Christina Bianco brings you some Christmas cheer. She’s spot on with almost every impression. Liza Minelli might be my fave…or Idina…or Keira Knightly…ugh, don’t make me choose!
Mary’s Song Blue homespun and the bend of my breast keep warm this small hot naked star fallen to my arms. (Rest … you who have had so far to come.) Now nearness satisfies the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps whose eyelids have not closed before. … More A Poem for Advent
Thanksgiving is over and it’s snowing on my blog, so that must mean it’s time for Christmas music! Thanks to Ransom for introducing me to this rockin’ acapella group, Pentatonix. And if you’re sick of hearing the same ole Christmas songs, check out their Christmas album (on youtube or spotify) for some fun new ones.
I was like… And I read this about the Twelve Days of Christmas: “…the weeks leading up to Christmas can be crazy, sapping our energies and emotions. With Christmas Day over, we may feel more than ready for a return to “normal.” The culture around us will quickly move on, but we can treat these … More When I Heard Christmas Doesn’t End on Dec. 26th Because We Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest … More A Promised Ruler
An Advent Prayer: “Lord, let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for thee or thine, But quiet homes of prayer and praise, where thou mayest find fit company, Where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away, And wide, sweet spaces kept for thee; where holy thoughts pass … More Lord, Let Not Our Souls Be Busy Inns
One of my favorite things about the Christmas season are the carols! Here’s an Appalachian folk carol collected by John Jacob Niles in the early 1900s. Jesus, Jesus, rest your head. You have got a manger bed. All the evil folk on earth Sleep in feathers at their birth. Jesus, Jesus, rest your head. … More Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head
Yesterday was the first snow of the season! And it’s supposed to snow again tomorrow! Let’s revel in it and enjoy the snow, beloveds! Lorelai has a special relationship with snow My instagram of yesterday’s snowstorm Linus is reveling And these kittys seem to be having fun But if it’s too chilly ‘fer ya you’ve … More Go to Sleep and Dream of…
I am reading through two Advent devotionals (in typical Lisbeth several-books-happening-at-once-fashion) that are revolutionizing this Christmas season for me. One was given to me by my sweet, reflective friend Abby. It’s called Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross. And my other dear friends since childhood, Henry and … More The Heart of Advent