May you have a blessed Christmas

Nativity by Father Luke Dingman
From the hand of Father Luke Dingman © 1992 Conciliar Press

This is one of my favourite Christmas cards.  I was sent it by my good friend, and former National Youth Choir of Great Britain member, Mark T Powell.

It has this prayer on the reverse:

Adorn yourself, O Bethlehem.
Open your gates, O Eden.
Enter, O Magi, and see salvation swaddled in a crib.
Behold the star shining above the cave;
It announces the life-giving Lord
who saves the human race.

Vespers of the Feast of Saint Andrew

Lots of love this Christmas-time from

Gareth, Jane, Reuben, Joshua and Baby 3.0 (due on Thursday 20 January 2011)

Alek’s controllable Christmas lights for Cœliac disease

Kyle and Alek testing the Christmas inflatables
Kyle and Alek testing the Christmas inflatables

Every Christmas Alek Komarnitsky decks his house with over 20,000 lights and covers his lawn with enormous, controllable inflatables.  Controllable by you, that is.  Which you can watch live on one of his three webcams.

Check it out: Alek’s controllable Christmas lights for Celiac disease

Alek’s children have an auto-immune disease called Cœliac disease (spelt “Celiac disease” in North America), and Alek uses his website to raise money for research into the disease. So far he’s raised over US $50,000.

You can make a donation online at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research.

If you have the time take an explore round the rest of Alek’s website:  It really is one of my favourite websites because, even though it doesn’t have the most sophisticated design, it simply contains so much life and love.

Every day isn’t Christmas

I enjoy cycling; I enjoy lifting weights.

I also enjoy Christmas. But I wouldn’t like to have to celebrate Christmas five days a week.

But I guess that it’s because I’ve been living as though it was Christmas five days a week for the last eight years that I’m now having to shed this excess weight by cycling and lifting weights so often.

Back to the weights …