The 2014 30 (40) Days of Blogging

The christmas ceremony in the orthodox Russian Church of Maria Magdalene in the foot of Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

by Fr. John A. Peck

This is the 5th Year of our annual 30 (40) Days of Blogging Challenge. As we did last year, we provided you with a daily topic on which to blog (if you wanted – it’s your blog!).  To all our bloggers, well done and congratulations! You stepped up to do what few will actually attempt; blogging with your name on it! I hope you did what you set out to do. I am also interested in your feedback on this exercise challenge!

Merry Christmas to you all. Christ is born!

Here is a review of the 2014 topics

The 2014 30 (40) Days of Blogging Challenge

DAY

DATE

TOPICS

1

Sat. Nov. 15

Rules

2

Sun. Nov. 16

 Sunday Best

3

Mon. Nov. 17

The Mighty Chicken

4

Tues. Nov. 18

 Immortality

5

Wed. Nov. 19

Bread or Beer 

6

Thurs. Nov. 20

Eden

7

Fri. Nov. 21

Temple

8

Sat. Nov. 22

Bloggers Choice 

9

Sun. Nov. 23

Salt 

10

Mon. Nov. 24

Starting A Fire

11

Tues. Nov. 25

 Dogs

12

Wed. Nov. 26

The Necessity of Tithing & Almsgiving

13

Thurs. Nov. 27

Gratitude

14

Fri. Nov. 28

Less is more

15

Sat. Nov. 29

Ignorance

16

Sun. Nov. 30

Reading the Scriptures 

17

Mon. Dec. 1

Sword 

18

Tues. Dec. 2

Staff 

19

Wed. Dec. 3

Cloak 

20

Thurs. Dec. 4

Trees

21

Fri. Dec. 5

Soil

22

Sat. Dec. 6

The Sea 

23

Sun. Dec. 7

Blogger’s Choice 2

24

Mon. Dec. 8

Light 

25

Tues. Dec. 9

Swimming

26

Wed. Dec. 10

Rhythm

27

Thurs. Dec. 11

Wool

28

Fri. Dec. 12

Kitchen Table 

29

Sat. Dec. 13

Island 

30

Sun. Dec. 14

Your Ancestors 

31

Mon. Dec. 15

 Glog, Grog or Wassail

32

Tues. Dec. 16

Safety

33

Wed. Dec. 17

The Grave 

34

Thurs. Dec. 18

Chocolate

35

Fri. Dec. 19

Handmade Gift 

36

Sat. Dec. 20

Work

37

Sun. Dec. 21

Vegetables 

38

Mon. Dec. 22

Hot Cocoa

39

Tues. Dec. 23

 Haggis, Stew, or Pot Pie

40

Wed. Dec. 24

Christmas is for Church

 

Day 40 – Let Us Worship Christ

The topic for Wed., December 24 – Day 40 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

Christmas liturgy

LET US WORSHIP CHRIST

It’s a busy time, but also time for us to state specifically the meaning of Christmas for each of us, and that is The Church.

As I said during last year’s blogging challenge, give this final blog topic all your might, creativity and attention. Finish well, and let your work stand with you on Judgment Day. Here are some nice pictures to inspire you.

christmas candles

The christmas ceremony in the orthodox Russian Church of Maria Magdalene in the foot of Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

christmas ortho

christmas rus

Kirill w gifts of magi
Patriarch Kirill celebrating Christmas before the Gifts of the Magi

 Don’t let the day go by without inviting someone to Church.

GO TO CHURCH

Invite as many as you can. Just do it.

Merry Christmas!

 

Day 39 – Pot Pie, Stew, or Haggis

haggis

The topic for Tues. December 23 – Day 39 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

POT PIE, STEW, OR HAGGIS

These wonderful, stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods should be your final comfort blog entry.

The above photo is of haggis, no watery dish.

Pot pie can be beef, chicken, turkey or lamb. Same with the stew. And yes, I’ll allow traditional Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie.

One more day! Finish strong!

 

Day 38 – Hot Cocoa

hot cocoa
Honestly, is there such a thing as too many marshmallows?

The topic for Mon. December 22 – Day 38 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

HOT COCOA

Closely related to our early post topic on chocolate, I thought something specifically holiday-esque would help your Christmas spirit.

Nothing like a steaming mug of hot cocoa in the winter cold to curry Christmas joy in the heart.

Day 37 – Vegetables

Vegetables

The topic for Sun. December 21 – Day 37 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

VEGETABLES

“Eat your vegetables,” every child hears growing up. Those of us who garden know the value of vegetables, and the pleasure of growing and eating them fresh.

Blogging on vegetables is good for you!

 

Day 36 – Work

Work needed

The topic for Sat. December 20 – Day 36 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

WORK

Work has value.

Young men with energy need work, or they find trouble, idleness and fancy.

Young women need work, or they find trouble with young men.

Everyone doesn’t need work, but most of us do.

Jesus worked. The Apostles worked. Even monks and nuns work.

Work is not life, but can bring great meaning to our lives.

Blogging is work. Time to get to it!

Day 35 – Handmade Gift

handmade-gift-bow2

The topic for Fri. December 19 – Day 35 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

HANDMADE GIFT

Originally, the exchange of gifts consisted exclusively of handmade gifts.

It is one of the original Christmas traditions!

Have you ever made one? Have you ever received one?

What would you like to be yours?

Day 34 – Chocolate

choco

The topic for Thurs. December 18 – Day 34 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is

CHOCOLATE

Not exactly a Biblical topic, but with a week left to go before Nativity, I thought a little mental foretaste of something good would whet your appetite, so to speak, for finishing strong!

There are many kinds and shapes of chocolate, of course.

choco frog
Crunchy Frog – if you took the bones out, it wouldn’t be crunchy, would it?!

choc mnms

 

choco 2

choco 3