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Okay, Cartotalkers, I have a problem, and need some help.

We been asked to create a 'Christmas-themed' map of my Base. We'll use our basic linework, but we'll be redoing street names, and building names and areas and giving it a Christmas theme.

I'm stumped. There's only so many 'Candy Cane Lane'(s) that I can come up with. And, I'll admit - I could use a little help with some design elements. I'm not used to being so 'whimsical' with my maps.

Does anyone have any links or suggestions they can send my way? I'd really like to have fun with this - it's an internal only document for the department holiday party - but it would be nice if we could do something that will really stand out.
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That's not a problem, it's an opportunity to have some fun! :D
How about using names for Santa Claus and words for Merry Christmas from around the world? I did a quick google search for "names for santa claus around the world" and it came up with lots of sites to look at. And names of the reindeers.
Maybe you can find or make some Christmas ornament symbols for marker symbols...
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David, sounds like a neat project. As far as fictional names for streets and buildings, you can go here: http://iteslj.org/lists/christmas.html and find many words that relate to christmas. For design; how about candy cane striped streets, gingerbread themed buildings, snow shown on the ground (along with snowmen, even though you are in San Diego :D ), sleighs instead of cars, lighted trees. You can also find some great holiday fonts here: http://www.dafont.com/.

Hope this helps and have fun!

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Guys, thanks! Already some good ideas. I'll start working with some of these things tomorrow.

I've got a little less than a month to put this together, and I'm pushing things off my desk. Once we have a draft worked up, I'll post it here. Those are some great ideas!
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Don't forget to add some navigation signs (North Pole, 4,263 miles) etc. And Santa's sleigh parked someplace. Since its for the Marines, maybe a reference to their Toys for Tots program. Good luck and play some Christmas music while u map - get into it. :lol:

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Candy cane for north arrow, reindeer and sleigh tracks all over the place. A "Santa-Tracking-Radar" (okay, I know it's NOAA who does that, but you can give yourself a bit of artistic freedom)

You know, reading this, I'm thinking more of a pictorial map than a standard top-down one. It'd be more difficult to do, but you could have loads and loads of fun with it.
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How about a dot density map using reindeer poop. :P
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Unabashed commercial plug here:

Hedberg Maps did the Santa Map back in 2000, and some fun "peace" cards at the same time. I'll post a larger image here when I get the chance. All still available for purchase...

(Stanford's in London is featuring the Santa Map this month)

Ho ho ho....

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