The doors of Heaven opened
The day you came into my life
At our eyes’ first meeting,
Divine intervention touched my soul
What once were dreams andaspirations
Transpired into fearless reality
Conscious reasoning gave way toinner feelings
Our encounter ensured destiny unfold
Love initiated in Heaven
Unconditional, without envy orself-pity
Free from illusion, secure in faith
Lays eternal in the mist
Two hands merged as one
One heart, one body, one spirit
Truly blessed to share life’s dailyhappenings
Until only memories exist
Our love spans the sands of time
Through the years, happiness andtears,
‘Til one day we’re hand-in-hand
Standing quietly at Heaven's Door
Awakenings touched on the Sights and Smells of Christmas so it is logical to follow up with the sounds of Christmas. Jolliness naturally accompanies Christmas Time mainly because of the music ever present on the scene...along the sidewalks, down the city streets, ringing from church steeples, within the comfort of our own homes, permeating the air like the aroma of freshly baked bread or cinnamon-laced apple pies.
As you listen to some of the ageless Christmas songs of the past, see how many you recognize and perhaps include in your own Christmas music collection. Then, compare the classics with the more modern Christmas tunes and decide which of the newer ones you think will be remembered in future decades. Will they last through the century?
Vintage Christmas Songs from the 1900s & 1910s
Vintage Christmas Songs from the 1920s & 1930s
For many parts of the country, it appears Ol' Man Winter and Jack Frost have delayed their normal visits. Warmer temperatures for the season make the winter seem more like an early spring. Of course, some will still experience a white Christmas...somewhere in the nation!
Regardless of the weather, however, Winter Solstice is here! This is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the least amount of sunlight in declaration of the first day of winter. It marks a pivotal point in the earth's rotation around the sun. The time may vary, the country different and different names...Yule, Midwinter, Jól...but the meaning is still the same.
Wednesday, December 21
Winter Solstice 2016
First day of Winter: everything you need to know about today's Solstice
Along with the shortest day comes the longest night! Okay, all you nocturnal creatures get ready to romp and play - parta-a-a-ay - a few hours longer while you day dreamers must dream a bit less during the shortest hours of sunlight. Get those bonfires burning in preparation for singing, dancing and feasting to generate new light and merriment in the midst of winter.
And, don't forget the 'zoup' for warmth and nourishment!
Celebrate this festival of light with a nice rich bowl of Sun King Soup -- the bright sun colors and smooth texture are just the thing for either an appetizer, or a light meal at Yule.
Let it simmer away as you go about your day, and then, as if magic, you'll return home to a powerfully intoxicating, hearty-as-hell taco soup. Try garnishing a bowl with crumbled tortilla chips, sliced avocado, chives, or cilantro for added flavor and texture.
Not into soup? What about a savory pie?
Topped with golden crust or creamy mashed potatoes, Savory Winter Solstice Pie is bursting with tender winter vegetables, a nourishing celebration of the return of longer days after the shortest night of the year.
Need a special brew?
What a truly magical + blessed gift to bring to any holiday party and/or family get-together!
AND, don't forget the dessert...
Bring some rays of sunshine to your table with this Winter Solstice Cake. This dessert will brighten up any dreary winter's night.
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for a purr-r-r-r-fect Thanksgiving blessing!]Thanksgiving is loaded with historical trivia, delectable treats and holiday tradition. May this day be filled with fun, food and fellowship overflowing with voices of thankfulness and gratitude.
|The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth|
by Jennie A. Brownscombe. (1914)
A mythologized painting showing
Plymouth settlers feasting with Plains Indians.
Embrace the Past...***** With the coming of Thanksgiving comes a special time to embrace the past.The feast of which we are most familiar took place when the Pilgrims arrived and the Wampanoag Indians gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. This was a time of autumn celebration and that's right, it took place in the 17th century!
Within the history of Thanksgiving lies nuggets of trivia that nudge at the heart and tickle the funny bone.
Did you know...
Turkey may not have been the main meat that filled the guests' bellies at the first feast?
George Washington declared Thanksgiving to be a February holiday?
Fledgling colonists lacked butter and wheat flour for baking, thus no pumpkin pie?
Whether mashed or roasted, white or sweet, potatoes had no place at the first Thanksgiving?
While cranberries were plentiful, in wasn't until 50 years later that sauces and relishes were made with the tart orbs?
What about corn?
So far there has been no mention of corn: roasted, boiled or popped. While corn and kidney beans were staples of the Pilgrim's diet, is it possible there was no corn gracing the table of that first Thanksgiving feast? If it was present, i.e., Indian corn, it presented itself in a form much different from that which we are familiar today. From this, a thought is interjected:
Popcorn is prevalent today as one of America’s favorite snacks but. . .
Did Pilgrim's Eat Popcorn?
Popcorn was a “parched”treat A banquet ofharvest tradition Surpasses anymyth of yore Did grace everytable galore Venison, goose,duck, and eel Beckoned themost squeamish lad Time of rejoicingand feasting
Meant only thebest to be had
Berries, grapes,apples, and plums Competed with homegrown veggies
Squash, peas,beans, even white corn
Pumpkin pie hadn’tbeen invented Bread puddings,milk, and honey
Left no appetiteunattended
Indeed more beerthan water Quenched theharshest of thirsts With gin andwine not far behind
Unbeknownstwhich came first
But what aboutthe popcorn? Were pilgrimsthe early munchers Of that salty,puffed corn treat
Or was someoneelse the launcher?
Not until over a century later Did sweet yellowcorn none the least Become the corn that traditionally “popped”
As part of aThanksgiving feast
Sharla Lee Shults
Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the United States.
Two Sides of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day: A Holiday Feast
A cornucopia offruits, nuts, and veggies, Turkey,trimmings, cakes, and pies, More than anyonecould possibly ask,
Instead of a treat,becomes our demise.
Family and friends prepare favorite recipes
Bringing various homemade dishes to explore.
Glutons for punishment, a natural instinct,
Led us back for more and more.
Thirst quenched and bellies stuffed to the gills,
Rocking chair conversation not too deep.
Is it the rocking motion or the turkey
That finally puts us all to sleep?
Thanksgiving: A Celebration of Gratitude
A cornucopia ofthoughtfulness and gratitude,
Thanks from the heart, as well as the lips,
More blessings than anyone could ask
Comes with all the trimmings this day equips.
Family and friendsunite in fellowshipGranting praise for all the gifts of the year.A candle is lit and with prayerful handsThe try meaning of Thanksgiving is clear!
Sharla Lee Shults
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING BE FILLED WITH MANY BLESSINGS!
This day is a day of celebration not only for the blessings of today but for blessings to be extended into tomorrow's tomorrows. Take a moment to count your blessings but most importantly ask yourself how you can bless someone else. Perhaps something as simple as a smile could brighten someone's day. Whatever it is, take the time to bring blessings into the world around you, one moment, one day, one person at a time. The future is in your hands!
There will be many empty seats at tables across our nation this Thanksgiving as war still rages overseas. Thousands of brave young men and women in uniform are fighting two wars on foreign shores. Remember them: Our troops, soldiers, men and women, who are awayfrom home and the ones they love for the greater good of our nation.
Support our Troops: Support America!
May they be blessed this day, every day, and be reunited with loved ones in the days ahead.
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