Thursday, December 05, 2013
I like to read A Christmas Carol every holiday season. It's a good reminder about kindness and the spirit of the season. I like learning more about it, and remembering each year what I'd loved - and forgotten - from the story.
This year it also counts in my 101 Fantasy Books in 10 Years challenge, as well as my 101 Things in 1001 Days. But even if it didn't, I'd visit, Scrooge, Marley, the ghosts and the Cratchits.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Choosing a favorite holiday recipe is harder than I thought, but I keep coming back to a simple one. My mom's cream of spinach soup, which I like, and my children look forward to every year.
Today's 25 Days of Christmas blogging asks, When/how did you learn that Santa isn't real?
Santa isn't real?!
For our family, the holidays begin on the first Sunday in Advent, and the first carol sung around the Advent wreath is O Come O Come Emmanuel. I like its reverent yet victorious tone and its minor key. And how it serves as a reminder that the Christmas season is really here.
The rest of the season, my favorite is O Holy Night. Strange, because the rest of the year I have no interest in music of this type.
The 25 Days of Christmas Blogging asks for my Christmas wishlist. Here are a few items:
A cast iron 3-legged camp pot.
Locally made jewelry from a couple of different artisans
Locally made ceramic dishware
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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Sunday, December 01, 2013
I am Erika, curator of what is inside my mind that I choose to share with you. Lover of holidays of all descriptions and happy to find a reason to celebrate.
For the 25 Days of Holiday blogging, they ask my favorite Christmas movie.
I think it's A Christmas Carol, the one with George C. Scott that was broadcast in 1984 on network tv. At the time it was supposed to be the most close to the source material. Watch it here, and decide for yourself.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Biblical scholar Reza Aslan looks at life in Nazareth in the first decades of the Common Era. Under the Roman occupation, with the Herodian collaborators, how would a typical Jewish male peasant and day-laborer have lived his daily life? What did it mean, in that time and place, to overturn the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple? Or to preach that the Kingdom of God is here? What did the phrase "Son of Man" mean, and is that an accurate translation of how Jesus referred to himself?
Aslan also discusses the accuracy of the authors of various gospels; that is, who wrote them, why they were written under the names of apostles who had died decades before, and how accurately they described the preachings of Jesus.
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