Thursday, December 31, 2009

12.31.2009 New Years Eve


Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.  ~Mark Twain

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dec 30, 2009 New Year

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.         ~ Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dec 29, 2009 ~ A better man at New Year

Be always at war with you vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each NEW YEAR find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dec 27, 2009 ~ New Year

An Optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A Pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~ Bill Vaughan

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dec 26, 2009 - Angels


Glory to God in highest heaven,  Who unto man His Son hath given;  While angels sing with tender mirth,  A glad new year to all the earth.

~Martin Luther

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dec 25, 2009 Christmas Nurcracker

"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the Living Room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly."     Andy Rooney

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dec 24, 2009 ~ A SOLDIER'S NIGHT BEFOR CHRISTMAS



A SOLDIER'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
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."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dec 23, 2009 ~ Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gift Suggestions: To Your Enemy, forgiveness. To an Opponent, tolerance. To your Friend, your heart. To a Customer, service. To All, charity. To every Child, a good example. To Yourself, respect.
~Oren Arnold

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dec 22, 2009 ` Christmas Joy, Happiness, and Peace

 I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas Story, singing the Christmas Songs, and living the Christmas Spirit, we can bring JOY and HAPPINESS and PEACE to this world.
~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, December 21, 2009

Dec 21, 2009 ~ Snowman Family at Christmas

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.   ~Burton Hillis

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dec 20, 2009 A Christmas Polar Bear

". . . and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One.    ~A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dec 19, 2009 Christmas angel

I heard the bells on Christmas day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men.         ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dec 18, 2009 - Christmas Snowman


I wish we could put up some of the Christmas Spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
~ Harlan Miller

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dec 17, 2009 - Christmas Snow Lady

Remember, If Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a TREE.          ~ Charlotte Carpenter

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dec 16, 2009 Yes, Virgina, there is a Santa

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generousity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy
Editor, NY Sun 1987

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dec 15, 2009 Santa Claus

Believe in what you feel inside, And give your dreams the wings to fly. You have everything you need, If you just believe.            Polar Express

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dec 14, 2009 Christmas Snowman

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . . means a little bit more."
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dec 13, 2009 Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

You will get a sentimental


Feeling when you hear


Voices singing let's be jolly,


Deck the halls with boughs of holly


Rocking around the Christmas tree,


Have a happy holiday


Everyone dancing merrily


In the new old-fashioned way.

"Rocking Around the Christmas Tree"
Johnny Marks
1958

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dec 12, 2009 ~ Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

Rocking Around The Christmas Tree

Johnny Marks ~ 1958

Rockin around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop
Rocking around the Christmas tree,
Let the Christmas spirit ring
Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
And we'll do some caroling.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Dec 11, 2009 Grown Up Christmas List


No more lives torn apart,
That wars will never start,
And time will heal our hearts,
Every man will have a friend,
That right will always win,
And love will never end.
This is my GROWN-UP Christmas List.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dec 10, 2009 ~ A Little Women Christmas

Little Women Christmas

An excerpt from the novel "Little Women" By Louisa May Alcott
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.
"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
"We've got Father and Mother, and each other," said Beth contentedly from her corner.
The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly, "We haven't got Father, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhaps never," but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.
Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army. We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don't." And Meg shook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dec 9, 2009 - Blessed is the Season

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love                 ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Dec 7, 2009 Christmas Fairy

As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. - Donald E. Westlake

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dec 6, 2009 Raven's Christmas

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.        ~ Eric Sevareid

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dec 5, 2009 ~ Christmas Wish

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Dec 4, 2009 ~ Xmas Caroller

Here We Come A-Caroling
Here we come a-caroling
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you, And to your wassail too And God bless you and send you a
Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dec 3, 2009 Snow Man

Let It Snow



Oh the weather outside is frightful,


But the fire is so delightful,


And since we've no place to go,


Let It Snow!
Let It Snow!

Let It Snow! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dec 1, 2009 Christmas Star

Christmas Star

A diamond shines no brighter
than that lovely Christmas star.
It shines in all its brilliance;
it's seen from near or far.
A symbol of the Christ child
as He lay upon the hay,
It tells to all the waiting world
a King was born that day.
O Bethlehem Star keep shining -
give us faith and hope and love.
Keep our thoughts forever turning
to the Savior up above.
Give us strength and hope and courage
to do our best by far
And never falter in our faith
as we watch that Christmas star.

Author Unknown

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