Merry Christmas To You! *Open Thread*

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Since I am on vacation, I am reprising this post from 2011. The music is timeless, and I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to add your own favorites!

And so it is, another Christmas Day is upon us. This is such a special time, spending time with family, stressing out over gifts, or food preparation for family gathering, or the inability to afford either…It is a time of reflection, a time of sharing. It is a time of remembering what is important, of a lowly birth in a manger, of hopes for peace around the world. It is a magical time, filled with a beauty only the winter can bring…

And it is about the music. Whether one is a Christian or not, there is something special about the music of this season. It can be quiet and soothing, like a mother singing to her child. It can be joyous, and exuberant, the birth of the promised one remembered and celebrated. It can be lighthearted, and fun, sleigh rides in the snow, and you just know there will be a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows waiting at the end of the ride…

It is that music I want to offer for this day, if you will indulge me. These songs speak to me in one way or another, whether it is the chanting quality that reaches deep into the soul, or memories of my mother and father singing their parts in the church choir, where Dad was also the organist. There are so many to choose from that I love, so this is but a sampling.

Since it is Christmas Day, it seems only fitting to harken this day with, “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” sung by the incredible group, Celtic Woman:

Beautiful, just beautiful. I swear, I could just pick a bunch of their pieces for this post – I just love their voices. Gorgeous.

Another one of my favorite Christmas songs, performed, appropriately enough by the Vienna Boys Choir, is “Little Drummer Boy”:

Lovely. These boys have the prettiest voices, don’t they?

The Wexford Carol has gorgeous harmonies, as evidenced in this rendition by Celtic Woman:

This has to be one of the best Christmas songs, performed here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, “Angels We Have Heard On High”:

Wow, their reputation is well deserved, is it not? Amazing.

And finally, this fun, joyful piece, “Christmas Pipes.” Again, it is performed by Celtic Woman:

I hope your Christmas Day is all you wish it to be, filled with love, warmth, time spent with loved ones, and that there is no cold or loneliness for you this day, or any. Many blessings on this day, and for the New Year to come.

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49 Responses to “Merry Christmas To You! *Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    Merry Christmas to all. God Bless and may he keep all safe in his powerful love.

    This afternoon, will be going to see “Into The Woods” with friends But wanted to share part of this powerful poem bec. of my angel and his military buddies here and above.

    Found this over on WZ – powerful poem
    “T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
    HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE
    MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
    WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO
    IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
    A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
    NOT EVEN A TREE.
    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
    JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
    OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
    AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT
    CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
    IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
    ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
    SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
    IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    Entire link at”
    http://weaselzippers.us/209021-twas-the-night-before-christmas/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks for sharing this Piper.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And a very Merry Christmas to you, Piper! Your plans for today sound lovely. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

      Thank you for the poem. It is powerful indeed. Yes, many thanks to all those who have been willing to don the uniform, be it military, police, or fire.

      Merry Christmas to all!

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    Thank you Piper for this awesome story. ❤

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Wishing A very, Merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New year to Amy and all my friends that visit here at Amy’s place. 😀

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    10 whiners who didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas

    http://twitchy.com/2014/12/25/10-whiners-who-didnt-get-what-they-wanted-for-christmas/

    Sounds like a serious lack of parenting skills to me.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is basically what Rev. Gentry was saying on Neil Cavuto earlier this month – that these parents need to deal with their own rebellious children themselves, and stop expecting the police to do their parenting for them.

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    My College grandkid who is home for Christmas break made my day.
    I asked her what she got me and she said nothing !!
    That I had her love.
    That is ll I wanted in the first place. 😀

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

  7. mcnorman Says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you and all of your readers Rev. Thank you for keeping the blog alive and safe.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      And the same to you, dear mcnorman! I hope,you and yours are having a beautiful day together!

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    We just got back from having an incredible Christmas dinner with friends here on Grand Cayman. It was only their immediate family, which meant 6 of 7 siblings with all of their kids and their kids. I was told there weren’t any first cousins of the siblings, hence the immediate family. Suffice it to say, it was a BUNCH of people, all very friendly and welcoming. And there was a TON of food. What a blast.

    The one downside is that our senior dog, Dorothy, who was my mom’s dog, is not doing well. She has stopped eating. Our vet met our pet sitter this morning, gave her fluids, did some blood work (she just had some done a few weeks ago, and it was good), gave her a B12 shot, and said she needed to rest. He also said her new blood work doesn’t look too good, and he is afraid she has a mass on her spleen. She has to go back tomorrow for x-rays and possibly an ultrasound. Prayers are always appreciated…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Prayers sent. Fingers crossed. Wishes wished. All good thoughts directed at Dorothy.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Thanks so much, Marge. I suggested to our pet sitter to try baby food and see if Dorothy would eat that. She said last night, she ate two jars or turkey Gerber’s, so definitely a step in the right direction. We will know more later today.

        We love Dorothy, of course – but she was also my mom’s dog, so there is that added to the impact of all this (I lost Mom almost 5 yrs ago now, though we have had Dorothy for over 6 yrs). And, our young dog, DJ, is completely attached to her. He thinks she is her mom and just adores her. He is more than twice her size, but she still rules him. Hopefully, whatever this is, can be managed…

      • foxyladi14 Says:

        Amen!!!! ❤

    • piper Says:

      Glad to hear about your wonderful dinner time – yummy. So sorry to hear about Dorothy – pets give so much love and comfort asking for little in return. Sending prayers and big hugs to you and Dorothy – may she recover to have many more holidays with family / friends.
      It took a while but I finally understand this message (not really slow, just young and naive) – Every Day is a Gift!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Thanks so much, Piper. It truly was a blessing to be with such warm and welcoming folks. And the food was fabulous!

        As for our little Dorothy, well, the. Et is certain she has a mass, just not if it is on her spleen or liver. He has sent the films to a radiologist to try and ascertain which.

        If it is the spleen, that is good – it is operable. If it is the liver, it is not. We will go in on. Mon. Morning with her and talk abt our options.

        Thanks for all of the support, friends. It means so much!

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Frontpage’s 2014 Person of the Year: The American Police Officer

    By Daniel Greenfield

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/frontpages-2014-person-of-the-year-the-american-police-officer-1-2/

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    JMO

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I concur with your assessment.

    • piper Says:

      Did so much for Hillary once upon a time but NOW – it’ll be a cold day in hell before I work for or vote for her. Same for Bush!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Right there with you, piper, on both counts! I look back now and cannot believe how all in. I was for Hillary, all the time, energy, and money spent. Never again…

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great Branco cartoon!

    • piper Says:

      Ty for sharing – My small subdivision has many cops living here and work hard to keep our burg safe. Most of the crime here is theft from Menards or the grocery stores.
      Wonder how many people living in low SES really feel about the so-called protesters who go back nightly to their safe and protected suburbs / enclaves.

      BTW – Throughly enjoyed the movie, “Into the Woods,” a tale about the reality of life. Am planning to see the original with Bernadette Peters as the witch, and buy the sound track.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      😆

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Great toon, Marge! Thanks so much!

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    ‘April FOOL?’ Comment by ‘President Pinocchio’ that America is ‘less racially divided’ under him doesn’t amuse

    http://twitchy.com/2014/12/27/april-fool-comment-by-president-pinocchio-that-america-is-less-racially-divided-under-him-doesnt-amuse/

    They were talking on “Special Report” last night that Obama saying that we were safer during his reign than we were before would come back to haunt him. I think the backlash from this will be worse. Whenever Obama is unscripted he shows us what a dimwit he actually is. Brilliant? Maybe in a Kool Aid drinkers alternative universe.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Once again, Obama demonstrates how completely out of touch he is with the country. Wow.

      I could not agree more abt his alleged brilliance. He can read a TelePrompTer, we know. But every time he talks on his own, he shows how not-so-smart he is. He thinks arrogance and petulance are good substitutes, and for many of his minions, they are. But not for those of us in the thinking reality based community.

      Btw, since the very good toon was on the whole race thing, this latest brouhaha in Missouri over a kid with a rap sheet a mile long getting show because he aimed a loaded gun at a police officer is ridiculous. No one is above the law, no one. And it would not have mattered if he was polka dotted. You do not, unless you want to be shot, aim a pistol at a police officer. The whole attitude of being above the law, or acting like the same laws don’t apply, or that there aren’t consequences for actions, is working my nerves.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I’ve thought the whole race thing from Trayvon to Brown to Garner was mostly media molesting the truth. Once old big mouth Obama gets involved then the epithet “racist” begins to fly. Not ever back in the left’s direction though. They seem immune to the label even though I have observed far more racism coming the left than the right.

        This newest nonsense is only more of the same. The protesters are doing themselves no good. People who once thought that some AA’s had a right to complain do not think they have a real complaint over people who break the law. Point a gun at a cop? Suicidal perhaps? Or just stupid?

        Some thought it unfortunate that Obama as POTUS couldn’t put down a golf club long enough to comment on the assassinated Police Officers except with a written statement. (Which I would bet he didn’t write.)

        Now maybe its best if he keeps his damn big, and foolish mouth shut. Best for him anyway. Call in the Obama Troops in the media and beyond – time for more damage control.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          YES! That is exactly it, Marge! Even if there was a reason before, seeing so many people demanding heads roll because of consequences from the perps’ behavior is just astonishing. This latest one is just stupid, IMHO – it is death by cop, and for the community to get outraged abt it minimizes any legitimate case they may have.

          Btw, abt Martin – the media did a very good job manipulating that story, especially abt the stuff he was getting to make Crank. I mentioned it to our friend who is here with us, and she hadn’t heard a thing abt that, that his AZ iced tea and Skittles were used with Cough syrup to make this drug. One he seemed to use with regularity.

          With each and every one of these cases, the media has begun with a false premise, and built on it from there. Just reprehensible.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Clinton looks to shore up support on the left

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clinton-looks-more-and-more-like-a-candidate-though-its-not-official/2014/12/25/ffbf8d76-87a6-11e4-b9b7-b8632ae73d25_story.html

    It is looking more and more as if Hillary’s day has come and gone. She is not a good campaigner and it appears that the Obama loyalists intend to stab her in the back. Word is that Mr. Petty Prez is still pouting about having to have Bill Clinton come and rescue him at the 2012 Convention. The Democrat Party stabbed the Clinton’s in the back in 2008 in favor of a candidate with more melanin. Now looks like they want someone younger and further to the left ala Fauxcahontus Lizzie Warren.

    Looks like the Clintons, Hill and Bill, ain’t as smart as they though they were. They, being without integrity themselves should never have expect promises to be kept.

    I’ve always wondered why the left feels obligated to tell us just how “smart” their people are. If someone is very smart, it’s obvious. Isn’t it?

    • piper Says:

      But Lizzy is only a year younger than Hillary. Now running whiter than white party of democrat candidates – Lizzy, Hilly, Jim Webb, JoeJoe B. and socialist Bernie Sanders.

  14. kenoshamarge Says:

    Watch a Son Give an Overwhelming Christmas Present to His Mom and Dad — and the Hugs and Tears That Follow

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/26/watch-a-son-give-an-overwhelming-christmas-present-to-his-mom-and-dad-and-the-hugs-and-tears-that-follow/

    Looks like Mom and Dad did something right when they raised their son. 😉

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    To me calling Al Sharpton “Reverend” has always seemed repulsive.

    This makes my point:

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Rev and the rest of you nice people I have an idea and I need some help with it. The other day while chatting with the Rev about her dog Dorothy, that she took when her mom could no longer care for her, a tiny idea formed in the back of my head and has been percolating ever since.

    After losing my own beloved pet, in my case a wonderful bird, I knew I wanted to get another pet of some kind. But I also knew at my age and in my health it wouldn’t be wise, or kind, to get a young animal that might be left homeless when I pass on. I thought it would be perfect if I could take a beloved pet into my home who was either left homeless with the death of a beloved caretaker or when the caretaker could no longer care for the pet (family member).

    I intend to put an ad in the paper after the Holidays when things all calm down a bit.

    Then I got to thinking wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a “list” of some kind that would help those of us who cannot care for our beloved animals, or who are afraid of what will happen to them when we pass. Couldn’t those of us who are a little younger or in a little better health “help” by taking their beloved into our homes. Helping both parties? I am too old and sick to train a young dog or a young bird and then worry what will happen to them when I’m not around. The thought haunted me before Katie died.

    What do you think my friends? Could we start something? A legacy that we could all be proud of and that would ease the minds of others like us who love animals aka family members?

    Whadda ya think?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I think that is a fantastic idea, Marge. Truly a great idea. I am more than happy to keep a list here. It is a huge concern for me, as well.

      My niece, who worked as a vet tech and Administrator for AAHA clinics for years, always said people should get age appropriate pets. That is, seniors should get senior pets who need a good home to live out their days, middle aged the same, and young young. If we did not have Dorothy, who does not like adult dogs, we would not have gotten DJ. That he was house trained in less than a week was a huge bonus, though.

      Anyway, I can set up an additional area or something when I get back, and people who are interested can be added with the areas in which they live.

      Brilliant, Marge – and bless your heart!

    • piper Says:

      Like that a lot. It has been a year since I lost my beloved Princess,a feisty Bichon who owned me lock, stock and kisses. Although she was almost 17 and suffering from arthritis, it was extremely difficult to say good-bye. Thankfully we had a wonderful vet who was supportive in caring for her and our others who are all now playing on the Rainbow Bridge.
      I would like to get another Bichon, have looked at them but can’t in my heart get another precious to love at this time.

      • piper Says:

        BTW – from time to time I watch another Bichon (I call her my foster) whose owner has many health issues.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I know the feeling of being “owned” and miss it. I have always had a pet of some kind and am lonely without one. But I am terrified of leaving a beloved alone and frightened. I also don’t have the energy for a young dog and that wouldn’t be fair to the dog. A young bird needs the same care and attention. So I have been thinking about what to do for a while now.

        What Rev Amy said about taking her mother’s dog got the brain cells agitated enough to get some thoughts going. Now I just need to figure out how to do what I think is a service that anyone who is concerned about what happens to their pet once they cannot care for it.

        I often think about the lady that owned my house before me. She and her little Chihuahua lived here alone after the death of her husband. She became a hoarder and was finally removed forcibly from the house.

        Friends and family cleaned it out and that’s when we first came on the scene. Her little dog was taken to the pound. I can’t bear the thought of that. It keeps me afraid to get a dog. But if there is a will there is a way. Especially when there are so many people who face the same problem and who care so much for animals.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          There is nothing like that feeling, is there?

          Piper, I am so sorry abt your Bichon. No doubt you miss her still. But good for you for helping out the ill neighbor. That is such a gift to give someone, to know their baby is getting good care.

          And Marge, this is a great idea. I always told Mom I would take Dorothy if something happened to her. But she also had a cat. Despite having 4 siblings, none could take him. Thankfully, I got an aunt to take him. But there is definitely a need for this.

          Btw, the pet sitter reported that Dorothy, after getting more fluids this morning, ate more baby food and wanted snacks. She also drank water, which she had not done in days. Fingers crossed for her a appointment Monday.

          Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            So glad to hear Dorothy is doing better!

            • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

              Thanks. We will know more tomorrow. She was glad to see us when we got home last night, for sure, but she went and laid back down pretty fast. Poor old girl.

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