It’s unusual to post anything in the afternoon, but there’s a lot that needs to be seen this weekend.
Thinking of the Mascots and all the others who cannot be with family this year. God bless them all and keep them safe. We have your back, now and always.
CtH: Last year, Dearest and I were on our own and didn’t bother to decorate at all. I got feeling a tad guilty what with the neighbors and all, so I ended up blowing a whole $3 on a big red bow that I stuck to the door. This year, though, HURRAH!!! We are decorated and excited to be hosting Daughter #2 (aka, Army Princess), with Hubby, Son, Daughter, and Grandchild #7 who is still in the oven.
Daughter #3 (aka, Warrior Princess) is snowed in at the moment, but if the plows get out and they don’t get any more, she’s bringing Grandchild #6 to celebrate Our Lord’s birth and the renewal of the #2s wedding vows (10 years! wow!).
The Warriors aren’t military (any more), but Warrior Prince used up his days off on his sister’s nuptials, so he has to miss out. Daughter #1 (aka, Mama Buzz) is trying to be okay with sharing our joyful time via technology. My phone had 81 texts on it today! LOL Daddy Buzz is active duty and, unlike Army Prince and Army Princess, was not able to get enough time off to make the trip. This evening, Mama and Bunny did Mother-Daughter Christmas manicures. 🙂
We are all just super grateful that none of them are deployed! It’s hard to celebrate Christmas when one’s offspring are in harm’s way.
More than 200,000 Pounds of Turkey, Ham, and Shrimp Headed to U.S. Troops for Christmas
U.S. troops serving in the Middle East will be enjoying a traditional holiday meal this Sunday, thanks to the men and women of the Pentagon’s Defense Logistic Agency Troop Support.
- 112,092 pounds of turkey
- 59,430 pounds of beef
- 38,430 pounds of ham
- 29,304 pounds of shrimp
- 690 cases of cookies
- 16,002 assorted cakes and pies
- 6,564 pounds of marshmallows
- 3,743 gallons of juice
- 2,145 gallons of eggnog
“Our warfighters spend a lot of holidays away from their families and miss out on some of their favorite family traditions,” she said. “We take great pride in ensuring a taste of home is delivered to every warfighter,” said Robin Whaley, who leads a DLA Troop Support Subsistence team in Philadelphia.
Trump awards the Purple Heart to soldier, 25, who was injured in an IED blast in Afghanistan during Walter Reed visit after wishing wounded warriors Merry Christmas
President Donald Trump stopped by Walter Reed on Thursday afternoon to spread Christmas cheer to wounded troops. While there he awarded the Purple Heart to 1st Lt Victor E. Prato.
Trump conversed and took selfies with several recovering service members. In brief remarks to reporters, Trump said he wanted to ‘to say hello to some of the bravest people anywhere in the world’ and wish them Merry Christmas.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE FROM OBAMA’S “YOU GUYS MAKE A GREAT PHOTO OP.”
[CtH: Seeing this guy in a neck brace and maybe unable to move … it makes me furious all over again the way that John Kerry manipulated the system to get himself Purple Heart medals for tiny scratches. ::simmer::]
While Most of DC Slept, Sec. Zinke Wandered A Frozen Arlington Cemetery With A Christmas Wreath
Thousands of people lined up at the gates of Arlington Cemetery before dawn Saturday morning. It was a bitterly cold. The temperature was far below freezing. There was snow on the ground. None of it dampened the spirits of those who looked forward to laying a wreath on a gleaming white headstone of an American hero.
Upon entering, the family members line up behind a semi trucks full of wreaths.
Wreaths Across America At Arlington National Cemetery Attracts Thousands
[CtH: Daddy Buzz’s best battle buddy is buried here. I hope he got one!]
Watch the Guys From Black Rifle Coffee Play Christmas Songs With Guns
SOME HIGH VELOCITY CHRISTMAS TUNES
The small-batch, roast-to-order, veteran-owned coffee company is known for making fun videos of themselves shooting and blowing stuff up, but they just may have out done themselves with this one.
The video opens with the men, wearing Christmas sweaters of course (one of which features Sasquatch in a bikini), playing Jingle Bells by shooting at the musical plinking target. There are also appearances from Santa and a man dressed as Ralphie from the Christmas Story — complete with pink bunny suit.
[CtH: Thanks for this one, Pete! My offspring are going to get such a kick out of it.]
Military Dad Surprises Girls After They Ask Santa for Christmas Homecoming
Delingpole: Christmas Is Here, Everyone! EPA Officials Are ‘Leaving in Droves’
More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. What marvellous news to ease us all into the festive Christmas spirit, eh readers?
Pope Francis: If You Take Away Jesus, Christmas Is ‘Empty’
Addressing a group of children who came to the Vatican on Sunday for the blessing of the figures of Jesus for their Nativity scenes, the Pope told them that only a Christ-centered celebration is the “real Christmas.”
After his Angelus prayer on Sunday, the pontiff thanked the children for their “joyful presence” in Saint Peter’s Square, and invited them to pray at home in front of the manger scene with their families, allowing themselves to be attracted “by the tenderness of Jesus child, born poor and fragile among us, to give us his love.”
Romans decry “mangy”, city’s threadbare Christmas tree, as symbol of decline
Romans are up in arms over the tree that has been dubbed “Spelacchio.” Roughly translated as mangy or baldy, the name given to the tree in the capital’s Piazza Venezia has become a symbol of what many see as the eternal city’s eternal decay.
“It’s a disgrace. It hurts even to look at this Christmas tree,” one Roman resident told Reuters Television, using an Italian term suggesting that it looked like a plucked chicken.
What a trashy decoration! Couple buys an ‘ugly misfit’ Christmas tree and then transforms it into Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch – complete with its own garbage can and festive lights
Featuring a trash can stand and Oscar’s pet worm, Slimey, the picture of the tree has since gone viral. The couple also opted for an alternative tree in 2015, transforming their fir into a creation named, ‘Rudog the Reintree’.
[CtH: Sad to say, these “mangy” trees are a whole lot nicer than what Rome put up!]