Happy Holidays!

I wish you the courage to be warm when the world would prefer that you be cool.
I wish you successes sufficient to your needs;
I wish you failure to temper that success.
I wish you joy in all your days.
I wish you sadness so that you may better measure that joy.
I wish you gladness to overbalance grief.
I wish you humor and a twinkle in the eye.
I wish you glory and the strength to bear its burdens.
I wish you sunshine on your path and storms to season your journey.
I wish you peace in the world in which you live and in the smallest corner of the heart where truth is kept.
I wish you faith to help define your living and your life.
More I cannot wish you, except perhaps love, to make all the rest worthwhile.
– Robert Ward

Everyone at American West hopes that your holiday season is filled with love, joy, family and good friends.

December 24th, 2012 Miscellaneous Tags: , , 0 Comment

Christmas Movie Classics

Everyone has a favorite holiday movie. Whether it was one you grew up with or one that you may have discovered later in life, they each hold a special place in our hearts. It is tradition for a lot of us to take many of the classic holiday movies and re-watch them year after year. They never seem to lose their appeal and always manage to put a smile on our faces.

Here are some clips from some classic holiday movies – ENJOY!

A Christmas Story:

A Year Without a Santa Claus:

Elf:

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation:

A Charlie Brown Christmas:

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas:

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 21st, 2012 Miscellaneous Tags: , , , 0 Comment

Christmas Trivia

  • St. Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church service.
  • Silent Night was written in 1818, by an Austrian priest Joseph Mohr.
  • In 1836, Alabama is the first state in the U.S. to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
  • In 1907, Oklahoma became the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday.
  • In 1843, the first Christmas card was printed in England for Sir Henry Cole.
  • The first American Christmas carol was written in 1649 by a minister named John de Brebeur and is called “Jesus is Born”.
  • The Christmas tree was first decorated with lights in the 16th century. It is believed that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, was the first to add lighted candles to the tree. He was so taken with the Christmas night sky that he wished to bring “the lights of the stars” into the home of his family.
  • Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
  • Hanging the Christmas stocking on the hearth on Christmas Eve in the hope that it will be filled with presents the next morning is a custom that goes back about 400 years. It derived from the custom in Holland of children placing wooden shoes next to the hearth the night before the arrival of St. Nicholas. The children would fill their shoes with straw and food for St Nicholas’s for the donkey that carried the gifts. In exchange he would leave them a small gift such as small cakes, fruits and other gifts. Stockings were substituted for the shoes in Britain, most of Europe and in North America.
  • The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886. It is 46.5 meters high and weights 225 tons!
  • Bing Crosby ‘s ‘White Christmas’ was released in 1942 and is considered to be the best-selling Christmas song of all time!
  • The U.S. produces 1.7 billion candy canes each year.
  • Americans send 1.5 billion Christmas cards annually.
  • U.S. towns with Christmas-y names: North Pole, AK; Santa Claus, GA; Santa Claus, IN; Noel, MO; Rudolph, WI; Dasher, GA; Snowflake, AZ; Holly Springs, MI.
  • Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.
  • Christmas tree lights were first mass produced in 1890.
  • All the gifts in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” would equal 364 gifts.
  • The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
  • Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

December 20th, 2012 Miscellaneous Tags: , , 0 Comment

All I Need To Know About Life Learned From A Snowman

It’s okay if you’re a little bottom heavy.
Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
Wearing white is always appropriate.
Winter is the best of the four seasons.
It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
There’s nothing better than a foul weather friend.
The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.
It’s not the size of the carrot, but the placement that counts.
We’re all made up of mostly water.
You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.
Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
Avoid yellow snow. Don’t get too much sun.
It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet.
It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.
Always put your best foot forward.
There’s no stopping you once you’re on a roll.

December 12th, 2012 Miscellaneous 0 Comment

Come Home to American West for the Holidays

Imagine spending the holidays in a new American West home. Our new homes range from 1,608 to 4,770 square feet with up to 6 bedroooms. For more information on any of our homes or communities visit www.AmericanWesthomes.com or call (702) 308-1111.

Watch a sampling of our homes:

 

December 5th, 2012 Uncategorized Tags: , , 0 Comment
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