I had originally envisioned an entire Mayan Calendar End of the World Issue for today. However according to those whom think they know best of situations like this, (Movie Writers & Directors, FEMA, DHA- the Department of Humor Screw Ups etc), with huge planetary impending doom events its best to keep the public ignorant, complacent and docile while us few privileged folk slip off to the pre-prepared Doomsday/Apocalypse Shelter sites. There to ride out the death of humanity, immerging later to do battle with the radio-active mutant carnivorous cockroaches of improbable size for the few remaining Twinkies we can find, while defending our apparently tasty flesh from the surviving now Zombiefied Democrats, who will still apparently be intent on surviving off the rest of us.
However, since we who are rich/important/smart [on a personal note I got to tell you, its great to have all those bases covered] enough to survive the possible coming End of Day Scenario are attempting to down play it to the rest of you whilst sneaking out of town on the down low let us continue on with a normal mere days before Christmas Issue.
Impish and I on behalf of the entire mystical, magical and
farcical fantastical staff of DL/LL Electronic Media Enterprises would like to offer our readers these traditional Christmas holiday greetings:
or if you’re Hungarian:
A heart felt
to our Italian Friends with our assurances to all the Nonas we will attempt to get to as may of your Christmas Eve dinners invites as our stomachs and time allow!
And finally, last but not least in our hearts, to our personal friends, family and business connections in the organization of ‘Omerta’ in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts we say a profoundly heartfelt and sincere:
On a final note before we get started- Programmers and game designers often hide little extras in their creations to be stumbled upon. These are referred to as ‘Easter Eggs’ by geeks and the computer savvy alike.
As sort of a special stocking stuffer for the issue I have done exactly that with some extra content. I’ve turned key phrases or words in keeping with the holiday into clickable links which will open their content in new windows so you won’t lose you place in the blog. To help you ‘unwrap’ these gifts I have, with the exception of one uncooperatively stubborn blue one made them all red or green in the black text for you to find.
The Cat Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Cos the cat had pounced on him and tore him apart
Ate his mousey intestines and chewed up his heart.
Kitty thought he heard sleigh bells, which made him take pause
He stopped daintily licking the blood from his claws.
“Must be Santa“, thought Kitty, that quite clever cat.
“Cos nobody else climbs down the chimney like that.”
Indeed it was old Santa, so jolly and fat
With a load of presents, and all for the cat!
“Wow, the best Christmas ever!” Kitty thought with a purr,
Then he coughed up a hairball and shed some more fur.
5 Gift Cards To Avoid For Holiday Shopping
Written by: Jason Notte 11/16/12 – 3:47 PM EST
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — A gift card can be a great holiday present, if you get a good one.
If you pick up just any old card from a company that’s limping through bankruptcy and has a roughly 50% chance of making it to the new year, you’re not just lazy and thoughtless, but a jerk to boot. How else do you describe someone who throws $25 to $500 into a “gift” that may never be redeemed for anything resembling that value.
According to market research firm NPD Group‘s recent study of consumer holiday buying intentions, 34% percent of consumers plan to buy gift cards or gift certificates this holiday. The study also found that women and upper-income households are more likely to dole out gift cards than any other consumer group.
Considering you gift recipient has about a one in three chance of getting a gift card at all this holiday season, spoiling the experience with a card for a shaky, dying retailer or restaurant probably isn’t the best gift-buying strategy out there.
To protect holiday shoppers’ investments and prevent them from basically giving out empty promises, we enlisted the help of the folks at ScripSmart and looked into the financial well-being of gift-card-giving retailers across the country. After plumbing the depths of ScripSmart’s gift card rankings, we came up with five cards holiday consumers might want to avoid this season:
This gift card made our list last year. Other than surviving this long, Sears has done nothing to drum up much confidence in its gift card this year, either.
Back in February, it announced plans to spin off Sears Hometown and Outlet stores and sell 11 of its underperforming flagship stores to a real estate firm. In May, it decided to partially spin off its Sears Canada shops. Revenue has fallen every quarter this year and the Sears and Kmart brands themselves are just getting smoked by competitors such as Amazon , Target , Wal-Mart and Kohl’s .
This gift card warning applies to Sears, Lands End and Kmart cards, though the latter will likely be the last card in the deck, as Sears Holdings is closing Kmarts at a far slower rate than any of its other shops.
The airline’s mired in bankruptcy, embroiled in a labor dispute with pilots, saddled with an on-time arrival rate that dropped below 60% earlier this year and lodged in a holding pattern while U.S. Airways considers a merger or buyout.
With all those added benefits, who wouldn’t want an American Airlines gift card?
The holiday travel experience can be nightmarish as it is, and while an airline gift card may seem like a great way to ease the burden on friends or loved ones, this card is a nightmare unto itself. It’s nonrefundable, so you’re wagering on the airline’s future just by buying it. It also comes with a $5 shipping fee if you buy it online, which is about where you’re going to buy it unless you’re making a trip out to the airport for one.
A store whose core business still centers around selling CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs in malls isn’t such a safe bet in 2012? Stunning.
We know our ratings folks have just loved that FYE’s parent company Trans World Entertainment closed 14% of its stores in the past year and cut net losses from $7 billion to $2 billion, but what’s great for investors isn’t always so great for consumers. Cut losses are still losses and sales at FYE and other Trans World stores were still down 15% during the first half of the year.
It’s a fundamentally different world than the one that existed when Trans World bought up music chains such as Camelot, Coconuts, Media Play, Sam Goody, Strawberries and Wherehouse Music and subsequently ground them into dust. Generation Y’s penchant for stealing music online altered the marketplace, made it almost exclusively online and digital and pretty much ensured no one would pay $15 for a CD again. Meanwhile, on-demand and streaming services shut down Blockbuster and Suncoast outlets and changed the digitally downloaded movie from a combo pack’s cheap throw-in to the main even on Amazon and Apple iTunes sites.
Health and beauty stores are usually a holiday staple, unless that health and beauty chain happens to be Rite Aid.
This group of stores has been unwell for some time. Its share price hovers below $1.50. Its debt stands at more than $6 billion. Its plan to remodel 500 existing shops into “wellness” stores is so cash-strapped it wouldn’t be completed until 2020 at the earliest. Its shareholders not-so-secretly hoped Walgreen would buy it out and, barring that, rooted for Walgreens’ fight with Express Scripts to continue so Rite Aid could pick up disgruntled customers.
Neither of those plans panned out, thanks largely to Walgreens and Express Scripts making nice in July. That leaves Rite Aid as the health and pharmacy sector’s zombie, nourished by whatever it can bite off of Walgreens and CVS but slowly starving to death. Buying someone a “gift” card to a Rite Aid is like buying them a ticket to a dim florescent purgatory where society’s sad refuse picks through circular bins of pantyhose in plastic eggs and wanders aimlessly through tight, dark aisles stacked with metal shelving that’s been in place since the Reagan years.
Rite Aid’s gift card is similarly depressing. You can’t buy it online, you can’t use it online, the expiration date is a mystery, it can’t be consolidated with another gift card when the balance gets low and it can’t be redeemed for cash unless state law requires it.
We freaked out when we saw this on ScripSmart’s list for several reasons:
1. Dippin’ Dots have gift cards: Seriously, the f’n “Ice Cream of the Future” that’s you’ve walked by in multiplex lobbies and major league stadium concourses myriad times en route to a snack you stood a chance of identifying on sight. These things have been around 25 years, have billed themselves as a futuristic snack that whole time, went into bankruptcy and, somehow, still think they have a following that warrants a $5 to $500(!) gift card. The hubris.
2. Dippin’ Dots are still around: As we’ve mentioned, this product has spent a quarter-century billing itself as the ice cream of the future. Yet not only does ice cream still exists, but various incarnations of it have appeared and thrived on Dippin’ Dots’ watch. A year after Dippin’ Dots came out, then-president Ronald Reagan named its founders U.S. Small Businesspersons of the Year. That same year, a couple in Tempe, Ariz., opened up an ice cream shop with smooth, high butterfat ice cream that they put on a cold granite stone and mixed with various ingredients.
By 2000, Ben & Jerry’s had been sold to Unilever and distributed worldwide. That Tempe shop became Cold Stone Creamery and expanded to more than 1,400 shops worldwide. Dippin’ Dots, meanwhile, never patented its liquid nitrogen flash-freezing technology, had it used by competitors and eventually filed for bankruptcy last year. That’s only noteworthy because:
3. Somebody actually cared enough to save Dippin’ Dots: There was somebody out there in this great land of ours who not only had a soft spot for the Paducah, Ky.-based company, but thought there was still a legitimate business opportunity behind it. Mark and Scott Fisher, the father-and-son duo who founded Oklahoma-based Chaparral Energy, bought Dippin’ Dots last year and made plans to expand sales to more locations. (So there’s plenty of hope for Hostess.)
Good luck, Fishers. It’s wonderful someone’s giving a new generations the same chance to ignore Dippin’ Dots as their movie going and game-watching forbears.
YUP! Thar’ she be! 4th tier 8th & 9th from the left!
The Top 5 Signs the Bad Economy Has Hit Santa’s North Pole Workshop
5> Chocolate smudges on just about every gift, thanks to work outsourced to low-wage Keebler elves.
4> Every lunch at the North Pole cafeteria is venison.
3> Not only did Santa eat the cookies and milk you left for him, he also emptied your fridge, stole your TV, and rifled through Dad’s wallet and Mom’s jewelry box.
2> Those “Lincoln Logs” look suspiciously like elf turds.
and HumorLabs.com’s Number 1 Sign the Bad Economy Has Hit Santa’s North Pole Workshop…
1> Santa’s now threatening to add an “Obamacare surcharge” to each delivery.
[ Copyright 2012 by Chris White/HumorLabs.com ]
“Sal Monella” tells the story of Twas The Night Before Christmas
A New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Boys of Omerta traditional holiday favorite.
See?! I TOLD YOU “Yo! Jingle THIS!” was a traditional holiday greeting!
Christmas at your own home.
This is amazing, if you have not seen it before just type in your address or any family addresses
and look through the window at the snow falling on your home today.
Click below to get something for Christmas you won’t get anywhere else this winter.
You know you got to feel for Santa, on Christmas night he will visit (best guess by ‘Santa experts’) 1,675,000,000 homes (households, families, dwellings where a group of people share their food and roof) on the planet. One Billion Six Hundred Seventy Five Million dwellings. Lets say that 10% of those houses still follow the custom of leaving out a plate of milk and cookies for the poor guy, that’s 1.675 million plates of cookies he’s going to be faced with! How many of any one kind can he eat before he starts Grinching at the sight of another?
Following that logic, an offering of rare different and/or unusual cookies would be a welcome thing by Santa right? Maybe make him leave something extra special under the tree for you? With that thought in mind here’s a couple cookie recipes and a good anytime cake recipe that should have Santa saying ‘Thank You…Thank You Very Much!’ as he hums “Blue Christmas” and slips a little something extra special into your stocking this Christmas.
The Elvis: Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Elvis Presley had a knack for making people swoon, and so does the flavor combination in this thick, sturdy cookie. It seems so wrong yet tastes so right: bacon, peanuts, chocolate and banana chips. It’s unforgettable.
- Total Time: 13 hr 10 min
- Prep: 30 min
- Inactive Prep: 12 hr 0 min
- Cook: 40 min
- Level: —
- Yield: about 24 cookie cups
- Prep: 30 min
- 10 slices bacon
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup sweet dried banana chips, roughly chopped
Cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp, then drain on paper towels. Once the bacon is cool, roughly chop it (you should have about 1/2 cup).
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat the butter, mayonnaise and sugars with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Add the peanut butter and vanilla and beat until combined.
At low speed, add the flour mixture in batches, beating until just combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chunks, bacon, peanuts and banana chips. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners.
Fill the muffin tins about halfway full with the batter (a 2-inch, 2-ounce ice cream scoop gives you just about the perfect amount, and helps prevent spilling).
Bake until the tops are slightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. (Keep in mind that the cookies won’t rise and form a dome like a cupcake.) Let cool in the muffin tins on wire racks for about 10 minutes, then unmold the cookie cups and transfer them to the racks to cool completely.
Cook’s Notes: The mayonnaise in this recipe makes these cookies especially tender.
Elvis-Inspired Cookie Cups
- Total Time: 4 hr 15 min
- Prep: 45 min
- Inactive Prep: 2 hr 50 min
- Cook: 40 min
- Level: Intermediate
- Yield: 5 dozen mini cookie cups
- Prep: 45 min
- Basic Dough:
- 14.5 ounces unbleached all-purpose (10-percent protein) flour (3 2/3 cups)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 7.5 ounces light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
- 6 ounces granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 pound bacon, cooked, drained
- 1 (6oz.) bag dried banana chips, finely chopped (2 cups)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 (10oz.) bag peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
In large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until well combined; set aside.
In a separate large bowl, beat together brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the whole egg, egg yolks and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
Beat flour mixture into wet mixture until combined. Finely chop about three-quarters of the bacon and stir into the dough with the banana chips. Reserve the remaining cooked bacon. Cover dough and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or up to 2 to 3 days. Let it sit at room temperature until slightly softened.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill the cups in lightly greased mini-muffin pans about three-quarters full, a level tablespoon. Press dough down to cover bottom of cup. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. While still warm, use handle of wooden spoon or the back of a spoon to create cavities in each cookie. Cool the cookies in the pans and then transfer to a wire rack.
Drizzle honey in cavities of each cookie.
Meanwhile, place peanut butter chips, cream, butter, and corn syrup in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until mixture is smooth. Spoon peanut butter mixture into cavities of each cookie and top with a small piece of reserved cooked bacon for garnish. Cool completely until peanut butter mixture is set.
Cook’s Notes: I strongly suggest refrigerating the dough for best results and not baking right away. You can make a big batch of the basic dough then use it for other upcoming recipes. I like to place the bacon and banana chips in a food processor and process for just a few seconds to chop everything.
You can substitute any type of chips for the peanut butter chips. I do not suggest substituting margarine for butter, whole eggs for the egg yolks or bananas for the banana chips. Results will vary a lot the more you substitute.
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Teddie’s Apple Cake
Adapted very slightly from The New York Times, Jean Hewitt, and Teddie
Butter for greasing pan
3 cups flour, plus more for dusting pan
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups peeled, cored, and thickly sliced tart apples like Honeycrisp or Granny Smith
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch tube pan. Beat the oil and sugar together in a mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment) while assembling the remaining ingredients. After about 5 minutes, add the eggs and beat until the mixture is creamy.
2. Sift together 3 cups of flour, the salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir into the batter. Add the vanilla, apples, walnuts and raisins and stir until combined.
3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan before lifting out. Serve at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.
A nice dollop of Whipped Cream (I used Dream Whip, and Heavy Cream thinned with Bailey’s Irish Creamer to whipping cream consistency) really makes this dessert stand out!
Merry Christmas Impish- I hope you don’t mind I was a little short on red velvet and faux fur wrapping for your gifts!
These ladies are my present to me Impish HANDS OFF!
Recently in Galveston, known for its Christmas festivities such as ‘Dickens on the Strand’ where Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ portrait of Victorian Christmas literally comes to life every for weeks on end, there was a “Nativity Scene” that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it.
One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen’s helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left.
At a “QuickiMart” on our way out of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, “You damn Yankees never do read the Bible!” I assured her that while I I did, I simply couldn’t recall anything about firemen in the Bible much less relating to the Nativity story.
She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said “See, it says right here, ‘The three wise man came from afar.'”
A few days before Christmas, two young brothers were spending the night at their grandparent’s house. When it was time to go to bed, and anxious to do the right thing, they both knelt down to say their prayers.
Suddenly, the younger one began to do so in a very loud voice.
“Dear Lord, please ask Santa Claus to bring me a play-station, a mountain-bike and a telescope.”
His older brother leaned over and nudged his brother and said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.”
“I know” he replied, “But Grandma is!”
You Better be Good
Sarah and her thirteen-year-old sister had been fighting a lot this year. This happens when you combine a headstrong two-year-old, who is sure she is always right, with a young adolescent.
Sarah’s parents, trying to take advantage of her newfound interest in Santa Claus, reminded the two-year-old that Santa was watching and doesn’t like it when children fight. This had little impact.
“I’ll just have to tell Santa about your misbehavior,” the mother said as she picked up the phone and dialed. Sarah’s eyes grew big as her mother asked “Mrs. Claus” (really Sarah’s aunt; Santa’s real line was busy) if she could put Santa on the line. Sarah’s mouth dropped open as Mom described to Santa (Sarah’s uncle) how the two-year-old was acting. But, when Mom said that Santa wanted to talk to her, she reluctantly took the phone.
Santa, in a deepened voice, explained to her how there would be no presents Christmas morning to children who fought with their sisters. He would be watching, and he expected things to be better from now on.
Sarah, now even more wide eyed, solemnly nodded to each of Santa’s remarks and silently hung the phone up when he was done. After a long moment, Mom (holding in her chuckles at being so clever) asked, “What did Santa say to you, dear?”
In almost a whisper, Sarah sadly but matter-of-factly stated, “Santa said he won’t be bringing toys to my sister this year.”
A Mayan Calendar Limerick
The Mayans say this is the last one,
So go ahead, party! Have fun!
Cause three days before
Santa’s due at your door,
The world will be roasted well-done.
The Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, and some people are not taking this lightly. Panic is setting in, as seen in the many reports that believers of the Mayan calendar 2012 doomsday theory are preparing for the apocalypse. Believers in France are getting ready to converge on a mountain where they think aliens will come and rescue them. Americans are running out and buying guns, supplies and survival shelters, according to The Telegraph on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
Dec. 21, marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year “Long Count” Mayan calendar and as the days get closer retailers are seeing people buying all kinds of survival supplies from food to candles, but that’s not all, “an explosion in sales of survival shelters” are reported in America, according to the Telegraph.
Ron Hubbard, a U.S. manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters, “has seen his business explode” ahead of the Dec. 21 doomsday date. The precise way that doomsday is expected to unfold is vague, but there are plenty of theories out there describing what the world will experience when it does.
The theories vary greatly with some of them far-fetched like, a catastrophic collision between Earth and the planet Nibiru, which is a mythical planet that is also known as Planet X. Another theory has Earth in line for a disastrous crash with a comet and yet another calls for the annihilation of civilization by a giant solar storm.
This is not a new fad just taken up by worry-warts in the last year, some have been preparing for this day for years. People have elaborated self-sustaining doomsday shelters that can house large families for years if need be. Some of these shelters have all the luxuries of home, as seen in the video above.
The panic seen in China was traced to their version of Twitter where a post reports the world will experience three days of darkness when the apocalypse arrives. NASA has not stayed dormant, they are trying to reassure everyone that the planet Nibiru doesn’t exist and if it was hiding behind the sun, as the theory suggests, they would be aware of it by now. NASA would have seen this mythical Planet X a long time ago.
NASA also dispels the apocalyptic theory that the earth’s magnetic poles will suddenly flip along with the theory describing the unusual alignment of the planets that will cause doomsday.
No matter what NASA is saying to calm the worry in people, it is not doing much for the die-hard believers concerned about doomsday ringing in. Doomsday believers predict that on Dec. 21, 2012, life as the world knows it today will never be the same, if there’s life at all after the apocalypse.
This hasn’t put a damper in holiday sales this year, but even people that don’t believe in this doomsday event will probably have some fleeting thoughts of the possibilities when the date of Dec. 21, 2012, rolls around.
–==++ The Mayan Calendar Speaks ++==–
WARNING: Apocalypse in Calendar is closer than it may appear.
Montezuma’s Revenge? LMFAO! You people *slay* Mayan Calendar!
More bad news, Jaguars fans — your team won’t get to use
that #1 draft pick.
Wanna see a cool trick? Leave a 50-ton bag of unpopped popcorn
in your back yard the night of December 20.
Mayan Calendar predicts the top item at the 2013 Consumer
Electronics Show will be… shortwave radio!
The Bible had a plague of frogs. Mayan Calendar will not be
outdone. Rhinoceroses, anyone?
Don’t bother checking Facebook on December 21, 2012; everyone’s
status will be the same: “…is melting in excruciating flames!”
On 12/21/12, a drunken Justin Beiber will meet his demise after
starting a fire blaze in a Detroit brothel — but thanks to
Mayan Calendar, you’ll never see your daughter cry about it.
Apparently Santa is Zombie ready!
Fun Christmas song quizzes
One thing you notice around Christmas is the music. Personally, I love Christmas music, and playing name that tune. You might think you know your Christmas music – from Frosty the Snowman all the way to Deck the Halls. But how well do you know the less popular ones? Find out with these fun Christmas song quizzes.
The first quiz has you finishing Christmas song titles based on the first few words. Two of the titles have asterisks next to them. That means the answer is the song’s subtitle.
The second quiz is the opposite. You have the last few words of the song title and you need to fill in the beginning.
The last quiz is only for the most Christmas-music savvy. You have to name the songs based on the second verse! Good luck with that
[Courtesy Kim Kommando Newsletter]
I’m sure you’re all busy with last minute
Mayan calendar 2012 doomsday Christmas gift hunting and preparations so I’m not going to go with that much of a Parting Shot Today. Also since I’m sure Impish will have something to say on the subject prior to Christmas, should we survive the Mayans running out of calendar I need not be lengthy either, as I’m still stuff into my hidden survival shelter mansion/fortress so I’ll just offer you these Irish Prayers for Christmas on behalf of both Impish and meself:
The Light of the Christmas Star to you.
The Warmth of Home and Hearth to you.
The Cheer and Goodwill of Friends to you.
The Love of the Son and God’s Peace be unto you.
May God Bless Your Christmas with Love and Health.
For these are the true measures of Joy, Peace & Wealth
Last but definitely not least I just at 10:30 CST Last night received this from my sister and was compelled to pull the issue back and add this in memory of the Newtown Children. I added the graphics and the song.
Will tug at your heart …have a Kleenex handy
Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
In that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
As if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
“Come now my children, let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”
‘lest we ever forget them
See you on the other side…maybe…hopefully and above all- don’t let the Zombies bite!