Category Archives: Christmas

How ‘Away in a Manger’ Ruins the Greatest Story Ever Told

It’s been a busy Christmas season, and now that I have a little down time I can reflect on Epiphany, which ends the 12 days of Christmas on 1/6/16. I wonder if one reason Santa Claus flying around on a sled with 8 tiny reindeer is so believable over the birth story of Jesus, is because people […]

Joy to the World!

Luke 2:2-20, New International Version (NIV) 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of […]

Can the Generic Holiday Steal Christmas?

There is a lot of emphasis today about ensuring that the Holiday-That-Happens-on-December-25th is generic. I was curious about this, and contacted the Boss of All Holidays, also known as BAH. I scooped an exclusive interview for Shallow Reflections™, and I think you’ll find his or her observations all-encompassing. Me: Why is it so important to avoid […]

12 Christmas Gifts for What Ails Us

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? Tired of buying ties, electronics and cheap plastic stuff for people who have everything? One evening while watching a Christmas commercial followed by a drug commercial, ten of my remaining brain cells leaped like lords. What if we bought Christmas presents for what ails us? This would create a whole […]