Christmas

Slacking Off

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

This will be the last post of the year for Books & Such. We will resume daily blog posts on January 2nd, 2014. As you stop by and see this same post for some two+ weeks we …

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Wrapping Up Christmas

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you’re like me, I spend untold hours toiling over how to decoratively present Christmas gifts. That becomes especially challenging if the gift is a bicycle, a car, or a pony. The quest for the perfect …

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Building the Anticipation of Christmas

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

The family Christmas tradition that I love is one that I now believe was established by accident and out of necessity. Every Christmas, my parents would have the children wait in the hallway with the door closed …

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A Message for Writers from the Kringla Tradition

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

My great aunt Zella was the first person I remember baking Kringlas. I have vivid memories of one Christmas at her farm—an authentic Currier and Ives scene—complete with these special Norwegian cookies. I couldn’t have been more …

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Ornaments: Christmas Traditions

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last week while in Houston I visited with a professional Christmas installer. Apparently, many of the well-to-do hire professional installers to create holiday themes and decorate every room in their homes. A full install costs upwards of …

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Why All the Fuss? Christmas Traditions

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Most families adopt Christmas rituals, some intentionally and others by popular demand. They become signals to us to enter into the joy of  the season, and the holiday would be just a little less wonderful without …

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

So sorry my blog is late to post today! ‘Twas the night before my blog day last night and it slipped my mind! Things have been busy around here with our move. We are loving our new …

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Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This year we’re all feeling the need to suppress the frenzy of our Christmas to-do list. I had a wonderful week over Thanksgiving with family out of state. On the flight home I sensed stress rising as …

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Wendy Lawton

 Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Yesterday Janet blogged about one of her favorite Christmas classics. I thought I’d follow-up, using one of my favorites to illustrate how a writer can take a well-loved piece of literature or music and use it as …

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Getting in the Christmas Spirit: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

This year I find myself thinking Santa’s sleigh ran over the Thanksgiving turkey. To slow my heart from the frantic frazzle of all the Christmas prep, I’ve decided to focus on one of my favorite Christmas …

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