Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas!!! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. The season of giving is almost over in the cold of December. A day to finally relax and enjoy each other.

However, I hope you don’t forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. Remember today is the day we honor the birth of Christ. Away in a manger in Bethlehem He was born to Mary. All who was there to celebrate were farm animals and Joseph. The Three Kings had begun their trek to see the baby in the manger. The Star in the sky shown bright to announce the birth of Gods son in a most humble birth.

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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:10-2:14

A Favorite Christmas Pastime

Image may contain: one or more peopleAh yes, Christmas Eve is almost here. Everyone is just finishing the shopping and schools are getting ready to close. There are families who are getting ready to have the famous annual family dinner. Everyone has their favorite pastime, mine involves a certain story. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been told over and over again from movies to plays to music the story of Ebenezer Scrooge still lives on.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingThe story of an old miser who hates Christmas having the epiphany over one night after being visited by four spirits. The first one Jacob Marley his business partner in life who was just as bad as him. Jacob comes to warn him of the forthcoming spirits and his the importance of changing his ways. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge hist past. This is the first time we are introduced to a happy Ebenezer who found love and life with the holiday of Christmas but lost it through his own fault. The Ghost of Christmas Presents shows Scrooge the plight of his employee Bob Cratchit’s family. Through him seeing the Cratchit’s he meets Tiny Tim becoming distraught upon hearing that he will die if he is not cured. From there on he is shown his only living relative Fred happily celebrating and raising a glass to his health. Then the dreaded Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrives. He shows Scrooge the consequences of his actions. Tiny Tim has died leaving a miserable Bob Cratchit. No one, not even his nephew Fred who continued to meet with Scrooge cared. No one cared that he died in the doom and gloom of the Christmas season.

Image may contain: one or more peopleOnly after these visits does Scrooge wake up donating to the poor and singing Christmas carols to the shock of his neighbors. He makes a surprise visit to his nephew Fred where he is warmly welcomed. Finally, he helps Bob Cratchit and his family with the finances for Tiny Tim. In the end, Tiny Tim does not die as the book clearly states leaving to a happy Scrooge and the world around him.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoorThere are reason’s A Christmas Carol lives on with us today. There are those who think it is because the rich and poor coming together. There are those who believe it comes from one man’s journey to finding the true meaning of the holiday season. Then, there are those who like a good spooky story. Then there are those who love watching the Muppet’s sing and dance in the popular 1992 film a Muppet’s Christmas Carol. The film adaptations and plays have added their own spin on the popular book.

For me, reading A Christmas Carol before going to bed is on Christmas Eve is something I love. I curl up in my bed before starting to watch 90’s Nickelodeon Christmas specials and read the book. It is not too long, in fact A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s is just the length for a quick read before Christmas morn. Being reminded of the importance of the holiday season comes from this book as it transformed the way we look at Christmas many years ago.

Gone with the Holiday Season

No automatic alt text available.A week from tomorrow is Christmas day. A week from tonight families all over will be gathering for special dinners, going to church and children to bed anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Clause. The malls and department stores are filled with last minute shoppers grabbing last minute things for preparation.

The month of December is one that is filled with joy and excitement. However, like many others, I find it hard to find time for myself to rest and relax. I had blog posts planned to post, but the time got away from me. Alas, December is filled with rushing around that can lead to stress. Between the decorating and finding the perfect Christmas tree to getting the gifts and baking the cookies December is one hectic month.

As 2018 closes for good, a new year approaches. December is ending with holiday cheer. Hopefully, come January, things will go back to what they once were. December is a month filled with joy and delight combined with stress and rushing around. Never the less, the holidays are almost over at the end of the year.

Pearl Harbor

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Yesterday marked seventy-seven years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7th, 1941 the United States was attacked launching the country into World War II. Years have passed since the Japanese surprise attack and the United States has since made their peace with Japan. Never the less, December 7th, 1941 is a day where many men died.