Thanksgiving: Americas Holy Day; and Merry CHRISTmas

Christmas At Parris Island

 W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

For a Marine Corps recruit, one memorable service was a reminder that an unbroken line of young men has been spending Christmas Eves like this since 1775.

I Thank God for Christmas!  Col. Bob Pappas (USMC, ret.)

This nation was founded by Christian men on Christian principles clearly enunciated in both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Christmas Cartoon Nostalgia

Wishing you all best wishes of the season, and how better to celebrate the season than with animated fun that entertained previous generations at Christmas?

Quote of the Day – December 24, 2010

FSM: Quote of the Day  A famous Christmas poem by T.S. Eliot…

The Traditions of Christmas How Christmas Came to Be What it is Today

Adrian Morgan, The Editor

The history of the struggle for the soul of Christmas is fascinating indeed.


Dec 24, 2010 04:19 pm | TomT

Rasmussen Reports For an overwhelming number of Americans who celebrate Christmas, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. New Rasmussen Reports polling finds that 87% of Americans celebrate Christmas in their family, and 70% of that group of 87 recognize it as a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ rather than a secular one.



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Ronald Reagan’s Radio Program on Christmas under Communism

“Someone sent me a Christmas item – yes, a Christmas item. It is ‘The Nativity According to Marx & Lenin.’ I’ll be right back.

In these few months since the holidays, I’ve told a couple of Christmas stories on these broadcasts and, as a result, received one in return. Or possibly it was because of a broadcast about the Ukraine. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful for it.

When the Ukraine was free and not under Soviet bondage, Christmas was, of course, the religious event that it is in the Western world. A favorite Ukrainian carol was ‘Nova Radist Stala’ — ‘The Joyous News Has Come To Us.’ A Ukrainian now teaching at the University of Utah has written an article about the evolution of Christmas under Communism, at least as it applies to this carol. In the good days of freedom, the people of the Ukraine sang these verses:

The joyous news has come which never was before. Over a cave above a manger a bright star has lit the world, where Jesus was born from a virgin maiden, clad in raiment poor like a peasant baby, the shepherds with the lambs surrounded the child, and on flected knees they Him glorified. We beg you our King, we pray to you today, grant happiness and joy to this family.

Now, of course, this was neither fitting nor permitted under Communism. Still the commissars were a little leery about an outright ban. They chose to allow the song after some rewriting. In fact, they provided the Ukrainians with two versions, neither of which could be expected to have made the Ukrainian Hit Parade. Here’s the first version:

‘The joyous news has come which never was before, a red star with five tails has brightly lit the world.” See they only changed one line in that verse, but wait –

The altars have crumbled and all the kings have fallen, glory to the working people, to shepherds and the plowmen, glory to our host and to his fair hostess. May their friendly household know only happiness. May all their family, especially the children, grow up to be strong and happy so as to fight the rich men.

You know, our own kids could probably get away with singing that one in the classroom. The second version is a little meatier, even though they got the Christmas story down to two verses instead of four.

‘The Joyous News has come which never was before. Long-awaited star of freedom lit the skies in October.’(If you’re wondering about what happened on the date, the revolution took place in October.) ‘Where formerly lived the kings and had the roots their nobles, there today with simple folks, Lenin’s glory hovers.’

The people of the Ukraine, both in and outside the Iron Curtain, were so carried away by these verses, they added one of their own. They sing it, but carefully refrain from putting it in the songbooks. It goes: ‘We beg you our Lord, we pray to you today. Grant us freedom, return glory to our Mother Ukraine.’ I guess we all hope their prayer is answered.

This is Ronald Reagan – thanks for listening.”


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November 25, 2010

The Tale of the Pilgrims — Why It Needs to Be Taught

ByCharlotte Cushman

The study of the history and culture of one’s own country is a vital element of education. It is important for children to understand how and why they are living the way they are now and that it is a result of what people who lived before them have done. They need to be able to connect the dots — these prevailing thoughts led to fights, these ideas led to prosperity, this action led to that one, and so on. It is from making these kinds of connections that the child learns how to think logically.
The tale of the Pilgrims who came to America to escape tyranny is a heroic and moving story. Most children have been told the basic story of Thanksgiving. Here are some more facts for your own information or that you may want to discuss with your child this holiday:
  • When the Pilgrims left their homeland, their friends and family shed many tears of anguish because they knew they would never see each other again — ever.
  • There were two ships that set out for America: the Speedwell and the Mayflower, but they had to return to England several times because the Speedwell sprang a leak and needed repair. After attempting numerous times to fix it, they decided to just set sail on the Mayflower instead and leave the Speedwell behind. That meant that most of the passengers boarded the Mayflower, and it was now even more crowded than before. By the time the Pilgrims set sail for good, they had already used up all their food they had reserved for when they reached America.
  • The trip on the ship was miserable. There were many storms and a lack of food and warmth. Many Pilgrims got sick, and two died. One sailor made fun of those who got sick. He himself fell ill, died, and was thrown overboard. One Pilgrim fell overboard but was rescued. One baby was born on board: Oceanus Hopkins.
  • The Pilgrims and the sailors detested each other on the trip and fought horrendously. The Pilgrims didn’t like the rough language and crude ways of the sailors. The sailors thought the Pilgrims were sissies and thought they prayed too much. But by the time they arrived in America, they had developed a mutual respect for each other. The Pilgrims ended up admiring the competence the sailors displayed in getting them across the ocean in what became an obviously dangerous trip. And the sailors ended up admiring the Pilgrims for their courage and tenacity in their quest for freedom in a new and scary world.
  • Once they arrived in America, the Pilgrims traveled up and down the coast looking for a place to settle. It was November, and winter was upon them. They had no time to waste. Yet they argued and argued about where the best place would be for them to stop.
  • Winter settled in, and there wasn’t enough time to build Plymouth, so most of the Pilgrims slept on the ship.
  • During the first winter, almost half of the Pilgrims died due to starvation and disease. They sneaked the dead out at night to bury them. They didn’t want the Indians to know that so many of them were dying, fearing that if the Indians knew, they would take advantage and attack them.
  • As difficult as the first year was, when the sailors took the Mayflower back to England in the spring, not a single Pilgrim returned with them. Freedom meant that much to them.
  • In the succeeding years, the Pilgrims made a very important discovery that led to their eventual success. While it is true that Squanto aided the Pilgrims in their quest for food, the real reason for their victory over starvation was this:
Perhaps Bradford’s greatest achievement was his revision of the colony’s economic organization in 1623.  Spurred by hunger, the colonists had worked hard in the fields during their first year, but in succeeding years it became more and more difficult to get them to put their best efforts into this essential task.  Bradford decided that the reason was the stipulation in their contract with the London merchants that everything in the colony, including the crops, was to be held in common for seven years.  This crude communism was crippling individual enterprise.  Boldly, on his own authority, Bradford abandoned the arrangement and announced that henceforth every family would raise its own corn.  Plymouth never went hungry again.
 – One Small Candle, The Pilgrims’ First Year in America, by Thomas J. Fleming (New York: W.W. Norton and Company), 1964.
Life wasn’t always easy. Our way of life in our country came about because of the suffering people were willing to endure in order to have freedom from tyranny. The lesson children can learn from the Thanksgiving story is beautifully expressed by the first governor of Plymouth. As Governor Bradford wrote in his diary, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shown unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation. … We have noted these things so that you might see their worth and not negligently lose what your fathers have obtained with so much hardship.”
Charlotte Cushman is a Montessori educator at Minnesota Renaissance School, Anoka, Minnesota and has been involved in the study of Ayn Rand’s philosophy since 1970
Thanksgiving: American Holy Day
Foundation for American Christian                         Education


Timeless Truth Today






Thanksgiving Day is a uniquely American holiday to honor the Hand of God in the American story.

“Virginians claim the ‘First Thanksgiving’ in Jamestown, 1619. The Virginia colonists established a day of Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation which was to become a ‘yearly and perpetually kept holy day as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.’

“Likewise, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Plantation celebrated a special day of thanks: ‘Our harvest being gotten, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arm, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation, and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God we are so far from want.'”

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Helping You in Your Role as a Home Educator

God calls all parents to train their children in His law.  Based on God’s commands to parents, education falls in their jurisdiction.  Parents fully embrace this high calling when educating their children at home.  When every discipline is taught directly by the parent, he or she can ensure that a Biblical worldview provides the framework for understanding each subject.

The Foundation for American Christian Education is committed to serve and equip home educators in their vital God-ordained role.  The Principle Approach® method to education is the best method to teach the Biblical worldview and apply God’s truths in every subject.  With this unique method, not only is the Biblical worldview the framework for understanding each subject, but in each lesson, Biblical principles are taught that expand and enrich the Biblical understanding of that subject.

The Principle Approach also features the tutorial method.  Foundational to this method is the principle of Individuality—each child is uniquely created by God.  Each child therefore has his own set of learning styles, challenges, and skills.  A home educator has the opportunity to customize each lesson to the needs of each child, and the Principle Approach is designed for just this purpose!  Each student is given the opportunity to excel and best of all, to love learning.

When using the Principle Approach, the home educator (the teacher) will learn as he prepares and teaches each lesson. We call this the “Teacher as Learner” concept. The students learn from the personal growth, knowledge, experience and stories of the teacher so, he is a “Living Textbook.”

The Principle Approach teaches your student how to learn.  He will acquire the reading, research, application, and writing skills necessary to study on his own.  The Principle Approach is the best preparation for higher learning!  After your child graduates from his home education, he will be prepared for college and all future academic pursuits.

The character formed in your child will be the priceless and enduring hallmark of their Biblical, Principle Approach education.

Your model for the Principle Approach
in the homeschool classroom

The Noah Plan Homeschool Companion

Putting it all Together and Getting Started DVD

(to view the full document, larger in size, and to activate the links, please open or download the PDF here: (and share these historic lessons with everyone you can, especially your kids)

Thanksgiving (PDF)

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