Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21

Christmas Away From Home By Katharina Barten A year ago I was in Canada living with a host family and I was experiencing some Christmas traditions that we don’t have here or at least that I don’t practice. One of them was baking a gingerbread house. I had never done that before but I got to say that I really enjoyed it. Another thing that … Continue reading Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21

A Unique Christmas Ornament by Gary Wilson | Advent 2018 Day 8

A Unique Christmas Ornament

by Gary Wilson

It was only a couple of days until Christmas and the weather in Petaluma was cold and dry.  Back in Colorado Springs, our new home for the past 6 months, I heard the temperature was dropping and, with the wind chill, was  reaching down to the single digits – brrrrrr!  I wasn’t sure my California family was ready for that kind of cold yet and was glad we were here.

I had just finished changing the baby’s diaper and asked my wife, “Hon, this little guy is getting fussy.  What do you think, is it time to put him down for the night?”

“Yea, most likely.  What time is it?”

“A little after 8.”  She walked over to take the baby.  “I’ll feed him and put his down.”

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Christmas Traditions by Kelli King | Advent 2018 Day 6

Christmas Traditions

By Kelli King

I love Christmas music. I especially love songs that make me imagine what Christmas is like in other places. My top places to imagine spending Christmas have always been New York City, London, Paris, some enchanting village in Ireland or Germany, and more recently, I found out that Strasbourg, France, has a very famous Christmas market. these are all pretty exotic places, and I may well spend Christmas in some of them as a tourist in the future. But they will never be mine. My own hometown suffers from a relative lack of charm, so that may contribute to my desire to see Christmases elsewhere. The city I live in now that I’m grown has much more “curb appeal” because we have the gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, but it is still neither a quaint French village nor a beautiful bustling city.

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Silent Night by Rowena Curtin | Advent 2018 Day 5

Silent Night By Rowena Curtin  “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”  Mother Teresa Two hundred years ago, on a … Continue reading Silent Night by Rowena Curtin | Advent 2018 Day 5

The Magic and Curse of Christmas by Angela Guidolin – Day 21 Advent 2017

The Magic and Curse of Christmas by Angela Guidolin Day 21 Advent 2017 When I was a child in the ’70, my parents had just started their own ice-cream business. To me, it meant not seeing much of them, having a few toys to play with (that sometimes my mum was forced to give as a present to other children if we were invited to … Continue reading The Magic and Curse of Christmas by Angela Guidolin – Day 21 Advent 2017