Christmas in the Country

Hail You Awesome Human

The night is bright with stars so shiny, it is the time of Christmas Eve. The winter snow is deep and crisp, white and bright and full of it’s own delight. Christmas and winter are filling our lives. Fun in the snow and fun in the humanity of the season. Fill our lives with joy and celebration, fill our hearts with gladness and peace. Love for one another, joy to all of humanity, the child will soon be born.

Bless this season, all you fine people, fill your lives with joy. A baby will soon be born, bless the baby boy.

The hardship of the daily toil is sometimes overwhelming and dreary. Daily life can be difficult, tiresome and weary. Some are rich, some are poor, some are weak and some are far away. Now is a time for Christian giving, feasting and sharing and exchanging gifts. The tradition of family, friends and strangers, all connected to a child. Save us! Praises to you oh holy child. Save us!

Bring our loved ones to us, make their travels safe. Long journeys homeward, to our family to share Christmas Day. A tradition of joy that we celebrate with the world. Home for the holidays, all you Christian people. Celebrate the joy that this fine season brings.

The dead of winter for holiday delight. It’s perfect. Cold and wintry is the night with the fresh snow in the morning to greet us. There is nothing better than this season. Joy and caroling, Christmas is beautiful. A tradition of compassion, charity, giving, and friendship. The fabulous tradition of caring. Love one another, peace on Earth, goodwill towards your fellow man. May the blessings of the season fill your hearts with joy and kindness and be faithful to you throughout the year.

It is with great joy that we sing our songs, with duty and dedication that we donate our gifts of charity to the poor. Love eternally, love everlasting, that is the message of this baby boy. Jesus will soon be born, he rises again. From a birth in a manger to be king of our lives. A triumph for humanity, for the spirit of mankind. Rise in freedom, all of you fine people, shed your despair. Cheer and praises, the holy night is near.

Soon the wanderings of the spirit will end, soon the angels will sing, soon the stable will call us to rest, soon will be born, a king. Soon the darkness will reveal a light, soon the night will end, soon the witnesses of the glorious sight will be called, on this Holy Night.

A tradition of singing, of baking and feasting, a holiday most high. Gift giving and memories, the wisemen stopped by. Oh wise are we, to continue this tradition, in memory of a baby, so calm and bright. Such a wonderful gift, oh Holy Night. Oh Holy Night. Soon a child will be born.

The hardship of the colony, the death and despair that was endured, but strive oh Canada, your wealth and destiny will come. Oh homesteaders of yesterday, with toil and work and strife. It still is Christmas to all, regardless of where you are in life. In living the pioneer struggles, but the holiday looms in our minds. Yes, you must have Christmas, not just in your dreams. The holiday is for everyone, enjoy it before it passes. The festive season is with us, with fun and sharing and gifts. Laugh and sing, oh lucky humans, for the joy that this holiday season brings.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

December 23, 2019

From A Stable to Glory

From A Stable to Glory

Hail Bravehearts

Rejoice!  A wondrous gift is given.  Rejoice!  Joy to the world!

Hail, you awesome humans.  This is a time for joy, for merriment, for laughter and good cheer.  Joy to all the world, a precious child is born.  Fill your lives with love and laughter, fill your lives with joy and kindness.  This great day, is a blessing to us.  Christmas day is upon us.

The happiness of gifts put under a tree, the stocking is hung for a sprightly elf, the lights blaze with colour to light our way.  Joy and goodwill is everywhere.

A breath of cold wind, blows in from the north.  A star is shining brightly, to light a path to follow.  A star of wonder, still shining today, to light the path of a saint with a sleigh.  How wonderful to carry a tradition so far, that it still fills us with delight, centuries later.

Hail Santa, you wonderful being, as saint of special quality and power.  Who are you, you fabulous gift bearer?  Santa Clause, Saint Nicolas, Sinter Klaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Pere Noel, El Nino Jesus.  Your names are many, but all somewhat the same.  A great, powerful saint from centuries past, with compassion, kindness and generosity.  A story of miracles which lasted well past his death. The story of Saint Nicolas is a fascinating tale of miraculous deeds, awesome power, raising the dead  and generosity.  It’s a story of kindness to the poor, and an amazing connection through prayer, that helps him to restore life.  It’s a fabulous story of Christian charity, with good works to the poor and amazing feats.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/12/131219-santa-claus-origin-history-christmas-facts-st-nicholas/  The Origin of Santa Claus.

From the life of an ancient Christian, saint, from the 3rd century, comes a marvelous Christmas story of a jolly old man, who we love so dearly.  Santa and his reindeer, travelling to us and bringing us gifts from the north pole.  Dear Santa, like the saint of old, who will fill your stocking with gifts of treasure.  A merry old gent who spends his year making gifts for all of us all over the world.

On this one day of gift giving, the whole world units in the peace and love of the Christ child.  Holy birth, special songs.  Sing, all you Angels, sing!  The joy and wonder of this holy night, a special gift to this weary world.  A gift of hope, of love and kindness, a gift of goodwill and miracles.

Save the poor.  No one starves.  Chase the cold and dark away.  Lucky are we to be saved today.  Lucky are we to have Christmas.

Saints and merriment, joy and happiness.  This great new day is upon us.  Happy Birthday to our glorious king!

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

December 24, 2015

The Real Santa Claus

The Real Santa Claus

Hail Bravehearts

The holiday season is upon us, filled with love, light, peace and happiness.
Joy to the world, even nature sings!
Some lucky people witnessed the unusual event of a caribou sighting at Marmot Basin Ski Area, Jasper National Park on December 17, 2014. Eight handsome caribou, made a grand appearance on the ski run. These are eight of only 41 left in the Park.
The significance? Come Dasher, come Dancer, come Comet, come Vixen, come Prancer, come Cupid, come Donner, come Blitzen, and the rarest of them all, the Mountain Caribou.
My photo shows a female caribou and her calf on a snow patch, taken from the top of the Mt Edith Cavel Meadows, in July 2014. We needed binoculars to see them.

http://www.thejasperlocal.com/caribou-make-rare-appearance-as-closures-loom.html Caribou sighting at Marmot Basin, Jasper,Alberta, December 17, 2014

The Christmas season is heralded by a merry old gent in red who brings us gifts of Christmas joy. No poverty during this warm season of friendship, worship and brotherly love. The real Santa Claus is not an elf, but a real person, so revered for his abilities to enact miracles. A marvelous human being with powers so great that he could raise the dead and bring gifts of gold to the needy.

Miracles! The holiday season is filled with joy and fellowship. A miracle of humanity and community sharing, of peace and goodwill. The merry old gent, who fills your stocking, is a saint of immense proportions for humanity. His story is told and his contributions deserve our continued respect. Jolly old St. Nicholas who helped to ease the needs of the poor in his day, is remembered still as Santa Claus.

http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ Who is St. Nicholas, the real Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas to all of you. Happy holiday season.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes
December 24, 2014