Rob Callery   Vice-President Bill Ulisky    Secretary Sandy Ericsson    Treasurer Amy Harp

December 2004


3rd - Ernie Viehweg,  8th - Bill Ulisky,  21st - Willie Guiford,  30th  Paul Kovac


On Nov 12 , 2004  the Indian River Corvette Club held its 57th regular meeting.  All tables were filled by members gathered at Bombardiers to enjoy dinner and elect officers.  Congratulations to president Rob, Vice-pres Bill, Secretary Betty and Treasurer Ro, Officer-at-Large Harry Butler.  Also thanks to Amy and Sandy who are retiring. Harry Butler won $55 and chose Carvel Ice Cream for dessert

November 20th found Rob/Cathie and Dick/Lucy in downtown Melbourne with their cars entered in the Vettes On The Avenue Show.  It was a beautiful day for the show.  Both cars won top 25 plaques.  Bill and Marlene stopped by to say hello

Toys For Tots sponsored by the Stuart Corvette Club drew a nice collection of Corvettes and toys for the kids.  It was a perfect day for a car show. Attending were the Callerys and Keslers

What a party!  62 club members and guests gathered at the Indian River Club to dine and dance the night away.  Sue and Terry supplied Christmas music during the bands break.  Special recognition for attending events went to Hollyann/Tom Quina and Dick/Lucy Kesler.  Of course, it goes without saying that Rob/Cathie attended an equal number of events(maybe more).  Rob presented gifts to those that donated much time and energy to club business.  Rob was presented a beautiful racing helmet painted to match his ''keeper'' special race-bred commemorative edition 2004 LeMans Blue Z0-6. Special thanks to Dale Warrington. Rob plans to put the car on the circuit in 2005.  Special THANKS  also to Ro and Dan Bryant for getting the band, Rush Relief, and arranging for the food and facility. Plans had to be changed at the last minute due to damage at Palm Court.  Next years party is already booked ---same place on Dec 10, 2005.  Plan now to attend

Special thanks go out to President Rob Callery for his outstanding leadership for 2004

Several IRCC members attended the concert at Disney Resort on December 16th presented by ''our school'', Citrus Elementary.  We heard our donated P.A. system and were thanked by volunteer Heather Bryant, daughter of Dan and Ro Bryant.  The kids from Citrus Elementary did a great job with some nice Christmas music.  What a great way to ''catch the spirit of Christmas''!


December Events
4 Toys for Tots
11 Christmas Party
16 Disney with Citrus Elem
25  Merry Christmas


January   EVENTS
16  Hurricane Harbor
20-23 NCRS Show in Old Town

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DID YOU KNOW .............

Below are some of the answers to the Questions that people have always asked about some of our Christmas traditions.

Why is Christmas abbreviated "Xmas"?
Because the Greek letter "x" is the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, Xristos. "Xmas" therefore means "Christ's Mass." The abbreviation has been around since at least the sixteenth century and is not, as some people have claimed, an attempt to take the "Christ" out of "Christmas" and make it a secular holiday

Why is it a custom to kiss under the mistletoe?
The custom of kissing under the mistletoe may be related to a Scandinavian goddess.  Frigga, the goddess of love in Norse mythology, is strongly associated with mistletoe, which has been used as a decoration in homes for thousands of years.  Mistletoe is associated with many pagan rituals. In fact, the Christian church disliked the plant so much, thanks to its pagan associations, that it forbade its use in any form. Some English churches continued this ban as late as the 20th century!  According to Charles Panati's excellent book, Extraordinary Origins of Ordinary Things, holly
became a Christian substitute for mistletoe, which is why we "deck the halls" with it. The sharply pointed leaves in holly were supposed to symbolize the thorns in Christ's crown and the red berries were to symbolize his blood.

Why do we decorate trees for Xmas?
The evergreen tree, because it is perpetually green, has been
used as a symbol of eternal life since the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews. The Scandinavians believed that the evergreen could even scare away the devil.  Decorating an evergreen tree in honor of Xmas became popular in the Middle Ages, especially in Germany.  The decorations then consisted of candles and wafers, to symbolize Christ and the Host. Martin Luther is actually said to be the first person to put candles on a tree.  (The decorated wooden Xmas pyramid was also popular then!) The tree became
popular in Europe and America in the 18th century and the Victorians started decorating them with candies and cakes hung with ribbon.  Woolworth (a department store) began selling manufactured Xmas ornaments in 1880 and the custom became big very fast.  The first electronically lighted Xmas tree appeared in 1882.

The true meaning of the song, "Twelve Days of Christmas"
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially that partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? Well here is your answer!
From l558 until l829, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning; the surface meaning, plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five
books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love,
Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
Now you know how this very strange song became a Beautiful Christmas Carol.

Why do we use Candy Canes?
"The Story Of the Candy Cane"
Of all the beautiful traditions of Christmas, few are so ancient in meaning and so rich in symbolism as the Candy Cane From the beginning of the tradition of the Christmas Tree, it was customary
to decorate the tree with symbols of the newborn Christ. Candles
represented the Light of the World, the Star recalled that first Christmas night, and the shepherd's crook symbolized the humble shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem who were first to receive the news, "Unto You is Born a Savior." Christmas tree decorations in Europe, from which our tradition comes, were customarily made of food, principally cookies and candy. This symbolically expresses thanks for "Our Daily Bread" as well as providing a Christmas  treat for the children. Thus, the shepherds crook becomes a candy cane.  As time went on, many ornaments took a more permanent nature but the Candy Cane retains the original use and meaning of Christmas Tree ornaments. Candy Canes on the Christmas tree symbolize the Shepherds in the fields on
that first Christmas night, shepherds who heard the angel chorus and came to worship at the crib of the newborn King. They are also sign of our thanks to God for the food he has given us all during the year, and not least of all, they are an inexpensive and delightful Christmas treat for the family.


Merry Christmas from the editor  Dick Kesler