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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you are going to spend the time with family and friends, because today is definitely a day to be merry. It is also a time to think of those less fortunate than you are.

We are all little bits of sand upon this planet, whether you have money or not, we are all worth the same. We all entered the world the same way, and we will leave the same. It is up to us to make our mark. Charles Dickens was a writer so he wrote, and he was the social critic. He like many other writers used their words to express their opinions of how the ridiculous the world was, and how it should be. At this time, people would be reading his novella, A Christmas Carol, about Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens made a large impression on us, about Christmas, and sharing and giving to others and what was important. What if Dickens was alive today what things, might he criticize about our world today?

People often think that their opinions do not count for much. If you are not talking than you do not have an opinion. Going shopping will not stop Emergency Unemployment Benefits ending for millions of Americans on December 28, or the cut of the SNAP, which will just cause more people to go hungry; it will just put most people further in debt. The best gifts you’ll ever receive don’t come from a shopping mall and they cannot be bought.

Have a wonderful day!

Cassandra

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Silent Night was First Performed on Christmas Eve in 1818

Silent Night was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was composed in by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr.

Mohr worked as a coadjutor in 1816, when he came up with the lyrics to Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht as it is said in German or Silent Night, while working for his father in Mariapfarr, in the Salzburg Lungau region. Franz Xaver Gruber, was the schoolmaster and organist in Arnsdorf, and Mohr asked in to write a melody for his lyrics. After the melody was written, they performed it together at St Nicholas parish church.

Silent Night as been translated and sung in over 140 languages.

This song touches our hearts, thinking of family and love. Religion is only part of the story of this song. It reminds me of times with my family, since the song is the story of a family. Whether or not you are religious, the song speaks of love, Christ is only part of this story. What you feel is the rest.

Below is Bing Crosby and the Bob Mitchell Boy’s Choir singing Silent Night.

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

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A Visit from Saint Nicholas was First Published on December 23

A Visit from Saint Nicholas was published anonymously on December 23, 1823 in the Troy, New York, Sentinel. A friend of Clement Clarke Moore submitted the poem, which we all know of now as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. At the time there was much controversy over who was the real author of the poem but on December 25, 1837, in the Pennsylvania Inquirer and Daily Courier Moore in finally confirmed.

Moore’s conception for Santa Claus came from some of the works of Washington Irving.

He was a graduate of Columbia College and held an BA and MA. Moore worked as a professor Biblical learning at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Diocese of New York until 1850. He often became wrapped up in politics, so when he wrote the poem he felt it was best to remain anonymous. It was not the normal work he published, and didn’t fit in with the academic work he had published previously.

This is a great story to read to your kids before they go to bed on Christmas Eve. My mother read it to my brother and I. Before you go with you children to their room to read to them you can set out food for Santa Claus so he can have a snack. Your children probably will have a hard time sleeping, awaiting the excitement for Santa Claus to come. Then you can tell them the story and they will listen for the reindeer on the roof, and no matter where you live, you can tell your children, Santa will not forget to come and visit. He knows where you live and he is thinking of you.

Here is Lorne Greene with Twas The Night Before Christmas or A Visit From St Nicholas.

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Visit_from_St._Nicholas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Clarke_Moore

Cassandra

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It’s a Wonderful Life Premiered at the Globe Theater in New York

It’s a Wonderful Life Poster from UpCinema.com

On December 20, 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life premiered at the Globe Theatre in New York. The story is based on the short story “The Greatest Gift“, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939. Frank Capra produced and directed this classic, which is on every year around Christmas time without fail. This movie of course, would make a great Christmas gift, or would be great movie, to just sit down with the family to view together.

The story takes place in Bedford Falls. James Stewart plays George Bailey, and Donna Reed play Mary Hatch Bailey with Henry Travers playing Clarence. George Bailey always wanted to be a world traveler, his life becomes sidetracked by his father’s business, Bailey Building and Loan Association when he ends up running it, but Bailey is able to make a nice life for himself. His nemesis is Mr. Henry F. Potter, the banker, played by Lionel Barrymore, and known to be a slumlord and majority shareholder in the Building and Loan Association who doesn’t believe in helping the poor. He is not happy when the Bailey Building and Loan starts loaning money for the poor so they can have their own homes. He wants them to life in Potter’s Field. Life is not anything like George Bailey planned.

Mr. Henry F. Potter knows everyone hates him in town and is not afraid to say it. “George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don’t like them either so that makes it all even.”
It is obvious he is a stick in the mud, and will always be unhappy and wants to bring the world down with him, but he wants all the money, and probably thought a long time ago that that might make him happy.

This movie reminds us what Christmas is all about, helping people so that they can make a better life for themselves. It is not about shopping and sales, and materialism. Sometimes the greatest gift you may have to gift is something you made or something of your own. It is could also be a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation that may be nothing more than paste but has sentiment. We don’t love people because of their materialistic things. That is like demanding gifts. The best gift you can have is being together.

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_a_Wonderful_Life
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0004662/quotes

Cassandra

 

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A Christmas Carol was First Published on December 17, 1843

The novella by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, or Scrooge as some may call it, was first published on December 17, 1843 by Chapman & Hall. This is the perfect gift for someone to find in his or her stocking or under the tree on Christmas morning.

This story befitting even of today’s standards as Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens’s leading character, mirrors so many of today’s Republicans and other Capitalists. Marley’s ghost comes to visit Ebenezer and turns his whole life upside down. After all, Scrooge believed if a man wasn’t working, he didn’t deserve to be paid, they belong in jail or in the workhouses. It wasn’t his job to feed the poor. Scrooge cares about money, the making of money, and holidays come in second place. If Scrooge is working, so are his employees. As far as he is concerned, everything else is frankly, “Bah! Humbug!” Bob Cratchit, his clerk who he paid a minimal stipend, even though he had a family to support, is the one who has to hear this from his boss Mr. Scrooge. Most of the time when he asks for time of the answer is an astounding, “No.” The other family members pitch in, because Cratchit’s meager salary hardly covered the costs  to fulfill all the family needs. His family never complained. Scrooge complained all the time.

It also carries the meaning of Christmas, and reminds us about what is important. The story has become immortal. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this time honored classic cannot help but touch your heart, because Charles Dickens was a humanitarian, and it is obvious he cared about people, and saw through the foolishness of law and of men. It also made a huge impact on society and influence can be seen in many of our favorite holiday classics.

The ideas I present to you are all thanks to Charles Dickens. He was always the social critic, constantly looking at peoples ideals and often finding ways in his books to throw it back in their faces. He was aware that their actions spoke loudly, and he used the information he gained wisely.

Here is the Audiobook of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Carol

Cassandra

 

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