The Meaning of Christmas

I thought I’d share my favorite Christmas Carol with you today. Some may argue about the meaning of Christmas, calling it a pagan holiday, and one cannot dispute the fact that it is where this celebration of Christmas came. Regardless, the tradition of Christmas was born and has been celebrated ever since. Many Christians use the opportunity to teach others about God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, for the sake of redemption. That’s why I celebrate this time of year, even if it wasn’t really the Lord’s birthday. But then…can we be absolutely sure when Jesus Christ was born? I choose to use Christmas for God’s honor and glory. You choose what you want.Anyway, this is my all time favorite Christmas Carol. I wish I could sing it for you, but then my voice isn’t what it used to be either at my age. Just enjoy the words, and think about what Christmas really means to you. And if you don’t know the tune, check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yxDZjg_IgocMegan Romer, a World Music Expert, says this about the carol. The Wexford Carol is a beloved traditional Irish Christmas carol. It is also known as “The Enniscorthy Carol”, as it was originally collected by a folklorist named Grattan Flood in Enniscorthy, a town in Ireland’s County Wexford, as well as “Carul Loch Garman” (the Irish translation of “Wexford Carol”). The lyrics, which are in English, date back to the 12th century. As is the case with all very old songs, the history is a bit hard to track, but it appears that the lyrics were added to the tune much later, and it is not believed that the lyrics were originally in the Irish language. Some reverse translations have been made by contemporary Irish trad musicians, but the English lyrics are actually the most traditional ones.The Wexford CarolGood people all, this Christmas time,Consider well and bear in mindWhat our good God for us has doneIn sending his beloved sonWith Mary holy we should pray,To God with love this Christmas DayIn Bethlehem upon that morn,There was a blessed Messiah bornThe night before that happy tideThe noble Virgin and her guideWere long time seeking up and downTo find a lodging in the townBut mark right well what came to passFrom every door repelled, alasAs was foretold, their refuge allWas but a humble ox’s stallNear Bethlehem did shepherds keepTheir flocks of lambs and feeding sheepTo whom God’s angel did appearWhich put the shepherds in great fearArise and go, the angels saidTo Bethlehem, be not afraidFor there you’ll find, this happy mornA princely babe, sweet Jesus, bornWith thankful heart and joyful mindThe shepherds went the babe to findAnd as God’s angel had foretoldThey did our Saviour Christ beholdWithin a manger he was laidAnd by his side a virgin maidAttending on the Lord of LifeWho came on earth to end all strifeThere were three wise men from afarDirected by a glorious starAnd on they wandered night and dayUntil they came where Jesus layAnd when they came unto that placeWhere our beloved Messiah layThey humbly cast them at his feetWith gifts of gold and incense sweet.This last verse is a bit out of place, as we learn from the Bible that the wise men came long after the Child was born and found Him in a house. We further learn from Herod’s actions that Jesus could have been around two years old by this time, but they did come…and they did find the Child…and they did present kingly gifts to Him.Merry Christ to all of you, and God bless you in the New Year.

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Featured Author – Interview – The return of Sharon K Connell

Welcome back!  You were a guest on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ before, where we learned about writing in your life and your projects.  Let’s see what you can tell us today:    Are you still writing i…

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May Your Christmas Be Filled With Blessings

This picture isn’t exactly the normal type of photography we see here in the Art Sphere, but I loved the way my photograph of the front of our house came out. You see, I’m originally from the north. Born in Wisconsin and lived a great part of my life in Illinois. I was used to snow at this time of year, every year. Blizzards, slush, shoveling sidewalks was all a big part of my life for many years. Now, having lived in the south for more than twenty years, I miss that snow. Oh, not everyday, and not the slush and freezing part of it, but you know…the beauty of the falling flakes, the way it lays on the bows of trees, rosy cheeks. Yes, the whole bit.Several years ago, I decided to make my Christmas decorating theme “Let It Snow.” I’ve stuck with that every year. This year, I think I’ve managed to really capture it. There’s a blizzard out there! LOL

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A Great Day in the Life of an Author

Yesterday was so exciting, I finished my outside Christmas decorating and received a box full of my new novel, His Perfect Love. The virtual book launch party on Facebook went off beautifully. And now it’s time to send off gifts to those who had their name pulled out of the hat just for attending and having some conversation. I’d be very pleased if you would take a minute or two and check out my new novel available on Amazon and Kindle.  https://www.amazon.com/His-Perfect-Love-Sharon-Connell/dp/1505782139/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480876539&sr=1-1

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Facebook Virtual Book Launch Party

There are only 2 more days to the Facebook Virtual Book Launch for “His Perfect Love.” Don’t miss it! It will be a lot of fun. Here’s the link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/events/246213555797836/At the party you can meet other guest authors, read a little about the beginning of my new novel, try out a writing prompt, and have a lot of fun. I’ll have giveaways too.Hope you can make it.

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His Perfect Love Facebook Virtual Book Launch Party

The His Perfect Love virtual book launch party on Facebook will be soon. Don’t miss it!Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m. Central Time.This will be a costume party. Dress up as your favorite character from your favorite book, sign in, and be read to post a picture of yourself in costume so we can guess which character you’re dressed as. (Don’t worry if you can’t get a costume…come as you are…even in your PJs) Bring lots of virtual food and drink, and be ready to post a picture of what you’ve brought too, with recipe, if you have one. During the party, there will be giveaways chosen at random. I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of my book during the first hour and autographed copies of books from other authors, and gift cards throughout the evening. We’ll also have author guest spots where you can interact with some very good writers, a writing prompt at which you can try your own hand and skill, recipes, and fun, fun, fun. Amongst all the other activities, I’ll be posting some segments to the first chapter of His Perfect Love. So, keep your eyes peeled.

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This Is America…Right?

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This is somewhat of a rant, so be prepared.

Yesterday, we went to WalMart to do our once-every-two-weeks shopping. As I entered the store, I thought about how the store used to sell all American-made items. Then I was saddened to think how few American-made items we can find in any store today.

I began going down my shopping list. One of the very first items on the list could not be found anywhere. I stopped one of the employees in the department where I thought the item would be found and asked about it. She barely spoke any English and seemed totally dumbfounded as to what I wanted. I smiled and moved on.

Still not finding the item that I’ve bought there at the beginning of the Christmas holiday selling season in former years, I stopped another employee. She couldn’t speak English. She held up her finger and indicated that she would get help for me. The person she brought back to me barely spoke English and again was at a loss to help me.

We continued our shopping, giving up on the purchase of what I had tried to find.

As we approached the middle of the store, I once again thought I’d try to ask where the item I couldn’t find may be, if it wasn’t where I had looked. I stopped another employee. Again, she couldn’t speak English. This time I simply walked away shaking my head.

Near the end of our shopping experience, I had trouble finding another item on my list. Knowing that in the past, the store did carry it, I dared to ask yet another employee about this one. Guess what? She couldn’t speak English. She called another woman over to help. Guess what? She couldn’t speak English either. I threw my hands up and said, “Never mind!”

Now, I ask you, are we still living in America in Houston, Texas…or has the state slipped into another country? We are still flying the American flag. I do hear English being spoken on most occasions outside of our home. Do I have the right to expect people working in a store like WalMart in an American city to speak ENGLISH (or American if you want to be technical about the language)? If I were living in Mexico, or any other country, and decided to get a job there, I would make sure that I could converse in the language of that country. Is it too much to expect in this country? Really?