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Who Says Christmas Season Comes but Once a Year?

November 25, 1988|RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Holidays are here, the Holidays are there, the Holidays are nearly everywhere.

America must love its holidays, at least judging by the files of the federal government, since the nation has no fewer than 110 places named Holiday.

From Holiday Hills, Ark., to Holiday Acres, Del., and from Holiday Shores, Mo., to Holiday Resort, Tenn., these festive appellations sprinkle the land.

And that's not all. A look at the U.S. Geological Survey's Geographic Names Information System shows 89 Christmases nationwide; seven places called Santa Claus; three Yules (all in Colorado); and even one poinsettia--Poinsettia Park in Florida.

The USGS names information system, which has collected more than 2 million names of places and geographic features for use in federal mapping and data programs, shows Texas is tops in Christmas country, with 10 places using that name; there are three Christmases in Florida and seven each in Arizona and California.

There's Christmas Knob in Oneida County, N.Y., and Christmas Cove in Maine; Christmas Camp Lake in Louisiana and Christmas Landing in Alabama.

Presiding over Christmas are the seven Santa Clauses, including the community of Santa Claus in Toombs County, Ga.

Others include Santa Claus in Arizona, Indiana and Minnesota; Santa Claus Spring in Nevada and Santa Claus Rock in Utah.

Folks more inclined to snuggle up and kiss on the holidays can find ample comfort in a dozen Mistletoes.

Mistletoe Mine in Nevada might be a good spot, since it's no longer active, or perhaps Mistletoe State Park in Columbia County, Ga.

They could walk Mistletoe Trail in Maryland, study their skills at Mistletoe School in Shasta County, Calif., drift across Mistletoe Lake, Minn., and perhaps even end their days at Mistletoe Cemetery in Goliad County, Texas.

Looking for a white Christmas? Perhaps it can be found at the nation's 563 "snow" place names.

There's Snow Hill, Conn., where a white Christmas is likely, and Snow Brake in Tallahatchie County, Miss., where the chance is less. Others include Snow Lake, Neb., Snow Pond, N.H.; Snow School in North Dakota and Snow Cemetery in Windham County, Vt.

And just to round up the seasonal decorations with a traditional Christmas tree, the nation's place names include 5,073 spots with "pine" in their names, as well as 98 "spruces," 735 "balsams" and 130 places named "fir."

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