Daily practice in receiving: Christmas gifts from Above
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Daily practice in receiving: Christmas gifts from Above

As we light the Advent candles, I struggle to remember the order…is the correct pattern: love, joy, peace, hope…or was it love, peace, joy, hope? No matter what the order, the discussion of them each Sunday and finally, Christmas morning, is part of our family tradition. The kids know there will be Christmas gift opening … Continue reading

Christmas songs and memories
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Christmas songs and memories

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, like ones I used to know… One Christmas, we got snow in spades, or shall I say, in shovels. So. Much. Snow. Four feet almost to its height. Running down our 200 foot driveway was a lone space shoveled for a walkway. We parked at the top, and walked down … Continue reading

remembering Grandma’s Christmas
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remembering Grandma’s Christmas

Grandma had called for us to come the nine hour drive north. The double row of grandfather spruce lining the driveway greeted our burgundy Chrysler. My Grandmother’s garden was a canvas of Prairie shades only three months before. Ash leaves had disappeared, but the stately evergreens swished in the bristly breeze. Grand, grey sunflowers still … Continue reading

banishing the picture perfect Christmas
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banishing the picture perfect Christmas

These are the stories of the not-so-picture perfect Christmas. Real family stories happen in the thick of Christmas too. Five minutes before we left for Christmas Eve service, all spiffed up in our best, we pulled the sofa table away from our new custom sofa to grab a family pic before heading out the door. … Continue reading

what Scrooge teaches us about giving & why we have to do it
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what Scrooge teaches us about giving & why we have to do it

One of our kids made a case for the existence of Santa: Dear Mommy, Santa is real because the FBI told me so, and because who else would put the Santa present under the tree; and somebody has to live in the North Pole. Compelling arguments. I like to think he is real too. Someone that … Continue reading

a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music
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a Christmas Collection: recipes, traditions & music

It’s a week before Christmas eve and I’ve not baked up a storm. Our personal stamp on Christmas for the last twenty years, our unique version of Christmas family traditions, was super fun to decide in our early family’s life. Falling back on the same traditions year after year creates a continuity, a collection of … Continue reading