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That Time My Kids Almost Slept Through the National Christmas Tree Lighting

We hit D.C. last week. Yes, again. Sometimes blessings fall at your feet and I’m trying to be good about picking them up. My mom arranged for us to receive tickets the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The program is nationally broadcast (Hallmark channel this year) and features popular performers as well as a… Continue reading That Time My Kids Almost Slept Through the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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How to Underwhelm Your Overwhelmed Holiday

Two Christmases ago we received a terminal diagnosis. My precious Granddaddy’s cancer had metastasized and we knew this would be our last Christmas. I was in the middle of directing A Christmas Carol and between the constant coffee and stress, I worried an ulcer into my stomach and winced pain all season long. Scrooge lived… Continue reading How to Underwhelm Your Overwhelmed Holiday

Christmas · Uncategorized

What I’m Crushing on for Christmas

I know. It’s still two days before Thanksgiving. But y’all. There’s shipping to consider and handmade gifts from busy moms who are also entrepreneurs are well worth a little early shopping. And crushing. These items are on my favorites list for Etsy and Santa. Hoping you’ll find something to love–and just know purchasing from these… Continue reading What I’m Crushing on for Christmas

amelia · Christmas · giveaways

"God Bless Our Christmas": A Giveaway for the Day Your Child Gets a Diagnosis

My sweet friend Hannah who ate chocolate chips out of the bag with me on the last night of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference and won the award for best blog is an actual real book-on-the-shelf writer. She wrote this sweet story and its accompaniments: God Bless Our Easter and God Bless You… Continue reading "God Bless Our Christmas": A Giveaway for the Day Your Child Gets a Diagnosis

Christmas · faith · Friday Five · holidays · linkups

Dear Ones Who Bear Sad Tidings This Year (Five Minute Friday)

It can be hard this time of year to find the joy in the twinkly lights and the broken nativity and the limp garland when all you want to do is hide away in a corner from the well-wishers and the do-gooders and the hope-bringers. It can be hard to be facing a holiday ringed… Continue reading Dear Ones Who Bear Sad Tidings This Year (Five Minute Friday)

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Gifts that Give This Christmas Season

I don’t know about you, but I’m on the lookout for more gifts that are less about a number of packages under the tree and more about what those packages mean to the hands that prepared them and the ones that receive. So here’s a list of some of my favorite little shops for giving… Continue reading Gifts that Give This Christmas Season

Christmas · living local

Christmas Carol: Sneak Peek

And that’s as far as I got taking pictures the other night before the director in me took over and tried to scribble notes faster than ghosts fly on Christmas Eve. But this is how I’ve been embracing my creative these past few weeks. ¬†Instead of writing my own life, I’ve been endeavoring to bring… Continue reading Christmas Carol: Sneak Peek