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  • Adorable: President Trump and First Lady Melania Call Kids to Track Santa's Sleigh

    12/24/2017 7:41:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | December 24, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    It's Christmas eve and children around the world are anxiously waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer. President Trump and First Lady Melania, who are spending their Christmas at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, are also excited about his visit and made phones calls to children Sunday afternoon to track his progress through the North American Aerospace Defense Command [NORAD].  “What would you like more than anything?” President Trump asked a child named Casper from Virginia. “Building blocks, that’s what I’ve always liked too. I always loved building blocks. Well I predict Santa will bring you building blocks, so many...
  • "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/24/2017 4:33:08 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    From Heaven Above to Earth I Come (Luke 2:1-20) For our Christmas Eve homily tonight, I thought Id let Luther lead the way. This is the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, after all, and Martin Luther wrote and preached much on the wonder and the mystery of Christs birth. It was a favorite theme of his. So tonight well use Luthers great Christmas hymn, From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, as the basis for our meditation. Youll find it as Hymn 358 in your Lutheran Service Book. Luther wrote the text of this hymn in 1534, it was...
  • WPIX Yule Log: 1970

    12/24/2016 9:09:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies
    WPIX Yule Log: 1970 The WPIX Yule Log from 1970. WPIX is again airing the Yule Log on Christmas Eve and Christmas. This is the original filmed at Gracie Mansion.
  • Is Anyone Else Spending Christmas Eve Alone? (annual vanity)

    12/24/2016 3:03:53 PM PST · by Skooz · 235 replies
    Skooz's Den | 12/24/2016 | Skooz
    Hey everyone. In what has become a Christmas Eve tradition, of sorts, I would like to wish all of those Freepers who, like myself, have for whatever reason found themselves alone this Christmas Eve. I hope this thread can, as in previous years, serve as a gathering place for the solo folks who may otherwise have little or no contact with others on this celebrated evening. You are not alone, really. God bless us, God bless us everyone.
  • "Isaiah Foretold It, Jesus Fulfilled It" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Isaiah 7:10-17)

    12/23/2016 7:24:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | December 24, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Isaiah Foretold It, Jesus Fulfilled It (Isaiah 7:10-17)In the hymn we just sang, Lo, How a Rose Eer Blooming, theres this line, Isaiah twas foretold it. And yes, it was Isaiah who did foretell it. But what was it that Isaiah foretold? Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus Christ. The gospel writer Matthew tells us as much, that this is the fulfillment of Isaiahs prophecy. He writes: All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God...
  • Obama tees off in Hawaii with Malaysian leader

    12/25/2014 4:50:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 12/24/14 | JOSH LEDERMAN and CATHY BUSSEWITZ
    .....vacationing this week in Oahu, Obama and Najib teed off Wednesday on a cloudy but balmy afternoon at a Marine Corps base, not far from where Obama is renting a home for his two-week stay. The two leaders seemed at ease together, smiling and laughing in casual clothes as they sized up their shots.
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 [Christmas Eve Vanity]

    12/24/2015 6:30:10 PM PST · by Rodamala · 20 replies ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17, 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • "Born for You a Savior" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/24/2015 8:15:25 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 24, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Born for You a Savior" (Luke 2:1-20) "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." So the angel brought the good news of great joy to the shepherds. And so the good news comes to us tonight: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Let's consider now, and let us rejoice in, this glorious announcement, under the theme, "Born for You a Savior." In particular, I want us to zero in on three terms the angel uses...
  • Anyone else spending Christmas Eve alone?

    12/24/2014 5:33:35 PM PST · by Skooz · 506 replies
    The bizarro world of brother skooz | 12/24/2014 | Skooz
    Hello all. Sitting here at home and wondering if anyone else out there is spending this evening alone. On this night of all nights when families gather and friends share gifts and time, some of us are, for various reasons, spending Christmas Eve solo. Not necessarily a bad thing - alone doesn't always mean lonely. But, it does mean alone. Check in if that includes any of you, my fellow Freepers.
  • Now, have some Christmas Eve old-time radio!

    12/24/2014 12:44:07 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 5 replies
    Kallman's Alley | December 24 2014 | Yours Truly
    Im not convinced that I can possibly improve upon this particular entry from Christmas Eves past, so Ill continue this journals little tradition. For all who celebrate, and for anyone sorely in need of extra cheer this and any such season, todays offerings are dedicated, as always. Columbia Workshop: The Plot to Overthrow Christmas (CBS, 24 December 1942) Set in hell, delivered in verse (some of it, admittedly, is a little on the awkward side but the archness of the delivery and the quality of the bulk makes up for it), some of historys most notorious villains to that point...
  • President Obama Didn't Go To Church For Christmas

    12/27/2013 3:37:52 PM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 27, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters did not go to church on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, according to press pool reports. The Obamas are in Kailua, Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation. Although the Obamas did not go to church for Christmas, President Obama did play golf
  • NASA Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Apollo 8 'Earthrise' Photo (New Video Released From NASA)

    12/24/2013 8:12:55 PM PST · by lbryce · 40 replies
    UPI ^ | December 24, 2013 | Ananth Baliga
    The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first to orbit the moon, and captured the iconic photograph during the first manned space mission after the ill-fated Apollo 1. NASA astronauts became the first men to orbit the moon on the Apollo 8 mission, and in the process captured the historic "Earthrise" photograph. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were the first humans to see the Earth rise over the moon's horizon Christmas eve 1968. You Tube:NASA EarthRise:The 45th AnniversaryTo commemorate the event, NASA has released a new video, with actual audio from the mission and visualizations telling the story...
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Live from Cambridge England - 7AM Pacific Time)

    12/24/2013 6:00:27 AM PST · by mojito · 8 replies
    All Classical 89.9 ^ | 12/24/2013 | n/a
    Once again, All Classical broadcasts A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, recorded in the Chapel of Kings College, Cambridge. The worship service was first introduced in 1918 and is broadcast to millions around the world. Tune in promptly so you dont miss the opening carol, Once in Royal Davids City. The program airs at 7 a.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. Eastern on December 24.
  • "Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Matthew 1:18-25)

    12/23/2013 8:17:34 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies ^ | December 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel (Matthew 1:18-25)Where is God in the midst of all of this? You hear this question all the time these days. Whenever there is a tragedy in the news, you hear people asking this question. Where is God, and then fill in the blank. Where is God when a tornado levels Moore, Oklahoma, or a typhoon devastates the Philippines? Where is God when there is a terrible school shooting--in Connecticut, in Colorado--and innocent children die? Where are you, God? Why did you let this happen? Or lets bring it closer to home. Where is God when...
  • Christmas Eve in Bethlehem:So near, yet so far

    12/25/2012 4:15:09 AM PST · by jerusalemjudy
    Times of Israel ^ | December 24 2012 | judy lash balint
    Every Christmas I make the 15-minute drive from my Jerusalem home to Bethlehem for a reality check on the beleaguered town five miles away. This year, contrary to the customary gloomy reports from the international media, things were bustling in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Bright blue skies and comfortable temperatures help make things more pleasant than in previous years when a cold, grey drizzle dampened spirits. Driving up to the Rachels Passage checkpoint in my car with Israeli plates, a quick check of my press credentials is all thats needed to get waved through. Tour buses and private cars get...
  • "The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-14)

    12/24/2012 9:56:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | December 24, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark (Luke 2:1-14)Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didnt tell you about it. I didnt tell you that I had something for you, and I didnt tell you where you could find it. Well, it could be the greatest Christmas present in the world, but if you never find out what it is or where you can find it, it wont do you much good. You need me to tell you about it. Well, thats the way it is with Christmas. God has given us the greatest Christmas present...
  • Bali bomber Umar Patek helped lead world to Osama bin Laden's hideaway

    05/05/2011 4:47:58 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | 5th May 2011 | Amanda Hodge in Abbottabad and Peter Alford
    BALI bomber Umar Patek was seeking a meeting with Osama bin Laden when he was arrested a few kilometres from the al-Qa'ida chief's hideout. The arrest in Abbottabad of Patek, the last major figure who was still at large for the 2002 Bali attacks that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, has raised a critical question: did Patek give vital information to the mission to kill bin Laden, or did his arrest by Pakistani intelligence risk upsetting the American operation? Patek was arrested on January 25, nine days after stopping in the mountain garrison town on his way to meet...
  • Unofficial Christmas Eve Culinary Traditions Thread

    12/24/2011 12:03:05 PM PST · by traderrob6 · 127 replies
    12/24/11 | traderrob
    If you're one of the many families that has a Christmas Eve eating tradition please give us your best. Personally my wifes family had one when we got married....Oyster stew and rice with raisins, it was vile! Thankfully I got her off that and for 20 years we've had Super Jumbo Atlantic wild caught Shrimp and Jumbo Stone Crab claws MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM gooooooood. Please post what you'll be having
  • "Home for the Holidays" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/23/2011 7:21:39 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | December 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Home for the Holidays (Luke 2:1-20)Oh, theres no place like home for the holidays. So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all the faces. Theres a fire in the fireplace, and youre sitting in the living room, opening presents by the Christmas tree. Perry Como is singing in the background. Como, cocoa, cookies, and kids--a Christmas right out of Norman Rockwell. Very nice. But tonight I want to tell you about something even better than that. What it really means to be home...
  • The little-known Jewish holiday of Christmas Eve. Seriously.

    12/23/2011 11:52:47 AM PST · by Mandingo Conservative · 27 replies
    slate ^ | Benyamin Cohen
    The Talmud, with its share of rabbinic repudiations against Jesus, was never a big fan of Christmas. Call it the Grinch. Indeed, the rabbis looked at it as a day of mourningperhaps due to the suffering that Jews encountered in Jesus' name throughout history. And Christmas Evenamed "Nittel Nacht" by Jewish scholars in the 17th centurytook on a life of its own. The Jewish community has long had a tense relationship with Christmas. You wouldn't know it by the two main customs observed by many 21st-century Jews on Dec. 25: eating Chinese food and being the first to see the...