Monday, December 24, 2018

Monday Musings - December 24, 2018


1. Happy Christmas Eve. One week from today is the last day of 2018.

2. When I was a kid, I used to think that Christmas Eve was the longest day of the year, now it has become one of the shortest. The annual Christmas Eve brunch kicks off in a few hours and begins a day full of family and activity that ends in church tonight honoring the greatest gift mankind was given.

3. NORAD tracks Santa every Christmas Eve. You can keep track of the annual flight at this web site: Santa Tracker.

4. Family NFL results for the weekend:

  Ravens (9-6) defeat Chargers 20-10 
  Redskins (7-8) lose to Titans 26-16
  Cowboys (9-6) defeat Buccaneers 27-20
  Steelers (8-6-1) lost to Saints 31-28

5. The idea of a White Christmas is overrated and a uniquely American view. 

6. It will be sad to see all of the Christmas movies and music disappear for another year tomorrow.

7. The government shutdown is an atrocity. I have a hard time understanding why the shutdown is the democrats fault when the Republicans controversy both houses of the Congress until early-January. 

8. Today in HistoryOn December 24, 1979, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978.


Headlines


Trump, Angry Over Mattis’s Rebuke, Removes Him 2 Months Early - The New York Times


‘Very possible’ shutdown could last into new year, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says - The Washington Post

Rescuers dig through rubble for survivors after Indonesian tsunami kills 280 - Reuters


Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week




Christmas is a time for children, and rightly so. We celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace who came as a babe in a manger. Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great teacher and philosopher. But to other millions of us, Jesus is much more. He is divine, living assurance that God so loved the world He gave us His only begotten Son so that by believing in Him and learning to love each other we could one day be together in paradise.

It's been said that all the kings who ever reigned, that all the parliaments that ever sat have not done as much to advance the cause of peace on Earth and good will to men as the man from Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth.

Reagan at Christmas, December 24, 1983 Address to the Nation



Parting thought

May God bless you and your family this Christmas. May you find joy and may the love that God shows us in his gift of his Son, who brings salvation and eternal life, fill you with peace and hope now and for the entire year ahead. 


-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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