The Puritans didn’t like Christmas

In 1659, the Puritan government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony actually banned Christmas. The Congregationalists, Methodists and Quakers at various times also tried to de-emphasize or eliminate the observance of Christmas, says David Forbes in his book Christmas—A Candid History. Presbyterian minister Samuel Davies denounced the holiday as a day of “sinning, sexuality, luxury and […]

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The noblest gift

Too much food, too many things on my to-do list, too many very special activities. This is the most delightful season. But sometimes it seems that there is too much delight all at once. Euripides reminds us: “Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.” And, I remind myself that I can pick and choose from the […]

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What I don’t need

“How many things there are which I do not need!” Socrates once said. That’s a good quote for me to remember when I am buying presents for my family and friends. There are many things that I really don’t need—and many things that my friends and family really don’t need. I found Socrate’s seasonal advice […]

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A Christmas tradition

Christmas is a wonderful holiday, full of meaning. But, it is a busy time. “I get started early,” I told my husband a couple of days ago, “but I always end up behind.” It’s a Christmas tradition. I always feel a bit overwhelmed. How can I focus on the meaning of the season and avoid […]

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It’s December!

Everyone came to our house Saturday night for a birthday party. Then, on Sunday, I helped a friend with her open house. Last night, my husband and I went to the symphony. This afternoon, my friend Olga is coming from Austin, and tonight Olga and I are going to our book club’s annual Christmas party. […]

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T.G.I.F.

Do you think immediately, “Thank goodness, it’s Friday.”? That’s what I used to think. No more. Not since I saw a plaque in a store in Georgetown with “T.G.I.F.” in big letters and then underneath in smaller type: “Thank goodness, I’m female.” –Joy

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Peace

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without,” Buddha said. Today I am not feeling peaceful. I am looking at a list of more than 20 people who are supposed to show up at my house on Saturday for a birthday party for my friend Susie—and I am thinking of everything I need to […]

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Chaos and love

“Our family—the perfect blend of chaos and love.” After Thanksgiving, our house seemed too quiet when Mary Elizabeth left for Denton and Jay left for Tulsa. Yes, our family has plenty of love and sometimes an ample amount of chaos, too. Sometimes I am not sure if ours is the perfect blend! I found the […]

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Peace and quiet moments

In the busy month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we’re going to seek peace and quiet moments when we can remember the meaning of the season. And, when the day seems too hectic, we’re going to remember to stop for a few minutes and look for a place where we can be quiet and peaceful.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

One of my neighbors once told me: “Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday! All you have to do is eat.” And, cook, of course, although I think this neighbor had a mother who was doing the cooking. However, before I eat too much pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes with gravy—my favorites, I am going to pause […]

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