Kissing Bow – Romantic Christmas
Let’s make Christmas that extra more fun and I dare say romantic as well. Forget mistletoe, let’s have a kissing bow.
Making one will bring out the artistic side in you.
Add anything you want like apples, grapes, garland of ivy, tinsels, etc. You are only constraint by your imagination. Hold these together with a wire coat hanger.
Blue Peter’s John Noakes with the Advent Crown
If you are familiar with Children BBC’s Blue Peter, then a kissing bow should be a doddle.
Making a kissing bow is pretty similar with building and creating the Advent Crown.
Another thing to add to this kissing bow to highlight it are lights. Thank goodness you can have a fire-proof battery operated Christmas lights now widely available in the market for a pound or two.
Photo by JMorton
The item that would really worry me that I forgot to buy for Christmas is the battery. I remember one Christmas when I bought all these beautiful remote controlled toys for my son.
On Christmas morning, he can’t play with them because of the missing batteries. I saw how bravely he was trying to hide his disappointment but it did break my heart.
Now I always ensure that we have batteries for Christmas.
The next item is the tin foil, the aluminium wrap, to cover the turkey. Stress….
Then running out of gravy granules, that is total disaster. I like my roast swimming in gravy.
Christmas’ Forgotten List
Below is the top 10 forgotten items. Hope this will be a reminder to make Christmas painless and extra special.
Top 10 forgotten Christmas items:
4. Gift tags
5. Cranberry sauce
6. Wrapping paper
7. Pigs in blankets
Please let us know your forgotten item or items and we will add it to our list.
Ascension day is 40 days after Jesus’ resurrection. He ascends into heaven.
Jesus with a crown of thorns, photo by PH Morton
Good Friday: Crown of Thorns
According to Gospels, a woven crown of thorns was forcibly placed on Jesus head prior to his crucifixion. The crown was a weapon to torture Jesus as well as to mock him. The crown was in reference to Jesus being the King of the Jews.
The above wooden sculpture was on display at the Victoria and Albert museum. It is carved from oak, made around ca. 1500-1520 by an unknown artist. This wooden sculpture is big so it is probably a standalone rather than an alter-piece.
Holy Week, photo by PH Morton
Holy Week: Good Friday
God is a pure no-thing
God is a pure no-thing
concealed in now and here:
the less you reach for him,
the more he will appear
~ Angelus Silesius
God is always been with us. We do not have to look for Him. He is infinity and beyond!
Just after Palm Sunday Service, iPhone photo by JMorton
Palm Sunday 2017
Today is Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week, where the crisis of the cross is imminent.
Let us take this Holy Week as a time to ruminate the lives we lead.
To start with, here is a wonderful food for thought:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King Jr
Skyrider, photo by PH Morton
Draw Me After You!
Draw me after You!
We will run in the fragrance of Your perfumes,
O heavenly Spouse
I will run and not tire,
until You bring me into the wine-cellar,
until Your left hand is under my head
and Your right hand will embrace me happily
You will kiss me with the happiest
Kiss of your mouth.
~Saint Clare of Assisi
St Clare of Assisi is rather too familiar with God! 🙂
Christ of St John of the Cross
You Are Christ’s Hand
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.
This is such a beautiful message from St Teresa. We are God’s representative on Earth. Unfortunately in my case, I might not be worthy, I being all too human. 🙁