Breaking the Blog Fast

For this breaking news:

My personal patron saint of 2012 is St Valentine of Rome: Patronage: Against Epilepsy; Against Fainting; Engaged Couples; Happy Marriages; Love; Travellers; Young People.

Want to know yours? Check out Jennifer Fulwiler’s Saint Name Generator…you can do it more than once, I didn’t because when St Valentine came up, I immediately knew it was right.

 

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Seven Quick Tunes Friday

— 1 —

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

That glorious Song of old

Of Angels bending near the Earth

To touch their harps of Gold

— 2 —

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Let nothing you dismay

Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day

To Save Us All From Satan’s Power When We Were Gone Astray

O Tidings of Comfort and Joy, Comfort and Joy

O Tidings of Comfort and Joy

— 3 —

He rules the world

With truth and strength

And makes the Nations prove

The glories of

His righteousness

And wonders of His Love

And wonders of His Love

And wonders

And wonders of His Love

— 4 —

THIS, THIS is CHRIST THE KING

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing

HASTE, HASTE to bring him laud

The babe, the son of Mary

— 5 —

It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens
Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese
And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees
Decorate the house with lights at night
Snow's on the ground, snow white so bright
In the fireplace is the yule log
Beneath the mistle toe as we drink egg nog
The rhymes you hear are the rhymes of Darryl's
But each and every year we bust Chrsitmas carols

— 6 —

But say a prayer – pray for the other ones
At Christmas time

it’s hard, but when you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window

And it’s a world of dreaded fear
Where the only water flowing is a bitter sting of tears
And the christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom

Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you

And there won’t be snow in Africa this christmas time
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life

Where nothing ever grows
No rain or rivers flow

Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

— 7 —

Love and Joy come to you

And a Merry Christmas too

And God Bless You and Send You a Happy New Year

And God Send You a Happy New Year

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

On Vacation till January 3rd…take care, God Bless and Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

or as my two-year-old says, “Merry Christmas Trees!”

Small Successes

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1) We made it to Christmas break!

2) I got gifts together for Shelby’s bus driver, bus monitor, teacher, teacher assistants and classmates and we got them delivered. It wasn’t like we did huge gifts, but the number appeared daunting and we stayed on schedule!

3)  I let Jeff handle the Christmas shopping this year (excluding himself). Yeah me for relinquishing control and getting to enjoy the season!

4) I got a Breviary! Well, it’s new to me, it was my mom’s. And I haven’t cracked it open yet because this is the most stressful week of the year…but I got one.

5) I got my Small Successes done :). Merry Christmas Y’all!

Join Sherry for more Small Successes.

A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

 

1) I am thankful for elves who help me Christmas shop.

2) for cheeseballs. I love them.

3) For the wonderful kids in Shelby’s class who were full of hugs for us and loved the little Christmas gifts we put together for them.

4) For great neighbors who drop off hand-me-downs for my boys (that are in really good condition, bonus!).

5) Big Bang Theory re-runs. Sometimes I just need to laugh that hard.

Join Judy for more thankfulness!

Ten on Tuesday

Once again, these questions were provided by Chelsea. 

1. What is your favorite online-only store?
Amazon, zappos.com, and overstock.com…oh and etsy

2. Do you enjoy wrapping gifts?
If it includes adult beverages I do!

3. What is the temperature in your city today?
It’s cold right now but temps will be in the 70s

4. What time do you eat dinner?
By five or I have three little people telling me about it

5. Will you be making New Years Resolutions?
Eh, no

6. How old is your oldest pair of shoes that you still wear?
A year old…and they were bought after five years with a previous pair that I wore a hole in the sole of, so I have no regrets!

7. Do you have any restaurant phone numbers saved in your phone?
Subway, seriously and I don’t know why

8. What is your favorite and least favorite letter to write in cursive?
I dislike G’s, I like K’s

9. Do you know any good riddles?
No, I am riddle deficient

10. How do you feel about snow?
LOVE

Tuesday’s Ten (not Ten on Tuesday) A Triple Treat!

Top Ten Christmas Movies

1. A Christmas Story—between the nostalagia elements and the memories of that one toy you HAD to have. Not to mention, the excellent casting of the movie and excellently interwoven subplots make this a favorite year round for my family.

2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation—granted, there are some scenes not appropriate for children, but what I love about this movie is it unapologetically shows all the stresses of the Christmas season. Particularly those surrounding having family together. Those are the ones we would try to gloss over if given the choice, but can erupt in a pretty nasty way. This gives us a chance to laugh at them.

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas—it almost didn’t air in 1965 in large part because of Linus reading from the King James Version of the Bible and the gospel of Luke. It has been renewed through 2015, but I bought it on DVD because my kids ask to watch it year-round. It’s nice to be able to remember the lessons of Christmas all year long.

4. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus–this is a Rankin-Bass production that is very difficult to see on television now. A few years ago ABC Family Channel had it on their 25 days of Christmas, but it hasn’t been in the line-up for a few Christmases now. It is the story of how Santa Claus receives the “mantle of immortality.” It’s not Biblical, obviously, or accurate or anything else and is actually based on a book by L. Frank Baum (the guy who wrote The Wizard of Oz) but I love the stop motion animation and the artistry in Rankin-Bass productions and, for me, this one is the most beautiful from a artistic point of view.

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas—this is the original animated version narrated by Boris Karloff. What I like about this is that the message is subtle. It reaches people where they are at. If someone is on the fence about the birth of Christ, it doesn’t beat them over the head, it shows the Grinch removing all the commercial aspects of the Who’s Christmas only to find that Christmas means more. And I love Max, the Grinch’s dog and that song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

6. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever—I wish a network would start a revival for this one the way TBS did for A Christmas Story. I read the book as a kid and remember seeing it one year on tv. It starred Loretta Swit. It’s about this family of “bad kids” in a town. The other kids’ only refuge from them is church until one little boy tells them they get free snacks in church. As fate, or God, would have it, they are cast as the leads in the church’s annual Christmas pageant. I’m glossing over a lot of details, obviously, but it manages to be heart warming without being cheesy and very funny as well.

7. The Bells of St Mary’s—I watched it once with my mom when I was a kid and was hooked. Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby were expertly cast and it is a beautiful story of Christmas miracles.

8. Holiday Inn–I love it mostly for the music. It helps that I worked in a Holiday Inn too.

9. While You Were Sleeping—Now we can argue as to whether this is a Christmas movie or not, I maintain it is because it centers around one young woman who has no family and if there is gonig to be a miracle at Christmas, it might as well be having the family you’ve never had. I also love the scene when they are at mass, even funnier if you are Catholic. The grandmother’s line, “I liked mass better in Latin. It was nicer when you didn’t know what they were saying.”

10. A Claymation Christmas—Also no longer in rotation on tv, this was part of many of my childhood Christmases as a favorite. The Christmas carols brought to life through claymation are fun and amazing. Here are two of my favorites. I would definitely watch these with kids:

Top Ten Favorite Christmas Carols

1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

2. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

3. The First Noel

4. Angels We Have Heard On High

5. Joy to the World

6. O Come All Ye Faithful

7. What Child is This?

8. Silent Night

9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

10. Once in Royal David’s City

Honorable Mention because it is an Epiphany Hymn

What Star is This

Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

1. The Twelve Pains of Christmas off the Bob River’s Twisted Christmas albums

2. Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses

3. You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch by Boris Karloff

4. Santa Claus and His Old Lady by Cheech and Chong

5. The Little Drummer by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

6. Father Christmas by the Kinks

7. Snoopy and the Red Baron (Christmas Bells) by the Royal Guardsmen

8. Dominic the donkey 😉

9. Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Bob Geldof and Company

10. Christmas In Hollis by Run DMC