Archive for September, 2011

This Year (2008) Christmas Movies

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Here it is again. That time of the year when, according to the church, we should celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. – According to Bart Simpson, the birth of Santa Claus. – Some of the holiday traditions are sending cards to people you don’t really know and/or only care about for personal gain, decorate the house, the Christmas tree and put up Christmas light – Even tough it might be tiresome and time consuming and will have to removed after a couple of weeks followed by equally beautiful and bright bills -, sing Christmas carols – watch out for cracks on windows, – the last trip to church for the year (First: New Year, Second: Easter), stuff yourself with turkey and other Christmas treats and the most important part, remember that giving is more important than receiving. – Yeah right!

Anyway, there are some great Christmas movies in the theaters.

Four Christmases, Staring: Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspon, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight and Jon Favreau. Synopsis: A couple struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. – That’s what happens when you lie then caught.

Nothing Like The Holidays, Staring: Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Peña, Freddy Rodríguez, Luis Guzmán, Jay Hernandez, John Leguizamo, Debra Messing, Vanessa Ferlito, Melonie Diaz. Synopsis: A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago faces what may be their last Christmas together. – Don’t let the title fool you.

A Christmas Tale, Staring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussilon, Anne Consigny, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Hippolyte Giradot and Emmanuelle Devos. Synopsis: The Vuillard’s shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn’t lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan – The actors might not be familiar because the movie is French. (“Un Conte de Noël”).

Movie which will be release in theater on Christmas are:

Marley and Me, Staring: Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Synopsis: A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. – Did you see Jen on the cover of GQ Magazine?

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Starring: Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchet. Synopsis: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. – Curious indeed.

Bedtime Stories, Staring: Adam Sandler and Courtney Cox. Synopsis: A family comedy about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true. – Now this seems like an ideal Christmas movie.

Movies which don’t fit in the Christmas genre are: Valkyrie staring Tom Cruise – Who hasn’t been abducted by aliens. Yet. – is the true story about a plot to assassinate Hitler, Revolutionary Road staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – Yep, their first movie together since Titanic – is about young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children and Frost/Nixon staring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon is a dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. – We can handle the truth. Can’t we?

To everyone I wish you 2008 Merry Christmases. And Remember don’t drink (alcohol) then drive – drinking and driving is also illegal and dangerous by the way – eat responsibly – you don’t want it to be your last Christmas by sending you cholesterol level to the roof – be careful with lights, candles and fireworks unless you want to be homeless, get a trip to the hospital or host a funeral the next day.

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Jennifer Longe
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Free Photo Editing Makes Photo Stories Fast

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Life is so busy these days and it often seems there aren’t enough hours in the day. Keeping in touch with family and friends via the internet helps people stay in touch even during the busiest times. A quick email isn’t always enough, however and creating online photo stories with free photo editing software can be the answer. Your stories help your friends and family to feel closer to you as they keep up with all the activities in your life. From the soccer game to the third grade school play your photo stories can help family and friends feel like they were there.

Fitting in one more activity into your busy life may seem impossible, but free photo editing software makes creating your photo stories quick and easy. There are so many options in free photo editing programs for stories that allow you to simply click, click and go. Drag and drop in your photos, click the mouse here to reduce redeye and there to cover a pimple. Crop the photo to remove the garbage can in the background and resize it so everyone can see the cute little faces better. Click again and add your story in the text box. Click to choose your background and theme and choose the font you want. In just a few minutes you have created a priceless treasure to share with family and friends everywhere.
You can create photo stories for every occasion or none at all.

Maybe you catch a priceless shot of the kids helping each other with homework or the cat eating the cereal that got left on the table. Within minutes your great aunt on the other side of the country could be getting a chuckle from the scene in a creative and quick photo story you created with free photo editing software. Stories help your photos create meaningful memories that will last forever for you and the people you care about. Why not send create photo stories instead of plain old emails when it is so quick and easy to do?

Microwaves gave us meals in seconds instead of hours. Email gave us communication at the speed of light and photo editing gives you stories in just a few minutes instead of hours spent creating a scrapbook. Not only is it quicker and free, but you can share your photo stories with as many people as you would like to, no matter how remote or distant the relation. You can even use free photo editing software to create Christmas photo stories instead of sending Christmas cards or newsletters. People can view them whenever they like and never have to decide whether to throw them out or stuff them in a box somewhere.

In short, free photo editing for your stories helps you keep up with your high-speed lifestyle while still keeping your friends, family, acquaintances or even complete strangers up to date on the latest news in your life. There is no reason not to get started right away to create these lifelong memories.

MJ Johnston

Sending a Santa Letter for Christmas

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Looking for a special way this Christmas to add even more joy to a child’s holiday?
A letter from Santa will be one of the most treasured and low-cost gifts your child will receive this Christmas. And while it cost very little for many children it can often mean more to them than the gifts they will receive. Kids love Christmas and especially Santa Claus, so imagine they joy and surprise on their face when Santa sends them a personal letter with warm greeting and tells them he knows what they like to do and ask for.

Did you know that even grown ups even delight when they receive a letter from Santa? They are really fun to send to your sweet heart and include a personal cute message to heat up your holiday romance. These personal letters can be fun for most anyone you want to send one to, adults, teens, boys, girls, grand children, friends and relatives.

Sending a letter from Santa to your kids is a special way to create a thrilling Christmas for any boy or girl, you can crown of this Christmas with a wonderful totally personalized letter from Santa that includes things that only you know about your child. It comes with music and snow and you child will be over joy to receive this personal letter.

If you have never considered this unique gift idea, give it a try this holiday they are easy to fill out and send. Everyone love the holidays and a letter from Santa offers a real extra merry Christmas and a Ho Ho Ho from “Old Saint Nick”.

Our Santa Claus letters are totally customizable for both boys and girls. Each letter you customize is sent out instantly to the email box you send it to. So add some magic to your child’s Christmas with a wonderful letter for Saint Nick. You can also print out the letter and mail it your self or keep it for a memory.

A.j
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Things to Do at Christmas

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Christmas is one of the few times when families are likely to get together, so ensuring that everyone has a great time is crucial. In some cases you may need to plan activities that will help to keep everyone amused throughout the festive season and the internet is a great place to look for things to do. In this article we look at the top 10 Christmas activities worth considering using when you have family and friends over this year.

1 When it comes to decorating the home ready for Christmas then why not get the whole family involved. You could even ask the children to make some special decorations themselves for hanging on the tree or around the home this year. If you are stuck for ideas then the internet is a great source for arts and crafts.

2. As on Christmas day you will be very busy in the morning preparing the food for lunch, why not prepare something the day before getting your children to assist you. You could even ask them to make some gingerbread items that can then be used as decorations on the tree or which can be used as snacks whilst waiting for Christmas dinner to arrive. But don’t allow them to eat too many else they won’t want the wonderful dinner you have prepared.

3. There is a great game that you can play on Christmas day that all your family and friends can participate in and that is “Remember That Carol”. What happens is that each person will take it in turns to announce what carol it is they are going to sing and then sing one verse of it. This is a suitable game for all to play when travelling in the car as well over the Christmas period.

4. Another great game that you can play with family and friends is charades. But this time rather than just being on any theme you base it around Christmas. So it may be a certain Christmas song that others may have to guess that the person is acting out or it could be in relation to a decoration or even an animal associated with Christmas.

5. If you want to help the younger children in your family wind down on Christmas day or even on the days leading up to it then spend 5 minutes each night reading them a special Christmas story. It is crucial that you let your children decide what stories it is they want read to them each night. Plus every year why not purchase some new books that you can read to them that year as well as the ones they already have.

6. Sometimes families like to open one present on Christmas Eve and if you want to make it a little more memorable make it in to a treasure hunt. You will need to prepare everything in advance and make sure that you give them simple easy clues to follow which they can solve and will lead them to where their gift has been placed. If you find you have not got enough time to actually spend on coming up with your own clues the internet is a wonderful source for getting some very inexpensive ones readymade that you can print off and use.

7. Another activity you may find fun is actually taking a wonder round your neighbourhood one evening to see how other people have decorated their homes. Some people spend weeks before Christmas decorating their homes, not just inside but out so that everyone else can enjoy the festive season. In some cases there may be a charity box left outside where you can make a donation and the money raised is given to a local good cause.

8. Another thing you can do to help make your family Christmas special is for the whole family to learn about where they came from. Through this you and your family can learn about the ways your family use to celebrate Christmas in the past and maybe incorporate some of the activities they use to enjoy into your own. There are plenty of places online as well as speaking with others relatives that can help you to find out just what sort of Christmas your ancestors would have led.

9. Another activity that you could consider doing that you may not have done before and especially if you have young children is to go see a pantomime. Often these take place a few weeks before Christmas and will certainly help you and the rest of the family get into the swing of things.

10. One final activity that you should consider incorporating into your own family’s Christmas festivities is to make a big thing about turning the Christmas tree lights on. Spend the whole day with your family putting the tree up and decorating it then at the end of the day you then gather together and count down to the moment when someone flicks the switch and the lights come on. Why not make it a special event for someone in your family each year as towns and shopping malls do when they get some celebrity in to turn on theirs.

Above we have offered our top 10 Christmas activities which could help to make this festive season for your family and friends special. Certainly the more involved everyone is in this special event then the more enjoyable the time will be and of course you won’t be so stressed out.

Martin Davis

Christmas Ideas – Making Christmas Card With Powerpoint and Podcast it on Youtube

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Christmas is around the corner! Want to wish your dear ones blessings of joy on this special day? Sending elegant Christmas cards may be a good idea. Especially with the development of the Internet, more and more people tend to send electronic cards instead of paper-based ones to their friends and relatives.

Compared to the traditional cards, ecards are lively and more environment friendly. Besides, it is faster to give your wish by sending an ecard than mailing a postcard. As PC computers getting popular in modern life, ecard is easy to be accessed.

There are many web sites online on which you may find thousands of stunning Christmas cards. But many of them are alike, and no one allows you to create your own. How about DIY your own Christmas ecards? It will be more fun and you are allowed to make full use of your imagination to make your own e-card as interesting as possible. Send the most sincere greetings to your dear ones. Now, let me show you the way of making your own Christmas card.

Since MS PowerPoint and Windows Movie Maker are available on most computers, below is a way of how to make a special and lively Christmas card yourself with the help of these two tools step by step.

1.       If you want to personalize a video in your Christmas card

You can make use of the free tool Windows Movie Maker which comes with all Windows XP and Vista installed computers. You can either directly capture a video from the video capture device or make one with existing videos, pictures and music. After the video is OK, you can further add effects, transitions and titles to the video. In simply 3 steps, a personalized video will be created.

Below is an example of how to capture a video for your Christmas card with WMM:

Ø  Click Capture from video device in the Movie Tasks menu

Ø  In the coming page, you can set the Mic Volume and configure the camera & video settings

Ø  Click Next. Then you will be able to see a blank needs you to enter a file name for your captured video and the place you want to save it on your computer.

Alex Smith
http://www.articlesbase.com/holidays-articles/christmas-ideas-making-christmas-card-with-powerpoint-and-podcast-it-on-youtube-687091.html

Stigma (1977) A Ghost Story for Christmas Kate Binchy Peter Bowles

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Hello, I’ve been collecting rare films and television programmes for nearly twenty years now and I thought it was high time I shared some clips from a few of the titles in my archive with you nice people out there. If you’ve a similar passion or just want to say hello, thanks etc. get in touch with me here or at statesedgefilms@virginmedia.com

I look forward to hearing from (at least) a few of you and hope that you enjoy my humble offerings.

A GHOST STORY FOR CHRISTMAS
A Ghost Story for Christmas is a strand of annual British short television films originally broadcast on BBC One from 1971 to 1978, and later revived in 2005 on BBC Four.[1][2] With one exception, the original instalments are directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and the films are all shot on 16 mm colour film.[3] The remit behind the series was to provide a television adaptation of a classic ghost story referencing the oral tradition of telling supernatural tales at Christmas.[4]

Each instalment is a separate adaptation of a short story, ranging from 30 to 50 minutes in duration and each featuring well-known British actors such as Clive Swift, Robert Hardy, Peter Vaughan, Edward Petherbridge and Denholm Elliott in the title roles. The first five are adaptations of ghost stories by M. R. James, the sixth is based on a short story by Charles Dickens and the two final instalments are original screenplays by Clive Exton and John Bowen respectively.[5]

An earlier black-and-white 1968 Omnibus adaptation of M.R. James’s Whistle and I’ll Come to You, directed by Jonathan Miller, is often cited as an influence upon the production of the films, and is sometimes included in the canon.

STIGMA (1977)
After a young couple move into a remote country house, workmen accidentally disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force (Wikipedia).

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The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story (1955) (Short Film) Live Action Nativity Feature

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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The Little Lamb: A Christmas Story (1955)

The Nativity of Jesus, or simply The Nativity, refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels and in various apocryphal texts. The remembrance and re-enactment of the Nativity in the Christian celebration of Christmas signifies their belief that Jesus is the “Christ” or Messiah promised by the Old Testament. The main religious celebration among members of the Catholic Church and other Christian groups is the Church service at midnight on Christmas Eve or on the morning of Christmas Day. During the forty days leading up to Christmas, the Eastern Orthodox Church practices the Nativity Fast, while the majority of Christian congregations (including the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, many Mainline churches, and Baptists) begin observing the liturgical season of Advent four Sundays before Christmas—both are seen as times of spiritual cleansing, recollection and renewal to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

The New Testament provides two accounts of the birth of Jesus: one in the Gospel of Matthew and the other in the Gospel of Luke, while other early nativity accounts, namely Justin Martyr’s and that of the Protoevangelium of James, appear to harmonize them. The birth narratives of Matthew and Luke have some elements in common. They both relate that Jesus of Nazareth was the child of Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, a descendant of the Biblical King David. The narratives also present the conception, preceded by an angelic annunciation, not as the result of marital relations, but of the power of the Holy Spirit. Meanwhile, the Gospel of John is silent on the nativity, as is the Gospel of Mark, which most textual critics consider the earliest of the canonical gospels. Critical scholars see the Gospel accounts as different, conflicting narratives, and they consider them to be pious fictions. E. P. Sanders describes them as “the clearest cases of invention in the Gospels”, while John Hick states that “the whole beautiful Bethlehem Christmas story [was] created to fulfil supposed Old Testament prophecies”.

The nativity accounts in the New Testament gospels of Matthew and Luke do not mention a date or time of year for the birth of Jesus. In Western Christianity, it has been traditionally celebrated on December 25 as Christmas (in the liturgical season of Christmastide), a date that can be traced as early as the year 330 among Roman Christians. Before then, and still today in Eastern Christianity, Jesus’ birth was generally celebrated on January 6/7 (late at night on January 6) as part of the feast of Theophany, also known as Epiphany, which commemorated not only Jesus’ birth but also his baptism by John in the Jordan River and possibly additional events in his life. Some scholars have speculated that the date of the celebration was moved in an attempt to replace the Roman festival of Saturnalia. Some scholars note that Luke’s descriptions of shepherds’ activities at the time of Jesus’ birth suggest a spring or summer date. The theory that December 25 was the birthdate of Jesus is earliest noted in a fragment of the Chronographiai of Sextus Julius Africanus in the year 221.

The Gospel of Matthew places Jesus’ birth under the reign of Herod the Great, who died in 4 BC. The author of Matthew also recorded that Herod had all the male children in Bethlehem two years old and younger executed, based on a prophecy relayed to him by the magi that a new King of the Jews had been born in the town. The order’s instruction of “two and under”, along with the inference that it took Herod time to realize that the magi were not about to deliver the child to him, implies a birth no later than 6-4 BC. The Gospel of Luke dates the birth ten years after Herod’s death during the census of Quirinius, described by the historian Josephus. Most scholars consider the Gospel of Luke to be mistaken, though some writers still attempt to reconcile its account with the details given by Josephus.

That Mary was a virgin at the time of the conception of Jesus is indicated by her statement recorded in Lk 1:34, when she responds to the news of the impending birth with the words “How shall this be, as I know not a man?”

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Letters From Santa Claus

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Give your child the experience of a lifetime this christmas. Your child can receive a letter from santa claus or a customized package from santa. Receiving a personalized santa letter will make this a christmas a memorable for your little ones.

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The Christmas Story

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Christmas Story (2010 version) – as told by the children of St Paul’s Church.

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A Christmas Story

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Destined to become a holiday classic, this family comedy follows an Indiana schoolboy whose obsession with getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas leads to hilarious consequences. Co-starring Emmy-winner Darren McGavin (“Kolchak: The Night Stalker”). Based upon a true story. MPAA Rating: NOTRATED (c) 1983 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

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