Report from Louisiana: Merry Christmas!

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  The best thing I saw on Facebook last night (or was it Twitter?) was “Put down your phone and enjoy your family!  Why are you reading this?”  #truth

I’m loath to blog politics or current events on Christmas Day even though there are some newsworthy stories worth examining right now.  (Did you read about the parents that were murdered by their daughter’s boyfriend?  Awful!)

As I sit here watching A Christmas Story for the sixth time (this year),  I’m wondering if it’s too early to ponder resolutions for 2018?  I don’t normally make resolutions but I am setting a couple of small goals for the new year.  I’m joining the paper planner craze after finally realizing I can’t keep up with things on a phone calendar the way I need to.  I customized a planner, placed my order, and have spent the past few days writing down dates, events, and to-do lists; I feel so much more organized already.

My intentions are good.  January and February will be filled up and then by March I probably won’t be able to tell you where the planner even is.  But I’m going to try to keep it going.

One of my major goals for the new year will be to de-clutter.  I have too much stuff.  I’m feeling the need to simplify.  We don’t need most of the stuff we accumulate through the years.  We will see how this goes.

I love Christmas; I love the magic of it and the opportunity to rest, recharge, see family, and refocus on those things that are most important.  So, no politics today.  Get off your computer.  Spend time with those who are still here with us.  Remember those who are gone.  Get outside.  But whatever you do, have a lovely Christmas.

And remember the words of Linus as he recites the Christmas story:

“Lights, please.”

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding

in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:

and they were sore afraid.


And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,

I bring you good tidings of great joy,

which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,

which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe

wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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,

good will toward men.

–Book 42, Luke (002:08-14)

The Bible, King James Version

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.