Merry Christmas!

Today, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, I wish all a very blessed day. For those surrounded by loved ones, soak in the love of family and friends. But let us also remember those who face the holidays alone or with sadness. May we be a light to them in a time of darkness. I hope you have a wonderful day...

I Declare It Christmas!

This Christmas marks the first without my grandfather. That, combined with some other health situations and changes in my family, was making this holiday seem a lot less merry. I had a moment of debating whether to ignore Christmas. Every year, I put up two trees, invite friends over for pancakes on the...

Christmases Past

We’ve almost made it to Christmas. Just being so close to the solemn celebration of the birth of Jesus brings memories of Christmases in my family’s parish church. Singing in the parish choir was a delightful challenge every Christmas. Learning the words for English, German, and Latin carols was fun...

What a Week!

With all the bad weather we have received in the last couple of weeks, several events were postponed, which made this past week a very busy one for us: a trip to Columbus on Saturday, gingerbread-house-making party Sunday, Lessons and Carols Monday, school Christmas program Tuesday, preschool Christmas...

My Annual Dark Night Drive to Cincinnati

Every year I drive from Minnesota to Cincinnati to be with my brother and his family for Christmas. My schedule always seems to get complicated no matter how hard I try to get the complications out of it, so I usually wind up driving eleven hours overnight on Christmas Eve to get there for some part of...

‘O Christmas Tree’! But When?

My wife and I have had a running battle over the calendar.  It is a battle that actually pre-dates our marriage, more than 30 years ago and 31 Advents and Christmases ago. You would think that with all of the things couples have to fight about, the last thing of any consequence is a calendar, and, in fact,...

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