Well, it finally hit me. And I’m glad it did. Instead of playing Scrooge I got off my butt and strung up the outdoor Christmas lights. I never do it unless the spirit moves me. Christmas lights aren’t about flaunting wealth or keeping up with the Jones.’ No, they’re about the birth of Jesus Christ.… Read More ‘Tis The Season To Think About Others
Source: The 9 oldest images of Mary Comment – This 3rd-century image I’ve highlighted is so cool I think I’ll use it as a Christmas card. Oh yeah, I don’t do Christmas cards anymore. Oh well, I’ll use it on my blog. Speaking of Christmas, I noticed all the Xmas paraphernalia is on display outside… Read More The 9 oldest images of Mary (and my Scrooge side that usually goes away as we approach the day)
Mistletoe is an obligate parasitic plant with a rich history of symbolic meaning. In European paganism, the mistletoe was understood as the host oak tree’s genitals. The Druids ritually chopped it off with a gold-colored sickle, as a kind of “symbolic emasculation.”¹ The juice of its berries was seen as the tree’s sperm, having “great… Read More Mistletoe – The kissing plant with a rich history
In Toronto we have an FM radio station, CHFI, that plays only Christmas music at this time of year. I noticed this song came up a lot (by checking “recently played” on the web) but never heard it ’till now. Not bad! 🙂
Late last night there were just a handful of stores open in my area. I drove out to the all night pharmacy to pick up some last minute items for tonight’s feast. The rattle and din of the usual Christmas traffic had all died down. And I felt it. I finally felt it! The Christmas… Read More Peace on Earth
Is spirituality for losers? by Arti Gupta https://t.co/QHcwNbnghI #spirituality — earthpages.org (@earthpages) December 18, 2016 I liked this tweet because over the years some folks have confronted me in one way or another, saying things like “What if you’re wrong and there is no afterlife? You’ll have wasted your whole life, investing yourself in something… Read More Is Spirituality for Losers?
I actually don’t mind the commercialization of Christmas… as long as we remember what it’s all about. Mind you, I think I’d rather just give everyone a candle instead of the usual assortment of stuff. And I’m not wild about all the concrete in my city. Sometimes my dystopian sci-fi side imagines the Earth grumbling… Read More Storefront Seer