Merry Christmas!

“Clement Moore and Charles Dickens basically invented modern Christmas,” says Admin.

“Can we just have some fun anyway?” says Spence.

Sounds good to me. I smell interesting things under the tree. Merry Christmas to all: plunderers, visitors, all who care about our fellow creatures – especially those of the nation within – and of course the readers of the Chet and Bernie stories.


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57 Responses to “Merry Christmas!”

  1. Mollypop
    8:58 am on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas!

    Every year we sing the traditional Christmas song.

    Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
    Walla Walla, Wash., an’ Kalamazoo!
    Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,
    Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

    by Pogo Possum (“I have met the enemy and he is us”).

  2. Joe Erickson
    9:51 am on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  3. B.Stover
    10:11 am on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas everyone! And Spence, thank you so much for giving us Chet and Bernie both here on the blog and in the novels.

  4. Alice Johnson
    10:19 am on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas. For some reason I smell catnip.

  5. AbbietheKitty
    10:21 am on December 25th, 2010

    Me too. (Both the Merry Christmas and the catnip part)

  6. dawson
    10:22 am on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas Everyone and thanks Mollypop for that little ditty from Pogo.

  7. B.Stover
    10:28 am on December 25th, 2010

    Liz: Most everyone will look at last night’s posts and see yours of early this morning…our time. Have a wonderful holiday.

    Alice and Mollypop: Great songs!

    Melanie: I just finished your story. I love it and the pictures. (Are they photos or…?) I think that you should write (if you haven’t already done so) a collection of short stories and get them published. Here are some of the things that stood out to me: “The light was fading making a black and white world.” Love that image. “My old friends, the stars, were dazzling.” Great description and insight into your character. The entire description of flying down the hill (no more body pain) is wonderful. Okay, so you have your assignment. Now start writing those stories…in your spare time!

  8. bluecat
    10:30 am on December 25th, 2010

    Quote of the Day:
    ” And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ” ~Dr Seuss

    Think green with a pointy head…

    Merry Christmas, Everybody!

  9. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:43 am on December 25th, 2010

    Happy Christmas from the nation within a nation within our house!

    Macy wishes you big bones.

    Holly wishes you chew strips galore.

    Belle wishes you Slim Jims till you burst.

    Annie wishes you stuffed toys to shred.

    Biddie wishes Dog bless you everyone!

    Mom, Dad, Niki and Angie wish you all health and comfort in the new year. Thank you all for being here.

  10. Tyb
    10:48 am on December 25th, 2010

    I agree with B. Your story is remarkable; your images visible treats. Thank you, now I’ll let you get on with your assignment.

    Here’s a bit of Christmas trivia I just read and would like to share.

    In the late 1800s, a candy maker in Indiana wanted to express the mn the late 1800s, a candy maker in Indiana wanted to express the meaning of Christmas through a symbol made of candy. He came up with the idea of bending one of his white candy sticks into the shape of a Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols of Christ’s love and sacrifice through the Candy Cane. First, he used a plain white peppermint stick. The color white symbolizes the purity and sinless nature of Jesus. Next, he added three small stripes to symbolize the pain inflicted upon Jesus before His death on the cross. There are three of them to represent the Holy Trinity. He added a bold stripe to represent the blood Jesus shed for mankind. When looked at with the crook on top, it looks like a shepherd’s staff because Jesus is the shepherd of man. If you turn it upside down, it becomes the letter J symbolizing the first letter in Jesus’ name. The candy maker made these candy canes for Christmas, so everyone would remember what Christmas is all about.

    I’m anxious to go out and find a candy cane to check as to whether today’s confectioners respect the tradition of the stripes.

    Merry Christmas, Everyone.

  11. Siber-H
    11:43 am on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas to Each and Every One of You!!
    Merry Christmas to Spence and Family and Chet and Bernie!

    I like Stover’s review of Melanie’s story and agree with it…Melanie should continue writing.

    TYB, Thank You…I never knew that about the candy cane. That is a nice story and we will, also, be checking out candy canes.

    The photos of me and Rio in our Rockies caps are on this page right now. (I don’t know how the photos work for everyone). Ah Ha…Could this be a Christmas message that the Rockies will have a winning season!

  12. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:32 pm on December 25th, 2010

    There is also a story that we have seen several times on tv that a choir master had them made to keep the children quiet during services. Candy canes that is.

  13. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:49 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas to everyone!
    A thank you to Chet, Bernie, Spence, Admin. & Mike Baker for giving us this (one of a kind, I think) blog!
    Melanie: I agree with B. also re your story.

  14. Siber-H
    12:56 pm on December 25th, 2010

    I just found both histories of the candy cane on the internet..they don’t really conflict. The choir master story comes before (these were all white candy canes)the red stripes on the candy cane.

    Mom always thought the hook on the end of the candy cane was so you could hang them on the Christmas tree. She never could do that because she has always had dogs. drat…I would have only eaten the ones I could reach.

  15. Lexi
    2:11 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Christmas everybody!!!
    🙂 🙁 😀 😐 😛
    Soon my username will be Lexi and Skylah, since Megan is reading the books to Skylah. I sit in, sometimes, and listen to it, too.
    Question: How to kill an annoying, teething, 3 month old Beagle…?
    Love you all!
    Skylah says hi.
    Merry tailwags and licks,
    Lexi. 😀

  16. C. Harris
    3:27 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Hallelujah from an Alaskan village…watch at

  17. B.Stover
    4:34 pm on December 25th, 2010

    CHarris: That was good. It looks cold there. SH: It even has huskies.

    Tyb: That is an interesting story about the candy cane.

    Hi Lexi and Skylah.

    I don’t remember if anyone here watches Doctor Who but the Christmas special is on BBCAmerica tonight.

  18. Siber-H
    4:50 pm on December 25th, 2010

    I just watched it! Those dogs are ready to move out! Thanks C.Harris…that is a neat video. I looked up that village on a map. It is only one mile from a bay in the Bering Sea.

    I’m going to watch it again. That is the only way I will see any snow and ice on this Christmas day.

  19. LizF
    5:08 pm on December 25th, 2010

    That will be my snow and ice for Christmas too!

    Greetings one and all. Nice postings today and yesterday, very interesting. I too love ‘my old friends, the stars’.

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:10 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Merry Merry, y’all!

    CHarris: All I can say is brrrrrrrrr!!!

  21. Melanie
    5:40 pm on December 25th, 2010

    C.Harris: Wonderful video, have sent it out to friends . . .

    Thanks all, I do enjoy writing. What is “spare time”?

    Those are photos that I changed with photoshop.

    We had a Merry Christmas. Exhausted Dan with many visitors. He is very happy. The Pack is enjoying stuffed toys. One is singing “Santa is Coming To Town”. It is not as annoying as you would think, because each of the pack puts the part that is making the noise in their mouths, muffling the sound.

    Dan’s loving his iPad. We now have an email for him and he wants a raven as his avatar. He should be able to link in to the blog on Monday.

    Riö: Will you please send the directions on the avatars to me again?

    Guess who got a Kindle??? Snicker

  22. B.Stover
    5:45 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Melanie: Do you have a Kindle? Lovely! I’m glad Dan had a happy time today.

    Where is Rio?

  23. LizF
    5:51 pm on December 25th, 2010

    There’s a significant lack of gloves in that icy video. Beautiful doggies, but the cold, CH, the cold!!!
    (B, could you take a trip up there and talk to them about apostrophes and plurals?)

  24. Siber-H
    6:08 pm on December 25th, 2010

    I think Rio is supervising Christmas dinner and his guests.
    I looked up the temperature for this afternoon in the village in the video. It was -6F there today. C.Harris would think that was a heat wave.

    I’m so glad that Dan and the rest of the family have had a happy Christmas Day.

  25. B.Stover
    6:20 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Liz: I couldn’t go there even for the sake of grammar.

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:07 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Merry!… I hope everyone on this here blog had a wonderful day with family and friends…snort!… Me? Oh, I had a great day. At dinner I begged one side of the table and then the other…heh!…Her nephew, who we have not seen in years, was there and he is a real soft touch. Grandma just can’t resist my big brown eyes and my little yeep! yeep!….snort!…I was threatened with my life before company came, so my yeeps were very low and quiet like…wheeze! …The pay-load was amazing! Ham, Roast beef and even some mint ice cream later after dinner…heh!…I am so full I can barely sit here and type…burp!

  27. B.Stover
    7:09 pm on December 25th, 2010

    I’m glad you had a good day Rio.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:11 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Disney!… Oh boy, we are watching Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and Donald Duck, his boys and Auntie are eating Turkey for Christmas dinner….grunt!…Is it just me or is that a little freaky?….sneeze!

  29. Melanie
    7:12 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Riö: I don’t think I told you how much we enjoyed your picture yesterday. Snicker.

    C.Harris: YSAS put the link for the video on his Facebook. Even more people will see it!

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:27 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Ribbons!… Today when everyone was opening their gifts, they tried to stick their bows on my head, but bows don’t stick to my fur!…heh!…That’s why she has to tie the ribbon on my tail, when she can catch me that is…snort!

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Toy!… Kirby sent me a new toy…snort!… I took it with me to Pepper’s yesterday and she stole it right out from under me the minute I got there!…grunt!…She squeaked and squeaked it till she drove everyone crazy!…grump!… Here is Pepper taking a short break from squeaking my new toy! Damn her hide!…growl!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Grump!… I got it back though! I got it back…snort!…Then I brought it home with me too!…snuff!… Pepper’s spit is all over it but I don’t care, I will put it with my baseball toys and I will sleep with it…grunt!… I’m not much of a squeaker…heh!

  33. Melanie
    8:40 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Riö: That’s a great toy! Ummm, I see that you are in front of a basket of yarn? You aren’t considering letting your “hidden Kat” side out and playing with the yarn are you?


    It’s all very quiet. YSAS has gone over to the cousins. Trying to figure out why his lap top won’t connect to our internet. He has plugged in my new Kindle. Tomorrow, we play!

    Soon I will be able to use the search device on contests! Cool! Then I won’t have to depend on my non-existent mind.

    Riö and others: YSAS is proud to have your support.

  34. Melanie
    8:48 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Here’s a picture of Grace with a stuffed toy.
    She is walking away from the camera.
    (that’s Katy with green eyes like Alice)

  35. Melanie
    8:50 pm on December 25th, 2010

    I this picture you can see the stuffed Santa. Sort of . . .
    The Pack has large mouths.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Kindles!… I thought if you used a Kindle for the contests you were disqualified…grunt!…At least that’s what I think should happen…grump!…freakin’ technology….sniff!

    Clarkson!… I look forward to seeing what you will achieve in 2011!…gruff!…Only the best, my man, only the best!….Woooo!

  37. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:12 pm on December 25th, 2010

    B. wanted me to tell you about the books she got today.

    “The Book of ‘unnecessary’ Quotation Marks”

    “I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar”

    “Passive Aggressive Notes”
    Fail Nation.

    She is not feeling well and has to go to The Big Orange Box tomorrow, so she is going to shut down and go enjoy her books in bed.

    Melanie..I am glad you cleared up the contents of the basket. We thought it was toilet paper.

    We have overdosed on cookies and chews. We haven’t even gotten to the ones made by a local barkery. I can’t wait for a Great Danish!

  38. Siber-H
    9:15 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Melanie, the Newfs coats are so beautiful and glossy. And, Melanie, I think you are going to get some snow.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Siberh… Nothing about my glossy slick coat?….grump!

  40. Siber-H
    9:35 pm on December 25th, 2010

    umm Rio, You have short hair, but, oh, what an intelligent face.

  41. Melanie
    9:39 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Love the books, Macy. Sound good.
    I’m confused, you are in love with a Great Dane? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Siber-H: confusing about the storm. Of course, they rarely call it right. At this point, the storm seems to be centering around NJ, South East NY, Easter MA and the Cape.

    YSAS’s SO has said supposedly blizzard conditions when she starts for here on Monday. But, our forecasters are saying maybe 4 inches of snow and it will be over by Monday at noon.

    Should be a hoot to watch the TV weather. They’ll have people standing in the streets, on the beaches, in snow drifts, anything to grab attention.

    Riö: I used your first name in a cross-word puzzle today. Also, not only do you have a glossy slick coat, you never have a bad hair day. Snicker

  42. Siber-H
    9:45 pm on December 25th, 2010

    So, they do that kind of tv reporting even in a part of the country that gets lots more snow than we do. I thought the nitwits only did it here.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Hair?… I am a wash and wear kind of guy…snuff!…We here are watching a Ken Burns show on baseball…heh!…It helps just a little to relieve our yearning for the season to begin again…yeep!…Not really, but today we are pretending a lot of things, so this is not a far reach….grunt!…Siberh is full of it…grumble!

  44. B.Stover
    9:56 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Good night all.

  45. Melanie
    9:58 pm on December 25th, 2010

    There was a weather person somewhere, I think it was in MA, who during a flood, was giving her report from a boat.

    Talking about how that’s how people were getting to work. Yadda, yadda, yadda. . .

    Behind her you could see people wading in water up to their ankles.

    Shaking head in disbelief here.

    With that I take myself off to bed and to snooze with Patsy. She has again managed to take up the entire queen size bed.


  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Grunt!… “Talking about how that’s how people were getting to work”….cough!… Melanie, if you are going to write your ‘short stories’, you should pay more attention to your sentence structure…grump! Whatever!… Your poor editor can deal with it….sniff!…Now I am shaking my head in disbelief…heh!

  47. LizF
    10:23 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Yeah, i thought that was toilet paper too and Rio was locked in the toilet. Can’t imagine why!

  48. AbbietheKitty
    10:28 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Well it is time for us to go to sleep. We got cute little scarves from the Catty Librarian. They match the scarves that Staff, MrStaff, Mom and Dad and TurtleManFred and his wife got. We are so special!

    Maybe we will get a picture of us in our scarves if we can stop chasing them long enough.

    Maybe not. I guess I will just have to play with my catnip sock. It is red and has white fur-like stuff on the top and my inital in rhinestones. I bet Macy and Sam would love to get one too. Only maybe not with Catnip.

    Staff says she is getting ready for bed now.

    Night all.
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas Day and get to rest up tomorrow before the week starts.
    We are looking forward to talking to Dan on Monday.

  49. Siber-H
    10:31 pm on December 25th, 2010

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
    Good Night Friends

  50. AbbietheKitty
    10:34 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Staff says the basket looks like Crochet cotton to her. Unless Rio’s friend is into very challenging lace knitting. WHoo Hee that would be great! A Catty Librarian and Staff both really like to knit.

    Does your friend knit like this Rio?

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Hopeless!… I told you I was at Pepper’s house with my new toy. Pepper’s HOUSE!! …. Grump!…No one here Knits. Ever.

    Liz…Toilet paper?? ….mumble!…I have no idea what you are going on about…snuff!

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Goodnight!….My friend says she has had it up to here with a lot of stuff today…heh!…I feel like that too right now…snuff!…Even the Ken Burns baseball show has turned into a Red Sox church sermon on how beloved they are and how miracles abound when they step onto the field… spit!cough!gag!…Whatever!

  53. C. Harris
    11:19 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Just got back from a day with friends. I’m glad everyone enjoyed the video. I thought Siber-H would enjoy the huskies. This tiny village is in SE Alaska. I live in the north but this represented village life pretty well and was a neat idea. The teacher did it in a weekend…10 hours of filming and then edited and posted it.

  54. C. Harris
    11:24 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Oops…forgot to give the weather report. At mid-morning it was only -2 which was an unexpected heat wave. It did drop to -20 but that is still great for me. The village at +6 might have been colder because of wind off the Bering Sea. I don’t usually wear gloves until it gets below -20 or if I’m going to be outside a long time….I think your hands get used to the cold. Ditto for a hat but then again I have long hair. Once I cut my hair off in the winter and was shocked how cold I was without hair.

  55. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:29 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Good night and Merry Christmas everyone. We had a great time here; lots of steak (grilled tenderloin) came my way from all our visitors. Grandpa got a Kindle, which is up and working. I (with help from mom) got dad an IPAD, but we now need to upgrade the operating system (whatever that is) on his computer before he can use it. We’ll get that done soon, although maybe not tomorrow, because we may be having a lot of SNOW. Not clear at this point what will happen, the forecasts are all over the place (like for Melanie too). A little snow would be great, but too much not so much. Anyway, we will know more in the morning. And special thanks to Chet, Bernie, Spence and Admin and even Mike Baker (if he survives his encounter with Stover) for making this such a special place that we all share.


  56. C. Harris
    11:36 pm on December 25th, 2010

    Oops….village is in SW Alaska, not SE. Sorry, it’s been a crazy day.

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