WestJet Gets Into The Spirit Of Giving.

While we were searching around for Christmas music videos, we came upon this video from WestJet from 2013. We’ll let the WestJet blog set up the premise:

In early August, we sat down with our friends at studio m and started brainstorming what ‘giving’ looked like at its best. We wanted to do something big, exciting and fresh.

Fast forward three months and, with the help of 175 WestJet volunteers, three airports and Santa himself, we made a Christmas miracle happen for more than 250 guests on two Calgary-bound flights.

We know that Santa has a very busy schedule at this time of year, and can’t be everywhere. So we did what WestJetters do best, and helped him spread some Christmas magic to our guests.

What actually happened? You’ll have to watch the WestJet Christmas miracle video below to find out. Make sure you have a few tissues handy, though.

Don’t forget to also check out Santa’s bloopers video — we know you’ll love them.

Without further adieu, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!


Hong Kong Flash Mob – Ode To Joy.

Last year the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra got into the Christmas flash mob spirit with a very nice rendition of “Ode to Joy.”

Paris Choral Society Gets Into The Flash Mob Spirit.

Paris Choral Society members and friends gathered, flashmob-style, at the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall on 16 Nov 2013 to surprise the shoppers with holiday spirit, singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Join them as they sing Handel’s great musical masterpiece again.

Thanksgiving Leftovers.

If you have some leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner and want more than just making turkey sandwiches, try a couple of these ideas.

The potato cakes are great (we’ve made them before) and we have tried a variation of the turkey wraps at the end.

Yum yum!


Ferguson-Burning--ROHThis past week, a Grand Jury in Missouri issued a “no bill” in the death of Michael Brown who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

The decision not to charge Wilson has led to protests, violence, arrests, arson, looting, accusations and cross accusations from many people across the country.

We’ve spent a few days looking over the testimonies, reports and evidence seen by the Grand Jury. We are sure that this case is not as clear as people would have you believe. While the transcripts provide an interesting perception of the events, those events are based upon some foundational problems. While most people are talking about what happened, we want to focus on the rocks upon which a young man lost his life and a police officer lost his career.

On Friday, August 9, 2013, 18 year old Michael Brown and his 22 year old friend Darian Johnson headed to a convenience store. In his testimony Johnson said he knew Brown for two to three months and saw himself as a mentor to the younger Brown. The “mentor” and his apprentice are heading to the store to pick up some cigarillos which will allow the two to smoke some marijuana, get high, and chill out.

This is foundation problem #1 – 22 year old males with a child out of wedlock and looking to get high are not and cannot be a successful “mentor” to an 18 year old. It just doesn’t happen. Young men and women need successful role models in their lives – not faux mentors who are willing to help 18 year olds make questionable – if not outright horrible – choices in life.

Brown and Johnson go to the convenience store where Brown takes packs of Cigarillos without paying for them. Much has been made of this theft. In some corners Brown has been labeled a “thug” for his actions of not only taking the Cigarillos, but also pushing and slapping the store owner. Other people have tried to criticize those who mention the theft as trying to demonize the dead. Personally, we don’t where the line is crossed where one goes from being a thief to a “thug,” but there is no doubt that Brown and Johnson took part in a theft which makes them thieves.

Welcome to foundational problems #2 and #3.

Christmas Music!

Last year we had a blast looking around for fun videos with Christmas music. Today, many people will be heading out for “Black Friday” deals in which the prevailing attitude is “peace on earth, good will toward men but if I don’t get 10% off on this item, someone is gonna get hurt.” (Not exactly full of “Christmas spirit” if you know what we mean.)

In 1988 a Christmas compilation album made by contemporary Christian artists of the day was release. One of our favorite songs on the album is “Angels We Have Heard on High” sung by people such as Margaret Becker, Bebe Winans, Whiteheart, Geoff Moore, and Steven Curtis Chapman. We have always loved the power and exuberance behind this particular version of this classic Christmas hymn.

So to start out this Christmas season, and more importantly to celebrate the birth of Christ, here is “Angels We Have heard on High” from 1988.

Happy Thanksgiving.

The staff of Raised on Hoecakes wish you, your family and friends, a wonderful Thanksgiving.


If you are one of the people that are going to be heading out shopping for “Black Friday” deals, please remember that there are people who think turkeys can fly.

Once again, count your blessings, friends and family and have a great Thanksgiving.

A Lost Friend.

We lost a friend today when he passed away suddenly.

All we can think about is the number of times we seem to have taken friends and family for granted or at the very least, not told and shown them how much they mean to us.

During this time of year, it is easy to think of friends and family, but in actuality, it is something that we should do throughout the year.

Find a friend today and tell them how grateful you are that they are in your life.

Tomorrow, they may not be able to hear you.

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