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What kind of Christmas will 2011 bring?

Posted 04-19-2011 at 07:40 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I received an odd kind of email the other day. Actually, it wasn't odd at all other than the fact that I received it in April.

Being a Christmas venue we frequently get mail from folks looking for a little help. In recent years we have received a lot of this kind of mail. Here is what we received this week:

Dear My Merry Christmas,

My name is Alison and I am 15 years old.

You have been a big part of our Christmas for a few years now. I think this year you will be our whole Christmas.

My mom lost her job last fall and can't find another one. Her unemployment ran out and she had to take a job working in a dry cleaners. My dad hasn't lived with us for five years and does not send money. We barely have any money any more. My sister and I do not complain. I am hoping to get a job this summer to help.

I am just wondering if there are any ideas you have of what we can do. I really want my mom to have
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The Animals' Christmas Prayer

Posted 03-31-2011 at 01:17 PM by caninemom3

[CENTER][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=seagreen]The Animals' Christmas Prayer [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/CENTER]



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[CENTER][SIZE=3][COLOR=seagreen]O[/COLOR][COLOR=#ff0080][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=seagreen]n the night before Christmas [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=#2e8b57]homeless animals prayed[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/CENTER]

[CENTER][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff0080][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=seagreen]"Give us a voice Lord on this Christmas day" [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff0080][FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=seagreen]Let us speak to the world That turns a blind eye [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]...
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A Lesson From Santa !

Posted 02-10-2011 at 08:46 PM by caninemom3

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[COLOR=seagreen]Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, [/COLOR]
[COLOR=seagreen]tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. .[/COLOR]

[COLOR=seagreen]As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn't help feeling that something important was missing. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=seagreen]It wasn't [/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]long before the tiny, twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep. I don't know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn't alone. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=seagreen]I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my [/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]Christ[/COLOR][COLOR=seagreen]mas tree. [/COLOR]

[COLOR=seagreen]He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described but he was not the...
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A Long Winter's Nap, Kinda

Posted 01-18-2011 at 01:00 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

It has been an eventful post-Christmas season for me. So unlike years passed. I've been away and I don't like to do that and there are many things around MMC that have been neglected as a result.

Sorry about that.

We took a screaming trip to California for the funeral of Sandy's Grandmother and returned home to Utah to find a crisis in the making at my Mother's house. My sister was in the hospital for a while and we had a few other family health issues that required our attention. Fortunately, all are healthy or will recover. It was just a time period where hands-on assistance was needed and we did what had to be done.

Now we're back home and trying to pick up the pieces.

How hectic has it been?

We had a visit from a neighbor the other night who looked at our still decorated tree and noticed an unopened Christmas present still sitting on the floor way up behind the tree.

"Starting on next Christmas...
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Our Ghost of Christmas Present

Posted 12-27-2010 at 12:36 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Every Christmas Eve, long after the children have gone to bed, he comes. The first thing on Christmas morning the kids look for is whether or not he has been there. They anticipate his coming and have even conspired to catch him in the act.

But they never do.

He is money in the bank. He comes every year.

He is not Santa Claus. He is John, an old friend of mine dating back some 30 years.

Our lives have taken different paths. We became first acquainted as green missionaries attending the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. We were there for language training, to learn Portuguese. We were both headed we thought for Brazil. Months later, after our group had all kinds of trouble securing government clearance to go to Brazil, we were reassigned to labor in Puerto Rico.

John and I got together once or twice in the year we were in Puerto Rico. But when we returned home around the same time we found each other...
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