Auld Lang Syne (lyrics and MIDI - both popular and original version)
New Year's Resolutions
How to Make a New Year's Resolution
Auld Lang Syne (lyrics and MIDI - both popular and original version)
New Year's Resolutions
How to Make a New Year's Resolution
A few ideas for New Year's Eve
I'm sorry that I'm posting at such a late hour. I'm feeling sick today. But I wanted to add something for today to this journal, because I have posted every day this month. So I thought I would show you the picture of the Madonna and Child above. I found it to be such a beautiful picture.
I also wanted to tell you that I will be posting about things to do with New Year's Eve and New Year's Day starting tomorrow. It may seem a little early, but I thought we would get to talking about Resolutions (or goals) that we want to consider having for the new year. We will also have some fun and talk about ways to celebrate. So please continue to visit through January 1st.
Okay, I must get off now.
Gospel reading: Matthew 2:13-18
St John The Beloved
December 27 - Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, Beloved Disciple of Jesus
St. John was born in Bethsaida, and like his brother James, was a fisherman. St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by Jesus in the first year of Jesus' public ministry. He became the "Beloved Disciple" and the only one of the twelve who did not forsake the Savior as He died on the cross. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. His later life was lived mainly in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He founded many churches in Asia Minor. He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him. Brought to Rome, tradition relates that he was by order of Emperor Dometian cast into a cauldron of boiling oil, but came forth unhurt and was banished to the island of Patmos for a year. He lived to an extreme old age, surviving all his fellow apostles, and died at Ephesus about the year 100.
St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he had learned from Jesus Himself, and which he constantly modeled by word and example. He lived an exceptional life, and we have a lot to learn from him.
Here is something fun to use in emails! Just paste the code of the banner you choose in the "Signatures" section of your emails signature setup.
Gospel reading: John 21:1a and 2-8
The Twelve Days of Christmas
In the Western Church the Christmas season lasts 12 days. (This includes the Catholic Church as well as some Protestant churches.) The 12 days of Christmas begin on December 25th and end on January 5th. January 6th is the Epiphany. So you see, in many churches, the Christmas season does not end on December 25th. It starts on December 25th. That is why I have decided to continue this journal. I am not going to continue it all the way until January 5th, but I have decided to continue it through New Year's Day. It just doesn't seem right to end it abruptly today when the holiday season is still upon us. So I will finish out the year and end on January 1st. I hope you are enjoying this journal.
Boxing Day started in medieval times. Priests would empty their charity boxes in church and give the money and gifts away to those who needed it.
As time went by, Boxing Day gift giving expanded to include those who had rendered a service during the previous year. This tradition survives today as people give presents to tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, etc), mail carriers, doormen, and others who have helped them.
To read more about Boxing Day, including Boxing Day activities and fun, here is an article.
Good King Wenceslas
I thought today we would also talk about Good King Wenceslas. He is also known as Saint Wenceslas. While we celebrate his Saint's Day on September 28th, we sing the song "Good King Wenceslas" as a Christmas carol. That is because Good King Wenceslas "looked out on the Feast of Stephen", which of course is December 26. Here is a biography of Good King Wenceslas.
Gospel reading: Matthew 10:17-22
The Birth of Our Savior
Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent. It is also the last day of Advent. I hope you have used this time to prepare your hearts to meet the King of Kings, who came into this world as a little Baby to die for you, so that you could live with Him in Heaven forever. This time of year is a very fun time, as well as a serious time. I hope you are having a special time with family and friends. I also wish for you a time of relaxation and reflection amidst all the busyness of this hectic time of year. Please take time out to spend by yourself if you can, and just relax.
Valerie and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Don't stay up too late wrapping presents. Now go eat some chocolate!
The "Christmas Truce" of 1914
In 1914, on Christmas Eve, the German and British troops on the Western front of WWI ceased fighting for a day. It was an unofficial, unplanned cease-fire. It began by the Germans decorating trees with candles, and then singing Christmas carols (Stille Nacht). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English Christmas carols.
The two sides began to shout Christmas greetings to each other. Soon they were calling each other to cross enemy lines and visit. And that is just what they did. Small gifts were then exchanged. A game of football (soccer?) was played. Recently fallen soldiers were brought back and given proper burials. The artillery in that region fell silent that night.
The "truce" spread to other areas of the lines that day. Soldiers spent Christmas together, talking and playing soccer.
In many places the truce lasted through Christmas night, but in some areas it continued until New Year's Day or longer.
Okay, so It's A Wonderful Life is not theologically correct in some ways. Angels don't earn their wings. But it is a cool movie in some other ways. Check out this link to read about the movie.
Check out this link also. But keep in mind the beginning of this little movie is not theologically correct. God is represented in two persons. As bunnies. Ok, so that's pretty bad, but we all know God is One God in Three Persons. And not a bunny. Watch the cartoon anyway and ignore the "God is a bunny talking to Clarence part" in the first second of the film.
It's A Wonderful Life (in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies)
No, I don't believe you should actually do what this next article says. I am kind of horrified that somebody would regift like this. What if the original giver is at the party? But I am including this article because it is so bizarre and funny!
game: Sled Game
Gospel reading: Luke 1:57-66
Today is Miscellaneous Mish-Mash Day! I'm not feeling too cohesive, so you are going to get a few unrelated links and ideas! I hope you enjoy today's entry.
Cat Treats to make your cat for Christmas
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup soy flour
1/3 cup dry milk
1 teaspoon catnip
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons Butter
1 tablespoon Unsulfered molasses
Mix dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients. Roll on a greased cookie sheet. Cut into bite sized pieces. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Let cool. Store in air tight container.
Dog Biscuits2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Christmas Cranberry Punch
4 cups of Cranberry Juice Cocktail
2 cups of Orange Juice
1 - twelve ounce can of Sprite or 7 UP
box of Sherbet or Sorbet
Combine the Cranberry and Orange Juice in a punch bowl. Pour the soda down the sides of the bowl. Add box of sherbet or sorbet if desired.
We have made this punch every year in my family since I was a child, and drank it on New Year's Eve. I think this recipe would be good for either Christmas or New Year's Eve.
We used to also replace the orange juice with grape juice in my family. I think either orange or grape would be delicious. I think I am going to try the punch with orange juice this year.
The White House Decorated for Christmas!
Center and Cross Halls (wow!)
game: Snowman Salvage
Gospel reading: Luke 1:46-56
Recipes for Adults:
Children's Cookie Recipes:
Rocky Road Fudge (microwave recipe)
Christian Christmas email cards:
Vintage and Victorian ecards:
Mistakes in Christmas Specials:
game: ICE BREAKOUT
Gospel reading: Luke 1:39-45
Christmas in England
I thought many of you might want to know what Christmas is like in England, as we have many journal friends who live there. Click on the links below to learn a little bit about Christmas in England.
Christmas Crackers (these crackers are not Saltines like I thought they would be, LOL!)
Wassailing (now I finally know what this is!)
Christmas in a few other places
How to say Merry Christmas in Many Languages:
Another present to make:
Gospel reading: Luke 1:26-38
Okay, so I am feeling a little bizarre today and I want to have some fun!
Politically Correct Santa
'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to "Elves",
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.
And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.
Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!?
The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."
And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows:
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.
Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.
No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.
No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.
He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.
A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.
So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...
"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth."
This document is copyright (c) Harvey Ehrlich 1992.
Rudolph and Friends Tie & other Christmas Ties -(Click on ties to enlarge. If you would like to look at or shop for additional ties just google "Christmas ties". There are some great Christmas ties out there!)
Christmas Bow Ties (click on bow ties to enlarge)
game: ICE Slide
Gospel reading: Luke 1:5-25
Gift Baskets to Make and Give
Some of you may still not have gifts for everybody on your list yet. Everybody likes to receive themed gift baskets. Here are a few suggestions of ones you could put together.
Use a large Pasta Bowl for a "basket"
Fill the bowl with:
To make a Stationery Basket, fill a square basket with:
For your Grandparents who are far away:
Fill a basket with:
Extras: fill out the basket with candy, coffee, tea, biscuits, Christmas ornaments, candles, etc.
The Ice Cream Sundae Basket:
Fill a basket with:
For the Student or the Home-office Owner, use a garbage can as a "basket".
Fill the can with:
Here are some additional ideas. Use your imagination on what to put in the baskets: gardening theme (use a flower pot), crafter's basket, photographer's basket, kid's art supplies, sport's enthusiast, guitar player, chili theme kit, cookie theme kit, rainy day basket (playing cards, game, cup, tea, etc.), basket just for men (socks, tie, etc.), stuff for the computer buff, basket for a teenaged girl (small cute purse, lip gloss, key chain, etc.), expectant parents kit (baby magic, etc.), New Year's Eve party pack (confetti, hats, glasses), crochet enthusiast's basket, vegetarian basket (sun dried tomatoes, beans, etc.), basket for a baby (sleeper, story book, rattle, etc.), women's accessories basket, Christmas basket (cookies, Christmas music, ornament), coffee gift basket (gourmet coffees, pretty coffee mugs), movie buff basket (store bought movies for VCR or DVD, gift cards to rent movies, microwave popcorn, etc.),
**After choosing the items you want to assemble the baskets or containers. Fill the baskets with some filler such as shredded paper (you can shred your own with a shredder, or buy it at the store), crumpled tissue paper, or a hand towel. Then carefully arrange your items over top the filler. Put the largest items on the bottom in the center. You can then tuck in candy canes, hard candy, Christmas ornaments, tangerines, nuts in the shell, etc. Wrap your baskets by gathering cellophane around them and then securing them with a twist tie at the top. Cover the twist tie with a ribbon. Baskets that are in decorative containers such as tins do not need to be wrapped with cellophane. Just place a bow on them!
I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas.
game: OUT' AHERE! (challenging)
Gospel reading: Matthew 1:8-25
Hi. I hope you have been having a good Advent Season. Today is December 17, the third Sunday of Advent.
Let's take a look at the Gospel Reading for today:
The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
“Teacher, what should we do?”
He answered them,
“Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
Soldiers also asked him,
“And what is it that we should do?”
He told them,
“Do not practice extortion,
do not falsely accuse anyone,
and be satisfied with your wages.”
Now the people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor
and to gather the wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Exhorting them in many other ways,
he preached good news to the people.
In today's verses of the Bible, John the Baptist speaks to us. When those present ask John the Baptist, "What should we do?" when he proclaimed the Good News to them, he had a two part answer. First he told them they should live a Godly life. But in order to do this, he told them they must have Jesus as their Savior.
Part of the answer was an invitation to live a Godly life. He told them to share their cloaks and food. He told the tax collectors to stop collecting more than what was prescribed. He told the soldiers not to practice extortion (to take money under false pretenses), to not falsely accuse anyone, and to be satisfied with their wages.
To accept the good news means that we be a person of faith, a person who believes in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.
It also means we strive to be a good person. When we become baptized in Christ, and become a new creation in Him, we have the Holy Spirit within us and are able to obey God's commandments, by His grace. Jesus said that if we loved Him we would obey His commandments. He also said, "Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect."
Often today, the tendency among us Christians is to emphacize the belief aspect while not stressing the importance of the Christian to have good behavior. Let us not profess to be Christians and not match it with practical behavior. If we don't allow our behavior to reflect who we say we are in Christ, we will cause a stumbling block for those who may consider becoming believers, who are often attracted to the person and teachings of Jesus, but are turned away by the behavior of those who claim to be His followers.
The best preparation we can make for the coming of the Lord this Christmas is to repent and ammend our ways, and to guide our actions by the selfless teachings of the Bible. This is what is needed today to make our faith perfect so that we can stand with our heads raised high in joy, at the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
game: Christmas mad lib
Gospel reading: Luke 3:10-18
Gifts children can make
There's nothing like receiving a homemade gift. Perhaps you want to encourage your child to make a gift (or two) this year instead of buying it. The recipient will be thrilled to receive it. Here are a few ideas.
Placemats and Coasters
Your children's art can be made into placemats or coasters for friends and relatives.
For placemats, have your child draw, paint or color a picture on a large piece of paper, then laminate it.
For coasters, have your child trace his or her hand on colored paper and laminate. Don't forget to have him sign and date the back!
Remember, if you don't have a laminating machine, you can take the placemats to a Copy Store such as Kinkos. They will laminate your child's artwork for a very inexpensive price.
Make bookmarks the same way. After laminating, punch a hole at the top of the bookmark with a hole punch, and add a ribbon or yarn tie.
Touring Christmas Lights Without Driving Around
Christmas House (almost one million lights on this house!)
Tacky Christmas Lights in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia (I like some of these, LOL)
Gospel reading: Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
Good morning, it's Valerie one more day today and then it's behind the scenes for the helper-elf. I may not speak with you all one-on-one again so I wanted to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and serene and blessed New Year! I wanted to thank Krissy for allowing me to post the past three days. It has been a true honor! Thanks, Krissy! Now on to a fun, fun day!...
Today we are going to play in the snow!!
Virtual online snowflake making site
Click this link to Popular Front: Snow Days!
I have spent many hours of snowflake making fun on this site! I have seen many beautiful, creative and incredible flakes on this site and wondered how in the world they were created!! I have found out that there are tutorials on the web for this very site! There are those out there much more of a fan of this site than I am!!
Flake School Flake school takesyou from beginning to grand master. Good luck!
How to make a face flake
Here's my face flake? Do you like it?
The more flakes you make this month the more Popular Front: Snow Days contributes to The Salvation Army so pass along the word and the website to your friends and family!
If you would like to use my flakes for your use feel free to "Copy as" and save. If you make any flakes and share them in your journal, please share your entry URL with us in the comments section. To capture a screen shot of your flake press Print Screen + Ctrl and then open an email and press paste in the email. The flake should appear in your email. It is rather small. You will want to resize it. If you have any questions feel free to email me at email@example.com. Have fun!
Stocking stuffer ideas penned by Krissy...
1. nail polish
5. candy (think childhood candy!)
6. silly putty
7. Christmas ornament
9. gift card to Wal - Mart, etc.
10. gift card to McDonald's, etc.
13. popcorn seasoning
14. pen (colored ink!)
15. pumpkin seeds
16. snow globe
17. Christmas costume jewelry
18. harmonica or kazoo
20. napkin rings
21. throwaway camera
22. magnets for refrigerator
23. long distance calling card
24. deck of Uno cards
25. ball and jacks
game: Sketchy Extreme Snow Sledding
Gospel reading: Matthew 11:16-19
Have a nice day, everyone and God bless!!! xox
Making Christmas Ornaments
Ornaments for Children to Make
Glitter Pine Cones
Greeting Card Ornaments
Ornaments for Adults and Older Children To Make
Starry Night Christmas Ornament
Bejeweled Christmas Ornament
Painted Clear Glass Ornament Balls
Quick Gilded Ornaments
Glitter-Dotted Christmas Ornament
Microwave Salt Dough Ornaments
Cinnamon Stick Ornaments
BlackDog's Christmas Image Maker (Write Merry Christmas, or your name, etc. in the line where it says "Text". Choose a Font. Then press "Create Image". You can save the images onto your computer and use them in your journals or emails!) .
game: Memory Christmas Game
Gospel reading: Matthew 11:28-30