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Happy Anniversary, Baby

Posted 10-12-2011 at 06:41 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

October 12th, 1991, was the day My Merry Christmas was born. That also happened to be the day I got married.

Those two events go hand-in-hand for one reason: Aubree, my now-25 year old daughter.

We became a family that day. And almost immediately we started making plans for Christmas.

She presented to me a terrific challenge. For all of her short life she had celebrated Christmas one way: every Christmas Eve she spent at her grandparent's home in a sea of family. They ate, opened gifts and enjoyed each others company.

For all of my 28-years I had celebrated Christmas differently -- like a child. Every Christmas Eve we would stay home as a family and hang our stockings. We might see some family drop by and we might spend time with them on the phone. But our home was ground zero for Christmas and the action all happened within footsteps of my bedroom. Christmas meant that intimate family time together, reading the Christmas story from...
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Timeless

Posted 09-26-2011 at 03:47 PM by jimmyolsen (Writing Christmas)

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Quarter ítil midnight
by my watch,
Christmas Eve on the Square
seven years ago.

Town nestled
but my eyes open,
No fear of forfeit now
my gift drifts soft and low.

Bottle midnight light
and press the blessing,
the first few minutes of Christmas
born in snow.

Just a still and silent clock and
I to count the moments,
give them voice and hear them speak
that we should know

timeless.
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Howls of Christmas Laughter, Tears of Christmas Memories

Posted 09-25-2011 at 12:11 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

It is a brilliant fall Sunday morning and I'm playing hooky from Church with a couple of the kids who have come down with sore throats. You wouldn't guess that right now if you were here and could hear their howls of laughter on this otherwise peaceful Sunday morning.

Sunday is a no-TV-no-computer-no-video-game day in my house and to occupy themselves they have pulled out a now-vintage camcorder that I last used around the year 1999 and they are watching themselves as babies and wee ones. This morning Christmas of 1996 is playing and I hear once again their tiny voices from the distant past.

And the kids are laughing their butts off.

To be honest with you though I couldn't stay out there with these teenagers of mine. I watched for about five minutes before I returned here to my office and shut the door, effectively leaving the past for them to review this morning. Something about it made me a little sad.

As I was watching...
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A Clumsy Christmas Eve Remembered

Posted 09-19-2011 at 12:48 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

We have so many crazy memories of Christmas Eve that it is hard some times to account for them all. A neighbor next door to me reminded me of a moment I failed to tell anyone about -- because it was a bit embarrassing.

About ten years ago my son asked for a drum set for Christmas.

A wise elf admonished us early in our marriage to always clear a wishlist to Santa with Mom first -- if Mom didn't approve, Santa wouldn't deliver.

There was just no way my son was getting drums. He was eight, all boy, and prone to, uh, enthusiastic activities. We had not one but two little girls under the age of three and life was chaotic enough.

No drums. Mom said no. I said no. And Santa never heard the request.

But a neighbor did and a few days before Christmas, as they cleaned out their basement in advance of a house move, he brought us over a set of used drums. This good man was a musician with years of experience and when I...
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Why do non christians celebrate christmas?

Posted 09-15-2011 at 09:01 AM by lauriebear

CM3 this is for you... I LOVE this, LOVE it, if more would live it then it doesn't matter why you celebrate, just so long as we are kind and loving to EVERYONE, not just those who believe in Jesus.

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This just reflects what all before me have said.......I just kind of like the overall message. I think too many folks get hung up on what everyone else is doing and are not paying attention to their own lives. Excluding someone from celebrating Christmas because of their religious preferences is like excluding someone from a hug that they may really need...xo

HOW TO CELEBRATE CHRIST'S BIRTHDAY
-- from Christ


Dear children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan
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