Archive for December 10th, 2018


12.10.18 … “I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside), I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Advent Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC:

Today I’m experiencing auditory sensory overload: I hear the chimes ringing merrily from the bell tower, a bird chirping, my snowboots moving across the icy snow, sirens in the distance, car traffic on Park Road, a train horn, and the crackling of very light icy rain… so essentially I have the sound of silence with the overplay of loud white noise interspersed with very distinct sounds, and all the while I hear in my head this year’s holiday politically incorrect winnner, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” “I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside), I’ve got to go away (but baby, it’s cold outside)”. (

I’m thinking that my hands are cold, and that I need to find I my mittens. Although my Starbucks is helping.

The sun is trying to burn through the heavy clouds, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we get a little more snow. It just has that snow feeling to it.

Since this is a very early snow for the piedmont region, I’m thinking of this “Liturgy for the First Snow” which I saw on line:

“Oh Christ, King of Snow, we bless you for bidding this blanket of white to cover us in holy hush, that our hearts might be quieted at the site, that we might sense the emptiness of canvas over with your Spirit broods, and upon which you create and recreate our hearts in the image of the one whose Word first spoke snow into existence. Amen”

I think a blanket of snow creates a certain silence, but the contrast of the actual sounds, including the chimes here today, really give this walk an auditory overload. Each sound is very distinct.

I realized very quickly after I started walking that my footprints are the only footprints on the snow covered labyrinth. As I was walking out, i wondered to myself as I looked down at my own footprints, the ones going the other direction, if I had changed in the 20 minutes between walking in and walking out … or have I merely changed directions?



12.10.18 … “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown” …

Christmas Tradition # 7: Holiday Movie and TV Favorites and Traditions

I’m a fan of holiday movies, and I search out their broadcast schedule every year. And I own a bunch of them.

Here are my top 20:

1. A Christmas Carol (all versions and adaptations; I will discuss these in a later post)

2. Its a Wonderful Life

3. Charlie Brown Christmas

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

5. The Nativity Story

6. The Nutcracker

7. Love Actually

8. The Holiday

9. While You Were Sleeping

10. The Santa Claus

11. Elf

12. The Polar Express

13. White Christmas

14. The Shop Around the Corner

15. A Christmas Story

16. Joyeux Noel

17. The Christmas Chronicles (new this year, entertaining)

18. The Sound of Music (a must view during the holidays)

19. Harry Potter Series (Family friends watch all 8 on Christmas Eve)

20. Die Hard (Another friend always watches this one during the holidays, really!)

So what is the tradition: it’s enjoying again and again the stories of transformation, of miracles and of joy. Some are collective experiences and some are just quiet times while I decorate or wrap or cook. I’m trying to decide when to watch Die Hard.


And a few quotes:

Die Hard –

“You asked for miracles, I give you… the FBI.”

Charlie Brown Christmas –

Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.

[moves toward the center of the stage]

Linus Van Pelt: Lights, please.

[a spotlight shines on Linus]

Linus Van Pelt: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not:”

[Linus drops his security blanket on purpose]

Linus Van Pelt: “for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”

Linus Van Pelt: [Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown] That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

And one friend noted that she always hears this passage in Linus’ voice. I do, too!

What’s your favorite?


Christmas Traditions Update –

At my brother’s, and after watching White Christmas, we are watching A Charlie Brown Christmas … I am back in time to being 4 or 5 and my city grandmother gave all her granddaughters Charlie Brown Christmas pins. My sister got Lucy. I got Pigpen.

He does have a nice quote:

Lucy Van Pelt:

Pig-Pen, you’re the innkeeper.


In spite of my outward appearance, I shall try to keep a neat inn.

I’ve long since lost mine, but my sister still has her pin.

Becky and Susan – Do you remember these gifts from Nancy Dear?


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