Giving the Unexpected at Christmas: Reflections on a Lavish Giver

This is the first year I have taken full advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday for Christmas shopping. Sitting in the comfort of my home, saving up to fifty percent, and pairing it with free shipping, is my way to shop! It sure beats the traffic, dreary weather and waiting in long lines. I … Continue reading Giving the Unexpected at Christmas: Reflections on a Lavish Giver

The Ultimate Christmas Gift: Something to be Merry About

The Christmas season isn't complete for me without the song, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." I know I have mentioned this before, but unlike some songs, I never tire of it during the holidays-- playing it over and over on the piano. As a child we usually made it to church during the weeks leading … Continue reading The Ultimate Christmas Gift: Something to be Merry About

What the Angels knew about Christmas

I am sitting here eating my favorite kind of Christmas cookie, an iced sugar cookie in the shape of a gingerbread man. I wonder what gingerbread men have to do with Christmas. There are many Christmas symbols like this-- some having closer connections to Christmas than others. My sister recently posted a photo on Instagram … Continue reading What the Angels knew about Christmas

7 Layer Bars: Great for anytime of the Year

Don't you love recipes that are tried and true, delicious, loved by most, and simple to make? For all the above reasons, I love these bar cookies! They go by many names like, "Magic Bars," or "Hello Dollies." But since they are made up of seven layers of ingredients, I call them "7 Layer Bars." … Continue reading 7 Layer Bars: Great for anytime of the Year

Sharing the Extraordinary Christmas Story in Ordinary Places

Every Christmas story, play or nativity includes shepherds. When my kids were small, we dug through the closets to find costumes for our own Christmas story reenactment. Being the only girl, I was, of course, always Mary. The baby at the time was Jesus, and another kid would be a shepherd with a towel or … Continue reading Sharing the Extraordinary Christmas Story in Ordinary Places