I take them out “for coffee” at the local wherever. We get a booth, order our drinks, and the following pronouncement is made:“You sure have grown an awful lot this year. Not only are you taller, but I can see that your heart has grown, too. [Point out 2-3 examples of empathetic behavior — consideration of people’s feelings, good deeds, acts of kindness etc., that the kid has done in the past year.] In fact, your heart has grown so much that I think you are ready to become a Santa Claus.WATCH: Bearded Walmart Shopper Is Mistaken for Santa, Plays Along For Tot “You probably have noticed that most of the Santas you see are people dressed up like him. Some of your friends might have even told you that there is no Santa. A lot of children think that, because they aren’t ready to BE a Santa yet, but YOU ARE.“Tell me the best things about Santa. What does Santa get for all of his trouble? [Lead the kid from “cookies” to the good feeling of having done something for someone else.] Well, now YOU are ready to do your first job as a Santa!”Make sure you maintain the proper conspiratorial tone.(Read the rest of the story at Brad Aronson’s website)Click To Share This Sweet Yuletide Tip With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn our family, we have a special way of transitioning the kids from receiving Santa’s gifts, to becoming Santa. This way, the Santa construct is not a lie that gets discovered, but rather an unfolding series of good deeds and Christmas spirit.When your kids turn 6 or 7 – or whenever you see start to see the dawning suspicion that Santa may not be a material being – that means the child is ready.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLISTEN to this fun story on the radio, with The Good News Guru (GNN founder), or READ the FULL story below…This dedicated group of New Jersey high school students worked tirelessly for six months to bring a beloved sci-fi movie to life on their small stage—so, imagine their excitement when it suddenly brought Hollywood A-listers to their side. As the star of the original 1979 blockbuster, she of course was seated in the front row and—along with the rest of the 830 audience members—was visibly floored by the performance. She also happily autographed costumes and chatted with the players.Later, the troupe received one final surprise when representatives from the New York Conservatory of Dramatic arts offered each actor a $10,000 scholarship, and a $1,000 summer program scholarship to each cast and crew member. Teens at North Bergen High School put together a stage adaption of Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film Alien, and despite having only a $3,500 public school budget for set and costume design, their play was life-like, scary, and a huge success.With a production crew of 20 students and a cast of 9, the production was filled to the brim with nail-biting tension, show-stopping special effects, and a terrifying black extraterrestrial costume (made entirely out of found materials).WATCH: Pop Star Grieving His Own Loss Helps 83-Year-Old Widower Check Off Bucket List After Wife’s DeathAfter some of the frightened audience members uploaded clips of the performance to social media, the teens became internet famous and Hudson County residents begged them for an encore.When the students admitted they didn’t have enough money for a second performance, director Ridley Scott sent them $5,000 and said in a letter:MORE: Another Story of Keanu Kindness – Actor Delights Passengers After Plane Makes Emergency Landing“My hat comes off to all of your creativity, imagination and determination to produce such an ambitious show. Limitations often produce the best results because imagination and determination can surpass any shortfalls and determine the way forward — ALWAYS.”If that wasn’t enough to thrill the students, as the kids putting on that second showing of ‘Alien: The Play’ last week to mark the film’s 40th anniversary, who should show up to the sold out performance but Sigourney Weaver. Originally produced as a fundraiser to try to jumpstart a drama club at the school, the play’s success has undoubtedly made a huge difference.(WATCH the news coverage below)Be Sure And Share The Out-Of-This-Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries held a naming ceremony for its first Salish-Class vessel at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland earlier this week.The new ferry, christened Salish Orca, will replace the 50-year-old Queen of Burnaby on the Comox – Powell River route after it joins the BC Ferries’ fleet in late 2016.Featuring dual-fuel, Salish Orca is capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or ultralow sulphur diesel.Three ships are currently under construction, with the other ships, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, set to enter operations in the Southern Gulf Islands in 2017.Using primarily LNG to fuel the news ships will result in reduced emissions and reduced costs for BC Ferries.“This marks a major milestone in building our new ships, as we honour maritime tradition with the official naming ceremony for the Salish Orca,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “As we progress with our vessel replacement program, we will continue to look for opportunities to build LNG-powered ferries, while maintaining our high standard of safety and reliability as well as reducing our environmental footprint.” The new Salish-Class ships will replace vessels that are at the end of their life cycle.
INDEPENDENCE, OHIO– LeBron James will not play in the Cavaliers’ second preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday at Quicken Loans arena.The team gave an update on James’ status during their morning shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.James missed Wednesday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks as well. He injured his ankle during the Cavs’ first week of training camp, but has returned to full go at practices. The likelihood here is that the team simply wants to get him some extra rest.The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42 Related TopicsCavaliersCavsClevelandClevleveland CavaliersLebron JamesNBA Ashley Bastock