December 24, 2014 from Thinking in Christ
Thinking in Christ is a Christian political blog, much like this one.
- Reminders of Christmas explains why Christmas cannot be defeated.
- See the Difference?, Thankful Christmas, and Merry Christmas! provide cartoons.
- Rethinking Scrooge explains how modern storytellers have twisted The Christmas Carol.
- What is Christmas? provides one man’s answer to that question.
From The Culture Monk
The Culture Monk uses coffee houses to socialize and people watch. His blog is a journal of his conversations and photographs. Here are several of his recent posts that relate to Christmas.
- A Smart Ass holiday…REALLY??? contains a bit of poetry that summarizes the past year. Frankly, I have never enjoyed these year end summaries, but putting it in poetry is different.
- Virgin girls can NOT get pregnant…REALLY??? considers the miracle of the virgin birth.
- God is making me an atheist…REALLY??? looks at the sadness that overtakes some people this time of year.
December 21, 2014 from Voting American
Voting American focuses on old fashion patriotism, and I say old fashion because we have too little of that old fashion Liberalism (i.e., classical) that once provided the ideological foundation of this nation.
Here are some examples.
- Remembering Our Troops far from Home this Christmas Season
- A Real American President Acknowledges the Birth of Jesus at Christmas
- The Atheist War on Christmas and Religious Freedom
- America’s Religious Freedom Succumbs to Political Correctness: Thanksgiving and Christmas now nothing more than a Holiday Festival
December 18, 2014 from Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans
I have the day off. Yet even though it is still early in the morning, I am up. Everyone else in my home is still sleeping, but I am an early riser. So here I sit in a warm basement listening to Christmas music, courtesy of a link provided by Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans.
Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans seems to favor an attitude of quiet gratefulness on Christmas. So there selections involve:
- Music – Merry Christmas!, Longfellow’s Christmas, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Is Here.
- Lights – Christmas Lights.
- Cats – Cameo And The Christmas Tree and One Cat’s Views On Christmas.
- Thanks – The Christmas Spirit.
December 14, 2014 from Power Plant Men
Power Plant Men is a blog that tells stories about working at a power plant from the perspective a Plant Electrician. And so the Christmas posts are from the perspective of a relatively new occupation, power plant men.
- Power Plant Christmas Story — Repost: We may sometimes be guilty of trying to over dramatize the sacrifices of people who serve us by doing difficult and dangerous work. Yet consider what we know for certain to be true. Doesn’t that deserve our thanks? And is Christmas not about giving thanks to someone who gave His life for us?
- From Pioneers to Power Plant Managers: On the changing nature of tech gifts.
- Power Plant Secrets Found During Daily Mail Run — Repost: How a devious manager connived to keep employees from taking any time off for Christmas.
- Harmonizing with Dick Dale on Power Plant Christmas Harmonicas: An amateur musician, a gift, and the blues (a world that has run out of chocolate).
December 13, 2014 from altruistico
altruistico focuses on Christian education, and most posts begin with a question, a question worthy of our consideration.
Here are a couple posts from this year that ask questions about Advent and how the meaning of Advent has changed.
From the perspective of the gifts God offers us, this post, The Ultimate Giver, addresses the meaning of Christmas giving. We need not ask who the Ultimate Giver might be.
Here are a several posts from last year that ask questions about Christmas.
- What is the true meaning of Christmas?
- How should Christians respond to the “War on Christmas”?
- What is the origin of Christmas?
December 12, 2014 from nebraskaenergyobserver
- Christmas is a personal expression of what Christmas means to JESSICAHOF, one of the authors.
- With an odd selection of videos
- Christmas Gifts and Home Protection provides a uniquely American idea of what a Christmas gift might look like.
- Union Station at Christmas portrays a Washington DC landmark at Christmas time.
- Exorcising The Christmas Spirit with the Gospel provides a commentary on Christmas consumerism.
December 11, 2014 from bluebird of bitterness
The bluebird features humor, music, and an occasional item that’s just heartwarming. Usually, the focus is politics, but this is December.
Here are some of my favorites from this year.
- All of the other reindeer USED to laugh and call him names
- Making spirits bright
- Redneck Christmas decorations
- We need a little Christmas
More to come, hopefully. Here are couple a good ones from last year.
- The 12 thank-you notes of Christmas: a riotous twist of an old favorite.
- Another ghost of Christmas past: “Christmas Address of President Ronald Reagan, December 23, 1981.”
December 10, 2014 from insanitybytes
As the name suggests, insanitybytes is a bit peculiar, but in a good way.
My Christmas Letter satirizes that generic letter that many people send out at Christmas time. This is something I have mixed feelings about. Some people obviously go overboard, but I expect many people send out that letter because they long to connect with people they miss. So without saying what they really want to say, they pour all their longings into one letter. Unfortunately, one letter send to a dozen people can’t be personal. With one letter that goes to a dozen people, we cannot say “I miss you and wish you were here.” We can’t convince anyone we really mean it. All we can hope is that the people we send that letter to will wish they were here.
December 7, 2014 from The Life Project: Finding Clear and Simple Faith
Don Merritt blog goes back several years, and he has quite a few posts that relate to Christmas. Visions of Christmas Past and Visions of Christmas Present relate most readily to the theme of this post.
Other interesting posts included four Christmas Lessons.
Finally, here are some thoughts about how a Christian should participate in Christmas: My Christmas Lament.
December 6, 2014 from Settled In Heaven.
Christ or Santa Claus; Man, am I confused! Here is a post that tells us about the origin of Christmas and what it means to most people today. Other, related posts, include:
- Should Christians Participate In The Christmas Celebration?
- Tis The Season To Deny The Existence Of God
- “Bethlehem” *New For 2014*
If you are interested in reading more about the story of Christmas, check the current list at Settled In Heaven’s Latest Postings.
From Citizen Tom
Over time, life changes us. We can become confused by the changes. So it pays to take the time to look back and try to understand how and why we changed.
When I began this post, I decided to use what I thought was an old Christmas song to begin it, “Over The River and through The Woods.”
With respect to Christmas, what else has changed?