Monday, December 19, 2005

So this is Christmas...

Well I just looked up abunch of facts and triva on the internet. So I'm pretty sure that they are all true. But for fun have a read and enjoy....

At midnight on Christmas Eve 1914 firing from the German trenches suddenly stopped. A German brass band began playing Christmas carols. Early, Christmas morning, the German soldiers came out of their trenches, approaching the allied lines, calling "Merry Christmas". At first the allied soldiers thought it was a trick, but they soon climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the German soldiers. The truce lasted a few days, and the men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings, sang carols and songs. They even played a game of Soccer.

In 1834, Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle for the Royal family.

Some priests in Australia advise you to say "Happy Christmas", not "Merry Christmas", because Merry has connotations of getting drunk - which brings its own problems. One should say "Happy" instead.

Births on 25 December: W C Field (1946), Alice Cooper (1945)
Deaths on 25 December:
Humphrey Bogart (1957), Sir Isaac Newton (1727)

The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby's White Christmas.

According to a 1995 survey, 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their doting owners.

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year; 25 percent of them are from the nation's 5,000 choose-and-cut farms.

An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.

Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol," three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam.

Charles Dickens' initial choice for Scrooge's statement "Bah Humbug" was "Bah Christmas."

Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.

The typical image we have of Santa Claus dressed in red clothes with white fur trim, is an amalgamation of cultural input over many years. Some people claim the image of Santa we know today is from Coca-cola advertising, but this simply isn't true. The standard Santa garb was well established by the 1920s and it wasn't until the 1930s that Coca-cola first used the Santa Claus design in their advertising.

Here is a game we should play @ the New Year's Eve party:

"Hot cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. "Hot cockles" was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.

This is some interesting stuff written by a secular writer:

The freedom-fighter and religious activist thought to have been born between 6 BC and 30 AD, by the name of Jesus Christ from the Greek christos, "the anointed one". He was born in a stable in Bethlehem. He started out as a carpenter, but became a missionary following his baptism by a cousin, John. After proclaiming himself the Messiah, Jesus was betrayed by a disciple and crucified. He is later said to have risen from the dead.

Here is a fun site to visit, it helps the time pass by lovely like...Click here.


This week:

Tues. 20- Rockin Drop In, 3:30-6:30pm. Bring supper, instruments, &/or boardgames, or whatever.

Wed. 21- Bible Study, 7-9pm @ Reid's house, bring Bibles.

Fri. 23 - Matthew Kent's B-day, bake him a Cheese Cake!!

Fri. 23-25 -No youth Group, enjoy your Family!!!

Mon. 26 - Marcus Read's B-Day, give him a candy cane!!

Tues. 27- Rockin Drop In, canceled

Wed. 28- Bible Study, canceled

Sat. 31 –Youth New Years Party. Meet at the church @ 5:30pm with supper in your belly. We are going to be outside from about 5:30 to 8:30pm doing something awesome. After that there will be Hot Chocolate and your snack. After that some indoor games. After that maybe a little light show to bring the new year. After that we will open our letters to ourselves from last New Year's party. After that clean up. After that it is off to home sweet home at about 2am or so.

Important: Bring some if not all of these things> warm outdoor clothes that you can jump or be thrown in to a snow bank with; bring your own snacks and drinks; a board game (if we have time we will sit and play, but I don't think we will have time); a friend; $3 (the light show).

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