I Think These Are So Cool!

December 23, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Merrie Days posted a few favorite Christmas decorations, these two among them.  I love how they incorporate the example of the original “Santa Claus” with the Jesus story.  I think the two can work together with good explanation, and that you can still even have fun with the “magic of the spirit of giving” without going overboard with deception.  Keep Christmas full of depth and meaning, and also keep it fun!


This one, she said, is by Jim Shore, who I’ve never heard of, but I love his work.  He engraved stories on the bottom of the primary carved peices.  This is Santa with the nativity engraved in the bottom.  Isn’t it beautiful?


This is a porcelein figurine from her daughter given when she was younger of Santa bowing to Jesus. I LOVE it!

I plan to try to post a few of my favs from my home…sometime!

Okay, there are purists who don’t any mention of Santa for Christmas.  I understand your viewpoint, I think, and I respect that we have our differences.  But, please don’t email me about it.  I’m too busy wrapping presents from Santa.  😀  Seriously, I honestly feel I am okay with where I am on this for me and the kids and we try to teach them “counter-cultural” thoughts that preserve the “true meaning”.  And, incorporating the two works for us. 

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Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




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