Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Christmas Marathon

Saying for the day: No marathon can be run without the first step.

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for a blog marathon. This will be a mini-marathon. There are only fifteen blogs. They are all themed Christmas. I am awarding 60 usless JCPOINTS to anybody doing all fifteen.
The rules are with the links. So go HERE and start.

News from Pigeon Falls- The little town in my garage where trains still run and gloom and doom fights with happy Christmas thoughts- Donna Bergall stopped in to Nancy's for her free cup of coffee. She shared an almost poem she had written . She used eighteen words from Cindra Jo's blog whatever that is.Here is Donna's whatever
The Month Before Christmas
Twas the month before Christmas and all through the land
Came marching and marching the brave ACLU band.
Looking for towns where hang those illegal signs
Like Father Christmas with presents, and reindeer in lines.
Now Santa Claus and reindeer might be okay
But use the word Christmas never, no way.
The word annoyed them again and again
It was not cuddly or cute but nasty to them.
They used money as a weapon and a jigsaw of laws.
That would scare mayors silly and cause them to pause.
Schools too were fair game as Christian criminals lurked there
With Christmas plays, and mangers and merry Christmas wear.
And soldiers should hand out no Christian toys
Not even to the neediest little girls and boys.
Like a big machine the ACLU rolled to stop any breach in the wall
That kept church and state separate no way would it fall.
Perhaps daddy can remember a street rich with symbols that marked Christmas day
They had angels, and mangers, baby Jesus too and now it’s gone taken away.
But you can still celebrate in the church in your town
Pastor still serves bread and wine with a smile no frown.
And you can sleep well in your bed through the night
Because the brave ACLU keeps Christ out of sight."
Nancy is not sure she likes the poem but it takes one's mind off the prophecy.

Today's Link- Mini Christmas Marathon-
remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comments- Have fun
We went looking for A Post Office today and of course we got lost. WE are very good at getting lost. But we did find it. We then did a little shopping , looked for a credit union to join, and came home. Then I visited all my links. Now I need a breathing tretament.


Anonymous janvangogh said...

Went looking for Christmas cards yesterday. I could not believe how hard it was to find ones that said Merry Christmas. But I stuck to my guns and found some.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

Oh wow Dr. John that was short but sweet. How wonderful to have the marathon themed for Christmas blog. Nothing like the holiday season to cheer everyone up.

I have finished it all.

1-Old Man Christmas had me laughing with all the stories of time gone by and the mischievousness that one can get away with.

2-Home of the Christmas Star did such a great job of showing us the Nativity story in pics.

3-Merry Christmas blog, had so many cheerful seasonal songs and i love them all.

4-Home for Christmas, made me wish so much i could share this season with my grandma and the rest of the family..but it's the heart and the spirit that binds us when the miles cannot.

5-Cookies Cookies and Cookies, made me want to get a big, cold glass of milk..yummy!

6-Twiglet was a hard choice of outfits for me..i went with the traditional for it is more Christmasy but personally i would be much more comfortable in the other.

7-A Daily Gift Blog reminded me of your blog. You give us all, daily gifts by posting.

8-365 Days of Christmas was interesting review of a movie which the kids and i have never seen but will look out for. Sounds like something we would watch and enjoy.

9-Home For The Holidays is a great reminder to pray for all those who cannot be with us for they are over in Iraq.

10-Twas The Night is a fun one, with all those fun pranks to play on visiting family, he, he.

11-A Kisssin Christmas, i love all the places it tells you to put up the bathroom? lol..

12-Filipino Christmas Symbols: being Spanish we have some things in common, that was nice to see.

13-Holly, Reeinder and Colored Lights, well, they sure know how to decorate a home i tell you..I have way to go!

14-Christmas 4 All, aren't they so nice to wish us so much cheer?

15-And the last but certainly not least, email __?___ , well that was full of data, a must know for any Christmas enthusiastic!

Well, Dr. John, thank you for i'm all full of Christmas Spirit...will be back later to leave you my daily comment of the day.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Dr. John I have finished the mini christmas marathon!

1. Old Man Christmas-Had me misty-eyed with the stories of childhood misadventures at family holliday gatherings.

2.Home of the Christmas Star-reminded me that the birth of Christ, and not a sale at the mall, is indeed the reason for the season.

3. Merry Christmas blog-my dialup connection is slow to load songs, that I bookmarked this site so that I can check out the songs over the holliday season.

4.Home for Christmas-Reminded me of big family gatherings of the past, and that if not physically atleast in spirit I will be with my family again this holliday season.

5.Cookies Cookies Cookies-OMG! Thanks so much for this link, the collection of recipies is indeed a treasure!

6.Twiglet-I am sorry to admit that as far as holliday outfits go I am "bah humbug". Just don't have the closet space for something I can wear only one month a year.

7.A Daily Gift-The daily holliday devotionals are indeed worth returning to this blog threwout the year.

8.365 Days of Christmas-I loved this one alot! The collections of knitting and crochet patterns, as well as other crafting patterns/ideas, is a treasure trove!

9.Home for the Hollidays-I signed up to send a holliday care package for a solidger, thanks Dr. John.

10.Twas the Night-I have made a list of my favorite pranks (, yeah that's it gifts of action!) that I plan on this year from this one.

11.Kissin Christmas-This one has me planning a mistle toe gathering trip! (By the way, here in Oklahoma mistle toe is the state flower!)

12.Filipino Christmas-from what I could tell this was a nice enough site. Unfortunately I don't have the fonts, and cannot read the language, so didn't get alot from this site.

13.Holly and Reindeer Colored Light-the lighting contest had some unusual enteries for sure!

14.Christmas 4 All-The suggestions on how to bring Christmas to those less fortunate was near and dear to my heart.

15.email___?-My youngest will be more than a little interested in the html codes that they offer for various email and blog holliday goodies....thanks for him.

Thanks for yet another wonderful, enlightening, and entertaining blog marathon again this month!


I am beginning to think that in Pidgeon Falls it's "beginning to feel alot like Christmas"! I wonder, has Mrs. Trumble convinced the lutherine minister to have that prayer-a-thon to save the railroad yet? I bet only she can!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

Dr. John, you have REALLY outdone yourself with this selection of Christmas marathon blogs.

Chana did such a beautiful job of describing them that I will just say that my personal favorite is "Home for Christmas" - because I can't wait until my "babies" are both home from college!

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Sad, just how true that poem is. I feel grateful to live in an area where most towns still display a manger.

Well, I am off to marathon. I could use a dose of Christmas cheer.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

On the courthouse grounds, smack dab in the middle of town, put up by county government employees, paid for by the county, is a smallish nativity scene here in my hometown. It is comforting to me see that even here in ACLU land there is still bastions of sanity!

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Excellent Christmas poem! Sad but true.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I don't know, Dr. John, it's such a tough call to make- they were all excellent- very similar, but excellent all the same. There were three though that were different from all the rest, which makes them really stand out. However, I was only able to leave a comment on one- "Twiglet". "Christmas 4 All" 's comment link didn't "link". And the third, I just got a "bad page" error message.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I love the lil video clip up top!

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Hi Dr John

I've just completed the Christmas Marathon, all were enjoyable blogs to visit but the one I wanted to visit most was Twas the Night.

The title made me think about Christmas Eve at our house and the family coming over to celebrate my Dad's Birthday. He was born on Christmas Day

Wishing you and Betty a wonderful day.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Stopping by to comment on your post today. It seems like everywhere in this world to be Politically Correct Christ has been taken out of Christmas. It is amazing how we are allowed to keep Santa and reindeer, be allowed to wish someone a Happy Holiday or Seasons Greetings.

I still wish people a Merry Christmas, but the way Christmas has become so Commericalized it kinds of takes away from the true meaning of Christmas.

I've stopped by the three active links and left a comment and a Christmas wish.

Watch my Blog soon, I'll be posting about my Dad's Birthdays on Christmas Eve

11:43 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Great poem! I love it. I almost forgot about the marathon, I better get busy but I'm so tired.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Hey, that "Kissin' Christmas" Blog was a little on the naughty not nice list!! Makes me wonder though, since Gon and I are both September Babies. I think Santa Claus really is our father!!!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

I tried to come back and comment on the blogs in the marathon earlier, but stupid Blogger was up to its usual tricks.

Filipino Christmas Symbols was most interesting. I have friends with a Filipino background and it gave me some insight into some of their traditions and that Cookies, Cookies & More Cookies is going to be a lifesaver! My sisters-in-law have elected me to do all the baking for the family's Christmas get-together and I saw some really yummy looking recipes.....though I just don't have a clue where to buy saffron. ;)

2:31 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Sweet mother of pearl. People have finished the marathon already..

2:59 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Dr John, still got thru
almost at the speed of light!
Hope your Star is shinning bright

4:46 PM  
Blogger starbender said...

Phew! I am sooo Marathon'd out dr. john. Luv all the Christmas cheer!
...and I was worried I wouldn't have time 2 finish, my time has been cut soooo short lately! Now I feel all Christmassy. Thanx!
: )

7:47 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

dr. John i wish your entry qualified for Cindra's game. that was a very well done poem. you are so good at all this..a big applause to you.

still waiting for your email address, i want to send you those pics of the kids with the train..

and now also of Keka's candy cane performance in her Christmas concert that was on tonight.

sorry you got lost again. that happens to me often. i'm terrible with directions and get lost easily. as oppossed to my kids who are incredible of finding their way. even Keka can show me how to go somewhere. they get that from my dad and their dad as well, not from me for sure.

hope you both have a good night. hugs all around.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Tina Dray said...

Really enjoyed the marathon Dr John it really put me in the christmas spirt or is it i need some christmas spirit like a glass of wine or two after that exausting Marathon!

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

That was a fun marathon! Post Offices are deliberately hidden, and have the added security of camoflage exterior. That's why everyone switched to e-mail so easily, people can find their computer.

3:46 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

Loved the poem! Hope you are rested and can breathe again!

4:24 AM  

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