Tag: Christmas

How Loved We All Are

We always had a freshly cut Christmas tree. As a kid growing up on a farm with a lot of land in the U.P. of Michigan, trees were plentiful.  Of course, the chosen tree was never perfect and was often had only one good side but that didn’t […]

The Christmas Dream

Nestled beneath the branches of the big blue spruce were packages and presents of all shapes and sizes. Some were wrapped in shiny foil and others in brown paper tied with brightly colored ribbons of red and green and gold. Scattered among the gifts were baggies with tissue […]

The Innkeeper

No one in the house knew what would happen that night. The whole town was rife with activity as people from all over came to the little village. There had been a decree that a census be taken and that meant each person had to travel to the […]

The Essence of Christmas

There is a phrase that has become quite common in today’s culture when people talk about their experiences. It usually ends with something like, “…this is my truth” or “…they spoke their truth” or “…they have the right to own their truth”. Their truth…hmm…as if truth is relative […]

Let There Be Light

The lights of the season are slowly appearing around our neighborhood and along our city streets.  Just here and there for now but in a few short days, most every house will be lit by a tree in the window or sparkling lights on the eaves.  There are […]

Give Or Take

There have been a couple of thoughts rattling around my mind the last few weeks; a set of ideas that I can’t seem to shake and am still not sure if I have figured out. Christmas is fast approaching and the age old tradition of giving gifts has […]

Thankful Giving

With all the stores and advertisers already screaming ‘the holidays are coming!’ I thought I would try to bring a bit of focus to the real reason we celebrate over the next couple of months. The Thanksgiving and Christmas season is the perfect time to sort through the […]

A Season Beyond

With the trees near peak color here in mid-Michigan and the grasses in the fields brown and spent, it is almost impossible not to think of things that have passed or are passing.  It would be easy to sit and think about all of the losses and struggles […]

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