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December 23, 2008

Christmas Greetings

To All My Liberal 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 2009, 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. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.

To My Conservative Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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December 18, 2008

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

This is one of those anonymous e-mails that goes around. Don't know where it originated, don't know if it's true...but even if it's just a story, the sentiment is lovely. Enjoy!

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted.... "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything.

As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class.

Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat! I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going." I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were, ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.


May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care. And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!

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December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas! See you on the flip side!

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December 18, 2007

I've Been CHRISTmas Tagged!

Aaron said, "Tag, you're it!" So here goes:

1. Wrapping or gift bags?

Depends on the gift; I like paper, but bags are better for some items.

2. Real or artificial tree?

As a kid, we had fake trees until my parents divorced and my mother remarried...my stepfather is a real tree fan. I now prefer a real tree, but a couple of years ago informed hubby that I was tired of the yearly arguments that would invariably break out when choosing, lugging home, and struggling to put up the real tree. This way I only have to nag him to get it down from the attic; the girls and I can handle it from there.

3. When do you put up the tree?

Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving, but no later than two weeks before.

4. When do you take the tree down?

New Year's Day.

5. Do you like eggnog?

A cup or two is fine, but I am not crazed about it. And no booze, please; I have a very low alcohol tolerance and don't like to make a fool of myself in front of the relatives.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

My Easy Bake Oven.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

No.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

I can't remember...perhaps I blocked the terrible memory?

9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

Mail, but I have gotten worse and worse about getting them out in a timely fashion; as of this writing, none have gone out this year. Bad, Pam, bad!

10. Favorite Christmas movie?

A Christmas Story, followed closely by Trading Places (that Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy classic)

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

A couple of weeks before...and usually right before (but not including) Christmas Eve.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

I have to pick a favorite? I love everything (and my waistline proves it). Okay, um...turnips, because we usually only have them at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Colored.

14. Favorite Christmas song?

Gloria In Excelsis Deo

I TAG:

Wyatt Earp
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Kris

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share Christmas facts about yourself.
3. Tag random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

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December 03, 2007

'Twas the Month Before Christmas

Mark D. sent this poem along...it reflects my feelings quite adequately.

Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
See the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas -- no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say,
December 25th is just a "Holiday."

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing other folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X-BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Target was hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears,
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say:

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS!

(Related: a list of "important days in December" as per the Spokane public schools.)

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November 30, 2007

Merry Tossmas!

A new tradition for you and yours! Click here to see the how-to video.

h/t: Mark D.

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December 12, 2006

The Night Before Christmas: Updated for 2006

T'was the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.

The Politically Correct Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About shepherds and wise men and angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a "holiday."
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X-Box, an i-Pod ,
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa,
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Target was hanging its trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas was nowhere to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, now Darden, now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!

Thanks to Jeanette for passing on the e-mail!


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December 11, 2006

Regarding the War on Christmas

Via GOP and the City:

It is frequently thrown in our face that some feel excluded by Christmas, therefore we have to cease and desist in our celebrations. But every year during Ramadan, non-Muslims are excluded. Should we dumb-down Ramadan as a result? Moreover, white racists feel excluded from Black History Month. Should we cancel it? Or should we educate the bigots? If the answer is obvious, why do we tolerate different rules when it comes to the bigots who hate Christmas?

New York City is Exhibit A when it comes to multicultural madness. It allows the Catholic League to put a Nativity scene in Central Park, but not in the schools; it allows Jews to put a menorah in both places. This is religious discrimination and it explains why we have this case before the courts.

Some say that people like me are making a big deal about nothing. But it must mean something to the radical secularists - the ones who started this fight - otherwise they'd just sit back and enjoy Christmas like the rest of us.

At the risk of being called a bigot, let me wish all New Yorkers a very Merry Christmas.

Full text here at the Daily News.

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December 06, 2006

Tips for Eating this Christmas Season

A good friend of mine sent this along, and I simply had to share it with you. I know it sure made me feel better, especially with my company Christmas party coming up this Friday. Enjoy!

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CHRISTMAS SEASON EATING TIPS

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly; it's rare. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the centre of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin. Mincemeat, have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a great Christmas season!

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November 22, 2006

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

My family and I are heading down to Virginia tonight to visit my father, and will be returning on Sunday. Posting will be spotty at best, so if you don't hear from me, don't say I didn't warn you! The only thing I am not looking forward to is the drive...

We'll be doing some touristy things in addition to feasting, like going to Mt. Vernon (my first time since childhood), and I'll be getting together with Aaron on Friday. (I am most definitely looking forward to meeting him face to face!)

Best wishes to you and yours on this unique American holiday. Please take a moment, while giving thanks for your own blessings, to remember those who make our freedoms possible: our military.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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October 31, 2006

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

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The family and I are headed out into the snow to Rhode Island, where we plan to ring in the New Year with some of our oldest and dearest friends. May all of you have a great time tonight, and stay safe! I'll catch you in 2006!

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December 26, 2005

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December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah!

I'll be MIA for the next couple of days, as I imagine most of you will be, visiting relatives and making merry.

I'll be back to posting after Christmas!

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December 14, 2005

No Christmas for YOU!

OMG, this is hilarious! If you're annoyed by the tolerance-based anti-Christmas crowd, this little video is for you. Fair warning...there are a few profanities.

h/t: American Dinosaur

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December 13, 2005

Put the "Gore" Back in Christmas

No, I'm not talking about Al Gore. I'm talking about Killer Santa Claus, hanging outside a ritzy Manhattan brownstone.

The Man at GOP and the City has all of the details.

What the h*ll is wrong with people?

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November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

May it be a wonderful day for you and your family.

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