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The Gift of the Magi

As you start this week… may you pour a steaming cup of your favorite drink and settle in for Story Time. You can read this to your kids, if you want, but consider this first a story for yourself. The Gift of the Magi is a short story published in a collection of works called (read more…)

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My favorite gift picks on Amazon

It’s time for this annual post of mine, and if behind-the-scenes numbers are any indication, it’s one of the most popular posts of the year. I always appreciate good ideas when I can’t think of much, so think of this as a friend of yours sitting across the table, tossing out holiday gift ideas. Yes, (read more…)

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Savor the non-holidayness, too

As you start this week, possibly looking into a tunnel called A Busy Holiday Week, may you find the courage to enjoy the everyday little bits that aren’t, in fact, holiday at all. May you relish the regular, and be brave enough to call is just as sacred as the twinkle lights and the nativity (read more…)

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Celebrating St. Nicholas, the real Santa Claus

Last December, we added St. Nicholas Day to our repertoire. What? That’s crazy-talk, adding one more thing to do during the busiest time of the year. I know—but hear me out. We decided to add this simple observance for a few reasons: 1. As a family, we want to be more mindful of the worldwide (read more…)

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Advent Gatherings: anticipation through life in community

It was 5:00 pm this past Sunday evening, and our home was filled with the delicious aroma of chicken taco soup, simmering away in both crockpots on my kitchen counter. We had apple cider ready to heat up and a jug of eggnog in the fridge. Our Advent wreath graced the center of our large (read more…)

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