Category Archives: Christmas

Best Gift

Sister-friend Laurel shared a blog post by Jonathan Liu being passed around Facebook. He writes about the “5 Best Toys of All Time.” Like many a Sunday sermon, once I get the gist my mind wanders. I got the gist of … Continue reading

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Taking down, taking stock

During these last days of Christmas, I find myself taking down and taking stock. Paul took down our Scandinavian wood candelabra from the window sills.  Now over 30 years old, Paul must coddle the candelabras’ little, irreplaceable bulbs that provide … Continue reading

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EnJOY

Annie just called to report “a Christmas emergency, we can’t find the recipe for PUFF pancakes.” It can happen, especially to family standards, recipes known by heart. In this case, I’m the keeper of the original recipe, one that Annie brought … Continue reading

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Life happens

… when you’re making other plans, and we had such a good plan.  Paul and I were going to drive to Stevens Point, Wis., tomorrow morning.  It’s Pastor Annie’s first Christmas, and we were looking forward to attending Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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Annie’s Song of Community

Paul recorded four-year-old Annie singing a made-up song, a song we’ve come to call “Annie’s song of Community.” Find the video clip at http://bit.ly/SongofCommunity. Annie’s Song of Community Hello, hello, how are you doing? Hello, hello, hello! How are you … Continue reading

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Fear Not! A reflection on Christmas Gift Giving

This photo of three-year-old me with my mom, my beloved stuffed kitty and my First Book of Prayers, illustrated my December 2008 article in Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine, titled “Susie Says, Fear Not!  A Reflection on Christmas Gift Giving.” The … Continue reading

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Surprising Christmas

(Almost) five-year-old Annie initiated the idea and executed the costuming for this Nativity Tableau, staring Annie as Mary, Paul as Joseph and Fiona Dolly standing in for the Baby Jesus. During the silent performance, I reflected on one of Annie’s … Continue reading

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