Friday, November 30, 2007
Odd that this entry stood out today when I looked through my little How to be a Christmas Angel book. Bob just told me that he ordered a book that our wonderful friend Joe Schroeter has published. Joe works in the Shetland/Miniature Horse Registry office.
Here is a description of the book:
If Ye Abide in Me
by H.J. Schroeter
"Six apparent paradoxes of the Bible embody the crucial elements of the nature of Jesus. The successful progression in the mastery of these character traits, fueled by the conversion power of His word within us, allows us to become like Him and therefore acquire residency in Him. 'If Ye Abide In Me' will clearly expound this truth to the reader and therefore furnish much expertise in building the road to the abiding status. Author H. J. Schroeter is convinced that the success of this process rests solely in the willingness of the believer to be transformed by these apparent biblical paradoxes into the image of Christ. "
The Tradition of the Jesse Tree
The Jesse Tree is a centuries-old family Advent devotion that has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years. It has particular value since it helps both kids and adults a like to locate Jesus, the Messiah, within the lineage of the shepherd boy who became King of Israel--David, son of Jesse.
The whole idea of the Jesse Tree comes right out of a classic Advent passage from the prophet Isaiah: "A shoot will sprout from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit" (Is 11:1). The Jesse Tree is hung with ornaments representing Old Testament people and events and lead up to Jesus. The traditional symbols hung on the tree are based on the genealogy of Jesus as reccounted by the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Set up a tree or branches with or without leaves. For the ornaments, you can either buy a Jesse Tree kit or just craft them yourself. Traditionally, there is one ornament for each day of Advent. You start at the base of the tree with Adam and Eve. At the top of the tree at the very end of the season comes a crib representing the baby Jesus. There's a brief scripture reading for every symbol (see below). If you read these readings and contemplate them and the symbols to which they are linked, by December 25th you and your family will have a much deeper understanding of the history of salvation and the meaning of Christmas!
Some great links:
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Right to left: Ima (Mom), Uncle Ray, Aunt Edna
That little fellow in the center just got married! Congratulations, Ray, I know that you and Nancy will be happy.
Below is another photo of Mom and family. That's Mom on the left, cousin Verna Mae, sister Edna, cousin Irene, and little brother Gene.
We have been blessed with longevity in our family, all but Irene are still with us.
This was taken a couple of years ago...Uncle Erwin and Ann, Edna and Mom.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
How about making an Advent calender to use all during December. Bob's grandmother made us one using a long felt strip with 24 Christmas trees on it for each day before Christmas. A red clothespin marks the days off and there is a Santa Claus at the end. It's really cute and we've had it since we've been married...a long time. "Gingaw" is making some again for the younger generation. I hope I'm as productive at 96 years old!
In Germany, many children put a boot, called Nikolaus-Stiefel, outside the front door on the night of December 5th. St. Nicholas fills the boot with gifts, and at the same time checks up on the children to see if they were good. If they were not, they will have a tree branch ("Rute") in their boots instead. St. Nicholas Day is the 6th of December (and that's Bob's birthday). I'll ask him to check his boots.
Plan to celebrate Jesus' birthday on Christmas Eve with a birthday cake. That's a nice idea, not that we need anymore sweets on the buffet though...
Spreading out the holiday spreads out the expense of celebrating, helps keep the focus on Christ and helps to avoid the big let-down that some people feel when Christmas is over. That would be me...
Monday, November 26, 2007
I'll try to share a few of their suggestions this month here on the blog as well as my own.
"Donate your caroling dollars to your Salvation Army shelter." I don't know about the "caroling dollars" but I try to keep change and dollar bills in my pocket when I shop so they will be handy if I see a SA red kettle. I know they are at Walmart already, hopefully other places as well. Unless Target changed their policy, they probably aren't there, we try NOT to shop at Target for that very reason.
Here's an easy way to donate to the Salvation Army, click on this link to make a donation on line:
Friday, November 23, 2007
Star is 23 years old! He's starting to show his age a little, getting a little gray around the temples, but we think it makes him look distinguished.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
- Bugles - represents a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
- Pretzels - represents arms folded in thanks and prayer.
- Candy Corn & Corn Nuts - during the first winter, the pilgrims were each allotted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
- Dried Fruits & Berries - Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
- Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds - seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.
You can make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving. Or give as gifts, I made a few minor changes and this is what I ended up with:
THANKSGIVING BLESSING MIX
1 bag Candy Corn
1 bag Corn Nuts Brand Snack
1 bag Dried Fruits and Berries
1 bag Sunflower Seeds
1 bag Pumpkin Seeds
1 bag Bugles Brand Corn Snacks
1 bag Tiny Twist Pretzels
Raffia or yarn
Artificial leaves or other harvest decoration
Blessing Mix card (click here to download)
In a large bowl, mix the first five ingredients together. Set out 6 cellophane bags and fill with a handful each of Bugles and Pretzels. Add a handful of the seed and corn mix, repeat until all ingredients have been divided between the bags. Tie the tops with raffia or yarn and add a leaf. Print out the Blessing Mix card and tie on to the bag.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Twas the month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.
How the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a "Holiday".
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken and Fonda.
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "Dream Tree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
Xerox is doing something cool! Now, it's your turn to do something right... pick out at least one card, and in a few clicks of the mouse, you will have brightened the day, and the season, for a member of the Armed Forces!
Go to http://www.letssaythanks.com/ and pick out a thank you card. Xerox will print it and send it to a soldier currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.
By submitting a message through this site you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women. It really is FREE and only takes a moment of your time. (I just did it). The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?
It doesn't matter whether you are for or against the war . . . our guys and gals over there need to know we are behind them
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I found this neat website while looking for some new and unique recipes to make for the holidays.
Remember,Thanksgiving is next week!
It is really cool, lots of archives to look through, zillions of recipes that have been requested are available.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Put together a real family tree. This link has a great Christmas tree made of photo boxes.... http://www.thecraftypc.com/chrisfamtre.html
Make a personalized ornament for each one in the extended family. Maybe one that portrays the person's hobby. That reminds me of Days of Our Lives... do they still do that?
Look at this really cool family tree ornament from one of my very favorite places to visit - Bronners.
"North Carolina native Charles Lewis Clay (1848-1906) is credited with being the town’s first doctor. He graduated from the Louisville (Ky.) School of Medicine, and moved to Gatesville in 1871. Three years later, he moved to Perry, married Nannie Peebles of Gatesville, and they started a family of four boys. "
"Clay moved his family to Moody in 1881, along with other Perry residents, and was a partner in the Payne’s drug store. After more than 30 years of doctoring in Central Texas, he died Sept. 20, 1906, and is buried in the Moody Cemetery."
One of the four boys mentioned, Charles Jr., was the father to our beloved "Gingaw", Bob's grandmother Lucille Clay Roberts.
Oh, to be so easily entertained! Sunday we celebrated my little cousin Kade's first birthday.
Can you tell he likes tractors, especially John Deeres? 'Course it helps that grandmother works for the local JD dealer.
Actually, Kade is my first cousin, twice removed. Have you ever wondered how that works? Here is a chart that shows the relationship of cousins.
Monday, November 12, 2007
This is National Collection Week, besides the filled shoeboxes, OCC would love to receive donations to offset the shipping costs. If you would like to donate, please go to the website below:
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We thought Xena might be lonely, though she doesn't seem to be. And Goldie apparently likes living with the minis better.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Check out this cookie recipe index from a recent email:
Just click on the name of the cookie and bam the recipe is there.
The J.S. Hovnanian & Sons construction company used a MANITOU MRT from T.E.S., our dealer in New Jersey. The Marrero family's new 2,800 square foot home was to be built in 106 hours. Due to the level of support and teamwork, (and the MRT, of course!) the home was actually finished 10 hours early!
It is possible that you might get a glimpse of the MRT in action (or not) on the 1-hour show. It's a big red boom truck that rotates. I sure hope it appears, that's good, free advertisement!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I just love Christmas! But it always sneaks up on me. This year I am going to make a bigger effort to do things each day to put me in the giving spirit. I'll try to post ideas on the blog as well so maybe others can share in the glorious celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus.
I'll start with one I received in an email:
A Great Idea!!!
When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:
A Recovering American soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Snopes.com claims that this is no longer true. Instead they suggest:
"We're proud that this holiday season, communities across America are invited to mail holiday greeting cards along with personal messages of support to wounded service members at military hospitals around the country through a unique partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. This solution will benefit service members at Walter Reed and will also benefit those recovering at other military hospitals. With the help of the U.S. Department of Defense, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Pitney Bowes, between now and December 27, members of the public can mail their holiday cards to:
We Support You During Your Recovery!
c/o American Red Cross
P.O. Box 419
Savage, MD 20763-0419
Red Cross volunteers will sort the cards for appropriate content and repackage them for shipping. Our partner, Pitney Bowes, will ship the cards to Red Cross stations at the military hospitals."
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Did ya know? Daylight-saving time was started during World War I to save oil and other energy resources needed for the war. It was used again in WWII, then became a law in 1966. Only a few states and regions don't follow it.
With an extra hour of daylight after dinner in the summer, people don't need to use their lights as long, so they waste less electricity and that saves energy. Seems we would make up for it in the winter...
I don't know if this is a wooly bear cater-pillar, or not? But I've always heard they can forecast weather.
According to Roy Krege, the coordinator of the annual Woolly Worm Festival held in Banner Elk, North Carolina, a woolly worm can tell the winter with 87 percent accuracy.
"As a rule, the blacker the caterpillar, the harsher the winter," said Krege. The woolly worm's prediction for this winter comes out on October 20 when one worm is selected and its colouring judged at the festival, which also features a race of 1,500 of the little crawlies.
I'd say ours is kind of half and half, so maybe the winter will be the same.
Another link to info on the wooly bear weather bugs:
Monday, November 5, 2007