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Whew…Only 364 Days Til Christmas

Now that Christmas is over this is a time when I prefer to relax and enjoy time with family.  A few years ago my kids and I entered a contest sponsored by John Mayer for decorated cakes.  We spent the whole day making this cake even going as far as pouring blue hard candy for the water.  I still cannot believe that we didn’t win or even place.  No sour grapes here, but our cake was way better than the winners and we even made a video of the process.  You can read the original post for December 26 here.  I hope you have some time to relax before New Years Eve.

Merry Christmas 2013

As we celebrate the Christmas Season I hope that all of you have a very merry Christmas.  The following is a well decorated house that I pass every day on my way to work.  It is perhaps my favorite decorated house and the wonderful owners turn on their lights so we can see them on our morning commute.  Seeing this house never fails to make me smile.

Merry Christmas!

 

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The Christmas Bus

It’s that time of year when scores of Christmas novels and short books come on the market to warm our hearts. I have read quite a few in my day and they are generally enjoyable and often uplifting. I found The Christmas Bus at a favorite charity discount book sale. The name alone was intriguing…The Christmas Bus!

Set in Christmas Valley, Oregon, a town struggling to survive the loss of its primary industry reinvents itself to capitalize on its unique name (yes there is actually such a place). The main characters are an older couple where the husband is a minister in the town and his wife runs a bed-and-breakfast. The best laid plans seem to come apart and their Christmas is not typical.

Tis The Season

Guess which one is me (hint - my beard is fake)

The weather outside wasn’t quite frightful though the high never cracked 30 degrees, but it would have been nice to have been able to stay all snug in my bed.  But visions of Christmas shopping pushed me instead.  To Target, to Home Depet, to WalMart and Subway to be fed.  Sorry!  I got carried away so I’ll get back to writing instead.  STOP before I see red!

The Christmas Sweater

I takes a lot to put yourself out there for all the world to see.  Glenn Beck has never seemed to shy away from letting his listeners, viewers, or readers see deep inside himself.  The Christmas Sweater is a such a story.  It is a glimpse inside a very painful, life-affirming, and enlightening period of his life.  Beck changes some of the facts to tell his story, but it doesn’t affect the impact of the tale.  As I read this touching novel I found myself trying to predict where it would go.  I knew, obviously, that Mr. Beck survived, but I wondered what path his journey would take.  The Christmas Sweater is an engaging tale and well worth reading.

Travel Treasure – Byzantine Seminary Press

I travel a little and often come across unique places.  Many are duds, some are interesting, but some are stunning and cool.  This series is about the stunners. 

I didn’t have to travel very far for this one.  I first discovered it after my Father passed away in 2004.  I was looking for some mementos for my children to remember him by and to commemorate his life.  He was always proud of his Byzantine heritage (yes we are Catholics too) and I wanted to get each of them a cross to be blessed by his priest during the memorial services.  Our Byzantine cross is different from the one used in the Roman Catholic church in that it includes the place where Jesus’ feet were and the sign that was hung mocking him (see photo – the Byzantine cross is on left).  Most religious stores do not sell these crosses. 

December 26

One of the hobbies we enjoy in our house is a little unusual as we sometimes like to decorate cakes.  Recently John Mayer held a contest for his fans to decorate cakes and send in photographs for a chance to win prizes.  Our family accepted this challenge with our day after Christmas themed cake titled; Dec 26.  I took time lapsed photos as we made a cake featuring famous Christmas characters vacationing after the big day and put together a video for your enjoyment.  I have also included some shots of the cake after the video.

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