Massive NY Christmas Display Goes Dark for ’09

A 20-year Christmas tradition is about to go dark in New York. With more than 1 million lights, the huge display has been an annual draw that cheered thousands and raised money for charity. Andrew Spadafora, a retired truck driver, says it will break his heart to keep the 900-piece display in storage but the Long Island family is still paying off the $41,000 tab racked up last season and cannot afford the 2009 season if they cannot come up with the funds by Labor Day.

News over the weekend has generated dozens of phone calls to Spadafora — but no donations so far.

Long Letter to Santa Kills a Lot of Trees

Does anyone else see the irony in this story?

The longest in the world letter addressed to Santa Claus is to be displayed in the the National Philatelic Museum in Bucharest on August 15th.

The letter, entitled “saving our forests to save our youth” was written at the end of last year, during nine days by 2110 children from schools in Romania. Children submitted their own thoughts to the most influential person in the world, Santa Claus. The letter measures 1,355 feet long and weighs an incredible 220 pounds and was delivered to Finland in time for Christmas last year.

Amongst the childrens concerns were disappearing forest, pollution and the environment. The World record letter was officially approved on 18 December 2008.

The longest letter was written in 1952 by a lady in the U.S. who wrote to her boyfriend, a private in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. She used 3,200 feet of narrow tape found in adding machines and it took her a month to write.