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December Newsletter
December 07, 2009 11:20AM
Here it is, hot off the press:

Dear Reader,

Here we are in December...why is it that as we age the years go faster?? Papa's Home has grown quickly over the past month; we now have over 20 active members. That's a big family! And a neat family too. I love you all.

My own children are all excited about the arrival of Christmas; every day my 4yo boys ask, "How long 'til christmas?" Yet we are attempting to downplay and divert the whole christmas issue, as it is so commercialised here it's farcical. But due to the rest of the world stopping, we will be seeing family, and spending some time with them, so I will be off the air for a while.

In this newsletter I wanted to open up the chance for another member to have their say. CShell has graciously provided a post on the subject of Christmas; here: [papashome.com] for you to comment on.

Here is a teaser:

"I'm not putting up my Christmas tree this year. It's the first time in my life. Having been raised in a family that goes all out for Christmas (decorating inside and out, playing Christmas songs continually, baking, buying, etc.), I feel disloyal to my heritage. Kind of like when I left the institutional church.

And like I did when I left the church, I need to dismantle my beliefs, examine things I've always taken for granted, get dis-illusioned….about Christmas. I'd like to share some of the things I'm thinking, and would love to know the things you're thinking.

Christmas time in my part of the world comes in the darkest, dreariest time of year. Daylight, sunshine, color and beauty are in short supply. But when I'd put up my tree, with its hundreds of lights and ornaments treasured for 40 years, it was like I was pushing back the darkness for awhile, warding it off. Is that…healthy? Are there some harmless, possibly beneficial ways to escape reality?"
More at [papashome.com]

What are you doing this Christmas? How about adopting a mouse? [papashome.com]
Or a cockatiel? [papashome.com]

And don't forget to list your prayer requests in the Prayer Closet; [papashome.com]

I would also like to take this opportunity to address the few members who have signed up, but not yet posted...please don't be shy, folks! We don't bite! In fact we may even have some (virtual) fried Oreo cookies here for you...but you have to find them grinning smiley

Again, if you are having issues understanding how the forum works, or unsure about something, you can email me at: admin@papashome.com

Peace, love and joy in Christ Jesus!

Love
Onyx

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
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