Merry Christmas 2012 (revised)


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We should all be thankful for the things we have, the family we have become and the prospective of the important work we are doing for the future of our children and our nation.

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Merry Christmas 2012 (revised)

  1. 1. Happy HolidaysFrom Jeff Piontek
  2. 2. The Capitol Christmastree in Washington, D.C.,is decorated with 3,000ornaments that are thehandiwork of U.S.schoolchildren.Encircling evergreens inthe Pathway of Peace‘represent the states.
  3. 3. The worlds largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italys Umbria region.Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the tree is a modern marvel for an ancient city
  4. 4. A Christmas tree befitting Tokyos nighttime neon display isprojected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.
  5. 5. Illuminating the Gothic facades of Pragues Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famousChristmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.
  6. 6. Venice s Murano Islandrenowned throughout theworld for its qualityglasswork is home to thetallest glass tree in theworld. Sculpted by masterglass blower SimoneCenedese, the artisticChristmas tree is a modernreflection of the holidayseason.
  7. 7. Moscow celebrates Christmasaccording to the RussianOrthodox calendar on Jan. 7.For weeks beforehand, the cityis alive with festivities inanticipation of Father Frostsarrival on his magical troikawith the Snow Maiden.He and his helper deliver giftsunder the New Year tree, oryolka, which is traditionally a fir.
  8. 8. The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal. Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.
  9. 9. Oh Christmas tree, ohChristmas tree:Even in its humblestattire, aglow beside atiny chapel in GermanysKarwendel mountains,a Christmas tree is awondrous sight.
  10. 10. Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees arechic. With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, its no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower
  11. 11. In addition to the Vaticans heavenly evergreen, St. Peters Squarein Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk
  12. 12. The Christmas tree that greetsrevelers at the Puerta del Sol isdressed for a party. Madridstwo-week celebration makesmillionaires along withmerrymakers.On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen willwin El Gordo (the fat one), theworlds biggest lottery.
  13. 13. A token of gratitude for Britainsaid during World War II,the Christmas tree in LondonsTrafalgar Square has been theannual gift of the people ofNorway since 1947.
  14. 14. Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the RomerFrankfurts city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.
  15. 15. Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).
  16. 16. There is one Christmas Carol thathas always baffled me.  What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who wont come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?  Well, here is "the rest of the story"! This comes along every Christmas and true or not I love reflecting on it!
  17. 17.  Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. -The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. -Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments. -Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love. -The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  18. 18.  -The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. -Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-- Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Co ntribution, Leadership, and Mercy. -The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. -Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-- Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness , Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. -The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
  19. 19.  -The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples. -The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed. So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish. Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone
  21. 21.  We should all be thankful for the things we have, the family we have become and the prospective of the important work we are doing for the future of our children and our nation.