Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Christmas 2006

From Mike Penuel (my cousin, Christine's, husband)
- Leather Skull Cap w/US Flag design
- $30 gift card to BestBuy

From Mom & Ronnie
- Carolina Hurricanes practice jersey w/Mike Commodore's name & #22 on the back
- Jack Daniels pajamas
- fifth of Jack Daniels (an annual tradition)
- "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" t-shirt

From my Aunt Gail and her husband Bill
- Sauceman's Gourmet Nuts (Chipotle flavor)

From my sister Ursula and her husband Andy
- $30 gift card to Ruby Tuesday's restaurant

From my fiance Roxanne and her family
- Assorted T-shirts and A-shirts
- Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines (PC Game)
- A Christmas Story 2-disc special edition (DVD)
- Mighty Ducks trilogy (DVD)
- Southpark talking keychain
- Remington personal trimmer
- jar of Jelly Belly jelly-beans
- Bag of Holding

For those items that I couldn't find links or pictures for online, I'll try to break out the digital camera later.
~ JC

Sunday, December 17, 2006

History of the Angel on top of the Christmas Tree

When four of Santa's elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones, Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her Mum was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where. More stress.

Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.

So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the rum, and there was nothing to drink.

In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritable Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said, very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't it a lovely day?

I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?"

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas

Way to Go Falwell!

Seems the "right" Rev. Jerry Falwell made a little boo-boo in favor of those of us who aren't Christians. Maybe now he'll realize that freedom of religion mean all religions. I've excerpted the article below with the link to its entirety.

A group of Pagans in Albemarle County, Va., was recently given permission to advertise their multi-cultural holiday program to public school children – and they have the Rev. Jerry Falwell to thank for it.

The dispute started last summer when Gabriel and Joshua Rakoski, twins who attend Hollymead Elementary School, sought permission to distribute fliers about their church’s Vacation Bible School to their peers via “backpack mail.” Many public schools use special folders placed in student backpacks to distribute notices about schools events and sometimes extra-curricular activities to parents.

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