CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

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CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Postby azzigf » Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:13 am

It was with an undescribable plasure and an un-measurable sense of pride that I today received the news that some nostalgic souls, over in australia have offered to light up our church with thousands upon thousands of lightbulbs in order to inject some flare into our lives for the up-coming joly season. How could we not bow our heads in respect and gratitude!!!!

It shall be seen from all the corners of this dying town, the villages nearby and the heavens above as to confuse to American spying satellites.
Upon hearing the proposal, a sense of excitement swept through our village. Our townfolks went into an overdrive, their heads in spin, their feet barely touching the ground, and their minds overflowing with the jolliest of ideas about what to be done. One man proposed spot lights focused on the crosses above the spires, changing colours with every heartbeat. Another wanted pyrotechincs to send coloured fumes from the bell towers to create a magic cloud to hover over the town for the whole of the festive season. And why not especially as I was told that a specialised laser machine can create from light a magical Santa with magical reindeers piercing in their sleigh the magical cloud to the utmost delight of the 20 or so remaing children in the town and that of old people with one foot in the grave, spending their days waiting for God can enjoy it too.

It shall be a splendid venture that will camouflage the fact that in Haret el Kenisseh alone those out of town tenants far outnumber all the christian inhabitants within one kilometer radius of the church. It will also distract the minds from noticing that in the gathering place in front of the church half of those assembled there are unknown to the other half and sooner rather than later the proportion will sharply differ. One cant stop the flood, can one?

The christams decorations will take our minds away from that harsh reality that our nocturnal streets are filling up with walkers who are no longer known to us and that our town is being filling up with strangers in order to add few hundreds of thousands Lebanese Pounds to enhance the spending power to an already enourmously wealthy Australian Community so it could enjoy a day on the races and a night on the poker machines.

It shall be the mother of final flares before the lights go out on 300 years of existence, a symbol of our attachement to our homeland, the talk of passers-by on the highways and the envy of all poor villagers in the towns nearby.

With ten thousands lightbulbs positioned in all curves and lines of the church one could easily forget in the glare the need for an ambulance for fear of one undsirable might find a use in it. God fobid our christians values hardly ever go beyond the theatrical chest beating. Why bother with such triviality when in the hopes one can bury so many delusions and vice versa?

Why would we deprive ourselves the opportunity of seeing floodlights that hide poverty, real or imagined, and the fact that most people here could hardly afford their childrens tuition or a decent meal. Then again who would believe them when rumours have it that the poorest of them is sitting on a half a billion pounds bankbook in spite of looking poor, living poor, acting poor while being so latently rich.

The christams decorations will give us the final flare and the final glare and that is all we need to light up our world. Oh let's not forget the desperate need worshippers have for AC systems to keep them cool in Summer and warm in winter and confy in between so they could pray their hearts out without any discomfort . The cost? a cool 75,000 which Australia is urgentlyneeded to provide. There may perhaps be a need for some arageel and recling chairs to add more comfort to the chore of praying.

And above our town hovers a 4 million dollar church stared at day and night by so many who live nearby and could not figure out why and how such a structure happened to be in heir midst, and what massive egos conjured up such a project and incurred all these cost for that one day of the year when it functions as a church and the rest as a terstimony to the wealth of Australians and a monument to a God who is beginning to feel so lonely in the churches in the chouf area,

Yes indeed Christmas decorations do us pride as a wealthy migrant community willing to look lovingly at a town which in the last year has bid farewell to 12 migrating souls, and marched in the funerals of six departing souls, danced in 2 weddings and welcomed one single child into this world. In 20 year time with less bleaker prospects the church will indeed be such a lonely place but who cares? The Australian community owes it with or without gratitude to their town to have nothing less than a ten thousand lightbulbs to camopuflage this enmity with common sense.
And in the immortal words of Blanche Dubois : "I need magic, magic. I know I dont always tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth"

What ought to be truth is the only thing that matters. Merry Christmas to all.
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Postby Abou Jamra » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:43 am

After discussing with concerned Jieh citizens, i have become incredibly aware of their needs.


It's truly sad to see such common and legendary negativity and cynicism stand in the way of what is indeed a very wonderful idea to lift our morale here in Jieh.

We cant deny that the problems azzigf exposed are occuring but our will to resist and survive is derived from our deep faith in God and our lady of the Morning Star. We will be here for 200 years protecting our rights to our land and our need to have the most beautiful church in Lebanon.

We welcome our friends in Australia's offer and would like to bring their attention to what can be a prohibitive cost. Here is small list of what we need which I can think off the top of my head.

1- We need at least 2 km of electric cords to cover all the areas and at least 10000 lights of all colors. It's hard to find such a quantity in Lebanon and we like to bring the attention of our donors to customs duty which might be quite high.
2- We need a 30 ft high fir tree. we prefer it natural ever green and all the decorations that we need to make it the most beautiful in Lebanon.
3- A nativity scene with life size statues. This will look good in front our built church especially with animals and wise majous and shepherds.

4- Because our church is so high I think we need very large stars (comet style) positioned on top of the spires at the cross with laser beams to make it look good
5- Hopefully the electricity can be covered by the donation because as we know the church now has no money because the bishop is still holding on to his obstructive position.

6- In Jieh there are about 25 small kids who need gifts to enjoy christmas more.
If there is more money spot lights can really make a huge difference to the whole scene and at night the spires and the crosses will look awesome.

Finally I would like to thank all the donors and their love of our jieh and our church. Together we can make a project that will for sure make our church the most wonderful church in Lebanon in Christmas time.
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Postby azzigf » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:49 am

While at it ya abou Jamra, why not order the fir tree from Finland or would you rather prefer the Scandinavian version?

And by the way I have no doubt artificial snow flakes would fit perfectly in a flaky village or better yet why not order a real snow making machine and ski slopes for the townsfolks to practise their declining prowess.
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Postby haroun » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:32 am

Gosh, the Grinch came to town early this year! Do you think 10000 lights are enough? On a single tree at Fashion Island they place over 50,000 light bulbs; what are you complaining about?

I agree with AJ, that lighting up the Church will lift up the spirit of people in town and passers by, and probably prevent the heart problems that would require the need for an ambulance. I would decorate not only the church but all the roads leading to it. And while at it make the decoration permanent and keep them up all year.

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Postby Prince Cadmus II » Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:38 am

This needs to be pulled off. The elections should be called off immediately to prepare for this.

Are there any electrical engineers over there? We might need to send loads of supplies from Australia.
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Postby Abou Jamra » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:40 pm

azzigf wrote:While at it ya abou Jamra, why not order the fir tree from Finland or would you rather prefer the Scandinavian version?

And by the way I have no doubt artificial snow flakes would fit perfectly in a flaky village or better yet why not order a real snow making machine and ski slopes for the townsfolks to practise their declining prowess.


yes, yes, yesssssssssssssssss!!!

A snow making machine, let's get one, we can make Jieh a winter wonderland thus dramatically improving the winter Jieh tourisim industry. Let's get the ball rolling before those "nostalgic souls" who might have proposed this idea after consuming 2 or 3 bottles of arak begin to sober up.

Ho hO HO!!!!
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Postby Prince Cadmus II » Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:35 pm

I have this dream of seeing young people ice skating around the Sayde with melodies playing in the background... and christmas lights lighting up the sky around the Church....

Will that dream come true?
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Postby azzigf » Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:41 am

Prince Cadmus II wrote:I have this dream of seeing young people ice skating around the Sayde with melodies playing in the background... and christmas lights lighting up the sky around the Church....

Will that dream come true?


I am afraid that shall remain a dream for some time yet. Those who got us all excited about the christmas decorations could not manage to get the goods delivered on time. The chinese suppliers, and the state of marine transport make it impossible for this year. We are hoping and excited already about next year. Pity some of the older people will nto be around to see it and those who are planning on marrying dudes and dudettes from overseas will miss it too and have to be content with what the guys there normally put on show.

Yalla hopefully next year we can light up our church in a way as to make it a place of pilgrimage to all those who love christmas decorations from all over lebanon. And who knows if it turns out brilliant some of us may alter the timing of their visits to lebanon to concide with christmas.
But ya Cadmus, ice skating rinks are not yet on the menu. But dont despair they may get there with lobbying the correct people.

It's good to have a reason to go back. the summer festivities of Our Lady's feast were not terribly exciting this summer so maybe a winter reason could be more enticing.
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Postby haroun » Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:09 am

The chinese suppliers, and the state of marine transport make it impossible for this year. We are hoping and excited already about next year. Pity some of the older people will nto be around to see it and those who are planning on marrying dudes and dudettes from overseas will miss it too and have to be content with what the guys there normally put on show.

Yalla hopefully next year we can light up our church in a way as to make it a place of pilgrimage to all those who love christmas decorations from all over lebanon. And who knows if it turns out brilliant some of us may alter the timing of their visits to lebanon to concide with christmas.

Why wait till next year! Maybe the Chinese suppliers and the Greek sailors are setting the stage for a miracle this year in Jieh. I assume the money allocated for the light bulbs is still available. If it is, it can be wired to the town in seconds. I suggest it being divided in small amounts to be placed in platic lightbulbs and distributed to the needy and their children on chrismas eve. I bet those bulbs will never go out.

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Postby azzigf » Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:32 am

haroun wrote:Why wait till next year! Maybe the Chinese suppliers and the Greek sailors are setting the stage for a miracle this year in Jieh. I assume the money allocated for the light bulbs is still available. If it is, it can be wired to the town in seconds. I suggest it being divided in small amounts to be placed in platic lightbulbs and distributed to the needy and their children on chrismas eve. I bet those bulbs will never go out.

The money was not appropriated by an act of parliament it was purely goodwill money, more like sincere monopoly. It's not like there are $25000 stashed away somewhere ready to pay chinese suppliers and Greek sailors. So your suggestion to divide it up between needy children is not feasible not least because there are no such creatures in jieh. Things are not always what they look and children are needy simply because their parents decide not to spend the money on buying gifts for them. I

n some foreign countries children get snowed under with gifts maybe those parents get to put something in plastic bag and send it to me.
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Postby Abou Jamra » Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:59 pm

what happened to these do gooders (the crew that originally proposed this project)?

guess they are meddling with other affairs. Ah well bet3eesh kteer betshouf kteer. Hopefully people will be able to spot the real from the fake, to spot those who have the villages interest at heart and those who have others interests.

God bless

Merry christmas to all and best wishes for the new year
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