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The "W" in Christmas

Monday, December 13, 2010


Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience.

I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.

Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the
precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of
Christmas.

My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old.

For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter Pageant."

I didn't have the heart to tell him I'd be working the night of the
production. Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there'd be a dress rehearsal the morning of the
presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.

Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.
So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down. Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.

As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song.

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as "Christmas," I didn't expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son's class rose to sing, "Christmas Love," I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.

Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.

Those in the front row- center stage - held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.

As the class would sing "C is for Christmas," a child would hold up the letter C. Then, "H is for Happy," and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, "Christmas Love."

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter "M" upside down - totally unaware her letter "M" appeared as a "W".

The audience of 1st through 6th graders snickered at this little one's mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her "W".

Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.

In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:



"C H R I S T W A S L O V E"


And, I believe, He still is.


Amazed in His presence... .humbled by His love.

Again, HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!

'IN GOD WE TRUST’

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 12/19/2010 7:55PM

    AMEN emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/19/2010 7:46PM

    Beautiful story..Merry Christmas!!

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LUNADRAGON 12/14/2010 1:52PM

    What a wonderful story and memory! Christ was love!!!! Definitely works for me. He STILL IS! Praise!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/14/2010 10:51AM

    that was so joyful to read! thanks for that... Truly Christ was love!. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/13/2010 11:52AM

    I love this story--I've heard it before, and whether it really happened or not doesn't matter; the message is true. CHRISTWASLOVE and still is. Christmas has never been about the gifts; it has always been about the presence (HIS presence). Have a wonderful, peaceful day!



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A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This has been around before, but I think it bears repeating and contemplation. Thanks for sending it to me, Karen!

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
'SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS.'

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.'

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.'

This poem was written by a Marine.

The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending
this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming
soon and a lot of credit goes to our U.S. service men,
women, and other Forces for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what weowe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and
gone, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your
small part to plant this small seed.

  
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KAYDE53 12/12/2010 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticonWe owe them so much!!

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CRROCKERGIRL 12/12/2010 12:09PM

    I have seen this before! It's excellent! Thanks for sharing! :)

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An ode of English Plural

Saturday, December 11, 2010


We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England. We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship....
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and
in which an alarm goes off by going on.

And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop?

  
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CAPTAINCOOKIE 12/19/2010 8:01PM

    I make my wife, Yatmama, nuts with words just like those. Thank you for posting them. emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/12/2010 8:34AM

    emoticon I enjoyed this blog! Thanks for posting!

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BEVPRESLEY 12/12/2010 12:29AM

    What a great way to end my day. It is always nice to have a chuckle before bedtime.

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LUNADRAGON 12/11/2010 3:23PM

    Cute! Thank you for sharing this ode!

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TWOTIMESS 12/11/2010 3:13PM

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I needed that *grin*

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/11/2010 3:10PM

    whate ever words and changes! Happy Holidays became the new greeting instead of Merry Christmas so as not to offend. But I will offend, and say Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to you all and a Good night or is it a Good Mor' gin? Because that was how language became! From the Aristocrats and the bums! Because all peoples were a variety! And some in betweens were tweens..... is why language changes! To convey things!Susana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LONDONANNA 12/11/2010 11:49AM

    Haha I love it! I just wrote an ode too but mine is slightly less insightful!

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Chrismas donations

Friday, December 10, 2010



Read down to the end - Salvation Army is the best group of all. Janette

*Just out of curiosity, I googolized Red Cross CEO Marsha J. Evans. The yearly salary of $651,957 is correct.*

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*Christmas Donations*

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*Keep these facts in mind when "donating".
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*As you open your pockets for yet another natural disaster, keep these facts
in mind: *


*Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross... Salary for year ending 06/30/03 was $651,957 plus expenses. (That's $74.42 an hour For EVERY hour of EVERY day.) **
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*Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way receives a $375,000 base salary, plus numerous expense benefits. (That's $42.80 an hour for EVERY Hour of EVERY day.) **
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*UNICEF CEO receives $1,200,000 per year plus all expenses and a ROLLS ROYCE car where ever he goes and only cents of your dollar goes to the cause.
(That's $1369.86 an hour for EVERY hour of EVERY day.) **
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*The Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. **
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*No further comment necessary. Please share this with everyone you can.*

  
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BEVPRESLEY 12/10/2010 10:06PM

    The Salvation Army has always been my favorite.

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/10/2010 4:09PM

    I like to help out locally, so I donate goods and money to our local food bank. It is run mostly by volunteer help. I suppose it does have overhead such as rent and utilities that may actually be a fair percentage of the value of what it takes in, since it is not a large operation. If my money is used to keep the doors open, then I am fine with that.

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STOPPIGGINGOUT 12/10/2010 2:29PM

    Between my husband and myself personally and our business, we have made considerable donations to Salvation Army this Christmas. We have adopted and purchased possibly the only gifts they will receive for 6 children. It feels great to help, I wish we could do more. However, this is not the only charitable organization I help. I help United Way through monthly donations and have had the privilege to tour several facilities to which they provide funding. Many people including the elderly, battered women, abused children, mentally ill, and underprivileged boys and girls in our community are helped due to the United Way's assistance. They are a wonderful organization and am grateful for the help they provide. Also, I make sure I donate blood as often as allowed (every 8 weeks) to the Red Cross, which without, my daughter could not have received the 5 units of blood she needed 2 years ago. I cannot comment on UNICEF because I have not had any personal experience with that one, but it is unfair to make assumptions and try to sway someone away from donating to certain organizations based on the unjust amount of some of the high ranking execs salaries. I agree some of their inflated salaries make no sense, but their organizations do help the less fortunate. My suggestion to you is before you donate, research what each organization does for the community, not the salaries of its staff, then make your decision where your funds should go. Merry Christmas to all!

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NARNIAROSE2003 12/10/2010 2:13PM

    This year I collected money and gifts for a guy I know who is going through a divorce and has no money for his kids' Christmas. His wife was unfaithful. He's a hard working truck driver and would not qualify for any kind of public assistance, so I wanted to help someone who is really trying and not just standing around with his hand out.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 12/10/2010 1:55PM

    Its one reason why I dont fork over my hard earn cash to such organizations, and prefer to give it to a Chruch I frequently go to! My own Church gives to those in the community and if more chruches were given what is given to these organizations, we would not have welfare or other such dishonest organizations!

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GIANT-STEPS 12/10/2010 1:48PM

  For charities the amount of money that actually helps people compared to the amount that is eaten up in administrative costs is important. The amount the head executive makes is rather trivial compared to other expenses.

The Salvation Army is a fundamentalist church that uses charity work as a means to spread their religious views. Granted the Salvation Army does a lot of great things.

The Salvation Army claims that as a church is not subject to laws act that forbid discriminating against people due to religion or sexual orientation.

Also, as a church they claim exemption from the auditing requirements other charities must adhere to. Basically the Salvation Army does not nor does it need to actually show what percentage of donations go to help people and how much is eaten up in other costs. It is nice the SA commissioner only is paid $13k/year but where else do they spend their money?

Personally I walk past all the bell ringers every holiday season. I prefer to help the downtrodden other ways to avoid the religious and prejudicial slant of the SA.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/10/2010 1:17PM

    I worked for a nonprofit for many years, and I know that one of the reasons CEOs often make what seem to be high salaries is that is the only way nonprofits can attract and retain people with the skills needed to run these large organizations; they often make far less than they would doing the same thing in a for-profit organization. Some, however, make what seem to be exorbitant salaries when all the benefits are added in. It's a matter of personal conviction where to put your charitable dollars, and it's wise to be educated so you know what the money is going for. I am most interested in what percentage of every dollar goes to the cause and what goes to overhead; a portion HAS to go to overhead, but it should be a small part.

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PERFEKT13PT1 12/10/2010 12:28PM

  Yes but the Salvation Army discriminates against LGBT - so take your pick, eh?

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JEANNEROBERTSON 12/10/2010 12:01PM

  Wonderful and helpful information. Thank you so much!!

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Christmas Wishes, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

For My Democratic Friends:

"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher."



For My Republican Friends:

Here's wishing all of You a
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2011 New Year !!!!

  
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    Merry Christmas.

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    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to You too...from your slightly less than crazy Democrat buddy! You crack me up!! :-) Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!!

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