Merry Christmas to all of you from the White Wolf Mine

 

A Look Back

The year was 1776, the month, December. Following a cataclysmic series of defeats in New York and New Jersey, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, had retreated into Pennsylvania. Plagued by desertions, dwindling rates of re-enlistment, and plummeting morale, the Americans stood at the precipice of defeat.

On Christmas Day, in a desperate bid for victory, General Washington split his troops into three columns, planning a pincer attack on the enemy’s winter quarters. As their feet bled through the rags that had replaced their boots, as their friends sat down to rest in the freezing weather and did not stand up again, the American soldiers stalwartly pressed on.

Marching through the night, a sudden storm prevented two of the columns from crossing the icy river before them – yet General Washington’s resolve never faltered. That morning, General George Washington crossed the Delaware River, entered Trenton, New Jersey, and defeated the Hessians in what was later deemed a “Christmas Miracle”. The Battle of Trenton became the turning point for the Revolutionary War, and the dream of America was saved.

 

 

A Look Around

The reason for the Holiday and the reason for all of us is found at the foundation of Christmas – the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

There have been pagan traditions interwound with the holiday, and we all have our family memories and traditions.

Only leave Santa one small mug of egg nog because he has a LOT of homes to visit. That’s discrimination…

Let’s buy that plastic tree at Costco with the light embedded… do you wonder what the Chinese workers who made it thought?

I know the reason for the season, but toys matter too.

Q – Can you have too many firearms?

A – No.

And if you’re feeling really lucky, come and take. But if you do it when half the presents under the tree for family are firearms, ammo, knives, tomahawks and ammo, you really picked the wrong day.

 

You have work to do

Identify the Aircraft – do you think that I’d give you a Christmas break?

A

This one is too easy. I can’t believe that I’m even asking, but it’s Christmas.

B

C

The Lewis Gun is a dead give-away.

D

Yes, it’s a PBY, but I want the full designation if you’re going to play. The ball turret on the nose, the large radar and the taller vertical stabilizer are all strong hints.

 

Democrat Plans for Santa…

40 COMMENTS

  1. When I was really young, we would have to wait until dad came in from milking and feeding the 95 Holsteins that fed his and his brothers family’s, before opening our meager presents. Six boys were a lot to buy for. Each gift was well thought out and practical as well as useful. Good times!

    • Building Christmas traditions and passing them on is important. To some extent, those traditions help to define who we are as a people.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    The greatest gift was given 2000 years ago and it continues. “Wise men still seek him”
    Enjoy the toys. Sharp pointy things and guns/ammo are always appropriate. Now more than ever!

      • Passing along another recipe from my mom, that we had every Christmas.
        For the mounds balls:
        4 & 2/3 cups powered sugar
        1/4 pound melted butter
        1 package flaked coconut (14 oz)
        1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
        1 cup finely chopped nuts

        mounds balls covering – 1 large package of chocolate chips
        1/2 bar of paraffin wax

        Mix and roll the mounds balls ingredients into small balls, place on wax paper,
        and refrigerate for several hours.

        Melt the chocolate chips and parafin wax in a double boiler, then dip the balls into this
        and refrigerate.
        Will keep indefinitely in a covered dish in the fridge.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. We’re spending a quiet one at home this year, though the phone is already ringing. I’m letting the better half field that. I don’t require much in presents, though ammo and fine potable liquids are always welcome.
    I watched this last night. A true sign of the season.
    https://starecat.com/content/wp-content/uploads/its-not-christmas-until-i-see-hans-gruber-fall-from-nakatomi-tower.jpg
    Don’t worry about Santa getting through. He’s ready.
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/50/c2/91/50c29189b19813b4c990a418ad2e6af8.jpg

  4. One Christmas tradition in my family was trout for breakfast. Trimmed to fit a baking pan filled with water, frozen then wrapped, they would stay in the freezer until Christmas Eve and taken out to thaw.

    • I hadn’t heard of trout for Christmas. One would think that you should be out on a frozen lake dragging them up through the ice on Christmas Eve… but the modern way sounds much easier.

    • The young wolf cubs were howling with delight as they opened presents. Merry Christmas to you and your children and grandchildren and great grandchild(ren?)

    • About thirteen years ago now I was in Shenzhen (near Hong Kong) China for the run-up to Christmas. I was shocked to see a MASSIVE, two-block long Santa’s Village near the knock-off Home Depot there. I asked a friend of mine who lived there (an lurks on this blog from time to time) if the Chinese were celebrating Christmas in the PRC now. He said that they were, not out of a recognition of Christ’s birth, but because they liked the idea of presents.

  5. First one looks like Thud.

    I’m not much on WW1 planes… SE-5a?

    I would have to look up the 3rd, and look up the specifics on the Cat, and that’d be cheating.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!
    -Kle.

  6. Merry Christmas to the entire WWM family and friends!

    We’re just headed out for the family gathering in Wyoming after recovering from a “Paw Patrol” Christmas Eve.

  7. Passing along another recipe from my mom, that we had every Christmas.
    For the mounds balls:
    4 & 2/3 cups powered sugar
    1/4 pound melted butter
    1 package flaked coconut (14 oz)
    1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
    1 cup finely chopped nuts

    mounds balls covering – 1 large package of chocolate chips
    1/2 bar of paraffin wax

    Mix and roll the mounds balls ingredients into small balls, place on wax paper,
    and refrigerate for several hours.

    Melt the chocolate chips and parafin wax in a double boiler, then dip the balls into this
    and refrigerate.
    Will keep indefinitely in a covered dish in the fridge.

  8. Merry Christmas, LL, the commentariat and the silent majority.
    I appreciate the updates and maps and stories. And I’m truly grateful to know that there are so many good, decent people out there. Blessings of the season and all that.

  9. The bombing in Nashville took out AT&T, so I will have to put up with not getting extended car warranty calls for a while 🙂
    Guess this is a special Christmas gift?

    • Yeah, WTF is up with that?

      An RV made into a giant version of Heinlein’s Talking Bomb? Most terrorists want MORE deaths… Someone with a grudge against The Phone Company? That’s very 1960s…

      -Kle.

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