DAY 6. Share a fond Christmas memory
DAY 5. What is on your personal wish list this year?
- More people come to Christ
- Worldwide peace
- No more cancer and diseases and illnesses
As you can see, I want pretty much what everyone else wants. And what’s better is that I can bring my requests to the one, true, God. The only one who has the power to do something about it. Prayer DOES work, and if you place your trust in Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection for the atonement of our sins, then we will get to live in a perfect world in the end.
DAY 4. Share a Christmas story or write one of your own.
I thought I would share a little rhyming Christmas poem I wrote a few years ago, inspired by an awesome sci-fi show called Stargate:Atlantis.
Christmas Eve in Atlantis
by Michelle Sommerville
‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And Atlantis was beaming;
People tucked into their beds,
All peaceful and dreaming.
The stockings were hung by the Stargate with care,
SGA-1 storming a secret Wraith lair;
Weir still on base, holding the fort,
‘Can Santa find us’, not a far away thought.
The Stargate whirs and the lights turn on,
Like a Christmas star, it brightly shone;
The team runs through with only moments to spare,
Waiting for Santa becoming their only true care.
Tucking into bed, putting head on pillow,
Pretending to be asleep, Santa creeps in a window;
Ronon and Teyla unaware of Saint Nick,
What happened next, just too damn quick.
Thinking an intruder, or possibly Wraith,
If only they’d believed and had a little faith;
Nick’s neck was snapped, and ripped right off,
Ronon’s gun shooting poor little Rudolph.
The blood sprayed everywhere, coating the walls,
No time this year, for decking the halls;
The city awoke with a shot and a cry,
In time to see, ‘rest of the reindeers fly.
Ronon and Teyla imprisoned by decree,
Should they be hung up high on the Christmas tree?
With them now dead and their presents now alone,
Should their presents go back to the Arctic Zone?
With no other way in mind, Sheppard came through,
And took home their gifts, all shiny and new;
With the day almost over and the people tuckered out,
‘Could Christmas even continue?’ McKay thought in horrible doubt.
As sudden as anything, amazingly taking place,
Jolly Saint Nick reborn, for the old one he’d replace;
With a shout as he left, forgivingly he did recite,
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
Hope you enjoyed!
DAY 3. Your favourite Christmas recipe/food.
I’m not really into cooking. No one in my family really is. As I said in my last entry in this challenge, on Christmas we have a normal dinner, but go out for a buffet lunch.
You can find Day 1 HERE.
DAY 2. Favourite Christmas tradition new or old
For as long as I can remember, we have done the same thing every Christmas, and I love it.
- (When we were younger) When us kids went to bed on Christmas Eve night, mum would put the presents under the tree. We wouldn’t get to see presents under the tree until we were all together on Christmas morning.
- Morning church service. Nothing revitalises you more than church; especially on Christmas. There is lots of singing, praying, and coming together.
- Breakfast and chat at a local cafe. Usually Gloria Jeans.
- Back to the house for opening presents. We open one at a time and go in a round (usually oldest to youngest).
- Buffet lunch. For many years we had lunch at Sizzler (not cooking and cleaning!) but this year we’re going somewhere else because they renovated and it didn’t feel too nice last time.
- Back home where Grandma opens her Christmas presents.
- Hanging out, playing games, and watching TV.
The rest of the night is just normal.
What about you? What is your favourite Christmas tradition new or old? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.
Picture by ScaleSimple
Christmas is almost here!
I’m sure a lot of people reading that will roll their eyes or groan, as they wish they had more time to buy presents, organise Christmas lunch, and decorate the house with a tree and lights. Sorry, but I’m excited.
I’ve always loved Christmas. I’m not talking about the materialistic parts, I’m talking about the TRUE reason for the season. Jesus may not have been born on December 25, but it is a beautiful thing for (most of) the world to set aside a day to celebrate our Lord and Saviour coming to Earth to exist as a human, to teach us, and show us who He is.
So, for the next 12 days, I will be participating in the Blogging Challenge. The rules are as follows:
- Include the photo below in each blog post
- You may start at any point in December
- Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
- Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
- Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
- Have fun!
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Let’s get started.
DAY 1. List your favourite things about Christmas
There are so many things to list here, but I’ll try.
- Church in the morning. A great way to start the day.
- Setting up the Christmas tree – a month-long reminder that the special day is coming.
- Family spending time together.
- Lunch (not having to cook or clean up)
- Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces when they open their presents (not quantity or cost, just something that lets them know they were thought of).
- All chilling out at home with Grandma (she’s 93 years old!) and playing games and watching TV.
- Christmas carols (Christian, not really the ones about Santa, etc.)
I’m sure there are many more, and I might come back and add to the list later on, but for the most part this sums up my favourite things about Christmas.