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A Hallmark Christmas in the Making

Our early December in Avon, North Carolina has had the charm of a Hallmark Christmas movie. There are a few exceptions, of course. ...We didn't end up here accidentally. ....We're not snowed in or trapped here by inclement weather.  ...We didn't start out hating Christmas or each other. ...We aren't estranged from anyone. But it… Continue reading A Hallmark Christmas in the Making

Friends, Religion, Uncategorized

Silent Night, Holy Night

Last night we went with friends to a Christmas sing-along at Wolf Trap, where we sat outside on the lawn, bundled in blankets and coats to sing Christmas carols with thousands of other people who came to kick off the holiday season. With all the bad news of the world swirling around us, it was… Continue reading Silent Night, Holy Night

Uncategorized

Ho Ho Ho

I started to write a Christmas blog but as I wrote, I felt like I'd written it somewhere before. A little search of my blog pulled up this timeless beauty. So, instead of rewriting, I'm reposting... My mom called me last week to see what I want for Christmas. When asked that question, I instinctively… Continue reading Ho Ho Ho

Family, From the News, Parenting, Relationships

Trying to Find Words of Comfort

Last night I heard on the news that a post office box has been set up to receive condolence letters for the families of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. I felt like I should send notes to the grieving parents. But, what could I possibly write? What words of condolence could I… Continue reading Trying to Find Words of Comfort

Family

The Joy of Giving

My mom called me last week to see what I want for Christmas. When asked that question, I instinctively think, “What do I need?” Then nothing comes to mind. I don’t need anything. But what do you want? Mom asked. Doug’s Dad says you should never buy people what they need. Instead, he believes you… Continue reading The Joy of Giving