A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS

"A TIME OF MUST"

A LONG TIME AGO, MAYBE 40 YEARS BACK, MY LATE MOTHER-IN-LAW, SAIMI KUOPPAMÄKI WHO LIVED IN CALIFORNIA WROTE ME A LETTER, IT WAS CHRISTMAS TIME AND SHE WROTE, "IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN, A TIME OF MUST!" I WAS YOUNG, IN MY THIRTIES LIVING IN FINLAND BUT I FELT WHAT SHE MEANT. NOW I AM HER AGE, AND I REALLY FEEL THOSE WORDS HAUNTING ME. I LIKE CHRISTMAS BUT SOMETIMES I WISH I COULD HIBERNATE THROUGH IT!

CHRISTMAS

HO HO HO BAD SANTA

TRUTH ONE - I HATE THE MATERIALISM OF CHRISTMAS

The Teacher asked young Patrick Murphy: "What do you do at Christmas time?

Patrick addressed the class: "Well Ms. Jones, me and  my twelve brothers and sisters go to midnight mass and we sing hymns; then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited, we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys.

"Very nice Patrick," she said. "Now Jimmy Brown, what do you do at Christmas?"

Well, Ms. Jones, me and my sister also go to church with Mom and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep, waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents.

Realizing there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, "Now, Isaac Cohen, what do you do at Christmas?"

Isaac said, "Well, it's the same thing every  year...Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls Royce; then we drive to Dad's toy factory. When we get inside, we look at all the empty shelves...And begin to sing: "What A Friend We Have in Jesus".  Then we all go to the Bahamas."


When I was a child I loved looking at Christmas displays in the shops windows,and waited inline to sit on Santa's knees and tell him what I wanted for christmas  and listening to his jolly laugh, hohoho. We had Christmas plays at  school and sang Christmas songs,  People weren't afraid to say Merry Christmas to strangers as they passed them on the street and yards had Santa's or Mangers, and words saying Merry Christmas. I lived in good times....

                                  

Santa isn't allowed to say hohoho anymore because someone finds it offensive. So he isn't bringing any joy to the world with his jolly laughter. And why not, because The word "ho" is  American slang for a whore.

If only people spoke English like it's supposed to be spoken, they would then use the word "Whore" instead of "Ho" and all this nonsense would not exist!

On top of everything else, political "correctness" is pure humbug. Political correctness is just another word for the "new world order" of dictatorship. Soon Santa will even have to tell what he sees in peoples' homes, like the firemen in America. Ray Bradbury, you were right in your book Fahrenheit 451. Home security, run by the Scrooge Government.


ENGLISH LESSON 101

HO     A word Santa Clause says three times when he sees you,   Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas!

HO     BLACK SLANG   1. A PROSTITUTE
          derogatory, a woman

                           AND WORDS THAT SOUNDS LIKE HO

HOE      A hoe is an ancient and versatile agricultural hand tool used to shape the soil,
             control weeds,clear soil,and harvest root crops.   
                               

HOLE       A hole is an opening
               A HOLE IN THE GROUND


WHOLE    a thing that is complete in itself
                COMPLETE OR NOT DIVIDED

US postal workers failing to deliver on the Christmas spirit.

The global financial crisis and privacy concerns have claimed another victim - Santa Claus. The US Postal Service is being called the Grinch after saying it can no longer afford to deal with the annual flood of letters. North America correspondent Lisa Millar reports. (excerpt of Christmas carol) LISA MILLAR: Every year children around the world send letters to the North Pole hoping Santa will grant their wishes. DOUG ISAACSON: In 2007 they'd received over 750,000 and throughout the year, and then last year it was over 800,000. LISA MILLER: Doug Isaacson is the mayor of North Pole, 200 kilometres south of the Arctic circle, where locals live on streets called Santa Claus Lane and every year they volunteer to reply to Santa's letters, a tradition started by Mike Miller's parents in 1954. MIKE MILLER: In some cases, you know, it may be the best part of Christmas that they have because there may not have been much of a Christmas on the 25th. LISA MILLAR: But Sue Brennan from the US Postal Service headquarters in Washington DC said the post is feeling the pinch. SUE BRENNAN: Because the economy has been so bad and it's hit the postal service as hard as it's hit anybody, that a number of our offices have opted out of the program. LISA MILLAR: And fears about sex predators have sparked new rules to protect children's identities, making the program even hard to run. Doug Isaacson says his town is devastated. DOUG ISAACSON: Don't just come with a high handed Grinch-like method and say Christmas is gone and your identity is now being stolen and letters to Santa are not going to be answered, that's tragic. LISA MILLAR: What happens to those letters now, the 800,000 letters to Santa, where are they going to end up? DOUG ISAACSON: Somebody told the reporter, well, we're just going to destroy 'em. LISA MILLAR: Sue Brennan puts it differently. SUE BRENNAN: We'll probably... probably end up being recycled. LISA MILLAR: Mike Miller runs the Christmas shop his parents started. He says if letters are addressed directly to Santa Claus House, Santa will get them. And the post office says it will still run programs in major cities to deal with Santa's letters but just not those addressed to the North Pole. TONY EASTLEY: Lisa Miller reporting.



THIS IS FROM ROBIE'S BOOK

SANTA CLAUS

"The difference between religion and the Christian faith," Sarah began, "is demonstrated every year by that jolly old elf, Santa Claus.  Santa makes a list and checks it twice: he sets out to reward those who have been good.  Santa Claus institutes a religion, in this case temporary parent-worship, which, mercifully, ends the minute the presents have been secured.  In his book, there's no pardon and no way out of a bad record even if the guilty understand their failure.


"This is a modern perversion of the original story about Santa.  The historical model for Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was a fourth-century bishop of Asia Minor, the Asian part of today's Turkey.  He didn't invent Christmas gifts—they had been given at that time of the year since centuries—but he gave them to orphaned street children, unloved urchins who didn't deserve them and knew it.  He did so not just out of his good nature but also to illustrate the unearned gift of salvation available to all of us who are willing to admit our sins and call on Jesus for help."

What an interesting thought.

"So the commercial Santa Claus is a heathen," I mused.  "That's what keeps alive this idea that you have to buy your salvation by being good!  Santa is the only exponent of Christianity most people ever encounter, and, knowing no better, they let the cartoonists tell them that God—or St.  Peter—will decide their eternal fate based on a list of their doings just like Santa!"

 
"You said it," Sarah replied.  "The true message about salvation through God's grace and the blood of Christ just doesn't make it into the headlines.  It's too undramatic, and it threatens the cash flows of all those who are out there selling their services as intermediaries.  Cutting out the glitzy ritual and the complicated dogma takes away the entertainment value, and most people lose interest.


"Salvation through grace alone, as a free gift, is the central message of Christianity.  But the churches don't want to tell this to anybody on a personal level.  So they hide the salvation concept in plain view by making it a mechanical piece of boilerplate that's rattled off as a routine chant in their liturgy.  No churchgoer experiences that chant as a personal message.

"Salvation isn't explained in Catechism.  It's blocked out in all church teaching by talk about sin and suffering, legalism and behavior.  This leaves the average Christian with the impression that salvation is an automatic by-product of going to church; that regularly partaking of some interactive entertainment, maintaining a pious mien for an hour, and doing the required calisthenics is going to accomplish what, in truth, only a personal commitment to Jesus can do."


"Also, not that many people are willing to proclaim such a message," Adrian added.  "Messing with established cash flows is the most dangerous thing you can do in any walk of life.  Every prophet in the Old Testament did just that, as they preached repentance and turning away from idols.  They took away business from well-established pagan priests, and, normally, they paid for that with their lives.  So did Jesus Christ, throwing the merchants and moneychangers out of the Temple and telling people that they needed just one rule, the Great Commandment.  He was ruining the business of both merchants and experts on Mosaic Law.  Every reformer of the faith after him did the same thing to some established and corrupt branch of the Church, and most were killed for it.  Even the prophet Mohammed made powerful enemies, teaching that Muslims were to face Allah directly."

He should be excommunicated and expelled!

A Catholic priest in Italy came under fire after he canceled an annual Nativity scene, saying it could offend Muslims. The move triggered a wave of criticism, his predecessor calling him to remember that he lives in Italy and "not in Saudi Arabia."


The move took place in the city of Cremona, northern Italy, when Father Sante Braggie, chaplain of the Municipal Cemetery, said there would be no nativity scene at the entrance of the local graveyard this Christmas, local media reported.

A nativity scene is the special exhibition depicting those gathered after the birth of Jesus. It is usually exhibits figures of the infant, his mother Mary and her husband Joseph, as well as shepherds, sheep, and angels.

According to Father Sante Braggie, 57, the Nativity scene could offend people who belong to other religions and whose relatives have been buried in the cemetery.

"A small corner of the cemetery is reserved for Muslim graves," he said, as cited by Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper. "A crib positioned within sight of them could be seen as a lack of respect for followers of other faiths, hurt the sensibilities of Muslims, as well as Indians and even atheists."

"In short, it would be a mess," he added.

However, not everyone in the city was pleased by the move. Sante Braggie's predecessor, Father Oreste Mori, called it "an unpardonable weakness."

"We cannot renounce our culture and traditions. I am, for the time being at least, in Italy, not Saudi Arabia," he said.

A regional councilor with responsibility for culture and identity, Cristina Cappellini also criticized the move, saying that she hopes Sante Braggie "changes his mind and apologizes to the community."

"A parish priest should preserve, honor and promote the symbols of our culture, of our traditions, of our Christian identity," she said as cited by Italian media.

Later the Diocese of Cremona issued a statement, saying that the priest's words had been misinterpreted in the media.

"The right integration and fraternal encounter among people of other faiths does not imply the cancelation of their roots and identity, but it demands respect, mutual exchange and knowledge of different religious traditions, especially when they - as the message of Christmas - transmit a message of peace and unity among all peoples," the diocese added.

"They called me even from Dubai," the priest later told the Italian press, adding that the Nativity scene would be reinstalled in a different, "safer" location. It is not yet clear exactly where that will be.

SCARY SANTA FROM NEW ZEALAND

                                  
A controversial giant Santa Claus decoration has been reinstalled in Auckland's city centre to the horror of some locals who say it is "too creepy".

The 20-metre-high fibreglass Santa has been attached to the side of a book shop in Queen Street over Christmas for almost 50 years.

But it has undergone major cosmetic surgery after Aucklanders complained his smile looked sinister and his beckoning finger was scaring children.

Last year, the Santa had broken apart and been stuck together with what looked like a giant band-aid.
It has been under the knife for the past four months, with Santa's face currently wrapped in white bandages that are due to be removed on Sunday.

But some locals say the bandages are creepier than the old face, with one mother looking up at the decoration saying: "This is every child's worst nightmare".

American tourist Edward said he could not believe his eyes when he saw Santa's face covered by bandages.
"Santa in bondage. It's a very funny thing. They just couldn't wait to bring it out," he said.
"He does look kind of sad up there, doesn't he?"

Aucklander Phil McGrath said he had just finished his banking when he noticed the face.
"He looks like he's had botox. A bit of plastic surgery for Santa this year," he said.
"[The old Santa's] eyes were freaky, very scary. I remember taking my niece and she looked up and started crying."

The bandages come off on Sunday and Mr McGrath says he is going to come down to watch the unveiling.
"What they should do is reveal it strap by strap... on the TV programs, they are bruised and battered, that's what they should do with Santa."

DIARY OF CHRISTMAS 2007 WHEN THE KIDS WERE HERE

Kuvateksti



Dec 22, 2007  Well I arrived in good time to fetch the kids from the bus station. It was cold and grey but in my heart it was warm and fussy. I was so excited to have the 3 kids for xmas. A bit like Queen Elizabeth and her grandchildren. She only likes them when they are old enough to ride horses. Well I have always loved these little ones, even when I didn't know them, but today was a big day for me. The bus was 30 minutes late, poor kids, and when they opened the door to the bus, what a smell, farts like a swamp. Too many people, too much drink and the wrong foods. Poor kids. Heather was pale and sunk in her face. Topias was his usual bouncing ball and Johnny look relieved to be off the bus.

Kuvateksti




Dec 22, 2007  We arrived home with poor heather looking like a comatose patient, she could hardly walk and their was no bounce. I put her straight to bed and she just slept instantly. I went off with Tobias and Johnathan to get some more foods, I let them go wild with their chooses and we came home. Robbe and Heidi put things away and I made a not so interesting dinner. Tomorrow starts the real food. Speaking of food, I bought a real fresh turkey and also 2 Guinness beers to teach johnny to make Irish stew because he complains about lihakeitto, so I thought to teach him the real lihakeitto from Ireland.I don't know much about beer but they froze in the back of the truck and opened and their was beer all in the bag and when I carried it in it went on the hallway carpet and clean kitchen floor. And what a mess. Heather steped in it as she took her boots off before going up to bed. So, so much for beer in the irish stew. I have to explain, I had the turkey before picking the kids up, so that is why it came in first with Heather.

Kuvateksti




Dec 22, 2007  things went pretty well, a cup of tea went all over the front of me, and I had a dress on, trying to be a grandmother, so it's now in the wash. Tobias had just had a bath and was all clean and had his evening snack and droped the food on his lap and shirt, after that he was playing on the chair, my back was turned and he fell off and hit his head on the dresser. Robbe swooped him up and comforted him, I forgot how he adores kids and is so gentle and kind. Tobias was soon comforted and wanted to go to bed, but I keep him up for another hour as all head injury's must be watched. Heather and Tobias are now sleeping, They were in bed by 8 P:M: Johnny is on the computer just now as he just had a late evening snack and likes his rage game. Well I shall hang the laundry and the rag rug. Thank God for washing machines.

Kuvateksti




Dec 23, '07 12:46 AM

hyvää huomenta isä ! mitä kuuluu.T:Heta



Kuvateksti



Dec 23, 2007 PM

mä oon kipee mul on kuumetta ja on tylsää.mul on ikävä sua ja isää. tummelil on jouluinen kaula panta hänen päällää. mul on ihana sänky ja se on ihanan pehmeä.mulle kuuluu aika hyvää.mitä teille kuuluu? sano isälle että lukee tämän. OKEI? T:Heta HYVÄÄ JOULUA

Kuvateksti


Dec 23, 2007

Heather has been resting all day, she has the fervour but it has gone down, perhaps tomorrow she will have her dancing legs back. I miss her active mode, who who have thought. Tobias is here and there and everywhere, tasting carefully needs foods and playing with legos. Johnathan has learned to cook, irish stew, with Guinness and red wine, it is fantastic. This teenager soon to be is unusal, he is so easy to be with, this kid is either very good or a very good actor..



Dec 24, 2007

we have had a regular day, heather rested till the afternoon and I even had an hour nap. tobias is enchanted with his cuteness and teases everyone, sometimes a little too much, but he is 6, going on 7 and thinks he is the prince of this house. heather's fervour is down and she even went for a walk in the woods with tummeli and heidi. johnny is busy trying to win the 100 euro reward for the child with the least teasing, shouting, giving orders and neatness. Heather would you believe it is giving everyone a run for the money, this girl is an endless bag of surprises.



Dec 24,2007

I now have to go, preparing the xmas stockings for tomorrow, and have to get the turkey, stuffing, apple and pumpkin pies ready. we also will have yams, (sweet potatoes) cornbread, mashed potatoes, eggnog, (non alcoholic) peas and pearl onions. let's see what the kids will eat..




Dec 24,2007

 mun piti vaan sanoa että mitä teille kuuluu , ja mitä te teette . mulla on vieläkin vähän kuumetta . onko teillä ikävä Hetaa,Topia JA Jonia mä haluun tietää. HYVÄÄ JOULUA TEILLE ISÄ JA ÄITI T:HEATHER MARIA




Dec 25, 2007 i know i'm a grandma, and getting old, but my grand kids, they are such a new generation. these kids know they can control me by voice alone, they get louder and louder and tobi becomes so aggressive, he breaks anything he can get his hands on when someone or something upsets him, be it his sister, brother or us 2 oldies. so far we have been fairly quiet and peaceful, but those darn xmas stocking and the candy, sugar rage, what a rage, now Robbie sees for himself. this morning tobi was showing his all to everyone and running after heather. I had to get johnny to get him dressed, still he thinks he is cute when he is out, but your talk helped and the barn door is closed. Still after all is said and done, they did eat turkey, stuffing and yams, they said they wouldn't eat anything, when I say they, I mean thee 2 little one.




Dec 25, 2007

the little ones are asleep, heather seems nearly better, only 100 degrees F. and us elders are so tired, we are going to rest now too. later tonight we might make cookies, let's see. the 3 kids made all fashion gifts today, heather painted a box for her mom, tobi strung up a pearl necklace and johnny made a chain of popcorn for the birds. well the turkey is hitting me too, night-night




Dec 26, 2007

what a day, to the health center in the morning with heather, poor darling, she hated going but heidi is like pauli and can talk anyone into anything and make it fun. heather is good about taking such foul tasting medicines, as a child i use to throw up liquids, heather is brave.





Dec 26, 2007

it's been a good day, the meds work and heather and tobi painted and played and watched the flintstones on tv. I only allow one program a day and they are fine with that. Johnny finished his model plane with Heidi, he started it last summer and now it's painted and detailed. looks great. I had a sleep and while sleeping, someone took a picture of my big old backside with tobi posing, I was so fast asleep I didn't know anything. Imagine my surprise when I just opened it, well tobi is so cute, I had to post it.

Kuvateksti





December 28, 2008

 Today was very wild. Had some peace when Robie took the 2 lads swimming. Heather is adorable on her own, it's the brother/sister mix that makes life explosive when the three are together.

Kuvateksti






Dec 28, 2007

tobi went to the play park and climbed everything he could climb, he learned about hydo electric power plants with robie, they just build one here, studied the village bulletin board, so iittala's factory. when he came home he wanted me to spike his hair, note photo. heather's fervour went down but she slept nearly all day. johnny did what he does best, played the video game.

Kuvateksti




Dec 28, 2007

 johnny learned to make pizza topping, tomorrow he will make the dough. johnny and tobi went swimming with grandpa and I had time to bath myself in peace at home. tonight the kids went crazy with candy, not johnny as he is no longer a kid, take note; see black and white photo.the kids went to bed at 9 pm and johnny is going off now at 10 pm.

Kuvateksti

Jan 2, 2008 The children and robie are on a train as i write this, just spoke with robie, he is exhausted, poor darling. hope he gets a good nights sleep. I too am so so tired, my eyes hand heavy and my body just goes from one room to another in a very slow and paced way, even Heidi is tired. I give Pauli and Pirjo 1000 gold stars for the great care they give these kids, however they manage, it's a miracle. still it was fun and exciting, but i know we could never have them again without a nanny here too. Thanks for the time with the kids and now I shall go to sleep. Next Christmas I will go to them.





ESPECIALLY CHRISTMAS TIME









"There has been only one Christmas,
the rest are anniversaries."

W. J. Cameron












"Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.? Victor Borge











              


  REMEMBER THIS AT CHRISTMAS TIME
 According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male
 and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male
 reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late
 November to mid-December.   Female reindeer retain their antlers
 till after they give birth in the spring.
 Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's
 reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be girl.
 We should've known... ONLY women would be able to drag a fat-ass man
 in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get
 lost.







CHRISTMAS... 2010


I can't believe it, I survived Christmas, thankfully it was at my daughter-in-laws house and she made a wonderful Finnish dinner. My son baked a moist and juicy ham and all went well.

Santa came to visit, he was a funny Santa and very wise, and the children opened their gifts and the man of the house had so many gifts, and I received beautiful presents.
I must say, this was a 5 star Christmas!







The road home was long, over 7 hours, heavy snow and fog, slippery roads and miserably cold.










AT A LATER TIME


SANTA'S HELPERS

THIS TUB WILL NEVER FLY

BEGGING SOCKS

SANTA TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE ON THE TREE TOP!

COCKATOO

PAPER MACHE

SURFS UP

TWO FLYING PIGS

GIFTS FROM A FRIEND
                
TUMMELI'S TREE AT NIGHT

TUMMELI'S TREE
                
ROBERT'S GRANDFATHER'S FOREST SHOE

MY FRIEND FROM LAPLAND GAVE THESE TO ME, HER MOTHER MADE THEM ABOUT 40 YEARS AGO

FINNISH CHRISTMAS GOAT