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Fractured Christmas Carols

Can you figure out the correct name of these Christmas carols???

Don’t cheat..ey and come up with the answers before scrolling down.

Fractured Christmas Carols

1. Bleached Yule
2. Castaneous-colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration
3. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors
4. Righteous Darkness
5. Arrival Time 2400 hrs – Weather Cloudless
6. Loyal Followers Advance
7. Far Off in a Feeder
8. Array the Corridor
9. Bantam Male Percussionist
10. Monarchial Triad
11. Nocturnal Noiselessness
12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers
13. Red Man En Route to Borough
14. Frozen Precipitation Commence
15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle
16. The Quadruped with the Vermilion Proboscis
17. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant
18. Delight for this Planet
19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings
20. The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals

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1. White Christmas
2. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
3. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
4. O Holy Night
5. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
6. O Come, All Ye Faithful
7. Away in a Manger
8. Deck the Hall
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. We Three Kings
11. Silent Night
12. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
13. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
14. Let it Snow
15. Go, Tell It on the Mountain
16. Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer
17. What Child is This?
18. Joy to the World
19. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
20. The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Holiday Greetings

I am really trying hard to leave a “personal” Holiday Greeting to all my MySpace Friends and Facebook Friends, but I am begining to think that I may not make i before Christmas!!

So if I don’t get to leave a comment on your page – or even if I did, let me say again – that I hope that you:

Have A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year
 
LOVE ALWAYS,
Ninure Da Hippie

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Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

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A letter from JC

Just in case “they” dudn’t get this in “their” e-mail, could you pas this on to anyone and everyone who claims that there is a “War on Christmas”?

 
Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival; although, I do appreciate being remembered
any time.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on.

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday
tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You
can and may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching that explains who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks are. If you have forgot that one, look at John 15:1-8 .

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is My wish list. Choose something from it.
 
* 1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My
birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers
away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonel y thi s time of year.
I know, they tell Me all the time.
 
* 2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
 
* 3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on
the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

 
* 4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of
My birth and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
 
* 5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him
or her.
 
*  6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take
their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?
Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference. Also, you might consider supporting the local Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.
 
* 7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town
calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas,” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn’t make so much money on that day, they’d close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.
 
* 8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary, especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have
never heard My name. You may already know someone like that.
 
* 9. Here’s a good one. There are individuals and whole families
in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them (and I suspect you don’t), buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity that believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
 
* 10. Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your
actions that you are one of mine.

P.S.
Don’t forget;
I am with God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I’ll help you, but it is now up to you. I’ll do My job, but I won’t do your job. And do have a most blessed Christmas and, remember, all those you love
with I LOVE YOU.  
Jesus

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‘God does not share his love between all of his creatures; He gives *all* of his love to *each* of His creatures!’ (Hugh of St. Victor).


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Christmas – Best Hopes vs. Worst Expectations

.Today;s offering is for those of “us” who may not be having the “picture perfect” Christmas we will be hraring about today.

I do hope with all my heart that those of you celebrating with friends and family will truly enjoy every nuance of every facet of what this day truly means…and say a prayer of thanks for the real gifts received this day. – Ninure da Hippie

Christmas – Best Hopes vs. Worst Expectations

Today’s thought is:

Every Christmas I hope for the best but expect the worst.
–Adult child group member

As bells ring out and carols echo everywhere, we should not be surprised if our spirits take a nosedive. It isn’t that we don’t understand the meaning of Christmas, or that we reject it, but rather that the idealized version of what Christmas should be has often times been denied us. We may come to resent the fact that all this good cheer seems to be for other people, not us.

Our experiences may have had little to do with family togetherness around a glowing fireplace, loving conversation, and delighted laughter. Such scenes feel like an affront if there has been no family closeness, perhaps no gifts, and little or no overt love. Of course it’s wrenching when our own experience clashes so painfully with advertised reality!

But every day is a chance for new experience. We can choose today to create the good cheer that wasn’t created for us. It’s too late to change yesterday’s disappointment, but, if we choose, we can make this holiday season the one we’ll remember.

I have made a conscious decision to leave past Christmases in the past. Today, I will begin to create a celebration.

You are reading from the book:

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen & Carol Larsen Hegarty

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Holidays, Bah Humbug!

From my files (posted in 2009)

Holidays. Bah Humbug!

by Marianne Clyde, L.M.F.T.

Like the Grinch who stole Christmas, there are things lurking in the dark, waiting to steal your Christmas Joy. The children are out of control; there are childhood expectations of your own that have never been fulfilled; there are gifts to buy and you don’t have the money; cards to write and you have no time; and parties to go to where you don’t even know the people; not to mention that it’s the final quarter of the year and books have to be balanced, sales must be increased. Expectations are high. Nerves are frayed. Oh yeah, and you’re supposed to decorate!

The in-laws plan to come, but your parents are offended because you spend more time with your spouse’s family. Your grown children have lives of their own and all of a sudden they have plans for Christmas Eve. No, they can’t make it for New Year’s Eve either because they have another commitment, but thanks for asking. Then there’s that thoughtful gift your husband is so excited about — a vacuum cleaner! All the while he is not really turned on by the matching blinking bow tie and socks that you would have never even considered buying at any other time of the year. It seemed like a cute idea at the time.
Now on top of all this, add a divorce, a death, an unplanned trip out of town, a kid who gets caught shoplifting. Right about now you are ready to just sleep through the holidays and wish they would just go away.

Depression, stress, anxiety and suicide all increase around the holidays. Is it any wonder? Where is Jesus in the mix? He came to bring peace to all men. Where is your peace? Packed away with last year’s Christmas paper?

Many of us find ourselves asking what is it all about? Why all these traditions? Now that there has been a change in the family structure perhaps, you might not even have your kids for the holidays–or now that Mom has died, Christmas just can’t be the same.

There are many causes for holiday depression. It’s a very real thing; it needs to be recognized and treated before it gets out of hand.

• Are you sleeping too much or too little?
• Are you eating too much or too little?
• Are you having a difficult time making decisions?
• Are you entertaining suicidal thoughts? Maybe thought that you wish you were dead?
• Are you withdrawing from people?
• Are you feeling overwhelming sadness?
• Do you feel shaky and nervous?
• Is your temper short?
• Are you having stomach or digestion problems?
• Are you crying a lot for no apparent reason?
• Is it difficult to get anything done?
• Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Here are some suggestions to take back control of your holidays–and your joy!

1. There is no rule that says you must send out cards. Is there a way you could pare down your list, send them at another time of year (New Year cards perhaps), commit to getting in touch with your friends throughout the year instead of now?

2. Why are you buying all those gifts? To get one back? Out of obligation? Maybe you could suggest drawing names for your family gathering. Maybe each one could be asked to give something homemade this year. Maybe you could have a gift exchange game where everyone brings one gift worth a certain amount of money and you pick numbers: number one choosing the first gift, number two picking a gift from the pile or the gift number 1 chose. Then number 3 picking a gift from the pile or the gift number 1 or 2 chose, etc. until all the gifts are distributed. This can be a lot of fun! Maybe you could be the one to suggest no gifts this year.

3. Decorate simply and modestly, if you feel you must decorate at all. You could make decorating a family project by popping popcorn and string the popcorn with cranberries and have an old fashioned Christmas. Meanwhile play Christmas music, tell Christmas stories or share Christmas memories.

4. Give yourself permission to invite everyone to your house this year so you don’t have to run all over town. Make it a potluck or a combined effort. People usually like to help.

5. Consciously choose the events you will go to. Know why you are going. It’s OK to say no. Even too many good events can get stressful.

6. If you have a new family configuration this year due to a divorce or death or kids leaving home, feel free to develop a new tradition. Traditions are good as long as they serve their purpose. If they are stressing you out, they have outlived their purpose.

7. If you have lost a family member to death, perhaps you could memorialize that person, by going to the hospital and visiting sick patients in their honor. You could hand out small gifts or have the kids decorate cards or ornaments to hand out. Involve the whole family.

8. Bag the tradition all together and serve on a food line for the homeless.

9. Create a family project Instead of giving gifts to one another, buy blankets for the homeless shelters and deliver them, or inexpensive toys and deliver them to a housing project. Most churches have some kind of outreach to the less fortunate at this time of year.

10. Maybe you could rent a cabin in the woods and have a totally relaxing holiday this year. Try something new.

11. If you find yourself alone, create your own family. Many people have families that are too far away and would love somewhere to go.

12. If you know someone else is struggling, ask them to lunch and tell them you care.

13. Take time to assess what you are doing and why. If it doesn’t make sense, consider the whole reason for the season. He gave his life so that we could live abundantly. What would you have to change to feel that you are experiencing the abundant life? Take the first step today. Put the JOY back in your holiday.

Marianne Clyde is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Renascence-PIW Clinic in Fairfax, VA. Marianne also has her own radio call-in program, which can be heard daily on WCTN 950AM at 1 PM.

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Hippie Rant: What I want for Christmas

Well there are a number of people who have been asking me these days, “What do you want for Christmas?”

This year I am truly unsure of just how I am supposed to answer that question.

A dear woman who was driving me home from church, asked “What do you want for Christmas”.

Without thinking I said. “Oh, I’d like to have anew TV an iPod, or an IMac”.

There was a strange silence..a very, very, long somewhat uncomfortable pause before I got what I had done.

“Well of course I know I am not going to get any of those things, but they’re fun to wish for!!”, I laughed.

She laughed too.

I have come to learn that among the many people I know, that they asuume because I am a Hippie, I am not in to wanting to have have material things.

I have come to learn that among most of the people I know, that expect me to say, because I am a Hippie Bleeding heart Liberal:

  • “I want World peace”
  • “I want end to poverty”
  • “I want the end of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia”

    Alright, I do want that….but I want some THINGS. Some TOYS. Some GOODUES.

    I do, I really do.

    So if you haven’t got anybody else to buy Christmas presents for, I’m rasing my hand….

    Me…Me…Me…buy presents for me!!

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  • Faith and Doubt, Hope and Fear, Joy and Sorrow – and Dreams

    I know that many people who attend Church, however irregularly will be attending services this month the hopes of seeing a Christmas pageant and singing all the old familar Christmas carols.

    I am pretty sure that in “my church” this will happen, but knowing my Pastors, I am pretty sure we are going to be challenged to recognize that Good News is far more than “warm fuzzies”.

    Isaiah 7:10-16
    Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19
    Romans 1:1-7
    Matthew 1:18-25

    Faith and Doubt, Hope and Fear, Joy and Sorrow – and Dreams

    Joseph was in a very difficult position. How could this have happened, that his betrothed should become pregnant before their marriage had properly taken place? What would people think? In those times, the stakes involved considerably more than some social embarrassment and loss of face. By the law codes of that time and place (Deuteronomy 22:20, 21), it was very possible that Mary could have been condemned as an adulteress, taken out to a public place, stripped, and stoned to death by the mob.

    In fact, Joseph may well have been under some pressure, as a responsible adult male, to uphold the laws and traditions, to make an example of Mary, so that other young girls would think twice before showing up pregnant.

    This was largely up to Joseph and what he decided to do about this unexpected pregnancy. Back then, that was the way things were. Clearly, Joseph cared about this particular, vulnerable young girl enough that he couldn’t bear to see her life end in such an “example” to others.
    But, what would people think? If he ignored this shame on his own honor, how could he hold his head up in town? He had another option: he could “dismiss her quietly” (Matthew 1:19, NRSV). While this was not a death sentence, realistically, it was a sentence to a life of wandering and destitution for Mary. No one would want to marry her, with a child born out of wedlock. She would be “damaged goods” in a society where there was no safety net for such women. She would be – terrifyingly – on her own. The best she could hope for would be a life of servitude in someone else’s home.

    “What would people think?” – In Buddhist tradition, one of the three temptations the Buddha resisted was social obligation, and what we would now call “public opinion.” When we resist the calling of the Holy Spirit in our lives because we think people will be outraged or scandalized by our behavior, we are succumbing to this temptation.

    In Eastern Orthodox icons of the Nativity, there is often a small scene depicted in the lower left corner: Joseph, sitting and glumly listening to a man talking to him. Sometimes, the iconographer depicts this man with some sinister-looking attributes, and sometimes just with the kind of expression one might see on one of the town’s gossips. Other times, the artist portrays this character as an imp, or a small devil. He represents this temptation, of social obligation and public opinion, that Joseph was feeling pressured by: “What will people think?”

    This Joseph would have known the words of Psalm 80, with its sadness: “You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves” (verse 6) and its calling upon God: “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved” (verse 3). This Psalm mentions an earlier Joseph, who also had dreams sent by God, and who also was merciful, as God had shown him how to be merciful – mercy far beyond what we think we may hope for, as that ancient Joseph’s brothers thought and feared (see Genesis 37, 39-50).

    The doubts and anxieties of social obligation were behind the ethnic and religious divisions between Jews and Gentiles – the “circumcised and uncircumcised” in Rome – that Paul was addressing in the text of Romans. He urges them to remember the abundance and inclusive generosity of God’s love, through Jesus. In the Revised English Bible, the text emphasizes how the power of the Holy Spirit transcends all human and national boundaries and rules: “On the human level he was a descendant of David, but on the level of the spirit – the Holy Spirit – he was proclaimed Son of God by an act of power that raised him from the dead: it is about Jesus Christ our Lord” (1:3, 4).

    This is the Good News – “it is about Jesus Christ our Lord.” In Jesus, we share in the surprising, generous mercy of God – far beyond what we think we may hope for – in the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. This is the source of our Advent hope, and our Christmas joy – “It is about Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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    Reflection was prepared by Lisa Bellan-Boyer, Professor of Religious Studies at Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ; and an accredited docent at the Tribute Center, a visitor’s center and exhibit gallery operated by the 9/11 Families Association, at the World Trade Center site in New York City.
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