Monday, December 31, 2012

On the 7th Day of Christmas

Isaiah 9:6
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, They everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Have a wonderful New Years Eve!! :) 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

On The 6th Day of Christmas

I will share pictures of what we wore for Christmas. My sisters and I all got dressed fancy and did our hair. It was alot of fun. 

We all look really weird in this picture. I don't know why. I think I was trying not to laugh at what someone had said.
You can't really see my whole outfit here maybe another day I will get a picture of the whole things. It was really really pretty. I think it is one of my favorite Christmas outfits. :)

Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

On The 5th Day of Christmas

Love came down at Christmas, 
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
By Christina G. Rossetti

Friday, December 28, 2012

On the 4th Day of Christmas

Everyone will go and enter Shealynn's 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza!!!

She has so many things that she is giving away you really do not want to miss this. Her blog is also a great inspiration for being more artistic and creative. I would really recommend her blog to anyone who is even remotely interested in crafts.

Here are what she is giving away so far!
Anything from her shoppe that does not exceed $30. Here are a few of my favorite pieces. :)

There is also an awesome perfume shoppe called Sarawen Perfume Art. If you are a well read person you will love her scents. Her Harry Potter ones made me smile. :)  Shealynn is giving away a Middle Earth Inspired Perfume Sampler. 

And then there is Third Wind Studies. Hand made glass ornaments and jewelry. They are really spectacular and lovely! The giveaway is a Hobbit inspired pendent "Arkenstone."

And Also Foxwise. This is another Fan inspired shoppe. It is a must go to if you are a Whovian, Potter head,or Tribute. :) Here is one of the Giveaway peaces.

There are still more days for Christmas and I cannot wait to see what other wonderful and delightful things Shealynn will be giving away. You all really should go check it out! :) 
Merry Christmas 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

Thy Nativity, O Christ, our God, 
Has shown to the world the light of wisdom. 
For by it those who worshiped the stars, 
Were taught by a star 
To adore Thee, the Sun of Righteousness; 
And to know Thee, the Orient from on high. 
O Lord, glory to Thee.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On the 2nd Day of Christmas

"And behold an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior; who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." 
And Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 
"Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

On the 1st Day of Christmas

Christ is Born!

Merry Christmas to everyone!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!! :)

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing, 
And Heaven, and Heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ; 
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy, 
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sin an sorrow grow,
Nor thorn infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, Far as, the curse is found. 

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of His love. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Eve

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel 
That mourns in lonely exile here 
Until the Son of God appeared
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee o Israel. 

O come, O come, thou rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell they people save 
And give the victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee o Israel.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review: Robin Hood Season 2

Title: Robin Hood(season 2)
Producer: Foz Allan, Dominic Minghella
Creator: BBC
Actors: Jonas Armstrong, Lucy Griffiths, Keith Allen, Richard Armitage, Gordon Kennedy, Sam Troughton, Joe Armstrong, Harry Lloyd, Anjali Jay,
Rating: 10/5 :) 
Read my review of season 1 here.

I think Season 2 is tied with Season 3 as being my favorite of the three. Part of the reason I like this better, was that I feel with the first season they were trying to do a lot of figuring out of what they wanted to do, towards the end of 1 they had is figured out, but Season 2 felt much more solid. All the characters were established, and the actors seemed more comfortable with their characters. Not to mention they seemed to have more depth too. Robin, especially to me, felt a little flat in the first season but he really seemed to grow in season 2. It was nice to see some depth there.

I think every gained some depth in Season 2. Even the Sheriff strangely enough gained some. Though Keith Allen does a fantastic job in both seasons!

The costumes where interesting and very nice looking, though, like the first season, not truly medieval. Marian's costumes especially are not accurate with the time.

Most of what I would say is the same as the first season. So I would recommend reading that. Season 2 continued the great story and if you enjoyed the first you will enjoy the second.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Does the Length Really Matter?

I have heard of people who don't want to read the classic because "they are too long." I don't think this is a good excuse at all as these same people are reading Twilight and Harry Potter. If you have ever seen a copy of Twilight(can anyone avoid see this? it is at my library all the time!) those are not short books! Also the same with Harry Potter. Those are some really huge books! 
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Now having read several Harry Potter books(and enjoyed them) and having read Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, and many others. I think I can say that length is definitely not the problem. 

If length is not the problem then what is? Having read Harry Potter and heard notorious things about Twilight from book lovers, I would have to say it is a combination of things. It would be difficult to point to any one thing. 

The first I would have to say it probably a mental association with school. They probably think of them as the books that teachers assign then for school, and some school books are not pleasant. They think that they are all not for fun, they are work. It would be wrong to say that this is entirely untrue because in some cases it is true. Some books really are like that. However it would be "cutting on your nose to spite your face" to assume that all classics are difficult, hard, and not enjoyable. 

The Second would probably be reading level. Read any of Charles Dickens novels and the read Harry Potter. There is a lot of difference. Not to say that the difference reflects quality. Charles Dickens had a vocabulary, and a grammar that is complicated and takes more thought that J. K. Rowling. They both tell wonderful stories though with equally interesting and valuable themes to the reader. 

There also is perception that something from the past is much harder to relate to with modern readers. This can be partially true in some cases, where the book is dealing with a particular social or political problem of the day. However, this is not true for all books. Jane Eyre deals with equality of men and women(other things too). This is something relevant even for today. Some messages in books transcend time. Making them relevant to everyone everywhere. 

Here are some quotes from other bloggers on this subject.

"No, I do not think that it's the length of the book at all.  I think it's the level and style of the writing.  I have never read Harry Potter, and never mean to, but I've come across excerpts and I've seen the writing level.  It's not that hard......Classics, on the other hand, often have advanced vocabularies, as well as unfamiliar colloquialisms and antiquated styles.  They're usually not action-oriented, and sometimes they have a sleep-inducing amount of description.  (Yes, Dickens, I am looking at you.)" (Raindrops and Moonlight)

"It seems like some people of the present day are under the impression that older novels are boring and less captivating than more "up to date" novels." (The Alpine Path)

"This frustrates and disturbs me greatly, because for one thing, how can we move forward with literature unless we learn to appreciate the classics? We should learn from the experts, not be ignorant of them......We should read as many classic novels as possible!"  (The Alpine Path)

What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear your opinion on this!