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No More Montgomery Wards

It was a cold Friday morning, and my mother promised to take me to see Santa the day after Thanksgiving. The winds howled, and flurries flew, but we bundled up and headed out, anyway. Twenty-five more days till Santa arrived on Christmas morning. I was so excited! Let’s sing to “Step In To Christmas” by Elton John! https://danabicksauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Step-In-To-Christmas-ELTON-JOHN.mp3 The parking …
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Circle of Eternal Life

Several years ago, I visited Williamsburg, Virginia at Christmastime. I walked the streets of this historical town, and it amazed me how preservationists kept the buildings true to the colonial period of the 18th-century city. If you never visited America’s roots during the holidays, it should go on your bucket list. Part of the charm of Williamsburg was the authentic …
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It Smells Like Christmas!

Oh, the sweet smell of Christmas! As it stimulates the sensory buttons, it also expands the visible waistline, but who cares, right? It’s the holidays, and it’s time to bake the best foods of the season – cookies (defined as small cakes)! So, just how did this 10,000-year-old medieval holiday phenomena get started? After all, Christmas celebrations always revolve around …
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A Christmas Celestial Event

A perfect scene… a star like none other, sitting above a stable in the peaceful night and it’s announcing the birth of a holy Messiah. The Gospel of Matthew was the only book in the Bible which described “The Star of Bethlehem” occurrence: What did the wise men witness in the sky that night? Was it real? Was it a …
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Birth of the Christmas Greeting Card

It’s the mid-1800s in the United Kingdom, and Sir Henry Cole had a remarkable idea to share “Good Tidings” among his friends. His friend, John Horsley, was the artist who designed that very first Christmas greeting card for him. He designed approximately one thousand cards to be given to special friends and family. The very first creation by him was …
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The Littlest Feet of Christmas

Enjoy this Christmas tune, The Friendly Beasts, by Evan Wickham! https://danabicksauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/The-Friendly-Beasts_1.mp3 Our African Grey parrot will celebrate twenty-seven Christmases with us this year; our Cockatoo, seven years. With a lifespan of 60-75 years, we have many more holidays to sing Christmas songs together. But I’m sure this exotic species did not exist in biblical days, especially at the manger of …
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Pickling Christmas

There is nothing better than a good crunchy pickle, whether dill or sweet, to wash down a great sandwich. Just ask my daughter – she is the queen of pickle jars. But who, in their right mind, invented making a glass pickle to hang as an ornament on a Christmas tree, much less make it a tradition? I hope Germany …
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The Best for Last

It’s quiet and dark. God, I know, is ever-present with me. I awaken to welcome our Lord on this calm Sunday morning. What do I do in moments such as these? I write to you, my resting angel…. For you, my love…… https://danabicksauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Perfect-Cover-by-Leroy-Sanchez-.mp3 What a gracious moment to reminisce! The things you and I accomplished this year, and God’s gifts, …
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It’s A Pancake Kind-a Morning

I returned from another morning of pedaling mail. The chill in the air reminded me of fall’s arrival. A simmering glare ignited the ominous sky. The rains of yesterday disappeared and a patchy dew laid low to the ground. I think God reveals the loveliness of this season to help us remember life is a beautiful journey. They predict a …
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Mending

It’s the eve of another year past. Life changes and different anatomical pains arise. I made some new friends this year and reunited with some old acquaintances. There were some I wished well and sent them on their way. But, in a summation, I wish I knew where life would find me. I’m not sad or alone, decrepit or incapacitated …
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