Sunday, December 16, 2012


 I read that on a morning TV show this week someone said that religion
mucks up Christmas and makes it so stressful ...
it would be better if you could just remove the religious aspect (loosely quoted).
 Does that make sense?
Seems to me the religious "aspect" is what the party and decorations are all about. 
Otherwise what would we be celebrating? 
I've been sad this weekend for several reasons. 
I'm grieving for the parents who lost their sweet children, 
but I'm also thinking about the "Lost Boys" in our society and how it is we lose them.
So I am quietly continuing to prepare for next week, 
for more than ever we need to remember 
the Light that came to us so long ago on that early Christmas morning.


  1. It certainly seems nonsensical to me to leave the reason out of the season. Lovely Christmasy images...comforting...warming.

  2. Ludicrous, the notion that religion could "muck up" a holiday whose purpose is to celebrate our Savior! It is yet another indication of how far we've come. We live in a society that calls good evil, and evil good. Yes, God help us to shine His light!

  3. Beautiful thoughtful post!

    I didn't hear the "leaving religious aspect out" news. Just shaking my head.

    Lovely images.

  4. Podso,
    Taking "Christ" out of Christmas leaves us with "mas". Much with NO purpose!!!
    I'm busy preparing for the Birthday of Our King!!! Christmas!!! . . .and believe me...Christ is the center of the celebration!!!

  5. Pretty Christmas collages. Celebrate the reason for the season! :-)


  6. Well said, dear friend.

  7. What beautiful mosaics. I love having Christmas books out to enjoy! Happy holidays!

  8. What? It's the light that came to this world one morning so many years ago that gives us hope. A hope that these "lost boys" need so desperately. Somehow we as a society have failed our young adult men...
    Society did not welcome Jesus when He was born, and they still don't today, in this enlightened age that we live in. So glad that some of us do, He has made all the difference in the world in our lives.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. Well put Dotsie. Christmas is becoming over commercialized and the true meaning is being lost.
    Your table looks welcoming.

  10. Love your photos. That 'quote' is like taking Christ out of Christmas isn't it? Where do they come up with these ideas?! Have a blessed week.

  11. Anonymous10:52 PM

    Well said, milady! Commercialism has "mucked up" Christmas - need to watch the Charlie Brown Christmas Special and let Linus set those folks straight. Too much noise they can't hear His still small voice . . .

    Blessing to you with much joy!

  12. There are so many lost and hurting people in our word. For this our Saviour came. For this we celebrate Christmas.

    Thank you for these words and photos, Podso. Lovely.

  13. Ah Dotsie, you have it right.
    Once again, in so many ways, I'm delighted at our commonalities. Do you know, we have the same Christmas dishes? :)

  14. That's the problem, I think too many people are forgetting the real reason for the Christmas season. Lovely Christmas images, have a great week ahead.

  15. It is so sad that there are so many lost ones... One thing I know is that you let The Light shine through you, Dotsie... The Light that offers hope and love and salvation... May you continue shine in your sorrow to light The Way...

    Your home is simply beautiful! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

  16. Until you labeled him a "lost boy," I did not give much thought to the shooter, except to wonder about his motive. Thank you for reminding me that all people have worth. And thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas decorations at MM. xoxo

  17. My thoughts have been with him also, and the multitudes that have lost their way ~ they're mingled in society at every level. I deal with them from time to time when working with the homeless. The answer, of course, is always the light of Christ. May we find ways to bring that light into the darkest places, and be brave enough to do it.

  18. Oh my could anyone say that about the real reason we celebrate Christmas? For me, Christmas is always about our Savior being born, everything else is secondary fluff and whimsy.

    As RN's I think we understand the struggle people have with mental health issues and the lack of available and accessible care for them.
    There is an excellent post being circulated on facebook called "I am Adam Lanza's mother" which recounts the struggle a mother has with her own brilliant but disturbed son.

    This is the link:

  19. I always enjoy seeing the signs on people's lawns that says Christ is the reason for the season. In my head I go amen. Valerie

  20. Cute nickname:) If the focus stays on Christ's birth, that is to me the reason for the season, instead of superficial outward celebratory things:)

  21. Thank you so very much for your kind comments re...our daughter Brittany. She got to return home last evening following 16 days in 2 hospital's 5 major infections, and 2 surgeries. We are thankful and hopeful now.
    I too feel so very, very sad for those children lost, the adults lost and for what reason...other than evil.
    I cannot imagine Christmas without the Holy One, He is the reason for the season~

  22. Oh beautiful mosaics and fill with Christmas spirit. I love your table setting!


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