My family is still keeping that tradition alive. Yes, I am admitting to you that we do not yet have a tree. My kids remind me of this daily. Maybe we will Monday. Or maybe Tuesday. If we don't do it one of those days the next chance is Thursday and then we have no clear days until the next Monday. My kids are not going to be cool with that.
We may not have a tree but we do have plenty of links. If you're in one of the areas of the country currently buried in snow, I hope you're warm, cozy, and ready to read.
Spiritual / Inner Life
- Lessons Learned from Mom Ortlund by Jani Ortlund. Anne Ortlund wrote several books that were formative in my spiritual growth. How strange that she and Edith Schaeffer, another of my Christian heroines, should enter Heaven the same year.
- 14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out of Control by Carolyn Gregoire. Ouch.
- Why Jeremiah Steepek is a Terrible Pastor by Mike Leake.
- Answering Four Street Level Arguments for S*xual Immorality by Matt Chandler.
- You Can't Turn Lemons Into Lemonade by Courtney Reissig
- Adapted from the Book by S.D. Smith at The Rabbit Room.
- When Spirituality Gets Too Convenient by James Dwyer.
- Christian Writing and Asinine Music Reviews by Mike Leake. Excellent advice from C.S. Lewis.
- In Defense of Katniss Everdeen by Mike Cosper. (In some ways I think both Cosper and Wilson are missing the mark because I think the real hero of the Hunger Games is...well, never mind. You'll have to read them yourself and see what you think.)
- How Saying Goodbye is Part of the Gift of Parenting by Jacque Watkins.
- Raising Christian Kids in a S*x-Filled Culture by Marlena Graves for Her*Meneutics.
- Worst Potty Training Mom Ever by Katrina Ryder.
- Why Your Boring Days Matter (And Your Photos Aren't Ordinary) by Lisa-Jo Baker.
- You Don't Have to Erase Every Trace of Childbirth from Your Body by Matt Walsh.
- Let Boys Be...by Heather MacFadyen. I soak up these parenting boys posts, it's such a whole new world for us.
- 11 Reasons Why I Choose to Classically Educate My Children by Heather Magnuson.
- Ninth Grade Homeschool First Semester Check In: Maturity by Jimmie at Jimmie's Collage. I love reading about how homeschooling is working for those who are a step ahead of us, as far as the age of student is concerned.
- 20 "Forgotten" Words That Should Be Brought Back from Lifehack. The name of my next blog: The Librocubularist. Don't forget I called "dibs," which is a totally legit way to reserve domain space, right? (Just in case any of you pesky domain thieves are reading this.)
- The Tyranny of Finding Something Clever to Say by Joshua Gibbs for CiRCE Institute.
- Young Adult Readers Prefer Printed to Ebooks from The Guardian. Hope!
- Christmas Shopping 2013: An NRO Symposium. Lots of great gift ideas (mostly books).
- Why Celebrate Advent? by Timothy Paul Jones for The Gospel Coalition.
- The 5 Best Ways to Survive "Christmas Shoes" a much needed how-to by Jon Acuff.
- How We Help Curb The "I Want That's!" During the Holidays by Tsh at The Art of Simple.
- Lo, How a Rose by Lanier Ivester. Long, lovely post.
- Handling the Holidays During Loss or Grief by Laura Petherbridge.
- Top 10 Family Gift Ideas by Holly at Kids Activities Blog.
- Let Men Their Songs Employ by Josh Poore.
- Love Actually is the Least Romantic Film of All Time by Christopher Orr. Yes. I really wish I'd written this post.
- 5 Tips: How To Quickly Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is from Apartment Therapy. Not that I, or any of you, will ever need this. *cough*
- Cookbooks in the Life Syllabus by Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter. Great suggestions here - must find a copy of some of these for myself.
- Archeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over "Paleo Diet" by Paul Zimmer. I'm a Creationist, so this never really made sense to me anyway, but now evolutionists are washing their hands of it too. (language warning)
- Barbara Mertz's obituary in The Telegraph. Mertz wrote the Ameila Peabody series and many other fantastic books under multiple pseudonyms. Sad to think the adventures are over.
- Inside Adam Lanza's Lair by Edgar Sandoval and Corky Siemaszko for the New York Daily News. Horrifying. (This link definitely not recommended for all readers.)
- Why Abstinence Works...Even When It Doesn't by Kira Davis.
- The (fake) Hate Crime Epidemic by Matt Walsh.
- Related: That Viral "Poverty Thoughts" Essay is Totally Ridiculous by Angelica Leicht.
- Mystery Tipper is Giving Thousands in Tips Across the US by Paula Forbes. I don't know about you, but after the above stories, I was ready for some GOOD news.
- An Ancient City Is Discovered Underwater. Such an amazing find. Just look at those statues!
- Millennials in the Workplace: A Video. This is kind of old now but I just saw it for the first time this week and I actually laughed out loud, not just fake LOL but the real thing.
- Maps that Brits Labeled of the US. Maybe now we can feel a little better about our students not being able to place European countries on a map. Or maybe not, but these maps are still funny.
- 17 Truths That Only Eldest Siblings Know from Buzzfeed. (language warning for that site) Yep.
- Pesto: An Honest Toddler Review. Took the words right out of my mouth (and made me laugh).
- 11 Awkward Things About Email from Wait But Why. (language warning)
Final link: Young Boy With Terminal Disease Gets to Play in the Snow. If that first picture doesn't make you smile, there is no hope for you.
So, what caught your eye today?
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