Oct 282017
Okay people LISTEN UP!  I’m getting a little tired of these hate mails and comments!  If you want to hate me because I use the name “XMASDOLLY”, stop wasting your time with me, and try looking it up in your history books!
Credit of this Article:  http://www.hearthevoice.com/  Xmas: is it taking Christ out of Christmas?

(Credit to… and thank you Mr. Capes)… By David Capes

Last year, this post got a lot of hits so I thought I would bring it back.   Some people are talking about a “war on Christmas.”  Is using “Xmas” an attempt to take “Christ” out of Christmas?  Take a look below.

I remember my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Potts, opening a vein when anyone wrote “Xmas” instead of “Christmas.” She felt there was a war on Christmas in her day and that people who abbreviated the name of the holiday were trying to take Christ out of Christmas. I suppose that is true for some people, but when you look into the real story of “Xmas” you realize that something else is at work.


The story begins with the Ten Commandments. One of those commandments says, “Do not take the name of the LORD in vain.” The name by the way is not “LORD,” that was a respectful translation or substitute for the name. In Hebrew THE NAME is four letters, yodh-he-vav-he. The technical term for the name is the tetragrammaton (literally, “the four letters”). Scholars today think the name may have been pronounced—when it was pronounced—Yahweh or Yahveh. But we aren’t sure. This was the covenant name of God, the name revealed to Moses and Israel at Mt. Sinai.

Under the influence of the commandment about the misuse of God’s name, the faithful spoke it less and less. By the time of Jesus speaking the name was considered blasphemous in almost every circumstance. The rabbis made their mark by building a hedge about the law. If you never spoke God’s name, you could never be guilty of taking the name in vain. It was a way of safeguarding the name. Even when reading Scripture in the synagogue, a substitute word was used. In Aramaic-speaking synagogues the readers said “Adonai.” In Greek-speaking synagogues they said “kyrios.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls provide good evidence for how the name of God was written in the centuries and decades leading up to the New Testament era. In many of the biblical scrolls the name of God is written in paleo-Hebrew script. That would be like shifting to a Gothic font when writing the name of God. In other scrolls the name is not written at all; it is represented by four, thick dots written in the center of the line. In yet other scrolls where the name of God should be there is a blank in the line just large enough for the tetragrammaton. Scholars theorize that the blank was left by a junior scribe and would have been filled in later by a senior scribe who had permission to write the name. Where there is a blank in the line, we think the senior scholar never got around to writing the divine name in the blank. These were some of the ways the faithful showed respect for the name of God.

Early Christians developed their own way of signaling respect for the names and titles associated with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Copying the New Testament books in Greek, they abbreviated the names (usually first letter and last letter) and placed a line above those letters. You can see this in the picture. Scholars refer to these asnomina sacra (Latin for “sacred names”). Copyists continued to write sacred names this way for centuries. It remains a common practice still among artists who create the icons used in the eastern churches. Many names and titles were written this way including “God,” “Father,” “Jesus,” “Son of God,” “Son of Man,” “Christ,” “Lord,” “Holy Spirit.” For our purposes note the nomina sacra for “Christ;” it was written XC. Now remember these are letters from the Greek alphabet not our Latinized version. It is not “X” (eks) the 24th letter of our English alphabet but the Greek letter “Chi,” the first letter of the title “Christ.”

Earliest versions of writing Christmas as “Xmas” in English go back to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (about 1100). This predates the rise of secularism by over 600 years. The Oxford English Dictionary cites the use of “X-“ for “Christ” as early as 1485. In one manuscript (1551) Christmas is written as “X’temmas.” English writers from Lord Byron (1811) to Samuel Coleridge (1801) to Lewis Carroll (1864) used the spelling we are familiar with today, “Xmas.”

The origin of “Xmas” does not lie in secularists who are trying to take Christ out of Christmas, but in ancient scribal practices adopted to safeguard the divine name and signal respect for it. The “X” in “Xmas” is not the English letter (eks) as in “X marks the spot,” but it is the initial Greek letter of the title “Christ.” No doubt some people today use the abbreviated form to disregard the Christian focus of the holy-day, but the background tells a different story, a story of faithful men and women expressing the deep respect they have for Jesus at this time of year.

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted everyone to know that I am not blasphemous when I use the name “XmasDolly”  I knew this story before I took the name.  Now we all know, right?!

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I took this name because of a Doll dressed in red on a Valentines Box my Dad gave my Mom back in 1943 when he was in the service, and because the doll was dressed in red (like a Caroler let’s say), and my mom called the doll her “Christmas Doll”.  When my Mom passed away her dolly was on my dresser when my daughter came over and asked me what did I want to call my blog, and I told her Christmas Dolly, and she said it was too long, and … the rest is history!


Aug 262017
Do you want a used car?  I heard you could be getting somebody else’s headache!  OUCH!
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Scale of Justice     You have made up your mind to buy a new car or a used one.  Now  what are you going to do first?  Well the first thing you need to do is your homework because if you’re looking for a used car then you sure don’t want to get a lemon now do you?   You see finding that so called “dream car” could be the biggest migraine you ever had if you don’t!   It’s tidiest work if you let it, but all you have to do is get on line and let those dainty fingers of yours do the walking as they say!  There are so many different resources competing about what you need to look for when shopping for a new car or used car, and I think the first think you need to find out is what is the “Lemon Law” for your state!  That’s right I said the “Lemon Law”!
Nearly all State Lemon Law Statutes provide lemon law rights similar to the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which makes breach of warranty a violation of federal law. All States have enacted their own Warranty Acts and many States have enacted specific Statutes that pertain to Automobile Warranties. If your car is not considered a “lemon” in your State, you do have other recourse. Think your Car is a Lemon? Read your State’s lemon law below to see how your State defines a Lemon, and whether your car and its repair history qualify.   So, okay I got you started on your research.  Your welcome.
The next thing you should do in finding a good car is performing the right research. You can’t make that so-called “right” purchase without knowing the facts about the make, model and price of your car.  Now I’ve been all Over the years, I have found that Cars.com is a great resource to learning about your potential purchase.   Cars.com is a leading online destination that helps car shoppers and owners navigate every turn of car ownership. A pioneer in automotive classifieds, the company has evolved into one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting consumers with local dealers across the country anytime, anywhere. Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile app features, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of research tools and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, Cars.com helps shoppers buy, sell and service their vehicles.  Now come on, what more can you ask for?  This surely isn’t the 1940’s with no internet and no resources to look up is it??????
 Now if you’re a first-time buyer your research will help you get the best car at the best price & the car salesman will no you did your homework.   Another important tip is to not stick with one dealer. Though dealers can stock huge selections at different prices, it doesn’t mean their prices are industry competitive, so because of this visiting other dealers and researching similar cars you are interested will get you a baseline price for the vehicle. Visiting other dealers will give you an understanding of what you should be paying, and therefore get you the best price.  Looking at various dealers is increasingly important if you are shopping for a used car. An important factor of used cars is their number of miles. This number has a huge impact on the wear and tear of the car along with the price. Guessing the price of a car based on the miles it has will not give you accurate information, and will most likely result in overspending on your part.  So, visiting other dealers and looking at competing prices is especially important for used cars. Doing this will result in your car being the right price, and it will show the dealer or seller you know what you are talking about.  As mentioned above, it is important to show the person selling the car that you are educated.  This is yet another reason why your research is so valuable. Buying a car can be tricky, and people selling cars can take advantage of you very easily, which is why it’s important to show the seller that you know what you’re talking about. Your research helps you learn the true value and worth of the cars you are shopping for. It can be used as support to the seller to help you negotiate the right price. Doing research on a potential purchase results in information that will help you get a fair price from the dealership or seller.
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Make sure you sort out your car insurance too before you take ownership of the car. Just like when you buy a property, you must have insurance in place as soon as you’ve become the legal owner – even if you’re not driving it just yet this is because if anything happens to it, it’s your responsibility.  You might be taking extra care of your brand new car, but what if on your way home you stop for a red light & the guy behind you doesn’t stop and you’re rear-ended?  OUCH!  Don’t forget it’s  illegal to drive on public roads without insurance anyway.  Come on, we all know that, so let’s make sure it’s insured before you pick up that beauty you just bought!   You can ask the dealer if the car comes with any insurance.  You may be covered for a week, but if not you’ll need to arrange insurance before driving the car home anyway.  So always check before you pick up your car.  Bear in mind that premiums can be pricey if you’re buying new model, which is why it’s important to check on that insurance to see if you can afford the insurance before paying for that deposit.

When Buying a New or Used Car, having information is worth it’s weight in gold!     

When using any online car buying tips service that claims to be the very best remember this:  There are NO GUARANTEES!  I cannot stress the importance of doing your own homework.  HELLO!  NO CHEATING EITHER because then you’re only cheating yourself!   No online car service can guarantee you the lowest price!  NONE!  Only YOU can do that, and HOW?  YOU ASK!    Also, by having all your information in order, and using your computer instead of your car to search for the best deal.   The tips you find on-line can be phenomenal if you search!  Use GOOGLE!  I found that’s the quickest way!  Recently my husband and I bought a 2013 Altima, Nissan and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and we even did our research together.  Oh, and don’t forget when you go in that dealership to ask about a particular car ask for a “CAR FAX”!  This will tell you if that vehicle was in an accident before, and it has tons of info on it.

I hope you are able to save time and money using Car Buying Help Online, as well as the many other resources the Internet has to offer Car shoppers. There are many people like yourself that just want to make sure they are getting a good deal on a new or used car, and a fair price for the trade in, and not somebody else’s headache (*see first paragraph)!  If you do your research, put your best deal on the table, stand firm, and let the seller know that you want to buy on your terms, you should remove most of the stress that car buyers dread so much. Plus, you should be able to spend less time at the Dealer with those full blown car salesman that can talk a mile a minute and say nothing because when you walk in that door you’ll already have the ammunition to fire back at him.  It’s also just as easy to walk out that door if you feel like you’re being scammed.  Woo Hoo  Good for you!!!

The Truth about Car Salespeople and Dealers

Now, because of their tainted history, new and used car salespeople have been painted with a broad brush as being scam artists. Thanks to the Internet many dealers have changed the way they do business because of this.  Profits on new cars have gone down over the years, and the power of online reviews has caused them to rethink how they treat the process of selling a new car. If you do your homework, you should already know what to pay for a new car.


Here are some tips when dealing with a car salesperson and Finance rep:

Have your notes and paperwork with you at all times.
Don’t lie to the salesperson – It makes you no better then them.
Do not show emotion – Negotiate from strength based on your research and notes.
Be professional – do not lose your cool.
Be prepared to walk out – it’s your money not theirs.
DO NOT talk monthly payment, talk selling price!
Bring a third party – this can help create a buffer zone.
Read your sales contract carefully – do not sign until every cost is clear.  It’s their time, but it’s your money!

It is the negotiating process that determines how much money you are giving away, especially in the finance office when the real profit grabbing takes place.  Be ready for them!  You have your notes in your hand, the information in your head (if you did your homework), so smile pretty you have sooooo got this!!!   I’m so proud of you & you’ll be proud of yourself!  So, it’s time to walk in that door and sit down to haggle.  Now also…..  LADIES, do I have your attention!  These salesman will grab your brain because he thinks you don’t have one.  What do women know about a accelerator or how many cylinders a car has, and why we should know this?  I mean… well, heck Mr. all I know is where to put the key and turn it on and when I go to a gas station I have to put gas in the car right and CHANGE A TIRE??? WHO ME???  No, I might break a nail!!!  Pointing to a 4-way what’s this used for honey???  Oh I know, breaking away ice from the windshield…..  RIGHT???   WRONG!!!  Ladies, stand up and unite!  Tell this character those days are over!   Us ladies no more about a car these days then her husband does, right???  And why you ask???  CUZ WE DID OUR HOMEWORK & because we want to save money!!!  Plus, if there’s a coupon out there when buying a car,  you know we have one in our purse!!!  GOOD LUCK!


This is a 2008 Dodge Caravan that we bought a few years ago, and believe me we did our homework for this one for a long time, and we got everything we wanted and needed for this car.  When I brought it home I went to Walmart and bought seat covers to say the least especially when you have 11 grandchildren.  Need I say more!  The salesman I had was good, but I was a step ahead of him all the way and why????  Yes, because I did my homework!  I cannot impress upon you anymore than I have already how really important it is!!!

So the scoop is do as much research as you can on-line and also  Cars.com has a great deal of information on it’s site.  Hunt around they have many pages to search through because when it comes to researching and finding the car that’s right for you and your needs with including your family cars.com is a great place to start.   Their tips can only help you doing your research.  Cars.com is a leading online destination that helps car shoppers and owners navigate every turn of car ownership.   A pioneer in automotive classifieds, the company has evolved into one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting consumers with local dealers across the country anytime, anywhere.  Through trusted expert content, on-the-lot mobile app features, millions of new and used vehicle listings, a comprehensive set of research tools and the largest database of consumer reviews in the industry, Cars.com helps shoppers buy, sell and service their vehicles.  Purchasing a car doesn’t have to complicated and cause you a first class headache or an argument in the family!  Drama is one thing you don’t need at a time like this!  Right?  Right!
So my friend, good hunting for your information and for your new car!!!  I hope I helped in some small way!

Were you satisfied with your last vehicle purchase? Would you have done anything different & if so what would that have been?   

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Aug 232017




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