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Ponte Vedra Beach is an unincorporated seaside community in St. Johns County, Florida, United States. Located eighteen miles (29 km) southeast of downtown Jacksonville and 26 miles (42 km) north of St. Augustine, it is part of the Jacksonville Beaches area.

Ponte Vedra Beach is an upper-income tourist resort area best known for its association with golf and is home to the PGA Tour and The Players Championship, played at the TPC at Sawgrass, as well as the ATP Tour.




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Stats and Demographics for the 32082 ZIP Code

ZIP code 32082 is located in northeast Florida and covers a slightly less than average land area compared to other ZIP codes in the United States. It also has a slightly less than average population density.

The people living in ZIP code 32082 are primarily white. The number of middle aged adults is extremely large while the number of seniors is extremely large. There are also a small number of single parents and a slightly higher than average number of families. The percentage of children under 18 living in the 32082 ZIP code is slightly less than average compared to other areas of the country.

Population 28,996
Population Density 872 people per sq mi
Housing Units 14,983
Median Home Value $437,600
Land Area 33.25 sq mi
Water Area 14.39 sq mi
Occupied Housing Units 12,679
Median Household Income $87,878




Prepare Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

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(Family Features) As the holiday season approaches and you’re tasked with hosting family and friends, it can be a little overwhelming to imagine all the work that has to take place for a successful celebration.

However, there’s no reason the host can’t join in the fun. To help keep calm and have your home ready for the party, follow these tips.

More often than not, the first step to readying your home for a house full of guests is to clean. Start by going room to room seeking out trash, recyclables and things that can be stored away – anything to clear up much-needed space. Once the clutter is cleared, work from the top down to clean surfaces, so any dust or debris that hits the floor can be vacuumed or swept neatly away. Remember to steer clear of harsh or highly fragrant chemicals, which may be an irritant to some guests.

Don’t try to sneak by with old appliances this time around. Instead, upgrade your most important resources throughout the house in order to find success when it comes to playing host. For example, swapping out your old, cluttered refrigerator for a Whirlpool French Door Refrigerator with industry-first infinity slide shelves is a useful way to create more space in the kitchen. Its pantry-inspired layout lets families fit and find all their edible favorites. Every section, shelf and bin in the refrigerator was redesigned to deliver smart organization with panoramic shelves and unique features to store 30 percent more than other leading French door bottom mount refrigerators. Perfect for a big shopping run before a party, the refrigerator features dedicated spaces places like the Treasure Bin, Platter Pocket and Small Items Bin to give maximum visibility and easy access when it’s time for the food prep to begin.

Staying organized and having a precise plan are vital to putting together the perfect night with family and friends. Make sure to nail down the specifics, such as the number of guests, what food will be brought, what needs prepared in advance and what can wait until the big day. Making lists and involving others in the family to help can make a seemingly insurmountable volume of work feel instantly manageable. As you think through your plans, remember to anticipate the unexpected and have an emergency party kit on hand to quickly respond to pitfalls, like spills or broken glass, before they derail the festivities.

With all the energy you put into planning and upgrading, don’t overlook the importance of taking time to make your home shine with a creative touch. Go festive with holiday-specific decor or keep it classic with timeless decorations placed throughout the home to make it really sparkle. For close family and friends, consider adding personal touches like mementos of holidays past. Or go with a themed approach with similar colors and textures that you carry throughout the house.

Get Organized for Entertaining
Hosting a holiday gathering is no small feat, but you can get organized ahead of the big day with these entertaining tips.

Set the guest list early: Send out invites in advance. Longer notice allows for you to better gauge who will be attending and how much food you’ll need to make. Rather than waiting to see who shows up and who doesn’t, send out RSVPs via mail or email so that you have a precise idea of how many people to plan for.

Plan the menu ahead of time: From drinks to side dishes to dessert, with special storage spots and industry-first infinity slide shelves, Whirlpool’s French Door Refrigerator allows you to store 30 percent more so you can buy all your groceries in advance. This way you won’t have to worry about running to the store just moments before guests arrive.

Set the table the day before: Organizing where you can, such as setting out plates and silverware in advance, allows you to focus on preparing food and drinks on the day of the party. Unless you’ll be using fresh cut flowers, go ahead and complete the centerpieces and any other decorative touches the night before, as well.

Make a party-night cheat sheet: Keep a checklist nearby so you don’t forget about any of your delicious courses or what tasks need completed throughout the evening. Remember to include items like refreshing the ice bucket and swapping out buffet dishes or appetizer platters periodically.

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Community Real Estate

Advantages of Real Estate Community Pages

Being the Local Real Estate Expert
Real estate transactions are a big deal for pretty much everybody, making the help of an expert crucial. You can bet that most people that are buying or selling a home are searching for information before their transaction, and the best way to become their agent is to have that information. Creating a community page lets you be that information source.

Chances are that if you have been working for very long in a particular community, you have quite a bit of information already. You probably already are a local real estate expert, even if you haven’t thought of yourself in those terms. Taking the time to put together all the information you have about an area –and doing the research needed to fill in the gaps– will make you a trusted resource for everyone searching online. A good community page will be filled with tons of useful data including information on town history, schools, demographics, local attractions, restaurants, highway access, real estate and more. Take a look at this REALTORS® guide to Mendon Real Estate as an example of what I’m talking about. If you were relocating into the area and knew nothing about Mendon, Massachusetts, a potential buyer would have a much better grasp of the area.

Helping Home Buyers
Most people looking to buy a home are planning to stick around a while. This means they want to know as much about the area as they can. Even if they are planning to flip the house, they still want to know the basics of the community they are purchasing in. You can be the agent that provides this info.

As mentioned above, you can talk about the schools in the area, the real estate market in general, the neighborhoods and what they have to offer, and even the history of the community. If there is something special about the town worth noting by all means include it!

Buyers are searching online before they do anything else. If they come upon your community page and see that you know a lot about the area, they may contact you for more information and/or help in buying a home. Here is another example of a real estate page for Franklin, Massachusetts. If you were looking for a home and knew nothing about Franklin, this would be great information to have at your fingertips. This community page has a YouTube video from the owner of a real estate company explaining the benefits of the town. Video is always a terrific addition to your real estate pages!

Even if most buyers don’t actually hire you as their agent, if your information is useful, they can easily tell other friends and family about your community page.

Helping Home Sellers
Your community page can be equally useful for home sellers. Every home seller wants to know what is great about his or her home – these are the selling points, after all. Your community page can give sellers important information about the location of their home. This is information they can use when communicating to buyers.

Many of the selling points for living in a particular area will be covered by your community page, including commuting options, schools, historical significance, shopping and dining, recreation opportunities, etc. This is another place where you can generate valuable word of mouth. Maybe the seller that uses your community page decides that you are the perfect agent to help sell the home, or maybe not. Even so, every seller that visits your page has the potential to tell others about the info you have made available.

Helping You Be Found Online
The performance of your real estate business is heavily influenced by how well you do online. As stated before, this is where everyone is going now before they buy or sell a home. This means you want to stand out on the Web. Ideally, you want buyers and sellers to find your website on the first page of search results. But doing this is easier said than done. Google and other search engines demand that your website be useful and informative. How they determine this is always a bit mysterious, but there are certain facts that everyone understands. The more valuable the information you provide – specifically, how valuable Internet users find your information – the higher you will appear on the search engine listings.

A lot of this value is determined by how much your pages are shared with others and who links to them. The better your community pages, the more likely that people will share them with one another. This is good news for your search engine rankings, and therefore your visibility online. The more people that find you online, the more clients you will be able to work with. In order to get the word out there you are going to need to know how to promote your real estate community pages. Mike Alton at the Social Media Hat shares an excellent article about how to make your pages more visible through the use of social media.

Making You a Better Agent
The best agents know their communities inside and out. While you have probably learned a lot about the communities you work in, there is always more that you can learn. The process of creating a community page can provide a wonderful learning opportunity for you. Try to make your community page useful and interesting. Research the history of the community, the schools, the recreation activities, the commuting options. By the time you are done writing the community page, you will know a lot about the area. Even if you learn nothing new, you will reinforce the information you already do know. It is like having your very own real estate Wikipedia page! As you know, the more informed you are about the community, the better you will be able to perform as an agent. This information can also give you a more complete picture when you are pricing a home. This improves your sales, and will definitely impress clients.

Take the time and create a real estate community page that is a masterpiece – you will be glad you did when the phone starts ringing!

Bill Gassett is a nationally recognized real estate leader who has been helping people move in and out of the Metrowest Massachusetts area for the past 27-plus years. He has been one of the top RE/MAX REALTORS® in New England for the past decade. In 2013, he was the #1 RE/MAX agent in Massachusetts. Connect with him on Google+.

Sweet Treats Worth Celebrating

Sweet Treats Worth Celebrating

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(Family Features) Creating baked goods to show your love for family and friends is one of the most thoughtful ways to display care and friendship any time of year, but especially during the holidays when they are typically shared and enjoyed the most.

For a special brunch with loved ones this holiday season, consider serving a light, flaky option, such as this Strawberry Cheesecake Crescent Ring, or finish off a gathering with this Sugar-Dusted Apple Bundt Cake for dessert. These recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining, but easy enough to add a special touch to any meal throughout the year.

With Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings as the key ingredient to these fabulous treats, you can make delicious sweets with ease. The exceptional tastes of the fillings – which come in popular flavors like apple, blueberry, cherry and strawberry – give you multiple options with their convenience and versatility to serve up sensational holiday treats.

Find more recipes featuring mouthwatering treats for all your holiday celebrating at

Strawberry Cheesecake Crescent Ring
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon almond extract
  • 2          tubes crescent rolls
  • 1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Fruit Filling & Topping


  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar
  • 3          teaspoons milk
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and almond extract. Beat mixture until smooth.
  3. Unroll crescent dough and separate into triangles. On 14-inch ungreased pizza pan, arrange triangles with points toward outside of pan and wide ends overlapping at center, leaving 4-inch opening in center. Press overlapping dough to seal.
  4. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wide ends of crescent rolls. Top with fruit filling. Fold pointed ends of triangles over filling, tucking points under to form ring.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until crescents are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes.
  6. To make icing: In small mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk; whisk until smooth. Drizzle over crescent ring and serve.

Sugar-Dusted Apple Bundt Cake
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 12

  • 2          cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3          cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1          cup vegetable oil
  • 4          eggs, beaten
  • 1/3       cup orange juice
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Apple Fruit Filling & Topping
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan or Bundt cake pan.
  2. In small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle bottom and sides of pan.
  3. In large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and remaining sugar. Stir in oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla; mix well. Add fruit filling and stir. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
  4. Bake uncovered 1 hour. Let cool 15 minutes.
  5. Invert onto serving plate and cool. Drizzle with citrus glaze (recipe below), if desired.
  6. For glaze: In medium bowl, beat 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon orange juice 1 minute, or until smooth. Add additional orange juice by the teaspoon, if needed, for desired consistency.

Lucky Leaf

Handy Holiday Hints

Handy Holiday Hints

Simple steps to prep for a delicious turkey dinner

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(Family Features) One of the most memorable moments at any holiday dinner is when a moist, delicious turkey is brought to the table. Everyone grabs their forks at the sight of a perfectly brown bird glistening with juicy flavor.

Make sure your holiday meal is a special one by following these simple tips for making the perfect holiday dinner:

Planning the Meal

  • Get your plans in writing, including your menu, how many people will attend, any special dietary needs of guests and what time you plan to serve the meal.
  • Buy the turkey early, and look for a bird with a pop-up timer in the breast, which ensures proper cooking time. Learn more at

Thawing the Turkey

  • Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator for 24 hours per 5 pounds in weight. For example, a 20-pound bird takes four days to thaw. Thaw it faster by covering with cold water in the sink and changing the water every half hour per pound of turkey.
  • Don’t unwrap a frozen turkey before thawing.
  • Refrigerate the turkey as soon as it has thawed, or cook it immediately.

Preparing the Bird

  • Baste the turkey with extra-virgin olive oil, butter, margarine or wine.
  • For an unstuffed turkey, place a stalk or two of celery, seasonings, a cut-up onion and a handful of parsley in the cavity to keep it moist.
  • If you stuff the turkey, pack the neck and cavity loosely with stuffing prepared just before you plan to cook the bird.
  • Heat oven to 325 F. Place turkey breast-side-up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  • Lay a “tent” of foil loosely over the turkey to prevent over-browning.
  • The turkey is done when the meat thermometer is 180 F and the stuffing is 165 F. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, look for the red stem to go up on the pop-up timer, press a thumb and forefinger into the thick part of the drumstick to see if it feels soft or wiggle a drumstick to see if it moves easily.
  • For easier carving, let the turkey stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.

Preparing Homemade Rolls

  • Purchase Frozen Rhodes Ready to Bake Rolls, which give you that original homemade taste with no preservatives.
  • Coat baking pan and large sheet of plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray. Place frozen dough on the pan and cover with oiled plastic wrap so it won’t stick to the rolls as they rise.
  • Let rolls rise for 4-5 hours, until they double in size. Carefully remove the plastic wrap.
  • While you are carving your turkey, put rolls in the oven at 350 F and bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Brush tops with butter or olive oil, if desired.
  • Dinner rolls can also be used to create side dishes or desserts, such as this Butterscotch Bubble Loaf.

Don’t Forget the Add-Ons

  • Surprise your guests with something different from years prior, such as new recipes or add-ons. For example, if you serve salad add something new, such as olives, pearl onions, raisins, nuts or mandarin oranges.
  • Mashed potatoes are expected. For a flavor kick, try adding mustard, garlic or other flavors when mashing.
  • Add color to your favorite green vegetables by placing pimento or strips of steamed red bell on top.
  • Try an unconventional take on stuffing, such as making stuffin’ muffins in muffin tins or serving stuffing inside an empty green bell pepper.

Serving a Sweet Treat

  • Watermelon is a source of antioxidants and vitamins, and has more lycopene than any other raw fruit or vegetable.
  • You can also opt to serve a sweet treat with your turkey with this recipe for Watermelon Cranberry Sauce.

Planning for Leftovers

  • After two hours at room temperature, cooked food should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • If possible, carve the entire turkey before the meal and store the extras as soon as everyone has a plate.
  • There are many great recipes that feature leftover turkey, such as stir-fry with vegetables, wraps, tacos, burritos and, of course, good, old-fashioned turkey sandwiches.

To help with planning and preparation, and for more delicious recipe ideas for your holiday gathering, visit To learn more about food promotion and view a photo gallery of classic celebrities, such as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Abbott and Costello, Dinah Shore and others, with turkey and other foods, visit

Butterscotch Bubble Loaf
Recipe courtesy of

  • 24        Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • 1/2       box non-instant butterscotch or vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2       cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup butter or margarine
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut dinner rolls in half and dip in dry pudding mix. In sprayed Bundt pan, arrange rolls, alternating with pecans. Sprinkle any remaining pudding mix over top.
  3. Combine brown sugar and butter. In microwave, heat together about 1 1/2 minutes until butter is melted and syrup is formed. Pour syrup over rolls. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, or even with top of Bundt pan.
  4. Carefully remove wrap. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cover with foil for last 15 minutes of baking.
  5. Immediately after baking, loosen foil from sides of pan with knife and invert onto serving plate.

Watermelon Cranberry Sauce
Recipe courtesy of
Servings: 4

  • 4          cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2       cup organic sugar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/2       cup maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • 2          cups minced watermelon
  1. In 3-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, heat cranberries, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest until simmering. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add maple syrup and cinnamon to pan. Simmer another few minutes.
  3. Remove from heat to rest 10 minutes. Stir in watermelon and serve warm, or chill and serve cold.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (holiday dinner table with turkey and vegetables)


7 Ways to Include Everyone In the Holiday Cheer

7 Ways to Include Everyone In the Holiday Cheer

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(Family Features) Holidays bring get-togethers filled with music, food and conversation. However, for those who experience hearing loss, the season often takes on a whole different sound. Those with hearing loss often end up feeling isolated from the festivities, but there are ways you can make sure they feel comfortable joining the fun.

A survey* by Rayovac, which was conducted online by Harris Poll, found that 56 percent of Americans say talking and catching up with family members is their favorite part of family gatherings, but nearly one out of every five (19 percent) say they have experienced difficulty communicating with someone who is hard of hearing.

If you’ll be escorting a family member with hearing loss to a holiday event, be sure their hearing devices are in good operating condition with batteries that are able to power all of the device’s features, like Rayovac. The hearing aid battery company has also introduced the Gift of Hearing this holiday season, a campaign in which a portion of proceeds from its battery sales benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

This holiday season, make the most of the opportunity to share quality conversations with loved ones who have trouble hearing by following these simple tips from Shari Eberts of

  • Get their attention before speaking by saying their name or tapping them on the shoulder.
  • Give some context as to the topic of the conversation to help them infer.
  • Make sure they can see your lips. Stand in a well-lit area and be sure you are facing them directly, with your hand away from your face while talking.
  • Know that background noise can provide difficult distractions. If you’re hoping for more than a passing greeting, find a quiet place where you can visit comfortably.
  • Enunciate as you talk, but avoid the temptation to speak overly slowly. Instead, speak at a moderate but steady rate.
  • Be patient and be prepared to repeat or rephrase your comments.
  • Remember that if you are feeling frustrated, your partner in conversation may be, too. Keep your sense of humor so you can enjoy the holiday together.

Learn more about The Gift of Hearing campaign, and find hearing aid batteries designed with the latest technology in mind, at

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

*All References: This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Rayovac from Aug. 26-30, 2016 among 2,025 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, contact


Serving Up an Easy Holiday Brunch

Serving Up an Easy Holiday Brunch

(Family Features) Serving up brunch is never better than during the holidays, when friends and family gather together to celebrate the best moments of the season. You'll have plenty of time to join in the merry-making and fun with these simple ideas for a sensational brunch menu.

Keep things simple. A brunch spread doesn't have to be elaborate or expansive. The key is to offer something for everyone. Build your menu around crowd-pleasers and fill in with a few specialty items that personalize your spread. If you'll have children around, don't forget to include some kid-friendly items such as fresh fruit and pastries.

Don't shy away from tried and true recipes. There's a reason dishes like breakfast casseroles have earned a place on brunch menus for generations. A hearty recipe like this classic Breakfast Casserole delivers a savory blend of flavors in every bite. The key ingredient: Borden Cheese, which is crafted with high-quality, wholesome ingredients and made possible by more than 8,000 family-owned farms across the United States. The pure, creamy goodness transforms family favorites like this into something memorable.

Sweeten the deal. 'Tis the season to indulge your taste buds. A crisp, refreshing salad and some sensible options will round out your menu nicely, but don't be afraid to incorporate a few decadent desserts and other tasty treats to make your celebrating even sweeter. A platter of fudge in a variety of flavors and a selection of candies like peanut brittle and peppermint bark are easy additions your guests can enjoy. They're also readily available at most bakeries during the holidays, so you can save a little time.

Find more recipes to help plan your perfect holiday brunch at

Breakfast Casserole
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick spray
  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen potato rounds
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups Borden Cheese Colby & Monterey Jack Shreds
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and drained
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Spray 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add sausage to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned; drain and set aside.
  4. Place potato rounds in prepared baking dish. Arrange cooked sausage evenly over potatoes.
  5. In medium bowl or 1-quart glass measuring cup, beat eggs with milk.
  6. Pour egg mixture over potatoes and sausage. Sprinkle cheese over eggs. Crumble bacon over cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes, or until eggs are set and dish has cooked through. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer.

Borden Cheese

Preserving Holiday Traditions

Preserving Holiday Traditions

(Family Features) Holiday traditions come in many forms – from decorating the tree and shopping for loved ones to movie nights and your favorite festive foods. However, there is no holiday tradition quite as enjoyable and rewarding as giving back.

Here are several ways that you can create and preserve this important holiday tradition with your family.


Write a Letter to Make a Difference
It's simple to give back during the holidays through Macy's annual Believe campaign. Children of all ages can drop off their letters to Santa at the big red letterboxes in-store or send online through For every letter collected through Dec. 24, the retailer will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million, to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Macy's has given $100 million in total to Make-A-Wish since 2003, with nearly $13 million donated through the Believe campaign. Keep the tradition of letter-writing alive and support the cause by spending time as a family writing letters to Santa.

Take Part in Acts of Kindness – Big or Small
Encourage your family to participate in the season of giving by taking on charitable activities. Projects could include volunteering at a food pantry or soup kitchen, coordinating a caroling group for a nursing home or collecting care packages for deployed soldiers. There are also plenty of ways to show children how easy it is to give back in small ways – whether it's paying for a stranger's coffee, creating a feel-good holiday playlist for a friend or leaving a treat for the mail carrier in the mailbox. By preserving these kinds of holiday traditions, you'll help make others' days brighter and instill the importance of giving in a younger generation.

Spread the Spirit of Believing
Belief in Santa builds family traditions such as writing letters, setting out cookies and milk, and hanging stockings by the tree. Part of this year's Believe campaign is The Santa Project, a nationwide movement to fill the internet with positive affirmations of belief. Macy's is calling on people of all ages to post a photo, video or message using #SantaProject via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. Everyone can play a role in keeping the magic of the holidays alive and ensuring that the internet is a place where Santa lives on for future generations.

To learn more about the Believe campaign and The Santa Project, visit

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