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A Christmas to Remember III

The 12 Days Of Christmas Ornaments


One year something funny happened. I ordered my aunt a box of
Christmas Ornaments and forgot I had sent them directly to her. The
company forgot the gift card and she had no idea who sent them
to her. So, on Christmas Eve she took them out and was showing
everyone and we had a great time singing Christmas songs. These
are from Lillian Vernon. They also have Advent Calendars. 




   Crèche: St. Francis put up the first Christmas Crib after obtaining permission from the Pope. It was a simple manger with a doll in it, to which children brought their gifts and elders their prayers. Later, animals borrowed from neighbors, were added to the scene. Today the nativity scene is often a part of the front yard decorations complete with reindeer prancing across the roof. 


Cross: More appropriately used as the Easter symbol, but in some countries a cross, made of straw, is placed in front of homes to keep away evil. Lighted crosses, indicating the living Christ as the light of the world, are used on many churches in America. Have you ever noticed how the star over Bethlehem looks like a cross.  


   Edelweiss: The beautiful star-shaped pure white blossom of the Alps is used in homes there as the Christmas flower, as well as the white representing the purity of Christ.


     Feast: Christmas feasts seem to be popular in all lands. In some countries the feast consists of twelve courses representing the twelve apostles of Christ. It is becoming increasingly popular for those who have much, to share with those who have little, thus symbolizing the gifts of the Wise Men. Go to Christmas Recipe if you are looking for more ideas.


    Firecrackers: These are used widely in the southern part of the United States as well as in the Orient and Australia, to celebrate the arrival of Christmas.



    Fireplace: In England and America children hang their stockings by the fireplace and Santa Claus enters the house by the chimney and fills the waiting stockings with gifts. It is also the gathering place for family and friends especially at Christmas time.


Fire in a fireplace
Warmth of home and friends
Frost covered windows and
Starlit nights
I hope winter never ends.

~Genienne Bondy



Virtual Flames

Realistic Fires in Natural Settings, December 14, 2006

The "Video Fireplace" presents two natural settings for campfires and a Colonial Fireplace. The indoor fire has lovely crackling sounds (although the image is rather dark) and the Rustic Campfire is in a lovely lush grassy setting with trees in the background. The Beach Bonfire is intriguing with waves rolling in to the shore and the sun setting in the distance.

In all the fireplaces, the heat is very realistic with heat waves rising from the burning wood and the wind at the beach whipping the flames around at will. I think the natural settings enhance the mystery of fire and these are lovely to view or to have on in the background when you are reading, cooking or just spending time relaxing.

Unlike many fireplace DVDs, this one is almost interesting enough to keep watching without doing much of anything else. The Beach Bonfire is especially relaxing while reading a book. You can look at the ocean waves for a few minutes and then go back to reading.

Advantages of this DVD include:

Natural settings

No frames around the picture

Focus is entirely on the fireplace and the
picture is stable, no zooming in and out

The only thing I guess I'm looking for is this quality with a fireplace that instead of playing continuously, gives me the option to watch a fire from start to finish, complete with burning embers at the end. I will say, however, that the Beach Bonfire is a true find. So, I think of all the fireplace DVDs I've been viewing lately, this is one of my favorites.

~The Rebecca Review



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