So I don't feel too bad that I haven't bought anything there since Thanksgiving.
Here are a few things we have out that are just...things we have.
Dickens' Christmas spirits may be, as Lewis observed, "of his own invention," yet they are still agents of grace; Chesterton considers them suggestive of "that truly exalted order of angels who are correctly called High Spirits" ("Dickens and Christmas").I certainly don't have the last word for anyone on how or even whether to celebrate Christmas. We choose to prepare our hearts during Advent, to celebrate in every way we can think of during Christmas (that's twelve days long, by the way (grin)), and to finish off with the Three Kings on Epiphany (and yes, I do know there were probably many more than three, and they weren't necessarily kings). It's something we're still working on--choosing what music, what decorations, what traditions mean the most to us and communicate what we believe the season is about. I'm grateful for the insight of those who have shared very different perspectives on this, and I am rejoicing that our goal, in the end, is the same: to glorify Christ every day.
I had a frightenly long to-read list on GoodReads. All probably very good books, but more than I could even contemplate getting through. Some of them were books that I think I should read, or that somebody told me I should read, but that I don't really want to, at least anytime soon. So I did some major chopping.
Out of what's left, I pulled forty titles that really caught my attention, that I can imagine reading in the next year...or two.