Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Happy Thanksgiving

Howdy folks! Welcome back! A lot of stuff is going on around here! Cool stuff! It’s so much stuff and . . . ok, that’s not true. In fact, it’s been just the opposite. This past week has not been the most eventful. I’ve been busy with school this past week. I didn’t have much time to work on the other stop-motion film – the one right after the one I’m revealing today – fortunately, I’m ahead and had the one I’m showing today already finished by this Thursday. Hopefully this upcoming week, I’ll have this next one finished by the next Thursday.

But wow time flies! It’s Thanksgiving Day already! A lot of you will probably be having some time with your family later today, eating turkey, watching football, or whatever else you’re doing. My family and I watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I really enjoyed it (minus the annoying commercials, of course). Today also marks something else rather special – the official start of the Christmas season (of course, my family has been watching Christmas movies since October). After all, Christmas is only: 33 days away! That’s shocking!

Now I know all of you will want to hurry up and get on to your day, so today I’ll keep this entry rather short (especially compared to the last one!). Today, I’m going to help us all remember why we are celebrating Thanksgiving in the first place!

This oven-ready turkey looks delicious!
You see, it has been hundreds of years since the pilgrims celebrated the first “official” Thanksgiving, but thanksgiving was celebrated not hundreds, but thousands of years before! Just as it states in many parts of the book of Psalm in the Bible:

Psalm 95:1-2 – “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.”

Psalm 100:4 – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His Name”

These sections of scripture were written by a guy named David. For those of you who don’t know, this is the same guy that killed Goliath with nothing more than a slingshot, a stone, Goliath’s sword (which he used after Goliath collapsed) and faith in God. In these passages of scripture, David is writing about having thanksgiving with God. This is not the same Thanksgiving Day that we celebrate every November, but this kind of thanksgiving is giving thanks to God and being thankful. Showing thanksgiving isn’t only a thing we should show on Thanksgiving Day, but every single day of the year is when we should be thankful to God, and praise Him for all the wonderful blessing He bestows on us every day. Don’t think you have anything to be thankful for? Well, that’s a common misconception; you have tons of stuff to be thankful for! Blessings are all around us! If you woke up this morning, that’s a blessing. If you have family to spend Thanksgiving Day with, that’s a blessing. If you can read this: you have blessings. Blessings are literally all around us; one reason so many people in today’s society are dismal is because they fail to see every day’s blessings that God has given to each and every one of us!

Now that we’ve had our thankful, Thanksgiving Day reminder, we can finally take a closer look at today’s face-off! Now you may have noticed that unlike the previous four face-offs, I did not take two weeks to talk about the two animals that will be facing off today. Why did I not do this? Well, the answer is simply that I wanted to save the facts about these two dinosaurs for later because they will (Lord willing) be coming up once again in the near future. So today, before the face-off, I’ll give a few stats about each animal.

Velociraptor is a terrible little dinosaur with sharp teeth, clawed fingers, and a sickle-shaped claw on each forelimb, nicknamed the “Killer Claw” because it was probably used to finish off its prey. This creature is about the size of an animal some of you will be eating later today: the turkey. Now this raptor may look a little like a turkey, considering its bird-like body, but that’s about as bird-ish as these reptiles get! They aren’t related (but that’s a whole other topic!).

Protoceratops was about the size of a pig and is related to the larger Triceratops of North America. It has a large bony neck frill for display and protection. For defense, it uses its sharp beak to snap the bones of a potential predator, such as Velociraptor. In real life, Protoceratops didn’t have horns. The ones in the video you are about to see have horns because, frankly, that’s all I had in the collection, so just pretend they aren’t there, ok?

Now, it’s time for the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . the moment where two legendary creatures will face-off in a fight to the death. Hit it boys:

SNAP! BASH! SNARL! SLICE! ROAR! That was some face-off! Now we know what dinosaur really deserves its Hollywood reputation after all! But what did you think? Please be sure to leave your comments regarding the film! I’d really appreciate it! To do this, all you need to do are a few basic steps:
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Be sure to tune in next week to see who will win on my next stop-motion film: “Animal Face-Off: Velociraptor vs. Ankylosaur”. That pretty much wraps up what’s going on around here! See you next week as Christmas nears ever closer. Now go and enjoy some time with your family and/or friends as you be thankful for what God has given you. Oh! And have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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