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Thursday Thoughts & Links #3

1. I was featured on a post called 15 Ways You can Own ’70s Dresses in their Prairie Style portion, which is really cool, because Prairie styles are my favorite to wear.

2. In case you’ve missed the post in the past (from two years ago). Here is a list of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

3. You know how a lot of people have Christmas blues? I’m going through it just a little bit, simply because this is an extremely hard financial month for us in general, that to think about buying presents on top of it seems like a laughing matter.  I actually have been skipping all the “Christmas wishlist” posts people blog about, as if it is so easy for them to receive what they want when I can’t even afford to give what I want to those I love.  I’ve been breathing in deeply and keeping myself occupied so I don’t cry.  Consumerism really does bother me, and this time of year just makes me more angry lately rather than happy or excited.

4. I mentioned that I was going through an Advent devotional through World Vision, but I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with it. I have, however, been doing the children’s version with the boys that I’ve kept up with. They have activities and it has been fun to see them learn about loving people in other countries who don’t even celebrate Christmas.

5. My sons have been loving playing with bendable wax.  Especially the  Toy Story ones.  If you follow my instagram, you saw the alien that Leto made.  My friend gave us this activity book a few months ago and I whipped it out after a day of homeschool. I think they played with it for a good three hours!  They were upset when I put it away.

6. My friend Catina does beautiful art pieces constantly (She paints daily).  I have a couple of her pieces in our home.  She is offering 20% off everything in her shop with the code “CHRISTMASROCKS” through the 15th (Saturday).

7. People who know me personally, know I have a love for popcorn.  I truly want to make this caramel popcorn!! It looks pretty easy too!

8. I really love The Brilliance’s song called “Does Your Heart Break?” I went on youtube looking for a performance of the song, and instead I found an interpretive dance that goes with the song and they included extra things in the background (videos and words on a screen) and it was really moving to me.

9. I have a facebook photography page and am trying to build up more of a “fan base”.  Please “Like” it?  You also can add me on facebook if you’d like!

10. I came across this amazing information about the complete origin of Christmas, including loads of history leading us to where we are now. It actually saddened me quite a bit. Simple things like where mistletoe came from to the ultimate creation of Santa Claus (we teach our kids the truth about Santa, by the way).  I had no idea that Christmas was such a violent pastime, especially to those of Jewish roots!  Christmas trees were like the old Testament Ashera poles (which were basically like people worshiping a sex toy), but modernized centuries later as a way to worship trees, nature, and sex. Read the link for more though.

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9 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts & Links #3

  1. Victoria, that caramel corn recipe had my mouth watering. So simple and yet so decadent looking!

    And about those feelings that accompany your thoughts on buying gifts for those you love: My sister was in a similar position years ago, and as we spoke a few weeks before Christmas she told me it would be hard for her to come up with something for my kids that year. I told her that a simple card with a sincere Christmas greeting would be wonderful. I could hear the relief in her voice when she said, “Really, that would be ok?” I bet your friends and family would think that’s OK too.

    I noticed the side-bar about reaching your 60 book goal. Nicely done!

    Tim

    P.S. For the link to that article about the supposed “History of Christmas” (as its entitled), I wouldn’t worry about it much. The person who compiled it displays a form of hostility to Christianity, a non-Christian whose efforts show a pick-and-choose approach to historical research and writing. There are so many problems with it, showing the article to be not only poorly compiled but poorly researched:

    II.C. “Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.” He doesn’t identify which Christian leaders supposedly made such promises, and in all my reading of church history I’ve never read of this being a wide-spread practice.

    III.A. “Just as early Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, so too worshippers of the Asheira [sic] cult and its offshoots were recruited by the Church sanctioning ‘Christmas Trees’.Pagans had long worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes and decorated them, and this observance was adopted and painted with a Christian veneer by the Church.” Nope. Our modern tradition of a Christmas tree has its origins in 15th century renaissance Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree), a couple thousand years after Asherah worship.

    IV. “Christmas is a lie.” He concludes that Christmas is a lie because the date of Jesus’ birth is uncertain. This logic is as faulty as any found in the article, and continues to accompany his faulty research.

    He’s a man sorely in need of the love of Christ, as are we all.

  2. Tim, we don’t buy presents for friends and family for Christmas usually. I meant gifts for my own children and husband. The reading goal. . .I’ve read more than 60 books. I’m on my 67th book right now and am nearly halfway through it. 😉

    I think it is good to read non-Christian sides of things sometimes as well as the Christian side (as I mainly see that perspective). I think often times Christians don’t want to admit something that was originally pagan & making the church seem glorified and perfect in many aspects. I have done further research since (actually Rob did and read a lot of things to me) and we are still in shock over a lot of it. I know that Christ redeems things, but at the same time, should we mix something that came from Satan with something of God? The two have nothing in common and should not be one with another.

    One thing Rob found out was about Noah’s Great-Grandson Nimrod. Though I know I read of his name in the Bible in Genesis earlier in the year when I was reading through the book (and laughed that today we call “stupid people” by that title of things such as saying, “You nimrod!”, we don’t know further about his life. In researching his life, Rob found out that Nimrod’s birthday lands on what we know as December 25th & that his mother-wife saw a tree grow where he was buried. He was already treated as a god in Babylon so she said that represented new life and that she should leave gifts there. We’re still looking into it, but here is one place.. . . http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/CGG/ID/504
    As for all the stuff that the article in which I posted things about earlier. . .I understand what you mean, and I already had known the majority of my life that Jesus was definitely not born on Christmas. I think that many people (Catholic Christians mainly) have switched the story of Nimrod & his mother-wife’s relationship for that of Mary and Jesus. It is all just very very interesting information to learn!!!! I’m not saying I believe ultimately in what these sites say, but I’m doing lots of research and shall not stop.

    As always I LOVE your comments. I need to catch up on your blog too by the way. You post every day and I have a hard time keeping up! I do read them all though when I get time to!

  3. mmmmm carmel popcorn! I’ve kind of been skipping wishlist posts too – I instead am doing one after Christmas about what I was fortunate enough to get my family. I wish I could do a post on some of the more creative money saving gifts we are going – like for instance, my dad is a diabetic who LOVES brownies, especially the end crunchy parts. I found something called brownie brittle, and I am making a new recipe so that it it is carb and sugar free for him as a gift! I got my mom pretzels for Amish country – they don’t cost much, but it’s more the thought that I know she loves them. I hate setting limits and stuff and feeling like I either have to meet those limits or not go over them – I get budgeting, but I get annoyed feeling like I’ve done it wrong if I spend 10 dollars more on one person than another, you know? IT really should be about the thought.

    ❤ katherineof corgis and cocktails

  4. I am sorry to hear that you have the Christmas blues! It is a hard time of year for most. Honestly, If I didn’t get my sick pay, everyone would just get cookies. The commercialism is terrible though, I try to get people things they need/will use. I saw a billboard that read: Buy her the RIGHT gift, and it was an iron and a diamond necklace. Really? Sheesh. I got the blues a little earlier this week. I feel that I never do all of the things I set out to do during the holidays. Little things like watching A Charlie Brown Christmas with Kyle, or taking my brother’s out to the tree lighting.

    Um, yes caramel popcorn FTW!! Liam would love to be at your house I think, he loves popcorn.

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