Tamara Out Loud

Christmas Archive

Monday

19

December 2011

50

COMMENTS

Every New Christmas

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 9 and 10 are up for grabs today! Because my actual story is posted in full at A Deeper Story, things will go a little differently than they have with the previous gifts: To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post right here. To leave a comment without playing, please visit A Deeper Story and join the discussion there. I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You interview me for your blog. White Elephant Gift: I send you the infamous Hot Stuff sign, personalized as I see fit. [...]

Friday

16

December 2011

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Guest Post: “What is Peace?”

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 7 and 8 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this guest post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: You choose the topic of a post I write. White Elephant Gift: I virtually haunt you on Twitter for a day with a feigned strong emotion of my choosing (e.g. indignation, adoration, etc.). (What’s this all about?           Gifts 1 & 2            Gifts 3 & 4          Gifts 5 & 6) [...]

Monday

12

December 2011

80

COMMENTS

The Christmas Cod

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas! Gifts 3 and 4 are up for grabs today! To throw your name in the hat, leave a comment on this post. (To leave a comment without playing, just add, “No gifts, please!”) I’ll announce the recipients tomorrow evening. Regular Gift: I guest post for you. White Elephant Gift: I send you a homemade Christmas card. (Note: I am artistically disinclined.) (What’s this all about?) _________________________________________________________ Shenanigans. Hijinks. Practical jokes. You expect them on April Fool’s Day. Maybe even on Halloween. But Christmas pranks? I wouldn’t have believed it except that I’ve seen it at [...]

Wednesday

7

December 2011

98

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TOL’s 12 Gifts of Christmas!

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A little about you: You read my thoughts (literally, you guys). You leave me encouraging and hilarious comments. You laugh with me. You cry with me. You click Facebook “likes” and Twitter retweet buttons for me. You defend me to my critics. You introduce me to your friends. You’re awesome. A little about me: I write a blog that people other than (and including) my mom like to read. Until recently, I used my English degree and nerdy affinities to work as a book editor, ghost writer, and copy editor. I’m working right now with Civitas Press to compile and [...]

Thursday

23

December 2010

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When a Baby Means War

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It’s the time of year when I’m forced to think of Jesus not as a grown man dying on a Roman cross or as an intercessor pleading my sorry case at the heavenly throne but as a newborn. Images and stories and songs of His birth make me ask, “What does it mean that He was a baby?” I have seen a culture’s answer. That He was a baby– and held fast in time in our minds as that baby– means He is safe and sweet and pure. It means He is holdable, manageable, tame. Even many of my non-Christian [...]

Tuesday

7

December 2010

17

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Dear Santa: A Parent’s Un-wish List

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Dear Santa, Some time in the next few days, you will receive a letter detailing an extensive list of wishes from my children. Before acting on it in any manner, please carefully consider my preemptive list of un-wishes: Moon Sand, Aqua Sand, and any other granular substances passing for playthings. I realize that at first pass it seems like a fantastic idea to give small children canisters full of colored sand for indoor use. However, once unleashed, very little of the sand is ever capable of returning to encasement, and it will leave in its wake a bevy of stained [...]