how the world turns…

*que light melodic peaceful holiday theme music in the back ground*

Holiday Season is upon us. Though you may not know holiday season has been here for quite some time. Apparently the new socially acceptable time to decorate is October One.  And not mind you, decorate for Halloween, but for Christmas! The holiday agenda has been pressed on us, and we have responded.

Tragic I say. However, regardless of how your decorating habits have changed or the extent of the zealousness to which to hold these habits, Christmas is here. I decided to share a Christmas Wish List with you all pertaining to some seasonal events and/or fun things to do during the Holidays.

1. White Christmas… now this isn’t that big  a deal to you northerners, but in the deep south we don’t get snow often. Since I have never seen a white Christmas I believe one is due my 25th year. See isn’t that just a nice round number to start off with?

2. Time to sleep in… this may just be the greatest gift ever. For the off-season I have been working an internship at UAB Hospital designing a community outreach and education program. Wake up call 6AM. At my desk by 7:30AM. Work till 4 or 5. Coach or workout. Home. Dinner. Bed…. I think a few mornings rest is in order.

3. Snowboarding… While soccer may be my first love, my second may be rock climbing, probably snowboarding is my 3rd. And hey everyone says a bronze medal is better than silver! I am hoping to get a day on the slopes after Christmas as long has Santa brings me a pass! (hint hint Mom and Dad)

4. That Red Ryder BB gun Ralphie in A Christmas Story asked for… I don’t really want this, but just wanted to ask for it so someone would tell me I’d shoot my eye out. Oh Christmas traditions. My family usually watches this at least four times during the 48 hour marathon Christmas Eve.

5. Crocheting needle… I lost mine for the 3rd time and need a new one to finish a blanket I started in high school. Yes, in answer to your question. I am a woman of many talents. I can crochet a blanket, but thats about it. Maybe a scarf. But the unfinished blanket is sitting on my shelf and its bugging me. Need that needle to finish it.

6. A new Christmas CD… I found one by a group I like. Downhere “How Many Kings: Songs for Christmas” The problem with this is that I’ll be really sick of Christmas Music by the time I get this and it will wait till next year. Sad.

7. I am going to end the list at 7. I wouldn’t want to look to selfish and greedy asking for all these things. But most of all I want this season to be about more than me. More than what I can get or who I can see. Or how great my experience will be. But I want to remember its about celebrating when the God of all things came to the earth to die. To ransom sinners, while we were still in our sins in rebellion. I want to act like a daughter of God this season. And while I know I will fail miserably (there must be the annual Whitworth children fight over video games Christmas Eve), that is my goal. Not so that I can receive anything, but to be like my Father.

In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. -Excerpts from John 1 (NIV)

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