Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Church at home

December 21, 2008
christmas snow
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Since we have had an insane amount of snow this weekend (at least a foot just today), church has been cancelled for tomorrow. I’m actually not that upset about this; we’ve been thinking about finding another church that’s a little more conservative, not like nutty conservative, but like more into the Word and more of an intimate setting. Not sure how or if we’re going to find that, but that’s another story for another day.

Anyway! Sunday we’re planning on having church at home. Since we have three kids, we wanted to encourage and include them.

1. Curr168.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/pdf/New/Curr168.pdf

2. Curr167.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/pdf/New/Curr167.pdf

3. Curr165.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://biblestudyplanet.com/kids/new/Curr165.pdf

4. Curr170.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://biblestudyplanet.com/kids/new/Curr170.pdf

5. Christmas devotional: Just a Manger
http://www.hoyweb.com/lh/manger.asp

I’ll also be playing some Christmas carols on the piano; it’s shaping up to be a nice morning.

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

December 15, 2008
A tree covered with Snow
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SNOW!!!

A lot of snow. A LOT of snow! We got dumped on yesterday here in the Portland area, and everything is shut down, including schools. We played in the snow most of yesterday with a bunch of sledding, hot chocolate, and coffee with peppermint creamer. I’m still sore, actually. Temps are expected to be in the low 20’s all week, with more snow coming tomorrow night, Wednesday, and Thursday, so honestly, I don’t think the kids will be going to school at all this week. Which is both good and bad. Good, because it’s the week before Christmas break and we’ll get to watch lots of old Christmas movies, make popcorn, presents, and homemade goodies. Bad, because the kids will be bugging me every five minutes to go outside again, which, hello? It’s COLD.

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I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

December 15, 2008
A tree covered with Snow
Image via Wikipedia

SNOW!!!

A lot of snow. A LOT of snow! We got dumped on yesterday here in the Portland area, and everything is shut down, including schools. We played in the snow most of yesterday with a bunch of sledding, hot chocolate, and coffee with peppermint creamer. I’m still sore, actually. Temps are expected to be in the low 20’s all week, with more snow coming tomorrow night, Wednesday, and Thursday, so honestly, I don’t think the kids will be going to school at all this week. Which is both good and bad. Good, because it’s the week before Christmas break and we’ll get to watch lots of old Christmas movies, make popcorn, presents, and homemade goodies. Bad, because the kids will be bugging me every five minutes to go outside again, which, hello? It’s COLD.

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Christmas at the Grotto

December 11, 2008
the grotto
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Last night as a family Christmas present, my mother in law took us to Burgerville (hazelnut shakes nom nom nom) and then to the Grotto, a Catholic shrine dedicated to Mary that features a large Christmas display every year – lights, actors, singing, concerts, etc.

It’s great. I’m not a Catholic (although I have been investigating Catholicism – seriously) but it’s so reverent and holy there. Even the kids were quiet as we listened to the Christmas story, watched the candles flicker, and quietly paid homage to this strangest yet holiest of stories.

I’ve been struck this year by how odd it was for God to come as a baby. Babies are so helpless, yet so utterly charming and kissable. Even when they keep you up all night screaming, you still can’t help but snuggle their baby chub and hug them close. And Jesus was a baby – Mary had to know that he was God, right there in her arms, yet still….that tummy wasn’t going to kiss itself. There’s nothing in the Bible that says Mary didn’t mother Jesus like he was a regular baby (if there is any such thing as a “regular” baby, that is!). It makes me smile to think of it.

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What are your favorite Christmas movies?

November 30, 2007

The kids are home from school today because it’s a teacher workday, and I’m planning on treating them to one of my favorite Christmas movies EVER today (well, at least Emma): White Christmas with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and others. How I love this movie. Here’s one of the best scenes:

Of course, you can’t forget the classic tearjerker It’s a Wonderful Life. I haven’t yet watched this movie without crying, and if you say you haven’t, you are a liar, liar, pants on fire. Ooh! How about Christmas Story?

Or Elf?

Or Frosty the Snowman?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?

Home Alone?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

A Charlie Brown Christmas?

A Muppet Christmas Carol?

Scrooged?

Can you stand it!??!? I just love this time of year. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?