If you prefer a more upbeat version, Keeping Stock has one.
If you’re wondering what it’s all about Jim Hopkins writes ‘Tis the season to be a believer.
May your Christmas be happy & may 2011 be kind to you and yours.
I don’t remember where I found this nor do I know who wrote it.
But the words helped me the first Christmas after my son died and I offer it in the hope they might help someone else.
On Being A Star
hundreds of stars
and all of them
but we grow
wants us to
We become stars
by following stars
In the eyes
who cannot see
you are a fool
But for those
you are wise
The potter works
at the wheel
The potter too
is a star
But we aren’t
used to stars
We aren’t used
to stars who
in a stable
on a cross
We aren’t used
don’t make sense
losing your life
the other cheek
and being poor
for the sake
of some kingdom
I hope a star
on Christmas Day
A new one
I hope it’s bright
And shines down
To help you see
you’ve never seen before
and you are
a long time
is not easy
but it’s good
with your birth
It heals the
scared in me.
and of His
we have all
did He come
to be a star
To light our path
To help you see
need to see
all year long
Oh, how I hope
in your life
Well, just because
Because you see
I’d like to give
If you need more inspiration, you’ll find it in No Vacancy (A Christmas Story) at Bowalley Road.
Thursday’s questions were:
1. Who preached what is regarded as New Zealand’s first Christmas Day service?
2. Where did he preach it?
3. Who wrote: “It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!”
4. What was Mary & Joseph’s home town?
5. What’s your favourite Christmas carol or song?
Points for answers:
Andrei and Ray got four and a bonus for the music.
Rob got 4 with a 1/2 for #2
Deborah got 4 with a 1/2 for #2 and a bonus for extra information which wins her an electronic bunch of lillies (or roses if the lillies cause hayfever).
Adam got one and a bonus for Bah! Humbug!
To all of you and other regular answerers a sprig of mistletoe (the native one) and my thanks for dropping by.
Answers follow the break:
I won’t wait until three days before Christmas to send Whitestone Cheese gift boxes and find the courier can’t guarantee they’ll be delivered by today.
I won’t wait until Christmas Eve to post gifts to my nieces in Australia, a calendar to my cousin in Scotland and cards to people all over the world.
I won’t leave it to my farmer even if he says he’s got staff gifts covered.
I will know where the bucket and stones needed to keep the Christmas tree upright are.
I won’t leave the tree my farmer cut propped on a box in the living room for 12 days before decorating it.
I will remember about the cake I always bake to give a friend so I don’t have to make it on Christmas Eve.
I will not only be organised I will be organised early.
Contractors whose workers died in the Pike River mine will be paid.
Pike River Coal receiver PricewaterhouseCoopers today announced it would be making payments to the contractors who lost employees in the disaster that killed 29 men last month.
The company’s partners John Fisk, David Bridgman and Malcolm Hollis said they had reached an agreement with secured creditors to make the payments, which would cover the contractors’ labour costs.
There is no legal requirement for the secured creditors to do this and it could be argued not even a moral one when they are first in line for any payment.
This is not an act of obligation but one of generosity and compassion which might help make Christmas a little happier for those who have lost so much.
On December 24:
1754 George Crabbe, British poet and naturalist, was born (d. 1832).
1777 Kiritimati, (Christmas Island) was discovered by James Cook.
1814 The Treaty of Ghent was signed ending the War of 1812.
1822 Matthew Arnold, British poet, was born (d. 1888).
1865 Several U.S. Civil War Confederate veterans formed the Ku Klux Klan.
1893 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (Chattanooga Choo Choo – I Only Have Eyes for You), was born (d. 1981).
1905 Howard Hughes, American film producer and inventor, was born (d. 1976).
1914 World War I: The “Christmas truce” began.
1922 Ava Gardner, American actress, was born (d. 1990).
1923 George Patton IV, American general, was born (d. 2004).
1924 Albania became a republic.
1927 Mary Higgins Clark, American author, was born.
1941 World War II: Hong Kong fell to the Japanese Imperial Army.
1943 General Dwight D. Eisenhower became Supreme Allied Commander.
1948 Frank Oliver, New Zealand rugby player, was born.
1953 Tangiwai railway disaster – The worst railway disaster in New Zealand’s history occurred on Christmas Eve 1953 when the Wellington-Auckland night express plunged into the flooded Whangaehu River, just west of Tangiwai in the central North Island. The accident happened after a railway bridge was destroyed by a lahar.
1979 – The first European Ariane rocket was launched.
1997 – The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria killed 50-100 people.
2000 – The Texas 7 held up a sports store in Irving, Texas, Police officer Aubrey Hawkins was murdered during the robbery.
2003 – Spanish police thwarted an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s Chamartín Station.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.