Holidays


Texas

One hundred and seventy-one years ago today, freedom was declared and a new republic was formed: The Republic of Texas. If you aren’t from here you wouldn’t understand the particular pride in we have in our state, a pride that derives from an independent spirit that is as strong today as ever before. I’m fully aware of the consequences of the white man’s empire building arrogance, but the history of Texas is what it is and it can’t be changed. Interestingly, a lot of the negative came AFTER we became a state and the USA moved in to “settle” and “civilize” the West.

Bob Ray Sanders, an African-American columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, wrote an article today that I thought expressed some of that pride we Native Texans have:

“The people of Texas adore this state’s uniqueness of having existed under six flags, being able to balance and embrace its Western and Southern heritages, as well as its competing rural and urban interests. At the same time, the state continues to be a confluence of cultures that adds to the richness of our diversity.Those who call Texas home can argue about our differences, and even debate the positives and negatives of our connections to the nations whose flags have flown over this land.

But we would do better to talk about our similarities and what brings us together rather than what separates us.

We Texans are often accused of being proud to a fault, bordering on conceit and obnoxiousness. But believe me, it is not arrogance that we intend to display when we celebrate our heritage and accomplishments; it is just that we fervently honor our past and those who were part of it, and we relish what they handed down to us.

On this Texas Independence Day, we should give thanks for the sacrifices of those Texans — from all walks of life — who came before us, and we should rededicate ourselves to their ideals, understanding that they had their faults as well as their outstanding attributes.”

So, for those of you who are from this wonderful state, Happy Independence Day! Shouldn’t we be on holiday?

B~

If it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s the most wonderful time of the year, then do we really have peace on earth and do we really want joy to the world? Or are we more concerned with getting our two front teeth and rockin around the Christmas tree? When it comes to the poor, abused and neglected, do they know its Christmas time? When it comes to them do you hear what I hear? Except for the silver bells of the Salvation Army we have a silent night. A lot of us are having a blue Christmas and not a white Christmas. We don’t live in a winter wonderland where there is Frosty the Snowman or a sleigh ride or where we hear jingle bells on our way to grandmother’s house. Here comes Santa Claus? Yeah, merry Christmas baby so have a holly jolly Christmas. We live the twelve days of Christmas like snoopy verses the Red Baron when all we really want is to be home of the holidays.

We need a little Christmas but not the kind where Santa Claus is coming to town, with a house full of Christmas wrapping and pretty paper. This Christmas, unlike last Christmas, we need to remember what the angels from the realms of Glory knew: that while shepherds watched Mary’s little boy child was born away in a manger, and because of that everyone, I mean everyone, can sing the hallelujah chorus. God rest you merry gentlemen because it came upon a midnight clear, the first noel. I wish every day could be like Christmas because Christmas is the time to say I love you. And we cry out, “o come, o come Emmanuel!”

 

So merry Christmas darling, have yourself a merry little Christmas – Christmas time is here so remember what the angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Feliz Navidad

B~

I’ve been tagged again- we are to list (at least) five of our favorite Christmas songs — and then tag (at least) five other of our blog friends to do the same on their sites. I’m not crazy about tags, but Karen tagged me and in the holiday spirit I hate to be Bah-Humbug about it. I think she tagged me in an attempt to at least get me to post something new so ok, I’ll post something. However, I won’t tag anyone else, if you want to respond be my guest.

I really can’t list my favorite Christmas songs, there are just so many. I love this time of year and I love the music, but I find it difficult to list a song because of all the various artists that perform the music, most of whom I can’t stand. I mean how many versions of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” or “O’ Holy Night” can you appreciate? Today on the radio I heard Christmas music by Twisted Sister! Oh, please, make it stop! Most any artist who is recording will put out Christmas music in an attempt to sell more music, and that’s fine, I’m not opposed to free enterprise. But there is just too much of it. And we are starting to hear this music earlier and earlier every year, like the first week in November.

There are songs that when they come on the radio I will change the channel – “Christmas Shoes” being one of them. I will also change the channel when I hear “Grandma Got Run Over…,” Chipmunks singing, dogs barking, missing two front teeth, anyone having a blue Christmas, anyone singing about the Grinch, or anybody wanting anything like a Hippopotamus for Christmas.

There are also a lot of non-traditional songs that speak well to the holiday, some of my favorites being “Mary Did You Know?”, “Grownup Christmas List”, “Breath of Heaven”, and “Going Home for Christmas”, but this does not include “Last Christmas” by WHAM!

So, what do I listen to at Christmas? Like I said, I’m a traditional kind of guy when it comes to Christmas music, and there are certain CDs we put on every year. Here’s my list of favorites:

  • A Christmas Story by Point of Grace
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • These are Special Times by Celine Dion
  • Joy by Avalon
  • The Music of Christmas by Steven Curtis Chapman

But my all time favorite CD that I can listen to over and over is Christmas Portrait by The Carpenters, 70 minutes of pure Christmas delight

So, there you have it. If you don’t like my CDs you always have Barenaked for the Holidays by Barenaked Ladies or Christmas Interpretations by Boyz II Men.

Enjoy the holidays.

He’s the reason for the season.

B~

 

 

Thanksgiving

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more

people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15

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St. Patrick's Day!