My Favorite Things {Vol. One}

   

this baby polar bear has nothing to do with this post~
it’s just cute

      A sporadic gathering of those posts you may have missed because they’re buried in The Middle Pages.* You know what I mean, eight pages into the ‘A’ Section of the paper you find a story you think belongs on the Front Page.
     Perhaps you’ll want to move these out of the Middle Pages and on to your Front Page. Take your time; I’ll be back in a week or so with more lovely gleanings from the virtual pages of the interwebs. I think these will encourage & bless you.

1.  The Heart of Christmas

Laura Boggs blogs at Huckleberry Friend (think Audrey Hepburn). She writes deeply and beautifully in this piece ‘Sister Christmas’ of why we need to celebrate All the Things about Christmas–including Santa Claus and tinsel.

2.  And then there’s Santa Claus

Tania Runyan and her husband don’t ‘do’ Santa Claus, but not because He’s so anti-the Spirit of Christmas. Actually, it’s precisely the other way around. ‘How to Win the War on Christmas’ is here.

3. There are 59 million refugees–What can I do?
David Rupert has been reporting firsthand on the Syrian refugee crisis–and the Christians who have become invisible in the process. For $16 did you know you CAN make a difference in this monumental fight? I ordered a handmade cross –you can, too here.

raindrops on rubies
 3.  My friend Alyssa tagged a post her Facebook page from the Humans of New York (you’ve seen their work? stunning!). This particular piece by Julia Warr features Maia Helles a 95 year old who still lives alone, waters her garden, takes long walks and exercises daily. This video is beauty and inspiration all in one.


4.  Generous Giving

Tony Kriz is a dear Portland friend with whom I worked on the Faith and Culture Conference this year; he is also a superb author, teacher & storyteller. Tony is passionate about the marginalized & underprivileged and turned that passion into helping to write this video about giving. It  features Bono at the National Prayer Breakfast. Have a listen.

and whiskers on kittens

5. When your Advent is a Different Color
The practice of Advent doesn’t fit everyone–I’ve made my own adjustments to marking the time. My precious sister of color, Velynn Brown, writes ‘Coloring in Christmas’ over at The Mudroom.

6. My Daughter and Son-in-Law’s Favorite Old Movie (maybe yours)
Don’t worry, this is not the movie–but a recording of Dylan Thomas reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Lovely and superb listening (be aware-Sir Dylan has a very thick accent). (HT, Msr. Glynn Young who writes at Faith & Fiction).

7.  If it’s Christmas time, Why am I so Sad?
Lanier Ivester–on grief and joy and loss during Christmas. ‘Seeds of Love’ is here.

bright copper lanterns
(thank you, Sandra King)
MERRY CHRISTMAS, FRIENDS!
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Linking with Kelli  for #Small Wonder
*what I found buried in The Middle Pages? A new, updated report about the mistaken air missile strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital, mentioning new numbers of those that were killed. Sad….

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