12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, and Day 7 HERE.

DAY 8. Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country

As far as I know, there aren’t any real differences to how our local community celebrates Christmas. Unfortunately, while a lot of people celebrate it, they don’t seem to acknowledge the true meaning of the day.
In the preceding weeks, there are numerous big-scale Christmas carol events, with Australian singers belting out the tunes (that too becoming less about Jesus and more about Santa and snow).
There are also tours to decorated houses. Some families spend thousands of dollars on Christmas lights and decorations, putting their name in to let people know to come by and take some photos. My family went out looking at them when I was younger, but year after year we were faced with calamities (getting lost, flat tyre, car breaking down, sister getting her hand shut and locked in the car door so spending hours at the emergency room – all of these on different years), so we stopped.
Hopefully more people will let Jesus into their lives and we can have a big Jesus-centred tradition nearby.
What are the local Christmas traditions in your town or country? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

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12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, and Day 5 HERE.

DAY 6. Share a fond Christmas memory

There is one story I just have to tell here. While it may sound like a funny little story from my early childhood, it is much to my embarrassment to say that I was indeed older than I should have been. I was probably around 10 years old when it happened.
Although we don’t have a big family, we have an even smaller house, so every Christmas we have lunch out. This year, we were at Sizzler (a buffet restaurant). It was a great atmosphere, with everyone chatting and laughing and gorging themselves on an assortment of delicious foods. Then came the time when someone dropped by. You all know his name: Santa.
I don’t know what about Santa always terrified me (only just getting over it now), but the second I saw him coming, I jumped under the table. Everyone at the table laughed. Thankfully it was a crowded restaurant so no one else saw, but my family make sure to tell everyone, and continue to make fun of me everytime Santa is near.
What about you? What is your fond children Christmas memory? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: RealMarkLandry, Jay, and EatLiveEscape.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, and Day 3 HERE.

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.

*Please Note* This is not a poem for children!
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!

Have you got a favourite Christmas story, or have you written your own?Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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I nominate: Shut that Negative Noise Off, Momentary Lapse of Sanity, and Gotta Find a Home.

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

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.

I nominate Melanie Toye, Grace Musing, and Darly Darly.