Christmas happiness

The five McLane’s had a very simple Christmas day.  Everyone slept in so we didn’t get out of bed until about 7. A huge treat! As excited as the kids were to open presents they were polite and orderly about the whole thing. It took Jackson exactly one gift to figure out what this was…… Continue reading Christmas happiness

BREAKING: Santa to Cut Back Production in 2011

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release NORTH POLE – Citing rising energy costs and increased demands for high tech goods, Santa Claus is forecasting a 13% reduction in the number of gifts distributed to the world’s children on December 25th. The 10 year average gift-per-child (GPC) is 5.2, in 2011 Santa Claus will reduce the average to 4.52.…… Continue reading BREAKING: Santa to Cut Back Production in 2011

Good News idea: Ring that bell

Pretty soon you’ll start hearing a familiar Christmas jingle. No, I don’t mean the annoying Christmas muzak you’ll hear at the grocery store. I mean the jingle of the bell ringer outside. If you’ve rushed by the red kettle as quickly as possible your whole life, maybe you don’t know that it’s a fundraiser for…… Continue reading Good News idea: Ring that bell

Final thoughts on canceling church

My post last Sunday about megachurches (and their copycat little brothers) canceling services the day after Christmas generated a massive response. Apparently, there were a lot of people who also felt it was a smidge ridiculous that in America we found an excuse to take a Sunday off while those in other parts of the…… Continue reading Final thoughts on canceling church

Megachurches canceling services today?

Last night my friend Gavin Richardson posted an interesting quandary on Twitter. To paraphrase, “Why is it that in some parts of the world people die trying to go to church while here in the states megachurches are canceling services because they did a big service Christmas eve?” Here was my response, “Easy. It’s a…… Continue reading Megachurches canceling services today?

Nativity, Defined

Nativity – the process whereby someone becomes a native. Christmas is one of the most confusing holiday’s on the planet. It’s half religious and half a celebration of solstice. The secular vs. religious scales have tipped back and forth over millennia. That’s a historically accurate tension. If you are feeling it this year. Welcome. You…… Continue reading Nativity, Defined

Tammy’s Christmas Present

Tammy, our fictional daughter, has once again earned a lump of coal as her Christmas present. This is all she is getting on December 25th. You can tell her now. She’s firmly earned it with yet another year of bad behavior. Such a brat! Megan and Paul, ever reminded of their elder sisters sinful life,…… Continue reading Tammy’s Christmas Present