Christmas 2012

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My bride got me into gear a little earlier than normal this Christmas 2012 season in getting our outside yard decor up.  It took several days of working a few hours here and there in between our trip to the local gym Monday thru Friday along with other appointments, etc.  Our youngest daughter Lisa Dianne Gonzales helped my bride with the inside decor but we have scaled back at least 25 to 50 percent on the decorations both inside and outside and that comes along with the dates on our birth certificates and other health issues.  We both are thankful for each and every day that the Lord allows and I am going to copy and paste something that I wrote in one of my short stories from two years ago which still sums up my view for our Christmas Holiday and season.

With all the commercialization of our CHRISTMAS Holiday and so many attempting to get on the Political Correctness Band Wagon of not wishing to offend anyone and to me, they have no backbone and don't stand for anything that really matters and mere puppets; "Pull my little strings and I'll do anything."  Without Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, there would be no Christmas since Jesus is the Reason for the Season!   Whatever your personal Faith and Religion are, it is your choice and right;  I choose to be a Christian!  I have a lighted Star of David and a Cross elevated about 40 feet above ground to give symbolic tribute to the Christmas Season and several Angels to go along with the traditional seasonal decor.  Laus Deo "Praise be to God."  With that said, below are some pixs of the Porter Home Christmas Yard Decor; Click on the thumbnails for a larger screen view: 

First pix courtesy of Bill, Jr.

Above pix is what happens when you have consumed too much leaded coffee in the course of a day and a slow camera shutter speed.  No, I don't smoke any herbs either..........grin if you must!

I will add a few additional pixs and the above pixs taken without the benefit of flash.  Before the next Christmas Holiday, the Lord willing of course, I have to refurbish the Star of David and the Cross that I made from welded EMT that are elevated 40 feet off the ground.  I used one of my personal manufactured tree climbing devices to install the star and cross and made a special bracket for them to hang on and had a rope that would allow to release them from their hanging bracket and lower to the ground but the pine trees have grown to where it will be difficult to remove them and will have to climb the entire distance to their hanging metal brackets. 

Below pixs taken on 12-18-12 of the Porter Family in Rockingham, NC at the Pizza Inn.  My bride never misses an opportunity to enjoy her all-time favorite comfort food.  She managed the Pizza Inn in Wadesboro, NC and doesn't ever get tired of Pizza Inn Pizza.  This is the first Christmas season that we have all the Porter kids together since Bill, Jr. went into the US Navy way back when and has lived on the West Coast retiring from the US Navy in 2008.

A few pixs at the Porter Home on 12-19-12:

We normally have a Christmas Eve party at our home and it is great to have a little one around again with all the excitement they generate associated with the secular aspect of Santa Claus and the Christmas gifts, etc.  I remember very vividly as a child the anticipation on Christmas Eve trying to stay awake and see Santa Claus with his reindeer and sleigh delivering the Christmas presents with Santa coming down our chimney that appeared to be way too small and wondering if I had been "nice" enough.....grin if you must!  Oh, the wonderful element of youth.  Below are pixs taken at our Christmas Eve party and we barely made a dent in all the goodies that were prepared.  After the "finger food" meal, we exchanged gifts and I certainly did have fun watching the youngest grand boy Xander McKnight Gonzales tear into his presents.  Our oldest Grand son Travis Lee Huneycutt and his younger brother Trevor Lane were present arriving late since they had an earlier party to attend.  It would have been great to have the West Coast Grand Boys William McKnight Porter, III and his brother Jacob Samuel Porter present and hope we can make it happen in the near future.  Pixs below:

Below pix of the Porter Kids l to r; Laura, Billy and Lisa that was made into a Christmas card  way back when.  Time really flies by.

May God richly bless each and every one of you during this Christmas season, New Year and beyond as well!

Two of the greatest ships that ever sailed:  Friendship and Fellowship!

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter 12-05-12 and updated on 12-25-12.

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