37 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-24-16

  1. While catching up on yesterday’s conversations, I noticed several on the prayer thread who were having problems. Shouldn’t happen at Christmastime. Prayers that you will have a happy Christmas.

    I was eating breakfast, so I didn’t see it, but I heard on TV, like a child saying:

    “T’was the night before Christmas
    and all through the house
    Not a creature was stilling,
    except for a muse.

    . 😆

    I missed the Anhauser Busch commercials this year. The one with the horses. I visited then once when I was in St. Louis.

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  2. Merry Christmas Eve ❤ I can not believe it is here. It is now.

    Son has not been sick for two years. Why now? Bah Humbug to the viruses among us.

    I heard Bosley sneeze this a.m. A little later I heard Art sneeze. I hope this is not the gift son brought us from RD.

    Someone is using a loud leaf blower in the neighborhood. Or else a big bee is buzzing around in my skull.

    Have a good day whether you are frantically shopping, wrapping, or chopping, making, and baking.

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  3. I meant “MOUSE”
    But you knew that.

    My dad used to tell this. I was about eight and wasn’t aware of any of it.

    He and mom worked at a knitting mill in Winnsboro, SC. We lived beside a railroad. Anyhow. It was Christmas Eve and they had no presents nor any money. But he was supposed to get some in the mail.
    It was late Christmas Eve that the postman brought the check. He and mother went “up town” and bought some candy and stuff.

    Christmas 1952 was a non-event. My 13-year old brother was killed by an auto on 17 November. The family was still in shock. I had just been discharged from the AF (19 Dec).
    I enrolled as a freshman at USC-Columbia in January, I was glad to get away. It was a dismal atmosphere.

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  4. Advent – Day 24: ‘Minuit Chretiens’, better known as ‘Cantique de Noel’, was written in 1847 by Placide Chappeau, who was both a poet and a wine merchant. The French composer and music critic, Adolphe Charles Adam, wrote the famous setting for the poem. Later, the American John Sullivan Dwight would translate and versify the song as ‘O Holy Night’, but the literal translation of Chappeau’s original words reads slightly different (the performance only has the first and third verses):
    Midnight, Christians, is the solemn hour,
    When God as man descended unto us
    To erase the stain of original sin
    And to end the wrath of His Father.
    The entire world thrills with hope
    On this night that gives it a Saviour.
    People, kneel down, await your deliverance.
    Noel, Noel, here is the Redeemer,
    Noel, Noel, here is the Redeemer!

    May the ardent light of our Faith
    Guide us all to the cradle of the infant,
    As in ancient times a brilliant star
    Guided the Oriental kings there.
    The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
    O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,
    It is to your pride that God preaches.
    Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
    Bow your heads before the Redeemer!

    The Redeemer has broken every bond:
    The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
    He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
    Love unites those that iron had chained.
    Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
    For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.
    People, stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
    Noel, Noel, sing of the Redeemer,
    Noel, Noel, sing of the Redeemer!

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  5. I have no idea why phone changed the initials of son’s state to RD. That is not anywhere close to TX on the keyboard.
    Now Art sounds totally hoarse. I think God wants me to become a nurse. He keeps banging me over the head with sick folks.

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  6. Good morning!! I’m off to work again today until 2….then I rush home to get ready for the grands and their parents to descend upon us at 3! Yesterday was a busy busy day at the shoppe and I am exhausted still this morning…wanna bet we won’t get out at 2 today?!! We are placing big ol’ signs on the doors to inform customers that we close at 2…someone will come in at 1:59….!! 🙂
    That is a most beautiful photo up there on the header…Cheryl what a gift you share with us…
    Praying ya’ll get well…and stay well…at your house Janice….
    Chas your story reminds me much of one my Daddy would tell us…how he cherished getting an orange and even a nickel one Christmas…the three boys gave their nickel to their sister…she needed a pair of shoes…they wanted to help her get them….but they each savored their own orange…..
    I pray this day and tomorrow will hold many precious memory making moments for you all…how very thankful am I for you all…and for the One whom we celebrate…a very blessed Christmas to you ❤

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  7. Pretty music, pretty scenery @ 8:50.
    I don’t know enough about music to comment, Roscuro, but I appreciate the posts you gave us this season.

    We will go over to Becky’s this afternoon, then to church, then to see Christmas lights.
    Merry Christmas Everyone!

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  8. That photo is what we feel like here in shivering 32 California!

    Fun Christmas cookie party last night, with the guests not only decorating cookies but also singing 5-part harmony Christmas carols around the piano. (What a joy my daughter has musician friends. Several are professional singers!)

    It was a laughing, story telling, raucous evening and I went upstairs for a couple hours to give them young adult conversation privacy.

    I’ve been wanting to watch Meet Me in St. Louis this Christmas but felt too cheap to pay for it. When I checked in on Facebook, Warner’s Vintage movies, something I’ve never seen before, was streaming it!

    So, I turned on the movie and started the one thing I didn’t get done yesterday. Two hours later, Judy Garland was singing Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and my office was picked up enough you can now see the dust!

    I’ll finish this morning . . . 🙂

    Making lunch and dinner for first 9, then 11 guests.

    Fortunately these are both simple peasant meals involving the stove.

    Hmmmm. They made fudge and spilled sugar. I better clean the stove first . . .

    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Well, I’m back because I was sent out of the kitchen–my husband washed the floor!

    I’m in such shock–of gratitude–that I’m wandering the house with the vacuum cleaner looking for something else to clean . . . 🙂

    Nah, I’m done in the rest of the house–it’s the laundry and dishes calling a siren song, but I have to relax for a little while.

    Lots of poignant and positive comments on FB this morning. What a relief!

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  10. Those deer in the header really surprised me by showing up in the back field a couple of weeks ago when we had several inches of fresh snow on the ground–we don’t usually see deer at such a time. There were a total of about six of them, but most of them stayed hidden behind our trees, with only these two popping out far enough to be photographed, and one of these two only briefly.

    All the deer soon decided there wasn’t anything worth eating, and maybe it wasn’t worth the risk of being so visible and so hampered as they are in fresh snow, so they moved back into the trees. But when I saw them out in the snow with the snowy trees as background, I thought “Christmas card photo!” and I got several shots.

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  11. Nephew’s bread pudding is done. When I make it again this afternoon or tomorrow it will be easier because I have been through it once.
    His mother is coming to pick it up in a little while.

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  12. Wow. Sure gets quiet in the house when the five oldest children leave, and then husband and one more. Down to just the four of us. What will we do? I know, wrap the presents the little folk purchased in the past couple of days.

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  13. Beautiful photo

    The casserole I need to bring to church tomorrow is in the oven and I’m supposed to pick Carol up at 2 p.m. — that gives me a couple hours to shower and get ready. We’ll go out to eat first but then will have some time to kill between that and the church service at 8 p.m., but we’ll find something. That’s one thing about Hollywood, there is no shortage of things to see or places to go, even on Christmas Eve, although Carol’s physical limitations doesn’t leave everything open.

    Lots of heavy winds and rain overnight for us last night but today the sun is shining brightly with temps in the 50s (and still some strong winds expected throughout the day and evening). I think it also brought a decent snowfall to the mountains around us.

    I confess I’m not feeling very “Christmas-y” this year, probably the result of the house being chaos for so long, not really able to decorate at all, and just a general sense of being upended with a lot more of it to come. But that’s OK. Tonight will be nice, maybe that’ll get me into the spirit a little bit more.

    And getting two 3-day weekends are wonderful …

    (One of our younger reporters was surprised when she found out we got Monday off. “Really?? I guess I have one of those ‘slave’ mentalities, I would have come in.”)

    It has been stressful with a lot of pressure to produce at work, we have one reporter who’s been out on medical leave for 6 weeks now — on top of the tiny staff we have as it is. But the paper seems to come out every day and we all survive.

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  14. Mr. P just vacuumed the floors. The house is clean enough. I have planned breakfast in the morning. We are having home made hamburgers tonight—a far cry from most of my Christmas Eve production meals, but I am OK with that.
    Tomorrow will be here soon enough and all that it will bring.
    Ex sister in law laughed at the baggie of Raisin Bran raisins I had from her mother. Such a Nana thing to do.

    Right this minute life is good.

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  15. Merry Christmas Eve! We just got home from church. It was a beautiful service with a great sermon. Momentarily, we are going to dinner at Perry’s–our tradition on Christmas Eve. Then we’ll drive around looking at Christmas lights.
    Tomorrow we’re headed to my MIL’s….

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  16. It’s already Christmas for Jo.
    We had a nice family get together at Becky’s. Then to church, then Chuck drove us around to see the lights. Greensboro has a park whit millions of lights (seems like) hanging from trees and on bushes. Must be a corporate effort. It looked great. Chuck drove us around to see various communities. It was a nice evening and we were home at exactly seven.

    No SS tomorrow. Church at 10:45. Much different schedule for us.

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  17. The current header photo is looking out my library window. The “mist” that came with the snow was so dense the tree line half a mile behind our fence just disappeared, leaving us only with our yard, our fence, and then white. But I think the snow on the split-rail fence is lovely.

    We’re back from our family gathering, which was lovely. Three of our family have been sick this week, but only my son-in-law wasn’t able to make it. In the morning, we will attend church with my in-laws, and ideally the entire clan (a dozen of us . . . a smallish clan, but all my parents-in-laws’ descendants who live locally).

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  18. A thought for Christmas, courtesy of a BIL who is a pastor:

    Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

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  19. It was a good night, Carol and I wound up going to the early (5 p.m.) family service at Hollywood 1st Pres as she seems low again on potassium (she’ll get a pill tomorrow) and was pretty low energy. So we ate at Mimi’s in Los Feliz first then went to the church service — then drove around in hopes of finding some great Christmas lights.

    The best ones were on the Scientology properties, interestingly. They have a vacant lot on Hollywood Blvd that was absolutely dazzling with lighted Christmas trees. Go figure.

    We took a spin along the Sunset “strip,” I went by both buildings I used to work in back in my 20s (employer was a magazine publishing company).

    Hollywood Boulevard was packed with throngs of people, which was somewhat surprising although I guess it’s always tourist season there and the big mall at Highland and Hollywood was open. There were street bands out (“Sounds of Silence” serenaded us at one stop light).

    Traffic coming home was pretty heavy as well.

    The service was “light” — being the family time, so mostly all about the play — but well done (the church does seem to have a lot of very talented people who can put on a good show).

    Didn’t really hear a gospel message per se, but I sense that the church itself is more conservative/evangelical than most PCUSA churches.

    On a different note, I noticed they had several old wood windows nailed up outside on the campus (they looked very similar to windows in my 1920s house) and I wondered if they’d come from one of their earlier, original buildings. I should have asked someone.

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  20. Ah, and there was the traditional lighted tree on top of the Capitol Records ’round’ building within view of the church as we were leaving the service

    In the 40s tonight, Carol (the NY native) was bundled up in a heavy sweater under a heavy winter jacket, a heavy, ribbed knit scarf tied around her neck, and a knit cap with a yarn ball on the top (which she said I gave to her but I really don’t remember it)

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  21. Merry Christmas!!! I’m up early, having coffee, preparing for the exuberant arrival of Becca shortly….She usually wakes up quite early on Christmas Day. We agreed to open presents at 7:45–which means someone will have to awaken Lindsey…..
    I absolutely love Christmas morning. I so enjoy watching the reactions to various gifts! We scaled back this year because Scott is in the oil and gas industry and times are rather lean–but I got each girl the most coveted thing on their wishlist, so I don’t think either will be disappointed.
    I can’t wait till someone comes down!!!

    As you know, my sister is a missionary in Kenya, along with her surgeon husband. They adopted an orphan from the Congo a few years ago. He’s eight now and a beloved family member. When he was six, my sister was saying something about Santa Clause and he promptly said, “Santa can’t be real…he never came to anyone I knew in Africa.”

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  22. And a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you too.
    Mp SS tpday and no early church. We’ll just hang around until about 10:30.
    We go over to Chuck’s this afternoon.

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  23. Good Morning. Lulabelle woke her human earlier and went outside. Amos woke his human at a more decent time, so he and I are up and the coffee is brewing. Our Girl is in her bed because now matter what I want her to wake up at my house on Christmas morning and I know at 19 I don’t have a whole lot of those left.
    The bread pudding was a hit last night. I even received a text from Nephew that it was BETTER than Ruth’s Chris. 🙂
    I told him next year I would be teaching him how to make it.

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  24. I am still the only one awake at H-House. I have the back door open and am listening to the birds, but then I heard another, more unfamiliar sound. When I realized, I thought “how beautiful”.
    There are children out at the house across the street with their Christmas presents. I can’t remember the last time I heard children on Christmas morning. 🙂

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