Sunday, January 7, 2007

January 7, 2007

From Bud's World

You know you’re a real "Western New Yorker" when:

  1. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

  2. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.

  3. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

  4. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

  5. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

  6. You know all 4 seasons: "almost winter," " winter," "still winter" and "road construction."

  7. "Down South" to you means Erie, Pa.

  8. You find ‘0’ degrees "a little chilly."

  9. You go out to fish fry every Friday, Prime Rib on Saturday and bingo every Wednesday.

  10. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

From the Choir Loft

If you know someone who can sing or thinks they can, we would love for them to join our choir. The Bible says: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord." (Psalm 98:4) The motto of our choir is and will always be: "You bring the ‘noise,’ and we’ll make it ‘joyful!’"

All are welcome…all are needed!

Wit or Wisdom?

"You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

- John Wooden

"True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway."

- Edna Buchanan

"Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light."

- Jennie Jerome Churchill (Mother of Winston Churchill)

"Only the mediocre are always at their best."

- Jean Giraudoux

"Don’t cry because it’s over – smile because it happened."

- Anonymous

Today in history

(January 7)

1990 – The Tower of Pisa was closed because it "leaned too far."

1985 – The ‘King and I’ opened on Broadway (the 1st of 191 performances)

1967 – The "Newlywed Game" premiered on ABC – TV

1963 – First Class postage was raised from 4 cents to 5 cents

1929 – ‘Buck Rogers’ became the 1st sci-fi comic strip

1927 – The Harlem Globetrotters played their 1st game in Hinckley, Ill.

1890 – W.B. Pervis patented the fountain pen

1830 – The 1st railroad station in the U.S. opened in Baltimore

Church office: 672-2048, Bud: 934-7734, email:


History of the Carols

January 7, 2007

"The Twelve Days of Christmas"


Said to date from the 9th century rule of Alfred the Great is the custom of giving one’s true love a gift every day of the period spanning Christmas Day and

"Epiphany" (January 6). The day of Epiphany is when the Wise Men were said to have arrived at Bethlehem from the east with their offerings to the Holy Child in the manger. (Their gold, frankincense and myrrh originated the whole custom of Christmas presents.) If we attempt to approximate the number of gifts sent each day according to the strict formula the words of the song suggest, there would have to have been a barnyard full of milking maids. For example 40 gold rings, a cotillion of dancing ladies and a flotilla of other tokens – in all a total of 364 valuable gifts, or one for each day of the year.

And if one could not afford all the gifts, one could at least sing this melodic recitation of them. The energetic setting we know is very likely an American imitation of old English carols. Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians made it popular in the 1930’s, first on radio and thereafter by staged performances on television.

The approximate cost of sending the gifts today…

At the end of the 12 days, the carolers in the song have crooned about the 364 presents including 12 partridges in a pear tree, 36 calling birds, 40 maids-a-milking, 22 pipers piping and so on -- the grand total of the song's 12 days of gifts is approximately:


And the legal result of sending these gifts today might be…

December 25th (From the law offices Taeker, Spendar, and Baegar)

Dear Sir:

This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling, which you have sent to our client, Miss Sue M. Now. The end result of your 12 consecutive days of daily gifts was devastating to our client. All further correspondence should come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach

Miss Now at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have instructions to shoot you on sight.

With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.

-Happy Holiday