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"Hello, Boys & Girls!  Welcome back, Class, to "Holiday ~ Part #2"!  Our 'letter man' delivered the nicest note from one of your most noteable classmates [I can't even give you his initials, as it would be a dead give-a-way].  But it contained a quote that he suggested I use & I thought it was a good beginning to this Page.  Here it is:"

"Our Friends Are A Very Important Part Of Our Lives. Treasure The Tears, Treasure The Laughter, But Most Importantly, Treasure The Memories."

 


 

  "Well, I hope you are all enjoying my little comments and are paying attention so that you will all do well on that little Quiz that we will be having.  In fact, All of us here in Southland had a meeting, took a vote, and decided "TSpice Things Up A Bit!" by having a BONUS SURPRISE!

We're going to play some Games, namely: "Show & Tell" and "Tag"!  AND we are going to make it interesting by forming TEAMS so that the GIRLS COMPETE AGAINST THE BOYS to see who the Winner is!

You can read all about it at the END of THIS PAGE!

But before we get started, some of you have asked how I got my name.  Well, I'll tell you ... you see, my parents ['MaBow' & 'PaBow', as the kids call them] thought they were having a Boy.  They never picked out any other name, so that is what went on the records and that is what it has been ever since.  Oh, yes, and I was named after my great, great 'GrandBow': Mr. Meigh T. Archers

Yes, that reminds me, it was actually Grandbow Meigh T. Arhers who started the Family Tradition of getting people together.  But it was No Fun if people didn't TALK.  I remember he used to say that 'People only buy a newspaper, if there is something to read."  Likewise, Class, People will stop coming to this website, if there isn't something to read.  That's why it's important take you take the time to Make Comments on the Message Forum.

People aren't as interested in what the Town folks, or even I, for that matter, have to say, as they are in reading about their fellow classmates. So, please consider keeping this going by sharing and interacting via the Message Forum.  Like Gr. Meith T. Archers said:  "The success of this Party is up to all of you."

Now, let's see, where was I going to begin?  Oh,yes ..."

 "Next up is our winning Football hero, Coach Bull S. Eye. Oh, by the way, I knew that Bull had a dog named Target, but he tells me that he has a new parakeet named Centaur!  He gave me the following Holiday Lore to share with you; but first Bull S. Eye wants to show you this little video of his Dog Target:"

Merry Christmas

 

 HILLARIOUS CHRISTMAS SIGNS

 Toy Store: "Ho, ho, ho spoken here."
 
Bridal boutique: "Marry Christmas."
 
Outside a church: "The original Christmas Club."
 
At a department store: "Big pre-Christmas sale. Come in and mangle with the crowd."
 
A Texas jewelry store: "Diamond tiaras -- $70,000. Three for $200,000."
 
A reducing salon: "24 Shaping Days until Christmas."
 
In a stationery store: "For the man who has everything... A calendar to remind him when payments are due."
 

 

SANTA STATS
 
U.S. has 78 people registered under S. Claus and one under Kriss Kringle
 
December is the most popular month for nose jobs.
 
Weight of Santa's sleigh loaded with one Beanie Baby for every kid on earth: 333,333 tons.
 
Number of reindeers required to pull a 333,333-ton sleigh: 214,206 plus Rudolph.
 
Average wage of a mall Santa: $11 an hour. With real beard: $20.
 
To deliver all his gifts in one night, Santa would have to make 822.6 visits per second (at 3,000 times the speed of sound).
 
At that speed, Santa and his reindeers would instantaneously burst into flames in Earth's atmosphere just like meteors.
 
 
 
THE SNOWBALL FIGHT
 
Class Holiday Skit Starring:
 
Pat Fraizer, Bill Hankee, Marsha Muncy, Doug Hansen, Janet Kelley
 
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"From Mr. Asum Bullie's Workshops, we learn many Christmassy and newsy little tid bits.  How many of these toys do you recall playing with, Class?:"

Can You Name Five Classic Toys?

Lionel® train 1900
 
Crayola® crayons 1900
 
Teddy bear 1903
 
Rook® game 1906
 
Tinkertoys® 1914
 
Lincoln Logs® 1916
 
Radio Flyer® wagon 1917
 
LEGO® building set 1930
 
View-Master® 3D viewer 1938
 
Candy Land® 1949
 
Silly Putty® 1950
 
Mr. Potato Head® 1952
 
Play-Doh® 1955
 
Barbie® doll 1959
 
Etch-A-Sketch® 1960
 
G.I. Joe® 1963
 
Easy Bake Oven® 1963
 
Twister® 1966
 
Spirograph® 1966
 
Hot Wheels® racecar set 1968
 
Rubik's Cube® 1979
 
Cabbage Patch Kids® 1983
 
Trivial Pursuit® 1983
 
Magna Doodle® 1986
 
Pictionary® 1987
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ 1988
 

 ICE FISHING

Class Holiday Photo Starring:

Toni Heathman, Bill White, Nancy Augspurger, Dick McVay, Cheryl Lee

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"Again we hear from that friendly Cobbler, Mr. Toe Tum, who collaborated with Mr. Ed Etter to come up with this list ~ who better than a 'shoe maker' to have a list about "stockings", huh?"
 
America's Favorite Stocking Stuffers
 
Candy
 
Nuts
 
Oranges
 
CDs and DVDs
 
Small stuffed animals
 
Playing cards
 
Silly Putty®
 
Lifesavers® Sweet Storybooks
 
Money
 
Stickers and stamps
 
Little dolls and toy cars
 
Crayons and markers
 
Movie tickets
 
Books
 
Lottery tickets
 
Lumps of coal
 
 
ICE SKATERS
 
Class Holiday Photo Starring:
 
Kay Wollman, Jim Lawson, Jim Harrold, Larry Lyman, Lois Gallimore
 
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 I have to tell you that I ran into our Librarian, Miss Vista Club, the other day.  I told her about the Class Christmas Page and she said she'd "send some simple somethings."  True to her word, this is what came in the mail today:"

* The tradition of gifts seems to have started with the gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus. Christmas presents were thereafter exchanged amongst kings and chieftains. The exchanging of gifts between all others started around the 1800's, especially on the European continent. In Iceland however, they have only embraced the idea for the past 100 years.

* In order to raise money to pay for a charity Christmas dinner in 1891, a large crabpot was set down on a San Francisco street to accept donations. This later became the first Salvation Army collection kettle.

* The first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria In 1937.


* When Charles Dickens was writing "A Christmas Carol" he settled on Tiny Tim as the main character after considering three other alternatives. They were Little Larry, Small Sam and Puny Pete.

* Queen Elizabeth's Christmas message to the nation was televised for the first time on December 25, 1957. Tthe BBC aired the event every year for the ensuing 40 plus years.

* "Jingle Bells" was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called "One-Horse Open Sleigh."

* Child singer Jimmy Boyd was 12 years and 11 months old when he sang the Christmas favorite, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." The song hit the top of the charts.


* The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's White Christmas.
"White Christmas" (1954), starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, was also the first movie to be made in Vista Vision, a deep-focus process. 

 

"UNDER THE TREE"

 

 

One thing I did want to add, is that when our FED EX delivery man, Mr. P. Oli Sigh, brought Miss Vesta Club's letter, he shared some news he heard from his Brother {who is in politics} in Chicago ~ makes you wonder about those big city folk, I'll tell you!  No wonder my son-in-law, South Sammie, is a little 'crooked':" 

Well, it seems that recently, while people were out doing their Christmas shopping in Chicago, a rather large department store suffered an electrical fault and subsequently caught on fire, speading into a larger fire, which naturally was spewing a large amount of smoke into a confined building.

But were the shoppers put off by this series of events? Not in the slightest. They just kept right on shopping!

The chief of the local fire department had never seen anything like it, and probably hopes he won't have to again. He actually had to have men positioned on all the sets of doors to stop further customers entering the store.

The store was actually closed down for the rest of the day due to the extent of the damage, but obviously some people think shopping is healthier for them than smoke free oxygen. Now that's what I call a real FIRE SALE! Go figure!

 

"Oh, and, before I forget, I wanted to tell you all that after church, last Sunday, I ran into Mrs. Academy, whose 40 year old son, Junior, has moved back home ~ again! She has been trying to find ways for Junior to make himself useful, if you know what I mean.  She asked me, if I have ever noticed how some things just don't ever change?  So she says to me:"

Take for instance wrapping paper and men. How often do you ever see men going through the processes involved in wrapping presents?

A good example of this is the birth of Jesus Christ himself. It is mentioned in the story that the three wise men or three kings depending on the version, brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But were any of them gift wrapped? No, of course not. they were just handed over to the proud parents and babe in as-is condition.

I'm sure you've all realised why by now. It's because they were all men.

All of the men I have known have either gotten around the wrapping paper by handing it over in a plastic shopping bag and stating "hey, sorry I haven't wrapped it" when in fact they had no intention of ever doing so, or have passed it off onto their female counterparts.

For those few brave men that do attempt it on occasion, they usually still require a lot of help, such as "Where is the paper?", "Where is the sticky tape?", "Where are the scissors?" and so forth.

 "Sorry, Boys, but there is some truth in that"  Speaking of Boys, I just don't know what this world has come to ~ the names these Mothers are coming up with these days ~ I tell you!  Whatever happened to good old fashioned names like Glyde, Ethyl, Clyde, or Bartholemew? Well, in any case, our Paper Boy, Htuos Edis, {who has always been a little 'backward'}, left this cute little poem with the Morning Paper:"

I made myself a snowball,
as perfect as can be

I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
and let it sleep with me

I made it some pajamas,
and a pillow for its head

then last night it ran away,
but first it wet the bed!!!

 

 A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Class Holiday Skit Starring:

Ed Kimble, Ann Mol, Jim Long, Tom Johnson, Jim More

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 "A CHRISTMAS FISHBOWL"

"Oh, Dear, I'm so sorry for that shift in focus, but I find that, what with the way my Memory is now-a-days, if I don't share something when it comes to mind ... well, I just never do get it said.  Now let's see, where were we?  I did have something else to add to our Trivia.  Oh, yes, here it is.  Our local Attorney, Mr. W. R. Wangler, Esq., wanted me to share these points with you all:"

  

 St Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church services.  Christmas caroling began as an old English custom called Wassailing - toasting neighbors to a long and healthy life.

A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

 The word carol is derived from the old French word caroler which derives from the Latin chorale. This itself was derived from the Greek chorales.

The first Christmas card was created in England on December 9, 1842.  Hallmark introduced its first Christmas cards in 1915, five years after the founding of the company.  An average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place.  More than three billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States.

In America in 1822, the postmaster of Washington, DC, complained that he had to add 16 mailmen at Christmas to deal with cards alone. He wanted the number of cards a person could send limited by law. "I don't know what we'll do if this keeps on," he wrote.

He is known throughout the world, by various names; Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, St. Nick, and Pere Noel.  On Christmas Eve, countless children all over the world lie in their beds while "visions of sugarplums dance in their heads." When they awake they will excitedly check to see if Santa Claus has come to bring them gifts.

One town in Indiana is called Santa Claus. There is also a Santa, Idaho.

The original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was born in Turkey in the 4th century. He was very pious from an early age, devoting his life to Christianity. He became widely known for his generosity for the poor. But the Romans held him in contempt. He was imprisoned and tortured. But when Constantine became emperor of Rome, he allowed Nicholas to go free. Constantine became a Christian and convened the Council of Nicaea in 325. Nicholas was a delegate to the council. He is especially noted for his love of children and for his generosity. He is the patron saint of sailors, Sicily, Greece, and Russia. He is also, of course, the patron saint of children.

"If you ever need anything hauled away or moved, I certainly recommend the Gorders, Van and Pauline.  Here are some bits of info that they sent to me:"

 The Dutch kept the legend of St. Nicholas alive. In 16th century Holland, Dutch children would place their wooden shoes by the hearth in hopes that they would be filled with a treat. The Dutch spelled St. Nicholas as Sint Nikolaas, which became corrupted to Sinterklaas, and finally, in Anglican, to Santa Claus.

In 1822, Clement C. Moore composed his famous poem, "A Visit from St. Nick," which was later published as "The Night Before Christmas." Moore is credited with creating the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly fat man in a red suit.

Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800s. Barnum's circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.

During the Christmas buying season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.

In 1947, Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for children by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.

The Santa Claus' suit was developed in the 1930s.  The Coca-Cola Company hired American artist Haddon Sundblom in 1931, to redesign Santa Claus. Sundblom chose the official colors of Coca-Cola, red and white.

"And this final little item was from our garbage collector, Mr. Cross Bowman, who makes no bones about not liking the Holidays {poor man, he never seems to be happy}:"

The movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) features more than 52,000 Christmas lights, about 8,200 Christmas ornaments, and nearly 2,000 candy canes.

 

 THE SOUTH SIDE 'HIP HOP' DANCE

Class Holiday Skit Starring:

Phyllis Pierson, Jim Littlejohn, Mike Young, Jim McMahan,

Jenny Hammerstein

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"Well, dears, Uncle Kelly Ukulele, just stuck his head in the door to tell me it's Dinner time ~ I've made his favorite, Peas Porridge!  That man o' mine just can't get enough of that yummy green stuff, I'll tell you!  But that reminds me that Farmer Fi Low, and his wife Phoebe, who have the cutest kids ~ Fee, Fi, Fo, & Fum, sent me an article on Food. Confidentially, Class, the Lows all register High on the weight scale. But Farmer Fi Low is funny. Now what did I do with that?  Oh, yes, here it is:"

 HOLIDAY EATING TIPS

 
 I hate aspects of this time of year. Not for its crass commercialism and forced frivolity, but because it's the season when the food police come out with their wagging fingers and annual tips on how to get through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds.
 
1. About those carrot sticks. Avoid them. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnogaholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later then you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other peoples food for free. Lots of it. Hello? Remember college?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Years, You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa. Position yourself near them, and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. You can't leave them behind. You're not going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day ?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean have some standards, mate.

10. And one final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips. Start over. But hurry! Cookieless January is just around the corner.

 

"SANTA'S JIGSAW PUZZLE"

"Why, what's this? Attached to the back of Farmer Fi Low's article is a list of some kind.  Oh, I see what it is; but this requires a bit of explanation:  You see, boys and girls, Farmer Fi Low's brother, Hi Y. Low, is married to a Burmese lady - Sow Th.  She is quite connected, you know ~ her ancestor's founded the original Burma Shave Signs (you all remember seeing those when you were driving through the countryside, don't you?).  The dear girl sings like a Nightingale, so musical is she!  Sow Th and Uncle Kelly Ukulele have a lot in common, they share an interest in music, and both are 'south paws'.  Well, here is Sow Th's List:"

 THE TOP TWENTY CHRISTMAS SONGS

  1. "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells)
  2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
  3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin)
  4. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith)
  5. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin)
  6. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)
  7. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks)
  8. "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe)
  9. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram)
  10. "Little Drummer Boy" (Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone)
  11. "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish)
  12. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Edward Pola, George Wyle)
  13. "Silver Bells" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
  14. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Johnny Marks)
  15. "Feliz Navidad" (José Feliciano)
  16. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson)
  17. "Frosty the Snowman" (Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins)
  18. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (Johnny Marks)
  19. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Tommie Connor)
  20. "Here Comes Santa Claus" (Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman)

"Last Christmas, Sow Th, Psy D., Heigh S. Kool ~ all three of them ... went to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular!  I remember well, what they said about that experience:"

 For eight weeks each year, the show attracts more than a million people to its Big Apple performances, and thousands more catch its holiday tour to major cities around the United States. It is the number one live show in the country. Part of the allure of the show is its over-the-top presentation:

  • The cast changes costumes eight times during the show, with as little as 78 seconds to do so. In all, there are 1,300 costumes worn.
  • During the "Music Hall Menagerie," two donkeys, three camels, five sheep, and a horse make a special appearance. They have their own staff of trainers offstage.
  • A real ice rink built on a movable platform is used during the "Christmas in New York" scene.
  • The "Here Comes Santa Claus" number features every member of the cast dressed as Santa to explain how Santa can actually deliver gifts to every boy and girl in the world, all in one night.
  • During the show's run, 2,500 pounds of "snow" fall upon the stage.

 Since 1933, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular has been a mainstay for the holidays in New York City. Originally performed before movie screenings, the Christmas Spectacular expanded to its current 90-minute live stage production in 1979.

 
 
 

"Well, I just got off the phone with his Honor, the Mayor, Bo N. Arrow, who you will recall married his High School Sweetheart, Minerva Quiver.  He called to make sure that I included his children's Humor Piece. The Arrow's kids, Quill and Scroll, collect "Santa Jokes".  Some are pretty corny, but I include them here:"

 

THE SOUTH SIDE "CLASSIC DANCE"

Class Holiday Skit Starring:

Dan DeWald, Kenny Clauser, Judy King, Ron Martz, Judy Rogers

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Christmas: The time when everyone gets Santamental.

I know. I know. I know that people say "It's the thought that counts, not the gift", but couldn't people think a little biger!

Santa Claus is a Jolly fellow! Imagine all that driving and still being able to say "Ho! Ho! Ho!

Father to three-year old: "No a reindeer is not a horse with TV antenna.

Every year, Christmas becomes less a birthday and more a Clearance Sale.

Christmas is in my heart twelve months a year and thanks to credit cards, it's on my Visa Card Statement twelve months a year also.

Some of these new toys are so creative and inventive. This year they have a Neurotic Doll. It's wound up already.

 I bought my friend some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift-wrap counter and told them to wrap it, but in different paper, so he'd know when to stop unwrapping.

 When I was young we were poor. We didn't have a Christmas tree, we had a Christmas stump.

When I was a kid our Christmases were very poor. We couldn't afford tinsel. We had to wait for grandpa to sneeze.

Christmas is a time when people get emotional over family ties, particularly if they have to wear them.

I remember my dad was shopping in a toy store. He said, "That's a terrific train set. I'll buy it." The Clerk said, "Great, I'm sure your son will love it." Dad said, "Maybe you're right. I'll take two."

 They say that Santa comes but once a year. I can't understand that, considering all the bedrooms he visits.

It was so cold on Christmas Eve at the North Pole that Santa had to jump-start three of his reindeer.

"I was a little hesitant about sharing the following because it is from the owners of our "Mix & Match" store. Confidentially, Class, they do seem to get things confused and mixed-up.   Nonetheless, in the spirit of fairness, here is what Mr. R. Nelson Weiker and Mr. Jack E. Snider sent in to share with you ( I hope it makes sense to you ~ we had to think about it for awhile):"

  • Q: What do you get if you cross Raquel Welch and Santa Claus?
    A:
    A thank you card from Santa.

    Q: Why does Santa wear pink underwear?
    A: He's a man. He did all his laundry in the one load.

     Q: What do you call Santa's Helpers?
    A:
    Subordinate Clauses.

  • Q: Why did Santa Claus take his Christmas tree to the dentist?
    A:
    To get a root canal.

    Q: Why did Santa spell Christmas N-O-E?
    A: Because the angel had said,"No L!"

    Q: Why did the gingerbread man go to the doctor?
    A: He was feeling crummy.

    Q: Why does Santa's sled get such good mileage?
    A:
    Because it has long-distance runners on each side.

    Q: Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
    A: Because every buck is dear to him.

    Q: Why is it so cold on Christmas?
    A:
    Because it's in Decembrrrrrrrrrr!

    Q: Why is the month of December so popular?
    A:
    It has a lot of dates.

    IT'S A JIB JAB LIFE 

    Class Holiday Skit Starring:

    Greg Rozelle, Bill Paris, Rick Fuller, Cheri Hahn, Ken Ellingwood,

    Rosalie Curtis

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"Well, Class, I've enjoyed guiding you through this Holiday Page.  I hope some of you have kept up with me and may have enjoyed some of it also.  It's all in the Spirit of Good Fun and Fellowship.  I hope that it will be received in the Love that it was shared.  Hopefully we can do this again sometime!  I welcome your feedback, please!

Speaking of Spirit, we can't forget that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Our local Seamstress, Mrs. Sew Owth was kind enough to share this:"

HANUKKAH

Every year, usually in mid- to late-December on the Western calendar, Kislev 25 on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the holiday remembers one particular instance of triumph over religious persecution, when the Jews were able to escape oppression at the hands of Antiochus, a Syrian king.
To people who aren't Jewish, Hanukkah is often the most well-known of the Jewish holidays. Hanukkah does not have as much religious importance as the Jewish High Holidays -- Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur -- but it is one of the most entertaining holidays on the Jewish calendar for adults and children alike. In this article, you'll learn the basics of the Hanukkah celebration.
 

"However, there are many of us who feel as if Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.  Most of you know that our town is noted for the number and variety of our churches. But what some of you may not know is that the Pastor of the local 'Church of England' was actually knighted by the Queen for Service to his country.  Here is a little prayer that we thought we'd like to share,, sent to us by Sir Vhis Eclub:"

NOT ONLY ON CHRISTMAS

 Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day!

"Well, how 'Times' fly when you're having fun! Thank you for indulging Uncle Kelly Ukulele and me on this journey. And I want to personally thank my Hubby for being so helpful and tolerate of the time it has taken to bring these Pages to you.  Come here, Uncle Kelly, and let me give you a big kiss!"

NOW ... Did you all understand that you have through the Holidays, into the first of the year to read this Holiday Page?  And did you understand that there will be a QUIZ posted ONLINE that covers the material on this Page?  AND .. for the Winner, there will be a PRIZE!:  

A HANDMADE Christmas Ornament designed especially for the Class of '64 from the famous BRONNER'S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND in Frankenmuth, MI.  The World's Largest Christmas Store ~ "making Christmas memories since 1945"

 

To make sure you are ready to make it through the Christmas Quiz with flying colors, the owners of our local Sporting Goods Store, Mr. Var City and Mr. Res Erve, offer this Practice Quiz. Some of these fun facts are new, and may be on the Quiz:"

 

  • Q: How much does the average American family spend on Christmas gifts?
    A: The average American family spends about $800 on Christmas gifts every year.
  • Q: How many Christmas trees are sold each year?
    A: Thirty-seven million fresh Christmas trees are sold each year.
  • Q: What state first recognized Christmas as an official holiday?
    A: Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday, starting in 1836.
  • Q: How many candy canes are made each year?
    A: More than 1.76 billion candy canes are made annually for the Christmas season.
  • Q: Why do Barnum's animal crackers have a string handle?
    A: Barnum's animal crackers in the circus-themed box were designed with a string handle so they could hang on a Christmas tree.
  • Q: What are sugarplums?
    A: Sugarplums are actually chocolate candies with cream, fruit preserves, or other sweet fillings inside.
  • Q: What is wassail?
    A: Wassail is a beverage dating back to the Middle Ages. The word is derived from the Old Norse ves heill, meaning "in good health." This evolved into visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.Traditional wassail contained ale, wine, or hard cider topped with beaten eggs or stale bread. Modern recipes for wassail use hot apple cider simmered with spices and sweetened with honey.
  • Q: Why are candy canes bent?
    A: In 1670, a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany, bent the ends to resemble a shepherd's staff and handed them out to children during church services to keep them quiet. In the early 1900s, candy canes acquired their famous stripes.
    The first candy canes were straight, white sticks of sugar candy used as Christmas tree decorations.
  • Q: Why do people eat mincemeat pie on Christmas?
    A: Eating mincemeat pie on Christmas dates back to the 16th century. Traditionally, it was thought that eating a small pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas would bring good luck in the New Year.

THE SOUTH SIDE COUNTRY DANCE

Class Holiday Skit Starring:

Rick Bear, John Hite, Kathleen Walsh, Linda Hake, Tony Trice

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

"Oh, Uncle Kelly Ukulele, I already gave you a kiss, you silly goose!  Oh, ok, come here ... "

 

"Truly great friends are hard to find,
difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

~ G. Randolf

JUST REMEMBER . . .
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OUR NEW YEAR'S PAGE

WILL BE ARRIVING SHORTLY

Watch 4 It!

An Aside:

"Oh ... Dear Me .. I knew this was going to happen.  The phone is ringing off the hook, my In Box is full ... everyone is wanting to know about the GAMES  I promised would be at the end of this Page!  Wait till that man gets back from the Grocer!"

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Well, Hello There, Class.  So you were actually paying attention when I casually mentioned that there would be a Big Surprise at this point about playing games.  Well WE ARE ~ but that is being added after the New Year's Page.  I apologize, but not wanting to be a "Tattle Tale", I have to be honest and say that this was one of those "TASTE & TEASE" things that "Somebody" [who shall remain Nameless - except he lives with me and his initials are 'UKU' ] thinks is so funny.  I tried to tell him that it isn't fair, but, you know Men ..

Well, perhaps this HAS whetted your appetite and created some interest in what WILL BE so much fun!

A Contest between the BOYS & the GIRLS ~

Keep your eyes open ~

Be on the look out ~ 

It's Coming very Soon ~

 

 WE'RE SPICING THINGS UP A BIT!!!

STAY TOONED ..

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