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Fun-Filled Friday: Christmas 2010 Edition!

Posted Dec 17 2010 6:49pm

Christmas is almost here just over a week from now and I’m excited! I’m not one of those people who get so caught up in the emotional high that comes with celebrating this holiday that you set yourself up for a grand fall once it’s over. It’s fun to watch how people act during the Christmas season–some are frantically obsessing and worrying about getting just the right gift while others go out of their way to be more charitable than they normally would. It’s a fun dynamic that plays itself out year after year and I enjoy watching it all unfold.

Since next Friday is Christmas Eve I highly doubt anybody would read a “Fun-Filled Friday” post on that day. So how about we try to squeeze it all in today’s post and enjoy the holiday next weekend? Sound good? Lest you’re worried, I’ve got plenty of yuletide-themed stuff to share with you along with the regular interesting videos and news in the world of low-carb nutrition to cross my desk this past week. I hope you’re ready to smile and have a super-duper good “Fun-Filled Friday” time today!

Nothing says “Christmas” to me like hearing it straight from the mouths of babes. Check out this retelling of the Christmas story with a few interesting tidbits done in the style of “Kids Say The Darndest Things”:

Cute stuff! That one kid’s laugh was wickedly funny. Can you imagine if the donkey’s had bumper stickers:

Hee hee! And if you liked that, then check out this reenactment of the Christmas story from the children of St. Paul’s Church:

Very well done! I think it’s important for kids to know the real story of Christmas has nothing to do with Santa Claus, reindeer, or snowmen…it’s about the Christ child who came to Earth as the best gift the world has ever been given. Can you imagine what the Christmas story would have been like if it happened in the year 2010? Check out this “Digital Story Of Nativity” (it shows you just how much times have changed!):

You know, I don’t doubt it would go down something like this in modern society. It’s truly amazing how much we rely on technology to communicate and interact with each other. How else would we get to see something like the Bowen Beer Bottle Band 2010 performance of “Angels We Have Heard On High” using only beer bottles:

That was fabulous! In 2009 they did “Do You Hear What I Hear?”:

This is either a highly-talented group of friends or a big fake ! YOU DECIDE!

No doubt you’ve seen or heard about Christmas pageants, plays and musicals in your area, but one in West Palm Beach, Florida was unlike any that’s ever happened before:

OMG! I don’t know what was more shocking–the camel falling into the audience or the choir continuing to sing? WOW! Crazy stuff. It’s about as crazy as this guy who decided it would be cute to wrap his cat in some Christmas wrapping paper:

Uhhhh, okay…and the point is? All I know is none of my four cats would sit that still for that long for me to wrap them in paper. They’re rip it to shreds and then claw my eyeballs out for daring to try something like this! HA! I bet “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho (remember the little girl who sings opera like Charlotte Church?) enjoyed that cat gift video…but I think I enjoy her version of “Silent Night” even better:

Yes, that’s really a little girl singing…AMAZING isn’t it? Unlike this guy (probably from the South…and I can say that living here!) who took his creativity to a strange place:

Okeydokey! That’s beyond my scope of understanding. What I do understand is people who have a good heart for being charitable. Check out what happened this week during a hockey game in Canada when fans took part in what they call the Teddy Bear Toss after the first goal is scored:

WOW! Upwards of 23,000+ teddy bears were tossed onto the ice during the first period of the game between the Calgary Hitmen and the Red Deer Rebels at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Those bears will be given to needy children who would otherwise go without for Christmas. Just when I think humanity has become too greedy and self-centered, it’s things like this that remind me there is a giving spirit left in the world.

Here’s just a bit of nutritional news for you to chew on:

- The great Gary Taubes is set to release his new consumer-friendly version of Good Calories, Bad Calories at the end of the month, but he’s FINALLY taken my advice to start blogging! Here’s his second post called “Calories, fat or carbohydrates? Why diets work (when they do)” that I think you’ll find interesting looking at the minutia involved in diet research. Well worth the time to read!

- Well check this out ! A group of 27 people were involved in a weight loss competition over a 12-week period and the woman who won lost 33 pounds, 6 inches off her waistline and over 6% of her body fat. How’d she do it? DUH…on low-carb baby!

- If you’re not listening to Ben Greenfield ‘s fantabulous podcasts, then you’re really missing out on hearing some quality information from one of the top sports nutritionists in the nation. I was privileged to interview Ben today and he’s a wealth of knowledge on all things related to diet and the physiology of competing at a high level athletically. I look forward to sharing that conversation in early 2011. A few weeks back Ben gave me an opportunity to be on his show and my segment aired this week on “Ben Greenfield Fitness” where he addresses “What Would Happen If You Didn’t Eat Any Carbohydrates?” ENJOY!

- My friend and fellow low-carb podcaster Hank Garner is having a series of giveaways at his blog right now, including this one featuring an autographed copy of my latest book 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb . The deadline to enter is Christmas Eve, so go check it out!

- Last week I shared a link to a video lecture from “Denver’s Diet Doctor” Jeffry Gerber. Well, he decided to post the video to YouTube and improve the sound quality in case you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet! This guy is all about the importance of carbohydrate-restriction in resolving weight and health problems. Don’t miss it!

- In the “oh-no-they-didn’t” department comes this story about a father who was investigated by Child Protective Services for daring to feed his daughters organic food and preventing them from consuming tap water after a nosey neighbor reported him. Seriously folks, is this what it has come to in America where a man trying to keep his children safe from harm gets harassed for making prudent decisions? If they really want to go after somebody, how about all the parents that are shoving high-fructose corn syrup-infested processed foods on their kids with little to no regard for what all that carbage is doing to them! Sheez!

- Look at this blast from the past poster featuring the “U.S. Government’s Guide To Good Nutrition” and compare it with the Dietary Guidelines we’re stuck with today. By the way, the USDA has promised to post the transcript of the oral testimony given to them in July 2010 ( like mine !), but they never followed through . Hmmmm, why would that be since they’re getting ready to release the final version of the Guidelines to the public? THEY CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

And finally today, I’d like to end on an encouraging note featuring an inspiring poem by Michael Marks called “A Soldier’s Christmas” that is an uplifting reminder for us all:

That’s it for this holiday-edition of “Fun-Filled Friday!” MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and thanks as always for your undying support for the work I do spreading the message of healthy low-carb living with the world. I’m honored to have you as part of my ever-expanding audience of readers and wish you nothing but health and happiness as we approach the new year. God bless you guys and we’ll talk at ya again soon!

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