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Just Before We Pack Up the Decorations

January 12th, 2010 2 Comments

Through a combination of laziness and love of Christmas decorations, one year we had our tinsel up until September the following year… One European tradition is to take down Christmas decorations at Epiphany, 6 January, the day we celebrate the visit of the wise men to Jesus’ family in Bethlehem.  (If you missed Simon’s excellent […]

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Christmas Day Hilarity

January 2nd, 2010 3 Comments

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Christmas Day was fun! I forgot to say, unfortunately, that the mad, mad nativity play we enjoyed was of course adapted from Nicholas Allan’s masterpiece of a picture book, Jesus’ Christmas Party, which we read last Advent (without the French accent we were treated to on Friday!). Thank you to all the […]

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Advent 4: Changed by Love?

December 31st, 2009 1 Comment

How are we changed by encountering Christ? On our fourth Sunday in Advent in 2009 we explored this question using Michael Foreman’s picture book, Cat in the Manger. The cat’s tenancy in the stable is based on its mouse-catching prowess, but relationships in the barn will never be the same after a visiting couple meet […]

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Jesus’ whakapapa

December 3rd, 2009 1 Comment

I go back five generations in this land, on each side of my family.  And until this year, my whanau knew none of our ancestors earlier than the brave or desperate people who left various parts of the United Kingdom.  So I’ve always been in awe of people who can recite their whakapapa, their family […]

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