Daily Deal: Preserve Holiday Memories with a Photo Organizer

Day Two of our Black Friday Deals reminds us what the holiday are all about — creating amazing memories with our friends and family. Preserve all your holiday photos and stay organized throughout the year with the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case. This durable case includes 16 acid-free photo cases that each hold up to one hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. The case has a sturdy handle for carrying and snap closures to keep photos secure. Make sure you’re dressed for holiday photos and the winter ahead with markdowns on apparel and more at Lakeside. And keep reading to learn holiday facts about Santa, stockings and the odd ugly sweater tradition.


Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 22nd)

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DAY TWO Holiday Fun Fact:

Christmas stockings are one of the oldest Christmas traditions, dating back to one of the most popular origin stories of Santa Claus almost 2,000 years ago. The story revolves around the Greek Bishop, Saint Nicholas. Even though the events in the story can’t be proven, it also offers insight into our tradition of gift giving during the holidays. Get the details and learn more about Santa hats, ugly sweaters and more in the article below.


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Fun Holiday Fashion from Sweaters to Santa Hats
It doesn’t quite hold a candle to the costume craziness of Halloween, but the holidays do play host to a wide variety of unusual fashion trends. From the classic Santa hat to the strange tradition of ugly sweaters, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the holiday season is the best time of year to play dress up. Get to know a little more about some of the Christmas attire you can’t help but wear with this fun holiday fashion overview.

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Daily Deal: Brighten Your Home with Holiday Lampposts

It’s the first day of our Black Friday deals on Lakeside, and we’re starting you off with a fun way to get going on your Christmas decorations. The Lighted Holiday Lampposts are the perfect way to illuminate your home for the holidays. Feature them on the stairs in your entryway to welcome holiday guests, or add them to your existing decorations in the family room or dining area. Use your savings to stock up on even more Christmas decorations available now at Lakeside. And get into the Christmas spirit with the Day One Holiday Fun Fact.


Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 21st)

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DAY ONE Holiday Fun Fact:

Clement Clark Moore, author of the famous poem we know as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, was one of the first authors to mention elves in the Christmas tradition. But the elf in Moore’s story isn’t who we’d expect. Moore describes Santa as the “jolly old elf.” This early depiction of Santa might be one of the major reasons why elves are such a big part of Christmas today. Find out more about the origins of Christmas elves below.


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Holiday Traditions: The Origins of Christmas Elves
Most of us grew up never questioning why elves are such a big part of the holidays. Santa’s little helpers are everywhere, from adorable Christmas elf decorations to some of our favorite characters in classic Christmas movies. Elves became a huge part of the Christmas tradition fairly early, and much like the reason behind why we decorate with holiday lights during the winter season, their part in the Christmas story can be traced back to ancient myths and folklore. Find out how elves first fit into the Christmas tradition with these fun facts.


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5 Little-Known Christmas Facts

Christmas-treeChristmas is a holiday with deep roots, but no matter how much you enjoy the festive carols and the beautifully trimmed tree, you may not know some of these fascinating facts about the merriest day of the year.

Xmas Is an Old Term

Plenty of people think the “X” in Xmas is a way for advertisers to shorten the name of the holiday, but the nickname has a long history. Far from being a breezy abbreviation, it’s a deeply religious symbol that got its start in monasteries. First commonly used in religious texts in the 1400s, the letter “X” signified the cross and was the first letter of Christ’s name in the Greek alphabet. For monks who spent hours toiling over manuscripts, finding a way to write quickly and efficiently was vital. When they replaced Christ’s name with an X, they were using what linguists call a Christogram.

Christmas Trees Have a Roman Heritage

You might think of the tradition of Christmas trees as a German one, if “O Tannenbaum” is any indication, but decorating evergreens for the winter holiday goes back far longer than the Germans. Ancient Romans adorned boughs of evergreen trees with fruits and nuts for their Saturnalia celebrations each winter. Early Christians may have adopted the evergreen tree as a symbol of rebirth and renewal to make the holiday feel more familiar to Roman converts to what was then a new faith. The German tradition dates from the 1700s, but it didn’t catch on in England and America until Queen Victoria wrote about her happy memories of decorating trees as a princess.

A Famous Author Created Christmas Elves

Louisa May Alcott was most famous for writing Little Women, but she was a prolific author who penned many other short stories, novels and non-fiction articles. One of her short stories in 1856 mentioned Christmas elves, pointy-capped creatures who helped Santa Claus care for his reindeer and make gifts for good children. Although the story wasn’t published in her lifetime, she shared it with other writers, and a few years later, a story about Santa’s elves appeared in a copy of the magazine “Godey’s Lady’s Book,” one of the most influential publications of its time. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are enduring characters, but Alcott’s most famous literary creations might be Santa’s little helpers.

Most Pets Get Christmas Gifts

If you consider your pets members of the family, you aren’t alone. About half of pet owners extend their Christmas spirit of giving to their pets and hang a stocking for Fido or Fluffy, according to a recent USA Today poll. Whether it’s a cozy pet bed, a squeaky toy or a bag of treats, giving your pet something special brings a little Christmas cheer to everyone.

Christmas Used to Be Illegal in Boston

Bostonians who love Christmas should be thrilled they didn’t live there before 1681. Until that year, celebrating Christmas in Puritan Boston was illegal and would cost you a five-shilling fine. Eventually, civic leaders loosened up and allowed Christmas celebrations, but even then, early Americans weren’t big on the holiday; in fact, some Puritans considered it a holdover from Catholicism or even irreligious. It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870, in part because the Puritans disapproved. Fortunately, most people didn’t see it that way, and Christmas celebrations have gotten steadily more joyous over the decades.

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