73. Nannie’s Fun Facts! (13)

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Hello, Friend!  Nannie here!

‘Tis truly wonder-ful when Christmastime comes!

Finney, as you know, loves to share the things that St. Patrick taught…    St. Patrick taught of the birth of little Baby Jesus…                                               The Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 1,  tells us that “the angel of the Lord” appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David…it is through the Holy Spirit that this Child” will be born to Mary.  “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us.”  When Mary bore a son, “he named him Jesus.”

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The Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 2,  tells us, “And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

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There is always fun info at http://www.libraryireland.com.  John Johnson Marshall in his Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (1924),  tells us of the “Christmas Rhymers!”  “In the north of Ireland as Christmas drew near it was customary to get up a company of Rhymers who went round the shops and private dwellings reciting their rhymes and collecting money.  These were the latter day descendants of the mummers of olden times, who at times of festivity played their pranks for the amusement of their fellows as well as their own.”

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John Francis Maguire in his The Irish In America (1868), tells us that “The great festivals of Christmas and Easter are specially dear to the Irish heart, being associated with the most sacred mysteries of the Christian religion, and likewise with those modest enjoyments with which the family, however humble or poor, seek to celebrate a season of spiritual rejoicing.

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Then there is joy in the Church, which typifies in the decorations of her altars as in the robes of her ministers the gladness which should dwell in the heart of the Christian.  Thus misery, and sorrow, and want, are not in accordance with the spirit of these solemn festivals, nor with the feelings which ought to prevail with those who believe in their teaching.”

I sincerely pray for your Peace and Joy during this precious time of Advent!

God bless you and thank you for stopping by!

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72. ‘Tis Christmastime!

J.M.J.

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Hello, my Friend!  Hello today!

I hope you are in a good way!

No matter rain, sleet, snow, or shine,

I always hope your day is fine!

Oh, my!  I am so very full!

Thanksgivin’ food is wonderful!

Potatties, fruits and apple bake…

Dee-lish food — me Mum does make!

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But now more new fun does begin,

As Christmastime just rolls right in.

The pine cones on the grand pine trees,

Can be gathered with such great ease…

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Me Mum will make her honey cakes,

And, OF COURSE, her apple bakes!

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 Christmas also brings special treats,

Like berry bakes and other sweets.

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The seaweed and the green bean stew

Are also specials that we do!

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We have so much to speak of here,

‘Twill be grand fun…just have no fear!

 

We Leprechauns have fine, grand ways

of celebratin’ Christmas Days…

‘Tis this we’re speakin’ of right now,

And I will tell you more of how

We ready for the Child’s Birth,

Who brought Peace to our troubled Earth.

St. Pat taught us so long ago,

About how God, His Love, did show,

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By giving us His only Son

To teach us of God – Three in One.

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And when our little Lord was born

On that day…the first Christmas morn…

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The Angels sang “Rejoice, rejoice!”

So sweetly with their heav’nly voice!

So, we sing, too… our best we sing,

For Little Jesus, Lord and King!

We practice lots for Christmas Day,

And sing out in Leprechaun Way!

We sing, “Merry, merry Christmas!

Merry, merry Christmas to you!”

I’ll tell you more of fun we do,

It’s so much fun to talk to you!

Some gold dust from our pots o’ gold,

That we’ve cared for since days of old,

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We sprinkle here and sprinkle there,

So, gold might shimmer anywhere!

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There’s more to tell, but I must go!

There’s Christmas work I have, you know…

I’ll bet that you may have some, too…

Finish by Christmas, you must do!

But, as you go about your day,

You might see gold dust and you may

Remember it might be from me,

Just hidin’ where you can not see!

I am so glad you’ve read my rhyme!

I am so glad it’s Christmastime!

I am so glad we talked today!

God bless you is what I do say!

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Note from Nannie…It will be fun for us to look for the different accounts of the Birth of Baby Jesus in the Bible!  St. Matthew and St. Luke tell us wonderful stories of this incredible event in the history of God’s Family of Man!

‘Tis Christmastime!