New book, old posts, part 4

Merry Christmas Eve!

While I want to be here in this space with you, you wouldn’t get my best right now. After a cross-country move and all the fun (and by fun, I mean chaos) that accompanies such an “adventure,” I’m taking some time away from blogging to continue unpacking but also to be fully present for Christmas and to reenergize for the year ahead.

So I’ll remind you that my book is available—in paperback and as an ebook through Lulu. Each week of Advent, I’ve offered a popular repost from Christmas 2012. The one I’m sharing today looks at Christmas through golden glasses. Enjoy!


Merry Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying time with your family and friends, as well as taking time to ponder the great gift of Christ’s birth and promise of His return.

Today, we continue the colors of Christmas series with gold, and there’s even a golden little brain teaser for you at the end of this post. I’ve got Burl Ives’ “Silver and Gold” going through my head, as I picture Yukon Cornelius failing time and again to find gold. (If “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” isn’t a must-see on your list of Christmas TV specials, then you probably won’t know who I’m talking about, but trust me, Yukon Cornelius is the worst gold prospector in the whole world.)

In the song Ives sings, he reminds us that the hunt for material gold isn’t the most important way to celebrate Christmas: “Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold/ Means so much more when I see/ Silver and Gold decorations on every Christmas tree.”

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This gold star tops our Christmas tree.

It’s hard to imagine Christmas without gold decorations, especially stars to remind us of the one that appeared over the manger in Bethlehem where Christ was born, the same star that led the wise men to Jesus.

So it’s only natural at Christmas to think of stars and halos and even a box full of gold given to Jesus in honor of his birth.

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I hope you enjoy Christmas Eve today, and may tomorrow be a truly special time with family, friends, or wherever you may be.

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