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December 4, 2004

UFO’s, turkeys and the true meaning of Christmas

Here's another knee-slapper, if you are cutting these out and saving them for posterity. A thoughtful reader passes this along for our amusement:

A farmer saw a UFO land on his farm. When he investigated, he found an extraterrestrial sitting in his turkey yard. The creature had eaten all of his turkeys. The overstuffed alien was sighing heavily and flossing his teeth. This was the first proof that UFO's are really sighing flossers.

This part is not a joke. It is recommended reading for the holiday season, and that does not necessarily imply that it is a Christmas story. This is a book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, written by England's Lynn Truss. It is a short one, barely 200 pages, and it tells in an amusing way how to use and how not to use apostrophies, commas, colons and semi-colons. If you find the English language and its idioms challenging in their written form, you will get a bang out of this one. Check your favorite book store for the price per copy and other details.

In choosing your Christmas gifts, cards, decorations and all other accessories of this blessed season, keep in mind that we are celebrating the birth of no less than the One who came to Earth to provide us with a means of escaping the terrible punishment we all deserve because we continue to live as we please. Jesus Christ is our Savior and we can accomplish nothing without his assistance and approval. May we always behave in a way that is pleasing to our Creator, God, Jesus Christ our Savior, and to the Holy Spirit who loves and comforts us. Do I hear an Amen?

Merry Christmas and blessings to all of you, and to our families and friends.