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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Joy to the World

Entertainers in Hollywood and elsewhere have refused to perform for the inauguration of the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. The Trump committee reached out to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and they agreed to participate. Thus they are featured here on this day of days.

Forward deployment on a military ship means that the 24/7 cycle that is the life of a ship at sea is one of those things that can not change. Not even for a day. The section may gather for a turkey dinner when it's their turn to eat, and somebody may offer a blessing on the food and a prayer for the occasion, but that's it. The comfort of family, hearth and home is a missing ingredient.

As a retired Lieutenant Commander (1130) in the US Navy, my heart goes out to shipmates.

So it is to those men and women who are on the line that my thoughts and prayers turn on this most propitious of days as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. My thanks go out along with my prayers for their continued safety as they travel in harm's way.


"I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)" is a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. The earliest printed version of "I Saw Three Ships" is from the 17th century, possibly Derbyshire, and was also published by William Sandys in 1833. I selected this song to launch the Christmas Eve blog posting of Peace of Earth and Good Will to All, because of my Navy heritage and service.

Wenceslaus II
The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea,  about 20 miles away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the magi to the Cologne Cathedral  in the 12th century. Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms "Azure three galleys argent". Another suggestion is that the ships are actually the camels used by the Magi, as camels are frequently referred to as "ships of the desert".


Please remember our men and women in uniform who are manning our defenses as the rest of us take the day to celebrate the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ. The US Air Force Band does flash mobs at the Air and Space Museum every Christmas time and they're all searchable on YouTube. This one from 2013 (their first) is my favorite.




I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

There was a Christmas miracle in Walmart:




25 comments:

  1. Thank you for the explanation of the Three Ships. I had always heard it was the three camels, too. The best for you and yours this weekend.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, John, and thank you for your service to the world's finest navy, and the country.

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  2. Merry Christmas LL.

    For me, it's off to Houston and Aunt Sally's, which reminds me of Scripture: yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Spent Christmas 1964 walking guard, Post 2, Ammo Bunkers, Campo Pond, Hanau, Germany. Just another day.
    50°06'42.86"N 8°57'49.98"E

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    1. Thank you WSF, and thank you for standing tall for the nation on Christmas. Merry Christmas.

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  4. I always say a prayer for those away from family.

    Love the Walmart miracle.

    Have a wonderful day with your family, LL

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    1. Thank you Adrienne!

      Merry Christmas to you and those you love.

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  5. What a powerful miracle! Rest assured of prayers and, of course, Merry Christmas!

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    1. The miracle speaks for itself.

      God bless us, every one!

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    1. I bask in Odie's shadow. His Christmas celebration (see his blog) eclipses mine.

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  7. I love the flash mob, never having seen an orchestra version. Who'd have thought the Air Force could muster such talent?

    All my best to you and your lovely family LL.

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    1. Yes, you would expect it from a Navy orchestra, but the USAF? Never the less, they reached deep into their souls and pulled it off.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  9. And what was in those ships all three, on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day,
    An Aston Martin for lil old me, on Christmas Day in the morning.

    NEVER GIVE UP HOPE.

    Great vids, White Wolf.

    I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and BOXING DAY!

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    1. I'm sure that your son, Harrison, will have a lot of fun on Boxing Day.

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  10. Wishing you and the clan a Verry Merry and Blessed Christmas!

    Hopeful next year the gathering of the clan will be in the mountains at the White Wolf compound!

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    1. I have high hopes, but based on the projected building schedule of 12 months from ground breaking, I think that I'll be renting in Scottsdale next Christmas.

      Merry Christmas, Brig.

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  11. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you - Merry Christmas

      and a big cow bone for Vito.

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  12. Entertainers in Hollywood and elsewhere have refused to perform for the inauguration of the forty-fifth President of the United States of America.

    They suck anyway.

    Merry Christmas!

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