“The Santa Atheist” and “Amy Had a Little Lamb” (Audio Stories)

I’ve published the videos of our kids reading their Christmas stories previously, but Amy and I did our own as well. Since we’re not nearly as fun to look at as the kids, we did ours as MP3s. Click on the links below to hear each of our sordid tales of Christmas past. The Santa [Read More...]

Holding Hope on the Darkest Day

This is one of my favorite days of the year. I know, we only have, like, thirty minutes of sun a day, it’s cold, people are getting sick, some of us are snowed in…I get it. But it’s still one of my favorite days of the year. Today is the winter solstice, which is the [Read More...]

Baby Zoe reads “Olivia Helps With Christmas” (Video)

Part two in our four-chapter family storybook Christmas gift is our two-year-old, Zoe, reading her favorite story, “Olivia Helps With Christmas.” I’m biased but I think it’s pretty much the cutest stinkin’ thing I’ve ever seen. Merry Christmas! [Read more...]

The Reindeer Who Had Fear To Fly (Video): by Mattias Piatt

Each year we try to do something creative for Christmas. This year, we decided we’d all tell stories (yes, even Zoe). Mattias, who is eight, penned his own tale, called “The Reindeer Who Had Fear to Fly.” He also illustrated it and read it for the camera. Thought I’d share the final product with all [Read More...]

12 Blogs of Christmas, Day 5: The Gift of Subversion

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Many thanks to Matthew Paul Turner and World Vision for inviting me to take part in their “12 Blogs of Christmas” project. The simple, open-ended request that was given to us was to write about “the true meaning of Christmas.” You can see my entry, which came out Friday, December 9th, by clicking on the [Read More...]

Advent Blog Challenge & Free Gift

As most of you know, I have my blog hosted at Patheos, a wonderful interfaith site for thinkers, writers, readers and activists to come together and wrestle with any number of faith-related topics. Recently, Deb Arca (our Progressive Christian Portal editor) and Tony Jones (a noted blogger for the same section) invited several of us [Read More...]

Soundgarden, John Mayer, Bowling Alleys and Advent

My eight-year-old son, Mattias, just recently had his eighth birthday, complete with a magician, bunnies, doves, party favors, sugar, balloons, cards, effusive attention and – of course – gifts. Some of his presents from relatives arrived by mail several days early, some even a week or more before he could open them, which is a [Read More...]

Our family video project: PULP CHRISTMAS

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