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Christmas 2016

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11 KJV Christmas 2016 – six Christmases without Bill.  He loved Christmas! The lights, the family gatherings, the movies, the friends, celebrating, surprises…all of it!  Christmas with Bill brought belief and wonder into our home as early […]


A Not-So-Alone Christmas

I will not leave you or forsake you.   …Joshua 1:5 (ESV) And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.      …Exodus 33:15 (ESV) Last week, we tackled a difficult issue for some widows–solitude during a holiday. How do you handle not having […]


A Christmas Butterfly

His life is the light that shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5 (The Living Bible)    For many years our house on the corner shone forth light at Christmas. We placed a simple Nativity set out front and a brightly lit tree in the front window.  It was […]


The Dilemma of the Christmas Fudge

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13 I have a great fudge recipe.  I inherited it when I married Keith.  It is one of those with a story behind it, similar to the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe.  Consequently, Wrights are asked to make the fudge often, especially at […]


Christmas, Andrew’s birthday, silver linings & blue skies…

We did it….made it through Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Andrew’s 10th birthday (12/24 thru 12/26) relatively unscathed and whole.  The most tears shed were during our church’s Christmas Eve services…those beautiful carols have moved me every year since 2001, when I was 9 months pregnant with Andrew.  But this year, as I listened to our chancel […]


Christmas Confession

By Danita Hiles I have a confession to make.    I have a love/ hate relationship with this holiday season.  To be honest, sometimes when I hear carols singing out  ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year…’, I want to scream!  The season of love and laughter and celebration only seems to underscore my family’s […]


Burned Out Bulbs and Christmas Blessings…

By Danita Hiles I think the invention of the pre-lit Christmas tree is one of the marvels of this century. Three parts inserted together, three plugs plugged into each other and then into the wall and ‘viola’- an instant, gorgeous, perfectly balanced display!  Can’t you just hear the angels singing? Except of course, when it […]