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Good Morning,  !
It's Friday, December 24, 2010
Time to wear a bit of red to show your support for the troops!

Thanks Moe !
I sure appreciate it!

I don't remember much about Christmas gifts 
from when I was a kid. What I do remember 
is dressing up nice and warm and hiking up
to the church for midnight mass. The church
is on a rock cone that sticks up out of the 
valley, and was lit up nicely with huge 
lighthouse type search lights and you could 
see it for miles. 

Trudging up there in the snow, with other
families wee quietly joining until close to the 
church it was a contiguous procession.

Mass itself was in Latin and thoroughly 
boring, but everybody patiently sat through
it, and there were always quite a few, 
who were peacefully snoring.

When the latin mumbo jumbo was finally over, we all filed
out and down the big stairs to the parking lot, and stood 
there waiting. People talked in hushed voices to others
nearby, but didn't mill around. If kids talked loudly, they
were instantly shushed and/or swatted. 

After what seemed a very long time the cannon ports on the
round tower swung open and showed a light and tiny figures.
(There were no cannons behind those barn door size ports,
but the big 50 ton bell.)
Everybody shut up. Can you imagine how a kid feels, when
500 grown-ups and all their kids suddenly SHUT UP?

Then the tiny figures way up there in the tower, 
which actually were the village brass band, started playing
"Silent Night, Holy Night". Not in their usual boisterous
manner, but soft and sweet and tender.
It was awesome. 
You could see tears on the faces of grown-ups, but no
kid dared to ask or even cough or shuffle their feet.
It was MAGIC. 
Forgotten were the gifts, the silly Latin mumbo-jumbo,
the icy cold feet. This was the real magic of Christmas.

After "Silent Night" they played some other Christmas
songs, but people dabbed their eyes and started the 
trek home. From the parking lot, which is about at the level
of the light spot on the left in the picture, it is about half
a mile down to the valley floor. By the time we got down
to level ground, people were talking again and calling out
greetings to each other, but the magic still lingered in the

Have FUN!

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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Olga Re: best way to take Christmas pictures Dear Webby, What is the best way to take pictures at Christmas? Now don't tell me with my clothes off! I am not Russian. I mean what should I do with the camera, so that the pictures come out half decent and show the kids and the tree properly? I just have a cheap digital camera. Thanks Olga --------------------- Dear Olga Get a 500 Watt Quartz work-light from Home Depot or Walmart or any hardware store. They usually come with a tripod or pedestal, and have a sturdy cast aluminum housing and a grill in front of the light. Prices range from $30 - $150, but the cheapest 500 Watt Quartz light produces just as much light as the most expensive one. Set that up in a corner, preferably head high or higher, Then set your camera to NOT use the flash, and if necessary put some duck tape over the flash. If your camera has a large lens, then you can use a lower wattage light or have it farther away. Ideally, the light should be a few feet to the side and behind the person, who takes the pictures. It also helps, if the camera is on a tripod or nestled in a baggie filled with sad or flour and sitting on some furniture. Because of the low light conditions, the camera takes a longer shot and the slightest jitter causes th pictures to be fuzzy. Have FUN! DearWebby
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