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The Korner Letter                No. 7 Published:  December 19th, 2003
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Christmas:  A Time To Celebrate and Be Thankful
     As a kid, I always looked forward to Christmas.  My birthday being on December 23rd, and the thought of receiving presents during this holiday season, along with no school, were reasons to be happy about Christmas.  I can remember sleeping in my bed the night before Christmas day, wondering when Santa would come, what sort of presents I would receive.  I always woke up early, before my parents woke up.  My brothers and sisters and I, we would all communicate as to when to get up to go to the living room to see if any presents were under the tree.  It was a enjoyable time being a kid, getting up early, waking up your brothers and sisters, and looking at all the wonderful presents awaiting you in your own house!  My parents would wake up and tell my brothers and sisters and I to wait until they got the camera to film the opening of the presents.  The excitement! 
     Christmas is not just about presents.  Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' Birth, conceived by the Virgin Mary, along with Joseph as the father.  Today, the Chistmas holiday is becoming more and more secular.  It seems Christmas is all about Santa, as well as shopping to find the perfect presents for the holiday season.  I don't want to get into a heated debate.  I want everyone to enjoy the holiday season.  Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!  Christmas is a time to be thankful, though; thankful for the gifts and blessings each one of us has, as well as the freedom we as a country take for granted so often in our lives.  When you spend your holiday season this year, remember how blessed you are.  Be thankful for the family and friends you have.  Spend time with your family, hang out with your friends.  There will be times when you will tell yourself, "I should have spent more time with my family and friends", but you won't be able to.  Most of all, relax, and be joyful, for this is THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
--Andy Kren


Here's Andy's Forecast

     It looks like we will have a chance for snow and/or rain coming early next week, right around Christmas.  The weather models are showing a system coming right over the state of Missouri on December 23rd and 24th.  The temperatures during that time will tell the tale.  It seems that enough cold air will fall in place for this to be a snow event.  How much snow??  I am unsure at this point.  But according to one weather model, we could see some moderate snowfall amounts.  Cross your fingers!

December 23rd


Light snow beginning late afternoon, becoming heavier after midnight.

December 24th

Heavier snow.  Snow most of the day.  Expect heavy snow in the morning and afternoon.  All snow should end late evening.
3 More Ways to Confuse Santa Clause
  1. Leave Santa a note, explaining that you've moved. Include a map with unclear and hard-to-read directions to your new house.
  2. Leave out a Santa suit, with a dry-cleaning bill. 
  3. Wait for Santa to come and then say, "This neighborhood ain't big enough for the both of us." 

What is the best evidence that Microsoft has a monopoly?

Santa Claus had to switch from Chimneys to Windows.

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Happy New Year

Has everyone had a great 2003?!?!  The new year is just around the corner.  It seems the new year has been approaching much quicker than in recent years.  Anyway, what do you do on New Year's Eve?  Favorite snacks and foods at my celebration of New Year's include:  herring, sparkling grape juice, the one and only Volpi Salami, smokies, potato chips, pizza rolls, soda, and numerous other snacks that my parents buy before this celebration.  What is your traditon on New Year's Eve?  What do you do, what do you eat, where do you go, etc.  Enjoy this Christmas holiday, but also the celebration of the new year!  HAPPY 2004!!

Christmas Jokes
Just before Christmas, an honest politician, a generous lawyer and Santa Claus were riding in the elevator of a very posh hotel. Just before the doors opened they all noticed a $20 bill lying on the floor. Which one picked it up?
Santa of course, because the other two don't exist!
The wife is shopping for Christmas gifts, 
With purchases little and large;
She doesn't believe in Santa Claus... 
But she believes in Master Charge!
3 ways to Confuse Santa Clause
  1. Instead of milk and cookies, leave him a salad, and a note explaining that you think he could stand to lose a few pounds.
  2. While he's in the house, go find his sleigh and write him a speeding ticket.
  3. Leave a note by the telephone, telling Santa that Mrs. Claus called and wanted to remind him to pick up some milk and a loaf of bread on his way home.

A Sign of the Times

As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"
The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my E-mail?"

Christmas One-Liners

When you stop believing in Santa Claus is when you start getting clothes for Christmas.

What do you call people who are afraid of Santa?



The Christmas Poem
I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live.
I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.
No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far, Distant Lands.
With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Then Crossed My Mind.
For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark, It Was Dreary,
The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly.
The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home.
The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier.
Was This The Hero
Of Whom I'd Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?
I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight.
And That For Every Soldier
Who Lay All Alone,
Somewhere Was A Family
Who Wants Him Back Home.
Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.
They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here.
I Could Not Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far From Home.
The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And I Started To Cry.
The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
"Santa Don't Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;
I Fight For Freedom,
I Don't Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps."
The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn't Control It,
I Continued To Weep.
I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
Both Of Us Shivered
From The Cold Night's Chill.
I Didn't Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight.
Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, "Carry On Santa,
All Is Secure."
One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
"Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night."
Navy Air Force Army Marines Coast Guard
A Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan wrote this poem.  The following is his request. "PLEASE.  Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can?  Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.  Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe them.  Many people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

3 More Ways to Confuse Santa Clause
  1. Leave a plate filled with cookies and a glass of milk out, with a note that says, "For The Tooth Fairy." Leave another plate out with half a stale cookie and a few drops of skim milk in a dirty glass with a note that says, "For Santa."
  2. Take everything out of your house as if it's just been robbed. When Santa arrives, show up dressed like a policeman and say, "Well, well. They always return to the scene of the crime." 
  3. Leave out a copy of your Christmas list with last-minute changes and corrections.



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