Merry ChristMass!

This is a Christmas Tree from last December has attracted hits, pingbacks and criticism the past few weeks with a few brave enough to send their scathes privately. It’s still a Christmas Tree! It isn’t a Hanukkah bush, Holiday  Tree, Allah Plant, or whatever else you may think to call it, to avoid calling it what it is: It’s a Christmas Tree!

My friends, a curious assortment of religions (Buddhists, Hindu, Hawaiian, etc.), and non-religions (atheist, admit-to-nothing), with pollitical differences, celebrate Christmas as an American tradition. The faiths vary, the beliefs and disbeliefs sometimes profoundly different. Yet Americans choose to celebrate Christmas. It isn’t as old a tradition as practicing Christianity, as depicted in Capitol murals. We are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights which include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Americans pursue happiness in the festivities of Christmas. And find it in the Son, born of Jewish parents, the one who Wise Men still seek. And in the quiet calm of their religions.

Atheists, Buddhists, Hawaiians and Admit-To-Nothings spend whatever’s left over from taxes to wrap gifts, indulge in merriment, imbibe in egg nog, and deck their halls with holly while the Christmas tree gets adorned with o′jects created by sticky little hands.

I’m so tired of hearing, “Happy Holidays!” Which “holidays” are to be happy? “Holiday Season,” meaning Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year? (I’m older than Kwanzaa.) Or  New Year, Valentine’s Day, the White Sale, and 4th of July? What are December’s Holidays (Holy Days), besides Christmas and Hanukkah?

So I say to you not “Happy Holidays”, which is rather benign, but rather

Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas and Joyous New Year!

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the History of Santa Claus

From Odin to Saint Nicholas, the history of Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, is interesting.

Read it here.

Santa’s Favourites

Happy Thanksgiving


-greetings from JYC

Jello Worms for Halloween :)

just in time for Halloween! from GAR

Ingredients

100 flexible plastic straws
(The straws with a bendable neck make the most realistic worms by adding ridges to the worm. Place bendable necks of straws at the bottom of the container).
an empty, cleaned 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to hold straws.
(The straws will fill up to the height of the container, the taller the better.)
1 package (6 ounces) raspberry or grape flavor gelatin
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 cups boiling water
3/4 cup whipping cream
12 to 15 drops green food coloring
waxed paper

Directions

Combine gelatins in a bowl and add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve. Chill until lukewarm, about 20 min.
Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place in tall container. Wrap together with a loose rubber band to hold straws together.

Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Carefully pour into container, filling straws.

Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days.

Pull straws from container or, if you’re using a carton, simply tear the carton away from the filled straws. Pull straws apart. Run hot tap water for about 2 seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time. Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling pin, or use your fingers.

Lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Worms will hold at room temperature for about 2 hours.

Recipe submitted by MrsMim (from Key Ingredient)

Daddy, how was I born?

A little boy goes to his father and asks ‘Daddy, how was I born?’

The father answers, ‘Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!

Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo.
Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe.

We sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other.
There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.

As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:

You’ve got Male!

recycled by JC

Perils of Love

Happy New Year!

It’s the first of…..
Snow Ball Fight 2010
One rule to this game….
You can NOT hit someone who has already hit you!
Now…
go out there and get as many people as you can,
before they get you!
I got you first! and you can’t get me back!
Nanee – Nanee – Nanee!

New Chinese saying: A snowball on target makes one healthy, happy, wise and young.
We do not stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
Never Be The First To Get Old!!!!!

from CA, who’s patient with my complaints of 70• cold 🙂

Hauoli Makahiki Hou

2010 Fireworks @ AlohaTower, HonoluluHarbor
Hauoli Makahiki Hou
(happy new year!)

after the Wise Men

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