General Discussion, Sunday, December 24, 2017

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Nawlins’ own Benny Grunch with our own poisunal Christmas carol:

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  2. Lburg says:

    “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!” ~Charles Dickens

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  3. Lburg says:

    β€œI don’t like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate.” ~An unknown three-year-old’s reaction to her Christmas dinner.

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  4. 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’ czarina33! (aka 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 Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) 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™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    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™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    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™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    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:


    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Christmas Donuts

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  5. Menagerie says:

    Commentary from Bishop Barron on today’s gospel reading, the Annunciation. I loved the last sentence especially. Merry Christmas to all of you, wherever your home or travels have taken you.


    LUKE 1:26-38

    Friends, our Gospel today introduces the most elevated creature: Mary, the Mother of God. The Church Fathers often made a connection between Eve, the mother of all the living, and Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. In fact, they saw her as “the new Eve,” the one who undid the damage done by Eve.

    The angel’s greeting to Mary is important here: “Hail Mary, full of grace.” Mary is greeted as someone who is able to accept gifts. Eve and Adam grasped; Mary is ready to receive. And Mary’s reply is also significant: “How is this possible, for I do not know man?” There is nothing cowed about Mary.

    The angel explains to Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…” At the heart of the spiritual life is the conviction that your life is not about you. The real spiritual life is about allowing oneself to be overwhelmed by the one who loves us. Mary is someone who is ready for the impossible, and this makes her the paradigm of discipleship. “Let it be done to me according to thy word.” That’s an acquiescence to adventure.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      “At the heart of the spiritual life is the conviction that your life is not about you. The real spiritual life is about allowing oneself to be overwhelmed by the one who loves us. β€œLet it be done to me according to thy word.” That’s an acquiescence to adventure.”
      ~ a thousand thumbs up!

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    • derk says:

      Love it, thanks.
      Had never thought of “grace” as one who is able to receive gifts, but now see how it applies.
      And “acquiesce”. Had to look up since only reference was in Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Interesting choice of wording, but again, fitting.
      Have a great day Menagiere!

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  6. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  7. G-d&Country says:

    Stella – Great minds think alike! That was one one of the pics I had for tomorrow! It looks much better up there than the smaller version would have down here πŸ˜‰ I have the smaller, earlier close up of just Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus for today, but 1st is “No Room at the Inn” by Margaret Tarrant. I chose this because of how tired Mary looked after such a difficult journey the days before giving birth. Even the little donkey looks tired, although Mary must have been light to carry.
    The second is the still image from the Nativity Story movie of just Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. The third is “A Son is Given” by Howard Lyon.

    I have Christmas cards that say: “God’s Gift is still the greatest ever given, and the greatest our hearts will receive.” It is one of my favorites. Thank You God for sending Your Son. Thank You Jesus for being God, but allowing yourself to be born into this world for love of us. Thank You Holy Spirit for descending and guiding us. Have a wondrous, joyful, and safe Christmas eve and holiday for everyone here at this happy place Stella has created for us. May God Bless you and keep you in His care, this season and all year. May God bless you Stella for this creation of your website where we can praise and express our love of God to the world.

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  8. Gil says:

    Merry Christmas to Stella and all who travel here. Have a very wonderful holiday!😁😁😁

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  9. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you all have a great time with family and friends!

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  10. G-d&Country says:

    Whew! I should have just borrowed Nyet’s list!
    Merry Christmas to everyone, especially those in far away time zones like Zurich Mike, and Tundra, and everyone who reads here, but may be too tired, disabled, or working too hard to comment. You are also a part here in spirit. Merry Christmas and God Bless you all! πŸ™‚

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  11. Sharon says:

    Merry Christmas Eve to all – I just spent a few minutes talking to my heavenly Father about the wonders of the details and the purpose of the Incarnation.

    I doubt very much that I added anything new to the subject. At all.

    He fully understood, since He does indeed “remember that we are dust.”

    I love Him. He loves me. And became flesh for me so that I could be made new in Him.

    What’s not to love?

    That’s light-hearted and certainly not Christmas genre, but expresses my heart.

    All Christmas music in the air at my house, but just wanted to share that here.

    Love you all –


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  12. Lucille says:

    This isn’t exactly Christmassy (though he is wearing red), it’s so upbeat. Of course, Kurt went on to a great career as a professional and now in his 50’s he’s still skating with family in ice shows around Canada. He has what is so attractive in us humans–that NEVER GIVE UP attitude.

    Kurt Browning – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

    God bless us, every one!

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  13. derk says:

    Morning Stella, and all,
    Beautiful pictures on this beautiful day, love both the Advent and choir. And the song of the day, love it as well.
    Christmas Eve is my day with my children, so is very dear to me for more reasons than the obvious. Tonight we will gather and have our special feast, as requested by them: Breakfast for Dinner! A newer tradition but one I “acquiesced” to, rather easily I might add.
    Do love me some breakfast, and I’m fairly good at it.

    Was thinking of changing since same as Stella’s. But as with breakfast, one cannot get to much
    “O Holy Night”.
    Have a wonder filled day out here. May grace, and peace be with you.

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    • Menagerie says:

      For many, many years our main Christmas tradition was going to Midnight Mass, coming home to open presents, and then a huge breakfast of biscuits and gravy, ham and eggs. Even after my boys left home, we first continued that tradition, up through the first year my first year my first grandchild was born.

      The second year after her birth we women of the family rebelled. The guys are still mad about it, but I tried to explain to them that they need to do that tradition at home, with their own family, if that’s what they want to do. Truth is, the kids are too little right now to stay out half the night and be able to have a fun Christmas.

      Anyhow, derk, lots of good memories associated with a Christmas breakfast for us too.

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    • Lburg says:

      Very Merry Christmas to you, Derk. Peace to you as well, and grace and happy tidings.

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  14. Sharon says:

    My family has had to cancel tonight’s plans to be here – – sleeting in many areas of Portland with temps in the hills (where they live) in the low 30s, icy streets and probably getting more so through the afternoon. That’s what fall was also like in Minnesota: two months of freezing or warm, or ice or mud – – irritating, at the least. Anyway, driving is really slippery and no telling what it will be like tonight. I’m good with them postponing. No need to have a baby out in that. Even if “you” do ok, no telling what the driver two lanes over is doing, especially if he’s from Washington State and late getting to Sacramental. Just not worth it.

    I did contact Grandson/new Daddy and assure him that this was the right decision. Don’t need a three month old first baby on the freeway with nervous parents driving on ice and then maybe getting a fender bender.

    So Tuesday it is. I told them I would sustain the continued supervision of their gifts…….for now……..

    So I will have a quiet day and there is benefit for that in me. Oh, I did warn them that I was VERY likely to slice into the amazing smoked turkey that dear friends sent to me from some amazing smoked turkey place in Texas. I see a beautiful Christmas sandwich there (which I had bought beautiful breads for) – with a side of cranberry sauce. And I will set off the big fire in the fire place – I’m not holding that them! It’s all mine now.

    Growing up years (and in MN for 18 years) we lived these kinds of weather-driven changes in the winter – do what you need to do and be ok with it. A little letdown – but I always feel that way with sudden changes in plans no matter what the reason.

    Love the Santa Claus boot camp above – already sent it to my Marine son.

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    • derk says:

      Hey!!! Sacramental? Crazy Californian drivers? Whaaat!?

      Oh ok. Never mind. Carry on.
      Does sound peaceful and a wise decision.


    • Lburg says:

      Sharon, I hope that your gourmet turkey sandwich is fabulous. I’ll be thinking of you -sending Merry Christmas happy thoughts your way!


      • Sharon says:

        It was SO good, Lburg. I will have to limit myself tomorrow (there is potential for quite a few smoked turkey sandwiches between now and Tuesday evening, y’know)……in the Christmas spirit, I will limit myself. I actually put the whole bird back in the freezer until tomorrow, for its benefit as well as a bit of self-control for myself!!!! Must have adequate smoked turkey for family on Tuesday…..must have adequate smoked turkey for family on Tuesday…..must have adequate sm………………………………………………………….everything’s getting fuzzzy…………………..z.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    • stella says:

      Just checking in. Luckily my family came last night instead of today, so they missed the bad weather. Sorry that your Christmas is delayed, but I know it will be wonderful when the get together actually occurs! We are about to sit down to dinner here. Everybody contributed to the cooking, including the boys, so we are all ready. The boys made the trifle this year under my direction and had a great time making, eating, and getting sticky along the way. The animals are creating a bit of mayhem, but Tucker is sleeping now after his supper and a walk with the boys in the snow.

      Merry Christmas Sharon, with big hugs to you.

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      • Sharon says:

        And big hugs right back! I’m relieved they did not come – as the afternoon unfolded, it’s obvious the roads are truly a mess. Those inbetween temps (that occur in the fall in cold cloimes) where the ice and rain and snow and sleet and ice just made things treacherous.

        Merry Christmas, Stella —–ooooh, and the inaugural sandwich was SCRUMPTIOUS – my mouth was most pleased and now anticipating………the next.

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      • Sharon says:

        Stella, have you seen what the temps in the “upper midwest” (think MN/ND/WI) are going to be this week? Highs of 7 above, and stuff like that – and 25 below at night – air temp, not “air chill”…..yikes. Oh, goodness, I remember such weeks, especially in 1996…..I am grateful to not be there. So grateful.


  15. patternpuzzler says:

    Just stopped in momentarily to wish all my Stellar friends a very merry and joyous Christmas!!

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  16. joshua says:


    and here is something from just over the Southern Wall soon to be built…from our neighbors, not our enemies…

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  17. Lburg says:

    Deep in the Christmas weeds….bourbon flowing like water and miles to go before I sleep. (Baking finished so the bourbon is now open for business)

    Gosh I love Christmas – really and Truly. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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