Hail the incarnate Deity

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Merry Christmas to everyone who has been in some way part of the Youthblog collective in 2007, your company, comments, interest and shared laughter have been a great blessing. I wish you a mellow Christmas that’s alive with all the magic, mystery, depth, fun and love that God amongst us in Christ means. I’m now off the air until Jan 2nd and the unfolding adventure of 2008, whatever that turns out to be.
Shalom 🙂

"Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Barenaked for the holidays

bhfth.jpgI am listening to SUCH a great Christmas Album at the moment. Having been a fan of The Barenaked Ladies for a few years, I’d really really wanted a copy of Barenaked for the Holidays but had not been able to find a copy in the UK. Yesterday though I downloaded it ($9.99) and am loving the live, musically brilliant party that combines the sublime and the ridiculous. VERY VERY COOL (and great fun) especially their version of “God rest ye ….” with sarah mclachlan as a guest vocalist. (You can listen to some previews on this site)
For a wonderfully eclectic art slideshow to accompany the music, check out Christianity today, a series of pieces that happily draws together artists as diverse (but equally talented) as Giotto di Bondone and Dave Walker, fab!

Jesus Junk

I had an e-mail from Dean who reckon’d I’d not properly done justice to Christmas Jesus Junk since 2005. As Marko is doing such a great job of collating the REALLY bad nativity scenes that I thought I’d stay out of it this year. However I am enjoying Dean’s 12 day’s of Christmas Junk so I’ll flag that up!
I think the other reason that I’ve stayed out of it is having dicovered this pic in 2005, I’m frightened to look in case worse is out there. *shudder*
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Sing-along Christmas card list

Amy Dreemin
Arthur White
Chris Moss.
Jess Lykedee
Juan Swee
Hugh Sterno
Wendy Treetops-Glisten
Ann Deach
Hilda wren
Liz Tenn
‘Two-Ears’ Laybelle
Cindy Snow
christmas_tree_presents_lg_clr.gifEmma Drieming
Uffa Wyte
Chris Muss-witt
Eva Ree
Kris Mascar
Dai Wright.
Mayor Daseby
Mary-Ann Bright
Anna-May Hall
Yorky Riss
Mrs B White

The Episode where Ian witters on a bit

A week until Christmas eve, I just thought I’d mention it! I’m afraid this is one of those posts where I am just wittering, but for the hard-core Youthblog reader(s) you’ll know that the boring stuff is really important as it means than when/(if) something interesting comes along it feels even more significant.
lightjar.jpgThanks for the concern for my health, I was/am genuinely touched by the concern, prayers and thoughts. I hopefully get the hospital results this week (although I am never good at passing examinations*) but am actually in work today after feeling lousy all weekend and reluctantly missing Vertigo (which I’m told went well). I still have little energy.
But IT’S CHRISTMAS! We put the decorations up as a family last night and our lounge looks wonderful. There were a couple of creative touches to the whole thing that I loved so I’m going to tell you about:
1. Trawled the internet for loads of large Chrismassy pictures, a mixture of arty crib scenes, cheesy santa pictures, snow scenes and anything else that was Christmas-esque and put them in a folder. Then used Windows ‘Picture and Fax viewer’ to run them as a slide show so our computer shows a series of seasonal snapshots. (At the same time I have windows media player playing randomly from the Christmas music file which ranges in style from the sublime to the ridiculous having a HUGE range of yuletide music**)
2. Filled up a jar with a chain of christmas lights and some baubles, it looks really ace IMHO.

* See vague entry on CV to ‘A’ levels ‘taken’ rather than ‘A’ levels ‘passed’
** Apart from, obviously, Chris de Burgh’s ‘A Spaceman came travelling’ *shudder*