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Heartless in the Heartland

It was a damp November day when autumn leaves, like parade confetti, covered a statue of a boy who died. “Who is that?” my child asked, peering through the beads of rain. For a moment I lost consciousness, spellbound by the judder of the wiper blades. “Someone’s son,”...

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Please Bless

From Please Bless by Tanya Davis I went to bed in my nightdress dressed just right for prayers of righteousness I had my hands clasped tight for this and I did pray, I did pray First the required content the poor, the sick, and the haunted finish with the things that I wanted so as not to be bold,...

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What Was Christmas Like When You Were A Kid?

A Brief Memoir of 1970s Christmas A Guest Post from Mughi via Reddit Reposted With Permission From the Writer Christmas always seemed to take a thousand years to actually get here. As it got closer and closer, and time off school commensurately so, more and more excitement would set in, until...

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Stuff My Kids Got For Christmas 2013

We had a great Christmas 2013! The kids all got pretty much what they asked for so they were happy! Of course, as a guilt-ridden mother, it didn’t matter how much money I spent or how many packages I wrapped or how many stores I went to find the right thing. I was tormented on Christmas Eve...

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A Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   My favorite Christmas movie is The Family Stone. If you’ve never seen it, you’ve got to get yourself a copy. I watch it four or five times a season with Juliette. We love the Rachel McAdams character. This song has a special place in the...

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White Christmas in Oklahoma City

We hoped big for a white Christmas and look what happened! My son Sullivan. Easily one of the best people I know. The other day when I was frustrated he said, “Patience, Mom, patience. I know how you feel. I get very frustrated when I’m hungry.” Around 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day...

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And Ma In Her Kerchief

We celebrated Christmas Eve with my mom today. Each time I visit her at her place, I take comfort in seeing all the things that are uniquely her, like this bejeweled container of crochet hooks. I’ve loved these things ever since I was a kid. Here’s the jello Mom made us for dessert. I...

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The House Without A Christmas Tree

I cannot hear the song O Christmas Tree without thinking about a TV Christmas movie my mom and I saw in the 1970s. It was called The House Without A Christmas Tree and although I forgot the storyline, the actors and the name, the overall mood of the film has stayed with me for 35 years. Starring...

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