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The following is a song familiar to us all and the words are not sometime what we sing and never complete the full song. Auld Lang Syne is a song by Robert Burns, similar to a poem by Robert Ayton.  Both are based on old folk songs that probably inspired the both.  The song is sung at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Day.  The title refers to ‘old long since’, ‘long ago’ or ‘days gone by’.


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!

And surely I’ll be mine!

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes

And pou’d the gowans fine.

We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,

Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae sported i’ the burn,

From morning sun till dine,

But seas between us braid hae roared

Sin’ auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,

And gie’s a hand o’ thine;

We’ll tak’ a right good willie-waught,

For auld lang syne.

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Luke, Chapter Two

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

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Christmas Carols

Why do we sing Christmas Carols and go Caroling?  Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but they were not Christmas Carols.  They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced around stone circles. 

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Christmas Seals

December 9, 1907, the first Red Cross Christmas seals were sold for a campaign against tuberculosis, raising $135,000. In the early 20th century, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States.  Doctors were seeing the first signs of success treating the disease in special hospitals call sanitoriums and one of these facilities had fallen on bad luck.  The tiny Delaware sanitorium would have to close its doors if $300 could not be raised to save it.  One of the doctors explained his plight to his cousin, a Red Cross volunteer named Emily Bissell.  Bissell was a successful fundraiser and she soon came up with a plan based on one that had worked in Denmark. She would design and print special holiday seals and sell them at the post office for a penny each.

By the end of her holiday campaign and after an endorsement by President Roosevelt, she and a large group of committed volunteers had raised ten times the goal and the American Lung Association Christmas Seals were born.

The tradition continued and grew year after year through WW1, The Great Depression and WW11.  As the American Lung Association’s mission expanded to include research into other respiratory diseases, such as lung cancer, more people began to use Christmas Seals.  And as the American Lung Association stepped up to protect children and families from pollution and cigarette smoke in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, America continued its support each year by supporting the Christmas Seal tradition.

Today, the American Lung Association fights a bigger battle than ever before.  The research now is on lung cancer, COPD and asthma.  The association fights against the dangerous poisons in air pollution and secondhand smoke.  The American Lung Association is largely supported by Christmas Seals.

Each year, millions observe the tradition of sealing holiday cards and packages with that year’s special designed seal.  And each year, your Christmas Seals donation supports the important fight against lung disease.

Local post offices no longer have the seals for sale, but they can be purchased from the American Lung Association.  Address is: 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20004. Phone: 202-785-3355 and on line: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Think Gas Prices Are HIGH?

You think a gallon of gas is expensive? Here are some comparisons to make you think and put things in perspective.

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