Joyful Noise Holiday Season 2009

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter,

and Inspiration

May we all be angels in training this New Year.


Rev. Irmadean, Angels in Training 2007

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Volume 8 page 51 (12-17-09)


During this Holiday Season I enjoy the Mother/Father God

in all manifestations

          In our northern hemisphere, December is a time when everything is very dark.  The celebration of Yule (winter Solstice) often falls on or around December 21st.  It is the time when the days begin to get a little longer and light comes back to northern places.  Like many celebrations in December, Yule is a time to celebrate the return of the light to the world.

          My favorite Yuletide Song is Deck the Halls (original English title:  “Deck the Hall”). The “fa-la-la” refrains were probably originally played on the harp.  The tune is Welsh dating back to the sixteenth century, and belongs to a winter carol. In the old time – carols were dances – thus the “follow me in merry measure” lyric.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Tis the season to be jolly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Don we now our gay apparel,

Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Troll the ancient Yule tide carol,

Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 

See the blazing Yule before us,

Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Strike the harp and join the chorus.

Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 

Follow me in merry measure,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

While I tell of Yule tide treasure,

Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Fast away the old year passes,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,

Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Sing we joyous, all together,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Seasonal Inspiration

By Joyce Ann Pearce

            Winter is time for reflection. As the sun recedes, the days become shorter and the nights become longer. For the most part the trees are bare and there is a chill in the air. It’s time to bundle up, as coats replace sweaters in the evenings.

As the day ends and lights disappear, it is also time to light the fire and candles, eat hot soup or drink hot chocolate. Find your comfy chair and your special book to settle in and read while your favorite animal sits at your feet or snuggles in your lap. Maybe even your honey joins you. Atmosphere is all around and you are cozy and happy.

It’s also a time to re-group. Look back over the past year. Notice your accomplishments and congratulate yourself on a job well done. And those things that didn’t happen – well, decide if they go on next year’s goals, or, if – maybe they are no longer important to you. You’ve changed your mind, and will take the time for reflection and see if you want to create something new and different next year.

This winter you’ll de-stress, and give yourself more rest and sleep, and time for you. You’ll be better because of it and you’ll be better for others.

Once you’ve had your hibernation time, you look back at how you will give this year, to your community, your family, and your dear, dear friends.  How can you give them more of you, your time and attention, because in the BIG picture it is about giving your presence rather than giving presents! How can you make a difference for them and in what ways can you give to larger causes. All your time and effort adds up. Take time this winter to reflect on this.


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