Someone someday will celebrate the last Christmas. (more…)
Mary comes in to the living room on a bouncy hop ball with a fringed linen napkin around her head. Joseph walks beside her in a bathrobe. ‘He’ is sulking because Joseph is a girl, and wanted to be Mary instead of “his” sister. The nativity unfolds. The new baby in the family is taken out of the cradle, because she is fussing, and a doll is substituted in. One of the angels forgets her lines. When the wise men bring their “gifts” (best not to look to closely at them), a two-year old shepherd gets excited and starts squealing that Santa will bring presents for everyone tonight. (more…)
“I don’t know. No reason.” You have just been asked why you wore that shirt today. You don’t recall. Impulse maybe. It doesn’t matter and it’s not worth talking about.
But if your choice did matter, there should be a reason. When you knock at the gates of heaven (who has ears to hear, let him hear), when you are asked “why have you come?” you should have something better to say than “I don’t know. No reason.” (more…)
Nothing made the Southern defenders of the peculiar institution more hot than the accusation that Southern men dallied with their slave women. An oblique reference to it by Senator Sumner was what got Congressman Brooks to near cane him to death. (more…)
My younger kids made a nativity set for me.
It goes without saying that there’s Joseph on the left, Mary on the right, the swaddled Infant Jesus in the center, and a lamb poking its head in at the bottom. Not pictured: a second Infant Jesus they made for the set, for reasons best known to themselves. (more…)
On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)
Our ward had its Christmas program today in Sacrament Meeting.
Central to that story is the creation of a little baby in a manger.
A really fun Christmas production, despite the Youtube’s Greatest Hits flavor.
Hat tip to Phil W. at Brandywinebooks.net
Not totally. They cancelled Christmas for the kids, and are turning Christmas into a service project.
Apparently the little girl is too old for “fairy tales” about God … but not too old to be writing Santa to complain about it.
There’s a metaphor there. And not one, I think, that the American Atheists intended.
Our ward Primary President introduced the singing of “Silent Night” this way: (more…)
Christmas is fundamentally a family holiday. We should celebrate the Christ child, but we don’t need to be lugubrious about it. We don’t need to suppress family fun because the family is in the image of the Holy Family and pleasing to God. Your family relation is part of the deep spiritual core of Christmas, as two overlooked passages of Christmas scripture show. (more…)
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Last night I had a dream. I lay it out in sequence below but the dream was all at once. (more…)