Category Archives: Holidays

A Tribute to Mothers

This is my homage to all the women who made us who we are. Please take 30 seconds to continue reading.  God bless all you mothers.


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Easter Greetings

Wishing one and all a blessed Easter season.

Lamb of God – Twila Paris

Dallas Holm – Rise Again

He Is Risen – Billy Graham Inspirational Easter Message

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The President Addresses the Nation

It can honestly be said when this man offers words of hope, unlike the charlatan who preceded him, it is truly heartfelt.

President Trump wished Americans Happy Easter and quoted from the book of Isaiah on this Good Friday.
Millions of American Christians are celebrating Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
President Trump sent a heartfelt message to American Christians celebrating Good Friday and Jews celebrating Passover.
“During the sacred holiday of Passover, Jewish families around the world give thanks to God for liberating the Jewish people from bondage and Egypt and delivering them to the promise land of Israel.”
In America, we look to the light of God to guide our steps, we trust in the power of the Almighty for wisdom and strength, and we praise our Heavenly Father for the blessings of freedom and the gift of eternal life,” he said.
Trump quoted Isaiah 60:2-3 to remind Americans God will be our everlasting light. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/03/president-trump-wishes-americans-happy-easter-passover-quotes-scripture-video/

Christians Observe Good Friday, Remembering the Death of Jesus
The Old Testament is full of references and prophesies to a Messiah (a Hebrew word that is translated “Christ” in Greek) who would deliver God’s people. God promised Abraham that one of his descendants would bless all the nations of the earth. His grandson Jacob—who changed his name to Israel and became the namesake of the Jewish state —declared that this deliverer would come through his own son, Judah. Judah’s descendant, King David, recorded God’s promise that this future leader would be one of his posterity.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/30/christians-observe-good-friday-remembering-death-jesus/

Spain To Fly Flags At Half Mast To Honor Christ’s Death
All units, barracks and bases will lower the Spanish flag beginning at 2 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. The tradition commemorates the Last Supper and Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet and will last until 12:01 a.m. on Easter Sunday, when Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, according to Catholic Herald. The Ministry of Defense published a statement announcing the lowering of the flag, as well as Spanish soldiers’ voluntary participation in 152 Holy Week celebrations and parades.
http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/28/spain-holy-week-easter-maunday-thursday/

The Greatest Story Ever Told – Christ’s Death
Jesus dying on the cross. The centurion (John Wayne) saying, “Truly this man was the Son of God”.

NPR Doesn’t Know What Easter Is
The correction reads:
“An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Easter as ‘the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all but rather arose into heaven.’”
The updated story simply reads: “Easter — the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection — is on Sunday.”
http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/30/npr-easter-correction/

Father Jonathan Morris: Christians Are ‘Most Persecuted Group in This Century’
Christians are the most persecuted group in the world,” Father Morris told the Breitbart News editor-in-chief – whether in the more overt forms in the Middle East, China, and elsewhere – or in the “less obvious, silent persecution” that takes place in Western countries.
This “silent” persecution takes many forms, the priest continued, sometimes fueled by “government programs” and other times as a form of “cultural persecution” through ridicule of Christian beliefs and the message that Christians “have no place in modern society.”
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/30/father-jonathan-morris-christians-are-most-persecuted-group-in-this-century/

TIME TO BRAG:
THIS WAS PAINTED BY MY PRECIOUS MISS OLIVIA, ALL OF ELEVEN YEARS OLD.
MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE THE ONLY REASON I HAVE TO STILL BE LIVING.

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Valentine Smiles

We don’t usually make a big deal about Valentine’s, since our anniversary is 11 days away. Even though she says it doesn’t matter I know women like flowers and cards for the day. I took her to Zale’s and let her pick out a very pretty ring which suffices as her anniversary gift. Most women, I believe, like wearing pretty jewelry to boost their self esteem and sense that they are loved very much. She’s known it all along, but it’s still nice to let them know.

IT IS A UNIVERSAL TRUTH THAT THE SIZE OF THE GIFT IS IN DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE DEGREE ONE SCREWED UP.

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Angels we have heard on high

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Good Tidings of Great Joy

Some happy news on the eve of Christmas Eve.

There’s no missing Trump’s ‘Merry Christmas’ message
At the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree this year, Trump offered an overtly religious message, noting that “for Christians, this is a holy season.” He added that the “Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.”

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/theres-no-missing-trumps-merry-christmas-message/ar-BBHaZ1k?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=UE12DHP

Oklahoma mailman clips mailbox, falls out, gets run over 

Man Gives the Shoes Off His Feet to Stranger in Need at Kentucky Chick-fil-A

That day Hallie was one of many customers who noticed an old man in need of some help. “His shoes were being held together with duct tape,” the teenager recalled to WBKO.

Another diner noticed the man too, and Hallie says she watched as he looked in him the eye, took off his boots and handed them to him. The good Samaritan, who was later identified as Mark Townsend of Scottsville, ate the rest of his meal wearing just his socks, then walked barefoot out into the cold.

My granddaughter said, ‘Pa, why did you do that?’ And I said, ‘because God spoke to me, and said to give him my shoes,'” Townsend later recalled to WBKO.
He continued: “God said, I’ll supply your needs, and that’s all that matters. I don’t worry about nothing. I have a roof over my head, shoes on my feet.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/homelessness/man-gives-the-shoes-off-his-feet-to-stranger-in-need-at-kentucky-chick-fil-a/ar-BBH2NKV?OCID=ansmsnnews11

‘I’m glad we were able to give back’: Nonprofit surprises 12 military families at Fort Bragg by paying off $2,000 worth of layaway balances in time for Christmas

•A national nonprofit organization paid off $2,000 in layaway balances for 12 Fort Bragg military families
•Pay Away the Layaway plans to pay off $10,000 in layaway balances for military families nationwide
•The families were called to the South Post Exchange under the guise of a customer appreciation exchange Tuesday
•The twelve families were selected based on the balance and items, with a focus on families that had put clothing and toys on layaway

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5197681/Nonprofit-pays-layaway-balances-Fort-Bragg-families.html

Religious Jews Celebrate as Trump Commutes Sholom Rubashkin’s Sentence
There was dancing in the streets of Brooklyn on Wednesday as President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin, a former supplier of kosher meat who was sentenced to an unusually long prison term of 27 years in 2010 after being convicted of fraud the year before.

Rubashkin’s slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in Iowa was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2008, who found illegal aliens working there. Later, he was arrested on various fraud charges. Though the charges relating to hiring illegal aliens were later dropped, he was convicted of the fraud charges. The judge, Linda Reade, handed down an unusually long sentence that critics suspected had been motivated by antisemitism. Critics pressed President Barack Obama for clemency, without success.

CRITICS PRESSED OBAMA FOR CLEMECY WITHOUT SUCCESS? FOR A JEW? BE SERIOUS.

I saw this on Yahoo and the comments were absolutely vile. Yes, he used illegals, the same as hundreds of other companies. But he served nine years. How many companies are even fined?

[CtH: Not the ones who donate to Democrats, you can be sure of that.  Not in New Yuck City.]

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/21/religious-jews-celebrate-trump-commutes-sholom-rubashkin-sentence/

The billionaire who is saving Bethlehem
GOD MOVES IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS, DOESN’T HE?

Samer Khoury is not a diplomat, which makes his self-assigned mission of restoring the little town of Bethlehem that much harder.

Despite incredible odds against increasing violent protests in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, this businessman has been able to attract the support from heavyweight patrons of all faiths, including Theodore McCarrick, the archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C.; Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a senior member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia; and, more controversially, Sheikh Muhammad A. Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, the Sunni Muslim in charge of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/03/the-billionaire-who-is-saving-bethlehem.html

Trump Praises “Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”

OUR NEW PRESIDENT IS ONE OF THIS NATION’S GREATEST JOYS.

[CtH: I am SO GRATEFUL we have a president again who HONORS GOD and LOVES AMERICA.]

The gift that keeps on giving! A Christmas Story star Zack Ward, 47, reveals how much he STILL makes off the holiday classic 34 years on – and why he gives it ALL to his mom

Zack Ward, now 47, played iconic bully Scut Farkus, in A Christmas Story.  He was 13-years-old when he scored the role and still receives royalties from it.  The American classic was shot in Canada so his checks are in Canadian Dollars.

Ward says he is still recognized on the streets despite being over 20 years older. Zack Ward, now 47, who played iconic bully Scut Farkus, told Page Six he gets something, but it’s not make-me-rich money.

‘You’re going to be so disappointed,’ Ward said. ‘It’s basically about $1,800 every two years … and it comes in in Canadian money because we shot in Canada.’

Ward was 13 when he scored the role. He says he puts the extra money aside in a special account for his mother, should she ever need it.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5185479/Christmas-Story-star-makes-money-holiday-classic.html#ixzz5263a454R

True love lasts a lifetime

IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE LIKE THIS IN YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE TRULY BLESSED

Comatose woman unexpectedly awakens in time for Christmas, asks for water
ADA, Minnesota, December 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Sheila Lewis was in a coma and hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for 12 days. Her family expected her to die, but instead she woke up and asked for a glass of water. Now she’ll be able to celebrate Christmas with her family.

Arends said the “world-renowned doctors” at Mayo Clinic told her they had “never seen a case like” Sheila’s, according to a Twin Cities report.  “They didn’t even know what they were dealing with,” the daughter added.

Sheila fell into a coma. She lay unresponsive for weeks. Arends explained that her mother’s condition was described as a “vegetative state.” Finally, the family decided to disconnect life support machines.

“Nothing more we could do,” Arends told Wallevand.

“We canceled plans and brought the kids down to say goodbye to grandma,” Brandt added.

Twelve long days – with no food, water, or oxygen assistance – went by. It had been six weeks since Sheila last uttered a word.

Then the miracle happened. Sheila asked for water.

“Did she just talk?” Brandt asked, according to Wallevand’s account. “Is she talking?”
Sheila not only awakened, but began to recover. When the Mayo Clinic heard about it, doctors asked to see Sheila.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/comatose-woman-unexpectedly-awakens-in-time-for-christmas-asks-for-water

THROUGH CHRIST, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

12 days of Trump

YOU SIMPLY MUST WATCH THIS.

[CtH: “NOT HILLARY!” lol]

Peace on Earth? Not during New York suburbs’ Christmas light wars
Over-the-top Christmas displays have turned normally quiet neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut into tourist destinations – and pitted neighbor against neighbor in a battle of privacy versus holiday cheer.

Amid the bedazzled homes in the Dyker Heights section of New York’s Brooklyn borough, December crowds from as far away as Japan are expected to top last year’s 100,000 gawkers, said Fran Vella-Marrone, president of Dyker Heights Civic Association. Tour buses arrive nightly from Maryland and elsewhere during peak season from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/peace-earth-not-during-york-suburbs-christmas-light-172336265.html

You Got Served! Bronx teen, 13, dance-battles his TEACHER in front of a wild crowd – with both showing off amazing Harlem Shake and Pop-Lock moves

An amazing video shows Amir Wilson, 13, battle his dance coach in front of a packed auditorium filled with his fellow students at a Bronx, New York, school.

‘Battled my dance teacher at my school talent show. He killed it. It was lit. I had to give it to him at the end,’ he said in the original post on Saturday

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5196087/Bronx-teen-13-dance-battles-teacher-crowd.html#ixzz5268wJPUU

This Christmas tree topper will make you want to throw up … after you stop laughing uncontrollably

“The old dame was due a modern makeover, so we thought why not venerate the real women inspiring us in 2017,” says WomenToLookUpTo.com, explaining it’s campaign to modernize the traditional Christmas angels that sit atop fir trees.The website also offers an “All Star” pack that includes Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie and Adele decorations.

[CtH: I’m wondering how many of these things they sold, seeing as the minority of Americans who still approve of Hillary are the same people who hate Christmas and the flag![

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/12/18/christmas-tree-topper-will-make-want-throw-stop-laughing-uncontrollably-577257

Did Melania design the White House decorations as a sweet snub toward Michelle Obama?

The First Lady’s candy room – full of ornaments made from sugar – seems to aim as a pointed response to Michelle’s healthy eating.  Melania Trump decked-out the Red Room at the White House with sweet treats.  It seems the First Lady might be mocking the health-conscious Michelle Obama.  The Trump family previously debuted their holiday greeting card, which was a change from the Obamas’.  The card read: ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ – signed the First Family.  The card axed the Obama family’s religion-inclusive note wishing Americans a ‘joyous holiday season’.

[CtH: Not likely, since I’ve seen Melania continuing the organic garden and talking about the importance of healthy eating in her own life.]


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5204783/Melania-mocks-Michelle-candy-filled-Red-Room.html#ixzz526AcpA69

‘Christ’ Purged from Christmas and the Left Rejoices

Newsflash: The War on Christmas is over. Those who rightfully believe that Christ needs to be a part of Christmas and those rebelling against the politically correct tyranny looking to strip all spirituality from the holiday have lost.

According to the latest results from the Pew Research Center – and already being gleefully shouted from the rooftops of certain left-leaning media sites orchestrating the campaign against faith-based Christmas – while 90 percent of Americans still celebrate Christmas in one way or another, a majority find that the religious elements of Christmas are emphasized less and less and few of them care about that change.

If accurate, it not only tells us how truly lost we are as a nation, but underscores the dangers of absolute power, discrimination, and propaganda.

[CtH: We live in New Testament times.]

https://townhall.com/columnists/douglasmackinnon/2017/12/16/christ-purged-from-christmas-and-the-left-rejoices-n2423048

 

 

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Kids Write to Santa… Hilarity Ensues

‘Enough chit-chat, Santa, let’s get down to business’

As excited boys and girls pen their messages to Santa and his reindeer, the festive tradition can throw up some rather unusual requests.

While some kids adopt a flattering or pleading tone with Santa, others take a more aggressive stance as they order Father Christmas to fulfil their wishes

WORLD PEACE AND BEER…AT LEAST THE KID HAS HIS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5185963/Hilarious-letters-pushy-kids-writing-Santa.html

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Come and Be Uplfted

There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. My outrage meter wore out a long time ago. Things happen at a breakneck pace sometimes but in the end nothing changes. One party mutilates the rule of law with impunity because they know they can.

People are called before congressional hearings where there is much theatrics for the benefit of the cameras but nothing ever comes of it because of the moral cowardice of those sworn to represent the hardworking Americans who respect and obey the law. No more.

Until such time as I have the will to keep up with all the hysteria I intend to post things that won’t make you angry or frustrated, like finding out how much damage Obama inflicted on this country for the sake of his own ego. There will be things you can actually feel good about for once.

Mary takes action when sheep steals baby Jesus in best Christmas pageant ever!

IS THERE ANYTHING MORE PRECIOUS THAN THE INNOCENCE OF CHILDHOOD?

A preschool donnybrook broke out during the annual Christmas pageant at the First Baptist Church in White Pine, Tennessee.

Teegan Benson, playing the part of a two-year old sheep, went off script and decided to snatch the Little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

“Our church family is small and close-knit and everyone loves each other,” she said. “The video gave us a chance to share the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus – the savior we know and love.”

It was indeed – the best Christmas pageant ever!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/15/mary-takes-action-when-sheep-steels-baby-jesus-in-best-christmas-pageant-ever.html

Chick-Fil-A Feeding Stranded Atlanta Passengers ON A SUNDAY

After Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport experienced a major blackout Sunday, Chick-fil-A stepped up to feed thousands of stranded passengers despite being closed on Sundays.

Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted a status update Sunday night, and thanked Chick-fil-A for providing over 2,000 meals to the weary travelers.


http://dailycaller.com/2017/12/18/chick-fil-a-feeding-stranded-atlanta-passengers-on-a-sunday/

Branded ‘hate chicken’ by the left, Chick-fil-A feeds Atlanta’s stranded travelers
Seems the restaurant chain, whose outlets are ordinarily closed on Sunday due to the Baptist owner’s wish to honor the Lord’s Day, went ahead and opened up in order to feed the hungry multitudes. As per Judeo-Christian practice described in the Bible, actually.

Jesus said that if your ox falls into a well on the Sabbath, you get the beast out, regardless of the day of week. (Someone had been criticizing him for performing miracles on the Sabbath.) For Chick-fil-A, the airport emergency at Atlanta fits right into that category.

Now the airline travelers experiencing Atlanta for the first time will recall not just the airport stranding alone, but the kindness shown by Chick-fil-A, the restaurant chain that lives by its values and cares about others, asking nothing in return. These are the values that are so abhorred by the left.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/12/branded_hate_chicken_by_the_left_chickfila_feeds_atlantas_stranded_travelers.html#ixzz51j0DhIwL

Diner customer leaves $2,000 tip on $17 bill

A secret Santa left a $2,000 tip at a diner in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The server said the customer quietly enjoyed his breakfast order. Then, he added the massive tip to his $17 tab.  The anonymous diner had one request. He wrote on the receipt: “Please split with the whole staff. Merry Christmas!”  Everyone working at the time got $200. The server received $400.

http://abc7.com/food/diner-customer-leaves-$2000-tip-on-$17-bill/2774339/

Secret Santa spreads holiday cheer to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Four months after Hurricane Harvey flooded Beaumont, Texas, Joann and hundreds like her are still virtually homeless for the holidays. Joann said she lost everything, and couldn’t even afford to buy her grandkids Christmas presents — until now.

That’s why the man in red made Beaumont his first stop this year. A Secret Santa gave her $300 — not much in the scheme of things, but plenty to restore some hope.

That’s what this anonymous businessman does every year with his own money. He travels the country giving out about $100,000 worth of $100 bills to random strangers.
But this year was a little different. This year he had a secondary motive — to call attention to the Beaumont Police Department for their extraordinary sacrifice.

Half the officers in the department had their homes damaged. And yet, like Boaz, virtually all of them showed up for work the next day. Boaz didn’t have the shirt on his back, but said he “felt like I needed to” help those in need after the hurricane.

Secret Santa spreads holiday cheer to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Commuters help people out of derailed train, comfort victims

THERE ARE THOSE WHO FEIGN COMPASSION AND THOSE WHO GET OFF THEIR ASSES AND JUST DO IT.

[CtH: For example, those who #Compassion and those who are too busy with their left and right hands to have time to twitter boast.]

Dr. Nathan Selden, a neurosurgeon at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, was driving to Seattle with his son and stopped to help. He went to a medical triage tent to help tend to victims.

The most severely wounded had already been taken to hospitals by the time he arrived, Selden said. The victims he assessed had injuries such as sprains, open wounds, skull and pelvis fractures.

He called it a miracle that an infant from the train appeared completely unharmed.

While the doctor worked, others – including Selden’s son, a college freshman – helped carry in supplies from firetrucks and other tasks. He applauded the first responders as skilled, dedicated and compassionate.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/18/commuters-help-people-out-of-derailed-train-comfor/

‘A Christmas Story Live’ Delivers Lump of Coal to Fox in Early TV Ratings

I DIDN’T WASTE MY TIME. MOST REMAKES ARE LIKE PAINTING A PORTRAIT OF THE MONA LISA WITH A CAN OF SPRAY PAINT. THE ONLY SEQUEL AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL WAS GODFATHER II.

[CtH: I cannot offhand think of any remake that didn’t pretty much meet Pete’s description.  I never watched any of the Godfather movies, but in the sequels category, I think Terminator 2 was the best one in the series.]

Bah humbug: Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live!” just got blindsided by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in early TV ratings. Oh, and every other broadcast TV show beat it as well.

The latest live television musical managed a 2.8 overnight rating/5 share in the 56 metered-markets monitored by Nielsen. Compare that with NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which posted a massive 12.3/21 last night. To be fair, that latter live telecast had the Dallas Cowboys.

https://www.thewrap.com/a-christmas-story-live-early-ratings/

KLEENEX ALERT…THIS ONE WILL GET YOU.

I THOUGHT I’D LEAVE YOU WITH THIS VIDEO OF A CHILD GETTING A WONDERFUL GIFT.

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A Few Christmas Videos

Every year since 2011, I’ve posted music videos for the holidays. Mostly old favorites of mine and some repeatedly, like Trans Siberian Orchestra, Maria Carey, Karen Carpenter, et al. I’ve posted some funny and twisted tunes from Bob Rivers and other warped minds. I’m posting a few different ones, including one I saw on Facebook yesterday.
Tennessee Ernie Ford had a hit variety musical show back in the day. My grandmother loved his rich bass voice and you better keep still when he sang Sixteen Tons. I really liked this one. Hope you do,too.

Tennessee Ernie Ford – Children Go Where I Send Thee (Live)

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE A CAPELLA GROUP
Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix

IF I HAD THE SKILL I’D POST A VIDEO OF PICTURES OF MY GRANDCHILDREN WITH THIS SONG.
IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEM LIFE AT THIS POINT WOULD BE PRETTY MUCH MEANINGLESS.
Oak Ridge Boys – Thank God For Kids

WHO DIDN’T WATCH HIS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EVERY YEAR?
LITTLE DONNY OSMOND WAS SO ADORABLE
Andy Williams Christmas – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I ACTUALLY HAD THIS VERY ALBUM (FIGURES,HUH?) — I PLAYED IT OVER AND OVER ON MY HI-FI…BEFORE WIFI
Snoopy’s Christmas vs. The Red Baron – The Royal Guardsmen

RAY STEVENS IS A VERY FUNNY MAN
Ray Stevens – Santa Claus Is Watchin’ You

Alabama – Christmas in Dixie
This is the original version. If you notice on this they say at the end AND GOD BLESS. The version played on the radio that is taken off.

Dolly Parton – Go Tell It On The Mountain (Xmas Special)
WHEN DOLLY GETS A CHEST COLD IT NEVER WANTS TO LEAVE

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Some Warm Feelings Just for You

All you’ll hear about today is the showdown in Alabama. All the news crews are down there, ready to preen before the camera and try to act like it’s simply reportage and not the culmination of a six week jihad to ruin a Republican senate candidate. Plenty of time for that. Consider this a sort of palate cleanser for the hard news yet to come.

This is the time of year where acts of love and compassion are most keenly felt. Like the characters in Scrooge who call on the old miser to solicit funds to buy some food and warmth for the truly needy, our own souls must be replenished to remind us that we are made by God and life is a temporary condition. Through the daily assault on our faith, our morals, and our way of life, we need reminders from time to time that God has got this. Trust in Him and we’ll be OK. This Christmas is especially joyful because Israel has a powerful new ally.

I POST THIS EVERY YEAR. I NEVER GET TIRED OF IT. HOPE I NEVER WILL.

[CtH: Beautiful message, Pete. Thank you!]

Wreaths Across America caravan begins annual journey from Maine to Arlington

The Wreaths Across America caravan departed Sunday from Columbia Falls, where the wreaths were made. It’ll travel through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C., before arriving in a week in Arlington, Virginia.

Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife Norma, seen here at a Capitol Hill reception in 2007, are the grand marshals for this year’s Wreaths Across America caravan.

The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. This year, there will be more than 200,000 of them placed at Arlington alone. A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/wreaths-across-america-caravan-begins-annual-journey-from-maine-to-arlington-1.501859

World War II Mansfield veteran gets a boost from firefighters

WANNA SEE A REAL BADASS?

Decorated World War II veteran Walter Gilbert and his wife Mary are both 95 and still manage to live in their own home. But they have some mobility issues, including difficulty with stairs, such as the ones from their home.

About a half-dozen firefighters left their regular shift Friday morning and headed over to the couple’s West Street home to install a ramp Veterans Agent Michael Raymond was able to get for the Gilberts.

One of the reasons Gilbert needs the ramp is because of injuries to his legs he suffered in the war.

Terry said he sat down and talked to Gilbert, learning he endured about 180 days of combat, and was wounded twice. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he took shrapnel.

Despite his service to our country and what he went through, Gilbert is humble and gracious for the support from the town.

When told he deserved it after his service he said, “Well I don’t know about that.”
Terry advises area residents to contact their community’s veterans agents to see what is needed

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/world-war-ii-mansfield-veteran-gets-a-boost-from-firefighters/article_25027530-36e2-577d-a6bf-c8c5f77060e5.html

Widow, 94, breaks down as husband’s ring lost after he was killed in WWII plane wreck is returned to her

BEHOLD THE COMPASSION OF ALMIGHTY GOD


Robert and his good luck charm made it through 38 successful missions but unfortunately he lost his life during the 39th. The ring survived and was discovered amongst the shattered plane in New Guinea 40 years ago.  It was returned recently to Greebull’s wife who hasn’t forgotten her love for him–not at all.

‘He was a wonderful, wonderful guy,’ Betty McAleenan said to KLTA. ‘And I fell madly in love like all people do at that age,’ she continued.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539449/Widow-94-reunited-class-ring-gave-husband-70-YEARS.html#ixzz511XT2QSw

A little help here? Baby signs distress signal from mall Santa’s lap

THIS IS ADORABLE

Kerry Spencer taught both of her children to sign using American Sign Language before they could speak because she found it useful to be able to communicate with them when they were babies.

Samuel was just one year old when he used his baby version of ASL to sign “help” to his mom while the photographer at the Provo Town Center Mall in Provo, Utah, snapped his picture. “I was standing to the side when the pic was taken and actually didn’t see that he was signing for help until I saw the photo,” his mom told TODAY Parents.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/a-little-help-here-baby-signs-distress-signal-from-mall-santas-lap/ar-BBGCCmv?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=UE12DHP

Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

Pastors Kyle Turner, 36, and wife Liz, 37, say they had “discerned a call” to build a church for younger people when they moved to Kansas City from Oklahoma in 2009.
Today, The Cause has its own digs, a space at 4646 Belleview Ave. that feels more like a tech start-up than a place of worship. To the right of the entrance is a small work space and complimentary coffee bar. To the left, “Jesus Over Everything” beams in an aqua neon light. In one corner is “The Welcome Spot,” a teal room where prospective members can learn more about the church. Across from there is the sanctuary, with rows of chairs facing a stage festooned with a neon-beamed backdrop.


THE METHODS OF PREACHING MATTER FAR LESS THAN GUIDING YOUNG PEOPLE TO GOD’S MERCY AND OUR REDEMPTION THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article188544194.html#storylink=cpy

Out of Wedlock Birth Rates High in America; End of Shotgun Weddings Partially to Blame

IN FULL DISCLOSURE, I MUST PLEAD GUILTY. MY FIRST WIFE WAS PREGNANT WITH RJ’s MOM WHEN WE WERE MARRIED.  THERE WAS NO QUESTION … YOU JUST DIDN’T WALK AWAY. YOU TOOK RESPONSIBILITY.

The proportion of mothers who are unmarried is at 40 percent, up from five percent in 1960; two-thirds of first births to women under 30 are to unwed women. Determining why out-of-wedlock pregnancy and birth has spiked is the subject of a new report, released Monday, from the Social Capital Project.

Between the early 1950s and the late 2000s, the proportion of births from unwed pregnancies increased from 10 to almost 50 percent. Similarly, the rate of births to previously unwed couples who married after conception but before birth was 43 percent in the early 1960s; it dropped steadily to nine percent in the late 2000s.

The other most significant factor is the vanishing of the so-called “shotgun marriage,” the sequence of events where a woman becomes pregnant, and then she and the father of the child are socially pressured into tying the knot.

http://freebeacon.com/culture/wedlock-birth-rates-high-america-end-shotgun-weddings-partially-blame/

Girl Scout Cookies will now be available in YOGURT form as Yoplait release three new versions of its Whips! yogurts

Yoplait is releasing Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Caramel Coconut
For purists, the Peanut Butter Chocolate may be equated with Tagalongs and Caramel Coconut with Samoas.

Thin Mint will have mint chocolate flavor; Peanut Butter Chocolate has peanut butter profile with chocolate finish; Caramel Coconut will be smooth and creamy.  The new yogurt flavors are due in stores this December.

UHH, NO, I DON’T THINK SO.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5169429/Girl-Scout-Cookies-available-YOGURT-form.html#ixzz511cXszG4

Nativity scene with Jesus in migrant boat is not going over well

A Catholic bishop condemned a nativity scene that depicts Mary holding Jesus in a rubber boat to symbolize the plight of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

“I’m not saying a crib cannot be enriched by other elements, and certainly, a boat is a symbol that reminds us of the need for hospitality, but don’t forget that Jesus is the savior of all problems, not just one,” Vecchi said, according to International Business Times.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/12/06/nativity-scene-jesus-migrant-boat-not-going-well-572287

Our World: Trump’s great and ingenious gifts

Turning his back on the legacy of president Barack Obama, Trump beats a new path in American-Israeli relations.

With his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump gave a Hanukkah gift to the Jewish people. But he also gave a Christmas gift to the American people.

Trump’s gift to Israel is not merely that 68 years after Israel declared Jerusalem its capital, the US finally recognized Israel’s capital.

To understand why it was both courageous and wise, consider the political, institutional and geopolitical contexts in which Trump acted.

Politically, Trump made his declaration in a poisonous political environment at home.
The Democrats responded to Trump’s victory last year over Hillary Clinton by seeking to delegitimize his victory. To this end, they chose to oppose everything that he says and does.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Our-World-Trumps-great-and-ingenious-gifts-517417

84-Year-Old Korean War vet kills one home intruder in point-blank shot, sends second one running

THIS WAR HORSE IS OLD SCHOOL….TRY TO ROB ME, I’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO GOD… PERSONALLY.

An 84-year-old Korean War veteran killed a home intruder Friday with a single shot right to the chest, and he’s crediting God with his success.  While Lutz is somewhat sore from the struggle, he has escaped without any real injuries and credits his success to his Christian faith.

“I’ve never been afraid in my life,” Lutz said. “God has always been with me, and I’m a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ, and God was with me tonight.”

Lutz is not facing any charges for his act of home self-defense.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2017/12/10/84-year-old-korean-war-vet-kills-one-home-intruder-point-blank-shot-sends-second-one-running-573730

WE’VE ALL FELT THIS WAY…I’M PRETTY SURE

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