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,...

Pope Francis to Celebrate Bambinelli Sunday

Looking for an event to celebrate your love for children, Advent, Christmas and Pope Francis? Then watch for the “Bambinelli Sunday” celebration on December 15 in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis and the children of Rome! Amy Welborn, author of the new children’s book, Bambinelli...

Tradition and Celebration for the Holidays

It’s that time again, a time when family and tradition come together to celebrate Thanksgiving and the Advent season.  I look forward to it, because it is a celebration. And like any celebration it involves a lot of thought, work, and, for me, a sense of real joy. This year for Thanksgiving I did not cook...

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