2020: Year of Joy! Right? Well, maybe not quite. However, that gives us all the more reason to reflect on the year that was through the lens of this third week of Advent, where joy is the name of the game. So grab a cup of happy juice and come get gaudete with Dizzy & Ges as we light the pink candle (IT'S ROSE!) and find some space in our hearts for a modicum of mirth in Episode 85 - Re: Joice!
Church Drunk has you covered with a Christmas Countdown unlike any other. Throughout the season, Dizzy & Ges will be posting our favorite Adventy quotes, songs, musings, and literary adventures, along with a weekly challenge designed to make your Advent overflow with hope, peace, joy, and love...and possibly (hopefully) bourbon!
It's Advent 2020, and Christmas cheer has exploded onto the scene. Everywhere you look Bing Crosby seems to be puking red and green glitter onto everyone's front lawn earlier and louder than ever before. Obviously we need a bit of joy in our lives, and an inflatable snowman riding a reindeer into a candy cane castle is certainly preferable to the cardboard cut-outs of Depression and Isolation that might offer more accurate season's greetings this year. But wait! No, seriously...wait. Dizzy & Ges are here to remind you that in the midst of all this pre-joy, the real theme of the first week of Advent is HOPE. And that's a good one for 2020! So pour yourself a cup of something cheerful (but save the good stuff for later), and join us for Episode 83 - Hope vs. Nope
Nothing says "Advent" like a crackling fire, the warm glow of a well-lit tree (or, you know, a very large Advent wreath), Bing Crosby crooning on the radio (or, you know, bluetooth speaker or whatever), the smell of Christmas cookies wafting through the air...and the perfect book in your hands. Well, all that plus, like, the baby Jesus, the prophecies of Isaiah, being surrounded by loved ones, novenas, antiphons, and whatnot. Okay, so Advent can get busy. But the perfect book can be your moment of zen at the end of a full day of Adventing. So join Dizzy & Ges for an exploration of all things holiday book nerdish on Episode 73 - The Stupidest Angels!
It's week 2 of Advent, and we're moving from last week's "something to hear" to a new list of "something to watch." So put your favorite Christmas movie on in the background, pour yourself a cup o' nog, and join Dizzy & Ges for a bit of back-and-forth about the spiritual merits of Home Alone 1 vs. Home Alone 2 (and other holiday classics) in Episode 72 - The Advent Watch List!
'Tis the season to be Advent...ish. Adventy? Adventist? Wait, no. That can't be right. Unless you actually are an Adventist, in which case you're always in season. And this has gotten awkward. But hey, after taking almost all of Ordinary Time off, can you blame us for being a bit rusty here at Church Drunk? In any event, we're back, and it is officially one of our very favorite seasons. So pour yourself something joyful, and join Dizzy & Ges to ring in the start of Catholic New Year with Episode 71 of our little podcast: Advent Drinking Songs!
For the speed readers out there, feel free to consider this the 2019 edition of the Lenten Reading List. For the rest of us...let's just be grateful that there are 50 days of Eastertide for us to contemplate (and read about) the mystery of life, death, and resurrection! Deep in our bookish hearts, we here at Church Drunk love to find God between the pages of a favorite story, and the long, dark season of Lent yearns to be accompanied by a good book or two. So we've made it a bit of a tradition to put together a short list of good reads for Lent.
So, for a variety of personal and professional reasons (and a few that blur the lines between those two distinct realms), I've been thinking a lot about suffering lately. I mean, Dizzy and I have been trying to get the latest episode of the podcast into the books for well over a week now, but she's battling a bug and a case of the busies, while Baby Ges is fighting off an ear infection has given everyone in my household a case of the sweet-Jesus-I-can't-sleepies. Not that sniffles and sleep depravation really give me much to complain about, especially when I certainly know some folks with legitimate reason to gripe...but they don't.
It's officially the shortest week of Advent and arguably the greatest week of the whole year! Before opening your presents and sit down to your Christmas turkey/goose/ham/prime rib/tofu (don't want to leave out our vegetarian brethren!), join Dizzy & Ges for a tipsy look back at our Advent journey, and raise a glass to the hope that Christmas brings!
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of holiday chaos, it can be a challenge to keep your eyes on the prize. But December the 25th is coming, and Dizzy & Ges are here to light your way to a truly joyful Christmas as we continue our Advent Examen. Pour yourself a cup of cheer and join us as we keep our O (it's not as dirty as you think!).