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  • Jim
    Dec 25, 2005
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      ------------ STONEHAVEN GENEALOGY ------------

      ----- WEEKLY UPDATE – DECEMBER 25, 2005 ------


      I'd like to take a moment to wish each and every
      member of the Stonehaven Genealogy Group a very
      "Selamat Hari Natal", "Kung His Hsin Nien bing
      Chu Shen Tan", "Mele Kalikimaka", "Gledileg Jol"
      and "Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na
      Nupela yia i go long yu".

      In other words "MERRY CHRISTMAS" in the following

      Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese (Mandarin), Hawaiian,
      Icelandic & Papua New Guinea.


      "Nollaig chridheil huibh"

      Jim Allan, Moderator
      Victoria, B.C. CANADA



      Although Christmas and its customs were in disfavor for only a short
      time in England (during the reign of Cromwell), Scotland ignored the
      holiday far longer. Bear in mind that "Christmas" is "Christ's Mass"
      and mass was banned in Scotland. There are records of charges being
      brought against people for keeping "Yule" as it was called in
      Scotland. Amazingly, this dour, joy-crushing attitude lasted for 400
      years. It has only been in recent years that the Scots observed
      December 25 as a special day at all. So if there is a
      specifically "Scottish" aspect to Christmas it is that it was not

      Christmas in Scotland is now a time for going to church, food,
      presents, parties, holidays and all sorts of other good things. It's
      a time for celebration because it's the birthday of Jesus.

      Planning for Christmas starts weeks before the events. Children are
      busy writing their Christmas lists for Santa Claus, parents are busy
      buying presents, cleaning the house and organising food for the great

      Houses are decorated with tinsel, holly wreaths candles and
      decorations. Mistletoe is hung to catch a kiss from anyone who stands
      under it. The Christmas tree, decorated with baubles, takes pride of
      place in any household.

      On Christmas eve, children prepare for Santa Claus by hanging up
      their stockings in anticipation of their being filled with presents
      while they sleep. They leave out a small glass of whisky or milk for
      Santa along with a mince pie. They also leave out carrots for the
      reindeer - particularly Rudolph - the red nosed reindeer that guides
      his sleigh through the dark skies. Then the children are ready to go
      to bed. In all the excitement children find it difficult to get to
      sleep. Some waken up VERY early in the morning.

      Christmas day finally arrives and is marked by screams of delight at
      the surprises Santa has left. Once the presents are opened, many
      people get ready to go to church. Christmas carols are sung during
      the hour long service.

      On return, parents prepare the Christmas lunch while children play
      with their toys. Christmas dinner is a time when families get
      together - grannies, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins. Once it is
      finished and the clearing up done, there is generally a party. People
      sing songs, dance or play games. All the preparation has been worth
      it. People go to bed happy yet exhausted. Christmas is over for
      another year!

      A traditional Christmas lunch will include - Starter: Scotch Broth or
      Smoked Salmon. Main course - Roast Turkey, Sage & Onion Stuffing,
      Chippolata Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts.
      Dessert - Christmas Pudding and Brandy custard.

      by J K Annand

      I'm gaun to hing a stockin up,
      I'll borrow my big brither's,
      It's bigger nor my sister's ane
      And strang-er nor my mither's.

      I'll be in bed on Yule E'en
      When Faither Christmas comes.
      I ken he'll wale oor chimley oot
      Amang the ither lums.

      On Yule richt early I'll be up
      Afore the screich o day
      To see what ferlies Santa Claus
      Has brocht me for my play.

      I hope he'll mind a cuddly bear,
      And cups for dolly's tea
      Wi lots o ither bonnie toys
      For a guid wee lass like me.

      SOURCE: http://www.electricscotland.com


      by John McKay Withey
      Falkirk, Scotland

      Christmas trees and snowy days,
      Heavy clouds and jingling sleighs.
      Children laughing, having fun,
      Icicles sparkling in the sun.

      Carol singing with the local choir,
      About a boy child born in a byre.
      Brandy rare and chocolate cake,
      Mum gets tipsy trying to bake.

      Little noses at the window pane,
      Hoping for lots of snow, not rain!
      For how can Santa guide his sleigh,
      If the snow upon the ground can't stay?

      As Christmas eve draws ever nearer,
      The night time sky twinkles ever clearer.
      Heavenly bodies brightly shine,
      Intricately placed by grand design.

      Christmas morn dawns at last,
      The snow has fallen thick and fast.
      Little eyes sparkle with joy,
      As excitedly they spy another toy.

      Christmas presents by the tree,
      Gaily wrapped for all to see.
      Little hands tenderly enfold,
      The present with their name in gold

      And after all the fun and festivities,
      Happy pantomimes and local nativities,
      What a better world we all could share,
      If the Christmas spirit would last all year.



      Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh's Holyrood Park is all that remains of the
      Edinburgh volcano, which erupted around 325,000,000 years ago. The
      volcano also included the Castle Rock and Calton Hill.

      CHEERS & "MERRY CHRISTMAS" from your Stonehaven Genealogy Committee

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