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Gratitude

These days after Christmas have been full of blessing and a quiet happiness.  I don’t know how much is attributable to the joy of being settled in our new condo, and how much is due to my depression really being … Continue reading

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When I Learned About the Feast of Stephen

Although the feast of the Holy Family is always a beautiful celebration,  this year it pre-empted the feast of St. Stephen on December 26, and I had to include a private and personal commemoration.  I have a love for St. … Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Present

Prompted by an MSN page this morning which listed their version of the top 15 favourite toys of all time, I started probing for what my favourite Christmas present might have been.  A Slinky came to mind, but I remember … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part Three: Icicles or Rain?

I think it was in the summer of 1951 that my mother and father and I moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania to Portland, Oregon, to be close to my mother’s family.  That first Christmas in the West we were still staying with … Continue reading

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Now The Light Will Be Growing

December 21!  Winter Solstice!  It’s the longest night of the year, but that’s okay because from this point on, the days grow longer. It will be imperceptible at first, then as January wears on we will begin to notice that … Continue reading

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Fourth Candle of Advent

An exciting moment: tonight we lit all four candles on the Advent wreath.  This is the very last week before we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  O come, Emmanuel! This is very brief tonight because our internet service has been … Continue reading

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First Cookies of Christmas

I haven’t made cookies at Christmas for years, preferring to go crazy at Valley Bakery and get lots of different kinds and forego the fuss of, like, actually baking.  This year, perhaps inspired by my new kitchen, I decided to plunge … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part Two

This story is from the late 40’s or early 50’s.  I’m guessing that the Christmas trees we saw  being sold on corner lots didn’t come from tree farms, but instead were logged and bundled by folks trying to make a bit … Continue reading

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Dad and the Christmas Tree, Part One

My father was part of a generation of guys who decorated under their Christmas trees.  And I don’t mean a little house or two.  Every December, an uncle of mine dragged out the pieces of plywood that went to form … Continue reading

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Grandma and Grandpa Santamouse Have Arrived!

When we sold our house and moved to this condo last spring, our son-in-law Sean was hugely helpful in hauling away junk and toting recyclables.  We downsized considerably, getting rid of hundreds of books and throwing out most of our … Continue reading

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