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With Thanksgiving a little less than 3 days away, it means that a lot of us start to think more about Christmas.  We start to think about what theme or decorations that we're going to put up and how its all going to look.  Also we've got to start thinking about putting the lights up onto the house and anywhere else that you want them to go.  Just think of how many trips we're going to take up into the attic to bring down all of the boxes filled with Christmas decorations (by yourself most of the time, because everyone else disappears during this fun filled time).
   One of the main items that we ponder on the most though, is the Christmas tree.  Whether it's an artificial tree or a real one.  The Christmas tree is usually the focal point of your inside the house Christmas decorating. Most of what we decide to do with the tree and how it gets decorated, coinsides with  what the rest of your Christmas theme or  decorating style on the inside of the house.  The Christ…


At daybreak on November 19, 1620, the Mayflower passed the headland of Cape Cod and found herself in peril.  The shoals were dangerously and she had to turn back northward.  Finding a favorable wind, the Mayflower and her human cargo enter the protected waters of the Bay and stared out onto an unknown land.  This was the Pilgrims new home.  After 66 hard days at sea and winter approaching, those faithful English Separatists faced the Winter of 1621.

   The first winter for the Plymouth Colony was filled with loss and longing.  More than half of the 102 Pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower.  Food was scarce.  Hunger and disease plagued and weakened the people.  Cold and harsh conditions wore down moral.  Prospects for the new colony were weak.  The actions of smart men and the sacrifice of brave women contributed to the survival of the Pilgrims.

The Social Contract

   President Lincoln once remarked that a house divided against itself cannot stand.  The Pilgrims knew this princ…


In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph Mcfee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry.  During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty stricken.  He only had one major hurdle to overcome---funding the project.
   Where would the money come from, he wondered.  he lay awake nights, worrying and praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city's poorest individuals on Christmas Day.  As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England.  He remembered how at the Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" into which passers by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.

   The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street.  Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the P…


Are you looking for "Thanksgiving quotes? Thanksgiving inspiration messages or sayings? Here is just a small collection of some of  some inspirational Thanksgiving quotes.
   Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated with a big turkey dinner shared with family and friends.  Oddly enough it is the most traveled holiday of the year and the perfect time to say "Thanks" and teach children the importance of being grateful for what you have.  The following Thanksgiving inspirational sayings are here for you to inspire your family this Thanksgiving.  So read though them and maybe ponder them in thought.  Maybe you could even use one of them when we say grace or our thanks before you eat a bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

"If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily". --Gerald Good"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them".--John Fitzge…