2. Emily at Chatting at the Sky has a must-read article called The Most Unwelcome Guest at Christmas. I had tears in my eyes and I actually felt lighter as I realized that I, too, can offer grace . . . to myself.
3. On a lighter note, there is a site where 422 Bible stories are told in legos! Here is the link to the Christmas story. You may want to look through it first. I read it with my boys, who loved it, but when the angel came to Mary she asked how she could be pregnant without having sex with a man. Also when Herod has the boys killed, the picture has decapitated tots. But I like the idea and I think for the most part it is okay. We read Lazarus, Jesus gets tempted in the desert, and Jesus is baptized as well.