Emmanuel, God With Us

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What a night!  Before I go any further into detail, here is my December 24th favorite:

What is your favorite Christmas carol?  My favorite Christmas carol is “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”  Now I will continue with my story.  I have been battling a cold for two weeks but was offered an opportunity to sing at my church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service.  I have been praying for God to bring along such opportunities so I said yes and trusted that He would do the rest.  I did not talk all day today and babied my throat.  I was very nervous, but I kept praying and reminding myself for Whom I was singing.  When the time came, I sang “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”  I was so worried about my throat and the sound of my voice, and yet everything was fine.  I continue to learn this lesson: When one’s heart is in the right place, everything else will fall into the right place.

Stay merry readers!  Only 1 more day until Christmas…

– Lauren Michele  :)

“O come O come Immanuel, And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appears
Rejoice, Rejoice, Immanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel.”

Merry SNLmas

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Give it on up for Homelessville!  If this line is familiar to you, chances are you have seen the hilarious Saturday Night Live Christmas special.  Before I give too much away, let me introduce my December 23rd favorite:

What is your favorite holiday TV special?  The Saturday Night Live Christmas special.  I love the holiday season but understand that it can be quite stressful.  Laughter is the perfect medicine for such an ailment.  My prescription is Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Will Ferell, and a pinch of Adam Sandler and Justin Timberlake.  Not only do I enjoy the variety of talent in the special, but Justin Timberlake’s “Homelessville” sketch is my favorite SNL sketch.  How many times do you hear the lyrics of contemporary songs changed to soup references?  Only Justin Timberlake can pull it off with equal parts comedy and vocal skill.  Instead of jabbering on and on, I will end with the encouragement to take a break and laugh.

Stay merry readers!  Only 2 more days until Christmas…

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Christmas isn’t about Santa kicking a cup of soup in the croutons.  It’s about giving.”  – Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

 

Prairie Christmas

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I am sitting in the TV room with my mom catching up on Christmas movies and specials, and I can’t help but shed a tear.  Christmas is coming to an end.  I hate that the best time of year has to end, but I suppose it must.  Moving on to happier thoughts, here is my December 22nd favorite:

What is your favorite holiday TV episode?  Back in my childhood days, I would put my hair in two braids and skip around with a pretend lunch pail.  I even attached two belts to a chair and created my own buckboard (a.k.a. a wagon).  I was practically Laura Ingalls, minus Almanzo Wilder.  Years later and I am still watching Little House on the Prairie and dreaming of such a life.  After all that, it is easy to deduce what TV show my favorite holiday TV episode comes from.  The episode title is “A Christmas They Never Forgot.”  The synopsis is as follows: The Ingalls, Kendall, and Wilder families are gathered for Christmas along with Hester Sue.  They get snowed in at the Ingalls homestead and spend the night reliving memories from Christmases past.  The episode is charming and wholesome, as is expected from the beloved show; it also reveals unknown details about Almanzo Wilder, Caroline Ingalls, and Hester Sue.  Diehard fans are given an opportunity to connect on an even deeper level with the characters.  If you are an LHOTP fan and crave nostalgia, this is the episode for you.

Stay merry readers!  Only 3 more days until Christmas…

– Lauren Michele  :)

“Nostalgia is a powerful feeling; It can drown out anything.”  – Terrence Malick

A Sprinkle of Nutmeg

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I am still getting over my cold therefore my diet has consisted of mostly beverages over the past two weeks.  Since I have been spending the majority of my time sipping cranberry juice, ginger ale, and peppermint tea, why not discuss beverages?  Here is my December 21st favorite:

What is your favorite holiday beverage?  I hate to be cliche, but my heart belongs to the nog.  Contrary to the title of this blog post, I do not actually put nutmeg, or cinnamon, on my eggnog.  I just fill up a Christmas mug and drink to my heart’s content.  Actually, I typically drink a mug of eggnog and eat a slice of my grandma’s chocolate bread on Christmas morning.  Breakfast of champions!  It is a nice segue into new year resolutions.  Dear God, please don’t let this eggnog and bread affect my current weight in a negative way.  Amen.

Stay merry readers!  Only 4 more days until Christmas…

– Lauren Michele  :)

Blanche Devereaux: “Hey, I think we’d get along great. I got a feeling you’re a wild woman.”

Rose Nylund: “Oh, you bet I am! I eat raw cookie dough. And occasionally, I run through the sprinklers and don’t wear a bathing cap. And at Christmas, I’ve been known to put away more than one eggnog.”

– Golden Girls