The Message of Christmas

This Christmas post starts with a very un-Christmas-y story, but stick with me for a minute, and we’ll get there. 2 Samuel 18 relates a little-known story that I find interesting.  The context is a war in which King David gives orders to Joab, the commander of his army, not to kill his traitorous son, Absalom.  Joab disobeys and kills him anyway.  Ahimaaz, a minor character but the son of a priest, is a messenger.  (Since they didn’t have texting or twitter or Facebook on their cell phones back then, messengers carried news around, to, and from, battlefields.)  The story plays out like this: 19 Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the Lord has…

DIY Silhouettes

  I’m all about handmade Christmas presents.  I don’t do it to be cheap, but to be personal.  Here’s one of the best I’ve done. I tried it several ways because some of the things recommended on other sites just didn’t work.  (Murphy’s Law, anyone?)  What I landed on really works.  This is not an “I should do this sometime” post, but a “I tried this several different ways and this one actually works” post. Supplies needed: Person or cat or whatever you’re making the silhouette of Digital camera (or smartphone) Printer Printer paper Copier that allows you to shrink or expand your image Any color of card stock, available at an office supply store (this may not be needed,…

The Truth About Santa Claus

I love Christmas.  I have a Christmas tree and stockings and traditions and lights and all that other Christmas-y stuff.  I even have a Santa here and there around the house at this time of year.  I don’t mind that the celebration for Jesus’ birthday has all these things added onto it.  As long as we remember the reason for the season, and as long as that’s not co opted by extraneous negative stuff, it’s okay with me. However, there’s one Christmas tradition I’ve never taken part in: I’ve never convinced my kids that there is a Jolly Old Elf that magically flies across the sky and brings them presents on Christmas Eve.  I have told them from the beginning…