#93: At Least One True Thing

#93: At Least One True Thing

So, apparently, Christmas happened when I wasn’t looking! Though it’s not like I let it completely slip up on me. I went to a few Christmas parties and ate some candy canes and there was a 7 foot decorated conifer in my living room. I bought gifts and wrapped gifts and got gifts. I have […]

#34: On Hungarian Christmas Cookies

#34: On Hungarian Christmas Cookies

So we had decided to share favorite Christmas recipes in December and share a story associated with them. I immediately knew which recipe I wanted to share, but I don’t really have a story that goes with them, other than that we have made them every Christmas for as far back as I can remember, […]

#33: “Crack Sandwiches”

#33: “Crack Sandwiches”

I’ve mentioned my mother several times here on the blog already, and I hope you’ve been able to discern that she was a warm and wonderful mom. One of her many talents was that of decorating cakes, and she made all of us wonderful birthday cakes. She also made beautiful shower and holiday cakes for […]

#32: A Chew By Any Other Name…

#32: A Chew By Any Other Name…

‘Tis the season for holiday baking, and if you’re like me, despite your occasional flirtations with new recipes, you have your signature goodies that you make year after year. Maybe your mom always made them when you were growing up, and just the thought of them conjures up warm memories of family and Christmases past. […]

#31: My Favorite Recipe I’ve Never Made

#31: My Favorite Recipe I’ve Never Made

I enjoyed this layered Jello salad at a friend’s Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago, so much so that I would not leave her house until she had written the recipe out for me. Because I’m a delightful guest, and not at all irritating to have in your home on a major holiday. Fast forward […]

#30: On Christmas Music

#30: On Christmas Music

The other Sunday, after we had finished singing several traditional Christmas carols, my pastor remarked that while he acknowledged the many lovely contemporary Christmas songs, nothing could beat the beauty and theology of the old hymns. I shared this with Susan the other day in the car adding that he obviously had not heard Toby […]

#29: Remembering Why I Love Christmas

#29: Remembering Why I Love Christmas

Our awesome church has created a cute advent calendar for couples in the month of December. The daily activities have included things like watching a favorite Christmas movie together and eating Mexican food (Feliz Navidad!), activities I wholeheartedly support. I have always considered myself a Christmas lover, so it surprised me that one of the […]

#28: Christmas Ice Capades

#28: Christmas Ice Capades

Having worked in a hospital for most of my adult life, I am accustomed to missing out on holidays with family and friends or, at the very least, celebrating major holidays on a day other than the actual day. My family has graciously adjusted their plans to fit my schedule, sometimes celebrating Christmas a day […]

#27: An Award-Winning Holiday Tradition

#27: An Award-Winning Holiday Tradition

I’m always impressed with people who have baking traditions at the holidays. People who craft once-a-year layer cakes with complicated frosting, cheerfully decorate sugar cookies, and let’s not forget the homemade fudge. My grandmother was the baker in our family, but I’m afraid I’m missing her baking gene. Maybe it’s just lack of practice. Making […]

#26: On Operation Christmas Child

#26: On Operation Christmas Child

For me, the kick-off to the holiday season begins with the announcement at church that it’s time to start putting together the Operation Christmas Child boxes. This has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. There is something cool about putting together a box of gifts for a child who is a complete stranger. For […]

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