Happy Happy, Joy Joy to all of my Firedoglake friends.  Here’s a fun game my sister brought to the dinner pary for my son’s 17th birthday last Wednesday.  They are songs and saying for Christmas time, in other words.  For example, the first one reads

1. Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief.   And the carol referred to is…Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

This is a game you can play if you are spending the day with family or friends, or you can play it alone if you are spending the day in your jpeaceful solitude.

But, before I get to the other twisters, I want to share a story of a great kindness bestowed upon me this week.  Those of you who follow my comments know that my family has been living on a shoe string for a while, and then last week the string kind of broke.  A week ago I went to the grocery store and my debit card was declined.  I checked with the bank and had only $9 in the account.  It would be a week before my husband got a pay check.  Yikes.  I told my husband we picked a bad week to get broke.  My daughter was  to arrive from out of town, we were planning my son’s birthday dinner party and there was the little matter of Christmas.  I had picked up a few gifts for my family here and there over the past month or so I wasn’t worried too much.  We were already planning on having spaghetti for dinner, but, you know a lady likes to put her best foot forward for these events.  My sister insisted I accept a small loan and I eeked my way through the days.  The day of the party I had everything I needed except some dip for the raw veggies and we had nothing to drink except water and only five dollars left, which I chose not to spend.  Hoo boy.  Well, I thought, we’ll just have to live with dipless carrots and drink good old h2o.  I had all the food prepared and the house clean and was just waiting for my guests to arrive.  Getting a bit antsy, I decided to check my mail at the communal mail boxes.  I usually avoid the mail like the plague as it is only junk mail and bills.  Imagine my surprise when I pulled out a plain white envelope which had been mailed to me.  The only thing on the outside was my first name and my address.  No return address. Inside the envelope was a single sheet of typing paper with the words Christmas de Merry and a $20 bill!!!  I stood in the parking lot with tears in my eyes.  I was trying desperately to figure out who would do such a lovely thing when I realized that whomever it was had gone out of their way to make in anonymous.  I jumped in the car and tore down to the market where I bought a small container of store brand ranch dressing and several bottles of sparkling fruit water. 

Dinner was perfect.  I felt loved.  I felt inspired and so grateful that there are folks out there who care and move to lift someone else up.  So, whether it was a Secret Santa, an elf, an angel or a wonderful soul who believes in random acts of kindness, whoever you are I am so grateful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And, now…on with the game.  I hope you have fun.   I’m not going to post the answers until tonight.  We have so many clever pups here at the Lake, I bet you will come up with all the correct responses on your own.  You can share them in the comments.

Have a blessed day, All

1. Move hitherward the entire assembly of those who are loyal in their belief.

2. Listen, the celestial messengers produce harmonious sounds.

3. Nocturnal time-span of unbroken quietness.

4. An emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good given to the terrestrial sphere.

5. Embellish the interior passageways.

6. Exalted heavenly beings to whom hearkened.

7. Twelve o’clock on a clement night witnessed its arrival.

8. The Christmas preceding all others.

9. Small municipality in Judea southeast of Jerusalem.

10. Diminutive masculine master of shin-covered percussionistic cylinders.

11. Omnipotent Supreme Being who elicits respite to ecstatic distinguished males.

12. Tranquility upon the terrestrial sphere.

13. Obese personification fabricated of compressed mounds of minute crystals.

14. Expectation of arrival to populated area by mythical masculine perennial gift-giver.

15. Natal celebration devoid of color.

16. In awe of the nocturnal time span characterized by religiosity.

17. Geographic state of fantasy during the season of Mother Nature’s dormancy.

18. The first person nominative plural of a triumvirate of far eastern heads of state.

24. Do you perceive the same longitudinal pressure which stimulates my auditory sense organs?