A Christmas Pause

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As we rush into the Christmas season, I invite you to pause with me. For just a moment. I wrote this post two years ago, but it is equally applicable this year as it was in 2013. So let’s pause and give our best gifts this Christmas. My Gift to Him As Christmas nears, I’ve staggering under a year that’s …

My Christmas Gift to You!

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While we were writing Where Treetops Glisten, Sarah, Tricia and I included recipes that our characters baked or made during the book. Today I wanted to share those cookies with you. The White Velvet Cutouts are a recipe that was originally shared with me by a friend at church. They are delicious with vanilla — the way she makes them. …

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Being a supportive spouse when you’re loved one is in the active duty military is not for the faint of heart. When you’re loved one is deployed during the holidays it becomes even more challenging. I well remember the months my Dad’s National Guard unit was deployed for Desert Storm. He was called to active duty the week of Thanksgiving …

Three Children’s Christmas Books I Love

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I know Thanksgiving is coming quickly, but I’m thinking about the Christmas books I want to read to my kids this year. It’s always fun trying to decide which ones we’ll enjoy together as a family. Here are a few of our favorites, and I want to know which ones you love, too. Christmas books…@cara_putman shares 3 of her favorites. …

The one Christmas tradition I “don’t” like

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Today my friend Melissa Tagg is posting about her most un-favorite Christmas tradition: I love lots of Christmas traditions: Classic Christmas movies. (Somebody posted a comment on Facebook the other day asking if she’s missing out by never having seen It’s a Wonderful Life. It was all I could do to stop crying and pull myself together before replying.) Christmas …

In Search of Simplicity – at Christmas?

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Today, my friend Courtney Walsh shares about finding Christmas simplicity — is that an oxymoron? Lately my seven-year-old, Sam has been asking me if Santa is real. It dawned on me today when he told me the Santa that visited his chapel at school was absolutely not real because he had black tape on his shoes (Impostor!), that he was at that …