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Celebrating St. Nicholas

The countdown to Christmas is likely the most exciting time of year for Christian children. Each family has Advent traditions of their own including Advent wreaths, Advent calendars, Jesse trees, and Christmas trees that help build the…

Has Christmas Come for You Yet?

One of the things I love about Christmas being celebrated for an octave (or twelve days, or right up until the February 2 Presentation of the Lord if you’re diehard) is that it takes the pressure off December 25th to be the one and only…

Emptying the Stable

It’s Christmastime! There are only so many shopping days left! Have you put lights on your house yet, sent out cards, and bought sufficient gifts? Do you need something new to wear for the annual Christmas party? Have you planned the meal…

Advent prayers and homemade guitars

Thanksgiving afternoon, I stood shivering in our unheated garage, wishing I had brought ear protection. And a coat. Across from me my son, Mike, was bent over our makeshift worktable slicing his way through almost two inches of pine…