Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Dasher: Laughing all the way, my friend. Laughing all the way.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Not to say we didn't get anything else done. For example, we packed our Thanksgiving stuff up, and had some more music practice with Madison. Daddy got a big step out of the way for the Christmas card production: we might see those start to get mailed out this week, actually. We also dealt with some other gifts too. Daddy proofed a devotional for children's church, and did some other work in that regard. And Mommy hit the laundry as usual.
I think the moment of the day came when it grew dark. We all climbed on the couch and got under the blankets, snuggling together beside our tree, all lit up so perfectly. We watched "The Polar Express" with Madison, and she loved every minute of it. It was fun watching her hide much of her face under the blankets during the parts that were a little scary, and then listening to her laugh out loud at others. She really enjoyed the movie! Afterwards, Mommy and Daddy watched another Christmas movie, "The Bishop's Wife," which we both really like a lot.
We were recently laughing about the annual "25 Days of Christmas" programming that ABC has at the end of each year. Looking over their schedule, we pretty much have every movie they plan on showing. We could just pop them in the same night, and avoid all the commercials! Actually, we have our own "25 Days of Christmas," but it starts a bit earlier in November. We've seen quite a few Christmas movies already so far, and it isn't even December yet! But tonight we were really into the Christmas spirit - maybe it was the chilly weather outside.
Tomorrow it is supposed to flurry outside, which would be our first flurries of the season. Of course, Madison would tell us differently: it snowed twice in Disney World!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Thanks to everyone who came to the inauguration despite the weather. It has been pouring rain in Gävle tonight. Rain at the inauguration, that was long ago. The raining increased during the beautiful fireworks that ended the inauguration. As you know, I'm not a big fan of flames, fireworks, pyrotechnics and such, I am always a little ambivalent about the fireworks at the inauguration. But this year it was more beautiful than ever!
Now I'll just stand here tonight and feel happy. And I´ll be dreaming of a white Christmas in Gävle!"
Saturday, November 26, 2011
We're gearing up for a big deal at KidPak - the return of Ebenezer Scrooge! We've got some good casting thus far, and the set people have been working tirelessly to get this complex stage design ready to go for us by next Sunday. The scripts have been written, but we've got a lot of costuming and furniture issues, not to mention a few videos as well. It's going to be a tremendous undertaking, but this is the year to "go for it," as we typically do a lot for the adult church service at Christmas time, and this year seems to be different: Christmas concerts are the thing at Free Chapel this December, as musical artists are visiting to put everyone in a festive mood one Sunday after another. Meanwhile, we don't have to practice or set up for anything monumental in the main sanctuary. At least not yet.
"A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. It was the voice of Scrooge's nephew, who came upon him so quickly that this was the first intimation he had of his approach.
"Bah!" said Scrooge, "Humbug!"
As the weather turns colder each Christmas, we see the man – Ebenezer Scrooge – and we see the meanness in his eyes, the coldness in his soul, and think upon his remarkable story. When an amazing visitor comes to show him the deeds of his past, Scrooge is understandably frightened. Even more so when the path they are taking goes right out the window on the second floor of his home!
"I am mortal," Scrooge remonstrated, "and liable to fall."
Aren’t we all? Everyone falls. Paul said it best in Romans 3:23: “Everyone has sinned.” Put another way, we have all been on God’s naughty list. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, each and every one of us has done things in our past that we’re not proud of. Like him, how would you yourself like to go back in time and watch a replay of yourself messing up over and over again? It wouldn’t be a pretty sight for any of us.
That’s why in all we do, we must remember that God is watching. Not just Christmastime, but all year long we should do our best to act not like Scrooge – but more like Jesus. You see, God’s making a list and checking it twice. God is watching, and wants to put everyone’s name in a special book, the Book of Life. Will your name be written inside?
If you’re not sure, it’s time to give God the best Christmas gift imaginable: your life to Him. Don’t worry about your past. God’s got it covered. Jesus paid the price so that we could be with him forever in heaven. Don’t squander that gift, and don’t hide it. Like the shepherds from long ago, tell others about the reason for the season!
Like old Ebenezer, our past may not be pretty. But that’s what Christmas is all about: we celebrate because God loved us so much that He sent His Son to take our place. In other words, God was saying, “Your past is past.”
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
-- 5 million lights
-- 32 miles of extension cables
-- 66 snow machines
-- 100 gallons of snow fluid a night
-- 43 hidden Mickeys