The Little Drummer Boy

The holiday musical season would not be complete without The Nutcracker and The Little Drummer Boy. This is probably sacrilegious, but I must confess, I don't really care for The Little Drummer Boy. I'm sure it's from having to sing it every year in school Christmas programs...back when classes sang Christmas carols at the elementary school Christmas program. That really dates me! I do know that it is a favorite carol across all ages. My granddaughters love to sing it and tell the the story of the little drummer. The last church I served, always had a program during Advent. Besides all of the tasty treats, the ...

What to Do About Mary

Poor Mary. Every year she gets dragged to everyone's consciousness, paraded out before oogling eyes, her situation and condition deconstructed, and behavior spun to drive home someone's pet belief. If you haven't been reminded enough through nativity scenes, artwork on Christmas cards and postage stamps, there's always the third Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the pink candle (fyi: there are 5 candles in the traditional Advent wreath; 3 purple, 1 pink, and a white center candle to be lit on Christmas day). I'm not even going to address all of the theological aspects of debate surrounding Mary, the limited biblical presence of such an important person, given she gave birth to a historical ...

Sounds of the Season

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There were a couple of things I was not prepared for when we moved to rural Texas. Although I'm a native Californian, I have lived in other parts of the country. I survived living in the Boston area, so I thought Texas would be ever so much easier because people are at least hospitable there. And it has been...except for the music. I love just about all genres of music, even rap. Country music, however, has been a stretch for me. I must confess, I had never really listened to country music before. Well, the Dixie Chicks, but true Texans don't like the Dixie Chicks. When we moved here, we signed up for country western dance classes. After all, ...