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    MerryCarey's Avatar

    Christmas Countdown - 2011

    I get that letdown feeling after July Fourth, too---summer's half over, and summer is too short around here. And it'll be a year or more before I can get away for another vacation. But MMC and our annual DVD of Christmas clips will be keeping me busy, so maybe I won't notice the leaves starting to turn brown before the end of August.
    Posted 07-07-2011 at 07:18 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is online now
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    Yuletide Junkie's Avatar

    20 Years, Baby, 20 Years

    The musings, "long winded", short, & in between, are always welcome. Your efforts are well appreciated.
    Posted 06-05-2011 at 06:33 PM by Yuletide Junkie Yuletide Junkie is online now
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    Of Fear and Faith

    [B]I must confess, when I heard about all of this, I was afraid......But I think it is more the fear of the unknown. As I have thought about it, even though with all due respect I don't think today is the day, if Jesus were to come back that in and of itself has crushed my fear. After all, He is my savior, and why wouldn't I want to actually get to see and be with him ?? [/B]

    [B]It is the doom and gloom aspects attached to the "rapture" that got me upset. [/B]

    [B]CAH put it well. No MAN does know the DAY OR THE HOUR.....Besides.......all this panic and destruction stuff, I don't think that is really the Good Shepherd's style....[/B]
    Posted 05-21-2011 at 07:55 AM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Of Fear and Faith

    I am like you and not critical of others faith but could not help but laugh at the so called end of the world thing.

    I do feel bad for those who fear it. Fear is real and some can't help it but I have no fear.

    No one knows the time except God Himself. That is why I laugh when man tries to predict it.

    As the scriptures go:

    “ ‘No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father’ ” (Matthew 24:36).

    “ ‘You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him’ ” (Matthew 24:44).

    What you wrote is excellent!
    Posted 05-21-2011 at 07:39 AM by Christmas-A-Holic Christmas-A-Holic is online now
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    [B]Jeff so glad your family are all back together. You are right....there is nothing like the closeness of family, especially a large family. We were not that large of a family but I often think back to the times when we were all younger, when my two brothers were alive and my sister and I just youngsters. I miss those times. I remember all the chaos and exuberance of Christmas morning together and at other times during the year. Thank you for sharing once again, Jeff. As I said before, your soul shines beautiful and we all feel it. God bless xo[/B]
    Posted 05-15-2011 at 04:34 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    elf bazaar's Avatar

    Turn Around Day

    I think you are so right with turn around day we see it with the Christmas store too!, personally at home there is a little piece of Christmas in every room all year some guests to the house comment on it but those who really know us come in and look for it with joy!!
    Posted 05-07-2011 at 11:13 AM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    elf bazaar's Avatar

    Cheering a Death

    I completely agree, well said!!
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 08:14 AM by elf bazaar elf bazaar is offline
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    Meceka's Avatar

    Cheering a Death

    Well said, Jeff!
    Posted 05-03-2011 at 02:22 PM by Meceka Meceka is online now
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    Cheering a Death

    Thank you, Jeff. I wondered if I was the only one who felt bad about celebrating because someone was killed, even if he did cause so much grief and loss. I hope this event brings some sort of change for the better.
    Posted 05-03-2011 at 11:16 AM by MerryBells MerryBells is offline
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    Cheering a Death

    Well said, Jeff. God bless our military for their unselfish sacrifice to facilitate this event.
    Peace to our 911 families.
    Posted 05-02-2011 at 03:32 PM by momnan30 momnan30 is offline
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    Cheering a Death

    I applaud You on this blog. Perfect said!!! You are really good with words Jeff!!!
    Posted 05-02-2011 at 12:21 PM by trackrebel trackrebel is offline
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    Cheering a Death

    Thank you Jeff. How you echo the feelings in my soul and the souls of others is amazing. I must admit that some comments I have read about the death of Bin Laden have left me, well a bit of a raw nerve. It is not that I liked the man, he was a monster, but as you say, to celebrate the [I]death of an individual SO VEHEMENTLY[/I] well that is something else. I grieve for all of those who died because of the works of this monstrous individual. As weird and inappropriate as it may seem or perhaps is, I also grieve for his family. I don't know if they were close or anything, I just know that if one of my relatives did what he did and then died, perhaps deservedly so because of it, I would grieve. Thank you again, Jeff. May God bless your friend, Robert, and all who are with Christ this very day in paradise. Peace.
    Posted 05-02-2011 at 11:12 AM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    I Know

    [B]Amen Jeff !!! Thank you for your heartfelt and warm message. I myself have been driving EVERYONE nuts on MMC mentioning Jesus the last few days ...but you know what...?! I would do it all over every day if I thought the importance of Easter would shine through and to heck with what folks think of me !![/B]

    [B]God Bless You Jeff.......May the Peace of our Risen Lord be with you and yours (((((HUGS))))))) xo[/B]
    Posted 04-24-2011 at 01:08 PM by caninemom3 caninemom3 is offline
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    Seawaters's Avatar

    What kind of Christmas will 2011 bring?

    I have several ideas I would like to share, in no particular order. One of the first things I would do would be to share with a counselor at school, close to Thanksgiving time.
    Many communities have a Giving Tree that is supplied with names from the local schools. Make sure your info gets in. In our community, we have several organizations that also do several things to aid families, especially during the holidays: Rotary, Kiwanis, Salvation Army, Lions, etc. Do not be ashamed to put your names in whenever you can. Salvation Army is especially good about getting gifts and food for holiday meals. Check out churches in your area and let them know your circumstances. Many are willing to help and are very generous. Check out the local Welfare Department. Sometimes people feel that a stigma is attached to this public entity, but don't let that deter you. If you do go to one of the clubs, churches, or public entities, and are asked for a list, try to keep it to practical things that you need and add one or two things you really want. I have seen lists that were bizarre (asking for black satin sheets) and some were downright greedy sounding, asking for several expensive items. Most people gravitate to lists that show a lot of thought.

    Right now would be a good time to start planning for Christmas gifts. Definitely limit yourself to your immediate family. Look at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. Books from these make good gifts.

    If you sew, you could plan now to make many of your gifts. Also, you could make some baked goods to sell to make some extra money. Check out your local library on craft books or magazine for gift ideas.

    Could you do some tutoring to make a few dollars from which you could set aside some money for small gifts?

    You could also give your family members coupons for services (for example, a coupon for a 5-minute back rub or a coupon for cooking dinner for a week).

    Another idea would be to organize family photos and maybe even make a scrapbook for each other.

    One of my favorite things to do is to scrapbook recipes for a recipe book. There are many ideas on the internet. You could check out for ideas or do a google search. If you cannot afford scrapbook paper, put that on your Christmas list that you submit to organizations for the holidays. Or you could use construction paper which is fairly cheap.

    I hope these ideas help and spur your own imagination.
    Posted 04-23-2011 at 09:44 AM by Seawaters Seawaters is offline
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    made582's Avatar

    What kind of Christmas will 2011 bring?

    I think Jayish said it great.

    My grandma was one of 13 children and grew up during the depression. She taught us that the holidays were a time for families to spend together. It wasn't about how much you spent it was about the love you had for one another. My grandma died when I was 10 but some of my favorite Christmas memories are from the Christmases we spent at her house. They are my favorite because we were all together. My cousins would come over and we would have dinner together. Then we would all gather around the fireplace and sing Christmas carols. I don't remember what I got for gifts back then but I remember the time spent with family. I don't know how you can convince someone that has grown up with the idea that Christmas is all about the gifts and how much money you spend that just spending time together can make the day special but if they would realize that they would see that things aren't as bad as they think.
    Posted 04-22-2011 at 12:04 PM by made582 made582 is offline
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    JayIsh's Avatar

    What kind of Christmas will 2011 bring?

    Hi Jeff!

    Tough times may be the new normal, for many years to come. Seemingly, our economy has contracted and with that, bumped really good people to the street with little or no hope of ever achieving the financial success they knew ever again. It's scary...And white collar people are being hammered...People who many of us might have considered rich, are now jobless, and losing homes at an alarming rate.

    The thing, at least for me, that carries me at times like these is spirituality, religion, dependence on a higher power, whatever name you'd like to attach to it. It is the connection to something greater than myself that gives me the courage to carry on. With that in mind, it would seem to me that folks may begin to enjoy the more special moments that Christmas has to offer...Less of the blast of color, and lights and gifts, and more of the comfort of home, and family and love of God. It's almost a return to how things were a generation ago...That generation has been lauded as America's best, so it can't all be bad.

    What if we offered our site as a home to those feeling lost or forlorn, if we help those in need get attached to orginizations that can offer that help...Already it sounds to me like alot of work...but what if we changed with the world? Obviously we still offer the glitz and music and commerce that goes along with the holiday, but we also serve those looking for a soul oriented experience, an experience that one can take with them that does not cost a thing. I don't know how you do that, what things we offer to make a person feel loved as they go back to their lives...But there has got to be something along those lines that we can do!

    Do we write heart warming stories? Friend those that appear here and need a pal, comfort those in pain, or does that open us up in ways that the internet theives would prey on...I don't know...My thought can be boiled down to this...what if we offer emotional gifts rather than physical ones??? I've been called altruistic and naive in the past...some of that naivete' I have on purpose, some is my attempt to not be afraid of where the world is heading...Whistling in the dark, as-it-were...But I can't be the only one afraid now...
    Posted 04-21-2011 at 12:55 PM by JayIsh JayIsh is offline
    Updated 04-21-2011 at 01:03 PM by JayIsh
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    JayIsh's Avatar

    Have you ever really read A Christmas Carol???

    I read it every year! In fact, thanks to the Kindle I got for Christmas, I've branched into "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of Two Cities". While those stories don't have the same hook for the that "A Christmas Carol" does, they are really good, my better in fact than my eighth grade mind thought they were!!!
    Posted 03-07-2011 at 12:00 PM by JayIsh JayIsh is offline
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    superdave1225's Avatar

    A Long Winter's Nap, Kinda

    All life comes with a measure of pain it seems at times. We have no control over that just have to learn to roll with it. But rolling can have it's tolls. I am hoping 2011 is a good year for you as well as it is for myself. Money is tight here lost huge a contract but am full steam ahead planing for what I hope is "The Christmas". I am due for one been many years since I had a full out celebration of the Christmas holidays. If there is anything I can do to help MMC give a holler my way and I'll see what I can do.
    Best Wishes
    Posted 02-03-2011 at 11:50 AM by superdave1225 superdave1225 is offline
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    A Long Winter's Nap, Kinda

    "The dog days of winter"---a perfect expression for those dull winter days after Christmas is past ...
    Posted 01-21-2011 at 09:39 PM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is online now
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    A Long Winter's Nap, Kinda

    I'll join you in the dull roar, Jeff.

    2010 wasn't a banner family year here either. We still managed to have some good times though and hope for a better 2011.
    Posted 01-18-2011 at 06:14 PM by RadioJonD RadioJonD is offline

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