The Woods of Memory

The woods of memory are littered with the detritus of myriad moments The flotsam and jetsam of a life strewn along every path A small cloth elephant sits on a log bright pink, beautifully embroidered opening a path to a long trip through many countries the child’s remembrances are vague now and the path is…

Singing Christmas

I love a good Christmas carol Singing peace on Earth Christ is born Come let us adore Him   We sing of shepherds getting supernatural visitation we sing of wise men taking a leap of faith we sing of a family out in the cold of a child born in poverty bearing the gift of…

Review “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)

Never mind the Hallmark movies, if you want a great Christmas film, you can’t go wrong with this. Starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young, “The Bishop’s Wife” involves Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) who becomes obsessed with the idea of building a cathedral. This needs funds, and his main donor is a self-absorbed…

A midnight, clouded

And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing. No! shout the people of strife We won’t listen! Love is meaningless Peace is for the strong Justice is for the rich So tell heaven’s all-gracious king we will…

Keeping Christmas

Check the clock, organize shop, visit, eat, drink invitations issued and accepted, cards dutifully filled out gifts dutifully bought tick off the to-do list until at last it’s all organized Christmas by the numbers   How much is duty how much is expectation how much is actual love how much is remembrance of God’s great…

A Shepherd’s Tale

A cold night Winter’s coming And it will soon be time to move indoors But for now, build up the fire Huddle in cloaks Almost hoping for a wolf among the flock Some kind of action To keep warm   Bethlehem’s fires can be seen in the distance Dream for a moment of wealthy homes…

A Christmas Feast

The Christmas feast is ready The table groans with abundance The turkey smells like heaven With lashings of gravy and stuffing Roasted vegetables piled high Plum pudding flames To oohs and ahs of delight Crackers pop, paper hats adorn happy heads Raise your glasses to a merry Christmas   While outside, noses press to the…

Review “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

I love the ‘Christmas Carol’ story, and I have seen many adaptations over the years. This version can stand with any of them. It is great! The awesome and amazing Michael Caine stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. He is absolutely fantastic in the role, despite the fact that he is mostly acting with muppets. There is…

All I want for Christmas

We never wrote to Father Christmas It wasn’t the thing to do If I was to write a letter It’s Jesus I’d send it to Lord, restore my health And so restore my life Give me some patience and kindness To weather the world and its strife   Open eyes with which to see Who…