/Tag: Christmas

Let’s make this Christmas the best one yet

Those who know me well know that one of the ways i count the success of a year is how late in the year i hear my first Christmas Carol [holding thumbs - still not there!] But looks like i am the 'there is always one' this time around as we have barely crawled our way into October and i am already bringing up Christmas? Well, i know not everyone is a champion leave-it-all-for-the-night-before-and-then-go-on-a-panic-shopping-spree guy [...]

Terry Pratchett on achieving world peace…

i recently finished reading Terry Pratchett's 'A Slip of the Keyboard: Reflections on Life, Death and Hats'.  For anyone who might live in a sucking vacuum, Terry Pratchett was my favourite fiction author and most memorably creator of the Discworld series of which there are 41 amazing books. Sho, it's hard to believe it's coming up to two years since he passed away in his sleep after struggling with Alzheimer's and this book is a [...]

How do we harness the Christmas/New Year’s Shalom?

Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. [Strong's Concordance] i was thinking about this on our recent camping trip in the Cederberg. How is it that everyone is peaceful and loving and kind on Christmas Day... and then again on New Year's Eve? And then they're not...? [...]

By |2017-01-05T13:52:10+00:00January 5th, 2017|inspire-ations, South Africa, things to wrestle with|0 Comments

Happy Jesus Day!

Happy Jesus day everybody.   i know [and understand] why a lot of you are not big fans of Christianity, but i encourage you to let go of all the negativity you feel towards it and the concept of God you might have [if it's a doesn't exist or vengeful wrathful angry God or uninterested puppetmaster or only loves white people or something else] and spend a little bit of time simply looking at Jesus... [...]

By |2016-12-25T06:46:42+00:00December 25th, 2016|inspire-ations, things to wrestle with|0 Comments

Be intentional this Christmas

"Always give someone else the best slice." Wow, that doesn't sound like me. Except maybe sometimes when i'm with my wife. But also even sometimes not. And actually it's not me, it's my good friend Dalene Reyburn, who wrote this super helpful piece, 'How to feast and not get fat this festive season: 20 small ideas.' There is some really good stuff in there, like: If you can, determine to give away at least half [...]

Carpe Momentum: Seize the Moments

What a powerful end to 2015! At the end of most normal years, if there is such a thing, i imagine tbV and i would have tried to find a few days off to just chill and recover from what has been a busy, crazy, challenging, great and difficult year. But this year we decided to finish strong. And that has made all the difference. […]

The Other Paper Game

So there is the OTHER paper game… you know the one i mean? One of the best big group games, four rounds, Pictionary then One Word clues then Actionary then hiding-behind-the-couch-with-just-your-hands-over-the-top-giving-the-clues raucous LOLlified comedy? Well THIS is the other one to that. And it’s not technically a game, but more of a How To Enhance A Mealtime or Hangout That Otherwise Might Have Been Somewhat Random or Less Significant. […]

By |2015-12-26T06:52:27+00:00December 26th, 2015|activities, inspire-ations|1 Comment

The Greatest Story Ever Told

There is something about that story. Whether sitting watching a Veggie Tales ‘Drummer Boy’ Christmas with two of our nieces, or heading out at 11pm last night for a ‘midnight’ service at St John’s Parish in Wynberg, the heart of the story itself is just so loud and completely powerful that it gets me every time. i know that many of my friends don’t believe. […]