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Family Tree for You Newsletter New One Just Altered Now

Family Tree for You Newsletter New One Just Altered Now

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Family tree for you NewsletterThe Byegone YearsChristmas 2012
We have nearly come to the end of another year and what a year it’s been
for a lot of us some of us have had sickness and family troubles andWe think we will all be pleased when a New Year steps in I am sure Iwill.This year the newsletter will not be to large butWe have tried to enclose as many things from the past years for you lookingback at Christmas. We
Have all that’s Christine
and Myself submitted our
own article’s this year to the magazine to try and make it a bit more
interesting for you .
Welcome to this year’s Christmas Magazine for 2012.As we have a few new
Members in the group this is how it started. FTFY was born in 2007, started byVera Brierley, and then she asked her friend, a fellow genealogist, ChristineConroy to be her assistant and it has snowballed from then! We have regularnewsletters throughout the year but this year, we are having a ChristmasMagazine, full of stories and traditions for this time of the year, all relating togenealogy and family. We have members scattered all over the world, as far asCanada & the U.S.A. and Australia. Christmas traditions and rituals, of coursevary from country to country but this one caught my eye.
How Native Indians Forecast a Cold Winter
One day in early September the chief of a Native American tribe wasasked by his tribal elders if the winter of 2011/12 was going to be cold ormild. The chief asked his medicine man, but he too had lost touch withthe reading signs from the natural world around the Great Lakes. In truth,neither of them had idea about how to predict the coming
winter. However, the chief decided to take a modern approach, and thechief rang the National Weather Service in Gaylord Michigan.
 “Yes, it is going to be a cold w
inter,' the meteorological officer told thechief. Consequently, he went back to his tribe and told the men to collect plentyof 
A fortnight later the chief called the Weather Service and asked for anupdate. 'Are you still forecasting a cold w
inter?' he asked. „Yes, very cold',
the weather officer told him. As a result of this brief conversation thechief went back to the tribe and told his people to collect every bit of wood they could find. A month later the chief called the National WeatherService once more and asked about the coming winter. 'Yes,' he was told,'it isgoing to be one of the coldest winters ever.''How can you be so sure?' the chief asked.
The weatherman replied: “Because the Native Americans of the Great
Lakes are collectin
g wood like crazy!‟‟ 
Christine’s Story
The Xmas Yule Log
The Yule log today, takes the form of either a small wood and holly centerpiece on theChristmas dinner table, or a delicious cream-filled chocolate roll, shaped like a tree logand covered with chocolate icing scored to resemble bark. But when did this traditionstart?
The origins of the burning of the yule log
 The origin of the Christmas yule log dates back to Yuletide, a pagan winter festival of firewhere the burning of a log on the eve of Winter Solstice ushered in the power of the sun.Winter Solstice falls on or around December 20, and is the shortest day and longest

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