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Christmas Hot, Christmas Cold

Posted 12-03-2010 at 07:01 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 12-03-2010 at 07:05 PM by Jeff Westover

I swore that one of these days I would post on this blog during the first week of December.

It might be considered a bit of a frivolous thing but honestly there is little time for much of anything for me during this time of the year.

Things are about as white-hot as they come.

You can blame it on the seasonality of it all -- for the rest of the world. While we pay attention to Christmas year round here and a great many do with us the vast masses "out there" do not and when they come around right after Thanksgiving they overwhelm us.

Case in point -- last month at this time I was receiving about 200 different pieces of email, private messages and phone calls a day all associated with MMC in some way. And that's a high, high level compared to our low for the year in April, when I get maybe a dozen a day.

This week, it is between 3000 and 4000 per day.

Seriously.

And they run the gamut....
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As We Approach Christmas

Posted 11-25-2010 at 06:47 PM by caninemom3
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Tonight is Thanksgiving. I cannot even begin to count all the blessings I have in my life. I think of all the people here in our country and other countries who have nothing. I mean absolutely nothing. And here I am. I never want for food or warmth or any of the creature comforts that every human being and yes even "animals" should have a right to. It is not because of anything I did or do that I have all these blessings. I believe they are all a gift from God, our Father.

Now that we are approaching Christmas I think about Mary and Joseph and the way they found their way into history.

What was it like for them to become the caretakers on Earth of the Messiah ?? Did they see him as the Messiah ?? or just their baby ?? I wonder....

I used to think of them as I would see them in paintings or depicted in the movies of my youth, always holy and always devout. Never doubting or getting angry. In short I did not see them as human, which...
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A Christmas Reunion

Posted 11-22-2010 at 02:32 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

I've got to be the luckiest man alive to have the contacts I do at the North Pole. Every year around this time I hear from Santa, Elf Ernest, Elf Ed Zachary and others from the North Pole as preparations are made to once again track Santa.

You know the traditions we have in tracking Santa but still I get excited every year when that phone rings and we start talking about plans for the days leading up to Christmas. They really are exceptional people and I'm not saying that because I want Santa to stuff my stocking with something special this year.

Folks think that I play Santa here or that I am Elf Ernest or that I am the extremely brilliant Elf Ed Zachary.

(Oh, how I wish. Elf Ed Zachary receives at least one or two marriage proposals a year, that's how awesome this elf is).

But when we get together to talk about what's new I get excited for Christmas like nothing else. The email from kids starts to really roll in once these guys...
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Do You See Him ?

Posted 11-21-2010 at 01:23 PM by caninemom3

[B]Do You See Him?[/B]
[B][I]by Max Lucado[/I][/B]

[B]ITíS CHRISTMAS NIGHT. THE HOUSE IS QUIET. [/B]

[B]Even the crackle is gone from the fireplace. The last of the carolers appeared on the ten oíclock news. The last of the apple pie was eaten by my brother-in-law. And the last of the Christmas albums have been stored away having dutifully performed their annual rendition of chestnuts, white Christmases, and red-nosed reindeers.[/B]

[B]Itís Christmas night.[/B]

[B]The midnight hour has chimed and I should be asleep, but Iím awake. Iím kept awake by one stunning thought. [/B]

[B]The world was different this week. It was temporarily transformed.[/B]

[B]The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be. [/B]

[B]We forgot our compulsion with winning, wooing, and warring. We put away our...
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What the Skeptics Don't Get About Thanksgiving and Christmas

Posted 11-20-2010 at 12:13 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Jim Early starts to hang his Christmas lights in September. He turns them on the night after Halloween. And without fail every year the reactions are the same. Neighbors on all sides of him gather for the lighting ceremony, as they have for years in the sleepy Northern California town of Grass Valley. But just as the jolly traditions of Santa, elves, eggnog and stockings are a tradition of the season so too are some Scrooge-like traditions that just have to come up every year.

ďThere is a guy on a local radio station who picks the day after Halloween every year to complain about the creep of Christmas,Ē Jim says. ďHe doesnít want to see decoration for sale in the stores, he canít stand to hear Christmas music on the radio in November and he picks on me every year for firing up my Christmas display right after Halloween. It has become tradition.Ē
Heís right.

There is a preponderance of folks all over who detest the early manifestations of the season....
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