Every year a friend of mine organizes a trip to a local Christmas parade, followed by lunch and a visit from Santa Claus at her house for her grandchildren and the grandchildren of friends. My grandsons look forward to this day all year.
We bundled up and watched the Christmas parade. The kids brought bags, which filled up quickly, to store the candy, chips, pretzels, and other treats tossed by parade participants.
The local police department arranged for an Italian Ice truck to hand out free Italian ices to the kids. I was too cold to eat Italian ice, but the children loved it!
After the parade, we all trooped back to my friend’s house for pizza and a visit with Santa. This Santa is the real deal. No fake beard or hair for him.
He entertains the children with stories and simple magic tricks, gives each one some individual attention, then vanishes with a promise to return on Christmas Eve.
It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.– John 1:5
We are looking forward to attending a Moravian Love Feast service at the Moravian church in our town with our two youngest sons and my daughter-in-law this weekend.
These beautiful services are so popular, you must get (free) tickets ahead of time.
At one point in the program, the lights are dimmed and candles distributed. The light from a single candle is passed down the rows until each person’s candle is lighted and the church is bathed in soft candlelight. It’s a touching representation of how Christ’s light illuminates the world.
Of course, the highlight of the service is the communion. At the Love Feast, rather than bread and wine, Moravian sugar cake serves as the host along with either coffee or chocolate milk. Moravian sugar cake is a buttery, brown sugar-y moist and delicious coffee-type cake. It’s the only church service I attend where I actually gain weight.
Self-discovery is a good thing. I learned something about myself when we visited family in Arizona for Thanksgiving last month.
It’s not just me, my whole family is competitive.
After Thanksgiving dinner, while the kids watched a video, the adults played a rousing game of Celebrity.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, it is played in three rounds. Each participant writes the names of five or six celebrities on pieces of paper, which are folded and placed in a hat. Two teams are formed (We creatively named our teams Team One and Team Two.)
In the first round, each player has a minute to try to get his teammates to say the names of the celebrities he draws out of the hat. The player giving clues can say anything except the name of the celebrity. In the second round, the process is repeated, but each player can now only say one word. In the final round, players may not speak at all; they must act out the celebrities (similar to charades).
I played on a team with my sister. We repeatedly looked at each other in puzzlement as our children selected celebrities we had never heard of. I am hopeless at popular culture.
While there were no arguments, it was clear that each team wanted to win. My husband, never an enthusiastic game player, refuses to play with us.
After reading “Jesus Feminist” by Sarah Bessey, I am left wondering why I waited so long to read this wonderful book.
My copy of the book is now too dog-eared and highlighted to donate. There were so many good quotes in “Jesus Feminist“, I had difficulty selecting just one to illustrate why this book appealed to me, but here is my choice: “Feminism is complicated and it varies with each person, much like Christianity. It’s not necessary to subscribe to all the diverse – and contrary – opinions within feminism to call oneself a feminist.”
OK, just one more: “Love your spouse, love your babies, love the poor, love the orphans, love the widows, love the powerful, love the broken and hurting, love your friends, love yourself, and love your enemies. Love until you come to love the whole world in the fullness of God, in the full expression of the image bearer he created you to be – just that; no more, but certainly no less.”
If you are a Christian or a feminist, or especially a Christian feminist, I highly recommend this book.
I am linking up with Heather Gerwing for her “Four Somethings”. Thanks, Heather, for giving the opportunity to think and write about four such compelling topics.