General Discussion, Saturday, December 24, 2016

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Chag urim sameach, y’all.

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  2. MaryfromMarin says:

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Words fail me:

    You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

    β€œβ€¦German women may now purchase rape-deterrent lingerie that keeps out intrusive culture-enrichers and sets off a loud alarm when any hot-blooded β€œsoutherner” tries to get past milady’s sartorial defenses…”

    http://gatesofvienna.net/2016/12/youve-come-a-long-way-baby/

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  4. ImpeachEmAll says:

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  5. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Almost 3:00 am and beverages are lacking.

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  6. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Work before play rule.

    So, time for another log…

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Impeach!!!! Local temp is 43*, wind SSW at 5,, rain has moved East. Log rack has been restocked. Couple lumps of clean coal added last night are still glowing. Time to go about the day, after I have a cup of coffee……

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        Yah, warmed up here too, Colonel. We’re back up to 20* since a thick cloud cover moved in last night. Prolly means more snow in the near future. Time to snuggle down, light a fire in the woodstove and appreciate all the beautifully wrapped packages under the Christmas tree. No where to be until 9 pm Mass, and unlike Menagerie I’m not doing a mountain of cooking. Merry Christmas, Sir!

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        • Menagerie says:

          Almost done! Got nothing but whipping the sweet potatoes and cooking the ham and turkey left, and I’m doing the turkey tomorrow. Oh yeah, I’ll bake the bread last thing so it will be fresh and hot and make the house smell so good.

          It now approaches that special time before Midnight Mass known as drinking and nap time!

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            Put your feet up and enjoy a few of those shots nyet has poured for you down below! Wish I were coming to sample the yummies. Somebody else baking the pies? Surely there’s pie…right??

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            • Menagerie says:

              I don’t know, I gave the dessert making over to two of the daughters in law. It’ll be the first year in a long time without derby pie, but I’m betting they come up with something wonderful.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Tundra, to you and Captain, Merry Christmas

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  7. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Okay, dokay, then…

    Time quench the thirst and
    make the sweet tooth happy.

    Eat:

    Drink:

    Be of Good Cheer (Merry):

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  8. ImpeachEmAll says:

    Col Ken will be rising shortly,

    Time for the old coffee pot.

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  9. ZurichMike says:

    A blessed Christmas to all of you. Here is my musical offering for Christmas Eve:

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  10. stella says:

    Seen on the web:

    Dear Alec Baldwin and other Hollywood A-listers,

    You exist for my entertainment. Some of you are great eye candy. Some of you can deliver a line with such conviction that you bring tears to my eyes. Some of you can scare the crap out of me. Others make me laugh. But you all have one thing in common, you only have a place in my world to entertain me. That’s it.

    You make your living pretending to be someone else. Playing dress up like a 6 year old. You live
    in a make believe world in front of a camera. And often when you are away from one too. Your entire existence depends on my patronage.

    I’ll crank the organ grinder; you dance.

    I don’t really care where you stand on issues. Honestly, your stance matters far less to me than that of my neighbor. You see, you aren’t real. I turn off my TV or shut down my computer and you cease to exist in my world. Once I am done with you, I can put you back in your little box until I want you to entertain me again.

    I don’t care that you think the BP executives deserve the death penalty. But I bet you looked cute saying it.

    And you? Really? I’m supposed to care what the director of fluffy tripe made for gullible people thinks about global warming or gun control? Get back into your bubble. I’ll let you know when I’m in the mood for something blue and shiny.

    Make me laugh, or cry. Scare me. But realize that the only words of yours that matter are scripted. I might agree with some of you from time to time, but it doesn’t matter. In my world, you exist solely for my entertainment.

    So, shut your pie hole and dance!”

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  11. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  12. lovely says:

    A blessed Christmas Eve folks.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      This is so inspiring/transcendent. I am drawn very much to the Orthodox faith because of hte intensity of their personal faith. Christmas for them in 2 weeks on their calendar, I believe.

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        The Russian Orthodox church is very vibrant here in Alaska, especially in many of the Yup’ik Eskimo villages. They celebrate Russian Christmas as Slaavik (SLAW-vick) from January 7th to the 13th. Every night of that week is a feast night, and 2 or 3 homes in each village host an open house each night (different homes each night). Every home has a shrine in the living room with icons on the wall and the priest leads long rounds of prayer before lots of eating. A hundred people or more are packed into the small houses for these events. The family empties out their freezers to provide the best possible spread, and it is a great honor to have the priest bless their house. Children receive small gifts every night of Slaavik. People spend weeks preparing for it.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          Love it. Such a vibrant faith community.

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        • lovely says:

          The Byzantine Catholic Church celebrates in much the same way. There are no instruments allowed in the church as we are to remember there is nothing between us and God. It is very beautiful.

          β€œKhrystos rozhdayet’sya” β€œChrist is born”

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            The Russian Orthodox churches I have been to often have a piano. What they don’t have is pews or chairs. The congregation stands for the entire service. And their services are known for being long. Two hours is a minimum; some run 4 hours.

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            • lovely says:

              The Byzantine Catholic Church is what I belong to not the Russian Orthodox Church. The BCC is under the Pope but their practice is from the Eastern Rite. Pope John Paul’s mom was a Byzantine Catholic πŸ™‚ Russian Orthodox and Byzantine Catholic are two separate churches.

              No instruments. No statues. Only human voices and icons. The church I belonged to did not have pews but it did have chairs, the Byzantine church in DC has pews around the perimeter of the chapel for the elderly or sick.

              The mass in my opinion is simply beautiful. Mass at our church was generally 2 hours but we were mostly young families with young children. After mass probably 80% of the people stayed and we would have a potluck lunch and our children would play together.

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            • lovely says:

              Never mind, I think I misunderstood your post. I have never been to a Russian Orthodox service πŸ™„, My apologies!

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      • lovely says:

        I belonged to the Byzantine Catholic Church for several years, when we moved there was not one available but the Eastern Rite is breathtaking at every mass. Love to chat about it, right now I’m taking a bit of time to visit nt inter-world friends before my lovelies are all awake and we being our Christmas celebration. A Merry and blessed Christmas to you and yours Mike.

        “Khrystos rozhdayet’sya” “Christ is born”

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    • hocuspocus13 says:

      ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS EVE

      …in peace love and hope

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    • derk says:

      Good morning Lovely,
      Stunningly beautiful. Aurally and visually, one could fill a museum with the images therein.
      Thank you.

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    • derk says:

      Had to google this place. On Lake Ladoga in Russia, right next to Finland.
      Interesting to see as well, there is a Ladoga here in California. On the East Reservoir, out in no man’s land, not too far south from where I am. I can see a road trip on the horizon, once the snow has melted.

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  13. amwick says:

    Morning All!
    I hope everyone is enjoying either the first day of Chankah and/or Christmas Eve. Dh and I had a traditional Scandinavian(according to my mother) dinner last night so we started celebrating a day in advance. Gifts are wrapped, stockings hung, bread made, Dh’s pound cake baked. It’s all good.

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  14. WeeWeed says:

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  15. Patriot1783 says:

    For those with lil ones check out this site to track Santa tonight…it’s how I got our children to bed for many years on Christmas Eve πŸŽ…
    Merry Christmas!!
    http://www.noradsanta.org/

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  16. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ Czarina! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Phlox! (aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ Rhea Salacia Volans! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ John Denney πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Christmas Donuts

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  17. czarowniczy says:

    And speaking of favorite Christmas tunes from misspent youth:

    Merry Christmas and rest in peace, Walt

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  18. Wooly Phlox says:

    The irony is lost…

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/12/rogue_ones_rebellion_against_the_white_patriarchy.html

    Great review and commentary.

    This is why I quit watching Hollywood 15 years ago.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Hollywood propagandists have been at the forefront of prog social engineering for decades. The value of movies and TV programs as tools of cultural change is well established, just look at the proliferation of 90s programs featuring warm, fuzzy LGBT characters to ease the way for the flood of LGBT legislation. A spoonful of sugar…or a giant wad of KY, take your pick.

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        Since Father Knows Best, “Dad” has been the idiot.

        It’s been downhill since then.

        Highlights were Little House, anything Mayberry and The Waltons.

        They nipped that in the bud, as Barney Fife would say.

        It was called the “Rural Purge”.

        It was done for ideological and programming* reasons.

        https://infogalactic.com/info/Rural_purge

        *(I mean that in the computer-terminology sense)

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          The “rural” shows that were purged were deemed to be programming antithetical to their goals.

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        • Wooly Phlox says:

          Imagine shows with good humor, drama, and yes, even morals-of-the-story — which every TV show has, now — but all showcasing our morals, instead of those of the Progs.

          Those all had to go.

          Every TV show now still has a Moral-of-the-story at the end, but that message is now, “If you don’t think like a Progressive, then you suck.”

          I figured that out 15 years ago. I was 20 years too late.

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          • Wooly Phlox says:

            Even in the commercials. If there are two guys in a commercial, one black, one white, who is the dope? who is the preternaturally wise person?

            Yup. The white guy has to be the dope. It’s in the rules, now.

            Print advertisement for chewable vitamins. Buncha kids running in a playground. Guess who is not allowed to be in front of the line of running kids? White boy.

            It’s in the rules, now.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Progs saw straight, white traditional males as the threat. Merely elevating the status of the targeted oppressed group wasn’t enough, the reduction of the targeted oppressor group to drooling idiot status was necessary to speed the process and seal the deal. Dad was reduced to the buffoon while Mom was elevated to martyr. Later on we started seeing martyr Mom and kids being abandoned to founder on the rocks of cruel reality while feral Lothario dad rins off with Jennifer.
          Not having geen satisfied with ruining the black nuclear family the progs set sights on the whites…and here we are.

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  19. derk says:

    Morning Stella and all,
    ‘Tis truly the season, and I thank you and all who pass through here for the richness you give out during the year or so being here.
    Good story thanks to I believe it was Amwick. I shared the coffee thing a few weeks back, how good Starbucks Thanksgiving coffee was, but no longer available, and shown site online to purchase. I did, bought 2 pounds, wrapped one for my daughter and stashed the other in my sock drawer so she wouldn’t see.
    Last night she asked if I wanted an early gift, and of course said yes. To my surprise she produced a pound of same coffee! She had been to a random Starbucks and there were 2 left on the shelf! I then went and got hers from under the tree, and we both shared a treasured moment.
    So thank you.

    Merry Christmas all, have a great one!

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  20. michellc says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!

    Now I’m off to slave away in the kitchen. πŸ™‚

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  21. czarowniczy says:

    And from the heart of the South, number one on the local holiday list:

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  22. John Denney says:

    Saw this link from Drudge.

    http://www.seeker.com/5000-year-old-nativity-scene-found-2161058490.html

    He makes the assumption the star is in the east because it’s to the right. I don’t know if that’s a valid assumption, since Israeli maps have east at the top, so the right would be south. East at the top makes sense before the discovery of magnetic north, or observations that the north star stays fixed while other stars rotate around it during the night. East is where the sun rises, so it’s a good reference point. I suspect that historically, it’s not just the Israelis that have east at the top of their maps.

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  23. Wooly Phlox says:

    Mel Blanc, for the win.

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    • Wooly Phlox says:

      Even Mel Blanc is, although fun to watch, ragging on The Twelve Days of Christmas here, which is very symbolic of truth. Mel Blanc’s version is postmodernism by folks who don’t or cannot understand truth.

      Our cultural programming started a long time ago.

      (I just created another Jackson Pollock painting! Then I flushed.)

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      • Wooly Phlox says:

        The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith.
        The “true love” mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly
        suitor, it refers to God Himself. The “me” who receives the
        presents refers to every baptized person. The partridge in a pear
        tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the song, Christ is
        symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury
        to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of
        the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem:
        “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under
        my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it
        so…”

        The other symbols mean the following:

        2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
        3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
        4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
        5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the
        “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
        6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
        7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven
        sacraments 8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
        9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
        10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
        11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
        12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the
        Apostle’s Creed.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Is your Christmas tree Phloxed?

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  24. Wooly Phlox says:

    I go back like a porch swing.

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  25. Menagerie says:

    It ain’t Christmas without Dean.

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  26. MaryfromMarin says:

    Christ has come into the world…

    “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” [Luke 3:5-6]

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  27. MaryfromMarin says:

    “in”. Almost–but not quite–like “there was no place in the…”

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  28. Menagerie says:

    This one is worth watching for the beautiful pictures included. But I’m partial to my former home state a little bit.

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  29. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Merry Christmas to All!!! My Christmas wish, and it’s a wish that hopefully we carry thoughtout the year. Please keep our men/women who are serving, have served, retired, and have passed in our thoughts and prayers. Without their sacrifices we as a nation would not survive. My personal thanks to all Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coastguardmens, and Airmen.. God Bless You all.

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  30. Wooly Phlox says:

    Merry Christmas. Stellars.

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  31. joshua says:

    All adults at home now. Went to Christmas Eve church service, came home and had CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER instead of all the food tomorrow, opened presents under the tree…and gave a bag of goodies to the adult kids and said that would have been in your stocking, so just eat the junk now or in the morning….I am sleeping IN on Christmas Day, other than having to feed the dogs who have no idea about sleeping in when it is time for a good pee and a big breakfast even if there is a hurricane hitting so mostly, Christmas Day is going to be a Day of Peace and Calm and NO HIGH DRAMA going on HERE….Hallelujah….He is born, and I am still napping.

    Merry Christmas to ALL….this is such a special place full of all special people.

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