Leave it to the grad student who is studying English to research the etymology of noel…
Noel is a French word which means Christmas (go figure), but it is derived from the Latin word nātālis, meaning birthday. As I thought about nātālis, I geekily marveled at the phonestheme: natalis, natal, nativity, native, nation, natural…
But I digress; I am not giving an English lesson today. Instead, I want to talk about the first noel, the holy nativity.
Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed: a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively. They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked. If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected.
The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.
That is my first thought when I hear the word advent, so when I saw that the JourneyWomen Podcast dedicated an entire episode to advent, I didn’t quite know what to think. Was Hunter going to talk about chocolate for 60 minutes?
On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me
happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time
passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments
My cousin and cousin-in-law drove from the West Coast to visit their East Coast family for a couple of weeks (you read that right–they were in the car for 41 hours!). On Sunday afternoon, we meandered through my small hometown, laughed a lot, and ate more ice cream than we needed.
Also this week, my brother made the shorter drive from the Northeast to NC. As always, he overflowed with jokes.
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
December 16 – 22
1. Christmas parties and board games.
People usually don’t expect this when they first meet me, but I am fiercely competitive. I love playing (and winning) board games.