The naval base shooting and the UPS driver abducted by jewelry store thieves made national headlines in the past couple of days. I’m not ignoring these stories; they are all over the news and if you are interested in following them you probably already are. I may someday comment on the impeachment proceedings but for the time being what I like to do is draw attention to things you might otherwise miss or to those bright spots that are worth dwelling on even if you’ve already seen them. I want to set the tone for all of us to enjoy the weekend. I grew up watching cartoons on Saturday morning and believe that Saturdays are something special, a break from daily routine even if there is work to be done. If you enjoy a little light reading, and maybe cracking a smile, join us right here each week. Invite a friend, we’ll all go.
Limited Time Only – No paid product endorsement, I tried this and liked it. Coca-cola calls it a “hint of cinnamon” but, well, some people can’t take a hint. I think it hits the cinnamon pretty hard but again, I like it. And if you happen to have vanilla ice cream and wonder what a Cinnamon Coke float would taste like, I highly recommend going for that as well. We enjoyed this flavor better than Winter Spiced Cranberry Sprite or even cranberry ginger ale from Canada Dry. Hopefully this comes back next year. Hey, it’s no dumber than pumpkin spice.
This will be the last installment of the Full House reboot Fuller House from Netflix. I was hoping for a Full House reunion but this turned into a whole reboot series. There have been multiple takes on how to pull off a series revival. Fuller House was exclusive to Netflix, a subscriptions service that doesn’t have to worry about ratings (and does not publish viewer numbers of any of their shows or movies). Rosanne and Will & Grace picked up where they left off on the same tv networks that aired them before. Beverly Hills 90210 went a different direction with a miniseries that took a very meta look at, oddly enough, doing a tv series reunion. It was a fictionalized account of the making of a reboot. I was interested but it failed to hold my attention. What would you like to see come back for another go?
Meanwhile some things never change. In the past week we have watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Charlie Brown special has shown on network television every year since 1965.
There’s a lot of Christmas cards out there. I don’t take offense at cards featuring snowy landscapes or even images of Santa Claus or stockings hung by the fireplace. Religious themed cards often portray a fictionalized account of the Christmas story. Pictured above is a card that I like. That’s not an exhaustive list of all possible names and titles for Jesus, but it is impressive. This image shares a lot of truth and makes Christ the subject.
And now for something completely different:
Something to look forward to: Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent. There are a number of variations and traditions but Joseph and Mary making their journey to Bethlehem will probably come into play. There will be a Friday the 13th next week. I don’t believe in superstitions, though, they’re bad luck. The Pac 12 Championship was last night, the SEC Championship will be played later today. Seven different teams are in contention for four playoff spots, my only interest at this point is Georgia vs. LSU. If the Georgia Bulldogs win today, and they are the underdogs going in, they may still have to face LSU again possibly in the Championship Game.
‘Tis the season for Christmas parades, parties, get togethers, pageants, contadas, family gatherings, gift exchanges and so forth. Enjoy the season but if possible try not to overdo it. Set aside time for worship this weekend and tune in Monday to hear Van Til’s friend say: