Christmas Eve Open Thread: All Quiet On The Western Front

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I’d like to try something different. I decided to take a two day hiatus from posting political stuff, so that I can celebrate the reason for Christmas with my family, as a new Christian. It’s sort of “My gift to family & friends”. I won’t quit commenting on stuff though – geez, I’m not a quitter.

Anyway, I would like to hear from as many of our silent lurkers as possible. I don’t care what name or email you use. Make something up. Just take a minute and let your brothers & sisters know that you wish them a Merry Christmas, or Kwanzaa, or winter solstice, or whatever.

(^^^See how diverse I am? )

Many of us are operating on limited means, with a diminished outlook going into the new year. Many have lost loved ones, or jobs, or their homes; and so, Christmas is not the best time of year for them. Some of us don’t have family and friends to share Christmas with.

In considering Christmas, and in keeping with the reason for the holy day, I would just remind folks of Philippians 4:7-8

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

If there be any good thing in your life, think on that thing. Celebrate Christmas for the joy it can bring, through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Or just celebrate it for the fact that it brings people together and makes them nicer for a couple of days each year.

Merry Christmas to all of my brothers & sisters of The Real Revo!

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43 Responses to Christmas Eve Open Thread: All Quiet On The Western Front

  1. Frank in Texas says:

    I know we all get heated up and sometimes the rhetoric on the Revo channel gets a little out of hand, but at times like this we need to step back and count our blessings. We live in the greatest country in the history of the world. We have food, shelter and other conveniences not available to the rest of the world. This is when we bow our heads and thank the Him who has made this all possible. God is so generous to us and so merciful and full of grace. He gave us the greatest gift of all time in the form of His Son who became man in order to wash our sins away. Please remember the reason for this season. Praise God for blessing us beyond our desserts and pray that He will deliver our country from the hands of those who are immoral and criminal in their dealings with the moral and honest citizens of the United States of America. God bless you and your family and God Bless America. Merry Christmas.

  2. MadBrad says:

    I am happy to have my health, family, friends and the knowledge that no matter how rough things have been for me this year, God loves me and is in charge. I’ve been shown how weak I am but there is a bit of scripture that it is in times of weakness that the strength of God is made known. I need to quit leaning to my own understanding and lean on God for all my needs. The birds don’t know where their next meal is coming from but it’s there for them when they need it. If God has his eye on the Sparrow, then I know he’s looking out for me. He wants to see the work that he started in me to become complete. I need to quit worrying, complaining and crying because the hardships that are at hand serve a greater purpose than me.

    Tonight we remember the birth of the only perfect human who ever lived, God in the flesh, who came here to love us all only to be put to death in a horrible way only 33 years later, paying the price for sins he never committed just so we could have a chance to claim eternal salvation. No matter how rough things get for weak people like me, it doesn’t compare to what God in the flesh had to deal with. I’ve got to praise him always.

    Congratulations again Nota, for claiming the power God made just for you.

    Merry Christmas Real Revo!

  3. RevoGirl says:

    Merry Christmas Real Revo!

  4. Lai says:

    Happy holidays, everyone. I wish you and yours the most happiness, feelings of love and community possible.

  5. BaconNeggs says:

    Nota, Madbrad, you guy as always, speaking straight from the heart and soul.

    I think as long as we have an ambition, any objective, no matter the how tough the challenge, is half the battle won.
    Madbrad I know you like Patton, and so as Patton apparently said when misfortune and adversity enveloped him…

    ” I feel I am destined to achieve some great thing. What it is I don’t know…. I’m going to be allowed to fulfill my destiny. His will be done”. So hang in there Madbrad and fulfill your destiny.

    For me Christmas is about sharing with family and friends, even though as a divorced dad, Christmas has been rough for me in past years. But now my children are growing up, things aren’t as rough as before.

    Even as a non Christian, I have not forgotten the reason for the season. So I shall be going to Church with my wife as she attends Mas and give thanks for the birth of Christ.

    Anyhow, where ever you are Real Revo family, and how ever you choose to celebrate Christ-mas, have a wonderful time.

  6. Eddie Willers says:

    Merry Christmas to all Revoistas! I pray everyone has a great holiday!

  7. Bman says:

    Merry Christmas, Nota

  8. AFB says:

    Merry Christmas to all Revoistas everywhere!

  9. AFB says:

    There is a B.A.S.S. (Big-Ass Snow Storm) headed into OKC tonight / very early tomorrow. We will have a White Christmas, guaranteed.

    That’s fine by me, as long as major freezing rain passes us by and we don’t lose power. Yours truly has no desire to relive the 2007 ice storm.

  10. R.D. Walker says:

    I am a sucker for Christmas Eve. I just finished a father and son project to put luminaries around the church. We will have a hot toddy and attend Christmas Eve service which is by candle light and always gorgeous. We are then going to friends for a drink and then home to get ready for Santa.

    Merry Christmas Revoistas.

  11. Matt says:

    I’m looking forward to enjoying a “shepherds feast” tonight with the family, followed by a reading of Luke 2. Merry Christmas, all.

  12. TN-Cat says:

    Merry Christmas!

  13. AFB says:

    Here we go again. A post I put up not long ago has been removed.

    Sorry if referring to the snowstorm coming in to OKC tonight didn’t meet the “allowed” criteria.

    Over and out. For good.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      Nobody deleted your post, AFB. It was in the Spam folder and I restored it. The spam watchdog is still adapting to the new theme. It has been making mistakes in that regard.

      The thing is, your post was never visible to anyone else. When a message is flagged as spam, it still comes up on your screen but not on any others. This is so the spammers can’t see if they were successful or not.

      Of course no one here would delete a post about snowstorm. I am sorry it happened but it was just a technical glitch.

      By the way, you greatly reduce the chances of that happening when you log in to comment.

  14. Woodface says:

    Merry Christmas, Revo. I hope the day finds each of you armpit-deep in people who love and appreciate you. Thanks for being a beacon of sanity. Best blog ever.

  15. Roxy says:

    From the rainy (but wonderful) pacific northwest, Max and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas! Feel free to send any snow you don’t want our direction.

  16. Ray Davies says:

    May God Bless and keep us all, tonight and every night to come.
    Here’s wishing you a healthy and prosperous new year and may we all find the peace we seek.
    Merry Christ Mass everyone

  17. James says:

    Someone swiped Jesus.
    Manger is empty.

    Parents are here. Looked at Christmas lights.
    Merry Christmas.

  18. Rhinoliner says:

    I’m a major lurker on this site. I thank you all for being willing to air out your opinions and risk the repercussions. May God Bless all of you this Holiday Season.

  19. DocO says:

    Merry Christmas to my fellow Revoistas. I’m thankful this year for your cyber fellowship during these dark times.

    Thanks to RD for creating this forum. Thanks to Nota, MadBrad and all the rest of you.

    The Council of the Real Revo, from which wisdom is dispensed.

    God bless as one and all.

  20. Greg B says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
    to all the Revoista whom although I only know you by your writings,
    I want to wish you
    Good Health
    Good Cheer
    And may all Blessings flow to you & yours!
    Be safe, be joyous, and and above all, be thankful!

  21. Bman says:

    Merry Christmas all!

  22. Rockheim says:

    I don’t know what it is about Christmas eve overnight.. Sneaking around like a ninja in the dark.. Ferreting out the presents from their secret locations.. Silent giftwrapping by candlelight..
    Then the morning will come. Children squealing with glee.. Family.. Friends.. reflection.. Good times with fantastic people and moments that you’ll cherish forever.

    Merry Christmas to all.. God Bless.. Good tidings.. Love and joy for all..

  23. Burd Dog says:

    Merry Christmas, Revoistas! Thanks for giving me a daily source of confidence by letting me know there are more of us out there.

  24. A Guy says:

    Merry Christmas All

  25. Jim22 says:

    I would like to give thanks to God for creating the birth of Christ. The annual celebration of this wondrous event overwhelms the worries, frustrations, and disappointments we feel during the rest of the year.

    I also give thanks to Him for the friends I have found here. Each and every one of you make me think – and rethink – my reactions to the evil and the good, and the downright unaware people in this world.

    Feliz Navidad y tenga un prospero ano nuevo.

  26. BigJimTX says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you. May the new year bring you blessings of good fortune and happiness. Enjoy the day with your family. They are the reason we are here.

  27. locke n load says:

    Merry Christmas all!

  28. WingNut says:

    Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I guess I would be considered a lurker. I stop by the Revo just about every day since I discovered it a few years ago, you guys are great. I don’t reply much due to being busy,tired insert any other excuse, but I should. Happy New Year to all!

  29. RJM says:

    Merry Christmas!

    Luke 2:10-14
    New International Version (NIV)

    But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

    Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

    “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

  30. messup says:

    Yes! Peace on Earth and Goodwill to (good) men!
    Trouble is, We The People don’t have (good) men in We The Elite People of culture of corruption in Washington DC. See, while We The People (according to Gallup Poll recent survey of 12/23/2012) 77% of whom state they’re Christians, or profess Chriistian beliefs, are celebrating “Peace on Earth”- our Administration has been hyper-busy re-readying for upcoming January’s UN convening, newly re-worded Gun Control “TREATY.”
    This, in the stealth of night…while All americans are asking for and praying that Peace Will Reign Supreme. But no, Obama’s minions have been busy preparing the most restrictive Gun Control Legislation efforts ever imagined by any American…EVER!! for UN approval. then he has the gall to say its not anything to worry about!!!HAH!
    If this Treaty banning weapons in all 197 UN member nations isn’t so important (per Obama administrations own admission) then why push to re-visit such a treaty so full of holes a seive holds more water???HUH???
    As Nancy Pelosi once said about passage of “Obamacare!” We have to pass it, to see what’s in it!
    If the United Nations were composed of nations “friendlier” to the USA, maybe Americans would marshal behind Mr. Obama and support some rewording of such a “Treaty.” Since the UN’s current stock of representatives are by and large hostile to the USA and everything USA, chances of a worldwide “Gun Control Treaty” being friendly towards the USA are slim-to-none.
    Conclusion: Oppose this Treaty! Oppose this Treaty’s passage! Oppose even the wording in this Treaty as formulated by Hillary Clinton this past 2012 summer (that she approved and signed-off on!). See, the wording in this treaty was penned by America’s New Left crowd (remember OWS?). Also, “The Newton United” group from Connecticut is pushing in every way possible (with Valerie Jarrett riding herd) Gun Control (and confiscation) in any way, shape or form. Pray. Amen. Peace On Earth and Goodwill To (good) Men!!!

  31. jacksonsdad says:

    Merry Christmas Y’all!

    Much Love to all the Revoistas!

  32. ventucky local says:

    That’s a great scripture you posted ‘nota’. I’ve kept a printed copy posted over my desk for the last 6 months of vs 5 through7 as a reminder that God is firmly in control and that my hope and peace is in Him. God bless every Revoista everywhere.

    • notamobster says:

      V L – I’ve always lived by this. Whether times are good or bad I know two things in this life (even before I was a Christian):

      1) I’m gonna be right where God needs me/wants me to be, when he needs/wants me to be there (physically & spiritually).

      2) It doesn’t matter what’s going on, or how far you’ve fallen, things can always be worse (so think on the good things).

      When I was younger and in a dark hole (after my daughter died), I came up with what I thought was a deep & thoughtful maxim. As it turns out, MLK said something very similar, and I’d probably stolen it from him:

      “When a man gets older, he won’t judge his life by the good times, but rather, how well he reacted to the bad.”

      (Think on the good things and be thankful for what you’ve got, because [I promise you], it could always be worse.)

      When I heard this (scripture) in church Sunday and recognized it as what I had already learned and chosen to live by, I figured that I’d share it – so I posted it here and on MadBrad’s facebook page.

  33. Dukka says:

    Had a great morning and afternoon with the kids. Spent most of it putting toys together. Starting dinner. Merry Christmas everyone.

  34. sortahwitte says:

    I am a sinner, convicted and sentenced to an eternity in the darkness. The only Person between me and justice is Jesus Christ. He was born into this life as a baby to become the perfect sacrifice for my sins. His love, grace, and mercy are a covering for me. I think I understand, but I don’t. The gift is too large. I am too small. I can only say thank-you from my heart and soul.

    A quiet, blessed Merry Christmas from G&S.

  35. notamobster says:

    Spent the whole day with the kids! Great time. We set up an indoor airsoft shooting range for their new weapons (in the sunroom), complete with targets, cans, shooting table/bench, and firing line.

    The 3 who are still living here got an M4, 1911, and S&W knockoff. They’re really neat. They function in a very similar manner, magazines, releases, slides, charging handle on the M4. Very cool stuff. Some of these, too. http://www.buzzbeetoys.com/USglobal/AirWarriors/index.html <— these are fun for all ages. You can shoot each other without hurting each other. We’ve had duels and CQB.

    We played Skip-Bo, Euchre, & Uno, and even watched “The Princess Bride”.

    I hope everyone has had as much fun as I have today. God bless you all. Merry Christmas!

  36. Rich says:

    I am grateful this Christmas that my wife, who is the most beautiful woman in the world, heart and soul, is still alive. In March of 07 she was diagnosed with end stage liver disease that came on suddenly and with a vengence. At the end of 07 and into the 08 New Year she was in a hepatic coma; a condition with an 80% mortality rate (which I did not, thank God, know at the time.) No medical personnel, save her own Doctor, thought she would live. But she did, and is still alive and kicking this Christmas – though facing what may be another rough go of things in 2013. I am also grateful for the many good people here at the Revo. Many a time the integrity, grace, reason, kindness, joy and decency of so many people on this site have given me a jolt of hope when things seemed low. For that I thank you all, and am grateful to God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost both for the company of my wife today, and for this site. God Bless all this Christmas, and God Bless our nation.

  37. John B. says:

    Late merry Christmas all. Thank you RD

  38. Rich says:

    Thank you Bman … my wife and I deeply appreciate all prayers. And our prayers go to you and yours.

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