{Advent} Christmas Eve

It’s finally here – what a beautiful, peaceful Advent it’s been.  I can honestly say for the first time in a very, very long time, we have actually savored every moment of the season. Amazing what happens when you say ‘no’ to some things. We have lots of fun family traditions surrounding today, a few…

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{Advent} Visit with Santa

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving (hold on to your comments, please) I loaded up the van with Christmas-dressed kids and we chatted with Santa Claus.  Why?  Because I H-A-T-E standing in lines waiting on anything.  Detest it.  Such a waste of valuable time.  And, I want my kids to actually have the opportunity to visit with…

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{Advent} Feast of St. Nick

Long before the Santa Claus as we know him appeared on the scene, there was the original.  St. Nicholas.  I have friends who celebrate one or the other, both and neither.  We fall somewhere in the middle.  You might want to re-read this recent post I did about making peace with the man in red.…

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Making Peace with Santa

Recently, a post about “Reclaiming Advent” caught my eye on one of the blogs I read.  Not only that, but it got me thinking.  For the past, oh I don’t know, forever, I’ve always found myself rushing through Advent.  I looked up on December 24, shrugged my shoulders and said, ‘I guess we’ll do better…

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Jesus’ Birthday was Fantabulous

Any of you with kids in school know what a rat race December can be.  Well, this year because of all the stuff going on with Luke, we bypassed buying the tickets to that crazy show.  Thank you Jesus. I didn’t remember to send the kids sweet note to their teachers via email, as requested by the…

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