Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bates Look Forward to Christmas

 Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates, Christmas 2016

What are you most looking forward to about the holidays? Gil and Kelly Bates share one of their favorite parts of Christmas in the video clip below. With so many schedules to coordinate as their older kids are marrying off, the Bates don't always celebrate on December 25th, but rest assured there will be a big Bates Christmas bash at some point!


Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates; video courtesy of UP

31 comments:

  1. Spending time with My mom & Some family members who does visit but does not live with us. Thanksgiving is coming up I can't wait for that for a big meal on Thursday.

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  2. I love spending the holidays with my family.This year my oldest daughter won't here because she is on a missions trip. She left earlier this week. Though I'm happy she doing good, selfish me wishes she were home.

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  3. IDOLATRAS, LA NAVIDAD NO ES BIBLICA.¡¡¡¡

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    1. Ana, no juzgues, no sea que seas juzgado!!!

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    2. Ana, No necisitas gritar.( You don't need to shout)

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    3. Christmas does have a pagan origin.

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    4. Ana could you please write in English. I can't understand what you wrote. Thank you

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    5. NO GRITO, SIEMPRE ESCRIBO EN MAYUSCULA. LA NAVIDAD NO ES BIBLICA, NO ESTA ESCRITO EN LA BIBLIA, PERO EL MUNDO CREE CUALQUIER COSA, SIGUEN TRADICIONES PAGANAS, QUE ESTAN MUY LEJOS DE SER CIERTAS. LOS INVITO A QUE LEAN LA BIBLIA, AHI ESTA TODA LA VERDAD. LAS MENTIRAS SON DE SATANAS.

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    6. Ana when you write in all CAPS it is considered shouting.

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    7. And also there are people here who read and understand Spanish and know you are trolling.

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    8. From the few words that look like our English, I'm guessing the poster is saying our Christmas traditions are pagan and not Biblical. Am I right?

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    9. Yes Anon 9:34 you are correct. She said also they are of Satan or something like that. Although I'm sure Satan wouldn't want us to even acknowledge Jesus' birth and resurrection at all.

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    10. I think decorations help us celebrate the birth of Jesus. It inspires us and motivates us. If we didn't have all the decor,Christmas would be kind of bleak (Not that Jesus's birth is bleak and uninteresting ) and I think few people would celebrate Christmas (As far as non christians). I truly believe all the fun and beautiful decorations gets us thinking and reflecting about our Saviour's birth and what a beautiful thing it is! Even non Christians who deck their homes is decorations are celebrating Jesus's birth even though they may not know it:)

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  4. Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for all the servicemen and women who have come home or will be coming home for Christmas. To be thankful for all those whose Cancer is in remission or cured. To be thankful for the micropreemies who made it through and are home with their families. Thankful for my darling husband who has stood by me through the hard times, my Cancer diagnosis without complaint. Thankful for the Bates Family who bring joy to all who watch UP. The smiles and laughter go a long way when times are rough. God bless all of you!

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    1. Bless you and continued health to you and your family. Xoxo from Indiana

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  5. Kelly is so sweet to recognize that there are her kid's
    in-laws to consider.

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  6. We had our Thanksgiving early, about 3 weeks ago. All 5 children were able to come home at the same time. It was such a blessing to see them all together since 2 are in the military. God is good! Blessings to everyone!

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    1. Thank you to your children for their service. So happy you were able to all be together. God bless.

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  7. Decorating one's home shouldn't be viewed as being pagan or satanic. If we take on this mindset, why are birthday decorations allowed and not viewed as being pagan? The Christmas decorations are for joy and celebration about the birth of Jesus. Good times are for celebrating...nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with a Christmas tree. One can put an angel on the top of it or the three wise men's star...how is that not biblical? Yes, the origins may have been pagan, but they were incorporated lightly to CONVERT pagans to Christianity. How is that bad? Lighten up, folks. Christmas IS the birth of Jesus to begin with. Celebrate it.

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    1. Yes, I think decorations help inspire us and motivate us to celebrate the birth of our Saviour!

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    2. It appears that there is only one person who wants to argue and that's the woman who is yelling.

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    3. I am Anon 9:31. If you, Anon 9:35, were referring to me, I was not yelling. My exclamation mark was put there to express enthusiasm. I was not angry in the least:)

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    4. I believe he or she was referring to Ana Cuneo who wants to argue about Christmas.

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    5. Hi I'm Anon at 9:35. I'm referring to Ana Cuneo who is the one yelling in Spanish. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.

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    6. That's ok:). I should have figured that out:)

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  8. ¿QUE ES ANON? NO ES BIBLICO, ¿ALGUN DIOS PAGANO? NO GRITO, SIEMPRE ESCRIBO EN MAYUSCULA, ES UNA COSTUMBRE, HAY MUCHA GENTE QUE ESCRIBE DE ESTA MANERA, LAMENTO SI ENTIENDEN OTRA COSA. EN CUANTO A LO DE LA NAVIDAD, ES PROBLEMA DE USTEDES, CREER CUALQUIER COSA.

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    1. Ana, we can't understand you.Can you please speak in English ?

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  9. NO I CAN NOT SPEEK INGLISH. I CAN NOT WRITING IN INGLSIH, SORRY. ¿NO PUEDE USAR EL TRADUCTOR PARA ENTENDER ESPAÑOL? MI INGLES ES MUY POBRE.

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    1. Anon is short for Anonymous which means the person remains nameless.Some commenters use the title Anonymous instead of putting down their name when they post a comment.

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