Category Archives: Christmas

A Seasonal Greeting, Sent Your Way

It’s a well-known fact to members of my family that the season of Advent in the Christian church is my absolute favorite. I don’t know how that sounds to readers at home: Someone having a favorite liturgical season? It’s commonplace to like fall, winter, summer, or spring. But if you ask me, my favorite season takes place in the four weeks that lead up to Christmas Day. Maybe it’s the fact that the color of Advent is purple (my favorite, year round.) Or perhaps it’s the lessons that lie beneath the simplicity of the four words associated with this season: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

In the church I attend, the pastor centers his weekly sermon around the corresponding word. It’s a way to formulate a meditation for the congregation to take with them throughout the weeks as we endure mall madness, Christmas planning, possible travel, and holiday cooking. But these meditations do more than calm my feverish excitement for caroling, gift-giving, and tree decorating. They’ve managed to sweep me away to a Christmas that isn’t about the secular interpretations at all. Where the material gifts become obsolete, and the stories which define what exactly it means to be a Christian flood back to me.

**I have to credit this next epiphany to my step-dad, who’s the most prominent spiritual advisor in my life.**

Christmas isn’t about us. None of it is about us. The attitude of this more grounded Christmas is: we should remember that God will take care of us. Productivity is encouraged, but what we think we need may not be what God knows we need. So while we may believe what we absolutely need is an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, God may be there to lecture us this season just to say, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

A Christmas Story, in which the main character, Ralphie, asks for one thing for Christmas: his very own BB gun


Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas!…uh I mean Happy Holidays.

I hope you are all having a nice vacation. I know I am! Bouncing around from Christmas celebration to celebration, there’s a lot of excitement in our household. But no worries, so far it’s all been positive.

For an update, Rachel and I are in a minor prank war. It started with a harmless joke on my part, and escalated to the classic “prop the chair under the doorknob” prank. There’s never a dull moment where we are. 🙂 But Rachel better watch where she steps now… little does she know that she’s dealing with the master.

Besides that, Dad, Rachel, and I are off to New York City tomorrow morning. We’re seeing “Billy Elliot” on Broadway, and doing our usual cruising around the city: sneak in a trip to FAO Schwarz, walk through Central Park, and visit the Today Show. It’s a great family tradition, one of those experiences you never forget. Included: Rachel whining EVERY year over dinner at my favorite Indian restaurant, Mint, because she would rather spend her trip eating New York style pizza. Ah well, we win some we lose some.

I should probably be signing off right about now– my day begins around 5 am tomorrow, and there’s still so much packing to be done on my part, and playing around with my new gifts (included: Nikon D300 🙂 ) So Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year!!!