The Meeting Place


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Borrowed from  AL Hirschfeld..American caricaturist..




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Now this is something I was not aware of until very recently..

“His Majesty King Abdullah II has issued a Royal Benefaction (makruma) to provide for the restoration of Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, at His Majesty’s personal expense.”

The news was announced by Jordanian press agency Petra, which says that the Hashemite Court sent an official letter to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III. It will therefore be a Muslim sovereign and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad who will foot part of the bill for the restoration of the niche in the Holy Sepulchre, the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection in Jerusalem, which has, for centuries, been the most venerated Christian shrine in the world.

All I can say!

                             Jerusalem at Christmas time

Really enjoyed that video while having my well deserved coffee break Sophie, thanks. Off to do some shopping :(

Have a great day!

I know you don't like shopping KIAH..but hope you got everything you went to get...not like me..more often than not I return home with only half of the things I intended to buy!

       In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg where they were to re-enact the story of Christ's birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas.Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas' church organ wasn't working and would not be repaired before Christmas. Because the church organ was out of commission, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a private home. That Christmas presentation of the events in the first chapters of Matthew and Luke put assistant pastor Josef Mohr in a meditative mood. Instead of walking straight to his house that night, Mohr took a longer way home. The longer path took him up over a hill overlooking the village.
      From that hilltop, Mohr looked down on the peaceful snow-covered village. Revelling in majestic silence of the wintry night, Mohr gazed down at the glowing Christmas-card like scene. His thoughts about the Christmas play he had just seen made him remember a poem he had written a couple of years before. That poem was about the night when angels announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah to shepherds on a hillside.
       Mohr decided those words might make a good carol for his congregation the following evening at their Christmas eve service. The one problem was that he didn't have any music to which that poem could be sung. So, the next day Mohr went to see the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber. Gruber only had a few hours to come up with a melody which could be sung with a guitar. However, by that evening, Gruber had managed to compose a musical setting for the poem. It no longer mattered to Mohr and Gruber that their church organ was inoperable. They now had a Christmas carol that could be sung without that organ.
      On Christmas Eve, the little Oberndorf congregation heard Gruber and Mohr sing their new composition to the accompaniment of Gruber's guitar. Weeks later, well-known organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived in Oberndorf to fix the organ in St. Nicholas church. When Mauracher finished, he stepped back to let Gruber test the instrument. When Gruber sat down, his fingers began playing the simple melody he had written for Mohr's Christmas poem. Deeply impressed, Mauracher took copies of the music and words of "Silent Night" back to his own Alpine village, Kapfing. There, two well-known families of singers — the Rainers and the Strassers — heard it. Captivated by "Silent Night," both groups put the new song into their Christmas season repertoire.

      The Strasser sisters spread the carol across northern Europe. In 1834, they performed "Silent Night" for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and he then ordered his cathedral choir to sing it every Christmas eve. Twenty years after "Silent Night" was written, the Rainers brought the song to the United States, singing it (in German) at the Alexander Hamilton Monument located outside New York City's Trinity Church. In 1863, nearly fifty years after being first sung in German, "Silent Night" was translated into English (by either Jane Campbell or John Young). Eight years later, that English version made its way into print in Charles Hutchins' Sunday School Hymnal. Today the words of "Silent Night" are sung in more than 300 different languages around the world.




So beautiful it made me cry, thank you Sophie for the lovely video:)

Most of the shopping was done during the year but the grandkids wanted to choose presents for Nanna and Pop themselves. We finished off by taking them to the gingerbread village at Riverside Gallery. Gorgeous!

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That video always tugs at my heart strings too KIAH:) 

The gingerbread village looks so pretty. I received a gingerbread house from the writing circle ladies which I am sure the tiny tots will demolish on boxing day!

Yesterday was a scorcher here and I took the opporltunity to stay at home with the AC going full blast and got all my Christmas chores done!


Love the class and culture you show on this thread Sophie. If I may however make a humble contribution?

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Aussie Jingle Bells - Bucko & Champs - THE ORIGINAL

That's so funny! Thanks for a thoroughly Oz contribution Reagan :)

Christmas at the Vatican 2018..I love this Nativity scene..

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What better way to honour Michaelangelo than to serenade him in the Sistine Chapel...

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                          St George's Cathedral, Perth lights up for Christmas..

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                          Enjoy..and a Happy weekend to all..



Great music and stories as usual Sophie. Had a good read and enjoyed every minute. We're off in a couple of days to join family for Christmas but before I go, my very best wishes to all of you. May you have not only a special Christmas but a fantastic new year! Will be in touch.

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Merry Christmas to you and your family Banjo..keep safe!

Magnifico Sophie!

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Buon Natale i miei amici!

Enjoy yourselves, eat, drink and be merry and make sure you have more than adequate supplies of CabSav Micha!

Yep Pal, have adequate supplies, but this year we’re holidaying at the Grange, saving the CabSav for the latecomers, hahaha

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Have a great celebration and give my regards to the land of great food, art and amore!

Enjoy, Ray..have a safe journey and a Happy Christmas!


            Christmas Nativity enacted in Perth's Supreme Court Gardens..

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                  Perth City at Christmas - Red Trail - 2018 


Everyone joins in the celebrations in Haifa,  Christians, Muslims and Jews.

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Get up and dance if you like folks, no one will see you!

Three major religions coming together and really good to see.

I did get up and dance lovely..thank you! 

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Loved it so much, thanks Sophie. Reminds me of last night at the Proms at the Albert Hall :)

Glad you enjoyed it Bijou :)

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Merry Christmas to staff and members of YLC. May you have all that you wish for..or at least some of it! Cheerio!


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                   King's College Cambridge 2011   #16 O Holy Night

Hope you and everyone else at YLC have a wonderful Christmas Sophie. Thank you for the music and the stories and I look forward to more in the future. Hugs!


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Hope everyone has a really special holiday. Keep safe and stay happy!

Have a great Christmas guys. Hope santa gets through!

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Wishing every member at YLC all the very best for Christmas. Lets celebrate culture and community, family and future.  Let the countdown to a memorable year begin, Happy New Year everybody.


Reagan, do not worry, the big jolly guy has assured me, my gifts will get through, he has a back up plan, hahaha


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To all my loving cyber fiends, have a great holiday. Think of those who have nothing to drink and send them a few bottles of CabSav.

Love and happiness from Micha xxxxx


This song is for my 95 year old Aunt, a very beautiful and intelligent lady who is an avid reader of YLC. She also hopes peace will one day come to all people especially in the Middle East. If you do too, then enjoy the music.

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3,000 Israelis - Muslims, Jews and Christian together in Haifa singing Matisyahu's "ONE DAY"


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