Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 25, 2011

A Quiet Christmas Day, 2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A QUIET CHRISTMAS DAY, 2011

    Last evening Monte, my daughter Sandy and her husband Michael, and I attended Christmas Eve services at Heritage United Methodist Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     Today was a quiet day. A nice respite after the hectic preparations for the season, and the hectic activities of 2011.

     My husband and I awoke, read the newspaper, opened our gifts. He went to church while I lounged about at home, relishing the quiet. In the afternoon we walked to our daughter’s house to watch our granddaughter open her gifts, and ate dinner there. It was just the five of us. A ham dinner. Quite good.

     Christmas isn’t about hectic activity, although it seems to be that way for most of us. It’s about peaceful relationships between persons who love each other, and love for those we don’t feel a likeness for, and for those who are less fortunate than we are.

     I hope all you you had a joyful holiday.

     Our son from Cleveland didn’t arrive today, but will probably come tomorrow. I’d best get some rest before they arrive…

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ADDITIONAL READING:

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

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December 24, 2011

A Christmas Planet: Kepler-22b

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A CHRISTMAS PLANET: KEPLER-22b

     That huge box that won’t fit under the Christmas tree might hold the perfect present for some Earthlings. When they open it, they will find…a planet…a Christmas planet.

     A Christmas planet?

     This is how one newly discovered planet was described by William Borucki, chief scientist for the Kepler telescope, launched on a planet-hunting mission in 2009.

     “It’s a great gift,” Borucki said about the first planet discovered by the Kepler telescope that is confirmed in the habitable zone.

     The planet, eerily similar to Earth, sits outside our solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life…smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard to find place that’s not (more…)

December 22, 2011

My Homegrown Santa

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MY HOMEGROWN SANTA

     I kept hearing my husband say he was tired of shaving.

     “So don’t,” I said. “Grow a beard.”

     He wasn’t so anxious to do so, but in mid-summer the straggly growth began. By October he was being asked if he planned on portraying Santa Claus this Christmas.

     His beard is full-grown now, and has been barber-shop shaped for the holidays. And yes, I like it. He’s sometimes hesitant, but I hope he keeps it after the season.

     Then he won’t have to shave and I won’t hear his complaints.
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 ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 21, 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

with Monte W. Holland

 Earth has hosted more than seven billion persons…

Earth has been decorated by an uncountable number of snowflakes…

Only God could create each uniquely.

Each year since 1972 I our family has substituted a handcrafted ornament for a Christmas card. This year, 2011, I chose a snowflake cutout for a theme (it truly is truth that all we need to know we learn in kindergarten…so true, I thought, as I cut out paper folded snowflakes).

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     The snowflake is noted for its uniqueness. Each of us is made in the image of God, but are still quite unique. As startling as the similarities of appearance of Darlene to her newly discovered family members, these folks are distinctly different. You all know how different Carolyn and I are. And we are enriched by differences. When it comes to hockey, don’t expect to converse with Carolyn. I have to talk to my friend Lois. When it comes to writing, Carolyn can count on conversing with a number of friends. And yet in spite of our differences we never lose sight of the fact that we are created in God’s image and called to live responsible lives. If we celebrate Christmas, we acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh and made all the difference in the world for us and all of humanity.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

Christmas Letter 2009

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

December 11, 2011

The Legend of the Christmas Pickle

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE

     Many, many years ago, when my son Nolan was recently returned from a post-doctoral position in Munich, Germany, he and his wife Tammy presented me with a German Christmas ornament, a pickle in a jar. I’ve had it out each holiday season since.

According to German tradition, the pickle brings good luck and was the last ornament placed on the tree. On Christmas morning the first child to find the gherkin was rewarded with an extra little gift by St. Nicholas. This tradition encouraged the children to appreciate all the ornaments on the tree, rather than hurrying to see what St. Nicholas had left for them.

SOURCE

http://www.historictrinity.org/christmastraditions.html

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas Memories

How to Count the Gifts Given in the Twelve Days of Christmas

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

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December 5, 2011

Are You Expecting a Visit From The Belsnickle?

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

ARE YOU EXPECTING A VISIT FROM THE BELSNICKLE?

     Are you expecting a Christmas visit from The Belsnickle?

     I’d never heard of such a being until I attended a presentation on Pennsylvania Christmas traditions at the Westmoreland County Historical Society (Greensburg, Pennsylvania).

     When I arrived home I looked The Belsnickle up:

Up until the second World War, if a Shenandoah Valley family was a member of the Lutheran or Reformed church, the children could expect a Christmas Eve visit from the Belsnickle. The practice might even go well beyond just one evening, running for nearly two weeks, starting a week before Christmas and continuing until New Year.

The Belsnickle was not Santa Claus! He was ugly and he frightened the children. He typically wore a costume made from stockings and burlap or paper bags. In many cases, Belsnicklers used charcoal to blacken their faces – the ultimate goal being to disguise yourself enough as to prevent identification.

The Belsnickle traveled from house to house brandishing his switches in the air. He would use these switches to whip naughty children. To good children the Belsnickle would hand out cakes or candies. These “gifts” were thrown upon the floor, but if a child were to try to recover them in the presence of the Belsnickler, the child would quickly receive a “whack” on the backside with a whip.  (to continue reading click on http://www.appalachianhistory.net/2009/12/belsnickle-definitely-not-santa-claus.html )

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

Dear SANTA from COCHRAN

SANTA IS DEAD!

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

Prohibited Visit to Santa’s Shrine

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November 12, 2011

Comments Made At Ligonier (PA) 2011 Veterans Day Event

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

COMMENTS MADE AT

LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA’S

2011 VETERANS DAY EVENT

     The theme of the Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 2011 Veterans Day was the Vietnam War.

     Some scattered comments heard at the event:

Miscellaneous comments:

  • Let us translate the notion of war into the notion of peace
  • In tolerance there’s progress—progress into a better world
  • Just as there is bravery in war, there is bravery in (more…)

November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 11-11-2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

VETERANS DAY 11-11-1911

“Far too many Americans observe Veterans Day in shopping malls, and far too many of our school kids think of it as just a holiday,” said Westmoreland County commissioner Chuck Anderson, a retired Marine colonel. “It’s a day to honor those who died and those who we are blessed to still have with us.”*

     Veterans Day offers me an opportunity to remember the veterans in my life, to place a United States flag along our woodsy path that will honor each of them, and a larger flag to honor the ones I am not aware of.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect.

On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. Congress changed the word “Armistice” to “Veterans” in 1954 and November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

     Non-combat veterans include my late father, a Chief Naval Photographer in the Navy. Due to divorce, I didn’t grow up knowing him.

     My grandfather also served in the Navy. He then worked on submarine repairs as a civilian.

     My uncle John (Jack) Briskay served a term in the Navy also. As a small child I recall admiring his uniform. It was (more…)

October 31, 2011

Pirate Superstition: (Black) Cats

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

PIRATE SUPERSTITION: (BLACK) CATS

I, a handsome black cat, symbolize GOOD LUCK!

KEEP CATS!

ESPECIALLY BLACK CATS!

OR CATS WITH EXTRA TOES!

(A key pirate superstition.)

      Well-kept, well-fed cats kept on ship board protect against pirates against harm. Black cats, especially, are considered good luck on a ship, but luckier to have are cats with extra toes.

     They are good for the pirate’s health, too. After all, they catch the ship’s rats.*

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OTHER BLACK CAT SUPERSTITIONS**

  • A black cat crossing one’s path by moonlight means (more…)

October 7, 2011

“Smile Someone” Today

October 7, 2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

“SMILE SOMEONE” TODAY

But be warned! Click on

Warning: Do Not “Smile Someone” Today!

Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

Smile—you don’t want me to take a glum-faced picture of you, now, do you?

You seem so sad. Just smile.

SMILE!

IT’S OCTOBER 7TH

 IT’S WORLD SMILE DAY!

You need no other excuse to smile today

than to celebrate the smile and what it means!

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     According to the World Smile Day website Harvey Ball, a (more…)

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