Today is December 21, 2016, the 356th day of the year. Winter began at 5:44 a.m.
On this day in 1864, William Tecumseh Sherman conquers Savannah, GA. The following day, Sherman would wire Lincoln, “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”
The scene was a children’s Christmas play at a local church and poor William was a kind soul with a problem. You see, William was chosen to be the innkeeper. William didn’t want to be the innkeeper. “The innkeeper was the one that wouldn’t let Mary and Joseph stay,” said the youngster. “I don’t think he was very nice at all. I don’t want to play such a mean man.” But William’s mother convinced him that the play wasn’t for real, but the innkeeper was an important part of telling what happened on that night so long ago.
So, the night of the play came and William was going to do his best to play the innkeeper. But when Mary and Joseph showed up looking for room at the inn, William just couldn’t go through with it. “Mary, Joseph, look, it’s not much, but I’ve got a small room upstairs that you can have for the night.”
Taken by surprise at William’s changing of the script, the little boy playing Joseph said, “I wouldn’t stay in this dump if you paid me.”
If you could take back one gift you have given someone, what would it be? Why?
Notre Dame point guard Matt Farrell’s brother Bo, who was stationed in Afghanistan, surprised Matt and their parents with a surprise homecoming after Notre Dame’s win Monday night. These never get old.