Thinking Out Loud

December 10, 2010

Enjoying Christmas Without Missing the Point

Regular readers here at Thinking Out Loud will notice something different today.   One of this blog’s distinctives has been not relying on video embeds for daily post content.   But the one I’m embedding today is somewhat special.

It’s not the musical quality, or the recording quality; it’s just my wife and I with some extra time on Wednesday, and a desire to share with my blog audience a song I’ve been singing somewhere every Christmas for a rather long number of years.

There’s something about being “home for Christmas;” something about the fact the pace of life slows down for a day or two.   No wonder that it’s so difficult for people who are alone on December 25th; being with friends or family seems to define the day.    (Which is why people where I live are reviving the annual “Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day” for people who don’t have close family, or can’t afford all the trimmings of the season.)

We didn’t have time to do this up as professionally as we might have, but I hope you’ll kick back and enjoy the song and its ideas.   Most of the technical work was that of my wife, Ruth; who, on some of this, was learning on the fly.   If we could ever cut loose from our individual projects, we could be the Christian version of Pomplamouse!

Most important, I hope you’ll reconnect with the thought that the familiar “birth of Christ” narrative in Luke is the start of much, much longer story.   One that continues into eternity.

Canadian readers:  Don’t forget you can still contribute to our Salvation Army iKettle.   Donations stay with your community.   More details here; or go direct to our iKettle.


  1. “Most important, I hope you’ll reconnect with the thought that the familiar “birth of Christ” narrative in Luke is the start of much, much longer story. One that continues into eternity.”

    Wonderful statement. Let’s hold that thought throughout the year (and beyond).

    Christus omnia mihi est.

    Comment by Paul B — December 10, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  2. Thanks Paul(and Ruth). Good show.

    Comment by Jon Rising — December 10, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  3. Great song, great slides, great job!!!

    Comment by gloria p — December 10, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  4. First time we’ve heard your musical gifts … wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Marlene — December 10, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

  5. Doesn’t need to be “professional” to be pleasing and worth listening to,…. and worth sharing.

    Good Job! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Comment by Arthur — December 13, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

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