December 23rd – A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

This is a Christmas classic that can't be ignored. Just as Scrooge learned, when our time comes we will be more concerned about the people that we helped, rather than the money that we made or the time spent at the office. So let's remember that this Christmas season as well. It's not about how … Continue reading December 23rd – A Christmas Carol (Dickens)

December 22nd – The Mansion

This is one of the three stories that Thomas S. Monson, someone I look up to, always reads during Christmas time, along with Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and the second chapter of St. Luke. It's a touching story that reminds us that what matters most is not the things that we get, but the people that … Continue reading December 22nd – The Mansion

December 21st – Silent Night

Silent Night by: Joseph Mohr Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the … Continue reading December 21st – Silent Night

December 20th – Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger Author Unknown Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no … Continue reading December 20th – Away in a Manger

December 19th – In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter by: Christina Rossetti In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago. Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when … Continue reading December 19th – In the Bleak Midwinter

December 18th – Old Santeclaus with Much Delight

Old Santeclaus with Much Delight (with original illustrations) Author Unknown Old SANTECLAUS with much delight His reindeer drives this frosty night, O’r chimney tops, and tracts of snow, To bring his yearly gifts to you. The steady friend of virtuous youth, The friend of duty, and of truth, Each Christmas eve he joys to come … Continue reading December 18th – Old Santeclaus with Much Delight

3 Triumphs and 3 Shortcomings of “The Last Jedi”

**WARING: MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW** It's finally here! The film Star Wars fanatics (and everyone else in the world, let's be honest) have been waiting for since the closing credits of The Force Awakens. So let's just get right into it. Here's three things Rian Johnson got right with The Last Jedi and three things that I wasn't a … Continue reading 3 Triumphs and 3 Shortcomings of “The Last Jedi”

December 17th – The Twelve Days of Christmas (Jan Brett)

We obviously all know Christmas carol and counting song that has become a holiday favorite. 🙂 Jan Brett is famous for her beautiful illustrations, and her version of "Twelve Days" not just delivers exquisite images but also, as her website says, "a love story, a family's busy Christmas preparations, 'Merry Christmas' in eleven languages, and a … Continue reading December 17th – The Twelve Days of Christmas (Jan Brett)

December 16th – On This Christmas

For today's 25 Days of Christmas Reading I wanted to include this poem by a fellow blogger, Keith Garrett. I appreciated the Christmas imagery and the subtle sing-song rhyme that really rings in the Christmas spirit. I especially like how the poem asks us to think of those that have had an effect on our … Continue reading December 16th – On This Christmas