December 25, 2017

Positivity: Washington’s Gift

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 pm

This post, published in the Wall Street Journal on Christmas Eve in 2007, is a Christmas evening BizzyBlog tradition.


Washington’s Gift

There is a Christmas story at the birth of this country that very few Americans know. It involves a single act by George Washington — his refusal to take absolute power — that affirms our own deepest beliefs about self-government, and still has profound meaning in today’s world. To appreciate its significance, however, we must revisit a dark period at the end of America’s eight-year struggle for independence.

The story begins with Gen. Washington’s arrival in Annapolis, Md., on Dec. 19, 1783. The country was finally at peace — just a few weeks earlier the last British army on American soil had sailed out of New York harbor. But the previous eight months had been a time of terrible turmoil and anguish for Gen. Washington, outwardly always so composed. His army had been discharged and sent home, unpaid, by a bankrupt Congress — without a victory parade or even a statement of thanks for their years of sacrifices and sufferings.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122517)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 pm

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: What If Christmas Never Happened? D. James Kennedy’s Classic Essay

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 2:00 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!


This post is a BizzyBlog Christmas tradition.


What If Christmas Never Happened?
by D. James Kennedy (1930-2007)

“I want to live again! I want to live again!” George Bailey cried as he stood on a snow-covered iron bridge, the dark swirling river below. With help from Angel Second Class Clarence Oddbody, George had just discovered, to his horror, what life would be like had he never been born.

Anyone who has watched the Christmas film classic It’s a Wonderful Life knows Bedford Falls had become Pottersville. Its main street a red-light district with loud music and garish, flesh-peddling neon signs — a transformation from Currier and Ives to Sodom and Gomorrah. All because George had never been born.

One person can make an enormous difference in the lives of others — in a community or an entire culture. But what if Jesus had never been born? What difference would it have made in history or in our daily lives if a Bethlehem stable had not served as a makeshift delivery room (over 2,000) years ago?

A great deal.

Jesus, the greatest man who ever lived, has changed virtually every aspect of human life — and most people don’t know it. The greatest tragedy of the Christmas holiday each year is not so much its commercialization, but its trivialization. People have forgotten Him to whom they owe so very much.

Positivity: Cloverton’s Christmas Version of ‘Hallelujah’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:00 am

As long as I can continue to locate the video, this song will be a BizzyBlog Christmas tradition.


Beautiful — watch (lyrics are in the video, and below):

A Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton-HD from suemarie baskette on Vimeo.

Thanks to Heather Garrison for introducing me to this song in late 2013.


I heard about this baby boy,
Who’s come to earth to bring us joy.
And I just want to sing this song to you.
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth,
The minor fall, the major lift,
With every breath I’m singing “Hallelujah.”

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

A couple came to Bethlehem,
Expecting child, they searched the inn,
To find a place for You were coming soon.
There was no room for them to stay,
So in a manger filled with hay,
God’s only Son was born oh Hallalujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

The shepherds left their flocks by night,
To see this baby wrapped in light.
A host of angels led them all to You.
It was just as the angels said,
“You’ll find him in a manger bed,”
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

A star shone bright up in the East,
To Bethlehem, the wise men three
Came many miles and journeyed long for you.
And to the place at which You were,
Their frankincense and gold and myrrh,
They gave to You and cried out, “Hallelujah!”

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

I know you came to rescue me,
That baby boy would grow to be,
A man who’d one day die for me and you.
My sins would drive the nails in You,
That rugged cross was my cross too.
Still every breath you drew was hallelujah.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Positivity: Silent Night (Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire)

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 12:30 am

What a tremendous performance (Backup link; HT here):

Here’s hoping this online video doesn’t go anywhere in the coming years.

If it stays, it will be a BizzyBlog Christmas tradition as long as there is a BizzyBlog.

Merry Christmas, everyone.