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 a gift to be in a peaceful place with a massive group of kind, generous people singing songs of joy. At the end of the evening, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band led us in singing Silent … [Read more...]

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 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 … [Read more...]

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 share that could uplift these heartbroken, bereaved families? On September 11, when I heard that terrorists had attacked our nation, I immediately drove to the elementary school to pick up my … [Read more...]

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 should give impractical, unexpected gifts. (Note: This comes from a man who also believes you should fall asleep every night savoring a piece of milk chocolate because “There’s … [Read more...]

Christmas Wisdom

Last year after Christmas, I wrote a list of things to remember for this Christmas. Today I pulled it out to remind myself what to watch out for this Christmas: 1. Don't get sucked into the world's view of Christmas. Christmas will never be cinema-land perfect and trying to make it that way will just end up making you feel exhausted and disappointed. 2. Don't over decorate. Just because it looks Christmasy, doesn't mean it needs to be displayed. 3. Don't overeat. Have a plan for … [Read more...]