Do they know it’s still Christmastime?

Tonight one of my sons asked if we could take down the Christmas tree. I said obviously not since it’s Christmas. Not everyone believed me, in part because of confusion over which date marks the end of the Christmas season. A couple of the kids thought that it was the epiphany. So we looked it up online and found that it is Christmas until Monday.

It made me think of that song by Band Aid. Even though the song is really weird, I thought the question was pretty fitting. But it didn’t apply to people in a far-off land. It applies to our own society. In 21st century America, we tend to celebrate Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving (or even after Halloween), have a big celebration on Christmas Day, and then not celebrate Christmas for the rest of the season.  It’s difficult to live out Advent when everyone is living Christmas, and then celebrate Christmas when everyone else has stopped.  We should celebrate Christmas all season long. So, keep the Christmas tunes going. Keep the tree and lights up. Watch Christmas movies with a big cup of hot chocolate.

As our family discussion turned to the Band-aid Song. We tend to do things like that.  We didn’t know who everybody was in the video so I took some screenshots for research. Here they are for your consideration.
David Lee Roth?

Sam Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings?

No idea

Eddie Haskil?

George McFly?

We saw somewhere online that said that Kris Kross was in the video but I didn’t see them. Maybe they were too short?

The blue tent sky

Tom Woods interviews Brian Aitken. 

After hearing this interview about such a terrible abuse of civil rights, I bought the e-book right away. Guy commits no crime but hasn’t been able to see his son for 8 years. Unreal.

Hopefully these days will soon be behind us as a new political climate takes charge. We shall see and keep up the good fight. Listen to the interview, you owe it to yourself.  I’ll update this post with my thoughts as I read along.

Advent 2016 Lectio Divina for 12/9/2016 – Isaiah(48:17-19)

Lectio (reading):


We read the first reading for the day.

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.


-Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition© 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.


Meditatio (active meditation):


We mostly studied how the blessings which are talked about in the scripture are based on if we “would harken to his commandments”.  The main reason is that God will teach “what is for your good”.  This made me think of Natural Law and how if we follow the natural law, we will prosper the way we are supposed to be.  That doesn’t mean we will necessarily become rich but how we can attain order and true happiness.  For example, if I tell my kids to eat well and exercise, it isn’t because I want to deprive them of sugary snacks and want them to do hard physical labor for the sake of it.  I want them to live long healthy lives.  I love them and want their good.  God is our loving father and wants us to live healthy spiritual lives so that we join him in for eternity in heaven.


We also talked about why it is a blessing to have descendants and the importance of family bonds.

Oratio (prayer):

We prayed that we can recognize God’s love in his commandments and that he strengthens us to follow Him, that our wills become in conformity with His will.

Contemplatio (passive contemplation):

The boys had the giggles today but I secretly smiled watching them goof around.

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