Christmas Quotations To Ponder

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Christmas Quotations To Ponder

Re-posted from 12-22-2011.

I have always loved great quotes. May I share a few with you? 

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“The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men.  He came to die.  This is the heart of Christmas.” ~Rev. Billy Graham

“The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.”  ~Stuart Briscoe

“There is no connection between the worship of idols and the use of Christmas trees. We should not be anxious about baseless arguments against Christmas decorations. Rather, we should be focused on the Christ of Christmas and giving all diligence to remembering the real reason for the season.” ~ John MacArthur 

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” ~Mother Teresa

“Were earth a thousand times as fair Beset with gold and jewels rare She yet were far too poor to be A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.” ~Martin Luther

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“The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of Christ’s birth.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon 

“Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king.” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! ~Charles Wesley 

“It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did … for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.” ~Frederick Buechner  

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” ~John R. Rice 

Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. ~Corrie Ten Boom 

“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” ~George Whitefield

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”  ~Ronald Reagan 

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” ~Augustine 

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” ~Calvin Coolidge

“The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected.” ~Samuel Johnson

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“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” … Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  ~ Angel Gabriel, Luke 1:28-33 

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” ~Mary of Nazareth, Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)

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“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” ~An Angel, Luke 2:10-12 (ESV) “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  ~Some Shepherds, Luke 2:15 (ESV)

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Research Shows Pomegranate May Reverse Heart Blockage

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Research Shows Pomegranate May Reverse Heart Blockage

Some mainline medical centers and researchers from all over the globe are intimating that pomegranate juice may be a safe and effective answer to reversing the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. I’m pretty sure that most will still resort to drugs (the big pharma solution) or surgical intervention, but in the meantime, this old heart nurse will rely on safer, more natural means to achieve that end.

What I read as I pulled together last week’s post on pomegranates is pretty amazing stuff!

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I’m heading to Costco for a case of pomegranates while they are in high season, de-seeding them this quick and easy way, and freezing the juicy seeds. Besides that, I will be getting my husband several bottles of the juice for Christmas. The scare we had with his heart has made me think pro-actively. 

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Making pomegranate juice at a vendor stall in Turkey

The ‘superfruit’ pomegranate (technically a berry) has a remarkable astringency, giving your mouth and gums that dry, puckery-mouth feeling. This cleansing sensation is technically caused, as with all astringents, by shrinking and disinfecting your mucous membranes.

Anyone who drinks pomegranate juice, or is lucky enough to eat one fresh, can understand why it is so effective at cleansing the circulatory system. Indeed, your mouth and your arteries are lined with the same cell type: epithelial cells. Together, they make up the epithelium, one of four basic tissue types, along with connective tissue, muscle tissue and nervous tissue, and which comprises the interior walls of the entire circulatory system.

The pretty red pomegranate fruit recently made its way back into the news after some spectacular clinical results. Here’s what Dr. Fuhrman writes:

A compound found only in pomegranates called punicalagin is shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagin is the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. It not only lowers cholesterol, but also lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockage (atherosclerosis) melts away.

Recent medical research studied heart patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given one ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants’ blood pressure lower by over 12 percent, but there was a 30 percent REVERSAL in atherosclerotic plaque (heart blockage). Just as astounding, participants who did not take the pomegranate juice saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9 percent.

To an old heart surgery nurse, this is real news. Just 1 oz. of fresh pomegranate juice a day for a year and plaque is reduced by 30%!! Such a small amount of juice for such fabulous results. Read on…

In other studies, potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.

Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals. Several in vitro studies have shown this remarkable anti-cancer effect.  

Mayo Clinic agrees as does Dr. Joe Mercola in an 2014 article.

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Another study in Life Extension Magazine:

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Despite the patients’ advanced atherosclerosis, ingesting pomegranate juice produced statistically significant reductions in the thickness of their carotid artery walls, which is correlated with decreased risk for heart attack and stroke. After only three months, the average thickness declined by 13%, and after 12 months, the thickness dropped 35% compared to baseline. During this same 12-month period, the average carotid artery thickness of the placebo group increased by 9%. This study also measured various other parameters of cardiovascular health. One year of pomegranate supplementation reduced the systolic blood pressure itself dropped by 21%.

If you do decide to drink pomegranate juice for medicinal purposes, make sure it contains no added sugar or flavors and is preferably organic. Heart blockages don’t form overnight, and as this thorough 3-year study showed, it took at least one year to show a 30% reversal. The most interesting thing is that the control group that did not consume pomegranate juice, common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) increased by 9% during 1 year. For more medical studies and research papers, see here.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a wife, mother, and a retired RN. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to prevent or treat disease. Please do your own research and consult your doctor.

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“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey… ~Deuteronomy 8: 7-8

Caveat: I know diligent healthy eating and living (and now pomegranate juice) sounds like a panacea to all our problems, bringing happiness and success and ease, but that is not true. I almost hesitate to share all the really good things we can do for our health and well-being lest we begin to place all our hope on ‘things’ and they become an idol. Our only true hope is in the Lord God Who created us. Though we want to be wise and do good things for our bodies, the best thing I know of for real lasting (forever) health is to believe on the name of Jesus: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4: 12

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The Santa Question: What Do You Tell Your Children?

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The Santa Question: What Do You Tell Your Children?

What To Do About Santa: Guest Post by Sara Wallace at The Gospel-Centered Mom

(Re-printed by express permission of Sara Wallace. Her words contain so much grace, maturity, and truth. Please understand that how you handle Santa is a family decision, and you are in no way being judged. Thank you.)

I believed in Santa.

My husband believed in Santa.

We turned out okay. We didn’t walk away from the Lord or resent our parents. Before we had kids we figured we would do the whole Santa thing. We wanted Christmas to be as special for them as it was for us. But then we actually had kids and we had a big problem.

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First let me say I’m a huge proponent of fostering imagination in kids. My kids’ all time favorite activity is pretending. All day long I have pirates, super heroes, and exotic animals flying through my house. I love it.

I also want to point out that when I talk about Santa in this post I am specifically referring to believing in Santa, not whether or not he should be banished altogether. My husband wears a Santa hat while we bake cookies. My kids sing along to Christmas songs on the radio and they don’t skip over Santa’s name like a cuss word.

But we have decided not to tell our kids Santa is real. More specifically, we purposely tell them he is not.

If you’ve been reading this blog for long you know that the whole point is to direct us moms and our kids into living out the gospel. I tried and tried to fit Santa into that plan, but it didn’t work. It was like trying to stuff a giant man down a chimney…

There are four reasons Santa didn’t make the Wallace team.

1. Santa promotes works righteousness. That might sound harsh, but keep in mind the aforementioned goal.The heart of the gospel is the glorious trade of our sin for Christ’s righteousness. It is a difficult concept to teach because kids are legalistic by nature. It takes a lot of time, prayer, and thoughtful conversations to help them understand that God loves us because of Christ’s good works, not ours.

Then along comes Santa.

*sigh*

He’s jolly, sparkly, magical, and he promises gifts to children who are good. One of my sons in particular is very sensitive to the damage this causes. He would be so stressed if Christmas rested on his good deeds. Each time he messed up he would buckle down and double up on his good deeds to make up for it. I already have to work with him on accepting Christ’s free forgiveness instead of trying to work for it. Thanks, but no thanks, Santa.

2. Santa blurs the lines between fact and fantasy. So precious are the moments when the kids climb onto our laps for a Bible story. We talk about Jesus and how He lived a perfect life and died for our sins. We talk about the mighty power of God who created the world, parted the Red Sea, and closed the mouths of lions. They listen intently.

And they believe me.

Sometimes my heart aches when I look into their wide eyes and innocent faces and think, “They trust me implicitlyI want so dearly to lead them in the truth.” If my husband and I throw Santa into the mix of “true” stories, what will they think later when they find out Santa is not real? How about Noah’s ark? How about the ten plagues? How about that Jesus guy who was kind of like a religious magician? We want the categories of true and fantasy to be clearly divided. Characters don’t get to jump back and forth from one category to the other.

3. Santa is a type of god. Some of my readers might be rolling their eyes. But think about it. He is omnipotent (all powerful – makes toys, rides a magical sleigh, goes up and down chimneys). He is omnipresent (everywhere at once – how else could he deliver the presents?). He is omniscient (all knowing – he knows who is bad and who is good). He is eternal. He is perfect. He is the whole package. I can’t think of another mythical creature that encapsulates so many characteristics reserved for God alone. When we describe God to our kids I don’t want them thinking, “Oh yeah, kind of like Santa.” No. God is not like anybody. We want to keep it that way.

4. It’s hard to compete with Santa. Who cares about a baby in a manger when there’s a huge man in a shiny red coat throwing presents and candy around like it’s going out of style? Kids spend the entire Christmas season looking for signs of Santa. They write him letters. They bake him cookies. And that’s just the kids. Playing make-believe takes a lot of work for us grown-ups. We are on the other end of it trying to hide the evidence and figure out how to field all of their questions. All the time and energy we put into keeping up the Santa myth could be spent focusing on Christ’s birth.

Some parents call the Santa myth a lie while others call it pretending. I’m going to call it a huge distraction. My five-year-old asks me questions about God all the time: What does it mean to be a spirit? If God doesn’t have a heart how can He love people? If there is only one God why do we call Jesus God? Whew! Talk about tough questions. If I told my son Santa was real I would get all the same kinds of questions. Hundreds of them. Do I really want to take the time to thoughtfully answer my son’s genuine curiosity with answers that aren’t even true? Do I want Santa to become the focal point of every conversation?

So where does that leave us with Santa? He’s everywhere we go. We can’t exactly hide from him. And we don’t want to. We treat Santa like any other part of life. We explain him. We use him as an opportunity to teach our kids how to think. We don’t want them to run and hide in fear or to venture out on their own to find the answers their parents wouldn’t give them. We have open and honest conversations about it.

When we see Santa ringing a bell outside the grocery store my kids smile and say, “Merry Christmas, Santa!” They giggle and get a big kick out of it. But they don’t think he’s real. He’s not watching them while they’re sleeping or keeping track of their good deeds. To them it’s just like seeing a guy dressed up like batman.

And they are having a great Christmas.

(NEW note: I am so thankful for the great discussion this post has encouraged. One question that has been tossed around is, “How do you keep your kids from spoiling it for other kids?” It’s definitely something to address with your family. BUT – it shouldn’t be a motivating factor for teaching your kids to believe in Santa. For example, we wouldn’t say, “Well, we don’t want our kids to be party poopers so I guess we’ll have to go along with the Santa thing.” From the time our kids are really little they think of Santa as a game. That shouldn’t spoil it for anyone. By the time they are old enough to spill the beans we have the talk about some kids believing in Santa. We don’t make those kids sound silly or less spiritual. We just say it’s a family decision and every family is different. It’s a great way to help them put different family decisions in perspective. At some peoples’ houses we can eat food in the living room, some let us run in the house, some say take shoes off at the door….and some believe in Santa. It helps our kids learn thoughtfulness and respect for different ways of doing things.)

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(Re-printed by express permission of Sara Wallace. Thank you, Sara. You shared pretty much exactly how we dealt with Santa when our now grown children were young.)

How do you address the topic of Santa in your family?

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Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}

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Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}

Getting all the seed out of a pomegranate may seem like a lot of work with its tough skin and labyrinth of seed-holding pockets but think again – getting at those seeds may be well worth it!

Pomegranate Juice Packs Power!

This fantastic little fruit recently made its way back into the news after some spectacular clinical results.  The pomegranate (punica granatum) is a marvelous nutrient-dense food source rich in phytochemical compounds. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. Sip for sip, pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries, and that is saying a lot! (source)

And now getting to this wonderful juice-holding seed of the pomegranate just got easier!

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You can purchase fresh pomegranates in most grocery stores from September through January. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, pomegranates store well for up to 2 months. It’s a keeper!

These antioxidant-packed, delicious gems of the fruit kingdom are also simply beautiful and add so much to a food presentation. Sparkling and sweet-tart, whether cook or consumer, you will be in food heaven!

29 Festive Recipes Using Sparkling Pomegranate Seeds or Juice:

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Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters {Lexie’s Kitchen}

 

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Pomegranate Christmas Cake Recipe {Natasha’s Kitchen}

 

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 Fesenjan (Pomegranate Chicken) {Minimalist Baker}

 

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 Pomegranate Salad with Quinoa {I Heart Naptime}

 

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Pomegranate-Jeweled White Cheddar, Toasted Almond, and Crispy Sage Cheese Ball  {How Sweet It Is}

 

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Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds {Feasting At Home}

 

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Citrus Salad with Pomegranate, Mint, & Pistachio  {The View From Great Island}

 

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Orange & Lemon Juice & Pomegranate Molasses {Give Recipe}

 

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 Cranberry Pomegranate Smoothie {Crunchy Creamy Sweet}

 

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Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce {Gimme Some Oven}

 

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 Pomegranate Walnut Bread {Nancy C}

 

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Mixed Baby Greens with Pomegranate Seeds, Gorgonzola and Pecans {Gina’s Skinny Recipes}

 

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 Pomegranate Flavored Ice Cubes {By Stephanie Lynn}

 

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Apple Pomegranate Galette {A Couple Cooks} 

 

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Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa {Half Baked Harvest}

 

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Pomegranate Jelly {One Sweet Appetite}

 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pomegranate Molasses {That’s Some Good Cookin’}

 

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 Raw Chocolate Pomegranate Protein Bars {Raw Mountain Kitchen}

 

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Pomegranate, Pear, Pistachio Salad with Creamy Pomegranate Dressing {Carlsbad Cravings}

 

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 Spiced Pears and Pomegranate {All Recipes}

 

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 Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash and Pomegranate-Ginger Vinaigrette {How Sweet It Is}

 

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 Pomegranate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies  {Two Peas & Their Pod}

 

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Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Crumble: Gluten & Grain-Free {Perry’s Plate}

 

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White Chocolate Pomegranate Bark {Fitness Food Diva}

 

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Kale and Pomegranate Salad {Simple Provisions}

 

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All Natural, Homemade Pomegranate Drops {The View From Great Island}

 

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Cucumber-Pomegranate Salad {Good Housekeeping}

…and lastly…

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Pomegranate Orange Kombucha {Stupid Easy Paleo}

Let this line-up jump-start your imagination to include this healthful and gorgeous fruit in your cooking! Now that I am thoroughly hungry, I must go and add more pomegranates to my grocery shopping list :)

Bon Appétit, friends!

I will hopefully be posting more on this ‘superfruit’ (technically a berry) that may be nature’s answer to turning the tide against the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. What I am learning is knocking my warm, cozy Christmas socks off! My husband and I will definitely be drinking an ounce a day of pomegranate juice once fresh poms are not readily available sometime in January.

                                         

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a wife, mother, and a retired RN. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to prevent or treat disease. Please do your own research and consult your doctor.

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Money-Saving Tips for Your Wardrobe

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Do you like thrifting, finding bargains, sharing your awesome finds with friends, and especially saving money?

Would you like to get a beautiful gift for a loved-one this Christmas season without overspending?

Then, this post is for you. By taking the time to share with your friends about how they can get $10 of free clothing, you could potentially completely update your wardrobe without spending anything!

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There are only two simple steps that you need to follow:

1. Pick out a FREE item! 

No, I’m not joking. This is my Christmas gift to you.

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Visit through this link. $10 will appear when you check out. ThredUP is amazing because you get $10 to spend for your first purchase. Many items are in the $4-$8 range, and shipping is $2.99 for the first item, with $0.99 for other items. I have a friend who got two maxi skirts for free. All she had to pay was $3.98 for shipping. Since ThredUP also sells adorable children’s items for even less, you could get several outfits for your littles absolutely free!

2. Once you’ve ordered, share with friends.

This can be accomplished in several ways. As soon as your order is placed, you can share your order on Facebook if you have one. All you will have to do is click, “Share to Facebook”. ThredUP will even include your unique affiliate code. You don’t have to lift a finger. Even better, since ThredUP pays to run ads on Facebook, your post will show numerous times after you post it. You can also go to your account on the upper right hand side of the ThredUP website, and click on “Referrals and Invitations”. That will give you your unique affiliate code to share with friends via word of mouth. You can even email your friends using a form on their website. Each time one of your friends cashes in their free $10, you get $10 of referral credit to spend with ThredUP.

If you want to gift your friends $10 to spend at ThredUP this year, just give them your unique affiliate code, and help them place an order. They’ll only have to pay for shipping, they get free clothes, and you get $10 to spend. You can even pay the shipping for them as an extra-special Christmas present.

That’s it!

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Now, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Things always look better on a website than they do in person. Be cautious before ordering something. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you’ll love it when you try it on. Because, what’s worse than having old clothes you don’t wear? It’s new-to-you clothes you don’t like and have to return.
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If you have any questions, please ask!

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“She is not afraid of snow for her household,
    for all her household are clothed in scarlet.”

Prov. 31:21

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How To Make A Charcoal Slurry

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How To Make A Charcoal Slurry

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Since yesterday’s post on Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, there have been questions on how to actually make a charcoal slurry. Since it is true that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’ – and I am a slow typist – I’m sharing this short, helpful video. It also deals with how to use activated charcoal in a less messy way than many of you may be imagining. When it comes to a poisoning, I’d hate to let some messiness stand in the way of a loved one’s safety, so here goes…

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I hope this helps dispel the fear of activated charcoal being super messy! Just go slowly and stir it INTO a half glass of water. Finish by chasing it with another glass of water. It has never stained my wash cloths, but I make sure I choose a darker colored one.

Activated charcoal is completely tasteless, but for a child you could mix in a teaspoon of honey or sugar if it will help to get it down when you are working against the clock in a poisoning. Putting it in a opaque cup, covering it with plastic wrap, and using a straw would be one other way to make it easier for a child.

Remember, too, if your patient is not unconscious and can swallow capsules, that makes it pretty easy. Taking fourteen capsules (14) equals 1 tablespoon of charcoal powder made into a slurry drink.

How to administer activated charcoal has been and is being taught on the field in foreign countries where poisoning is common place.

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Many pet owners are using activated charcoal. It can be a real life-saver for any number of accidental poisonings in pets when caught in time.

It is my hope that all of you Mamas will stock activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet and a bottle of capsules in your car. Whether to stop an early case of food poisoning, halt a early stomach bug in its tracks, or as an antidote to an accidental poisoning, our home will never be without it.

Lastly, many use activated charcoal for indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux. Here are some testimonials from Charcoal Remedies.com:

Acid Reflux

In his mid-twenties, John’s duodenal ulcers had become so bad that they were affecting his marriage. After admitting he drank coffee, I explained that coffee dramatically increases the acid production in the stomach. He said that if he had to stop his coffee then he would live with the ulcers. “Well” I said, “then you can think about having eroding ulcers”. That grabbed his attention, so I told him about charcoal, and how it works amazingly well to neutralize stomach acidity. Skepticism spread across his face with that typical Cape Breton look that says, “Go ‘way!” Hoping it would inspire a degree of confidence in my unusual remedy, I directed him to the pharmacy, where they could order the charcoal, if there wasn’t any in stock.

Then I realized that his going to the drugstore was not going to happen. Just for such skeptical folks, I carry a small bottle of charcoal capsules in the truck. I pulled it out, gave it to him with some simple instructions, and said goodbye.

I didn’t see him until the following week. With a big grin, he immediately announced, “I am totally free”. All his symptoms were gone. I could tell just by looking at his face. Keep in mind that John had had these severe pains for quite some time. I then had a chance to mention other items he needed to be careful with, such as spices, condiments, and smoking.

I saw John a month or two later and he said in a very confident manner that not only had he stopped coffee, but that he had also stopped smoking. Now, if he were to feel some acid indigestion coming on, what do you think he will reach for, some brand name antacid with calcium, which actually increases acid production? No, like many others, John knows ‘relief’ can also be spelled:  C-H-A-R-C-O-A-L.   CharcoalRemedies.com, pg.30

My brother Ron has not always “appreciated” the value of my health innovations, but today he has no doubt as to charcoal’s benefit when it comes to stomach upset. As Canadian west-coast commercial fishermen, he and his wife Gerrie worked long and hard seven days a week during fishing season. “There was no time to prepare a proper meal, so then we ended up having a big meal just before going to bed. That habit tended to end in pain, with an upset stomach and gas. But we would take several capsules of charcoal, and the symptoms promptly disappeared.” Back on land again, they are careful to better plan their mealtimes.   CharcoalRemedies.com pg. 32
Ben was, for years, a long distance trucker traveling all over North America. “I didn’t go anywhere without charcoal. If I got an upset stomach, if I had gas, or diarrhea from something, I always had it on hand as a faithful quick remedy. I simply carried a bottle of tablets with me or I would fill some capsules with the powder if I couldn’t get the tablets. We keep it right at hand here in the kitchen.” Oh yes, Ben’s wife Martha is an Emergency Room doctor.  CharcoalRemedies.com page 72

Indigestion

“One tablespoon of activated charcoal powder can adsorb the amount of bacteria that would completely cover a tennis court. I also take four capsules if I eat something that gives me indigestion or stomach pain. I used it once in the middle of a store when my son consumed an unknown amount of liquid soap. We always carry a bottle in our glove box and in my purse for emergencies. For children who can’t swallow pills, the capsules can be opened into a small amount of water, stirred and sipped with a straw. It doesn’t have any taste. Don’t try to put the powder on your tongue and swallow with water. It is so light that when you take a breath, you’ll be sorry!” Thanks Barbara for that motherly advice.   
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Stomach Upset

Recently I talked with Yvonne. Some time ago she received a short pamphlet on charcoal, and decided to try it for her long history of upset stomach. She reported that she had gotten fast relief, and that she had had no more problems. She was preparing to go on a trip to Mexico, and was apprehensive about the reports of the Tourista Blues (diarrhea). I suggested that, in case of an emergency, she take some charcoal with her. Fortunately she only heard happy tunes, but she was thankful that she’d had a simple remedy she could trust.
Most cases of chest pain, called heartburn, are nothing more than acid indigestion that can be helped by taking charcoal. A slurry of charcoal and water, or a little olive oil and charcoal mixed together, is often all that is needed.
Ty is another world traveler. As a public speaker, director and field representative for a prominent publishing organization, he is often in the air on his way to some foreign country. With all his other important luggage to keep track of, Ty never forgets his emergency kit. “I take charcoal with me on all international trips, just in case. I visit in many different places, with different foods. If I detect the least upset stomach, I right away take some charcoal.” 

CharcoalRemedies.com page 161

How Do You Take Charcoal?

It’s simple. Just mix 1 teaspoon or 1 Tablespoon of activated charcoal powder INTO a glass of water. Stir gently until the charcoal powder is mixed in. Then, just drink it back.

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 (Excerpt from CharcoalRemedies.com)

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Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

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Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

Activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast! 

Activated charcoal is a highly adsorptive antidote for emergency use (and a few other no-emergency uses), able to rapidly mop up toxins and chemicals. Toxins adhere or stick to the very porous surface of the charcoal, so nothing is absorbed by the body – instead passing through and out of the GI tract. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic, and it has proved its value over and over again.

But you have to know about it and have it on hand for it to do any good!

It was 1831. In front of his distinguished colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine, Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell the tale. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal. (source) Need I say, please don’t try this at home!

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In a 2001 study conducted by the Kentucky Regional Poison Center and reported in the medical journal Pediatrics, Henry Spiller, MS, and George Rodgers, MD of the University of Louisville, demonstrated the real value of giving activated charcoal in the home to children as an antidote for most poisons

The authors of the study concluded the obvious: administering activated charcoal in the home is a lot quicker than taking the time to get to the closest emergency room. They added, “Greater efforts need to be put into educating parents (and pharmacists and pediatricians) about the need to stock activated charcoal in the home in advance of a poisoning.” (source)

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Every 8 Minutes, a Child Goes to an Emergency Room for Medicine Poisoning, Dr. Mercola (source)

We have averted full-blown food-poisoning after eating out more than once as well as using it several times here on the farm. I wouldn’t be without activated charcoal in my medicine cabinet - and always keep capsules in the car – for spider bites, mushroom poisoning, accidental poisoning, a stomach bug, or even a snake bite until we can get to the ER. I don’t hesitate to share it if there is a need. Sometimes, minutes count.

In the case of aspirin poisoning, activated charcoal should be given right away, or if possible, at least within the first thirty minutes. Powdered charcoal reaches its maximum rate of adsorption in the stomach within one minute. The sooner it is given, the better the chances of successful treatment. After one hour, charcoal given for fast-absorbing drugs like aspirin is usually only about ten percent effective. (source)

It has also been used successfully as an external poultice (mixed with baking soda and plantain) on brown recluse and other serious spider bites.

Scientific experiments over many years attest to the effectiveness of charcoal as an antidote, both to humans and to animals. In one experiment, 100 times the lethal dose of Cobra venom was mixed with charcoal and injected into a laboratory animal. The animal was not harmed. In other experiments, arsenic and strychnine were mixed with charcoal and ingested by humans under laboratory conditions. The subjects survived even though the poison dosages were five to ten times the lethal dose.

Contrary to popular belief, activated charcoal does not steal minerals from the body if only used when needed. (source: How Activated Charcoal Works

Dosage:

Activated charcoal can be purchased in tablets, capsules, or powder form. Tablets have one-half the potency of the powdered charcoal and the capsules are a bit more expensive but easy to use. About 14 capsules equals a tablespoon of powder. It is best to take one to two tablespoons of powder in a small portion of water and followed with several glasses of water. (source)

Adequate water is a must to get the charcoal to its target. In the case of a poisoning emergency, I would certainly call a poison control center and follow their instructions. The National Poison Control Center in the US is 1-800-222-1222. Of course, if your area has it, you can always call 911. Please keep pertinent numbers in a readily visible place such as on your fridge. The information on this site is also helpful.

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(This little guy and his brother ingested Tylenol -source) For other true stories, go here.

Pumping the stomach is only effective immediately after swallowing a toxic substance (under a half-hour) and does not reach beyond the stomach as activated charcoal does. Some emergency rooms automatically administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.

    

Charcoal Testimony

John is a minister, and while he believes very strongly in faith and its part in healing, he also believes one should heed the counsel to “add to one’s faith… knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). For John and his wife Sharon that means understanding how to use simple natural home remedies.
“John and Sharon try to be prepared for any emergency. As a quick simple first aid, they always have charcoal near at hand. Because they were prepared for one emergency, they now know it really does work for aspirin poisoning. “It happened that a baby got a hold of a number of aspirins and swallowed them. Fortunately it was promptly noticed, and we immediately gave charcoal. For some time after giving the charcoal, we watched the baby carefully, and there were no observable side effects at all.”
Can activated charcoal work for you in an emergency? It can if you follow the Kentucky Poison Control Center’s advice and stock activated charcoal, the antidote for hundreds of common drugs and chemicals, in your medicine cabinet. Then, if it should happen to one of your little ones or a neighbor’s, you can quickly give the antidote as you consider the need to go to Emergency. But what if there is no Emergency Clinic nearby?
“While doing development work in Nepal, just before the rainy season set in, the small clinic at which I worked hosted a week long “health camp”. A group of American doctors, dentists, and their spouses made the exhausting six-hour hike up and down, and finally over into the Huwas valley. “After that very busy week, as some of the medical team rested up for the trek out, Joyce, the director’s wife, led a number of the others on a walk down to the river. On the way, they passed a family having a picnic beside a small Hindu shrine. The translator mentioned that the family lived just below the clinic. After stopping for tea in one village, Joyce decided to hike home by a different route. As they passed by the local health-post/pharmacy, the health worker called them over. A small, four-year-old boy was lying there not responding to anything. The group recognized him as one of the children at the family picnic. Joyce, herself a nurse, tells what happened:
“Among the group was a pediatrician. He examined the child and mentioned meningitis and a couple other serious possibilities as a cause for the child’s condition. Not able to confirm a diagnosis, the doctor decided to give a large dose of antibiotic by injection. It would take some time for the antibiotic to take effect, so we stood around observing the child, and conversing. At some point, I described a similar case, but it had been from poisoning. The baby had not been treated and had died. I suggested giving charcoal. After hearing my story, the physician agreed that this child could also be suffering from poisoning, “but poisoning from what?” he wondered. Nevertheless, he decided that charcoal was worth a try.
So I went to gather some coals from the nearest cook fires. We pulverized them as best we could and mixed the gritty powder in a four-ounce glass with water. We strained the mixture through a cloth and, because the child could not swallow, administered it through a small tube. We were able to get some down, and the child began to struggle against it. That encouraged us to keep trying, and eventually we were able to get about two ounces down. It was difficult to get it into the child because it was gritty and the tube was too small. As the others worked, another woman and I quietly offered a prayer that God would add His blessing to our efforts.
Very soon the child’s breathing, which had been shallow and irregular, returned to normal. We removed the tube, and before the child totally refused to take anymore, we were able to get one more ounce down. By then the boy was completely alert. From the time we were able to get the first bit of charcoal down to the time he was back up and running around was no more than five minutes. We were all absolutely amazed! The doctor insisted that it had to have been the charcoal, because the antibiotics could not possibly have worked so quickly.”
I hope those of you who are still skeptical never have to face such choices. But, by the time you’ve finished these pages and listened to those who have, I hope you will have enough evidence to try charcoal yourselves should an emergency arise. Faith is very powerful, but we need to add knowledge to our faith. (source)

Should you ever need to use activated charcoal on yourself or a child for poisoning, use as soon as possible. Call a poison control center or go to the emergency room as well to make sure the poison has been fully removed as there are several things activated charcoal will NOT adsorb.

The most pure source of activated charcoal (click here) I’ve found is made from coconut shells. When storing it, be careful that young children or pets can’t access it for it is a huge PAIN to clean up from grout or other rough surfaces. The sink or counter, no problem. Think a small plastic container with a tight-fitting lid perhaps.

Activated charcoal has no side effects or known cases of allergic reactions. It has an infinite shelf life. It has also saved the life of many a pet.

No, activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast. At just the right time, it is worth its weight in gold!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.

Have you ever used activated charcoal? What did you use it for? Won’t you please share your stories (human or pet) with us so we can learn more?

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Festive Chocolate Cranberry Bishop’s Bread

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Festive Chocolate Cranberry Bishop’s Bread

I’ve been waiting ever since last Christmas to give you this recipe. The doin’s of a household-full, and the holidays were past in a twinkling. At our place, this is only made at Thanksgiving and Christmas-time (as the cranberries are in season), so I didn’t think it a good idea to share it when the weather was in the 80’s.

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This is one of those dessert recipes that I will say – if you’re a regular visitor to my blog – “Now, here you go! I’m about to share something special.” And it is. Special.

My mother wrote this twist on an old European recipe down for me back in 1974 or ’75 just after we were married. She would occasionally make it for company, but more often (because my Dad was Dutch and true fruitcake is an old Dutch tradition) she would serve a kind of eternal heavy fruitcake.  

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I guess this does bear some likeness to the basic fruitcake – heavy like a pound cake. Nuggets of goodness stuck together in a bread. But, instead of copious amounts of dried fruit (lemon, lime, orange, red and green candied cherries, etc.) there is nothing but chocolate chips, walnuts, cranberries (or tart cherries) for a occasional burst of tart, and dates. It is awesome!

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Festive Chocolate Cranberry Bishop’s Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups King Arthur’s whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs
2/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (or chunks)
1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup honey)
2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 cups chopped dates
1 cup chopped cherries (I subbed unsweetened fresh cranberries halved- add only a hint of tart)

Directions:

Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir cut-up fruit and chopped nuts into flour mixture to coat. Incorporate sweetener and eggs. Before you go further, line 10x5x3 loaf pan or a 7 1/2″ round casserole dish with parchment or wax paper and dot with butter or solid coconut oil so it will come out clean.

Now this is where it gets fun: Mix as much as you can with a heavy spoon; at one point, it will become pretty hard to stir. Taking the mass into your hands, squish and knead just enough to fully blend. You will be able to form a ball and drop it into your parchment-lined baking pan. Cut tall edges off parchment, so they don’t smoke and bake 65-70 minutes at 350 degree.

My Variation From Normal: I make the whole thing a few days before Thanksgiving before food prep gets heavy but do NOT bake it. I simply wrap it up and stick it in the fridge to blend flavors. Then when we have spontaneous friends knock on our door, I have this pretty bread to serve hot right out of the oven. It takes a bit of work off my shoulders, and it also makes the whole house smell amazing. Either way, bake it immediately or later.

Non-Alcoholic Rum Version: I have read this cake can be made 3 to 4 weeks before Christmas and put in a covered cake tin with an ounce of bourbon or rum poured over the cake itself. The alcohol will evaporate during this time and flavor your cake. It will keep well for several weeks in a cool spot or refrigerated.

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A Jeani Jessen of Ladson wrote about a recipe that her mother found in a ladies magazine at Christmastime in 1939. “Our family has made it yearly ever since. It’s wonderful for folks who don’t like fruitcake – but love chocolate! Our friends start requesting it about Thanksgiving.” Jeani says the recipe originally called for chopped chocolate rather than chips. That got me wondering when chocolate chips were first sold. It turns out that the Nestle Co. first produced them in 1939 – the very year Jeani’s mother found the recipe in the magazine.

When researching origins, I found one reference to Bishop’s bread being made in medieval times for the local Bishop. Nuts and dried fruits were scarce, so it would be a fit ‘treasure’ for the Bishop. Melissa Bowen, a research librarian at the culinary university Johnson & Wales, did some digging in the school’s vast resources and found that there is a reference to a traditional Slovakian Christmas cake – a loaf bread – called Bishop’s Bread or Biskupsky Chlebicek. It has fruit, nuts and – surprise – sometimes chocolate. She also found a website that mentions a story about the bread much like the Bishop’s Bread served to circuit-riding preachers in the days of early America. Those stories shed a little light on the name, but there still seems to be some confusion about whether the bread/cake contains chocolate.

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Once we get settled down after Thanksgiving, we will be making triple the recipe as one of our Christmas traditions. Yes, it is bread-shaped, keeps refrigerated for weeks like fruitcake, but it for sure isn’t fruitcake. I promise! You, too, will became a Bishop’s Bread convert from the first taste, especially if you are a chocolate lover. You may even make it a tradition in your family.

Bon appétit!

“Go, eat your bread with joy…” ~Ecclesiastes 9: 7 

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WWI Christmas Truce: 100 Years Later

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WWI Christmas Truce: 100 Years Later

You likely have already heard and seen this breath-taking video. If not, I humbly post it here in hopes that it will ignite a fire in your breast to lay down your own personal agenda whenever it undermines peace between you and another. History is an excellent teacher.

 

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“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” ~Romans 12: 18

The Christmas Truce is an enduring image of the triumph of man’s spirit over hate and adversity. What really happened in no man’s land between British and German infantry in December 1914?

Setting the Stage

“THE assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife in Sarajevo on June 29, 1914, sparked a rapid sequence of events which led to the outbreak of World War I. In early August, Germany swept past Luxembourg and Belgium on their way into France and at first made rapid progress. The Allies and Germans tried a series of outflanking movements which eventually led to a battle line – the Western Front – stretching from Lorraine in the south to the English Channel in the north. Soldiers dug trenches and erected barbed wire to hold their positions: the nightmare that was to become ‘trench warfare’ had begun.

“In places the trenches were just yards apart and, as the soldiers realized that neither side was going to make any rapid victories or progress, the trenches became more fortified. The opposing forces now had time to regroup and strengthen their lines with more men but it soon became apparent to the Generals and to the men on the front line that this was going to be a war of attrition – the only way a ‘winner’ would be decided would be when one side ran out of men or out of bullets. As Private R Fleming of the 2nd Durham Light Infantry put it: “It is not war, this. It is who can kill the most in the shortest possible time” ( The Newcastle Evening Mail January 13, 1915).” (source)

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“The proximity of the enemies also allowed men to shout out to their opponents or stick up signs on wooden boards. After a particularly heavy barrage of missiles or bullets, the soldiers might shout out “Missed” or “Left a bit”. (1) This black humor was to be the start of a ‘conversation’ between troops that would hasten the onset of a Christmas truce.

“For much of December, it had been wet but on Christmas Eve the temperature dropped and a sharp frost enveloped the landscape. A ‘white Christmas’ would provide the backdrop to one of the most remarkable Christmas stories in 2,000 years.

“The shouting between troops turned into something more during Christmas Eve. Germans celebrate Christmas on December 24 – more than they do on the day itself (in Britain and France, December 25 is the main day of celebration). So on the Western Front on Christmas Eve, German soldiers began to sing carols and place Christmas trees lit with lanterns above the trenches. As a sub-altern told the Press Association: “Their trenches were a blaze of Christmas trees, and our sentries were regaled for hours with the traditional Christmas songs of the Fatherland. Their officers even expressed annoyance the next day that some of these trees had been fired on, insisting that they were part almost of the sacred rite.” (source)

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German troops decorate a Christmas tree inside their trench.

A ‘white Christmas’, singing of carols, shouts of good wishes across the trenches and the erection of illuminated decorations: A truce which days earlier had seemed inconceivable was now all but inevitable.

Christmas Eve – The Truce Begins

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German troops pose for a picture and prepare to (hopefully) welcome in 1915.

It is not hard to understand how singing and shouting between trenches on Christmas Eve escalated into something more. This letter, for example, was one of hundreds sent home by the soldiers on the front and shared by excited families with their communities through the local newspapers. Censorship appears to have been in its infancy.

“As I told you before our trenches are only 30 or 40 yards away from the Germans. This led to an exciting incident the other day. Our fellows have been in the habit of shouting across to the enemy and we used to get answers from them. We were told to get into conversation with them and this is what happened:-
From out trenches: “Good morning Fritz.” (No answer).
“Good morning Fritz.” (Still no answer).
“GOOD MORNING FRITZ.”
From German trenches: “Good morning.”
From our trench: “How are you?”
“All right.”
“Come over here, Fritz.”
“No. If I come I get shot.”
“No you won’t. Come on.”
“No fear.”
“Come and get some fags, Fritz.”
“No. You come half way and I meet you.”
“All right.”
One of our fellows thereupon stuffed his pocket with fags and got over the trench.. The German got over his trench, and right enough they met half way and shook hands, Fitz taking the fags and giving cheese in exchange.”
Letter from Private H Scrutton, Essex Regiment, published in the Norfolk Chronicle on January 1, 1915″ (source)

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Conversation between English and German soldiers.

And this from Rifleman C H Brazier, Queen’s Westminsters, of Bishop’s Stortford: “You will no doubt be surprised to hear that we spent our Christmas in the trenches after all and that Christmas Day was a very happy one. On Christmas Eve the Germans entrenched opposite us began calling out to us ‘Cigarettes’, ‘Pudding’, ‘A Happy Christmas’, so two of our fellows climbed over the parapet of the trench and went towards the German trenches. Half-way they were met by four Germans, who said they would not shoot on Christmas Day if we did not. They gave our fellows cigars and a bottle of wine and were given a cake and cigarettes. When they came back I went out with some more of our fellows and we were met by about 30 Germans, who seemed to be very nice fellows. I got one of them to write his name and address on a postcard as a souvenir. All through the night we sang carols to them and they sang to us and one played ‘God Save the King’ on a mouth organ” (The Hertfordshire Mercury, Saturday January 9, 1915). (source)

Christmas Day

First, it should be remembered that while the truce was widespread it was not total. In some parts shelling and firing continued during the day; there were deaths on Christmas Day, 1914. Pat Collard, for instance, wrote to his parents at The Chestnut Horse pub describing a horrendous Christmas under fire, concluding: “Perhaps you read of the conversation on Christmas Day between us and the Germans. It’s all lies. The sniping went on just the same; in fact, our captain was wounded, so don’t believe what you see in the papers.” (Hampshire Chronicle, January 1915). (source)

But despite Pat Collard’s experience, there were indeed many truces along the Western Front that Christmas.

This letter from Private Cunningham, of the 5th Scottish Rifles reveals in more detail how such truces came about: “On Christmas Eve the firing practically ceased. I think both sides understood we were going to have a day off. Through the night we sang carols to one another, the German lines were only a hundred yards away, so we heard each other quite plainly. This went on all night. When dawn arrived we started putting our head above the parapet and waved to each other. On our left was a brewery occupied by the Germans and to our surprise we saw a German come out and hold his hand up, behind him were two rolling a barrel of beer. They came halfway across and signed to us to come for it. Three of us went out, shook hands with them, wished them a merry Christmas, and rolled the barrel to our own trenches amid the cheers of both British and Germans! After that it was understood that peace was declared for a day. We both got out of our trenches and met in the middle of the field, wished each other seasons greetings. The Germans said: “A merry Grismas!” Some of them were quite good at English. We had a most interesting day. The Germans got permission for our officers to bury some of their dead which were lying near our lines. ” (The Scotsman, January 5, 1915). (source)

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Germans soldiers supply thirsty English troops beer.

While this was typical there are also reports of very untypical truces with some soldiers going far behind enemy lines or staying with the enemy for some considerable time.

“This account by Rifleman C H Brazier, Queen’s Westminsters of Bishops, conjures up a comic picture of the Christmas Truce hardly typical of the usual image depicting cautious soldiers nervously shaking hands in No Man’s Land:

“The trenches in this position are so close that they are called ‘The Death Trap’, as hundreds have been killed there. A hundred yards or so in the rear of our trenches there were houses that had been shelled. These were explored with some of the regulars and we found old bicycles, top-hats, straw hats, umbrellas etc. We dressed ourselves up in these and went over to the Germans. It seemed so comical to see fellows walking about in top-hats and with umbrellas up. Some rode the bicycles. We had some fine sport and made the Germans laugh.” (source)

The End of the Truce

“If initiating a truce in the middle of war-torn France seemed impossible, then ending it was to prove even harder. Soldiers seemed reluctant to begin shooting at the very people they had been sharing jokes with just a few hours earlier.

“Company-Sergeant Major Frank Naden of the 6th Cheshire Territorials: “Next day we got an order that all communication and friendly intercourse with the enemey must cease but we did not fire at all that day, and the Germans did not fire at us.” (Evening Mail (Newcastle) January 31, 1914)” (source)

“And the Manchester Guardian’s Paris Correspondent wrote: “The sequel was more interesting than the event itself. The French and German soldiers who had thus fraternized subsequently refused to fire on one another and had to be removed from the trenches and replaced by other men.”

“It was then we discovered that those on the ‘other’ side were not the savage barbarians we’d been told,” Alfred Anderson, the last surviving British soldier to take part in the Christmas truce, told George Beres for the History News Network. “They were like us. Why were we led to believe otherwise?”

I find it encouraging that such a spontaneous truce was possible, yet also heart-breaking. Heartening in that for this short time these young soldiers could put aside their political hatred and unite in observance of a common holiday, and heart-breaking in that a short time later these same young men who had been breaking down the barriers of war would again be killing each other on a massive scale. 

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The all too short Christmas Truce of 1914 was a celebration of the human solidarity and fraternity amidst the unimaginable pain and suffering of the Great War. It was an initiative of the soldiers on both sides against its political and military leaders. Indeed, the spirit of Christmas prevailed in December, 1914. 

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” ~Matthew 5:44

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Virginia Lee Burton, Fabulous Children’s Books Author

Dear Mama, if it is difficult for you to find wholesome, engaging books for young boys, look no further. Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s books are just the thing to acquaint boys with the wonderful world of books. And her books seem to not have an set age range…even older boys become engrossed in the pathos of the story and detailed illustrations!

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“I am a part of everything that I have read.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

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Virginia Lee Burton is best remembered as an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her memorable characters, still ‘alive’ in our grown children’s imaginations, make her one of our very favorite children’s book authors.

Virginia was born in Massachusetts in 1909. She won the Virginia Lee Burton, Fabulous Children's Books Author, Life Story, book, simpler times, reviews, children's literature, personification, animation, country cottage, urbanization, Amazon, Theodore Roosevelt, quote, living books, fiction, children's author, Song of Robin Hood, Trains, Trucks, Tractors, Cable cars, Diesel Engines, snow, snowplow, writers of stories, illustrator, complete and unabridged, classic, old books, homeschool readers, Geopolis, bulldozer, Choo Choo, Calico the Wonder Horse, Popperville, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Engine, The Little House, Maybelle and the Cable Car, Caldecott Medal-winning author,   prestigious Caldecott Medal for The Little House in 1943, and her illustrations for Song of Robin Hood (1948) found a spot on the Caldecott Honor list.

Burton’s themes take us back to a simpler life. She pays tribute to heroes who persevere through difficulties with goodness and strength of character.

Burton specializes in bringing the inanimate to life with her vibrant and detailed drawings and stories of courage and vulnerability. The beauty of the her stories is that they are simple, yet deep and complicated at the same time.

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It is true that her books captivate boys. Trains! Trucks! Tractors! Cable cars and Steam Shovels and Diesel Engines and Bulldozers! Every young boy’s dream. But in truth, everyone (girls included) from toddlers to grandparents are drawn into the oftentimes heart-tugging predicaments the subjects find themselves in.

Her use of personification, a highlight of her stories, makes for rich conversation with children. Her winsome animated machines can lead to great fun as we think about machines and why we sometimes compare them to humans (or animals) when we talk about them. Can you tell we like her works?

Song of Robin Hood

In all, she wrote and illustrated 7 children’s books:

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The Little House

The Little House is a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she’s sad when she’s surrounded by the dirty, noisy city’s hustle and bustle: “She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Fortunately, there’s a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!” ~Amazon review

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

“Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers — the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.” ~Amazon review

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Katy and the Big Snow

“Katy, a red crawler tractor, “could do a lot of things,” Burton explains early on. In the summer she is a bulldozer, helping to build and repair roads in the city of Geoppolis. In the winter, she turns into a snowplow, waiting and waiting for her chance to be useful. Most of the winters, though, the snowfalls are mild and the town doesn’t need Katy. But when the big one finally hits, the town is buried in page after page of powder. The power lines are down. The doctor can’t get his patient to the hospital. The fire department can’t reach a burning house! “Everyone and everything was stopped but… KATY!” Suddenly, the entire community is dependent on one little snowplow. Children love witnessing Katy’s shining moment of glory and will inevitably admire her “chug, chug, chug” endurance.” ~reader Gail Hudson’s Amazon review

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Maybelle the Cable Car

Maybelle was a cable car a San Francisco cable car. . . She rang her gong and sang her song from early morn till late at night. . . . By recounting the actual events in San Francisco’s effort to keep the city’s cable cars running, this classic story illustrates how the voice of the people can be heard in the true spirit of democracy. Virginia Lee Burton’s original art for Maybelle the Cable Car was retrieved from the archives of the San Francisco Public Library to re-create this edition with all the vibrant charm of the original, which was published in 1952. ~Amazon review

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Choo Choo 

“The story of a rebellious little engine that isn’t content and wants to show off, runs away and ultimately learns an important lesson. Does this sound like anyone you know? The author skillfully and carefully weaves a story that incorporates many topics of interest and importance to small children, such as travel, time, distance, trouble, responsibility, duty, etc., within the context of a story about a train. The illustrations are masterful and were prepared by the author herself. As with her other books, she is writing to her own small children, which adds to the richness, depth, sensitivity and focus of the story.” ~reader review

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Calico the Wonder Horse

“This is an old fashioned, action packed, rootin’ tootin’ western that has it all…cattle rustling, hold-ups, a stampede and kidnapping, a wild and thrilling stagecoach chase, and through it all, Calico comes to the rescue, outsmarts the bad guys and saves the day. Virginia Lee Burton’s clever, witty text is dramatic, engaging and full of wild west colloquialisms that will have both kids and adults laughing and cheering at all the fun. Her marvelous comic strip illustrations are expressive and full of detail and beg to be pored over and explored. Put it all together and you have the makings of a timeless classic to share with friends, family and future generations.” ~reader Roz Levine’s Amazon review

Now there is a 4-book collection that commemorates Virginia Lee Burton’s most popular classic stories, each featured complete and unabridged. They have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years, and I think they will entertain you, too!

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Mike Mulligan and More: Four Classic Stories

“There’s a reason why this book [The Little House] has lasted through 70 years of cultural change in America. Kids love it. Moms and Dads love it. Grandmas and Grandpas love it. What’s not to love?” ~Michael J. Ettner

Caveat: I have not read Life Story, but it has many, many references to evolutionary processes as she describes how the earth came into being, and so I share this warning. It is the only book of hers that I don’t recommend.

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