Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
We were awash in greeting cards, home-made cookies and candy, and little gifts which were sent to "a Marine in Vietnam" by total strangers. We had posters signed by school children all around the mess hall. The press would present those times as cruel ones for soldiers and Marines shunned and reviled by society, but we were actually very well-remembered, and not just by our own friends and families.
Christmas Eve we went to Midnight Mass in a large and lovely church in the countryside near Quang Tri, the roof of which was mostly missing. A Vietnamese priest, a French priest and a Lutheran chaplain concelebrated the Mass. Probably not even Pope John XXIII could have approved of that arrangement, but fortunately all concerned thought it better not to ask. We sang verses of "Silent Night" alternately in French, Vietnamese and English. We all sang "Adeste Fideles" in Latin, and each nationality sang one favorite Christmas carol in its own language during communion . The Marines sang "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and, my, did it sound amazing sung softly and a capella by three or four hundred men.
That Christmas there was a 48 hour truce, so we were given two beers each. (The Marines did not allow alcohol in the combat zones, so this was quite an unusual treat). On Christmas Day we (the regimental command group) loaded into a couple of Amtracs and went all over northern Quang Tri Province visiting the Marines at each location, and on Christmas night, instead of the usual command post operations, we played cards and board games. I only played bridge twice in Vietnam, and that was one of the times.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Introduction to Internet Retailing
· Online Sales including Ebay
· Writing Item Descriptions and Keywords
· Accepting Payments including Paypal, Credit Cards
· Shipping using USPS, UPS, FedEx and Freight
· Fraud Protection
· And Much More
Class 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Academy Hall Room 119
Jan. 31, 2008 – Feb. 28, 2008
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I did send out my Christmas cards, I put up my tree, my lights, wrapped presents, etc, but there was a 21st Century element to my Christmas. I hadn't really thought about, I just did 21st Century Christmas things as well. It just seemed natural.
Probably the first is receiving and sending Christmas e@mails. Some were from my online friends, some were friends I see on a regular basis. Then I began receiving Christmas wishes on Myspace, and felt the need to respond in kind. When I got up Christmas morning I sent a text message to everybody in my cell phone wishing them a Merry Christmas.
I never really thought about these things being new, but they are. While some may have started at the end of the 20th Century, they truly are a part of the 21st. Scrooge would now run a cell phone store, the Red Rider Bebe Gun has given way to Call to Duty 4, & the catalyst in A Wonderful Life would not be about a loan scandal..... OK somethings never change, but it is clear to see the traditions of a traditional Christmas will change with the time and technology.
However there is one thing we should never change in a traditional Christmas; the reason for the season. The celebration if for the birth of Christ, and we should always remember that tradition. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and have a great New Year.