30 November 2018

This 'n' That

I love Christmas markets!
I can't believe November is almost over! I enjoy the Advent season, and look forward to it every year, so I'm happy to welcome December. Unfortunately, though, it does mean that not-so-merry task of lugging the Christmas decorations up from the basement. Nothing says 'Happy Holidays' like trying not to damage the walls when you carry up the Christmas tree!

Last night I watched a special documenting Christmas traditions in Europe. It was really interesting to see how different countries celebrate, and even to see the difference between Christmas celebrations in the cities versus in the common countryside. Suffice it to say that I find our American traditions to be lame and lacking. That's why it's so special to be aware of the true meaning of Christmas. When it's about Christ and when that's your focus, the rest of it is just a little added flavor!

While you wait just one more day to bust into your chocolate Advent calendar, why not distract yourself with your week in review (kind of):
  • We are adopted as sons, and that's important. 
  • This would be such a fun gift for a book lover!
  • Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
  • Some thoughts on grace.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I feel like this isn't a warning we should have to be issuing. Gross.
  • "Theology is a noble subject of study for women."
  • Cults and their inner workings are strangely and sadly interesting.
This is the season when we are expected to be happy; and my heart’s desire is, that in the highest and best sense, you who are believers may be “merry.” Mary’s heart was merry within her; but here was the mark of her joy, it was all holy merriment, it was every drop of it sacred mirth. It was not such merriment as worldlings will revel in to-day and to-morrow, but such merriment as the angels have around the throne, where they sing, “Glory to God in the highest...” —Charles Spurgeon

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