site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem Church of the Nativity
My Life Journey

Away in a Manger: Photos from the Holy Land I'm not religious, but religion does interest me. For Christmas eve, I thought I'd share some relevant photos from my travels. My camera at the time wasn't great, but I've edited the photos as best I can. The above photos are of the exterior and interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in… Continue reading Away in a Manger: Photos from the Holy Land

Christmas tree
My Life Journey

Christmas Tree Ornaments from Childhood

I used to really like Christmas, but the last Christmas I cared about was the last Christmas I was well, which was in 2015. Since then, I haven't cared enough to do anything for Christmas, including putting up a tree, but I thought I'd rummage through some of the ornaments from my childhood that were… Continue reading Christmas Tree Ornaments from Childhood

reindeer and sleigh flying on snowy night

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When I was young, my favourite Christmas story was 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, originally published as the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore. It was such a favourite that I managed to memorize it when I was four years old. To this day it's a story with… Continue reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Christmas tree
MH@H Depression

A Blue Christmas – Depression and the Holidays

The blue Christmas thing is relatively new to me.  I used to like Christmas. For most of my life, I was a Christmas girl (albeit of the atheist variety).  It was a time for food, family, decorations, and more food. Christmas was never stressful for me.  I have a pretty small immediate family, so there… Continue reading A Blue Christmas – Depression and the Holidays

Merry Christmas traced out on a snowy car window
Social Issues

Is It Wrong To Say Merry Christmas?

It seems like every year there is debate around the "right" thing to say come December.  Some people say it's not politically correct to say "Merry Christmas", and the preferred alternatives might be "happy holidays" or "season's greetings."  Then you've got the Great Pumpkin wanting to obliterate "happy holidays" because it's part of a war… Continue reading Is It Wrong To Say Merry Christmas?