December 07, 2006
Okay, this is not Christmassy. But it's PRE-Christmassy - these leaves, which I always thought looked like a big nectarine or peach encompassing the tree, have all fallen now and cover the ground under the trees. This isn't our house, but it's on our street.
Thanks for the pretty gingerbread cookies, Amy! I have another plate I'm bringing to the play tonight, and the kids and I had two each already as well. Crunchy spice cookies (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, honey...). Wish I could let you pick a few off this tray.
As for the Advent Wreath and Manger Scene - those are my favorite part of December. Our family gathers around them at least once a week to spend time together with candles lit, singing Christmas carols, reading scripture, praying, and thinking about what happened on the first Christmas, what a world-changing event that was. What a heart-changing, life-changing moment. God cares about you and me. Super-deeply.
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Wow, this all looks great, homey and Christmas-y... except for one thing: you need to take the "three wise men" out of your Nativity and remove them to the far eastern part of your house. They are not only out of place in the nativity scene, but they are unbiblical as well. According to the best we can tell in Matthew, it was up to two years after Jesus was born that they got to Bethlehem. Nowhere does it say that there were three of them either.
This all comes from our youth pastor who advocates "Nativity Activism (terrorism)" and removing the wise men from any publicly displayed Nativity. He does however recommend that if you are going to remove your neighbors that you should wait until after dark since it is difficult to explain your reasons to the police! ;)
Posted by: randall | Dec 8, 2006 8:36:28 PM