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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....12-08-04....A Bracebridge Christmas Revisited
Mama_Bear

Posted on 12/08/2004 12:05:25 AM PST by Mama_Bear



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Some Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music
to accompany today's Christmas presentation.


Veni Veni (O Come, O Come Emanuel)
I Saw Three Ships
Pat A Pan
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Still, Still, Still
O Come All Ye Faithfull

(Aquamarine, thank you for finding
this music for our holiday enjoyment.)






One of the most creative transformations of an English Christmas story is the annual Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite National Park. Sheer granite cliffs serve as the backdrop for the Bracebridge Dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley each Christmas. The granite face of Yosemite Falls is framed in frost and the meadows are blanketed in glistening snow.
The Hotel has hosted a recreation of the Bracebridge Christmas Dinner almost every year since the hotel opened in 1927. While traveling in England in the early 19th century, famous American author Washington Irving (1783 –1859) was a guest at the country estate of Squire Bracebridge. Irving wrote about his experience in “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon” published in 1820. The Bracebridge Dinner is a re-enactment of Irving’s account of Christmas at Bracebridge Hall. Christmas dinner at Bracebridge Hall dated back to the 17th century.


Ansel Adams, renowned photographer and naturalist, made Yosemite his home. He orchestrated Irving’s description of the 17th century feast with period music and verse and played the role of the Lord of Misrule for many years. The Adams’ version of the pageant is still used today at the Ahwahnee.

In the story, Squire Bracebridge has invited family and friends to his ancestral home to celebrate Christmas Dinner. The players are dressed in vibrantly colored period costumes. The Ahwahnee Dining Room, already one of the most breathtaking in the world, is transformed into a 17th century English Manor Hall with evergreen wreaths and colorful banners hanging from the massive ceiling beams high above the floor. The entire dining room is the backdrop for the dinner performance. A large alcove at the end of the dining room serves as the dais for the Squire and his guests.


The program is an elegant and artistic three-hour pageant of classic carols, Renaissance rituals, Middle Age music and sumptuous food. Chimes and trumpets herald the Squire’s arrival as everyone rises to pay him honor. The Bracebridge Singers add their voices to the pageantry as each course is presented to the Squire for his approval prior to serving his guests. There are four presentations: The Fish, The Peacock Pie, The Baron of Beef and The Boars Head, and The Pudding and The Wassail. Chimes, trumpets, and the Bracebridge Singers herald the presentation of each course. The props are elaborate recreations of 17th century food presentation. Each presentation is marched through the Grand Hall by costumed servants and presented to the Squire. Once the Squire has approved each course, white glove servers serve the guests.


The Lord of Misrule plays the part of a jester and juggler and entertains the Squire and his guests during the meal. Operatic singers, minstrels, and the housekeeper perform solos throughout the pageant. A band of paupers from the village arrive and Squire Bracebridge invites them to partake in the feast, true to the Christmas tradition. After the elaborate affair the Squire and his company exit the Hall greeting their guests as they leave.

The Bracebridge Dinner has been presented every year except during the Second World War when the Ahwahnee served as a rehabilitation hospital for the U.S. Navy. This unique event has become a National Treasure and a California tradition.

"There's such a magical feeling to being in Yosemite at that time of year," said Andrea Fulton, the producer and director, who has been performing in the event for the past 52 years. "It's quiet, the valley is usually filled with snow, and you walk into the most incredibly beautiful room at the Ahwahnee Hotel."




Cameras are not allowed in the Ahwahnee dining room
during the performance. This is one of the few photos of the cast
available and was copied from the cover of a 1985 menu and program.


The centerpiece of the event is the seven-course feast that is prepared by the Ahwahnee's world-class culinary staff and planned months in advance. Rich and wondrous dishes delight the eye and palate.




A feast for the Body and Soul




Mushrooms a la grecque, Medley of Cured Olives, Marinated Baby Artichokes,
Pickled Baby Carrot Trio, Pickled Quails Eggs, Caviar



Roasted Butternut Squash “Mulligatawny”
Tart Apple, Pumpkin Seed Cracker



Chilled, Herb Grilled Gulf Coast Jumbo White Prawns
Cucumber Seaweed Salad
Fresh Tomato Horseradish Coulis, Parsley Emulsion



Wild Mushroom Ragout
Truffle Julienne, Pheasant Dumplings, Seared Squab Breast



Pistachio Crusted Angus Beef Tenderloin
Sweet Potatoes Dauphinoise
Haricot Vet, Orange Glaze Baby Beets
Béarnaise Demi-glace



Baby Spinach, Frisee, Baby Red Endive
Poached Crimson Pear, Sonora Gold Mineshaft Aged Blue Cheese Custard



Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce,
Hot Mulled Cider, Assorted Holiday Cookies and Chocolates





Although there are only eight seatings of 335 people, as many as 15,000 people request tickets for the highly coveted seats (yes, even at the $275 per person ticket price). Previously awarded by lottery due to the high demand, seats are now available on a first come, first-served basis.

Listen as Robert Anderson,
the Executive Chef,
describes the Ahwahnee kitchen.






The Ahwahnee ~ A World Class Hotel....
any time of the year.


As a National Historical Landmark and one of the most distinctive resort hotels in North America, The Ahwahnee is well known for its great granite façade, striking beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths, richly colored Native American artwork, and finely appointed rooms.

Grand Hotel, Grand Design


Completed in 1927, The Ahwahnee features a unique blend of design influences including Art Deco, Native American, Middle Eastern and Arts & Crafts Movement. These elements can be seen in every aspect of the hotel including stenciling, woodwork, lighting fixtures and china patterns. Every room is finely appointed for comfort and visual delight and reflects the natural surroundings and Native American influence of Yosemite

Some of the most well loved aspects of The Ahwahnee are its grand public spaces featuring giant stone fireplaces, massive hand-stenciled beams, rich tapestries and elegant stained glass.




Yosemite and the Ahwahnee Hotel provide the perfect snowy backdrop for this story of Christmas Day at Bracebridge Hall in Yorkshire, England.



I hope you have enjoyed this presentation
of the Bracebridge Christmas.
This unique event has become a
National Treasure and a California tradition.


Have a Wonderful Wednesday!





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1 posted on 12/08/2004 12:05:25 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; Aquamarine; azGOPgal; ...
Good morning, FRiends!

If you would like to be added to or removed from the Finest ping list, please freepmail me.

2 posted on 12/08/2004 12:06:45 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: All

Hi guys. I am trying to find out if anything was ever posted on FR about a young soldier in the Army who was killed in Mosul on Dec 8th, 2003.

My daughter is dating a close friend of his and if there was any thread about the young man, I would like to give my daughter's boyfriend the link. Maybe to forward to the family.

Today is one year from the date of his death.

I tried to search, but I wasn't able to find anything.

I know you guys keep track of this sort of thing, so I am asking for your help.

His name is PFC Jason Wright.

As I said, he was killed on Dec 8th, 2003.

Thanks for the help. I really tried searching myself. I promise!

Have a good day everyone!

Tammy


3 posted on 12/08/2004 12:45:38 AM PST by texasflower (Liberty can change habits. ~ President George W. Bush 10/08/04)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama.


4 posted on 12/08/2004 1:55:28 AM PST by Aeronaut (May all the feckless become fecked.)
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To: Mama_Bear; All

Good morning


5 posted on 12/08/2004 3:14:26 AM PST by GailA (JESUS is the reason for the season)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Billie; Aeronaut; deadhead; Diver Dave; ...

December 8, 2004

Bad News?

Read: Psalm 112:1-10

He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. —Psalm 112:7

Bible In One Year: Daniel 8-10; 3 John


Several years ago, before cell phones became common, a seminar leader asked the audience, "If someone came into this meeting, called your name, and said, 'You have a phone call,' would you assume that it was good news or bad news?" Most of us admitted we would think it was bad news, but we weren't sure why.

It points out a common burden many people carry—the fear of bad news. It may be a natural concern for the safety of those we love, but it can become an irrational dread of tragedy.

When we are most afraid, we most need confidence in God. Psalm 112 speaks of a person who fears the Lord, delights in His commandments, and is gracious to others (vv.1,4-5). But perhaps most striking is: "He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord" (v.7).

A hymn by Frances Havergal reminds us that a trusting heart is the answer for a worried mind: "Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest; finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest."

The Bible doesn't promise that we will never receive bad news. But it does assure us that we don't have to live each day in gnawing fear of what might happen. "His heart is established; he will not be afraid" (v.8). —David McCasland

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the Spirit there. —Havergal

Faith in the living God can take the fear out of living.

6 posted on 12/08/2004 4:10:53 AM PST by The Mayor (If Jesus lives within us, sin need not overwhelm us.)
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7 posted on 12/08/2004 4:29:06 AM PST by The Mayor (If Jesus lives within us, sin need not overwhelm us.)
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To: Mama_Bear
What a wonderful beginning to a dreary Wednesday.
8 posted on 12/08/2004 4:31:19 AM PST by kassie ("It's the soldier who allows freedom of speech, not the reporter..")
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To: Mama_Bear
You have out-done yourself. Again.

This is great. You remind me of --- ME!

Weinie

9 posted on 12/08/2004 4:40:55 AM PST by lonestar (Me, too!--Weinie)
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To: Mama_Bear; All; The Mayor; Billie; dansangel; Aquamarine; WVNan; mountaineer; ohioWfan; ...

Lovely thread, MB! Thanks so much, and a merry Wed. to all at the Finest!


10 posted on 12/08/2004 5:48:22 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thank you for today's thread, Lori. It's very pretty and interesting!


11 posted on 12/08/2004 6:44:42 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: texasflower
Good morning, texasflower.

Here is what I found in my search for posts on FR about Pfc Jason Wright:

“Strike” Brigade Remembers Two Fallen Comrades"

Soldiers who've completed their last PCS and joined the Final Unit in Heaven.

There might be more, but this is all I found.

12 posted on 12/08/2004 7:39:25 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Aeronaut

Hey there, Aeronaut. Hope all is well in your world.


13 posted on 12/08/2004 7:40:39 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: texasflower; TexKat
Tammy I will try to find time to check later for you. I will check in TexKat's daily thread on war..she gives infor on deaths & bios etc when available. Maybe she has a listing of the threads on her page. here is Today's Thread if you have time to check before I do
14 posted on 12/08/2004 7:50:00 AM PST by DollyCali (We can never repay our veterans...NEVER. Thank you all who served our great country.)
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To: Mama_Bear
Wow, what an appealing place.. thanks Lori.. and so well presented - thank you. I have always wanted to go to Yosemite.. and now I see it might be a nice winter trip. The pledge pix is so sweet also. Lots of Nostalgia from you today & I appreciate it!
15 posted on 12/08/2004 7:52:16 AM PST by DollyCali (We can never repay our veterans...NEVER. Thank you all who served our great country.)
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To: The Mayor
Good morning, Rus. CA is beginning to look a lot like New York, weather-wise, at least for now. Gloomy and overcast here, but I guess that's the way it is supposed to be this time of year.

Click for Tulare, California Forecast

Have a good day, cuzzin.

16 posted on 12/08/2004 7:52:29 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; texasflower

opps.. responded to Tammy before I read entire thread.. HOpefully these posts will be the right one


17 posted on 12/08/2004 7:54:59 AM PST by DollyCali (We can never repay our veterans...NEVER. Thank you all who served our great country.)
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To: GailA
Good morning, Gail.

Yes, indeed, "Jesus is the reason for the season". :-)

18 posted on 12/08/2004 8:00:49 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: kassie
What a wonderful beginning to a dreary Wednesday.

Well, thank you, kassie. Glad we could brighten up your day a bit. :-)

19 posted on 12/08/2004 8:04:08 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: lonestar
This is great. You remind me of --- ME!

LOL! We do have a lot in common. ;-)

Love ya', Weinie!


20 posted on 12/08/2004 8:15:26 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Lovely thread, MB!

Thank you, Molly. It's always a special day when you stop by. :-)

Thanks so much, and a merry Wed. to all at the Finest!

And to you!

21 posted on 12/08/2004 8:18:52 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning,Sistah Lori! Bracebridge was lovely last year, but the new table borders are even more beautiful this year, and that heading is outstanding! I love your beautiful winter pledge graphic.

It really is does look like Christmas at the Finest. :)


22 posted on 12/08/2004 8:21:19 AM PST by Billie
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To: tuliptree76
It's very pretty and interesting!

Thanks so much. This is a re-run from a post I did last year, but there are many new people who visit the Finest, so I thought I would run it again. (Besides, I had nothing else prepared to post today. LOL)

Have a great day, tuliptree.

23 posted on 12/08/2004 8:23:11 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Billie
Bracebridge was lovely last year, but the new table borders are even more beautiful this year, and that heading is outstanding!

You noticed?! I should have known, if anyone would, Billie would. Thanks, I think the additions were an improvement too.

Good morning, BillieBlue. :-)

I need to make a ton of peanut brittle today, in between tending to the thread. It's something I do every December and family and friends have come to expect it. Don't want to be hearing...."What? No peanut brittle this year???" LOL

24 posted on 12/08/2004 8:34:23 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: DollyCali
Wow, what an appealing place..

Yes, it was a beautiful performance and dinner. We went to the Bracebridge Dinner on Christmas Eve many years ago. If you ever have an opportunity to go, I recommend it.

Thanks so much for your compliments, Dolly. You always make us feel so appreciated here. :-)

25 posted on 12/08/2004 8:45:56 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good Morning MB, this Post is gorgeous! Would love to go to Yosemite National Park one day.

Had to take Daisy dog to the vet this morning for her annual shots, need to go work on John's essay now.

Have a lovely day!

26 posted on 12/08/2004 8:51:40 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Mama_Bear

Mama_Bear...gorgeous thread!

Mayor, thanks for the good words for today.


27 posted on 12/08/2004 8:53:54 AM PST by crabbie
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To: Mama_Bear
Morning, darlin' fuzzy. Merry Christmas. : )

Beautiful thread....again. LOL

28 posted on 12/08/2004 9:10:27 AM PST by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Mama_Bear

I didn't know about FR this time last year, so it's new to me. ;-)


29 posted on 12/08/2004 9:12:52 AM PST by tuliptree76
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To: Mama_Bear
That's me!!!!!!!!!

I'm Santa Paws!!!!

Weinie

30 posted on 12/08/2004 9:18:18 AM PST by lonestar (Me, too!--Weinie)
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To: Mama_Bear
well, re: being appreciated. i think the one thing WRONG with this daily thread is that it is SO good that people just take for granted the graphics, material , display.

Now I participate on a few other daily threads & visit others now & then. I may have not found it yet, but this thread IMHO is without match.

There are here several great contributers & several great graphic artists (whether professional or not, you are graphic artists)

Most on FR are NOT into HTML at all. at all. That is okay but once you start dabbling(and that is all I am at this point, a dabbler) you understand all the work it takes to put together a beautiful offering like you did this morning.

It isn't just copy paste like emailing a picture!!!!

I try to each day send a copy of the link to my non FR friends/family. I often get a note back with appreciation.
31 posted on 12/08/2004 9:24:38 AM PST by DollyCali (We can never repay our veterans...NEVER. Thank you all who served our great country.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Morning, darlin' fuzzy. Merry Christmas. : )

Morning, charmin' wolfie. Merry Christmas to you!

Beautiful thread....again. LOL

Thank you again. I know how much you enjoyed that yummy menu last year. LOL

I just took some peanut brittle off of the stove. Care to sample some? It's whiska-lickin' good, if I do say so myself. :-)

32 posted on 12/08/2004 10:04:02 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Aquamarine
Good Morning MB, this Post is gorgeous!

:-) Thank you. You know, I didn't ask the Bracebridge people if it was okay for me to present this and use their name. If I had, I might have gotten the same answer you got from the Biltmore. That's too bad that they wouldn't cooperate.

I owe you mail from yesterday, and I will answer it by the end of the day. I hope Daisy gets a clean bill of health from the Vet. So sorry to hear about her epilepsy. I didn't know that Beagles were prone to that aliment. At least hers isn't too bad at this point.

BTW, did you notice that all the links you found to the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music are still good? I love "Pat A Pan". It fits so well with the theme of the post.

HUGS!

33 posted on 12/08/2004 10:15:58 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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Mama_Bear...gorgeous thread!

Thank you so much! I hope, along with Billie's Christmas in Hawaii post yesterday, it helps put everyone in the Christmas spirit. :-)

34 posted on 12/08/2004 10:17:39 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; dansangel; Aquamarine; The Mayor; JohnHuang2; LadyX; ...
Awww........you just made my day, ((((((((((Dolly))))))))). :-)

I am going to copy your comments and ping my sistahs, brothahs, and some of the others who do such a fantastic job contributing here at the Finest. I know they will appreciate what you said also....

well, re: being appreciated. i think the one thing WRONG with this daily thread is that it is SO good that people just take for granted the graphics, material , display.

Now I participate on a few other daily threads & visit others now & then. I may have not found it yet, but this thread IMHO is without match.

There are here several great contributers & several great graphic artists (whether professional or not, you are graphic artists)

Most on FR are NOT into HTML at all. at all. That is okay but once you start dabbling(and that is all I am at this point, a dabbler) you understand all the work it takes to put together a beautiful offering like you did this morning.

It isn't just copy paste like emailing a picture!!!!

I try to each day send a copy of the link to my non FR friends/family. I often get a note back with appreciation.

35 posted on 12/08/2004 10:30:14 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie

Thank you ((((((Mama_Bear))))))) for a beautiful presentation and an inspiring story. Very little seems to be putting me in the Christmas spirit these days. However, after Billie's wonderful thread yeasterday and your lovely offering today, I feel the stirrings of Christmas spirit coming to life.

Have a blessed day!


36 posted on 12/08/2004 10:50:04 AM PST by dansangel (Thank you Veterans past and present!)
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To: Mama_Bear; All


Thank you for the beautiful Finest Thread, MamaBear.

Merry Christmas to everyone at the Finest!!
Hey .... I said Merry Christmas!

37 posted on 12/08/2004 12:01:28 PM PST by JustAmy (Remember our President and our troops in your prayers. God Bless America.)
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To: JustAmy
Hey .... I said Merry Christmas!

And I will say it again.......Merry Christmas!!! :-)

I can hardly bring myself to say "Happy Holidays" anymore, not since it has become "politically correct".

Are you feeling better today?

38 posted on 12/08/2004 12:16:26 PM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: dansangel
Very little seems to be putting me in the Christmas spirit these days.

Oh, I'm sorry, dansy. I've had some Christmas' when I had a hard time getting into the spirit of the season too. I hope things start looking brighter for you very soon. (((((((((dansy)))))))))

39 posted on 12/08/2004 12:20:22 PM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thanks, Mama_Bear ... you've definitely put me in a Christmas kinda mood ... )


40 posted on 12/08/2004 12:25:24 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: jwfiv
Thanks, Mama_Bear ...you've definitely put me in a Christmas kinda mood ... )

You're welcome and I'm glad. :-)

41 posted on 12/08/2004 12:31:22 PM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; JustAmy
Hey .... I said Merry Christmas!

And I will say it again.......Merry Christmas!!! :-)

He was born in a stable
His mother a virgin
Raised in a carpenter shop...

...and his name was not Mohammed

Beautiful presentation today, MB.
Are you and JK still planning to take us to dinner up there in Yosemite? :)

42 posted on 12/08/2004 12:52:44 PM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
Are you and JK still planning to take us to dinner up there in Yosemite? :)

Sure! I'll be making our reservations just as soon as we hit the lottery. ;-)

He was born in a stable
His mother a virgin
Raised in a carpenter shop...

...and his name was not Mohammed

:-)

43 posted on 12/08/2004 1:02:32 PM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; DollyCali
Thanks for bringing this comment to my attention MB. And thank you Dolly for your words of appreciation, it means alot. :)

BTW...Daisy's epilepsy hasn't progressed too far yet. She's in the stage where she acts like she has a bee in her bonnet - when she doesn't. The vet said that's a symptom of the disorder. He's going to put her on medication after her blood work comes back, he wants to make sure that she doesn't have something else causing her symptoms.

44 posted on 12/08/2004 1:23:48 PM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Mama_Bear; DollyCali
There are here several great contributers & several great graphic artists (whether professional or not, you are graphic artists)

What a wonderful thing to hear, Dolly! And since Lori pinged many of the others who contribute such neat graphics, I won't add their names again. Thank you - there are so many of you who make our threads each day such fun and worth every minute of our time.

45 posted on 12/08/2004 2:50:09 PM PST by Billie
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To: dansangel
However, after Billie's wonderful thread yeasterday and your lovely offering today, I feel the stirrings of Christmas spirit coming to life.

I'm really glad I did that one yesterday, because it's been bugging me since I jumped up and said I'd 'do Hawaii' - always with the Christmas theme in mind! (Don't let me volunteer to do a *state thread* again!) LOL

46 posted on 12/08/2004 2:55:51 PM PST by Billie
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To: The Mayor

My faith has taken me through my father's minor heart attack this week, my finals for my first semester at nursing school and a minor medical procedure for myself and it's only Wednesday. You just never know what life has in store for you, but with God in your life, it makes the burden a lot lighter.


47 posted on 12/08/2004 3:05:38 PM PST by austingirl
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear
(Don't let me volunteer to do a *state thread* again!) LOL

Well, you both do such a superb job, making it look far more easy than it really is.

((((HUGS))))) to you both.

48 posted on 12/08/2004 3:22:55 PM PST by dansangel (Thank you Veterans past and present!)
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To: Aquamarine

I hope all goes well with Daisey Aqua... I used to think it was very strange that people would put so much money / concern into "just a dog".. then God gave me Oliver and I have learned many lessons from him.

Now I understand.. this is not "just a dog" but a member of the family & often your best friend who trusts you completely, is loyal & never cares if you look like a disaster.

Prayers for your dear fuzzy friend!


49 posted on 12/08/2004 4:02:22 PM PST by DollyCali (We can never repay our veterans...NEVER. Thank you all who served our great country.)
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To: dansangel
Hi sweetie.. I am sorry about the fact you are a bit down this season. If I might share a bit of my pilgrimage.. Before coming to Ohio to help mom, I had a wonderful set of job experiences & ample money to make holidays never a concern. bought food, travel tickets, gifts, decorations without blinking.

Now there is essentially no income & so all must be tempered (to put it mildly). I have found myself doing more creative things & finding that your true friends/family loved ones understand & truly do appreciate the handmade things.

I do a lot with photography & make composite pix using Publisher and I also have a bit of talent making stringed jewelry.

I don't know if that is the reason you "are not in spirit " yet, but I am guessing it might be.

I hope you will look at this as Gods gift of an opportunity to focus on Christ rather than materialism. We all need that lesson.

Everyone at FR is at different stages in their financial status.

I recall you are a Christian & although the temptation is there to be mad at God, I hope that you will rather, dig into your soul & use this time of non employment & maybe other turmoil that lack of $$$ often gives, to grow, pray, study bible & in general "be still & know that HE is God".

hugs hon!!!!!
50 posted on 12/08/2004 4:13:28 PM PST by DollyCali (We can never repay our veterans...NEVER. Thank you all who served our great country.)
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