Mele Kalikimaka

Good morning!

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you!

Bing Crosby was probably the best known artist for singing this 1949 hit. Although most of us know it better from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie.

One of the ladies I work with has been wearing a different  Hawaiian Christmas shirt each day to work for the entire month of December.  Her husband has been doing the same thing since Thanksgiving at his work. How fun is that?! 🙂 I love coming to work every morning to see what each day’s shirt brings.

Here’s a sampling of some of their Christmas Hawaiian prints. It kind of makes me want to put on a grass skirt, pick up a ukulele, and do the hula! 🙂 Aloha!

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Holiday traditions.  We all have them. They are unique to each of us. I love experiencing the different cultures that make up our world. Especially at this time of year.

If you’re not fortunate enough to spend your Christmas holidays on the tropical beaches of Hawaii (I’m right there with you. Have the time off, just not the income to cover it.), I encourage each of you to find your own garden of Eden, wherever that may be. That happy place where you are at peace, where you are in tune with God and nature. For me it’s always been on a beach, a snowy mountaintop, or amongst the beautiful fall foliage.  Meet your God, find yourself, and enjoy some fresh pineapple or a drink with an umbrella in it while you’re at it! 🙂

Mele Kalikimaka to you!

In honor of our Hawaiian brothers and sisters, today’s scripture is in Hawaiian pidgin. A local english dialect spoken by many Hawaiians.

God, he wen go send his own Boy fo come one guy jalike us. Da way Jesus wen stay, God wen make him look jalike one regula guy dat can do bad kine stuff, jalike all da odda peopo. But den, Jesus neva do bad kine stuff — how he wen live, he wen show proof dat da tings da peopo was doing was bad fo shua. Plus, he wen come one sacrifice fo hemo da shame fo da bad kine stuff dat all da odda peopo wen do. God wen send Christ fo mahke so us guys can do all da right kine stuffs God’s Rules say we gotta do. Now, we stay doing da kine stuff God’s Spirit like us do, not da kine stuff we do wen we live da way we like. 
Fo da Rome Peopo 8:3-4

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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