Category Archives: Holidays

Follow-up and Persevere–You Might Just be Amazed in 2014!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I just heard Ryan Seacrest this morning say in an interview that he gets asked this all the time. He used to make up an answer that he’d never stick to, and so now … 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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The Great WHO’s Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

For Christmas this year, why not try Sophie Topfeather’s favorite cookies? They’re made by her grandfather, the Great Wise Horned Owl of the Park, who does everything well–too well, if you ask her. This is the one thing he does well … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word: The Birth of Jesus

Jesus is born! Listen to the story according to the Bible in Luke 2: 1-20: https://soundcloud.com/sonjas-bible-stories/the-birth-of-jesus-in-luke-2 http://cdn.www.ministry-to-children.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/nativity-coloring-pages.pdf  

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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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“Happy, Um, Holiday of the Decorated Trees?”

It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Someone recently said that this is what our school district was calling a certain upcoming holiday. They were joking, I think, but it’s getting so hard to tell these days, isn’t it? … Continue reading

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Transitive Verb, Part II: Stories of Exile and Coming Home

It’s funny–“remember,” like “thank,” is also a transitive verb (see last Sunday’s post). We need to remember something for the word to have meaning. Many people remember blessings this time of year.  We Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, where we remember the good things … Continue reading

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A Transitive Verb: It Could Change Your Life

It felt like an act of rebellion, teaching my young daughter to “borrow and carry” when doing her math. A number of years ago now, her elementary school emphasized learning to do math with “numbers, words, and pictures,” but for … Continue reading

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Boo! The Holidays are Here! (Are you Scared?)

The nice Dutch mom lingered in my international school classroom in Tokyo at the end of the day. She had a worried look on her face. “Ghosts, witches? I don’t understand Halloween. Can you explain it to me?” I had … Continue reading

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