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Straight No Chaser – 12 Days of Christmas

Every year on Christmas Eve, my extended family sings the 12 Days of Christmas. Each person sings one of the days, and every year we ask things like, “Wait…is it ten lords a-leaping or eleven lords a-leaping?” As a group, we’re generally tone deaf and sometimes miss our cues, but we have fun. And even though every year we say we hope we don’t have to sing this yet again, that pretending is just as much a part of the tradition as the song itself.

Though a few iPhone videos of our family’s rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas have been taken in recent years, I decided instead to share this hilarious and amazing version by Straight No Chaser. If you haven’t heard it yet, or even if you have, you simply must listen. It will make your night.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

The Little Things in Life

It’s the little things in life: coffee and hot breakfast in the mornings, telling a high schooler that the marshmallow she meticulously toasted for you in the fireplace made the greatest s’more ever and watching her light up, going Christmas shopping in a cute little town with your cousin, seeing the White Mountains on a chilly late afternoon run.

This shirt may seem cheesy but it actually takes courage and mental training to focus on the good in the little things. At least it does for me. So I will wear this shirt proudly, as a mission statement and manifesto.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)