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US Embassy Tokyo says Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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Christmas Day, South Cathedral, Beijing.

Merry Christmas, one and all.

O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

At church I learned that this carol was written by a piano seller. A pastor worked to get a new organ. He sought to involve as many people in his small village as possible. He asked the piano seller, who rarely went to church, to write a song and this was the result

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you all a timeless Christmas,

Love, Susan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Follow The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements, and subscribe to our newsletter – we’ll highlight great posts. Add Media photos from each month’s most popular challenge.

Other themed photos:

La Pere Nöel

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Absolutely delightful, La Pere Nöel is a movie I could watch any day of the year. It’s a French film about a little boy around 7 years old whose father has died. He wants La Pere Nöel to take him to see his father.

While he’s struggling to sleep on Christmas Eve a burglar dressed as La Pere Nöel tiptoes into his apartment. The boy follows him out of the apartment and the bogus French Santa can’t shake him. He winds up getting the boy to help him steal gold because that’s what La Pere Nöel needs for fuel to power his sleigh and help the boy see his father.

The film has heart without being fake or saccharine. It should be a classic.

More Holiday Fun

See how international Christmas is. I like the joy and whimsy in this video.

O, Little Town of Bethlehem

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas

Christmas Poetry

In Act I Scene I of Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote:

“Some say that ever ‘gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour’s birth is celebrated,
This bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit dare stir abroad,
The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike,
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm,
So hallow’d and so gracious is the time.”

Sepia Saturday – Christmas

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Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King.

Christ by highest heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail, the incarnate deity,
Pleased in flesh with us to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of peace!
Hail the Son of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more shall die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn king.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all visitors.

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