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Merry Xmas

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! It’s been an uneasy year, but here’s looking forward to new memories in the new year.

Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas

BY MAJOR HENRY LIVINGSTON, JR.
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads,
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap —
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
“On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;
“To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys — and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress’d all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow.
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


And as I have shared many times before, here is a reminder of what Christmas is all about.

Linus quoting from Luke 2:8-14

Merry Christmas everybody! And a Happy New Year!

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Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends everywhere! I should insert some sort of clichéd comment about family gatherings looking different this year, due to COVID-19. If you are doing your best to gather only in small groups, keep up the good work. Everyone make full use of video chatting and phone calls and keep yourselves properly distanced.

Learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for holiday celebrations.

Hey, are you cooking a turkey, perhaps for the first time? Many years ago, Alton Brown, chef host on Food Network, made a great series of videos on how to prep and cook a fantastic turkey. We’ve used it in our household for reference for a few years now and it’s worked great every time.

I’ll link the whole playlist of videos at some point, but you can probably start here and find them all. Check out our results from last year:

Yummy!

And again, Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay sane. See you all as soon as possible.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

God bless the mothers in my life and yours.

Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all of our friends and family.

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Luke 24

The Resurrection

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again. 8Then they remembered his words.

9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

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I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas

Just in case you needed to know what to get me…

Baby Hippopotamus

Yeah, I couldn’t really help this one. In case you haven’t heard it, the song is available:

"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gaylee Peevey

Found via Yahoo! News Photos.

Two weeks old hippopotamus Paula is pictured on the first day of her presentation to the public at the Berlin Zoo December 16, 2008. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele

Merry Christmas everybody.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a short history of our holiday that Linda shared with everyone right before we ate that I thought would be good to repost here.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. Initially it was meant to be a fast day. The settlers at Plymouth Rock mostly recognized the way to give thanks in the form of prayer and abstinence from food. But the Wampanoag Indians, who were invited to join the Pilgrims for the 3-day celebration, contributed their own harvest traditions of dance, games and feasting. (Note the difference one little letter can make in your life!)

In 1777, all 13 colonies celebrated the day at once, after their victory over the British at Saratoga.

In 1789, President George Washington hailed the holiday and asked all Americans to celebrate and be grateful. After that year, it was celebrated sporadically until 1863 when President Abe Lincoln recognized Thanksgiving as an official Union feast day and
national holiday. He declared the day as a time to express thanks for the many blessings, despite the tragedies of our Civil War.

In 1941, Congress made the fourth Thursday a national legal holiday to celebrate Thanskgiving.

I hope your Thanksgiving was a good as ours. God bless!

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Happy Halloween!

Haunted House

From the entire Arconati Family, we want to wish you a safe and spooky Halloween!

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Happy Birthday America!

We want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Fourth of July. The United States of America is 232 years old today!

Fireworks!

Reminder: Information will be posted soon about the upcoming family reunion and you don’t want to miss it. If you look at your calendars and pick out the hottest weekend in August, it will most likely be then! </sarcasm> See you there!

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Happy Father’s Day

For Father's Day

It is time to honor all fathers on this special day.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (Psalm 103:13)

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Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s time once again to honor all MOMs.

Happy Mother's Day!