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merry christmas, 1 day late.
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scrutney
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: merry christmas, 1 day late.  Reply with quote

i hope everyone had a memorable Christmas.
i spent mine with family and friends.

laptops, desktops, legos, dvd's, blue rays, all manufactured overseas...all to be consigned to the bone yard, five years hence.
i ate like a pig.

i mean i really ate like a pig...trough on the floor and everything...we have weird holiday traditions.

the Christmas carolers found this out the hard way.
(hint) it is not a smart thing to stand on our doorstep on Christmas eve and demand figgy pudding.

merry day after Christmas...happy hanukkah..wonderful holiday wishes...festive, verdant kwanza greetings....have i missed any one?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha   Sounds a lot like my Christmas...except I had a winter wonderland of SNOW!

Snow in the Hotlanta burbs...unbelievable.  And we're iced-in today.  

Stuck inside...having fun...playing with my shiny new netbook.  Santa done good.

Merry Holidays y'all!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I was definitely not happy ... my favorite bar was closed, ALL DAY.

But, all in all, I guess it wasn't so bad ... wifey actually cooked ... great food and way too much of it.

A belated Merry Christmas from me/us also.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:08 pm    Post subject: Re: merry christmas, 1 day late. Reply with quote

scrutney wrote:
i hope everyone had a memorable Christmas.
i spent mine with family and friends.
Same here.   At dinner last eve we were asked to speak on what we were thankful for (we forgot to do it at Thanksgiving).  Everyone, in some form or another, was thankful for family and friends and such some more verbose (including me) then others.... One was thankful for the 111 Congress another was thankful for the end of the that Congress (me).......  We drank a little laughed a lot and in general just had a fantastic day around the kitchen, the table and the tree.  

As the second to the last I told the group I count my blessings daily.  And I do.  I have great kids a wife that tolerates me, a home I can afford, a job (if you can call it that) and a darn good life style.  Ok I had had a few brandies and Vernors.  

All in all it was a wonderful day.  

scrutney wrote:
aptops, desktops, legos, dvd's, blue rays, all manufactured overseas...all to be consigned to the bone yard, five years hence.
i ate like a pig.
Ditto.  Kids got I-Pods the wife got really, really nice sheep skin booties/slippers and I got a bunch of junk that I already have and don't need.  But that is Christmas in Coebul's family.  

scrutney wrote:
i mean i really ate like a pig...trough on the floor and everything...we have weird holiday traditions.
Then you deserve that bloated 2 notches on your belt feeling.....  

scrutney wrote:
the Christmas carolers found this out the hard way.
(hint) it is not a smart thing to stand on our doorstep on Christmas eve and demand figgy pudding.
So you had Figgy Pudding to throw????  

scrutney wrote:
merry day after Christmas...happy hanukkah..wonderful holiday wishes...festive, verdant kwanza greetings....have i missed any one?
bier?
It is Christmas...........Not Winter Holiday, Chanukkah's, or Kwanzaa.   How PC... Chanukkah's been over for almost a month.   and Kwanzaa is a made up holiday.....  

Did I offend everyone bier??  

MERRY CHRISTMAS a year early
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bieramar



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merry Christmas everyone,

- even though its a made up holiday (there was no Mass for Christ on that first day),

- the actual event celebrated, a Jewish prophet's birth, wasn't in the winter (the early Christians moved it to supplant the pagan feast of the winter solstice),

- nor was it in the year Anno Domino 0, or even AD 1,

- the story writers fudged the facts to fulfill some Old Testament prophecies about where the Christ would be born,

- the Roman censuses only counted Roman citizens living in the provinces, not the natives of the occupied provinces,

- provincial censuses didn't require that native born non-Roman citizens had to go back to their birthtown to be counted, and

- there's no Gospel reference to a stable.

But its an inspiring story of peace and love to the poor (shepherds in the field), and to the rich (gift-giving wise men) alike.

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We had a Traditional Christmas dinner here in New Mexico (Paradise Hills, west of Albuquerque) with the St. Augustine emigrants gathered; pork and pollo tamales, quacamole, beans, pecan pie, magic bars, Evan Williams eggnog, Flor de Cana 7-year-old Grand Reserve, and Modelo Especial, followed by Quintero Brevas with our coffee.

Peace and love abounded.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: From RasmussenReports.com Reply with quote

87% of Americans celebrate Christmas, with
83% of Americans thinking that Jesus Christ was a real person who walked the earth 2,000 years ago, and
70% of Americans believing Jesus Christ is the son of God sent to Earth to die for our sins, and
64% believing Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.

62% celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, and 22% celebrate it as a secular holiday.
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auntmartymoo



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah...most people are just in it for the booze & the food.   Wink
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bieramar



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the young man Jesus was into booze and food also - turning water into wine for the drunken after party wedding guests, and cloning the fish and the bread to feed the crowds during a political rally.

Politicking hasn't changed that much in 2,000+ years.
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Gene



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I laughed about the Florida legislator who wants to make a law that Merry Christmas will be the official Florida greeting, and somehow related that to religion.

Holy Christmas is religious but Merry is more secular and makes me think of booze, food and parties.

A neighbor is irate about Christmas losing its religious roots and was going on and on about traditional Christmas things like Christmas trees, chestnuts, holly, yule logs, mistletoe and food.  He included either ham or turkey for Christmas dinner.  He got mad at me when I reminded him that turkeys weren't known until after the New World was discovered, and most of the early Christians were Jews and wouldn't likely be eating swine, so I didn't even bother with the other stuff which wasn't around Judea or most of the Roman Empire in the early days of Christianity.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the various religious practices, beliefs and traditions leading up to the birth of the Messiah/Christos and the amalgamations into Christianity: http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/mithraism.html

Once the December 25th date for the annual worship service gathering a/k/a "Mass" celebrating Jesus Christ's birth (Christmas) was declared by the Roman Emperor early in the 4th century C.E. the various pre-existing decorating and celebratory traditions from different ethnic regions of the Roman Empire were encompassed by the new Christians in those areas; e.g.:

- Romans celebrated the solstice holiday, Saturnalia (lots of booze and food), decking their halls with boughs of holly (actually garlands woven from laurel branches) and setting candles in live trees growing near the front entrances to their homes; both symbols of the lengthening light each day, and the anticipated new growth which hopefully would lead to an ultimate harvest of fruit and food. They went from home to home giving gifts (Latin = stenae = English = lucky fruits/candies, as lucky charms to wish their friends health and wealth in the new year.

- Northern Europeans tied apples from evergreen trees (the symbol of their sun god, Baldor) at the winter solstice to represent the annual change to longer days, spring and new growth. They burned the huge yule log for the 12 days of Yuletide to represent the annual return of the lengthening daily shining of their sun god.

- Druids in the northlands decorated with their sacred "peace and love" symbolic plant, the mistletoe, hence the kissing foreplay.

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