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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:27 am
by ------ROC------
2014 ROC News Letter

December Edition / Christmas Day Special /  Volume 40

Publisher, Writer & Editor: ------ROC------


~ Welcome everyone to the last edition of the ROC News Letter! ~
Over the years we at the ROC have brought you THE ROC NEWS LETTER with great joy and pleasure and always loved doing this for all of you in the Cestos world.  But eventual all good things must come to a end. Back when i started the 1st ever news letter for Cestos in 2011 i had this section created just for newsletters and cestos stuff. But over the years Cestos has lost its gamers due to other games and to the fact that this game is just aging and starting to get very old in the video game world. So I've made the very tough decision to make this newsletter the very last ROC News letter of Cestos. I would like to thank ROC_4gEtMeNOt for any help she gave me in the past News Letters in the beginning and i would also like to thank all the loyal fans after all these years of reading newsletters. Without all of the loyal fans that gave all the views and post over the years the ROC newsletter would not have been as successful as it was. So I would like to thank all of you very much for all the views and post over all the years.  So on my closing statement I hope everyone enjoy's this final edition of the ROC newsletter and on that note lets get things rollin.


Father Christmas or Santa Claus

The figure of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) is based on the patron saint of children, Saint Nicholas (270-310AD), who became one of the youngest bishops ever at age 17. At age 30 he became the Bishop of Myra, a port town on the Mediterranean Sea, that is part of modern-day Turkey. He hailed from a rich home and became well known for supporting the needy. He would often be seen, clad in red and white bishop’s robes and riding on a donkey, handing out gifts to children.During the Middle Ages, many churches were built in honor of Saint Nicholas. In the 11th century, his remains were enshrined in a church in the Italian city of Bari. It is told that the first Crusaders visited Bari and carried stories about Nicholas to their homelands. The anniversary of his death, 6 December, became a day to exchange gifts.During the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, Martin Luther tried to stop the venerating of saints and the feast of Saint Nicholas was abolished in some European countries. The gift giver took on other names: in Germany, he became Der Weinachtsmann (“Christmas Man”), Pre Nol in France, Father Christmas in Britain and the colonies, and many other names.See: Father Christmas or Santa Claus 

Santa Claus in the North Pole

In 1885, Nast sketched two children looking at a map of the world and tracing Santa’s journey from the North Pole to the United States. The following year, the American writer, George P. Webster, took up this idea, explaining that Santa’s toy factory and “his house, during the long summer months, was hidden in the ice and snow of the North Pole.”In 1931 Haddon Sundblom presented Santa as a plump human rather than an elf, with a jovial face and big beard in a Coca-Cola advertisement. (Coca-Cola was a client of Sundblom’s advertising agency from 1924 to until his death in 1976.) Today, it is Sundblom’s Santa that slips down chimneys around the world.

Santa’s address discovered

In 1925, it was discovered that there are no reindeer at the North Pole. There are, however, lots of reindeer in Lapland, Finland. In 1927, the great secret of Santa’s address was revealed by Markus Rautio (“Uncle Markus”) who compered the popular “Children’s hour” on Finnish public radio. He declared that Father Christmas lives on Lapland’s Korvatunturi Mountain.Korvatunturi – literally “Mount Ear” is in the Savukoski county, Lapland, Finland, on the Finnish-Russian border. At 500 m (1,640 ft) high, it actually is only a big hill. But its three summits points to the answer the children of the world had been asking for years: “Yes, there really is a Father Christmas (Santa Claus).” And his official Post Office is in the town of Napapiiri, near Rovaniemi, near the Korvatunturi mountain. The mountain itself is out of bounds to people.There are more than 2,700 languages in the world, with more than 7,000 dialects. Santa speaks all of them fluently! In addition, he speaks a secret elf language.

The figure of Father

Christmas (Santa Claus) that we know today was introduced by artist Haddon Sundblom in advertisements for the Coca-Cola Company. In affect, the Coca-Cola Company has, over the decades, brought joy to millions of children around the world. A truly remarkable feat.See: Father Christmas or Santa Claus 

What are your goals for the New Year? Feel free to voice your opinion at the end of this newsletter! Thank you very much! :mrgreen:




Total Time: 1 hr 25 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive: 20 min
Cook: 45 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings


1 (3-rib) standing rib roast (7 to 8 pounds)

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Mustard Horseradish Sauce, recipe follows

1 1/2 cups good mayonnaise

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

1 tablespoon prepared horseradish

1/3 cup sour cream

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Two hours before roasting, remove the meat from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (see note).Place the oven rack on the second lowest position.Place the roast in a pan large enough to hold it comfortably, bone-side down, and spread the top thickly with the salt and pepper. Roast the meat for 45 minutes. Without removing the meat from the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and roast for another 30 minutes. Finally, increase the temperature to 450 degrees F and roast for another 15 to 30 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meat is 125 degrees F. (Be sure the thermometer is exactly in the center of the roast.) The total cooking time will be between 1 1/2 and 1 3/4 hours. Meanwhile, make the sauce.Remove the roast from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board. Cover it tightly with aluminum foil and allow the meat to rest for 20 minutes. Carve and serve with the sauce.Note: Be sure your oven is very clean before setting it at 500 degrees F.Mustard Horseradish Sauce:Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustards, horseradish, sour cream, and salt in a small bowl.



Slightly sweet and very savory, this irresistible appetizer features Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® and brown sugar nestled in strips of bacon.Lit’l Smokies®

Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 35
Makes: about 22 servings (2 Lit’l Smokies each)Recipe Details


1 pkg. (16 ounces) Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies®

1 pkg. (12 ounces) Jimmy Dean®

Thick Sliced Bacon1 cup packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 400°F.Cut each bacon slice into 3-4 pieces. Wrap each sausage with piece of bacon; secure with a toothpick. Place on a 15x10x1-inch baking pan.  Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar.Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is browned and brown sugar melts and forms a sauce.Tip: For a lower fat version, try it with Hillshire Farm® Turkey Lit'l Smokies® and turkey bacon.


Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God's perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year.
~Joel Osteen~

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
~Calvin Coolidge~

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukka" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukka!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!"
~Dave Barry~


The three birthstones associated with December are Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise


Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this color.  Colors range from blue to purple, and tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices.  As tanzanite can be less expensive than sapphire, it often was purchased as an alternative.  However, it has increased in popularity and now is valued more for its own beauty and brilliance than as a sapphire substitute.


Derived from the Arabic words zar and gun, meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized color). For many years colorless zircon was used to imitate diamonds.  Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.  Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia, and the southern part of Vietnam.


The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin's egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent  to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Although its popularity fluctuates in fashion, it is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest.


Sagittarius : ------------------ November will be a peaceful, harmonious and lucky month. Jupiter, Uranus and Venus welcome you so that good humor blossoms in your life, that you're well settled in your love life and your professional situation evolves. You will be attracting others and you'll make new friends. You magnetism will mirror your welfare and one will travel from far to get your advice. But November will also ask you to sort out your past a little, in order to better address this new era which will start in the following weeks.

Capricorn : ------------------You who usually enjoys the holiday season will certainly appreciate the 2014 vintage. Indeed, as early as the second half, stars will bend over backwards to be pleasant and emphasise on the sense of communication, your charm and your family spirit. You can expect to be surrounded and called upon for help. Its not the moment to remain in your den. Your good mood will attract a lot of niceness, as much in your love life as in your work. These opportunities are not to be missed. Relish every second of this.




Full Definition

1) Withdrawn from one's position or occupation :having concluded one's working or professional career

 adj.1. withdrawn from an office, occupation, or career: a retired banker.2. due or given a retired person: retired pay.

adjective: not working anymore : having ended your working or professional



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Did You Know? That Coca-Cola was the first company to use Santa Claus in a winter promotion?

Did You Know?  While not widely celebrated in Japan, fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas day. It is the busiest time of year for restaurants such as KFC and people can even place orders in advance!

Did You Know? . Santa Claus was a real Saint. He lived in Myra in the 300s. Myra is in what’s now Turkey. The German name for Saint Nicholas is Sankt Niklaus.

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According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.


Bonus #1: Did you know? Although many believe the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, it is not. It is the fifth to tenth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year

Bonus #2: It was once believed that any woman who went under a mistletoe and was not kissed would not marry the coming year.

Bonus #3 Candy canes began as straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorated the Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided have the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and he would pass them out to the children to keep them quiet during the services. It wasn't until about the 20th century that candy canes acquired their red stripes.


Answer to The Last Brain Teaser is:  A Dentist

Congratulations if you got the Brain Teaser Right and thank you for all the years of trying to figure out our brain teasers.

THE FINAL BRAIN TEASER WITH THE ANSWER:  What goes up and never comes down?

Answer:  Your age.

I would like to Thank everyone for reading this Last edition of the ROC News Letter and all the views and post over the years. Wow what more can I say, 40 Newsletters over the years
Thanks again for all the great memories.

Good bye to all. ROC signing off now,


PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:27 am
by ------ROC------
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone. I hope 2015 is one of the best years ever for all of you. So keep ballin hard and Dream Big.

Peace From:
------ROC------ :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:25 pm
by sparky
For a final news letter that was sweet --ROC--- !! My Cestos gaming is something to remember. I met true gamers and the lobby rocked like when the world wide web was something anyone who was anyone had. :arrow:
Something for all time and in this generation. Again Cestos would not be much without --ROC--- & 4getmenOt with the newsletters. Probably late one time lol :idea:
Nice going and thank you! :!: