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  1. 5 points
    Warren family gets Christmas surprise NBC 10 Providence by Crystal Bui Wednesday, December 20th 2017 EXCERPT: WARREN, R.I. (WJAR) — The Warren Fire Department, along with volunteers, made the holiday season a little more merry and bright for a family of six. And it was all a big surprise. "I first was told to put on my shoes, and then I heard the sirens," Chloe Durand told NBC 10 News Wednesday night. "And then I saw Santa Claus." Santa was happy to help. "You'll be unwrapping for weeks," he told the family. The truth is, it's been a hard year for the Durand family. About eight months ago, Maya Durand was hit by a car. She suffered two broken legs. While she is lucky to be alive, the crash ultimately put their family through financial hardship. "We just had struggles from there on out," Sarah Durand said. "And, so this is unbelievable." But in this special moment, Chloe, Maya, Jonna and the youngest, Wyatt, forgot all their troubles. "Thank you doesn't seem enough to say," Sarah said. They were swept with joy – and even Santa got emotional. "It did bring a little tear to Santa's eyes his year," he said. The James D. Rielly Foundation coordinated the efforts. SOURCE: http://turnto10.com/news/local/warren-family-gets-christmas-surprise
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    This year more than ever the campaign continues to remove Christ from CHRISTmas. Here is the UK, the media talk of the "Winter Holidays", many now wish each other "Happy Holiday", nativity stories are enacted in schools in such a way to not 'cause offence' to those of a non-Christian tradition. All the more reason that we remember the reason for the season. God became man, born as a babe in Bethlehem. Born for one reason, to be the ultimate sacrifice once for all. Without Christmas we wouldn't have Easter and without Easter we wouldn't need a Christmas.
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    Now I've heard it all. Some people have more nerve than a tooth ache!
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    New Research Suggests Christmas Story of Visit by Wise Men Was ‘Historically True’ Breitbart News December 24, 2017 by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. EXCERPT: Despite attempts by modern biblical scholarship to debunk the gospel account of three magi visiting the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem, the stories were “historically true” according to extensive research by author Dwight Longenecker. In his new book, Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men, Longenecker, a scholar and Catholic priest, states that an impartial study of the relevant data “shows beyond reasonable doubt” that the Magi of Matthew’s gospel were historical figures. For many years, Longenecker writes, skeptical scholars have rejected the possibility that the infancy stories about Jesus could be historical for a number of reasons, such as the fact that they contain supernatural elements. “The first problem with this is that the skeptic simply assumes supernatural experiences are impossible, therefore any story that contains supernatural elements must be a fanciful invention,” he notes. “In the early twentieth century, Bible scholars began to write off the stories of Jesus’ birth—especially the story of the wise men—as pious fantasies,” he continues. “They did so without considering if the stories might, at least, be rooted in real events.” ... SOURCE: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/24/new-research-suggests-christmas-story-of-visit-by-wise-men-was-historically-true/
  5. 3 points
    Not only their hearts , he makes their eyes think worldly good are more important than the love and sacifice that our Lord Jesus has and did for us all
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    What I always find interesting is that with substantially more written eyewitness evidence than a court would need to convict someone, we have in the person of Jesus. And where there is no written eyewitness evidence of Jesus's birth, we have specific written accounts as told likely by Mary to both to His birth and His crucifixion. Yet most continue to mock and disbelieve in Him. And not only that, 2 of the books that chronicle Jesus' life and resurrection were written by a doctor whose education taught him to observe and carefully consider facts. That it is nearly 2 thousand years ago should make no difference than if it was 2 years ago. Of the four Gospels, only Matthew writes of the Magi's visit. All four Gospels remarkably tell the same story yet things that are included in one and not mentioned in another is more a matter of who the audience was or the message that was being addressed. Matthew writes his account with the Jewish Christians clearly in mind. Mark is writing to a gentile audience, those who do not understand Jewish laws and culture. Luke is also writing to a gentile audience. John wrote his Gospel account that people will believe in the Lord Jesus, communicating the love of God to man in the person on Jesus. Matthew, Mark and John were all disciples of Jesus as He ministered. Depending on what scholar you consider, Luke was also a disciple and followed Jesus but was not numbered among the twelve. But it is also widely believed that Luke was a traveling companion and disciple of Paul. Which ultimately leads to a deeply ponder-able issue: If God, in His Son Jesus, shows us His love for mankind even in the sinful mess we create, why do so many hate and mock and disdain Him? He calls us 'His children' when we believe! Isn't it a basic need for each of us to know we are loved and have a purpose?
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    Thank you! This is what my newly formed foundation will focus on. For years I have never taken money for my appearances. I have always donated it or asked the client to donate to one of the charities that I support. I simply ask for the receipt or for them to donate using my name. But sadly, many either donate a very small amount or never donate at all. The foundation allows us to directly help the people in our community. We provide support to individuals and the children and the families of military and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges. Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, donations for hiring me are 100% tax deductible. And no one in our organization is paid -- we are an all volunteer organization. If anyone is interested you can learn more here: https://jdrfoundation.org/ https://www.facebook.com/RiellyFoundation/ We have several things planned for the foundation. And there may be opportunities for local Santas to participate if interested.
  8. 2 points
    When in doubt...it’s about the money. I have a hard time believing Facebook’s goal is to get me spending less time on Facebook and giving me more time with family and friends.
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    Man irate after Costco lets woman return dead Christmas tree in January January 11, 2018 WPVI Excerpt - SANTA CLARITA, California - While many of us were trying to figure out where to discard our Christmas trees, one California woman decided to return hers. On Jan 4., the woman reportedly took her tree to a Santa Clarita Costco asking for a refund because her tree died. One shopper, who was waiting in line behind the woman, was so blown away that he posted about the exchange on his Facebook page. "I can't make this stuff up," Scott Bentley wrote. "Woman in line at Costco, totally nonchalant, to return her Christmas tree 'because it is dead' on January 4." **** Surprisingly, Costco did issue the woman a refund, Bentley said in his post. But it did cost her. "It was questioned, verified purchase on her account and she was shammed (shamed) to a small degree ... but I don't think it fazed her because she has no conscience." SOURCE
  10. 2 points
    OMGosh!! I love Costco's return policy but that was over the top!
  11. 2 points
    I kept it simple as the content of our hearts guides everything else on us.
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    Dont know if anyone has ordered from here , but if you have are they any good
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    Tracking down a child letter writer — 87 years later Jan 4, 2018 by Dale Brumfield - News Leader Excerpt - What are the odds of finding a girl who wrote to Santa in 1930? We did, though. Not only is one of our history article subjects still alive but also she still lives here. Staunton woman Millicent Hall Brubek’s childhood letter to Santa Claus was published not once in the Staunton News Leader, but twice — and 87 years apart. “I was rather surprised to see it,” the 97-year-old retired psychiatric nurse says of finding her letter (first published Dec. 24, 1930) republished on Dec. 19, 2017, in the same paper in a feature on letters to Santa from the past. **** Like most children at the time, Millicent asked Santa for nuts, candy and oranges at Christmas, in addition to small, utilitarian articles, such as gloves and dishes. “I had a stocking but I don’t remember where I hung it, because the stove was in the middle of the tea room,” she says of her early Christmases at the inn. She pauses in thought. “That’s why I warned Santa [in the letter] to not come down the chimney!” Today the Tumble Inn is long gone and Millicent is surrounded in her Staunton home with childhood memories and memorabilia of her life there. SOURCE:
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    What you didn't get to see in the video were all the volunteers bringing in bags. We had about 8 Santa bags filled with gifts for the children and the parents. Santa Claus came through the door carrying a bag and seven more firemen carried in bags as well. It was like the mailbag scene in Miracle on 34th Street. We also paid off their heating bill which they were 18 months over due.
  16. 2 points
    Congratulations, Santa Steve, on a well deserved honor!
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    I look forward to seeing this film too, it looks fun and that's all I really care about as long as it's not disrespectful of the holiday. Most of our Christmas traditions, even Santa, pre-dates Christianity, so there will always be someone to find something to complain about. Hollywood is just a place to create entertainment and make a profit doing so. It is what it is. Merry Christmas
  18. 2 points
    Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”. However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt. Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C. That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991. Below is Corporal Schmidt’s original version as printed in Leatherneck in 1991. Merry Christmas, My Friend by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone. I had come down the chimney, with presents to give and to see just who in this home did live As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand. On the wall hung pictures of a far distant land. With medals and badges, awards of all kind, a sobering thought soon came to my mind. For this house was different, unlike any I’d seen. This was the home of a U.S. Marine. I’d heard stories about them, I had to see more, so I walked down the hall and pushed open the door. And there he lay sleeping, silent, alone, Curled up on the floor in his one-bedroom home. He seemed so gentle, his face so serene, Not how I pictured a U.S. Marine. Was this the hero, of whom I’d just read? Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed? His head was clean-shaven, his weathered face tan. I soon understood, this was more than a man. For I realized the families that I saw that night, owed their lives to these men, who were willing to fight. Soon around the Nation, the children would play, And grown-ups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day. They all enjoyed freedom, each month and all year, because of Marines like this one lying here. I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve, in a land far from home. Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye. I dropped to my knees and I started to cry. He must have awoken, for I heard a rough voice, “Santa, don’t cry, this life is my choice I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more. My life is my God, my country, my Corps.” With that he rolled over, drifted off into sleep, I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep. I watched him for hours, so silent and still. I noticed he shivered from the cold night’s chill. So I took off my jacket, the one made of red, and covered this Marine from his toes to his head. Then I put on his T-shirt of scarlet and gold, with an eagle, globe and anchor emblazoned so bold. And although it barely fit me, I began to swell with pride, and for one shining moment, I was Marine Corps deep inside. I didn’t want to leave him so quiet in the night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight. But half asleep he rolled over, and in a voice clean and pure, said “Carry on, Santa, it’s Christmas Day, all secure.” One look at my watch and I knew he was right, Merry Christmas my friend, Semper Fi and goodnight.
  19. 1 point
    What do you think of our new children's Christmas story. Story told by Mrs. Jossie Claus
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    This is nothing new!!! In the mid 70's I worked at a grocery store where after Thanksgiving a woman came into the store to return the turkey she said was bad! The kicker is there was only the bones, they had picked the skeleton CLEAN!!! I am sad to say a refund was issued!!!
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    I think the decline of man during Christmas was covered well by Dickens, "There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us, and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."
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    Why do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 and how does the date differ across the world? January 3, 2018 by Josie Griffiths - The Sun Excerpt- IF YOU'RE gutted that Christmas is over, try not to feel too jealous of these Orthodox Christian countries - who haven't even celebrated yet. From Russia to Israel, scores of countries celebrate Jesus' birth in January. Here's why... Christmas is still to come for the Eastern Orthodox community, who will be celebrating on January 7 Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7 - which this year falls on a Sunday. The celebrations tend to begin at midnight on Christmas Eve, by which we mean January 6. It's all down to a difference in calendars. In the West we use the Catholic-created Gregorian calendar, which was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582. But, in much of the Soviet bloc and Middle East, they still use the Julian calendar - which was created by Julius Caesar in 45 BC. Germany didn't accept the Gregorian calendar until 1775, and Bulgaria followed suit in 1917. There's a 13-day gap between the two calendars, meaning Christmas Day falls on what we now know as January 7. Nowadays, most Orthodox countries follow the Georgian calendar, but still observe religious holidays on the Julian dates. The Orthodox Epiphany, for example, is on January 19 - instead of the 6th. SOURCE:
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    What it should be about. Well done.
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    Congratulations! Welcome to the MOtM Club!
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    Congratulations!!!!!! Welcome to the MOTM Club!!
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    Steve it was great to read your interview and learn more about you ! Happy New Year
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    I don't know how to feel about this. Not just in this situation but in everyday life. One person has a legitimate medical condition that says they need to have their dog with them the other person has a legitimate medical condition that says they don't need to be around dogs. When does one persons rights over rule the others? Should Santa just "get over it" and deal with it? What if it's a sever allergic reaction just from being close to the dog something that effects his breathing. Like some people have around cats. That could end his day and what about all the other children in line? Just wondering. I'm not insensitive to people with disabilities. I'm a disabled veteran myself but where do my rights end and others begin?
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