Our First Noel

18 years ago tonight (Christmas Eve 1994), I wrote this poem as my contribution to a family talent show that my wife’s parents have as part of their family Christmas Eve program.  It was just three weeks after I became a father.  I share it tonight as my own Christmas message/present to you.



‘Twas the first noel that came to our house,

not at night nor at Christmas time came.

And yet through her birth, a miracle shown,

God showed us His love all the same.

But what of this gift to us that is given,

From a kind Heavenly Father above.

She’s our first gift for Christmas and brings with her birth,

A lasting eternal love.

Why does it happen that we’re blessed this way?

A miracle that we’ll never know.

It started way back in a small manger still,

Near two thousand years ago.

When a Christ child came and shed light on the Earth,

A glory to ever last.

Now we can enjoy the first gift of love,

That came when the first Christmas passed.

So let us remember, lest we forget,

Why we are here on the Earth.

For Christ is our Savior, not just through his death,

But with life which started with birth.



The Power of Smell

So last week I took my family to Disneyland.  We came home on Saturday.  So, yes, that makes it one week home and I still haven’t blogged about it.  And this isn’t going to be about it either.

You would think that with a title like the one I chose, it could be.  After all, the way that Disney has implemented the use of touch and smell into some of their attractions to entice and please their visitors is amazing.  For example, the “California Soarin’” ride makes use of the smell of oranges while you are “gliding” over an orange grove.  Isn’t that cool?

But hey, you don’t have to be on a ride to get the smell effect.  Just walk by a churro vendor.  You will want one, even if you hate churros.  They smell that good.  Even the one vendor selling caramel corn led me to believe it would be the most awesome tasting caramel popcorn ever.  My sister-in-law said otherwise.  But it still smelled good and I bet they sold a lot of it.

Which brings me to a weird news story I saw earlier today that I just had to share.  It is pretty much the opposite of what Disney does.  In this case, smell is being masked. Just click HERE to read it yourself.

Done?  Ok.  Who would invent such a thing?  Who would be a test subject?  I know who should be a test subject, but I don’t know anyone who would volunteer.  Okay, one person but he passed away three years ago.

(Right now my wife is rolling her eyes over the fact that I wrote a blog on this topic.)

It reminds me of the skit on MADtv about SCENTED FARTS.  But before I digress too much, let’s just get back to the topic…err, should I say title.

Smell has a powerful effect.  Some scents are used in potpourri to help enhance the mood at certain times of the year, like holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But scents like that don’t work for all holidays.  Take Independence Day.  You don’t want your house to smell like burning gun powder do you?  If you do, light a few firecrackers in the living room.  But it isn’t practical.  Do you want your house to smell like a dead soldier on Memorial Day?  Or a sweaty labor worker on Labor Day?  No.  What do we do instead for those days?  Floral and other natural scents.  And that is just fine.

We also use those same scents to hide certain smells, especially bodily smells that are undesirable.  Isn’t it better to use potpourri and candles for that?  Who would want to wear something in their underwear for it?  It can’t be comfortable.  Or could it?  What would women prefer…fart pads or potpourri?  Guys probably don’t want either.

The website that you can order them from says this: “This pad is to be worn inside of your underwear. Can be used daily or as needed. Can be used with panty’s, briefs and panty hose. Will not be affective with boxer type underwear. Do not use your toilet for disposal. For external use only. End your fear and embarrassment when in public.”

They must be comfortable.  Would they be marketable if they aren’t?  They even come with double-sided tape to help secure them.  If this has you excited, here is something more: you get a 10 pack for $29.95.

I don’t know that I will ever buy any (no comments from the peanut gallery please) but I am sure someone will.  They have 14 reviews and are rated at 4 ½ starts out of 5.  Just one word of warning from one of the reviewers…they only hide the smell, not the sound.

So there you have it.  Here is a company taking away the power of smell, and in this case it is a good idea.  Which is why I wrote this blog in the first place.  I found something interesting and seems to be a good idea and wanted to share it with you all.

Now don’t laugh too hard when you click on those links.

Just another view from a Palmtree.