Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

I‘ve had a really hard time trying to write this Advent/Christmas article. I wondered what miracles I had experienced during this time in the past. So I tried to remember when I was a child or at least younger than I am now. One thing really stuck in my mind and kept coming back to…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

My dad loved life in all its glory. Especially, nature. He was endlessly amazed at the beauty of the world around him and never tired of watching a cardinal or two invite themselves into my parents’ yard.  He loved everything about the cardinal—the bright color, the melodic tones of his song and the majestic way…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

“For the smell of artificial snow sprayed on Christmas trees…. For the excitement of preparing and participating in Christmas concerts… For lights and decorations all around, for manger scenes of the first Christmas long ago… For memories of a childhood barber shop with snow covered scenes of Greenland(!) on the wall. For the love of family, the closeness of friends…for…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

I never thought it was fair to lose anyone – let alone a parent – at Christmastime. Ironically, my mom died on December 21, 1997 – a Sunday, just like it is this year. I was not mad that my mother left us. She had been ill for several months and it hurt more to…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

Gift of Wonder . . . . . . . Rev. Alfred McBride, O. Praem.,THE PRIEST, Oct. ‘87, p.26 “Each year, God asks us to shed one more coat of awareness, one more dream state and come alive to the vision of God’s plan for each of us and the world-at-large. “The older we get,…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

Let Me Not Keep Christmas . . . . . . . . Linda Felver A Book of Christmas, Nashville: Upper Rooms, 1988, p. 48 “Let me not wrap, stack, box, bag, tie, tag, bundle, seal, keep Christmas. Christmas kept is liable to mold. Let me give Christmas away, unwrapped, by exuberant armfuls. Let me…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

Christmas Prayer  . . . . . . . . LIVING FAITH, Vol. 4, # 3 “Meister Eckhart once said: ‘What good is it that Christ was born 2,000 years ago if he is not born now in your heart?’ “Lord, we do far too much celebrating your actual coming in our hearts. I believe…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

My memories of Christmas are happy. I can remember my Great-Grandmother Annie coming to the house to teach my mother how to make Scotch shortbread and my Grandmother Gwen coming to teach her how to make Welsh Cookies. It always smelled so good around Christmas.  My brother and I were always in a state of…

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

Twice in the last few years we have had family members deployed over the holidays. It is a blessing to have everyone home safe this year. We pray for the people, military, contractors, and those working with peace corps or aid, who are way from the country because they believe in helping those less fortunate….

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Advent Calendar of Christmas Blessings and Memories

While memories of spending Christmas with family and friends will always be cherished, I have to say that one memory sticks out from my college career. I believe it was my sophomore or junior year when all of my finals were back to back on the last two days of school. This time of year…

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