It’s been raining here for most of the week, pattering down on roofs and heads. No one remembers their umbrella or raincoat in December, it seems. We walk out of restaurants or stores and look up at the sky and wonder where that came from—even if that was forecast by the weatherman for the past 10 days. Personally, I’d rather it be snow, but the temperatures won’t allow it so instead I’m surrounded by fog and wet that spreads the shining Christmas lights to a blear on the car windows. But oh, are there lights to spread.
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Finding Sanctuary in the Light
Denise Hughes testifies to the Light that’s found in Christ, even amidst the realities of living in a dark world.
- One of my favorite things to do at Christmastime is turn off all the main lights, sit on my couch,
and watch the string of lights twinkling on my tree.
If I were to describe the signature decoration for Christmas it would be light. Not red tinsel or green mistletoe. Not gold ornaments or silver snowflakes. But light. Everywhere. Inside and out. Piercing the darkness. Shining in the night.
Do You Hear the Bells of Christmas
Katie Polski shares the story of a beloved carol.
- Henry Longfellow was one of the most widely known American poets in the 19th century. What’s not as well-known is a poem he wrote called, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day which was eventually put to music and has since become a cherished Christmas hymn. What’s beautiful about this Christmas melody is the incredible story that led him to put his pen to paper on Christmas morning, 1863.
Bookish Gifts for Boys
Megan at Redeemed Reader has a great list of things to consider for your bookish boy.
- What makes good gifts for book lovers besides more books (and infinite bookshelf space)? Here are some lovely things we’ve recently discovered that would be perfect to wrap in brown paper and tie up with string.
Gladys Hunt on Book-Gifting
Janie at Redeemed Reader shares Gladys Hunt’s wisdom on book gifting.
- We are nearing the “gifting season” of the year. Remember books make the very best and most lasting presents. Suggest titles to grandparents, aunts and others who will be giving to your children. If you want your child to collect the best library make the effort to give others suggested titles.
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How We Spend Our Days
Millie Sweeny reminds us to celebrate the dailies.
- I am a book crier. My first time reading Andrew Peterson’s The Monster in the Hollows, I was pregnant, and ugly crying so hard my husband didn’t know what to do with me (“You.. you okay over there?”). My mom tells the story of me as a five-year-old, finishing Charlotte’s Web for the first time, weeping at Charlotte’s passing. It still happens quite a lot, and surprisingly often this summer when reading picture books out loud to my kids. It usually catches me off-guard, so I’ve begun to pay attention to the kinds of stories, and the moments, that hit me hardest.
Learning to See: Building Bridges into the Imagination (part 1)
Leslie Bustard explores what it means to introduce our children to beautiful things.
- I really was one of “those moms.”
When Carey my oldest daughter was not even two years old, I placed in her little wooden box a few toys, board books such as Moo, Baa, La La La and Goodnight Moon, and… a set of cards of Claude Monet paintings (I don’t remember if they were all Monet or if they were cards with paintings by Monet and other Impressionists).
Something to Do with Your Kids
It’s time for a list of December activities for the whole family, and this one is Christmas focused—though I’m sure there are some more generic options out there!
Something to Watch
TJ Therrien presents a Very Middle Child Christmas…you might have one of these…
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–The Story Warren Team