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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

New Christmas Music You Need to Hear

Are you are already burned out of your Christmas music choices at home or what is available on the radio? Maybe you need a fresh new supply of CDs or MP3s. Here are five of the newest that just might fit the bill.

New Christmas music released in 2015.
Chris Tomlin: Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship
This is the #1 Christian Christmas album selling this year, but it is not your typical Christmas music. It’s a live worship concert recording with music is less traditional and more mellow. You won’t find any Santa tunes here and only a few traditional carols. Most of the music was created new and features carols intertwined. One of the more unique songs on the album is “It’s Christmas” which is mostly a version of “Away in a Manger” with a new chorus, but what makes it unique is that is has a snappy beat –something you don’t usually hear with this song. If you love Chris Tomlin and/or worship music, this is for you.

New Christmas music released in 2015.
MercyMe: It’s Christmas!
The #2 best-selling Christian Christmas album is also, in my opinion, the best. Unlike other Christmas albums where the singers just sing a sad version of “Jingle Bells” which sounds just every other version of the tune, these guys find a way to make them their own. Their version of “Sleigh Ride” is slow and relaxing, “Do You Hear What I Hear” has a more classical feel to it and “A Holly Jolly Christmas” sounds like it was recorded in a pub. It’s really fun. Their original song, “Newborn,” is hauntingly beautiful but if you want fun, the best is “Christmastime Again” which they have been singing in different appearances including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. However, because the songs are so varied, you will probably love some and not care for others, but it is still a winner.

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