Let’s Talk Christmas Timing

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Christmas music today. Yup. Whilst walking the dog, the festive playlist was shuffled. And it felt so good that I followed it up with a Christmas movie, whilst building the first parts of the LEGO Christmas scene. “WHAT?” I hear you cry. Don’t worry – there’s a good explanation. And it’s all here in this blog post, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

christmas-music-01Every year, after the back-to-school advertising is removed from the shops, the seasonal aisle begins to change. As I mentioned last week, I was elated that the Christmas stock was already taking up aisle-space in my local Supermarket. Some people aren’t big fans of this, but I am and I make no apology for it either!!

Throughout my twenty-something Christmasses, I have gone through the various styles and methods of celebrating the big day and its surrounding season. Early childhood mostly consisted of mind-blowing excitement, followed by teenage apathy (lasting only one or two years, fortunately) to be replaced by the festive-worker (see my early Supermarket Chronicles!), Santa trapper, Christmas celebrator and then into the ultimate Christmas Promoter. This final title combines all the positive emotions of Christmas and rolls it up into one big infinite supply of Christmas joy snowballs, which I then throw at everyone. Both in person and online. Because it’s Christmas! But the reason behind this blog is to lay out my rationing for the timing of being the Christmas Promoter that I am today…

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Lego Minifigures Series 12

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It’s here! It’s finally here! A new series of LEGO Minifigures. Series 12. The first series of 2014 that isn’t otherwise associated with another franchise (the first from earlier in the year being The LEGO Movie and the second, The Simpsons – both great, but both unusual series’). This series is perfect, boasting a fantastic array of figs – from gamers right the way through to Piggy Guy (call it a sequel to Chicken and Rabbit Suit dude). Continue reading

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Embrace in the Unproven

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Nothing qualifies me to write this. I’m not a scientist or even a professor in theology. And make no mistake, I am certainly not perfect. My temper, social demeanour and lack of general awareness would be the first signs of that. But I want to talk about something that is dear to me. I think sometimes my outward appearances, combined with some of my actions can be the benchmark for people to judge me as a person. But regardless of what I do, who I am and how act – I want to make one thing completely crystal clear: while I don’t always understand it – I trust that my God is who he says he is.

At a point in my life where a lot is changing (for the better, but change none-the-less), I am very careful that the things most important to me STAY the things that are most important to me. And for all the stories, events and blog posts, there aren’t enough words to explain this one carefully enough. However, I will try to keep it short and (kinda) sweet.

If I’m honest with myself, inside me there was always been a battle of mind vs. spirit. I believe in something far beyond our natural reality – but through the years I’ve been alive, my mind has steadily become more and more hungry for tangible evidence that my spirit isn’t crazy. I think it’s the truth of our culture today. “Evidence! Or it didn’t happen.” Why? Because we live in a society of dis-trust and deception. My revelation today stopped me in my tracks so-to-speak. By extending the culture that I live in – to my beliefs, specifically in my God and by desperately seeking proof, I am applying him to the same culture of dis-trust and deception. And if my God is who he says he is, then those aren’t even close to his character traits. This may not be a revelation to many, but to me it started to extinguish the tension between my mind and spirit, and here’s why. Continue reading

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Friends Turns 20!

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Crazy to think the twenty years ago tomorrow, Friends would air for the first time. I didn’t watch it from the beginning – probably a bit too young to appreciate it. But after jumping in a long the way, I have now watched this show from beginning to end countless times. I can walk in on an episode playing on TV and will instantly be able to start quoting the scene (much to the annoyance of anyone else watching!). It’s rare that a TV show would have that much of an effect – but this TV comedy really did impact the generation it was a part of. Thanks Friends. Here’s a LEGO tribute to you.

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iPhone 6 Thoughts

Yesterday saw the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This is the first year that I haven’t either logged on to Apple’s website (hitting refresh frantically) to pre-order the week before, or queued up in line outside of the Apple store at a ridiculous hour of the morning to grab a phone on release day. Why? Because we’re having a baby? No (although that would be a good enough reason). This is probably the first time that I haven’t been wowed by Apple’s latest iPhone release. There’s usually something whilst watching the keynote presentation that pulls on my heartstrings and wins me over to buying the latest model. But this year was different, simply because they seemed to be very happy with the one thing I didn’t really need – screen size! But that’s only half the story. Continue reading

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Christmas is a coming!!

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The other day I was in the local supermarket and I came across the seasonal aisle. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they had already put out some the Christmas stuff!

I couldn’t help but overhear a family stroll ahead of me down the aisle, jesting at the festive goods.

The larger, chavvy man of the clan spewed out all kinds of fruity language in his disgust towards the early push for the Christmas season. Well guess what? This post is for him, and for every other Scrooge out there that has a problem with me getting excited about Christmas in September…

Suck it. Christmas rocks and I’m celebrating as of today. Ho ho ho! Christmas is a coming!

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