Pop Tops, Vol. 3: On Christmas Casualties, the Pope, Santa Claus & the Grinch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s the hap-happiest season of all!


This sentiment is from a long forgotten period in time when people always left their doors unlocked and only shopped at Woolworth’s.

Have you noticed how emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting Christmas can be?

And, I know it’s not just me.

Look at this Christmas casualty that occured in my very own living room:

This Yoga Momma ornament was disfigured and dismembered by my very own children!  What has this season done to us?!  Even yoga can’t keep us feeling zen.

The Associated Press reports that even the Pope is too tired to engage with what people are saying.  He has also begun using a moving platform to spare him the long walk down St. Peter’s Basilica

Now I’m sounding like the Grinch, which is most certainly NOT how I feel.

I totally and completely heart the Christmas season.

After all, it is the month we celebrate my birth AND the birth of Christ.  It is no coincidence that these 2 momentous occasions should occur only 2 days apart.

This year I decided I’m bringin crafty back by making my gifts.

I’ve been a little too craftbitious and bitten off way more than I can glue.

Combine my craftbition with my new iPhone, and I’ve been muy occupado.

I could sure use a moving platform from my crafting station to my bed every evening.

I don’t have the brain power to pen a full blog post.  Rather than identify this as an obstacle, I take this as a prime opportunity to revive a long forgotten feature here on Pop Parables known as Pop Tops.

This, my friends, is the time of the month where I share pop parables from other awesome peeps in the blogosphere.


Larry at Christian in the Rough: No Christmas Gifts for Prisoners?

What do you think about the Salvation Army giving donations to prisoners as Christmas gifts?  I love how the Canadian national spokesman explained their motives:

The Salvation Army has a real focus on restorative justice. We have this belief that no one is beyond redemption. The Salvation Army serves without discrimination in every aspect across the country.

Dustin Valencia of Abraham Chronicles: Let Me Get What I Want

Love this surprise of a 90 second commercial entitled “Let Me Get What I Want”.  Such a sweet reminder.

Her.menuetics: Why Santa Belongs in Your Kids’ Christmas 

This is the post that got away.  I had been having so many of these same thoughts and feelings myself, but wasn’t able to make the time to blog about them.  I espeically love what Keri {awesome name BTW!} has to say here:

God made our imaginations and hardwired us to connect deeply with stories. Jesus himself appealed to people’s imagination by telling parables—stories that communicated profound truths. Even if stories are fairy tales, and therefore not empirically true, they still communicate truth. Smart parents will use the Santa myth to teach their children to be giving rather than demanding, and to experience generosity and grace.

K.C. Proctor of Some Wise Guy: What the Grinch Taught Me About the True Spirit of Christmas

K.C. is not only a fellow West Coast Ninja, but he’s also a real life neighbor of mine!  He was given the awesome opportunity to be a part of World Visions’ 12 Blogs of Christmas this week, where he encourages readers to remember that

The true spirit of Christmas isn’t getting more stuff it’s doing more stuff that matters.

Be sure to read his full post at World Vision’s blog, and check out their gift catalog while you’re there.  You can make a big difference in someone’s life through purchasing a goat, cow, or even clean water.  Oh, the way he weaves the Grinch into this post makes for an awesome pop parable. :)

If that gets your creative juices flowing about difference making, enter K.C.’s giveaway for Blake Mycoskie’s {founder of TOMS} book Start Something That Matters.


That should be lots to keep you reading until Friday when I finally give you a chance to enter my giveaway!  Please come back!


What pop parables have you found on the interwebz lately?

Are you ready for Christmas?

10 thoughts on “Pop Tops, Vol. 3: On Christmas Casualties, the Pope, Santa Claus & the Grinch

  1. Hey Neighbor! Thank you for the props and link up. It was a lot of fun to guest post for World Vision and I hope it leads to more opportunities.

    I’ll put your name in twice for my book giveaway. Hope not more ornaments come to a twisted end this season. :)

    1. I was so happy to see how many bloggers linked up on that WV post. I didn’t even know they had a bloggity.

      I already won a watch from Dustin’s blog this month. It wouldn’t seem right if I won the book. But, I could always give it away! heheh

    1. Larry…you are such a well read blogger! I feel like you are always introducing me to someone new and interesting. Very cool! Loved Mandie’s post!

  2. Those were all great posts Keri!…

    I really liked KC’s one…

    I did a 3 Part Series on Twas the night before Christmas…

    it was called Twere The Nights Before Christ Came…

    it was so much fun doing that!

    1. Arny! You are such a rockstar of faithfulness and loyalty and blogging consistency! I envy all of those things in you. I have been so sparse in reading blogs lately, that I’ve missed so many posts. Thank you for sharing. :)

  3. Oh Keri, what’s a girl to do when she’s too busy doing the Christmas shuffle? :)

    I don’t remember any pop parable on my rss readers as of late (except the wonderfully talented Keri Welch). I did enjoy all the post you mentioned above.

    Am I ready for christmas? I have only bought 2 gifts. Yeah, I’m that guy and I’m going to be soooooooo screwed.

    1. I’m probably gonna be totally screwed, too. I’ve been the queen of procrastination this year, and not just at Christmas. :(

  4. I am so ready for Christmas. Love this time of year – spending time with family, remembering Jesus, and seeing the excitment on my kids’ faces. Priceless.

  5. I’m ready for Christmas. But I can sympathize with you on the crafts. I discovered Pinterest this year and I had a million crafts I wanted to make for Christmas. I managed to get a couple of them done, but the rest may have to wait until next year.

    I enjoyed the posts you recommended and the Santa post made me really want to write one of my own.

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