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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas From the Family / Robert Earl Keen

Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin

Toy Packaging

Father Christmas

Blue Christmas

The Christmas Shoes

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron

Christmas Canon

Where's the Line to See Jesus

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Mary, did you know?

O Holy Night

Happy Christmas

The Christmas Song

I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas

I'll Be Home For Christmas


Christmas Morning 2015

Norman Rockwell Meets Maryland's Eastern Shore

May God Bless Our Armed Forces

Step Into Christmas

Do You Think She's Gonna Kill Me?

Hard Candy Christmas

White Christmas

Christmas in Dixie

What's The Best/Worst Gift You Received This Year?

Little Drummer Boy

Feliz Navidad

Obama got run over by a reindeer

When someone posted this title I didn't think it was a real song. I guess I was wrong!

Town Of Bethlehem Bans ‘Merry Christmas’ Signs

The town named after the birthplace of Jesus Christ has banned signs celebrating the holidays at an intersection in the town that has become a local battleground for the War on Christmas.

Officials from Bethlehem, New York had a “Happy Hanukkah” sign and a “Merry Christmas” sign removed from a busy intersection and have refused to put up any new holiday signs out of fear the signs would be breaking the law, The Albany-Times Union reports. The town’s lawyer reportedly said Christmas trees and other symbols were acceptable, but written signs would not be allowed, a decision that has caused an uproar in the local community.

The town’s decision has drawn criticism from residents and outsiders. A small group of protesters met Wednesday night at the location where the signs were. One resident, Elena Marcelle, bought two Christmas signs for the area but was told they would not be allowed. She corresponded with the town’s lawyer via email.

“Moreover, there is limited space at the Four Corners, and adding signage could potentially be visually distracting to motorists,” the town’s attorney James Potter said in a Dec. 14 email to Marcelle, the woman who offered to buy the sign. “The town cannot endorse one religion over another, so the town must either allow signs for all groups participating in the holiday display, or prohibit signs altogether.”

The Christian legal group, The Alliance Defending Freedom, has weighed in to let the town know they should not be afraid.

“No one should fear that saying ‘Merry Christmas’ on a sign like this will violate the Constitution. It does not,” Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Joseph La Rue said in a statement. “The courts, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, have been clear that the government can erect Christmas signs and displays, including even Nativity scenes, without having to fear a constitutional violation.”


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Silver Bells

Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

Silent Night

Merry Christmas From Delmar

Talk about a change of pace on Christmas.

Just imagine if all this rain had been snow! Between temperatures in the 70's and finding ripe cherry tomatoes in the garden,(seriously) I'd say this one will go into the record books as the warmest Christmas I can ever recall.

What Child Is This

Redneck Nativity Set

O Holy Night

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)"

Seasons Greetings

To All My Democrat 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 2016, 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 wishee.

To My Republican Friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Santa And The Reindeer - White Christmas

Bet you didn’t know this. God works in mysterious ways…..His miracles to perform!

The True Story of Rudolph
A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.

His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap
Quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. 

Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob.

Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied 
By other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in 
Sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember. 

From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for
Whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if  he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the
Character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The
Character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The
Name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with A big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give It to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story 
Doesn't end there. 

The General manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to 
 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major Publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to
Comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn't end 
There either. 

Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas." 

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the Lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.
                                          MERRY  CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas

The Temptations - Silent Night