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Posted: 23-Dec-2006, 01:27 PM
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Its been a fun month with a CD giveaway practically every day as part of our 12 Days of Christmas. All and all, by the end of the month we would have given away close to 30 CDs! It's just our way of saying Merry Christmas to everyone here on CelticRadio.net.

We now have the last 2 contests before Christmas and we have decided to combine today and Christmas Eve's contest into one contest. We have chosen two excellent CDs for the contest. Sian James brand new CD n Ferch o Bedlam and Bonnie Rideout's - A Scottish Fiddle Collection. Two world class musicians that thought enough of the listeners here to donate these CDs for our contests.

Now here is how the contest will work. Post your most unusual, memoriable or touching Christmas that you experienced. Post it here and probably around Midnight Christmas Eve Killian and myself will choose 2 of the stories as winners of the CD. For this contest, we are opening up to everyone, so if you have already won a CD this month you can participate in this last and final Christmas contest for 2006!

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Sian James - n Ferch o Bedlam
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TRACKLIST:
1. Paham Mae Dei Mor Hir Yn Dod?
2. Dod Dy Law
3. Ar Lan Y Mor
4. Adar Man y Mynydd
5. Y Ferch o Bedlam
6. Ambell i Gan
7. Beth yw'r Haf i Mi?
8. Can Crwtyn y Gwartheg
9. Ow! Merch Wyf i
10. Y Mab Afradlon
11. Lisa Lan
12. Angau


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Bonnie Ride Out - A Scottish Fiddle Collection
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TRACKLIST
1. Mrs. Gunn's Strathspey / Sweet Molly / The Wise Maid
2. Grace Hay's Delight / Dunkeld House / Mrs. McGee's Reel
3. Pipe Major William Wilson
4. Brose And Butter / Cuzle Together / Elsie Marly
5. Seagulls Of Scarba / How I Passed The Winter / Fair John's Sister / St. Kilda Dance
6. Ghillie Callum / Highland Rant / Ryan's Rant
7. Corn Riggs / The Old Grey Cat / Ships Are A' Sailing
8. Amazing Grace
9. Yell Yell
10. Soft May Morn / Slay And Kintyre / Early On A May Morning
11. The Champion Of The Seas / Over The Isles To America / Pop Goes The Weasel / Rossie Castle
12. North Highland Tunes
13. Bonny Jean O' Aberdeen
14. Miss Gordon Of Park / Craigellachie Lassies / The Honourable Mrs. Drummond Of Perth's Delight
15. Old Reels: Grant's Rant / Nighean Doon / The Brown-Haired Daughter / Innes Of Sandsides' / Mo Chu


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Posted: 23-Dec-2006, 08:21 PM
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There was a Christmas Eve many years ago, when my wife was the director of our church's children's choir. We had 3 services scheduled on Christmas Eve that year. I assisted by singing in the children's choir and also sang at the other choir. The children were to sing at the late afternoon service, then at a service in the early evening where the children and adults sang together. A third service was to start at around 11 PM with just the adults in the choir. As it would have it, I caught a cold, as so many of us do during the holidays, and I went from singing tenor to being a bass. Needless to say, by the time I was done with the last service, I was exhausted, as there wasn't enough lung intake to really make things work. Interestingly enough, when the adult choir got together, I was joined in the bass section by a lady. After the service was over, I introduced myself to her, and she responded in kind. I found out to my amazement I had been singing alongside Dale Rosington, the backup singer and wife of Gary Rosington, leader of the country rock group Lynard Skynard! Small world indeed.

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Posted: 23-Dec-2006, 10:35 PM
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Hello all,
I have not been able to get here for quite some time, all fixed now biggrin.gif

I remember one christmas eve that was just rotten for me. I had been working all summer and most of the fall to save money to buy a horse that i helped bring into this world. (I was picking rocks out of a field, hot, dry and only had a metal wheel barrow! I was 8) I was given $5.00 for christmas from grandma, wich was just enough to buy the horse and 2 ton of hay for her (I had $195.). I rode my bycycle to the mans house to hand over the money and get my mare, when I got there I was told "sorry she is sold!". I was just devistated, it felt as if someone had ripped out my heart and squished it. I went home crying and in a mood most foul! I sulked all night, would not come out for the Christmas eve treats or anything. I finally fell asleep and woke to the weirdest dream, I could have sworn that there was a horse licking my face, in bed, in the house! Well nedless to say I woke in a hurry! As I slept mom moved my bed to just below the window and in the morning she had opened the window, removed the screen and tied that mare to my bedpost so she could wake me up! I was never so excited in my life! I rode all christmas day and part of the night, and everyday thereafter. Magic, my mare, was my best friend for many many years untill I was 19 and she was hit and killed by a drunk driver. I thank god every day for her, I would not have made it thru a lot of problems in my teen years without her! As for the money, I put half in the collection plate at church....
That by far has been the best Christmas gift I have ever gotten...Thank you God !
still miss her every day though!
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Posted: 23-Dec-2006, 11:07 PM
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My most memorable Christmas was 26 years ago. I was 9 months pregnant, due January 21st, and had the flu. I had crack three ribs three weeks previous and was not in good shape at all. My husband had taken the boys over to his mother's for Christmas dinner while I crawled under the covers and slept. Around 10:00 he brought the boys home and brought me some of my mother-in-law's delicious Italian chicken soup. Shortly after finishing the soup contractions started, and an hour later were getting worse. We called my mother-in-law to come over to be with the boys, who were sleeping and we arrived at the hospital around midnight. Forty-five minutes after Christmas my Heather was born. My best Christmas present ever!

I still think she's my best present 26 years later!

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Posted: 23-Dec-2006, 11:46 PM
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Mine may not be the most "touching" but the odds against this happening are phenomenal. On December 1st we decided at work to buy each other ornaments for our Christmas party on December 18th...and all 4 of us bought our ornaments within the next few days.

On December 16th I went to a family Christmas party & participated in random Christmas ornament exchange. My table was the first called & I was the 2nd person of about 50-60 to pick an ornament. I went back to the table & opened a rather ornate glass ornament in a plastic case with multi colored flowers & red/blue stripes. I remember thinking it was too bad I'd already bought my ornaments for work because the ornament didn't match anything else on my tree.

The following Monday we exchanged ornaments at work & I could not believe it!!! I was opening ANOTHER ornament EXACTLY like the one I opened at the family party. It must be kharma or fate or something....but as my hubby says "now I have a matching set of balls" biggrin.gifi

ps. I also have a son born on Christmas day, 1988. yepppp my son Nicholas will be 18 this year!
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I am a volunteer firefighter in the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (Australia). As we sat down to Christmas lunch, my pager went off and at the same time the siren on the local fireshed sounded an alarm. It was the beginning of several very long days fighting a major fire. So Christmas dinner at home went cold, and instead I drank water and staminade, and ate steak sandwiches made by the local Salvation Army. A memorable year indeed.
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Posted: 24-Dec-2006, 12:50 AM
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I think we all feel that as we get older, it gets harder and harder to shop for our parents for Christmas. Anything they want, they tend to go out and buy.

Last year, both of my grandmothers passed away. They both lived very long and productive live and had a very loving and caring family around them. Both of them began to lose their memories towards the end and even though my parents never said anything about how it effected THEM personally, I knew it must have.

So, before Thanksgiving of last year when all of kids and their families would be together for the first time in about 5 years, I contacted both my brothers (I live in Seattle, one brother and his family in Austin and the other in Florida) and I told them that I wanted all the kids, daughter-in-laws and grandkids of my parents to get together and have a portrait taken. Then, I had each of us write on index cards what our parents meant to each of us (all of us siblings, the daughters-in-laws and the grandkids). We had the one big group photo framed and mounted with the index cards on either side of the picture.

The idea was that if my parents ever got to the age where they could not remember very well, I wanted something they could look at everyday and see all of us and read the words of how they inspired us, loved us and raised us right there in front of them so they could never forget.

My parents spent Christmas in Texas with my brothers family that year. We had everything sent there to open with instructions that they call me before opening it. When they opened it, I heard both of their reactions and both of them cried. YAY! I made my parents cry on Christmas! haha! But in a good way. It was only the 3rd time in my life I had seen/heard my dad cry and of course my mom was overwhelmed.

Afterwards, they commented that it was the best Christmas present they ever received. It wasn't something they asked for or needed. It was something that had emotional significance. Something that wont wear out or become obsolete. I think now a days, people forget Christmas shouldn't be about completing some sort of "want" list. It should be giving gifts that MEAN something.

Anyways, that is MY most memorable Christmas because I was happy to finally be able to give something back to my parents to show them how I feel about them and let them know just what all their hard work and devotion to their family and meant to all of us.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday as well.

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Posted: 24-Dec-2006, 01:08 AM
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Alright so my MOST memorable Christmas was only two years ago and it will hopefully stand out in my memory for a good long while. I met my biological father.

To flesh out the story a bit, let me explain that I am adopted and have known such for as long as I can remember. My parents were very good about not keeping that from me. They had promised to help me find my biological parents and managed to find my biological mother when I was twelve. That summer they took me to visit her. Still, though, I wanted to meet my biological father. To know that second half of my genes and where I got certain quirks. [This is where the whole nature vs nurture thing comes in, but that's another topic for another time.]

It took ten years after finding my biological mother to find my father. Ten years of renewed wondering and a reinforced desire. Then two years ago for Christmas instead of a shopping spree with my biological mother, which had become a wonderful tradition between the two of us, I get a phone call on Christmas Eve night. "Merry Christmas sweetie, we've found your father." Those words will forever run a chill down my spine backed with delight.

I met my father a few days later and am quite happy to say that he very much wanted to be a part of my life. I'm looking forward to driving out to see him Christmas day this year and just spending time with him and planning our golfing trip for the coming summer.


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Posted: 24-Dec-2006, 01:21 AM
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My most memorable or perhaps unusual Christmas, was Christmas 1970. I was a young Marine away from home! station at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. feeling sorry for myself for allot of different reasons. When I think back non of them very good reasons, it was just how I felt.
I could not go home on leave I didn't have the money for the air fare which I believe was about $126.00 round trip on Military standby. If I'm not mistaken I think I made about $123.00 every 2 weeks. And now all these years later, at Christmas time and every Christmas since I think about it. The thing about that Christmas was I was alone could not go home and most of my friends were in Viet Nam. It was about 9 PM Christmas night when I thought I'd call home, I knew all my family would be there at that time. So I went to a phone booth, I remember it was snowing and bitter cold the kind of cold that takes your breath away. I dialed the operator to make a collect call when she came on it sounded like she was crying, I told her that I wanted to make a collect phone call to California and gave her the number and I could hear she was crying!! but I didn't say anything to her. I didn't know what to say, the number was busy and she said hold on I'll try again in a minute. While waiting she ask if I was having a good Christmas and I said not really, she ask why and I told her what I was felling about what was going on in my life. She said I can tell by your voice, that your young probably still a teenager. Then she said you will have a good life just live for today don't worry about tomorrow or yesterday you can not change the past or predict the future. And of course so young, I thought to my self ya ya ya what do you really know. But thats when I said to her when you picked up the line I could hear you were crying. I told you my troubles now may I ask what it was you were crying about and she said 2 weeks ago today my house caught on fire my Husband and 7 year old son both died. I think thats about the time I started to cry, I felt really petty with my problems. But here was this lady I don't even know listening to me on Christmas night 2 weeks after losing everything in her life. I do think about her on the odd occasion when that memory is sparked but I always remember her on Christmas night at about 9 PM and no matter what I may be doing I stop and say a little Prayer for a telephone operator I only know as Barbara.


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I have two Christmas's that will always be in my mind. One a very bad Christmas when I was 7 and the other a very good one with the birth of my nephew Corbin, who will be 13 Christmas Day!

I think rather than entering this contest, I would like to vote for Antonio's story. It's touching, memorable and reminds us that no matter how bad things seem for us at any one time - there is someone that is going through worse, sometimes alone! Thanks for sharing that inspiring story Antonio!


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Good Morning All and Happy Yule and Merry Christmas,
My most memorable christmas ever was when my Best friend came to dinner , as we sat after several hours of preperation and cooking, she showed up to sit and eat. As she started to eat the many foods her stomach started to hurt and ran to the bathroom. We come to find that the medication that she was given for pnemonia was filled with codine... which she was allergic to. From that point on I trullly think I should have set a tree up in the bathroom for her to see. lol Between, hurling and passing out on several occasions and 2 days of crashing on my fouton she finally managed to raise her head and wish us a merry christmas. At least she was in good company so that she wouldnt have to deal with this reaction on her own. This day we were trully thankful that God and All my Angels watched over her and kept her safe. I think it was hte most interesting xmas in years. I dont expect to win anything but what I did want to say, is thatnk you for allowing me to be part of your joyous famaily. I wish each and everyone of you a Joyous Holiday season. And may God smile upon each and everyone of you. And heal the Great mother earth and all its peoples.
Merry Christmas All.
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Unfortunataly, My Christmas's are memorable but not in a good way. This is all in a period of 10 years.

A few years back my family from NY was supposed to come to Connecticut but tragady struck.
My cousin was driving his company truck and got cut off by another driver. His truck caught fire and so did he. He was identified by the cross necklace he was wearing.

My mother and father got divorced. My father was diagnosed with schizophrenia
and unable to take care of himself and my mother has fibormyalgia and going through her second divorce. Needless to say my already falling apart family was falling apart even more.

Two years ago my brother decided he wanted nothing to do with the family any more. So now I spend Christmas by myself. I volenteer at my Church to help cook for needy families and those less fortunate. When life hands you lemons make lemonade.





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We have prepared for christmas a long time this year , I am part of a local naturist group . It was our choice to do the groups gift of the clothes off our back . We had gathered many boxes of clothes from the group and went to deliver them to a group called The Road Home . This group distributes the clothes & food to the needy
we had a good time delivering the clothes & as luck would have it the local television station was there. as we prepared to depart , we gave the final gifts the coats that covered our bare bodys and received the last thanks from the smiling folks at The Road Home . local tv crews filmed as guys & gals alike walked back to the cars in the 30 deg F. weather . fortunately the folks at the station fuzzed our butts & jiggly parts . we had so much fun , and gave for such a good cause . we went home & had a party drank some spiced cider and later watched as we were blessed by the folks on tv & the road home for giving the clothes off our back for the needy ... utkurly in utah usa biggrin.gif angel_not.gif
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I remember one Christmas many years ago, before I was married. I had moved out of my parents house and was living by myself some distance away. My parents lived in Michigan, in the USA, and my grandfather, who I hadn't seen in a long time, lived in Florida. I decided this particular year that I was going to surprise everyone on Christmas morning by driving to my parent's in the middle of the night after everyone had gone to bed so I would be there when they all woke up in the morning. I arrived sometime in the early morning hours and sneaked into the house with my presents like some kind of Santa Claus. I quietly turned the lights on the Christmas tree on and placed my presents amongst the others that were already there. It was very peaceful and I just sat there for a while looking at the beautiful sight before me and imaging what it would be like in the morning. I was the oldest child and everyone else was still living at home so, with 8 children altogether, there would be much excitement. All of a sudden I heard someone else sneaking in through the back door. As far as I knew everyone else was already asleep, so I didn't know who this could be. I thought someone might be breaking into the house to steal our Christmas, so I hid around the corner in the living room ready to pounce on the intruder and save the day. Much to my surprise who should come around the corner but my grandfather. He had also decided to surprise everyone this Christmas and caught a late flight to Michigan, and then a cab the last 100 or so miles in the middle of the night to my parents house. It was such a wonderful surprise and he and I spent the rest of the night sitting in the darkness with just the Christmas tree lights on reminiscing about all of the past Christmases and life in general. Watching everyone's reaction in the morning as they were even more surprised to see him than me was almost too much to take in. It was one of the best Christmases I can remember. My grandfather and my father both passed away not long after that special Christmas so it's something I'll never be able to experience again. Every year I think back on that special day and can still picture every part of it in my head as if it had just happened yesterday.
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Hmmm - This is indeed an interesting topic. I have many memories of happy Christmases and some of sad Christmases. Unfortunately my most memorable are the saddest. Christmas night about 20 years ago, my nephew called, refused to speak to me saying he'd only speak to his Uncle. He didn't want to have to tell me that his father, my oldest brother, had shot himself. Apparently my biggest brother (Maisky is still my big brother) couldn't take the world anymore. He was terribly drunk and some idiot doctor in California had given Dave antidepressants. I don't remember all that happened other than I knew my heart would break. I left my children with the in-laws and flew to California with money we didn't have. Mom and dad were devasted as was the rest of the family. We all moved forward and learned a valuable lesson. Don't take the control of your life away from Christ -- he is a darn good driver and has a destination in mind.

Then there was the Christmas 17 years ago when I let my 15 year old daughter go on an un-date with one of my oldest friend's son. This was actually her first date. They were visiting her parents (my daughter's Godparents) for Christmas. When the police called to say the kids had been in an accident our truck grew wings and it seemed that we flew to the hospital. I sat in the emergency room stroking my daughter's beautiful long hair, gently removing the hair that had been ripped from her scalp, and praying she would wake up very soon. I was reminded of the lesson I learned from my brother's death, that Christ is in control and a darn good driver with a destination in mind. My little girl opened her eyes then and called me mommy. The doctors sewed her face back together and patched her up. The head trauma changed her life completely but her destination thus far is with 4 beautiful children.

I remember these things; not how many ribbons and bows or how expensive the gifts have been. The lessons learned along the way and the gift of my daughter, the strength I gained from my brother's heartache, helped me to help my daughter heal. Now I spend Christmas day with my grandbabies and their laughter and the sweet smile on my beautiful daughter's face. That's a blessing!

We all go through hardships. Many people take rather than give. However, it is the giving that is the best. That, and remembering the reason for the season.

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