Well, it’s been busy around here, and every time I think, “Oh, I should write a blog post about that!” five things I have to do first always pop up.
But I’m settling on the couch with a cup of coffee this Sunday before undertaking the day’s baking projects to update a little here.
First, life: nothing of any great importance to report. Just the usual Christmas stuff…making gifts, doing a lot of-cookie baking:
…going to Christmas concerts and church events, class holiday parties, the Chelsea parade, where the high school marching band decorates their instruments with lights:
and all the usual things that you are probably doing, too.
Suddenly it seems fashionable among certain Christian traditionalists to proclaim that the only way we are supposed to celebrate Christmas is by engaging in spiritual pursuits and religious tradition. Now, I understand the sentiment and totally agree that the holiday for many folks has turned into an empty, meaningless glut of consumerism. Yuck. Among the many things Americans Don’t Need, here are two I saw:
But when Mrs. Wood even said we ought not put up Christmas trees and just look out the window at the pine tree outside, well…I mean come on, we are celebrating a BIRTHDAY here. How does one normally celebrate the birth of a baby? Especially when that baby is a KING, for heaven’s sake? I dunno, but at my house we’ve put up evergreen wreaths and garlands and twinkly white lights:
…and a Christmas tree and silver bells and a glass creche and wooden creche and a Nutcracker doll and…well, you get the picture. It doesn’t cost much – probably 85% of our Christmas decorations were either given to us as gifts or inherited from elderly relatives who were cleaning out their basements.
Anyway. What else? Oh yes, a movie came out this weekend, perhaps you’ve heard of it? I didn’t go see it, but one of our daughters is a big Star Wars fan and so she and Phil went to see it yesterday. They amused themselves in line with some Star Wars picture app on his phone:
And then they got really silly and turned Professor Diggers into a fighter pilot and Miss Ruby into Princess Leia:
What I’m reading online: I don’t have a blogroll for this blog, but there has been a lot of really interesting reading material, both in the posts and in the comments at these ten blogs that I read regularly (this does not imply that I necessarily agree with every word written on each site):
- Throne and Altar
- Tradition, Authority, Reason
- Zippy Catholic
- Face to Face
- The Thinking Housewife
- The Small Hold
- The Reactivity Place (I scan his This Week in Reaction posts for topics that catch my interest)
- Vox Popoli
- Practicing Resurrection
- Rural Revolution
So, just a brief post to say hello and that I’m not dead. I hope to write a few substantive posts over Christmas break. Hope you and yours are well!