December 11th

As I opened my emails this morning I had not as yet decided what to write about when I saw this in my inbox. It once again reminded me of what we have given up to have the right in this country to celebrate our religions, our traditions, and families and our customs.

Many men and woman have lost their right to return to our families because they stood up for our rights. They will never once more return home and celebrate anything.

Therefore as we go through this holiday season let us remember what it took for our country to get where it is today.

We fight over economy and loss of jobs, politically incorrect and correctly issues.

We fight over what embarrassed the white house and what were the worst fashions of the day. Come on people look at this picture and remember what they fought for.

It is a time that is critical in our history to join together to save this country so that we don’t have to continue to increase the number who celebrate their Christmas in Arlington every year.

It is time we return to what pride and hard work it took for our forefathers to build this country. It is then and only then that we can truly celebrate the freedom that we are loosing bit by bit as undeserving people chip away at our history and our foundation.

IT is time to put GOD BLESS AMERICA back on the steps of every government building. It is time to put the flag and the pledge of allegiance back in every school classroom. It is time to admit that we can’t do it all alone and that we need God on our side.

Celebrating Christmas is recognizing the birth of Christ so let’s have the courage to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s celebrate our Christmas Tree. Let’s talk about our children’s Christmas Pageant.

If you can’t do that then don’t celebrate Christmas, don’t buy gifts, don’t support the economy, don’t wrap, unwrap, or exchange anything, don’t have a Christmas party at your home or anyone else’s, don’t celebrate New Year and the future, don’t go to church and be a hypocrite don’t do anything but be a Scrooge.

However, for those of you blessed people out their who have stood beside your believes and not been ashamed you celebrate Christmas, you have earned that right to do so. For those of you who have honored our military and stood beside them hang a Christmas Wreath on your door in honor of them and welcome strangers into your home.

For those of you who have no idea what to believe in its time to visit a church any church all of the churches and find out what it is all about. What better season then at Christmas time.

When I was dating my first husband we celebrated at his brother-in-law’s furniture store with their Christmas Party every year. This made for an interesting evening.

His brother was born to a Jewish family. His grandparents followed the religion and were devout Jews. His father faltered along the way and didn’t follow it. Then when my brother-in-law married his wife was Catholic as was her father, however, her mother was Methodist. When they had children to not offend anyone the had their children baptized in the Methodist Church not choosing the Jewish believes or the Catholic.

The store party was filled with people from every religion possible. Everyone brought tradition food. His Jewish grandmother brought Kosher food. Because we had grown up in a town that was a melting pot of immigrants everyone learned to respect one another and join in the celebrations of everyone’s beliefs. It might have been strange but it was a community of love and peace.

Maybe the world should take a lesson from my home town and learn that you can have differences and still get along and keep the peace. If this lesson was learned all of our children would be returning home for Christmas. Arlington wouldn’t be filled with the Christmas wreathes that we see each year. What a better world it would be.

So today I am going to ask that as you spend the Sunday please think about what it truly means to be a Christian and share that kind of unconditional love for one another.

I want you in your personal journal to write down at the end of the day what you have done to make it a day of joy , love, and peace and how you shared that feeling with others around you.

Now I am going to leave your to ponder the words of love.  I share these words with you because of my love for my country and my fellow-man. It is time for all of us to make peace not only with others but with ourself and our maker.

In Christ’s name God Bless one and all. Have a Blessed Sunday.

Arlington Christmas

Rest easy, sleep well my sisters and brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell…
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths — some 5,000 — are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington , Maine . The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He’s done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one of the poorest parts of the state.
Remember the soldier that guards them as they sleep. He is not allowed to stop or take a break. He is not allowed to look away or speak to anyone. His entire time he keeps the line so that they may rest in peace knowing the line isn’t broken. Only when his replacement comes may he take a break. If something happens and no one comes he continues without a break. There is never a break in guarding those who rest in peace.
The soldiers that guard Arlington Cemetery do it with tremendous pride and request the service.
It is one of the highest honors they can receive to be chosen for that position.
May God Bless all of them for guarding our men and woman while they rest in peace.
To my readers may you walk in peace today. May your joy be filled with laughter, and your hearts filled with love. May your holiday season bring you many blessings. Now until tomorrow I wish you my blessings.

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