Time to create a soundtrack for Wondercafe's Christmas. I'm putting this in Social this year since it seems a bit livelier than Pop Culture. What are your favorite Christmas/holiday/winter songs or recordings? Anything new for this holiday season catch your eye/ear? Or just post a song of the season that you like.
My current fave band, Walk Off the Earth, released their Christmas single for 2013 this week and I love it. Nice, if somewhat different, rendition of a holiday chestnut.
It's that time of year again - time for Secret Santas! Here's how it works: you send, via private message me your name and your address and I will randomly select someone to send you a gift and someone else for you to send something to. In that private message, I also recommend sending in some ideas of things that you are interested in (hobbies, sports teams, etc.). It's not about spending a lot of money. Let's limit the price of the gift to $10 (not including postage).
Easter is a more important occasion in the Church than is Christmas. Why did the Church not pick up on this and if the church had, maybe the secular world would.
But then we would have Easter Trees, Easter Presents, Easter stocking hung on the air conditioner with care hoping the Easter Bunny would be there.
How do we as church goers change the attitude between Christmas and Easter? Or is it a non-issue?
I just posted my Christmas Eve message with a focus on God's unconditional love. The message will be followed by a soloist singing "I Wonder as I Wander", accompanied by a violinist, and then communion.
My Message for Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve Message, 2012
A young man had a dream. In his dream he was holding a candle and he was surrounded by darkness. Jesus lit his candle and sent him into the darkness. After a little while, his candle went out and he had to go back to Jesus to light his candle. This happened several times. He started to apologize to Jesus for not keeping his candle lit. Jesus said, "Please see that each time you were able to go a little farther into the darkness before your candle went out."
The author of this is "Anonymous", but I wish I had written it. I value this as much as I hold it to be true, and am thankful it was sent to me:
Affirmations of Christmas
I BELIEVE that Christmas is more than a time for parties and ornaments; it is a time for remembering Christ and the incarnation of God's love in human flesh.
Mark Andrew Alward is a writer who attends Grand River Unitarian Congregation in Kitchener, Ontario. He comes from an evangelical background and blogs at The Loving Room.