French Hens, Anyone?
The radio stations might've killed the carols already as the shops brim with returns, but as the Octave is supposed to be experienced as a single day, continued wishes for a Beato e Buon Natale to all of you and your loved ones. With Advent's preparations past, hope you're getting something of a breather to bask in the company of friends and family, or -- for those who've already had enough of 'em by now -- whatever else floats your boat.
Before all else, just a reminder that nominations for The Churchman -- and '07's more memorable stories for the Year in Review package -- are still being taken; deadline for submissions is Friday Noon. A ton of thanks to everyone who's dropped a line... and for the rest, remember that the product will only be as good as its collaborative input is high.
The package (general wrap-up piece, global and US Churchman designees, and honorable mentions) will be published on New Year's Eve; to clarify a question that's come up, nominees need not be clerics, nor men -- simply someone on the scene whose impact has been felt on the wider stage this year.
Between writing the review and the usual Octave get-togethers, light posting will continue. A very full year is in the wings, so "rest now or forever blow your peace" seems to be a wise star of advice to follow in these days of grace (...and, admittedly, very delayed card-sending).
Soak 'em up to the full, folks -- the days, that is. Indeed, they're a gift in themselves. And thanks to all of you who are, day in and day out, a gift to more people than you might realize... this scribe included.
Again, all the joy, peace, comfort, richness and light of Christmas to you and yours.