Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Special - Your Christmas Card and Enclosed Gift!

Hello again!

You’ve told me that you are interested in having another full-year special, and so I’ve posted the links.
Click on the link to see how to get $220 of membership benefits for $147 This offer will be removed no later than January 1, 2011.  I know that the economy is tough, so I’m making this available for five full weeks so to allow as many people as possible from my mailing list the chance to take advantage of it.  Consider this your Cherokee Christmas gift card for the year - and shake that card until the real gift drops out!

As you can see, my big green friend is getting into the holiday spirit!  But what you may not know is that he also sings “I’m a little teapot,” because in Cherokee the same word is used for both of tea kettle and an alligator .  If you’ve ever seen the old hobnail style cast iron tea kettles that sat in a fire, you can easily see the resemblance to an alligator puffing and snorting, its breath fogging up on a cold morning.  The word written beneath him is “tsulasdi,” the word for both tea kettle and alligator.  

The word above him his “danistayohihv”, which a literally means “they go shooting.” Why would Christmas be celebrated with that phrase?  Because in the old days, the big family Christmas dinner required the men to go hunting on Christmas morning.  Christmas morning was filled with the festive sounds of children shredding and crackling gift wrapping paper, and the sounds of hunters in the woods.  Another sound of the holiday is the sound of firecrackers, especially here in the South.  Imagine long strings of firecrackers and think of the similarity to long strings of flashing Christmas tree lights.  See the similarity?  So the expression "they go shooting" refers to hunters, firecrackers, and Christmas tree lights.

The Christmas season is a feast of sights and sounds, colors and flavors. It's my hope that by this time next year, you will be able to describe some of that experience in Cherokee!

Nvwadohiyada, healing and peace to you, 
Brian Wilkes

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