Christmas Rebus 2

Christmas rebus

rebus puzzle

This week’s  game

It’s our second Christmas rebus puzzle! Can you tell what Christmas carol is represented by the rebus above?

(Seems like last week’s rebus was WAY TOO EASY, so I hope this one proves to be a little more challenging.)

Email your guess to (DON’T put your guess in the comments—you’ll ruin it for everyone!)

Last week’s name

The name of the carol suggested by last week’s Christmas rebus was, of course, Away in a Manger (A + Weigh “n” “a” Mane + Jar). Absolutely everyone who emailed me an answer got it correct. You guys are too smart!

Fame and acclaim

Now before you rush off to email me this week’s answer, let’s give proper accolades to our first round of winners:

1. Jim Heethuis, you rascal, you did it!

Jim HeethuisNot only was yours the Very First Email I received (at 6:58am), but you were literally HOURS in front of your arch-nemesis Michelle Lagestee, whose email finally floated in at 9:33am! It’s clear you spent the entire off-season training for this—congratulations, Jolly Jim!

2. Welcome, Mike Ridder!

Mike RidderIf my records are correct and my memory is accurate, this is Mike’s first entry in a LifeLines Christmas Game, so it’s quite impressive that he garnered a red ribbon right out of the gate. In fact, he was less than a minute behind Jim, arriving in my inbox at 6:59am. Congratulations, Merry Mike!

3. Nice job, Karl Westerhof!

Karl WesterhofKarl is another newcomer to the LifeLines Christmas festivities, and his third-place email reached me at 7:09am, several minutes behind Jim and Mike, but still w-a-a-a-a-y ahead of Michelle Lagestee. Congratulations, Karl Kringle!

Now, in the spirit of Christmas, wouldn’t it be fun to see three entirely different names here next week? On Dasher, on Blitzen—hurry up and email me your best guesses for Christmas Rebus 2!

And have fun!

Christmas Rebus 1

Christmas rebus

Christmas rebus

This year’s  game

It’s a Christmas rebus puzzle! Can you tell what Christmas carol is represented by the rebus above? Email your guess to (DON’T put your guess in the comments—you’ll ruin it for everyone!)

Fame and acclaim

The first three correct responders will be mentioned by name in next week’s blog, and possibly tagged in a Facebook post. If you have any doubt about how intoxicating this can be, ask Michelle Lagestee and Jim Heethuis, whose Christmas rivalry is nearly legendary!

Have fun!

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[Story Break]
Summer fun with puns


What could be more fun than puns? Here are three clever plays on words to make your brain smile this summer:

punsDriving her crazy

Ernie Slattery was an incompetent cabbie, but he had a lot of charm. Occasionally a passenger would arrive in Glen Ellyn instead of Glenwood, but listening to Ernie’s delightful chatter made the roundabout ride a pleasure. No matter how off-track Ernie was, he could make any fare smile.

Well, almost any fare. One afternoon as a new customer was getting into Ernie’s cab, a disgruntled woman grabbed his arm and suggested he hire a different cabbie. “I’m a former passenger of Ernie’s,” she said, “and let me tell you, Slattery will get you nowhere!

Dog dayspuns

For some reason, the dog population in Munich, Germany, was exploding. Over the course of several months, the number of dogs doubled, then tripled. A special Commission for Dog Control was appointed, but the problem went unabated. Masses of dogs roamed Munich’s streets and streamed into shops and businesses. One day, the Head Commissioner received a call from the owner of a factory. “You’ve got to send help,” the caller said, “The mills are alive with the hounds of Munich!”

punsThis rings true

Donna was a new realtor with a very successful real estate office. Her first day at the office, she was organizing her desk, introducing herself to her new co-workers, and trying to get oriented to the company culture. Throughout the day, she kept hearing bells—some were as loud as a gong, and others were little tinkly notes. Finally Donna asked one of her co-workers about the bells. “That’s the signal we use to let each other know how sales are going,” the co-worker explained. “Big bongs mean a house was sold; little tings mean a lot.

Thank you! Thank you! I’m here all week!

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[Story Break] Perspectives on Creativity and Liberty




In honor of Independence Day in the United States, I’m sharing this old-timey photograph of a human Statue of Liberty. Clicking the image will take you to the Snopes article about how and why the photo was staged.


What’s really interesting to me is how the photographers took into account the perspective of the quarter-mile area they were shooting, in order to make the final image appear as though you are looking at it “head-on.” In the bottom row, you can see how large the soldiers appear; while in the tip of the flame, they are too small and too many to be individually counted. I can’t even imagine how to calculate those arrangements!


The purpose of this photo—and of other similar photos by the same photography team—was to sell war bonds. I don’t know how successful it was, but I think it’s a creative way to stir feelings of patriotism and appreciation for the troops.

And the process itself is somewhat reflective of the nature of America, as this quote from a participant shows:

In this body of soldiers are any hundreds of men of foreign birth — born of parents whose first impression of the Land of Freedom and Promise was of the world’s greatest colossus standing with beacon light at the portal of a nation of free people, holding aloft a torch symbolic of the light of liberty which the statue represents. Side by side with native sons these men, with unstinted patriotism, now offer to sacrifice not only their liberty but even life itself for our beloved country.

Happy Independence Day!