What My Attention Says About My Attitude

I have a short attention span. Unless, of course, I become so engrossed in something I lose all sense of time. Like most of us, how much time and focus I devote to any particular task is related to how interested I am in what’s going on. In other words, if I’m bored, I’m moving on.

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First Mobile Post! (Yeah, I Know… Welcome to 2006) | What I Learned On My Smartphone Hiatus

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After a year long smartphone hiatus, I am finally venturing back into the hyper connected world of my peers and colleagues. Admittedly, some folks thought the idea of me taking time away from smartphones and hyper connectivity was bonkers, because… well, it’s me. I’m one of the early adopters in my family. First to figure PCs. First to explore the Interwebs. First to sink (a bit too much) into cell phones. You get the picture.

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A Few of My Favorite (Christmas) Things

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite things about Christmas:

1. That Santa Claus was a Christian pastor… (and yes, a heretic slapper)

St. Nicholas of Myra

St. Nicholas of Myra

2. Fudge – I cannot even begin to describe the magnificent, cavity inducing amounts of fudge that I’ve enjoyed throughout the holidays in my life.

Fudge

Fudge

3. Christmas Carols – I love Christmas music and usually start sneaking them into rotation around November 1. I like almost all of them (bad Christmas Carols, Songs, and Hymns are definitely another blog post).

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

4. A Christmas Story – “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

5. Crab – For years, my dad’s family used to eat so much seafood on Christmas day that they would dump out the freshly-boiled, unkosher goodness on my grandparents’ kitchen table in 50 lb piles. Each family would go home with about 10 – 20lbs of shrimp, crab, summer sausage, and corn-on-the-cob to eat on until New Years.

Crab

Crab

6. Christmas Lights – The warm, electric glow of 10,000 electric space heaters stapled to houses brings back memories of driving to and fro on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Bonus points included when the twinkle lights animated sleighs, deer, and angels. Of course, being from west Arkansas, you would see a 400 ft. cross in every county. I have to admit, the newer LED lights with their very odd electric haze vibe is quite the contrast from the days of my youth bathed in a softer glow and exponentially increasing fire hazard.

Christmas Lights (exemplified by Clark Griswold)

Christmas Lights (exemplified by Clark Griswold)

6. Clark Griswold – I’ve been watching this stupid movie for 20 years, and I still find new in-jokes and sight gags to laugh at.

Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation

7. Pumpkin Everything – I mean seriously. The Mrs. brought home pumpkin cheesecake ice cream early in the season, which turned out to be a life savior for me one morning when I decided to make an instant pumpkin latte.

Pumpkin Everything

Pumpkin Everything

8. Peppermint Everything – My dentist loves me, I’m sure.

Peppermint Everything

Peppermint Everything

9. Dr. Who Christmas Specials –  Thank you, England. For the record, the 2010 special, “A Christmas Carol,” is one of my favorite interpretations of Dickens’ classic.

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2010

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2010

10. Whatever these things are… (No clue, but their clever use of thermodynamics and fire mesmerizes me).

Whatever this is...

Whatever this is… I’m seriously clueless, but they’re cool with the whole candle spinny awesomeness.

11. Operation Christmas Child – This is a great ministry from Samaritan’s Purse.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

12. Christmas Stockings – My parents made it their mission to stuff impossible amounts of candy, nuts, jerky, small gifts, movies, oranges, apples, flashlights, books, and toys into our stockings (a tradition I plan to repeat for our kids).

Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

13. Hot Chocolate – It’s chocolate that you drink! How awesome is that?! (I have a borderline unhealthy devotion to proper chocolate… they say the first step is to admit you have a problem, right?)

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

14. Sleeping In – Of course this doesn’t apply to Christmas morning, but all of the those precious Christmas holidays off from school. As a middle-schooler on through high school, this meant staying with my aunt (those are stories that WILL NOT be appearing this blog 😉 ) for a week of crazy nights and sleeping in. I think 8 or 10 of us would end up staying over… I remember fondly the time she told my uncle and I we were not allowed to burn the house down making hydrogen…

Sleeping In

Sleeping In

15. Advent – We kept a couple of calendars when we were kids. I haven’t done this as much recently, but the little devotionals, lighting candles, and family time spent reflecting on the first coming of Jesus are sweet memories.

Advent

Advent

 16. The Christmas Story (The one from the Bible) – Every year at my dad’s parents’ party (the one with 1000 lbs of seafood), we would read Luke 2 before opening gifts. My favorite rendition may be from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The Nativity

The Nativity

The importance of these random memories is that they all come in the context of family. Each thing in this list represents aspects of what we did together. From silly movies to listening to the same Christmas song tapes until they stretched out, we did Christmas together.

What are some of your favorites?

Well, that hiatus escalated quickly…

So, that’s what a busy semester does to blogging. Sept 26. That’s the last time I posted. Shall we start again? Man, Christmas break is going to be fun…

Mini-Post | Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, Everybody!

"The Spirit of '76" by A. M. Willard

“The Spirit of ’76” by A. M. Willard