Happy Thanksgiving!

The real reason that the Pilgrims gave thanks to Almighty God …

Almost 400 years ago a group of dissenting Christians left their homes and bravely (and faithfully) crossed an ocean so that they might live and worship as they saw fit.  They braved sea, storm, wilderness, sickness, and poor harvest.  We all know the story.

Yesterday I was listening to Rush Limbaugh and was reminded of another detail is seldom, if ever, taught in our schools today.  The first Thanksgiving (it really wasn’t, but we’ll let that slide for now) was a result of hard work, individual initiative, faithfulness, and private property.

What?  I thought the settlers of the Plymouth Colony lived communally.  I thought that they shared their bounty.  And wasn’t it the Indians (Native Americans) who helped them feed themselves?

You’re right.  They did.  The Native Americans did help. They also nearly starved to death.  It was only after Gov. William Bradford gave each family their own plot of land and encouraged them to plant early and work for themselves did they begin to experience surplus.  With this surplus they could trade and branch out into other endeavors.

With no disrespect to my Catholic, Jewish, Muslim (and even atheist) brethren, this is what was called “the Protestant Work Ethic”.  It just so happened that they were protestant, but it was PRIVATE PROPERTY and INDVIDUAL LIBERTY which motivated the settlers to succeed.  Over 200 years before Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto, the settlers of Plymouth Colony demonstrated its failure.

Our children aren’t taught these important lessons anymore.  Since our schools refuse, it’s up to parents to teach their children the complete meaning of Thanksgiving.

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Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Today is the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, victor of the Cold War, enemy of world communism, and architect of the longest period of economic growth in our nation’s history.

The Ronald Reagan Foundation will host a celebration webcast beginning at 8:30 AM (EST).

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The Second Day of Christmas

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Two turtle doves,

and a partridge in a pear tree.

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50,000 Packages in Limbo

COMMERCE CITY, CO – Thousands of Denver-area residents are having to wait for Santa as 50,000 packages are locked up in a UPS distribution center.  A snowstorm on Thursday caused UPS to fall behind schedule in delivering Christmas packages.

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This Day …

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

“O Holy Night”

Merry Christmas from us to you.  We hope that you keep in your hearts the real reason that we celebrate Christmas.

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke, Chapter 2 – English Standard Version

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Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

The following is reprinted from the archives of the NEWSEUM:

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.  Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.  Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’  Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

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K-Mart Angels

ANONYMOUS DONORS PAY OFF LAYAWAYS ACROSS COUNTRY

OMAHA, NE – FOXNews reports that anonymous “Santas” are showing up at K-Marts across the country and paying for people’s Christmas shopping:

… At Kmart stores across the country, Santa seems to be getting some help: Anonymous donors are paying off strangers’ layaway accounts, buying the Christmas gifts other families couldn’t afford, especially toys and children’s clothes set aside by impoverished parents.

Before she left the store Tuesday evening, the Indianapolis woman in her mid-40s had paid the layaway orders for as many as 50 people. On the way out, she handed out $50 bills and paid for two carts of toys for a woman in line at the cash register.

"She was doing it in the memory of her husband who had just died, and she said she wasn’t going to be able to spend it and wanted to make people happy with it," Deppe said. The woman did not identify herself and only asked people to "remember Ben," an apparent reference to her husband. …

… Dona Bremser, an Omaha nurse, was at work when a Kmart employee called to tell her that someone had paid off the $70 balance of her layaway account, which held nearly $200 in toys for her 4-year-old son.

"I was speechless," Bremser said. "It made me believe in Christmas again."

Dozens of other customers have received similar calls in Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Montana.

The benefactors generally ask to help families who are squirreling away items for young children. They often pay a portion of the balance, usually all but a few dollars or cents so the layaway order stays in the store’s system.

The phenomenon seems to have begun in Michigan before spreading, Kmart executives said.

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Vance Philliips on Road to Recovery

PHILADELPHIA – Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips is trying to get home for Christmas.  Phillips, who was seriously injured on October 30th  when his ultra-light aircraft crashed near Lynchburg, VA has been at the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia since November 11th.

Phillips suffered a spinal compression injury during the “hard landing” of his craft.  After being released from the University of Virginia hospital he has been undergoing intensive therapy at Magee.  Feeling has already returned to his right foot and ankle.

photo courtesy of the Cape Gazette

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Crucified Santa in Loudon County

LEESBURG, VA – The appearance of a crucified skeleton, dressed in a Santa costume, has sparked outrage in Loudon County.  Citizens spoke out against the display at Monday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting and one anonymous woman dismantled the display and left it on the ground in front of the county courthouse.

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New York Teacher Tell Class That There Is No Santa Claus

NANUET, NY – A second grade teacher in this Rockland County town told her class there was no Santa Claus and that their Christmas presents came from their parents.  The unidentified George W. Miller Elementary School teacher reportedly made her anti-Santa comments Tuesday during a geography lesson, when students told her that they knew where the North Pole was because that is where Santa lives.

District Superintendent Mark McNeill released a brief statement, saying only, "This matter is being addressed internally."

photo courtesy of the New York Post

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