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Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth's tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal's, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.”

― Maya Angelou

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2 minutes ago, Sean said:

Don’t forget to hydrate your Christmas tree kids. 

What are Christmas tree kids?...... The newest version of Cabbage patch kids?

Or a bizarre combination of a Chia pet, and a Cabbage patch kid?

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19 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:
21 minutes ago, Sean said:

Don’t forget to hydrate your Christmas tree kids. 

What are Christmas tree kids?...... The newest version of Cabbage patch kids?

Or a bizarre combination of a Chia pet, and a Cabbage patch kid?

It doesn't matter.  You just have to hydrate them but you might have to get the water that the states that have so much water they don't know what to do with it.

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Most everything you know about the Christmas Truce is probably wrong . .  

First of all, it wasn't a truce. 

http://www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/hastings1419101924?fbclid=IwAR1fJF6Y4lYJ7LmYNYykrLIhPOIrrf7KnjquO21GywvAoEmYJZGJJu2yX9E

and fleece navidad !! 

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1 hour ago, Cal20sailor said:

My mom is still here and I'm getting laid tonight!  That doesn''t sound right.

it takes all night to do what i used to do all night :huh:

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Harry & Meghan are in the colonies.

Andrew who?

Edward?

Ann?

So much for family values - only the direct line to the throne is represented in those pics. Notice how Phil is three steps behind and to her right.

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3 hours ago, Cal20sailor said:

My mom is still here and I'm getting laid tonight!  That doesn''t sound right.

There are sooooo many things I could post in reply.

 

But I won’t.  
 

Merry Christmas to all my fellow assholes in PA purgatory   

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Merry Christmas all on this Christmas morning,  the dog has been walked,  dawn was begining to show red in the east,  crumpets and coffee have been had  for breakfast.  

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Merry Christmas..Day is over. 

Perfect day at Brighton  beach with Kids and about 2000 other people from all over the world.

India, Italy, China (lots of these) Japanese, Danes and Swedes, Poms of course, Iraqis and Sudanese and Kiwis. Wishes of Happy Hanuka and Merry Christmas.  

One world

Enjoy your day. :)

 

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3 hours ago, Sol Rosenberg said:

Outstanding!

It really is, so much so that a second one will seem like a good idea. It's NOT a good idea. It's a yuge amount of fat, booze, and sugar, so everything bad all in one and a human body can only take so much of it.

The recipe doesn't mention fresh ground nutmeg. I guess because that's obvious.

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Festivus Report
 

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Researchers at Oregon's Reed College are hoping to learn about the behavioral economics that drive gambling addictions in humans by teaching pigeons how to play slot machines.

And federal taxpayers are paying for it.

Thanks to a $465,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), those researchers plan to teach pigeons to use "a monetary-like currency" to "decide whether to earn, accumulate, spend, or gamble tokens in a self-contained economic environment." Even though the grant application admits that "the focus of this research is on laboratory models rather than practical application," the NIH decided to shower taxpayer money on the birdbrained experiment.

That's one of the more eye-popping examples of federal waste included in the annual "Festivus Report"—a nod to the Seinfeld holiday that coincides with Christmas and includes an "airing of grievances"—published Wednesday by Sen. Rand Paul's (R–Ky.) office. Unfortunately, it's also one of the least costly items among the dozens that make the $52 billion list.

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Reminds me of a tourist trap that my dad and I visited many years ago. Signs alongside the road said, "See Duck Play Piano, Chicken Play Drum!"

It was pretty funny the first time and got funnier with each sign we passed until we decided to turn in when we got there. Victims of advertising.

It was about what you'd expect: a pathetic bird in a cage that knew the only way to get food was to peck away at the "piano" or "drum."

I suspect this experiment will be as educational, but it's only half a million bucks. The real boondoggles are much bigger and less amusing.

I put this post here because I strongly recommend TWO glasses of that eggnog before reading it. I know I said that's never a good idea, but it's medically necessary in this situation.

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We finished  the annual sleigh tuneup a few hours ago. Even maintenance on  Santa’s sleigh  was slowed by the  shipping crisis.  We had more than our usual wait for the unobtanium shipment.  It was 85 this afternoon. Somehow, there is always  snow when he leaves. 

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It's still Christmas Eve here

But I will depart from my rigorous schedule, and wish you all a Merry Christmas. It's important to remember our common humanity at least once a year, and hold out the hope of redemption to even the most sorry-ass lost souls

- DSK

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2 hours ago, Olsonist said:

Jesus is a Capricorn. Well, that explains everything.

WAS.

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11 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

arizzen, does thet change astrologicalle statusse?

Ok... An Aries then.... But even if he still walks among us, it might be wise to ascribe no astrological sign to him..... For he is born in the hearts of every Christian every day that they wake up, and if they wake not, he showsthem the path to heaven.

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3 hours ago, Olsonist said:

Jesus is a Capricorn. Well, that explains everything.

Actually, it's been calculated (by several people/groups who care about that stuff) that he was born in the mid-spring.  So he's likely an Aries.

The solstice lands in Capricorn, and the pagan celebration was simply co-opted by the marketing folks in the Church.

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And Easter (An approximation of Estrus) is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox.... (Probably around when Jesus was born....)

So yes, most saint's days are set on a pagan calendar. If Easter was late that year, then 50 days later (plus or minus) would coincide with the Summer solstice. 50 days? you may say.... Yes the Pentecost was 50 days of deliberation, debate, and reflection.....

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4 minutes ago, Mrleft8 said:

And Easter (An approximation of Estrus) is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal equinox.... (Probably around when Jesus was born....)

So yes, most saint's days are set on a pagan calendar. If Easter was late that year, then 50 days later (plus or minus) would coincide with the Summer solstice. 50 days? you may say.... Yes the Pentecost was 50 days of deliberation, debate, and reflection.....

You forgot drinking and debauchery.

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24 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

You forgot drinking and debauchery.

Well..... Yes..... The water had been turned to wine, and apparently Grace was amazing, so...... You are correct.

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