Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reindeer Games?

This is the time of year when sports abound on the television. Not everyone agrees with the programming. This is from December 23, 2011.
My parents were very traditional when it came to the holidays, especially Christmas and especially my mother.We had a number of rituals which centered around the family that we observed faithfully, a term not used in a religious connotation but one of habitual re-enactment. Mom would have left the Christmas tree up year round and she played Christmas music in July, which I found annoying as a kid but now recall fondly. We always spent Christmas in one of three places: Michigan, with Dad's family: Arkansas with Mom's kin; Nebraska by ourselves and perhaps some relatives who came to visit. It was a simpler time without as many distractions as our culture endures today and not as many outside forces competing for our attention. This morning, I read an article linked here written by Jen Floyd Engel on MSN/FOX called Do We Really Need Sports On Christmas?  (Please copy and paste the link below into your address bar.) 
Ms Engel takes professional sports to task for scheduling games on December 25. My mom, no doubt, would have agreed with her. If you get a chance to read her short piece, I would love to hear your reaction, either on blogger comments or my FACEBOOK page. Which ever view you subscribe to, Merry Christmas!

Applicable quote of the day:
"Christmas… that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance -- a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."
Augusta E. Rundel

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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