Monthly Archives: December 2010

Three Practices for a Happy New Year

First, be yourself, be who you are, be who you are called to be. Be bold. Be free. Second, love everyone, including yourself, including the world, including God. Be kind. Be tender mercy. Third, whenever you struggle with the first … Continue reading

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Grace upon Grace

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”  Luke’s second chapter, read last night at church, suggests that Christmas Eve is the most tender night of the year.  Anyone who has given birth–to a child, to … Continue reading

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The Day Before The Day Before Christmas

This year my work winter holidays are December 23 and 24. I can’t remember ever having had December 23 off from work before. This year, my holiday bears an opportunity to actually prepare for Christmas at a more leisurely pace … Continue reading

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Spool Man

And speaking of apparent grace, I made this spool man in kindergarten, way back when spools were wooden.  My mom hung it on the Christmas tree every year, and now I hang it on our Christmas tree.  You can see … Continue reading

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Adolescent Christmas

Earlier this week, my husband and I attended a holiday gathering of friends.  After dinner, our hostess invited everyone  to share a Christmas memory.  All of those present were at least middle-aged.  There were a few memories offered of recent Christmases–our … Continue reading

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(At Least) Four Ways to Approach the Holidays

Way #1:  Exuberant planning for perfect holiday celebrations, decorations, gifts AND wrapping, dinners, parties, wardrobe, cards and greetings, concerts, outings, reunions, and family relationships–all with photogenic smiles and all with impeccable outcomes.  This is the approach that sells magazines.  I … Continue reading

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God Sings All the Time

Now this is a true story.  About a week ago, I was driving to work and thinking about Christmas plans.  I suddenly remembered a song from one of the “Great Songs of Christmas” record albums from the 1960’s, the kind … Continue reading

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“In the deep mid-winter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone…”  These words from Christina Rossetti’s poem were written in 1872.  They have been sung as a Christmas carol by James Taylor and others.  They … Continue reading

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