said. “Let‟s say you‟re a retailer that has<br />

Christmas trim that comes in February.<br />

Click on the Link : holiday sales targets for more information<br />

As American and Veteran I will never forget all those who served and<br />

perished. For those who are still here you’re not alone, enjoy your<br />

grandchildren and great grandchildren. At 11:48 am <strong>ce</strong>ntral times (7:48 am<br />

Hawaii) give a toast to their memory, with tears in my eyes, to all the<br />

brothers and sisters that gave it all, salute!<br />

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From my family and staff to your family, have a<br />

Merry Christmas and May Pea<strong>ce</strong> dwell in your home.<br />

From:<br />

Peter Nadal, Pam Kennoy, Rodrigo Esperanza,<br />

Nomar Shaw, Diane G and Big Poppa<br />

And<br />

The Nanomites<br />

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