Christmas – that most special time of the year
Written by on May 31, 2023
Let’s face it – even during Christmas – that most special time of the year – we still want to look good and keep up with the neighbors. With the amount of time and money that people spend on outdoor Christmas lighting and holiday decorations, this can be kind of hard to do. I was surprised to find out that many of my neighbors start planning their lighted outdoor Christmas decorations months ahead of time. Gone are the days when it was as simple as running a string of lights along the roof and making a snowman in the front yard. Nowadays, if you don’t spend weeks decorating, it looks like you have put in almost no effort at all!
Fortunately, for those of us that are short on time, there are some great shortcuts to Christmas decorating. The very best one, in my opinion, is using animated outdoor Christmas decorations. I first discovered them a few years ago when one of my friends was putting up his Christmas light display. I was surprised to see him covering his lawn with silhouettes made of stiff wire. When I asked him about it, he told me to wait. He was proud of the work that he had put in to the animated outdoor Christmas decorations, and wanted to show me the finished product instead of simply explaining it to me.
Let me tell you, it was really worth the wait! The effect was absolutely stunning. The animated outdoor Christmas decoration was actually a moving animation of Santa Claus driving his reindeer. They would move across the lawn, Santa raising his whip to spur the beasts into action as they leapt dramatically on. It was classic and high-tech at the same time. It was, in short, just what I was looking for in my Christmas decor.
Of course, animated outdoor Christmas decorations come in many different styles. I prefer the look of animated wire, but some people like to go a lot further than that. I have a neighbor who actually has an electric powered carousel with reindeer moving around inside of it. It is not something that you can ride, of course, but it does make quite an impression. The whole thing flashes and glows with red and green lights and can even be programmed to play Christmas carols. When it comes to animated outdoor Christmas decorations, the sky really is the limit.
There is a wide choice of educational opportunities in the state of Arizona, to meet every aspiration. Eastern Arizona College is one of several community colleges and is located in Graham County. The main campus is at Thatcher and it is the oldest college of its kind in the state. It was opened in 1888 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but the state has owned it since 1933 and it doesn’t have any religious ties today. The college is divided into nine academic interests. They are Business, Communicative Arts, Fine Arts, Health and Physical Education, Industrial Technology Education, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Science and Allied Health and Social Sciences.
Another well respected community college has three main campuses. The Central Arizona College operates from Signal Peak in Coolidge, Aravaipa in Winkelman and Superstition Mountain campus at Apache Junction. The college offers degree courses and occupational certificates. The student body is encouraged to participate in sports and there are several teams. Both men and women have teams in basketball, cross country, track and field and rodeo. There is also a women’s softball team and a men’s baseball team.
There are colleges that teach single subjects too and one of these is the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in Tucson. The college campus is at the University and it was established in 1947. Students undertake a four year Doctor of Pharmacy program. The college has an excellent reputation and was placed fourth in the poll of America’s Best Graduate Schools.
Southwestern College is a Christian institution, based in Phoenix. The college awards regionally accredited degrees in Christian Ministries, Business Administration, Behavioral Health, Biblical Studies, Family Studies, Music Ministry and Music Education. There are also programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education.
Glendale College is another community college and this Arizona college runs Associate Degree Programs, Industry Training and Certificate Programs. The main campus is at Glendale. It opened for admissions in 1965. In addition to academic success, the college football team has also been successful.
The Yavapai College is a community college in Yavapai County with its main campus at Prescott and other campuses at Clarkdale, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Sedona. This Arizona college offers six Associate Degree programs in Arts or Science, Business, Arts in Elementary Education, Fine Arts, General Studies and Applied Science. The college is at the forefront of sports with men’s teams for baseball, basketball and soccer. Women have teams in basketball, cross country and volleyball.