Category Archives: Christmas

Ebeneezer Scrooge Would Approve

After the unforgettable Christmas when three ghosts visit Ebeneezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge is changed forever. Dickens concludes his classic story with these words: “and it was always said of him, that he (Scrooge) knew … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word to the Free: Merry Christmas!

 Jesus stood up in the synagogue and read from the scroll of the prophet, Isaiah, which had been handed to him: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

My niece, Gretchen, decorating Mom’s Angel Tree.             A tradition for the Ohio cousins is to help my mom, “Grandma JoJo,” decorate one of the trees in her house: the Angel Tree. A heavenly host of … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word to the Free: It’s Not All Up to You

My great-uncle had an adorable little shop in a castle-like building on the main street running through Smethport, Pennsylvania. It was advertised as the first year-round Christmas shop in America. Trees, ornaments, and Nativity sets were everywhere. He painted beautiful … Continue reading

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Sophie, Timley, and a Christmas Lullaby for the Road

Writers often become a little obsessive when trying to follow that dangling carrot of traditional publishing. They (and I mean me), spend every spare moment reading How To magazines and books; we spend money on writing conferences; we subscribe to … Continue reading

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Have You had an Epiphany Lately?

Webster’s Dictionary says that the word, “epiphany,” means “an appearance or manifestation of a god or other supernatural being,” or, as celebrated by the Christian Church, Epiphany is a festival on January 6th that commemorates the “revealing of Jesus as the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word to the Wise: Happy Birthday, Word of God!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Thank you, Jesus, for being “the light … Continue reading

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Mrs. Mouse’s Secret Ingredient Christmas Cocoa

Every night before Timley goes to bed, his devoted (a little too devoted, in Timley’s mind) mother brings him a cup of hot cocoa. At Christmastime, she makes it a little extra-special! Here’s the recipe (it makes 6 servings): 1/2 … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word: Matthew 2:1-12 (Do you think they stayed for dinner?)

The shepherds weren’t Mary and Joseph’s only visitors when Jesus was a baby. If Mary had a lot to ponder in her heart after the shepherds came (Luke 2:19), I wonder how she felt after the Magi came with their … Continue reading

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Angels: “Jesus’ Birth is Good News!” Sonja’s Top Five Reasons Why

The Bible says that there were shepherds living out in the fields near Bethlehem, and “on the night Jesus was born, an angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they … Continue reading

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