Since this is Christmas Eve, we would like to share a very special story with you.
The Night The Animals Talked
In the frosty mountains and on the snowy fields of Norway, there is a legend that draws children to all kinds to stables and stalls throughout the country on each Christmas Eve night. They are hoping to hear a miracle. They are waiting to hear the animals talk.
Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. This was no abandoned place, but was a working stable, filled with animals of all kinds. Into these humble surroundings, encircled by the innocent creatures of God, the Savior of man came into the world.
Now according to legend, at least, Christ's birth occurred at exactly midnight. Inside the stable, the animals watched in wonder as the new-born babe was lovingly wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. Suddenly, God gave voice to the animals and immediately they began to praise God for the miracle they had just seen. This went on for several minutes and, just before the entrance of the shepherds -- who had hurried to the stable because angels had told them the Christ had been born there -- the animals again fell silent. The only humans who had heard them were Mary, Joseph and, of course, the Christ child.
The legend of the talking animals persists to this day in Scandinavia. And every Christmas Eve, wide-eyed children creep into stables just before midnight to hear the animals praise God for the wondrous birth of His Son. Of course, adults scoff at this. "Old wives tales," they grump. "Those children should be home in bed, not out in the cold waiting for the family cow to preach a sermon."
But the children know -- or at least believe -- that animals really do praise God at midnight every Christmas Eve. And who of us -- those who believe in an all-powerful God -- can say that it really doesn't happen?
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26 NIV)
Today's first Christmas Friend is Bladen. Bladen is another of our Rat Terrier friends from Lovearat.us. Bladen lives with his pawrents in Conroe, Texas. He's such a cutie!
Next is our friends Chip and Ginger. Chip and Ginger are Dachshunds that live in Ohio. They live with their pawrents and kitty siblings, Liffey and Bear. You can visit them at their blog Dachsies With Moxie.
Today's first Christmas Friend is Eliot. Eliot is a Chihuahua (sweet baby puppy!) Eliot lives with his sisters, Dinah and Bridget and his pawrents in England. You can visit Eliot at the family blog Dip-Dip and The Bridge.
Our next Christmas Friends are Ruby and Penny. Ruby and Penny are 2 beautiful mini Dachshunds. They live in Ontario, Canada with their pawrents. You can visit Ruby and Penny at Ruby & Penny - 2 Mini Dachshunds.
Our last Christmas Friends of the day are Yuri Chan, Lolli-Pop, and Schmedley. They all live in Japan with their pawrents.
On Friday, the mailman left a BIG BOX on our back porch. Moms went out and brought it in the house. We've had so many treats lately, that Moms made us wait until Sunday to inspect the box!! This box came from Sadie Lou and the Funny Farm critters. They were our partners in Jazzi's gift exchange. They were SO GENEROUS!! There was not only enough presents for us, but also for Moms, Dad, and all our brothers and sisters! We got 3 Christmas Squeaky toys, a stuffed snowman, a tug ball, a water ball toy, 2 bags of treats and the treat jar, 3 pairs of reindeer antlers, a HUGE Christmas ink pen, a doggie placemat for our bowls, a shammy cloth, 2 tug ropes, yogurt covered pretzels and local honey for Moms and Dad, and an agility t-shirt for Moms. I hope I remembered everything. Here's what happened, when we opened the box!
First, here is Moms' mantel with all of the cards from the DWB card exchange. There's even MORE, since she took this picture!
Onto the pressies!!
We are all waiting for the pressies!! Hurry up Moms!!
Shingo in his antlers!
Gathering round to see what all we got!
Look! I gotta rope!
Look at this squeaky snowman!
Shingo took off with the tug ball!
I LOVE the water ball!
Molly wanted something. Looks like she took my cool snowman!
Fergie wanted to play with everything!
Rats!! Shingo got my water ball, so I took the tug ball!
We were arguing over the tug ball, so Moms took it. We're putting on our best "innocent" faces, trying to get it back!
Here's some of Moms' pressies, along with our treats!
Here's a video that Moms took of us.
It's official. We LOVE Christmas. Thank you Sadie Lou and everyone at the Funny Farm!
So many friends have sent their wonderful Christmas pictures, that we are going to feature more than one furiend everyday this week. We want to make sure that everyone gets their picture up, before Christmas Day!! So here we go....
The first Christmas friends are Tucker and Daisy. Tucker and Daisy are two very pretty Golden Retrievers. They live with their feline brother, Leo, and their pawrents in Massachusetts. You can visit Tucker and Daisy at their blog, Two Goldens and a Wannabe.
Our second Christmas Friend of the day is Draco. Draco is a cute little Chihuahua that lives with his pawrents in Colorado. You can visit Draco at Dragon Time Chihuahua Style.
Our final Christmas Friend of the day is Sugar. Sugar is a very beautiful Golden Retriever too! She comes from a long line of great Golden Retrievers. You can visit Sugar at Sugar The Golden Retriever.
Moms just wanted us to let you know that we are having some technical difficulties at home. One of our kitty sisters, Trianna, knocked Moms' laptop off the shelf and onto the floor. The fall damaged the screen, so it's out being repaired. So, we will be without a way to get on the internetz this weekend. Moms will be able to get back on our bloggie on Monday, when she gets back to work. Please don't forget about us! We'll be continuing our Christmas Friends on Monday.
Oh yes, we got our big surprise gift from Jazzi's gift exchange today from the Funny Farm. We haven't opened it yet. Moms wants to make our picture with all of our loot. We'll post those on Monday too! Have a pawtastic weekend evfurone!!
Today's Christmas Friend is Cocorue. Cocorue is a very tiny Chihuahua who lives with her Moms Lilian in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Cocorue too has a very extensive wardrobe and the cutest little face. You can visit Coco at her blog, Luv Being a Chihuahua.
Since Moms is busy this week with all of her work pawties, she hasn't had much time to take pictures. All she's wanted to do, when she gets home, is snuggle bunny with us. That's o.k. We REALLY don't mind. Anyway, I thought I'd share some of our past winter scenes with you all. These are from the past winters of 2008 and 2009. We're dreaming of a white Christmas here. What about all you doggies?
Sister Trixie, who Mom refers to as "the spare dog" (the neighbors moved off and left her. Now, she's lives with us.
It's me!! Miss Princess Molly!! WHEEEEE!
Baby brother, Indiana.
My goofy brother, Shingo.
All of us having a meeting of the minds what to do next.
Big sister, Fergie
We like to frolic and go zoomies in the snow.
Indiana was just a baby, when it snowed this time. He was 3 months old!