Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 25, 2011

A Quiet Christmas Day, 2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A QUIET CHRISTMAS DAY, 2011

    Last evening Monte, my daughter Sandy and her husband Michael, and I attended Christmas Eve services at Heritage United Methodist Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     Today was a quiet day. A nice respite after the hectic preparations for the season, and the hectic activities of 2011.

     My husband and I awoke, read the newspaper, opened our gifts. He went to church while I lounged about at home, relishing the quiet. In the afternoon we walked to our daughter’s house to watch our granddaughter open her gifts, and ate dinner there. It was just the five of us. A ham dinner. Quite good.

     Christmas isn’t about hectic activity, although it seems to be that way for most of us. It’s about peaceful relationships between persons who love each other, and love for those we don’t feel a likeness for, and for those who are less fortunate than we are.

     I hope all you you had a joyful holiday.

     Our son from Cleveland didn’t arrive today, but will probably come tomorrow. I’d best get some rest before they arrive…

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ADDITIONAL READING:

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

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December 24, 2011

A Christmas Planet: Kepler-22b

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A CHRISTMAS PLANET: KEPLER-22b

     That huge box that won’t fit under the Christmas tree might hold the perfect present for some Earthlings. When they open it, they will find…a planet…a Christmas planet.

     A Christmas planet?

     This is how one newly discovered planet was described by William Borucki, chief scientist for the Kepler telescope, launched on a planet-hunting mission in 2009.

     “It’s a great gift,” Borucki said about the first planet discovered by the Kepler telescope that is confirmed in the habitable zone.

     The planet, eerily similar to Earth, sits outside our solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life…smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard to find place that’s not (more…)

December 22, 2011

My Homegrown Santa

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MY HOMEGROWN SANTA

     I kept hearing my husband say he was tired of shaving.

     “So don’t,” I said. “Grow a beard.”

     He wasn’t so anxious to do so, but in mid-summer the straggly growth began. By October he was being asked if he planned on portraying Santa Claus this Christmas.

     His beard is full-grown now, and has been barber-shop shaped for the holidays. And yes, I like it. He’s sometimes hesitant, but I hope he keeps it after the season.

     Then he won’t have to shave and I won’t hear his complaints.
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 ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 21, 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

with Monte W. Holland

 Earth has hosted more than seven billion persons…

Earth has been decorated by an uncountable number of snowflakes…

Only God could create each uniquely.

Each year since 1972 I our family has substituted a handcrafted ornament for a Christmas card. This year, 2011, I chose a snowflake cutout for a theme (it truly is truth that all we need to know we learn in kindergarten…so true, I thought, as I cut out paper folded snowflakes).

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     The snowflake is noted for its uniqueness. Each of us is made in the image of God, but are still quite unique. As startling as the similarities of appearance of Darlene to her newly discovered family members, these folks are distinctly different. You all know how different Carolyn and I are. And we are enriched by differences. When it comes to hockey, don’t expect to converse with Carolyn. I have to talk to my friend Lois. When it comes to writing, Carolyn can count on conversing with a number of friends. And yet in spite of our differences we never lose sight of the fact that we are created in God’s image and called to live responsible lives. If we celebrate Christmas, we acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh and made all the difference in the world for us and all of humanity.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

Christmas Letter 2009

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

December 18, 2011

Birthday Dinner at Mountain Palace in Bolivar, PA

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BIRTHDAY DINNER AT

MOUNTAIN PALACE, IN BOLIVAR, PA.

 

     A light snow fell as we traveled to Bolivar, Pennsylvania, about a twenty minute drive from our Laurel Mountain foothills home. My husband Monte suggested we have dinner there because the weekend of my birthday was filled with meetings and engagements, thus we couldn’t fit it in.

     The Mountain Palace is a new Chinese restaurant hidden in the rural region about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. Located in a former home, it specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine. The house also contains a small Chinese art museum.

     While we were eating a young couple entered, bearing a large Christmas stocking filled with gifts for the mother of owner Lacy Cai, M. D., Ph. D. I was able to capture the event on camera:

     I hope to do a post on the restaurant later, on my regular writing blog site, but for now I wanted to share the happy occasion.

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 1, 2011

Christmas Holiday Decorating

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DECORATING

 

     And the weather outside is delightful…

     Every year we’ve lived here I’ve envisioned the numerous pines, rhododentrums, and mountain laurel trimmed with bright Christmas bulbs and other outside decorations. I also dreamed of decorated wreathes and garlands on the house.

     Each year I’ve waited until after Thanksgiving to do the trimming. And each year I ran into two roadblocks: cold (more…)