The Twelve Days Of Christmas Begin On Christmas Day…

Merry Christmas!!! While today is December 25th and Christmas Day…Did you know that the Twelve Days of Christmas also begin today? It is the belief that the 12 days of Christmas were the amount of time it took the Three Wise Men, or Three Kings to travel to Bethlehem for the Epiphany after Jesus was born. Accordingly, the Epiphany was the “revelation” that Jesus was revealed to be the “Savior” of Mankind as promised by the Divine through Prophecy…

The First Day of Christmas, which is Christmas Day, Celebrates the birth of Jesus…The Christ.

The Second Day of Christmas, Boxing Day or Saint Stephen’s Day, remembers the first martyr of Christianity, which was St. Stephen.

The Third Day of Christmas Celebrates Saint John, the Apostle, or Saint John the Beloved. He is the patron saint of love, loyalty, friendships, authors, booksellers, burn victims, poison victims, art-dealers, editors, publishers, scribes, examinations, scholars and theologians…Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation.

The Fourth Day of Christmas is the Feast of the Holy Innocents…this day remembers all of the babies murdered by King Herod in his search to find and kill baby Jesus.

The Fifth Day of Christmas remembers the Archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Becket, who was killed because he challenged the king’s authority of the church.

The Sixth Day of Christmas Celebrates Saint Egwin of Worcester who is known as the protector of orphans and the widowed…he died in 717.

The Seventh Day of Christmas, which is New Year’s Eve, celebrates Pope Sylvester I, who filled the see of Rome at an important era of the Christian Roman Empire, or the Western Church…He died in Rome, Italy on December 31, 335 AD.

The Eight Day of Christmas on New Year’s Day, Celebrates Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The Ninth Day of Christmas honors two important Christians, Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory Nazianzen, from the 4th century. Saint Basil the Great was a Byzantine bishop and influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed the heresies of the early Christian church. He was born in Kayseri, Turkey in 330 AD and died January 1, 379 AD. Saint Gregory was born in Arianzum, (known as Nazianzus) Cappadocia in 329 AD and was the Archbishop of Constantinople and a theologian, considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the Patristic Era, or early Christian writers who were designated Church Fathers. He died January 25, 390 AD.

The Tenth Day of Christmas Celebrates the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus…when Jesus was named in the Jewish Temple.

The Eleventh Day of Christmas Celebrates Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint. She was born on August 28, 1774, In New York, NY, and died January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, MD. She was a Catholic religious sister and an educator, and the founder of the country’s parochial school system.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas is Epiphany Eve, known as that because it is January 5, the day before Epiphany, the Three Kings’ Day, a Christian Festival, which begins on January 6, celebrating how a star led the Magi to the baby Jesus….

The Twelve Days of Christmas isn’t just a Christmas song…it is also known as Twelvetide, a Christian religious celebration centered around the Nativity.

It is believed also that the Twelve Days of Christmas symbolize a different aspect of the Christian religion…

A partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus…

Two turtle doves…the Old and New Testaments…

Three French hens…Faith…Hope and Charity…

Four calling birds….the four gospels…

Five golden rings…the first five books of the Old Testament…

Six geese…the six days of creation….

Seven swans…the gifts of the Holy Spirit…

Eight maids…the eight blessings given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, in the Gospel of Matthew…

Nine ladies dancing…the nine different fruits of the Holy Spirit…

Ten lords….the Ten Commandments…

Eleven pipers…the eleven faithful Apostles…

Twelve drummers…the twelve points of the doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed…

Take these twelve days of Christmas and create at least twelve days more to carry out the Spirit of Christmas…

Continue with Faith…Hope…and Charity. Begin your own new tradition….We have been through a two-year period of thoughtful isolation…time alone that has allowed us to reflect…and given us moments through this travail…to touch the face of God…

Let us change in the twinkling of an eye…let us reach out…let us give our hearts in the spirit of what was given to all of us with the birth of Christ…Let us remember that we are all blessed….that we are all saviors…and shepherds…Messengers…and Deliverers…remember that life is not an everyday promise…but a gift…

As you continue to ponder your thoughts and reflect on the events of your Christmas Day…be good…be kind…be forgiving…be thankful…to yourself…and to others…

Renew…with your twelve days of Christmas…

Give and receive the love….

Your twelve days of Christmas awaits…

Make someone smile…and feed your soul…..

Merry Christmas to all…and to all…

Feel the Love…because you are….

Joe Biden…Pick Up Your Pen and Perform A Christmas Miracle…

It would be a miracle if the American people can actually believe in anyone who promises to make life livable…if we would elect them President of the United States…

We have been electing politicians who have been recycling promises and re-gifting the proverbial “fruitcake” for so long…that we’ve grown to accept the repetitive song and dance…

Joe Biden is no different…He is after all a “career” politician. It was everyone’s wish that he would be different…different in the way that he would really be for the people and truly fight for the things that would give every American a hand up receiving a genuine opportunity at having and achieving a life of quality in a country that so proudly boasts about being the best in the world….

Strength is not measured in words…but in actions.

There is one thing that can be done which will give millions of Americans a hand up and boost our economy at the same time…Homes can be purchased…savings can be had…futures can be certain… If only the President had the courage and the foresight to do the right thing….and deliver a deed which will set him apart from the redundant crowd he clings so loyally to…

We gave Joe Biden his dream…

It’s time he stepped up to the plate and start demonstrating to the American people that he can move mountains…

Joe Biden…Pick Up Your Pen and Perform a Christmas Miracle…

Your first Christmas Miracle…

Wipe OUT Student Loan Debt.

Mr. President…

It is solely within your power to do so….Yours and yours alone. You don’t need the House or the Senate…just pick up your pen and make it happen. You know you can…You can legally cancel as much as $50,000 in federal student loans…You don’t need your your education secretary to prep a memo…that’s just a formality…You already know that you can…but you won’t…because you’re a career politician…and politics come before people…isn’t that right?

Pass the fruitcake….

Merry Christmas, America.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

In five days, Christmas will be here…What do you want for Christmas?

Laptops…iPhones…iPads…Cars…Oculus Quest 2…Gigantic Screen TV…Diamonds…Gold…Clothes…Vacations…Shoes….?

What about that screen door or other things around the house that was promised to be repaired or replaced by your spouse? What about promises made to character build and be that better person…made by yourself…and those family members and friends? Children cleaning their rooms without being told…that is a great thing to want for Christmas!!! Giving to those who don’t have…whenever we can…not just for Christmas.

Material things don’t endure…Material things cannot accompany us to the great beyond…

Peace…Goodwill…Love…Giving…

These are lasting…these are the building blocks of a better world…For a better Humanity…

The Magic of Christmas is you…

Miracles start and begin with you…

It will never be found in giving or receiving anything material…

Your thoughts toward others…your words toward others…your deeds toward others…given unconditionally, with love…sincerity…and service…with the intent to uplift and lead to the betterment for the recipients of these gifts…is the stuff miracles are made of….

The meaning of Christmas isn’t the accumulation and culmination of the most extravagant of material things…

If mass thought…words… and deeds…could move beyond selfishness…Peace and Goodwill would be ever abundant.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

You have five days to ponder….create…and make it so…

Christmas Miracles are always waiting to manifest and be delivered…

Search your heart…

Your Christmas gift… is there….

Christmas Wishes…

Stevie Wonder released a song called “Someday At Christmas,” as a standalone single in 1966, then included it on his Christmas album in 1967…

Whenever I hear it I wonder why we don’t just make it happen…

Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas we’ll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
Our world where people care

Whoa, someday at Christmas there’ll be no tears
When all men are equal and no man has fears
One shinning moment one prayer away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime

Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart, yeah whoa, yeah
(Someday in a world where men are free)
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmastime
Someday at Christmastime

Songwriters: Bryan Wells / Ronald Miller Someday At Christmas lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Christmas Wishes…

Christmas wishes can become our reality…if our hearts were in the right place all the time…instead of moments in time…or one day of the year, dedicated to humanity showing some love and kindness…

If our hearts were in the right place at every given second of every moment…of every hour…of every day of our existence…and we directed all of our creative energy in producing such results…we could love one another unconditionally, and materialize the ideals expressed in this poignant and beautiful, Christmas song.

We can love one another unconditionally…

We can see beyond skin color and external diversity…right to the heart of each human being…knowing that it is the content of love that colors the individual…not their “winter coats” which will eventually shed and give way to the spectrum of “Light” reflective of the love operating within each and everyone of our souls…

Live…and let live…without infringements…understand “Free-Will.” It is a Universal right…not a “privilege” decided by those masquerading as “human beings.” They are shackled by their own chains of “self-worth.” Self-undoing is inevitable…especially where love is non-existent…

We can have Unity…

Resulting in Peace on Earth and goodwill toward all humankind….if we could just resonate beyond our own selfishness and egocentricity…

There is something greater than humanity.

Regardless of whether the finite reasoning of human intelligence cares to accept it…or not. Be it science or omnipotence…A greater force exists, and it demonstrates its presence every nanosecond in our perception of time…Yet, Humanity chooses to be blinded and captivated by its own self-worth at work all around us in the chaos continually created…cultivated, and practiced by entertaining factions that corrupt, destroy, and divide…in our country…and every country around the world…The trouble with people doesn’t have to be people…Sadly, this truth will not be understood before humankind experiences more enlightenment…born out of more extreme chaos….

Christmas Wishes…

When resistance subsides…and allows the power of love to change the hearts of those who choose chaos over peace…a new beginning for humankind will prevail…hopefully…in time for you and me…

Someday…at Christmas time….

That’s my Christmas wish…

Make it yours…

Allow your Christmas Star to shine…

It’s the Light of Love…

Knock and the door will be opened…

The door…is your heart.

The Two Most Prized Gifts This Christmas Day…

The two most prized gifts this Christmas Day are…the gift of Love…and the gift of Life…

The Universe has given humanity the task of extending life through love…by understanding and utilizing the meaning of “unconditional.”

The true meaning of Christmas which began to shift in the mid-19th century is “To give up one’s very self—to think of others…how to bring the greatest happiness to others.”

This Christmas we were tasked with choosing to adhere to the standing protocol involving social distancing and mask wearing to curb and slow down the spread of a raging plague classified as Covid-19, which came into being near the beginning of the year.  Many ignored protocol…and the virus gathered uncontrollable momentum and has now mutated to a strain that is faster in its ability to infect, increasing its reach into groups, such as people under the age of 30 and young children, nearly tripling its rate of mortality overall.

We have the ability to give life…by caring about the lives of others…by practicing social precautions known to arrest the spread of this deadly disease.  That includes traveling…

Can we care about others more than we care about ourselves?  The sacrifice that brought forth Christmas Day was the birth of a savior…who would one day sacrifice his life…to save humanity from the ravages of sin…whereby granting everlasting life by giving up his own self…by thinking of others.

The excuses made to ignore the simplest of short-term remedies in order to get back to normalcy are weak and selfish and without regard to others and their right to life.

There will be mothers and fathers…grandmothers and grandfathers…sisters and brothers…children and grandchildren…aunts and uncles…cousins and friends…who will lose their lives, because someone and many… felt they could ignore protocols, and live life as if it were normal…in the Age of Covid-19.

So many asymptomatic individuals are passing the virus onto others… Think of the thousands who could be spared and saved from this avenue of transmission if everyone wore a mask?

If doctors and nurses and other healthcare personnel, who are willing to put your life first…before their lives… and many have given up their lives in treating and caring for those stricken with this horrific disease…can’t we also love life enough to give the gift of life to another?

Out of love, we can give the gift of life through love…we can give the gift of life through helping those who are less fortunate in making it through this devastating trial of life altering circumstances…we must remember that any one of us can be touched by the tragedy of the Coronavirus…any one of us can be touched by the threat of eviction…any one of us has and can lose our livelihoods…but in the midst of it all…we must remember our humanity.  We have…and always will be…our brother and sister’s keeper…no matter what race…culture…creed…or any form of diversity…our purpose is to realize the connectivity we share with every living creature…the breath of life does not discriminate…it is the life of life… Un-conditionality must bring us to this realization…Love…must bring us to this realization….

This Christmas Day…out of darkness…light can come forth…through each and every one of us…The power of humanity’s longevity…is in your hands…and mine.

No act is too small…given out of love…it becomes a great miracle to one in need…

You are the first day of someone’s life…

Practice social distancing…

Wear a mask…

Please restrict your travel for just a little longer…

Donate a can of food to your local food bank…

Give a dollar or two to a charity that you know will help someone who has lost their home…or will help them save it.

You are chosen to save a life…by giving life…

Your importance isn’t measured by what you have or how much you can give…

You are important because you are the continuity of life…through your gift of love…through your gift of sharing the breath of life…

You are the giver of Christmas miracles…

The importance of Christmas…is you.

This Christmas Day, the two most prized gifts are the gift of Love…and the gift of Life…and you possess them both…

You have the free-will to exercise the giving…

Will you?

The Universe is watching….

Godspeed you the courage to honor your gifts…

Merry Christmas…2020.

T’Was The Night Before Christmas…

T’was the night before Christmas…

And all hopes were high…

With darkness all around…hope is worth a try…

Let’s cast away sighs…and have a good cry…

After all, Christmas is on the horizon…let all cares fly…

We must embrace the joy and find belief again…

We will survive and find the strength to stand…

Even if Covid prevents us from taking each other’s hand…

Find peace…even if for one day…

We can always find thanks and the heart to pray…

Tomorrow brings the promise of Light…

All that is good…faithful…and right….

We are always best at our worst you see…

Stick to the plan to save family…

Love your life…and the lives of others…

We are all in this together…every human…our sisters and brothers…

T’was the night before Christmas…

Rest…and rest well…

For tomorrow is Christmas…and you have a story to tell…

What you will record will depend upon you…

Be mindful…be safe…

Christmas 2021… will bring much to do!

Merry Christmas…May God be with you, too!

A Little Christmas Cheer…

Robert Reich, an American economic advisor, professor, author, and politicial commentator, wrote on Twitter, on December 11, 2020, a very mind-boggling piece of information which gives rise to many questions and concerns about the $900 billion stimulus package passed by the Senate, yesterday.

Mr. Reich also served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and served as the United States Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997, under Bill Clinton.

Here is Mr. Reich’s tweet:

“America’s billionaires could give everybody in the country a $3,000 stimulus check and still be richer than they were before the pandemic.

If that doesn’t convince you we need a wealth tax, I don’t know what will.”

The compromise made in the stimulus package just approved, cut in half a stimulus payment previous, that provided $1200 to citizens…now that payment is $600…The bill also did not include state and local aid…State unemployment aid went from $600 dollars a week, to $300 a week, for an 11 week limited period… Republicans argued that people would choose to collect the money from the stimulus package, rather than work.

What a foolish and absurd conclusion…Do you think that is the reason why they never wore masks, and flaunted their “invincibility” to Covid-19, to show the millions who lost jobs, lives and income, due to this virus, that it was all in their heads, and working in infected environments was far better than protecting their health and families with government assistance during an escalating, fatally raging pandemic?!

The average American does not have the insurance or the privilege of being treated with the drugs, and by the doctors who attended those who were infected with the virus in the outgoing administration, due to their disbelief of the serious consequences of this virus, and their flirtatious folly of engagement and challenge in contracting it, by balking at and ignoring social distancing and mask protocol.

How many family Christmases will never be the same…because so many were mislead?

Mitch McConnell wanted to include protection for businesses against Covid-19 liability…Why? If you want people to work during the pandemic putting their lives on the line, businesses should incur liability should an employee contract the virus while on the job! When does human life become an asset…rather than always becoming collateral damage?

Cutting back on the “stimulus package” in terms of financial assistance sends a clear message to the American people….You’re “collateral damage.”

These bread crumbs are supposed to make you jump up and down with glee at such a Christmas miracle, according to many fat-cat politicians…Right. What happened to the stimulus assistance between July and now? The virus didn’t take a break. It ramped it up a thousand percent… Now it’s mutated resulting in more rapid contagion.

360 people in the United States, hold 4.3 trillion dollars in wealth… There are 331 million people in the United States…minus those lost to Covid-19… A large percentage of those people still living…are waiting in line at food banks…have lost…with more losing and being evicted from their homes this Christmas….

In 2008, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was created to bailout the banks by purchasing toxic assets held by the banks… If the government had given every US citizen one million dollars, instead of bailing out the banks, the economy would have been stimulated by debts being paid, homes being paid off, and money poured back into the economy by the people…Guess what? The government could have saved a few billion dollars in surplus, and the people would have rescued the economy and the banks, with such a stimulus gesture… The reality is people are just pawns to be moved about…and “wooed and manipulated” when elected officials need a win.

Let that sink in…We the people are pawns of political and social greed…

It’s time to change the music…and sing to the tune of the people.

It’s time to walk to the beat of a different drummer…

The reality of Christmas cheer is on our doorsteps.

We are the heartbeat of this nation…

Where we go from here… is our reality.

Merry Christmas…..

Countdown to Christmas…

Countdown to Christmas…

In five days we will face our Christmas Present in a nation left divided by political strife…

Devastated by a virus mutating and spreading with the aid of those insisting upon ignoring mask protocol, social distancing and traveling this holiday season…

There is an available vaccine that will not be available to stop a surge now growing rapidly with each passing day…

Millions are still waiting for a stimulus package which will not arrive in time to ease the strain of the economic fallout from the raging corona virus, wherein many face evictions, a sparse Christmas table in food and family members and friends fallen victim to the death and physical debilitation of Covid-19…

While this may seem like a dark Christmas, there is still hope and the promise of joy and miracles…

We have been shown that the light and love of compassion still emanate brightly in the hearts and kind acts of our fellow human beings…

Many private citizens have stepped forward with contributions in many ranges and variables to aid those in need…

You may well be one of those beacons giving and bringing comfort and joy.

The spirit of Christmas is not just demonstrated in the approaching date of December 25th… The spirit of Christmas is year round, day to day…

Humanity is in great need of Love, Compassion, Giving, Healing…and reinforcing the virtues which define the “better” in those of us who wish to honor the better of ourselves…

We must step away from the “luxury” love has been made out to be…Love is who we are…it is our rite of passage in “becoming” better versions of ourselves.  It is the great stepping stone in our evolution of spirit…a great gift which can create miracles and change us and those we touch…in the twinkling of an eye…

In five days, we can do a world of good in supporting and practicing the miracle of Christmas by bringing forth our powers to manifest miracles…utilizing our spirits to embrace Goodwill…Giving…Loving…all those who cross our paths…in these days leading up to Christmas…and beyond.

This Countdown to Christmas is the beginning of your legacy…your miracles of change occur in the lives you touch…with the power of love…be it a smile…a contribution…or any heartfelt act of kindness…any gesture of compassion…given in love….

This Christmas season, the Savior has deemed you the savior…

One act of kindness…can change a life…and many lives…forever.

How many lives can you touch in five days?

Perform some Christmas magic….

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas…

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas…

Grinch Mitch McConnell…

You’re a mean one…

You really are a heel…

You’re as cuddly as a cactus…

You’re as charming as an eel…

Grinch Mitch McConnell you’re a bad banana…

With the greasy black peel…

You’re a vile one…

You got termites in your smile…

You have all the tender sweetness

Of a seasick crocodile…

You’re a foul one…

Friends, you don’t have none…

I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

Grinch Mitch McConnell you’re a monster…

You’re heart’s an empty hole…

You’re a goner…

You got garlic in your soul…

You got garlic in your soul

You’ve spoiled everybody with your bad attitude!

Who is this mean fellow?

With his skin all green and his teeth all yellow?

It’s Grinch McConnell!

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas from America, Man!

Who wants to peddle his stingy plan…

Making cuts that are crucial to help Americans stand

Through this long, Covid winter that has shattered our land

He’s kicked the country to the curb with his GOP boot

Snickering loudly… as he stashes the loot

In the pockets… of his Brooks Brothers’ suit

Undermining American Democracy…with his leader and his team

Some say a dictator… and his Fascist regime.

They call themselves “Republicans” to hide their scheme…

Grinch McConnell knows no shame…

Because he sold his soul to the Devil… when he started this game…

Darkness falls at the mention of his name…

Grinch McConnell…He’s to blame…

He stole Christmas from me…and stole Christmas from you…

Leaving many without homes…and starving, too.

What to do? Oh, what to do?!

How about we vote those Georgia Senators, Blue?!

Let’s throw Grinch McConnell a New Year’s curve…

A Blue controlled Senate will end his serve…

A great win and deserve… to end his verve!

Grinch McConnell knows no shame…

He sold his soul to the Devil…when he started this game…

Darkness falls at the mention of his name…

Grinch McConnell…he’s to blame…

He stole Christmas…

Our lives will never be the same….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that “the bipartisan negotiations involving Senators and Members of the House have made good progress and must be allowed to proceed without Leader McConnell’s obstruction.”

You’re a monster… Grinch McConnell….

The Last Month of 2020…

The last month of 2020…December 1, 2020…WOW! We made it.

We made it through to the final month in 2020…So many didn’t…Many who are no longer with us… thought they would be …and because a pandemic was not taken seriously by those who could have made a huge difference in saving lives…chose not to…and great losses of life were incurred and continue…and this virus still has a great share of “non-believers” as to it’s spread and destruction of lives….

We also stand on the eve of the final month in 2020 which signals the end of four years of “What just Happened?!”… in the saga of “45…a Renegade and His Brigade.”

Like the last four minutes of a football game…anything can still happen to change the final outcome…

In this final month of 2020, we can influence the outcome by embracing the better of ourselves…and becoming a light of example for our families…our friends…neighbors…and all those we come into contact with on a daily basis.

There is a magic within each and everyone of us…and when we come into contact with that “magic” in others of positive, like minds…miracles happen…and darkness makes way to reveal the light of change…and the light of love.

One voice…becomes a unity in song which can change the face of a nation…such as voices uniting in exercising their right to choose…by voting…A right to be heard in protesting egregious wrongs…by gathering together and speaking out…as one voice…in unity.

Let us use this last month in 2020 to look back…to remember…and realize that voices in unity make changes…We have witnessed voices in unity that moved to destroy…divide…and conquer…We have witnessed voices in unity that moved to heal…to shine lights on what is still needed to bring about equality and freedom…to rescue a nation on the verge of its democracy being shattered into oblivion…brilliant efforts that began…with one voice…perhaps even…your voice.

December brings another joyous event…While there is much pain and loss ingrained in 2020…Let’s use the miracle of Christmas to… remember…to heal…to rebuild…to love…and prepare to end this month with new hope and great expectations…and use your voice as a call to action…

You’re in the last four minutes of the football game…

You have 30 days….

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