It’s Christmas Eve
You don’t even have to be a Christian to feel the holy spirit of Christ in this song. So please…turn out the lights, close your eyes, look at your tree, and enjoy.
I’ll be back on Monday.
In the meantime…
Merry Christmas to all my readers….I hope everyone has a great day of family filled with laughter, love, and hope.
God Bless us all.
(PS: Thanks to ‘g’ man for the video.)
—The fabulous vocals of Pentatonix!
Singing one of my favorite Christmas songs…
I would love to know, who does their arrangements, wouldn’t you?
If I won the lottery, I would visit one of these places every year. That would put at least 10 more years on my life.
(Thank you Mr. Edison.)
It’s in the air: Christmas. Can you feel it too? My husband and I went out Friday night to the nearby old town of St. Charles, Missouri, where every tree is circled in white flickering bulbs, and hundreds of little quaint novelty stores were all decorated in thousands of lights, Christmas trees, and Christmas decorations. Santa’s of every shape and size on every shelf.
Actors were brandishing chestnuts in English dress and accents: singing groups were Caroling like Dickens characters: Santa’s of every size in every language were “Merry Christmasing” down the cobblestone streets. Lighted up Cinderella Carriages were pulled by beautiful white horses, their hooves clip-clopping down the streets, giving rides to lovers and families. Children were running, little girls dancing, local pubs busting with business, and the restaurants all had fires outside to warm the people eating outside, just to enjoy the festivals.
St. Charles, is probably just like many historical towns in our country. I imagine Williamsburg, Boston, and other tiny town squares, putting on festivals with lights. Its old buildings sit on the Missouri river. It’s where Lewis and Clark started their trek to the Pacific Ocean. There’s a big statue of them with their dog…not far from where they started.
But…dummy me. I had never gone to such a thing. And it felt like Disneyland. (Which I hear is wonderful at Christmas too.)
We ate Chicago Style Pizza at one of the restaurants,, then started on our stroll back in time. By the time we were finished wandering into all the shops, we had consumed down: chocolate covered cherries, hot chocolate, Apple Caramel Cider, and our first Butterbeer soda.
Trust me. We NEVER do that. But the night was so beautiful, and to see the people all so happy was frankly, a gift from heaven after this last year.
And what about love? Yes. I will remember this night as a night that my husband choose the perfect gift for me. I had tears in my eyes, when my husband brought me this picture for Christmas:
Now…my husband doesn’t read a single word I write, but he doesn’t have to. He knows me that well.
As we were walking past some very pretty Christmas trees, I told him, that I had just written a blog a few days before the election called: “This is our Valley Forge: Let’s Not Blow it.”
George Washington was by far, the best President our country ever had. He was the quintessence of a leader. If America needed anything at this time in our lives, it was a man who truly, with all his heart, believed in America. We needed a LEADER…and with the help of God, we got one.
Clint Eastwood summed it up very well with this tweet.
“Thank you America, I don’t have long left to live but now I know the last few years will be great, I can’t thank you enough #PresidentTrump,”
His twitter account was cancelled right after he posted it, but it has been said that his daughter said he didn’t tweet it.
No matter: It’s pretty much how millions of Americans feel. The America that our leaders have forgotten, can come back.
And I can feel it, can’t you?
There’s a new joy in life again. As Thomas Fuller once said:
“Great Hopes make great people.”
There’s no better time to turn off the TV and get out to enjoy some great people, than at Christmastime.
Find one of these festivals in your town, and do yourself a favor.
Don’t wait as long as I did to discover it.
THE SHEER JOY OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!
I was out at the shopping mall today, enjoying the crowds and the Christmas decorations…which got me in the mood for more.
If you like Christmas lights along with good music, then you will not want to miss this!
In fact, if you have a big screen and can put it up there…do it.
This video broke my heart: Where’s the Al Sharpton’s, holding HER hand? Where’s Eric Holder, comforting the widow? The longer Obama is in office the darker the days become. How are we suppose to dismiss ourselves from it all?
I got a solicitor call tonight..wanting to know if I would take a survey. “Who’s paying for it?” I asked. “I don’t know” said the lady. But the survey was all about promoting people to use more bikes. Wouldn’t I like my neighborhood to be more bike friendly? Would I go play soccer or basketball in the park?
“Lady, I live near Ferguson, do you really think anybody plays in the park?”
Anyway, that’s why it’s so important to spend the next couple of days with my family. I hope every one of my readers have a great holiday, filled with laughs, good food, and wonderful moments of joy.
There WAS a good news story today. Last night in Germany, over 17,000 people gathered in the streets and sang Christmas Carols.:
The German PEGIDA movement held its largest meeting yet last night to protest what they call the ‘Islamisation of the Western World’, despite stiff opposition from all sections of Germany’s elite including politicians, media, and the arts.
In addition to the hundreds of banners with slogans such as ‘Against Hatred, Violence, and the Quran’, ‘Against Religious Fanaticism’, and ‘No Sharia in Europe’, the thousands attending brought song sheets which had been distributed online and sang favourite Christmas carols.
Oh, I would have loved to have been there and joined in.
And so, in the spirit of Christmas, I wish every one of you reading this the very best wishes for the holidays, whether you’re Christian or not, it’s the tradition of family and love, and great food, isn’t it?
And on that note, I plan to enjoy the next two days off….and I hope you enjoy this song as much as I did.
See you on Friday!
If you missed the Straight No Chaser guys the first time around, here they are, taking another rather annoying Christmas song and doing fun things! They have made a regular career out of themselves. Really, you’ll enjoy this if you haven’t seen it.
And I can even give everyone a fun thing to do with the family this Christmas…something I made up one Christmas for my own audiences:
You pick twelve people out of the crowd (in your case family) and each one gets a day. And they can say WHATEVER they want to make up. Everyone sings the “On the lst day of Christmas my true love gave to me…..and then the person who has ONE jumps up and says….whatever comes to his mind.
“Nine janitors trashing, eight kitties barking, seven Biden’s barfing, six men a drinking, FIVE Golden Banana Cakes! “
You get the idea. Just don’t give them too much time to think about it, so they have to STAND up and shout out when it first comes their turn, and it always helps if you do it after everyone has had a few glasses of wine to get them warmed up.
But I give you fair warning…you might hear things you never thought were possible, most of them having to do with sex.
Of course, if there are kids there, you must simply be silly, and by all means, let them join in.
I have urgent news…this could perhaps be as important as the questions concerning Obamacare. It seems, Nobody Knows what the real Santa Claus looks like! Megyn Kelly started this. She insists Santa is white. This is racist isn’t it? Sure it is! …but before you get upset about this important subject, I think it’s time we all took a vote, Nobody Suggests that to end this debate, everyone just pick a Santa he or she likes the best, and write to him. After all, it’s Christmas. If you don’t get your present, pick a different one next year. Sooner or later, you’ll get your present. (Hint: If you are black, you must choose carefully.)
I have until the 18th of December to try out a few of WordPress’s templates. Now, this is important: If any of the new ones are not as well liked as this format (which some have called ‘cold’ I’m not really sure why) tell me. Also, tell me if you prefer some of the other ones. Don’t worry…there won’t be many and after the 18th I will be back on this, if not before.
As for the video: I bet the WestJet executive that thought this promotional PR Santa stunt up got a big bonus this year. It was brilliant. It’s called WestJet Christmas Miracle.
(Thanks to Kim Komando)
—-Angels We Have Heard On High
Ever since last week’s “Little Drummer Boy” I’ve really been getting in the Christmas spirit….and this video will do it quite nicely.
Here’s another fun one sent in an email from Kim Komando. The house…is really something. And I didn’t even notice the gnomes…did you?
I don’t think I’ve EVER seen Wild Bill so mad. The American People have always given generously of their time and money, and they send it to all corners of the earth.
Hear Bill tell you why the liberals are keeping Christmas gifts from reaching poor kids. It’s pathetic.
Bill wins my Nobody’s Fool award for the week…again.
The Little Drummer Boy has never been one of my favorite Christmas songs…due to the fact that besides the words, the melody is very boring.
BUT…look at what great hearts and imagination can do to this: They beautifully transformed it into the wonders of the human soul. (not to mention, great special audio effects)
It’s Christmas Eve, and this is not the day to talk about politics, it’s a day to tell the ones we love, just HOW much they mean to us…to go to a church, even if you usually don’t, and to think of Jesus, and his teachings…whether you think he was the son of God or not.
I’m taking today and tomorrow off…Of COURSE! Like everyone…I can’t wait to spend time with my little family.
You know, I think God wanted me to post this little poem: I am in the process of doing an inventory of all my books, and I came upon this poem just by sheer accident today. It made me think of all the babies that have died before their time, (like the ones in Newtown, and my dear friend Doug Powers who lost his own dear angel so long ago) and all the parent’s who love their children, how their love never dies.
It also is a great example for men…Jesus picks up the child and puts them on his lap. As amfortas has told us, nowadays a man, who is not the father of a young child, would probably be ostracized harshly for putting a child on his lap, unless he was pretending to be Santa Claus.
But the main reason I love this poem, is it shows the REAL point of Christ: The mother took her “heavy heart” and it was lifted. And so, this is the true miracle of faith. If you have faith in a power higher than yourself, life, and it’s hardships, are much easier to bear. Really, it’s a no-brainer.
So, Nobody Says—May You all have a Merry Christmas! God bless us all…and Tiny Tim too!
Christ and the Little Ones
“The Master has come over Jordan.” Said Hannah the mother one day:
“He is healing the people who throng Him, with a touch of His finger they say.
“And now I shall carry the children, Little Rachel and Samuel and John,
I shall carry the baby Esther, For the Lord to look upon.”
The father looked at her kindly, but he shook his head and smiled:
“Now who but a doting mother would think of a thing so wild?”
“If the children were tortured by demons, or dying of fever, ’twere well:
Or had they the taint of the leper, like many in Israel.”
“Nay, do not hinder me, Nathan, I feel such a burden of care; If I carry it to the Master,
Perhaps I shall leave it there.
“If He lay His hand on the children, my heart will be lighter, I know.
For a blessing for ever and ever, will follow them as they go.”
So over the hills of Judah, Along by the vine rows green,
With Esther asleep on on her bosom, and Rachel her brothers between:
‘Mid the people who hung on HIs teaching, or waited His touch and His word,
Through the row of proud Pharisees listening she pressed to the feet of the Lord.
“Now why shouldst thou hinder the Master,” Said Peter, “with children like these?”
Seest not how from morning to evening He teacheth and healeth disease?”
Then Christ said “Forbid not the children, permit them to come unto me!”
And HE took in HIs arms little Esther, and Rachel He sat on His knee:
And the heavy heart of the mother was lifted all earth care above,
as HE laid His hand on the brothers, and blest them with holiest love.
As He said of the babes in His bosom, “Of such are the Kingdom of Heaven”–
And strength for all duty, and trial that hour to her spirit was given.
Nobody Gets Email:
His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob’s wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.
Little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s Mommy?”