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The Last Christmas

January 06th, 2015 by G.

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Someone someday will celebrate the last Christmas. (more…)

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January 06th, 2015 19:06:03

Longing for the Sacrament

January 06th, 2015 by G.

keep calm and focus on the sacrament              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…)

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January 06th, 2015 13:15:46

The Final Purpose of the Nativity

January 06th, 2015 by G.

“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…)

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January 06th, 2015 11:31:05

Behold the Concubine of the Lord

December 23rd, 2014 by G.

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…)

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December 23rd, 2014 10:55:48

Nativity Conversations

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

My younger kids made a nativity set for me.

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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…)

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December 22nd, 2014 10:43:37

As Terrible as an Army with Banners

December 22nd, 2014 by G.

On the sweetness of Mormon life (more…)

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December 22nd, 2014 09:30:09

Peace

December 21st, 2014 by Vader

Our ward had its Christmas program today in Sacrament Meeting.

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December 21st, 2014 23:50:27

Go and Share Creation’s Story

December 15th, 2014 by G.

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

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December 15th, 2014 09:35:23

Brother and Sister Scrooge.

December 05th, 2014 by Bookslinger

Not totally. They cancelled Christmas for the kids, and are turning Christmas into a service project.
http://www.overthebigmoon.com/why-my-husband-and-i-cancelled-christmas/

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December 05th, 2014 16:36:02

American Atheists campaign

December 01st, 2014 by Vader

Bringing cheer to the Christmas season in the Bible Belt.

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.

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December 01st, 2014 22:34:15

Silent Night 1914

December 24th, 2013 by G.

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Our ward Primary President introduced the singing of “Silent Night” this way: (more…)

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December 24th, 2013 09:37:02

The Christmas jammies video

December 22nd, 2013 by Bookslinger

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December 22nd, 2013 19:43:22

Overlooked Christmas Scriptures

December 19th, 2013 by G.

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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December 19th, 2013 11:53:05

I Dreamt I Lived a Christmas Life

December 18th, 2013 by G.

Last night I had a dream. I lay it out in sequence below but the dream was all at once. (more…)

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December 18th, 2013 09:13:45

Star Wars

December 09th, 2013 by Vader

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December 09th, 2013 10:17:43