Tag: Christmas

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season
The word of the day is “overwhelmed.” Let’s say it together: Overwhelmed. That’s me. That’s the state of mind I’ve been in for the last couple of weeks; since Thanksgiving, anyway. Up until then, I was doing OK. Even hosting the big day wasn’t a big deal. Since then, we’ve replaced 18-year-old appliances, a tattered... Read more »

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season
Perspective is everything – how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important. I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It’s no secret that I’m married to a police officer, too. These... Read more »

Christmas has nothing to do with a Starbucks red cup

Christmas has nothing to do with a Starbucks red cup
Today, as a trolled – ahem – I mean scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I started to see some of my Christian friend’s posts about a red Starbucks coffee cup controversy. My response was very literally, “Huh?” I took a bit of a hiatus from social media this past weekend; I had to have missed... Read more »
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The greatest Christmas gift ever, even for atheists

The greatest Christmas gift ever, even for atheists
What is the greatest Christmas gift ever? Well, of course, the answer is Jesus. The gift of hope, of life, of light and of salvation are the very best of the best. Although Jesus is a tangible gift for many of us, for many others, Jesus isn’t as tangible. For atheists, He isn’t a gift... Read more »

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program
One of my most favorite times of year is Christmastime. I love the songs, the TV specials, the family time, the presents, the good cheer, the parties…yes, I love Christmas. Most of all, I love that we are celebrating our Savior’s birthday – best birthday party EVER! As my regular readers know, I walked through... Read more »

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Mincemeat cookies are the best cookie ever

Here's my hand-written recipe. You can find the recipe on the side of the mincemeat box, but when you open it, you have to tear the paper off the box. Bye-bye recipe, so I wrote it down. First thing to do? Set the oven to 375 degrees F.  (190 C)
During this blog series called 12 Days of Thanksgiving, I will share my experiences as a Thanksgiving hostess for most of the last 20 years in order to offer advice and encouragement to those that may need it. Click this link to see the rest of the series:¬†12 Days of Thanksgiving This post involves the... Read more »
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Time for the family get-together

I have a fairly large family (not Duggar-sized, but still large by today’s standards), and our family get-together is coming up. My siblings, our spouses and kids, and my parents equates to 29 people. No extra cousins, no aunts and uncles, just the siblings and their families. It’s noisy. The nieces and nephews range in... Read more »

20 things I learned today while making chocolate cookie truffles

20 things I learned today while making chocolate cookie truffles
Chocolate cookie truffles are my family’s favorite Christmas treat. I spent the better part of the day shopping for and making them. Some people call them Oreo truffles, but I shop at Aldi, so nothing is brand name. Here are 20 things I learned about making chocolate cookie truffles today: Buy your supplies from Aldi.... Read more »

Snow Falls - a winter poem

Snow Falls - a winter poem
Snow falls…. “Hushhhhh…” says the wind, as the Christmas lights dance and sway to the music of the breeze. First world sounds are muted; distant. Crunch, crunch, crunch under my feet. A bunny dashes – furry lightning hides in a bush; footprints prove he was there. A sleepy neighborhood waits…. waits for glistening, shimmering frozen... Read more »
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2013 Christmas update letter

In a previous post called¬†Are you on my Christmas cards list?, I talked about the update letter I include with all of my Christmas cards. Since there is zero chance of me ever being able to afford to send all of you a Christmas card, this is as good as it gets this year. (Some... Read more »