Tis’ the Season!


Parties, white elephant gifts, decorations, lights, music, food and fun can only mean one thing: the Christmas season has officially started. The Christmas spirit affects people’s attitudes by invoking memories of home and everything that accompanies it: family, food and most importantly, no work! Christmas is the “annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ,” though in America, the meaning of Christmas has undergone significant change and commercialization since the year 0. Parties, presents and Santa have become most American’s typical Christmas. Nevertheless, Nativity scenes are still present in some parts of America. They originated in 10-century Rome and were popularized by St. Francis of Assisi. Yet Santa Clause has gradually replaced the more traditional understandings of Christmas.
Additionally, The character of Santa Clause is loosely based off a real person—Saint Nicholas. (270-343 AD) Born near present-day Turkey, Nicholas was orphaned as a child but inherited a fortune, with which he used to help many people. He was known for secret gift giving and eventually became a bishop.

Interestingly, Thomas Nast “invented” the image popularly recognized as Santa Claus. Nast first drew Santa Claus for the 1862 Christmas season Harper’s Weekly cover to memorialize the family sacrifices of the Union during the early and, for the north, darkest days of the Civil War. Nast’s Santa appeared as a kindly figure representing Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. When Nast created his image of Santa Claus he was drawing on his native German tradition of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century bishop known for his kindness and generosity, and also decided to embellish St. Nicholas to give some light to a dark world.

Christmas—a time for relaxation and reflection. That’s the ideal Christmas, but not most people’s reality. In fact, the majority of Americans spend time working or thinking about work over the Christmas break. That presents a significant problem that should be addressed. Simple services like document scanning, shredding and external storage can make your life or your business stress-free and gives you easy access to all your information. Tarheel Imaging and Microfilming specializes in providing the highest standard of care to its customers and is extremely flexible regarding special orders. “We work hard to make the conversion process easy and hassle-free for you. We offer complimentary pick-up service; flexible scheduling, and a range of services from file review to staple removal to scanning and document conversion.”

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