Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 21:14:31 -0500 From: Bob Rankin
Reply to: TOURBUS-REQUEST@LISTSERV.AOL.COM To: Multiple recipients of list TOURBUS Subject: TOURBUS - 21 Dec 1995 - Two Miracles /~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~/~~~|~\ | "Why | Surf When / You Can | Ride The | Bus?" / | \ |__________|__________/__________|__________|________/ | \ / /______|----\ / Send INFO TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM ///////| | | Or visit http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus |//////| | | |//////| | ~~~/~~~\~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/ Today's TOURBUS is the last one for the year, and it's been quite a ride so far! Let me say that it has been truly heartwarming to receive notes of thanks from so many of you - I look forward to driving the 'Bus into 1996, with all the surprises that will bring. Since we're right in the middle of Hanukkah, and just a few days away from Christmas, let me wish all of you the joys of the season and may you enjoy the blessings of the year to come in good health. Both Hanukkah and Christmas represent a celebration of the miraculous. In one case it's the festival of lights - a remembrance of the time when a small kruse of oil lasted for eight days instead of one; in the other it's the celebration of the miraculous birth of a Saviour. I believe in both, though some may jeer. So let's embark on a holiday voyage into the ether - we'll have a bit of fun and maybe learn something too! No hanging out the windows, we headin' for the T3 Tunnel... The Compleat Hanukkah Site -------------------------- I want you to know I looked hard for Hanukkah sites on the Net, but came up with only one really good one. That's all right because this one seems to be quite comprehensive in terms of the history and traditions of this Hebrew holiday. Just ahead you may be able to make out nine tiny points of light. That's the menorah on the ORTnet "Festival of Lights" web site at: http://www.ort.org/ort/hanukkah/title.htm Here you'll find detailed information on the history, symbolism, and tradition of Hanukkah. There's also a nice discussion of the dreidel, and some designs you can use to make your own. "Nun, gimel, hey, shin, let's spin that ol' dreidel agin!" (Judeo-Southern phrase of the day, with apologies to Patrick.) Oh, I just found one more interesting Hanukkah site, from the "Illustrated Tour of the Holy Days". Check this out at: http://www.ort.org/links/benuri/tour_5.htm Was That a Reindeer I Just Saw? ------------------------------- Now let's slide on over to a couple of Christmas sites. The first is an extremely nice stained-glass Advent calendar depicting the nativity of Christ, with surprises at every click of the mouse. http://www.metaviolet.com/xmas/ Although we're arriving late in the month, all of the calendar days around the border of the ornate window are still clickable, but if you try clicking on a day that hasn't yet arrived you'll get a light-hearted electronic rebuke! Even the individual panes on the stained-glass window are wired. My favorite is the angel in the upper left, which transports you to Varian's Angel Dreams - lots of cool angel links and graphics there. Have Yourself an E-lec-tronic Christmas --------------------------------------- There are just too many Christmas sites online for a single mortal to visit in one December, so I've picked out a few that I thought were particularly well done. * Christmas.Com http://www.christmas.com/ - Find out how many Days, Hours, Minutes and Seconds until Christmas - Santa's PGP keys Personal Hotlist - Merry Christmas in 33 languages - Lyrics to popular Christmas Carols * Worldwide Christmas Calendar http://www.algonet.se/~bernadot/christmas/calendar.html - This page constructed by school children in Denmark and other places is well worth a look-see. Christmas traditions from around the world are just a click away. The tree and gifts underneath are linked to the written works of elementary school children who give us an idea of what it's like to celebrate Christmas in their own country. * Uncle Bob's Christmas Page http://gagme.wwa.com/~boba/christmas.html - Remember Uncle Bob's Kid's Page? Here's another winner from Bob Allison, chock full of interesting links to all things yule-ish. A definite must-click. * Merry Christmas! http://www.claus.com/ - Santa's "official" website. You have to go here just to try the "Naughty & Nice" thing. See if Santa has any dirt on you! There's Still Time to Send Your List Northward ---------------------------------------------- Word has it that Santa is still accepting requests. E-mail your wish list to the North Pole using one of Santa's many e-mail addresses, and you just might get a letter in return. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org The Final Word -------------- "Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew..." "And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!" (Full text of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens can be found at http://www.inform.umd.edu:8080/EdRes/ReadingRoom/Fiction/XmasCarol ) See you all next year! -Bob ====================================================================== SUBSCRIBE : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Firstname Lastname to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM unSUBSCRIBE: Send SIGNOFF TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Web Site : http://csbh.mhv.net/~bobrankin/tourbus (stop in for back issues and the logo contest) Advertising: E-mail BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES ====================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission. Send this copy to 3 friends and tell them to get on the Bus!