Tag Archives: Christmas

#Christmas Light Show in #Seoul!

29 Dec

Merry #Christmas

25 Dec

May everyone have the #Christmas spirit ❤️  #MerryChristmas my loves! Have a great time with family, friends, & strangers! #ForGodsoloved #ASaviorisBorn 

Merry Christmas from China!

24 Dec

Great Christmas Eve! 🎅 Went to breakfast and shopping with mom. Saw totally cute gift ideas!! 😊 Then my friend Harry came by and we made peanut butter and ritz cookies, had delicious dinner, walked the river looking at the lights, saw the fireworks, etc. ❄ Even saw an electrical fire! 😱 Then the lovely cafe owner’s wife gave me a cupcake for Christmas 😍 Even though China doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, lots of locals stopped to wish me Merry Christmas. Then woke up this morning to awesome gifts, delicious breakfast treats from a friend, and a spa day. Tonight I party with some friends here at the foreign housing.  A real wonderful life!

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My Student Serena made me this wreath – isn’t it adorable?!

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My student Serena made me this wreath – isn’t it beautiful?!

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“Merry Christmas” in different countries

16 Dec

Christmas Song Pet Peeve

4 Dec

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas music.  Christmas music is wholesome, sweet, touching, kind, well-meaning, and just full of good messages and best wishes. I particularly have a fondness for tradition and the classics. Maybe it’s the snake in me, but I don’t like it when people change my traditions, and I like doing to same song over and over again every  year. 

Maybe that’s why this is a particular pet peeve of mine – When Christian singers take old songs, add one line repeated over and over for a new chorus, and then pretend like they’ve produced something new. Often published without reference to the original writer who actually WAS creative. Okay, I know most of these songs are no longer under Copyright, but if you’re copying someone else’s work, acknowledgement is NEVER out of fashion (and a heck of a lot more ethical). (i.e. Mercy Me’s “I heard the Bells.” — Adding “I can hear them” said 50 times over does not a new song make.)

Original by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said:
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

New Version by “Mercy Me”

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on Earth, good will to men

And thought how as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on Earth, good will to men
I can hear them
I can hear them
I can hear them

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on Earth” I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on Earth, good will to men

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead nor does He sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on Earth, good will to men

I can hear You
I can hear You
I can hear You
I could still hear You
The world can hear You

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25 Nov

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Small One ~ A Favorite Christmas Film

15 Dec

 

Life in China: Christmas in Henan

30 Dec

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It’s a little late to be saying this, but Merry Christmas from the beautiful province of Henan, China!

 This is my very first Christmas to be traveling abroad, indeed my first to be away from family and friends. Even in college, I always came back home with my mom to stay at my Aunt and Uncle’s home in Illinois. We always went overboard on the shopping so the room was covered in packages, and we had wonderful traditions. Lighting the hope candle, visiting midnight services, baking cookies, and getting up early to visit family nearby. Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I was a little concerned about how it would turn out this year.   Continue reading

20+ Cutest Christmas Nail Art Ideas!

8 Dec

“20+ Cutest Christmas Nail Art Ideas!”

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David Tennet & Catherine Tate

22 Jan

I know it’s post-Christmas, but I needed a cheering up today and this arrived at my Youtube doorstep.  I have yet to watch these two interact and not love it!  She’s still my favorite Doctor Who companion ❤

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