Tag: #christmas

Holiday traditions: Is it a yea or nay?

Holiday traditions: Is it a yea or nay?
The presents are purchased and wrapped; St. Nicholas came December 6th; the Christmas tree is decorated, and I have been lighting my advent wreath and counting down the days until Christmas. Then last night, we went to see the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights, and tomorrow we are going to bake cookies. This made me realize... Read more »

What do you focus on?

What do you focus on?
This is a busy time of year for everyone with the holidays approaching as well as the end of another year, but it is also the time for setting goals and making resolutions. How do I decide what they are? What do I focus on in this busy holiday season? I don’t think there are... Read more »

Winter weather brings people together

Winter weather brings people together
Tonight’s Blogapalooz-Hour challenge was to say which is better- Thanksgiving versus Christmas? For this challenge I thought of writing about the positive parts of both holidays, but as I started to create the lists, there were many of the same reasons on both. I decided that the best part about the time from Thanksgiving through Christmas... Read more »
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Can you think of the favorite gift you gave or received?

With Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day over, and Kwanza and Christmas still to come, gifts are on my mind. My mother actually mentioned that it would be interesting to know what people feel have been the best gift they have received this year and in the past. As I thought about my favorite... Read more »

Calm, tranquil, quiet, still, peace

I have been thinking a lot about peace and what that really means this week. It is not just repressing my feelings and avoiding confrontations. It is expressing my beliefs, and standing up for what I believe in. One of my favorite songs at church has always been “Let There Be Peace On Earth”, always wishing that... Read more »

What is Advent?

Advent wreaths, advent candles and advent calendars…I grew up catholic surrounded by these items, but I never really understood what they were for. Is it a way to get a treat each day in December? Or just another Christmas decoration? Or simply a countdown to Santa’s arrival? Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable... Read more »
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Let the season begin with music

We all have our own favorite holiday songs to begin the season of celebration. There are new songs; there are old songs; there are remakes of old songs, and a bunch of simply silly holiday songs. Does anyone remember Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer? There are radio stations that only play Christmas music... Read more »