I got a puppy for Christmas as a gift from a family member. Her name is Sophie. She is the product of two registered dogs. Unfortunately one is Dachshund and the other is Shih Tzu. Mother nature came up with a very unique breed. She has short hair like a Dachshund with long hair patches like the Shih Tzu. She has floppy ears and a turned up tail. What this darling will look like as a grown dog is anyone’s guess.
I know they have come up with names for some planned designer breeds, such as the Yorkiepoo. I don’t know if they is a fancy name for Sophie’s breed. Maybe a Dachshih or a Dach Tzu. If any one knows what this particular mix is called, let me know.
How do you feel about designer breed dogs? I for one think they are really just our normal every day mutts. I suppose someone thought if they came up with clever names they could be sold for more money. You know they were pretty smart, because people do buy designer breeds and pay big money for them.
Enjoy the video on designer dogs: http://youtu.be/YFCoBkHMpIY
Up until a few minutes ago I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write about today. Then I read an article that turned my thinking around. It’s there for everyone to see on Yahoo about ATT throttling back the speed on their customers in congested areas. I have been a Verizon user since I started carrying a do everything phone. I was seriously thinking about changing to ATT to be on the same network as my daughter. I’m not thinking that any more.
I have never had a problem with Verizon so they will have me for the forseeable future. Why should I change to a phone service who would cut my speed and make my do everything phone just like the first cell phone I had, and pay every increasing fees. I used to say something was “slower than Christmas,” but I have now reached the age that Christmas gets here very quickly, so I have to think of a new one. How about slower than cold molasses.
Here it is, one more time, Christmas. Being Christmas Eve everyone is hurrying around trying to get the last-minute gifts and food items which were forgotten, Christmas dinner will go off just as it was planned. All of us who celebrate Christmas have our traditions. My family celebrates on Christmas Eve and Santa visits, leaving those wonderful presents for the excited children. There are squeals and lots of laughter. It is planned chaos from start to finish. Paper and boxes are everywhere. We do have family members who believe they need to say all the bows and printed boxes. They think they will use them again but if they do I don’t recognize them.
Then we have the one family member that insists that all the paper be neatly folded before being placed in the trash bags. That was how mama did it. Since coming to the family he has learned how to loosen up a bit over the years. His family’s tradition was to open up gifts on Christmas Eve and then place them around the tree for display until Christmas morning. I never have been able to understand that particular concept.
What are your family traditions? Do you know anyone’s tradition that doesn’t quite fit your ideas of Christmas?
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I pray your cup is overflowing with health, happiness, and prosperity. Blessings to you and yours.
I was sent the following Santa letter from a friend today. It got me to thinking about how different the Christmas wants of today are from what they were 100 years ago, or are they?
The letter was from a boy they think, written over 100 years ago and found on a fireplace shelf that somehow survived over the century. What do kids ask for today? Dolls, clothes, electronics, candy, ect. ect. This child asked for very similar items. Not the electronics of course, since they weren’t available at the time.
In many ways I think the contrast between what the child wanted with what todays children want shows both how our world has changed and at the same time remained the same. The childs list was simple and didn’t sound like much, but I’m sure that childs wants would have cost quite a bit 100 years ago.
Please enjoy the letter and let me know your thoughts.
Dear Santa Letter sent 100 years ago found up chimney
MICHAEL O’REGAN and PAMELA DUNCAN
IT MAY have been slightly scorched over the years but a letter to Santa written 100 years ago, which was later discovered in a Dublin fireplace, has the magic of Christmas written all over it.
On Christmas Eve 1911, a brother and sister, who signed their names, “A or H Howard”, penned their personally designed letter to Santa with their requests for gifts and a good luck message at their home in Oaklands Terrace, Terenure (or Terurnure, as the children spelled it) in Dublin.
They placed it in the chimney of the fireplace in the front bedroom so that Santa would see it as he made his way into the Howard household in the early hours of the morning.
The letter was discovered by the house’s current occupant, John Byrne, when he was installing central heating in 1992.
Since then, he has retained it as a souvenir of another time and place but with the stamp of childhood innocence which still exists today.
The message to Santa was warm but explicit.
“I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.”
Ownership of the house changed over the decades, with the Byrne family moving there in 1961, but the letter survived.
“At that time, the fireplaces were made of brick with a shelf on either side,” said John Byrne who works in the building industry.
“The letter was found on one of the shelves.”
The letter remained remarkably intact given the passage of time and was only slightly burned from fires set in the house over the years.
As well as the requests for gifts from Santa the letter also contains drawings and a message of “Good Luck” to Santa from the children.
According to the 1911 census there were three children living at the address in the year in which the letter was written.
The youngest of them, Hannah, who was 10 at the time, and Fred (presumably short for Alfred) who was seven, fit in with the initials on the letter.
A third child, a 13-year-old called Lily, is also listed.
The Howard family were all born in England, including parents Fred Hamer Howard, an “under manager” in a plumber merchants, and his wife Mary Elizabeth. They listed their religion as Church of Ireland.
I know my blog is about writing most of the time but since it is close to Christmas, I have the urge to talk about Jesus,since Christmas is his celebrated birthday. I have a hard time accepting Christmas not being celebrated for what it was meant to be. Now it is for many people, “What can I get, or how to make more money. Our Christmas has become so commercial it has left out the central element, Jesus.
How do you view Christmas? Is it what you think it should be? I know everyone is not Christian in their faith, but even so-called Christians have lost sight of what the Holiday is about. Watch this video, I think it sums it up very nicely.
I can’t take credit for this piece. It was written by a writing friend of mine who uses the name Jazz on Fanstory. When I read it I knew I wanted to share it on my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did and imagine how wonderful it would be.
Imagine a Christmas whereby no actual gifts are exchanged. But instead, gifts of the heart, gifts of service, gifts of love. Meaningful, everlasting gifts. And, they were given over a period of at least twelve days.
For instance, we offer our services to an older couple in the neighborhood. Everyone knows at least one couple, or a widow or widower. Make dinner every night for twelve days,do chores around their house, laundry, or take them to the stores, or just go for them. Pick up, and/or drop off, their Rx. Take them to a show or the movie. Seeing to it, in every way possible, that they know you love and care for them as a neighbor.
Or, volunteering our time to visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Sincerely showing up and just being a comfort to as many there as possible, especially those who have few, if any visitors.
Maybe writing cards and letters to family and friends, letting them all know that we are so grateful to be in their lives. Or maybe, to a friend or family member whom we haven’t spoken with, for whatever reason, in a long time.
Possibly, we know someone who is having a very hard time just buying groceries. Wouldn’t it be nice if, we made a special effort to seek out such a family, and picked up some extra canned goods and boxes of spaghetti, or bags of rice (so cheap and feeds a lot) while we are at the grocery store for ourselves. An extra loaf of bread and jar of peanut butter. Baby formula, diapers, something, anything useful, helpful. Imagine, how much money we would save. No out of control credit card bills. Imagine, how much less stress we would experience. Imagine, how many real and lasting smiles we would be putting on so many people’s faces.
Still celebrating the Christmas season with dinner, friends, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, holly all around the house, a log in the fireplace, the aroma of hot turkey and pumpkin pie filling the air…and hot cinnamon cider brewing.
Still keeping the twinkling lights on the outside of our houses, on our windows and beautiful green wreaths and big red velvet bows adorning front doors. Imagine, how many more people would be looking forward to Christmas. Imagine, that after the holidays are all but over, not one person has to work overtime, or get a second job to pay for the gifts already broken or lost, or too small, or just plain gone down in value, or (heaven forbid) were never appreciated in the first place.
We can do this, all of us who sincerely want to honor our King on His birthday. We who want nothing more than to show our love and let Him know that we are eternally grateful for His sacrifice, for His unconditional love and His saving grace. Not to mention everything in our lives. Imagine, how we might feel if, when one of our own children’s birthday arrived, all our friends, relatives, and even our other children, celebrated his/her birthday by going into hock for everyone else…but the birthday child. It just doesn’t seem right. It’s not right. Imagine, the look on the face of the child whose birthday it was. What The Heck?
Okay, so God is not thinking that, not exactly, but He has to be wondering. Wondering why? How could we have gotten so far away from what Christmas really is? How could we have forgotten our first love?
And, let’s not fool ourselves, we have. And all the retail agents know we have. And, most of all, God knows we have. For sure, as that commercial once told us; we’ve come a long way, baby. A long way from where it all started with the wise men. They were our example. They can be our example once again. They really were wise. Very wise. Imagine making a private vow to God, that we are going to remember why we celebrate Dec. 25th at all. Remind Him that we are grateful, more than grateful, for His precious gift of Jesus Christ to us; to the world. Promise Him that we will dedicate that day to His loving Son, in ways that will honor Him, glorify Him and make Him proud of us. Imagine, the smile on His face. Imagine, celebrating Christmas as though it were the birth of Christ, and not our kids birthday…again. Unless it really is your child’s birthday. Imagine, teaching our children, that Dec. 25th really is the birth of our Lord, and they get excited about it as though it were their own., but expect no special treatment for themselves. Imagine, no child in the world feeling sad because they didn’t get all the toys on Christmas that they wanted, or that their friends received. Imagine, all kids going back to school after Christmas vacation and sharing all the things they did for others…even in the name of Jesus’ birthday. Imagine, our kids asking “what are we going to do for Jesus’ birthday this year, mom? Imagine, even buying or baking a beautiful birthday cake…maybe angel food, and getting up on Christmas morning, gathering the family around the table and actually singing, happy birthday Jesus. Imagine, that after just a few Christmas’s celebrated as though it really was the birthday of Jesus Christ, we all would be in one accord, out of debt and actually looking forward to the next one, with real good tidings.
In this writing, I have considered the many people who celebrate Christmas, but who are not Christians. And, even if you do not believe Jesus to be sent from God, to be God in the flesh, it would not harm anything if you were to only remember it is historically accepted, that He did live, and that he surely was born on a certain day. He lived and walked this earth doing only good. He loved all the world. He still does. And, we were all on His mind when He died on the cross.
Joy to the world. And Christmas time depression, be all but wiped out. Imagine!
And, of course, doing all those special loving acts dedicated to Jesus and telling everyone so.
Thank you everyone for reading this fairly long post. I wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I am so very sure of my New Year’s resolution, and for the first time ever, I will have so much fun keeping it.
And to God be all the glory.