Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message…I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, and that your bellies and hearts are full with the joy that surrounds this time of year.  Like it or not, the holiday season is officially here! In preparing for today’s message I found this quote which I thought was a beautiful reminder that we could all use:

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” - Thomas S. Monson

It is easy to get caught up in the shopping, the decorating, the parties…and far too often we find ourselves stressed out instead of enjoying the true meaning of the season. I encourage you to take a deep breathe, slow down and re-evaluate how you want to spend the last few weeks of the year. The choice is yours. Let’s make it a great week!


1. KFC, Japan: Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, but this tradition dates back to the 1970s. On Christmas Eve, every KFC in Japan is overflowing with people eating fried chicken.

2. Krampus in Austria, Germany, and Hungary: Krampus is rooted in Germanic folklore, and today young people dress up as Krampus and wander the streets in Austria, Germany and Hungary in hopes that they will punish those who are on the naughty list!

3. Caroling with a Dead Horse, Wales: meant to bring good luck, one person dresses up using an actual dead horse skull. A group of people go from house to house singing carols, and in return they are rewarded with food and drink.

4. Spider Webs for Good Luck, Ukraine: the tradition started with a poor widow who had nothing to decorate their Evergreen tree with. The woman cried herself to sleep, while the spiders listened on that night. In the morning when the sun hit the tree, they were surprised to see it was covered with gold and silver thread that shimmered in the light.

5. Hide all the Brooms, Norway: according to legend, the evil spirits come out at night, and witches want brooms. On Christmas Eve, the Norwegians hide all their brooms.

6. The Christmas Log from Catalonia, Spain: a wood log with legs, a face and a little red hat! People leave food, and presents for Little Tio deNadal.

7. Roller Skating to Mass, Venezuela: sounds like a fun way to get to church, right? The streets are closed in the city of Caracas so the residents can roller skate their way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

8. SantaCon, San Francisco: originally started in San Francisco, this tradition is now a worldwide pub crawl. A convention for Santas; with important guidelines should you want to participate!  

9. Night of the Radishes, Oaxaca, Mexico: radishes are grown especially for this event, and remain on display through Christmas day. It is hailed as the most impressive display of carved vegetables in the world!


“The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things.” - Thomas S. Monson

“Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.” - Edna Ferber

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” - Roy L. Smith

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” - Norman Vincent Peale

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” -  Alexander Smith

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals