Posts Tagged ‘History’

Tree toppers

Posted: December 14, 2016 in baby, Christmas, quotes, religion
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Yesterday we looked at what the song The Twelve Days of Christmas was all about, and today we’re continuing our Christmas education by looking at what we put on the top of our trees.

So just like yesterday I did some investigation to find out why we put angels or stars on the top of our Christmas trees, and here’s what I found out:

angel-tree-topperThe angel or fairy at the top of the Christmas tree was originally a little figure of the baby Jesus. In late seventeenth century Germany this became a shining angel. In Victorian Britain, little girls would take the angel down after Christmas and dress him in dolls’ clothes. Eventually the angel turned into a thoroughly female fairy, complete with wand. The transformation was boosted by the pantomimes that became popular in the Victorian era – and, naturally, included a good fairy in the cast. 

The star, which forms one of the most important ornaments of the Christmas tree, indicates the guiding star which led the shepherds and the magi to the new-born Jesus Christ in the stable in Bethlehem.

In recent times, stars have become far more popular on top of Christmas trees, rather than angles. So much so that many retailers no longer even stock angel tree toppers these days, but instead only sell stars.

Whether you have a star or angel at the top of your Christmas tree this year, remember that both where originally placed there to remind us of that first Christmas Day, and the birth of Jesus.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, and today it’s time for another one. So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsComa
  2. Fountain
  3. Wheel
  4. History
  5. Tree
  6. Laptop
  7. Clock
  8. Cushion
  9. Sign
  10. Bridge


So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Waiting
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Wheel
  4. Learn
  5. Christmas
  6. Fibre
  7. Ticking
  8. Multiple
  9. Directions
  10. Closed


Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

Did you know it was the Salvation Army’s 150th birthday this last week?

To celebrate their birthday, from 1st to 5th July 2015, the Salvation Army are holding celebratory meetings from 1st to 5th July at the O2 in London, under the theme Boundless.

Boundless 2015

Thousands of Salvationists from many countries, from different backgrounds and speaking different languages, have come to London to take part in/attend these celebratory meetings. Many of the sessions are being streamed live on-line so that those who cannot attend in person, can still be part of the celebrations by viewing on-line. Everyone has also been encouraged to post comments on social media with the hashtag #boundless2015.

So after 150 years of history the Salvation Army is still going strong, that’s amazing isn’t? Each and every one of those who have gathered in London for the celebrations, or who have watched on-line, are part of that history, and every single person who has ever attended a meeting/service,  a social event or lunch club organised by the Salvation Army, or been helped by a member of the Salvation Army, are all part of the Salvation Army’s 150 year history because all these things have been done under God’s guidance and direction.

For me, I’ve not been able to go to London for the celebrations, and so far have not been able to watch any of the events on-line live, but I have read a lot of the comment son social media, and it sounds like everyone is having a fabulous and blessed time. I’m disappointed not to have been able to share in the celebrations myself, but I am pleased to have been, and continuing to be, just a small part of the Salvation Army’s history, past, present and future.

In closing I just want to leave with you an extract from the Boundless 2015 website :

It is our sincere prayer that at the conclusion of our five days together in the East End of London, that every Salvationist – regardless of what language they speak or in which corner of the earth they serve – would make the words of the Founder’s Song their heart’s prayer and their life’s anthem:

And now, hallelujah, the rest of my days;
Shall gladly be spent in promoting his praise.
Who opened his bosom to pour out this sea;
Of Boundless salvation for you and for me.

One night

Posted: December 19, 2014 in baby, Christmas, life, music, religion
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One night in history changed the world, and changed our lives forever, and that night was the night that Christ was born, all those years ago.

If that one night in history had not happened our lives would be so different, our world would have been so different, but most importantly our sins would not have been forgiven. Don’t let that one night in history leave your life unchanged tonight, change for the better by giving your life to Jesus. 

On the day when the biggest man in African history is laid to rest, what else could I possibly feature in my blog today?!

I am no expert in politics or African history, however I have lived my life during some of the highs and lows of Nelson Mandela‘s life. I wasn’t even born when Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage, but I remember very well in 1981 when Glasgow was  the first city to honour him by awarding him freeman of the city. Mandela was not allowed to leave his prison cell in South Africa to accept the award and this seemed to incite the worldwide calls to set Mandela free.

My Dad was always very knowledgeable about politics and I remember him telling me more about Mandela and how life was for blacks in South Africa in those days. Little did we know then that Mandela would later become the first elected black president of South Africa, and a world renowned and much respected leader who in his time here on earth changed his homeland for the better far more than many other politicians can ever hope to achieve in their lifetime.

Here is a quote from Mandela which I’m sure you’ve all read or heard before, but it’s one that I’ve contemplated so many times, simply because its truth:




Finally, here’s a song by Simple Mind which was one written to celebrate Mandela’s release from prison. It’s simply called Mandela Day. which seems just as appropriate to use today as the world says farewell to one of the most influential men of our era.



Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. You changed your country and the world for the better. Well done.


If someone has encouraged you, take the time to let them know how it has affected you. If you never say it, it never gets said, and they never know how much their encouragement has meant to you.

Look at it from the encouragers perspective…if they do or say something they think will encourage you but they never get any feedback to suggest they have helped you, it may discourage them from trying to encourage you or anyone else again, and how awful would that be!

Personally I feel that we all need an “encourager” in our lives, because we all go through times when we struggle or feel sorry for ourselves, so just to have someone around who can life our spirits and reassure us can be just what we need.

So go on, encourage the encouragers, as they do a fantastic job!


Have you ever attempted something and then because you fail on your first attempt, you give up and don’t try again?

I think we’ve all done that at some time or another!

Winston Churchill once said

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

and it’s so true isn’t it – just because we fail at something doesn’t mean we should give up; just because we are successful at something doesn’t mean it will last; and finally when we have the strength and courage to try again or simply carry on, that is what really counts.


do it nowHow many times have you put off doing something today because you believe you can do it tomorrow?

I’ve been reminded very vividly on a number of occasions this year that we all take our tomorrow’s for granted, so often.

I don’t mean to be morbid, but how do we actually know that tomorrow we will be able to do the task we’ve put off today? We don’t know what lies ahead for us 1 hour from now, never mind 1 day ahead!

So my advice to you is this, tell your loved ones today, and every day how much you love them, because you may not get another tomorrow to tell them, and you will never forgive yourself if that happens.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

So often in life when we fail, we stop and give up, however we should always treat our failures as lessons. Lessons that we learn from, as by doing this we will become stronger people, ready to face whatever challenges we may face in the future.

Be strong, don’t let failure stop you trying to achieve your dreams.

Success and failure

I’ve written a few blog posts in the last while where I’ve asked you whether you had ever noticed how there are some things which happen in films which never ever happen in real life – today it’s time for some more examples of this!


  1. Creepy music  coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated on your own
  2. You should always go out alone a car in a thunderstorm, especially if you’re looking for someone
  3. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet
  4. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis
  5. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged
  6. All food shopping will include the purchase of at least one French loaf which will be carried in open brown paper bag
  7. Prostitutes always have expensive clothes and a nice flat/house, but no pimps
  8. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing parade – no matter what time of year it is, there’s always a parade!
  9. Megalomaniacs always use complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers or man-eating sharks
  10. Prostitutes are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don’t mind at all what they do for a living.

Any of these sound familiar?

Obviously these are complete generalisations because not every film follows the above rules, but I’m sure you’ll agree, you can think of a lot which do!