1. It’s time for the Christmas wars, and the “Christians” are taking the offensive this year. At Stand for Christmas, you can see if your favorite retailers are using religiously correct language and appropriate symbols for this time of year as they entice you to engage in more gross consumerism. After all, this is the time of year when we show God’s love by racking up large amounts of debt while giving each other gifts of stuff we don’t need. And the job of the retailer is to make us feel as holy as possible while we do this. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, right? (Jason Boyett has a nice little rant against Stand for Christmas that I like.)
2. Here’s a great post you should read about fear. As perfect love casts out fear, so imperfect love casts in fear. So much of the culture war is just fear. We are afraid that God will be taken out of the public square, that liberals will run the country, and that the cashier won’t say Merry Christmas. But, God’s perfect love will take away our fear – even the fear of the cultural changes.
3. Apparently, it snowed in Houston today. I know this because I have several Facebook friends who live in the Houston area (not surprising since I went to college at LSU). It also snowed some here today. The people in Houston were ecstatic and thrilled. The people here were mildly interested and talking about getting the snowblowers/snowmobiles/skis ready for the season. It’s like two different worlds!
4. Mr. Math Tutor and Wild Man were reading in Luke about the resurrection of Jesus. Mr. Math Tutor had Wild Man tell me that the fact that the burial linen was in the tomb and folded was part of the evidence that Jesus' body wasn't stolen. I told them it was evidence that God wants us to fold our clothes. They weren’t really amused.
5. So, while I’m trying to simplify Christmas and doing the whole Advent Conspiracy thing, my daughter is getting crazy busy because she’s in the school choir and the church choir. I was incredibly proud that she made it into the Madrigal’s singing group, but that means that she has three or four Madrigals performances in addition to her Treble Choir performance and church choir performance (where she’ll also be playing accompaniment for one piece). I’ve tried to make sure she doesn’t have any other external commitments, though, because I want our family to be able to enjoy our time together.
6. I’ve noticed something rather disturbing since my parents left last week. My kitchen appears to no longer be self-cleaning and our food supply appears to be dwindling. While my parents were here, the food and kitchen stuff kind of took care of itself as if by magic. I’m going to have to cook and clean again, I’m afraid.
7. I had my thyroid scan done this week, and all is normal!! And, I am now back on thyroid hormone and must be having a great placebo effect because I feel great even though I know that there can only be a small amount of hormone in my system yet. Nonetheless, I’m a happy woman. I’m also trying desiccated thyroid instead of levothyroxine to see if that helps my migraines any. It’s a long-shot, but we’ll see what happens!